Articles from the May 14, 2015 edition

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 By Dan Rudy    News    May 14, 2015

Faculty contracts on hold; lunch contract will not be renewed

A draft budget was passed by the Wrangell School Board at its Monday evening meeting, but contract renewal for four non-tenured faculty members has been put on hold as administrators await news of a final budget from the State Legislature. Speaking... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 14, 2015

Public disclosure exemption may head to ballot

At its regular meeting Tuesday evening, Wrangell's City and Borough Assembly began the process to exempt itself and other public representatives from the state's Public Official Financial Disclosure Law. Currently new members of city committees,... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 14, 2015

Parks Board approves new fee schedule

Wrangell’s Parks and Recreation Board approved a new fee schedule for the upcoming fiscal year at its May 6 meeting. A workshop was held the previous week to revise a schedule draft that was rejected by the Assembly in January. “This is what we d... Full story

 

The Way We Were

In the Sentinel 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago. May 20, 1915: The new river boat Tyconda arrived up from the south last Saturday morning. Capt. Kildahl, one of the best known navigators of the coast, piloted the vessel up from Seattle. The Tyconda is...

 

Ducks Unlimited dinner raises $8K

Members of the Wrangell chapter of Alaska Ducks Unlimited (DU) were pleased to announce they raised $8,000 for conservatory causes at the 30th Annual Fundraising Banquet on May 2. “We did well. It was a successful dinner,” explained Keene Kohrt,...

 

Courts

Tuesday, April 28 Conner J. Forrey, 22, appeared before First District Court Magistrate Judge Chris Ellis on a charge of Failure to Stop for School Bus, a Class B misdemeanor. The defendant pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 10 days in jail...

 

Police reports

Monday, May 4 Traffic Complaint. Illegal Parking -Vehicle has been moved. Dog at Large- Warning given to owner. Agency Assist. Sewage Treatment Plant. Tuesday, May 5 Agency Assist. Ketchikan Police Department arrested Justin Barker, 29, on a bench...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 14, 2015

High school seniors present final projects

Wrangell's senior class showcased its various projects May 6 inside the high school commons. Parents, faculty, students and community members mingled between booths and displays as the seniors...

 

Obituary: Mikeal Howard Messinger, 54

Mikeal Howard Messinger passed away after a short battle with cancer on April 21, 2015, in Anchorage. He was born in Wrangell on July 26, 1960. He was preceded in death by his brothers John Broad and Paul Broad, his mother Emma Kuntz, and his father... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 14, 2015

Salard trial delayed until July

The trial for former Wrangell physician Greg Salard has been moved to July 20 to allow his defense to prepare for a third child pornography charge being brought against him. Salard was initially arrested at his Wrangell home last October following a...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 14, 2015

Port Commission talks trash, safety and budget

Port Commission member David Silva reported at the board’s May 7 meeting that no garbage disposal is currently available at Wrangell’s boatyard. “There’s no place to put your garbage,” he said. “We used to have a couple four-yard...

 

New Kenai Wildlife Refuge visitor center opens

KENAI, Alaska (AP) – Kenai National Wildlife Refuge staff said that their new visitor center, which began construction in 2013 and opened to the public for the first time on May 1, is not only larger than their previous center but more interactive....

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 14, 2015

Museum reopens doors, rotates collection

The Wrangell Museum at the Nolan Center is open once again, after shutting down for two months for cataloging. Museum Director Terri Henson explained that all the items in the collection have been...

 

Summer ferries to run as scheduled, except for Taku

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT) announced this week that Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) ferry service for summer 2015 will proceed as scheduled with the exception of one significant revision. Governor Walker...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 14, 2015

Economic outlook shows retail sales projected to grow in 2015-16

Wrangell shoppers saddled themselves down with appliances, wares and other sundries during the borough’s Tax-free Day on May 2. Twice a year, sales taxes are waived for local businesses in an effort to boost retail purchases. During the autumn tax...

 

Fish Factor

How much are fishermen affected by long term health problems like hearing loss, lack of sleep and high blood pressure?  A pilot study aims to find out and researchers are using the 500-plus members of the Copper River salmon driftnet fleet as test...

 

Changes proposed to Dall sheep hunting

The Alaska Board of Game proposes to consider changes to Title 5 of the Alaska Administrative Code, Chapter 92, dealing with lawful methods for Dall sheep hunting. The Board will have a teleconferenced special meeting at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May...

 

Alaska is first phase of Arctic Ocean fiber optic project

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Marine surveying will start again this summer near Alaska's coastal communities in a wide-reaching effort to improve communications by laying a $700 million fiber-optic cable linking Europe and Asia through the Arctic...

 

Lt. Governor outlines state stake in British Columbia issues

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska has clear interests in protecting with extreme vigilance the water quality in rivers that flow into the state that could be affected by mine projects across the border in Canada, Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott said Monday....

 

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