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Articles from the February 25, 2016 edition

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 By Dan Rudy    News    February 25, 2016

Evergreen pavement to keep potholes another year

The Borough Assembly received a disappointing update that plans to pave Evergreen Road this year have been delayed until at least 2017. The news came while the Assembly considered a proposal to amend the design contract for Wood Street improvements,... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 25, 2016

Poultry production fills egg baskets

One of the unique pleasures of living in Alaska is being able subsist off the land. Much can be made of the opportunities to fish, hunt and gather various edibles, but some locals have decided to... Full story

 

The Way We Were

In the Sentinel 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago. February 24, 1916: The survey of Dry Straits is the real beginning of the new route across the Dry flats for which the local Chamber of Commerce has worked for the past two years. Dry straits lies...

 

Police reports

Monday, February 15 Dog at Large – Verbal warning given to owner. Dog at Large – Owner picked up dog and purchased licenses. Civil Issue. Tuesday, February 16 Person called in regards to a scam case. Agency Assist – AICS. Wednesday, February...

 

Courts

Friday, February 19 Wayne G. Myers, 29, appeared before First District Court Judge Kevin Miller on the charge of Theft 3, a Class A misdemeanor. The defendant pleaded guilty, and as part of an agreement five counts of Theft 4 – Less than $250 were...

 

Bill would reduce penalty for texting while driving

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to hear legislation aiming to boost enforcement of Alaska’s texting while driving ban. It would reduce the penalty from a misdemeanor to a violation, making it possible for officers to...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 25, 2016

Local chautauquas lined up to teach, entertain

For the next month and a half the United States Forest Service is coordinating with the Nolan Center to put on their annual community Chautauqua presentations. Named after the town in New York where the practice originated, the Chautauqua harkens... Full story

 

Correction:

In last week’s issue, photos of an American Legion induction were mistakenly attributed to reporter Dan Rudy. Jean Petticrew submitted both images....

 

Students joining national reading challenge

Local elementary students will be taking part in the National ReadQuest Celebration tomorrow, a nationwide challenge that encourages kids to read and share their discoveries. Alaska students at Evergreen Elementary School will be among the thousands...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 25, 2016

Tent City schedule packed with activities

Between Midnight Madness in December and the King Salmon Derby in April, Wrangell's annual Tent City Days celebration gives residents a reason to shake away the winter blues and have a little fun on... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 25, 2016

Ports approve lease extensions, forming memorial committee

In the midst of rate increase talks and utility concerns, Wrangell’s Port Commission approved the renewal of three leases at the Marine Service Center during its Feb. 18 meeting. The lease lots of welder Chuck Jenkins, shipwright Tyler Thompson...

 

University of Alaska prepares to lose millions in state funding

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A slump in oil prices has officials looking at the amount and impact of a deep cut in the University of Alaska budget. Gov. Bill Walker announced a plan to cut $16 million from the budget, while North Pole Republican Rep....

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 25, 2016

Hospital getting new equipment, surveys okay

Members of the Wrangell Medical Center Board of Directors met for a brief monthly meeting Feb. 17. There were no action items on the agenda, only staff reports. Hospital CEO Robert Rang reported the Borough Assembly approved the purchase of new...

 

Murkowski points to federal gains, overreach during address

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski began her annual address to Alaska lawmakers with accolades about federal progress on issues that could bring economic growth and stability to the state. She ended it warning of increasing federal...

 

New shops welcoming customers in town

A pair of new businesses opened up on Front Street last week. Above, brothers Shannon Bosdell and Caleb Bosdell stand outside of Notsofamous Pizza where they create take-and-bake pies from scratch...

 

Fish Factor

Early signs point to continuing headwinds in world markets for Alaska salmon. Global currencies remain in disarray, the ongoing Russian seafood embargo is diverting more farmed salmon to the U.S., and tons of product remains in freezers from back to...

 

Fishermen, lawmakers weigh in on proposed fish tax increase

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Fishing industry and lawmakers on Thursday puzzled over the origins of a proposed one percent tax increase in fisheries business taxes and fishery resource landing taxes. During a hearing on the bill by the House fisheries...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 25, 2016

Workshops hammering out plans for mill and Institute sites

Wrangell residents gave their input about what they would like to see happen to the former Silver Bay Logging Company mill site, which the City and Borough is interested in acquiring and eventually...

 

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