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Looking back on 2009:

Trident arrives, energy an issue

Jessica Wacker

January

Wrangell Seafood Inc. files for chapter 11 bankruptcy.

The Assembly signs an updated contract with Cascade Creek LLC, guaranteeing the return of $250,000 if CCLLC does not successfully file Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licensing. Ruth Lake licensing is pursued by Assembly. Jeremy Maxand is appointed as voting member to the Four Dam Pool.

Magician Jeff Brown visits Wrangell during an educational tour funded by the Rasmuson Foundation, and teaches children about Alaska’s history.

The boys of the Wrangell Wolves win a second game against Sitka after a crushing first game loss of nearly 30 points.

As filing for the Ruth Lake development nears, various members of Petersburg City Council express surprise at Wrangell’s desire to file independently. Previous talk of collaboration with Petersburg is tabled in light of CCLLC’s collaborative offer.

The Wrangell dog pound celebrates near completion; warmer weather will allow the final step, a fence, to be completed.

The Wolves experience the shock of 4A competition at the Alaska Airlines Classic. Ryan Howell bows out after a foot injury half way through the third game in the series.

The ladies of the Wrangell Wolves travel to Juneau to split the series. Michelle Villarma remains the high scorer for the team.

Ariel McCormick is honored with a certificate of appreciation by Women in Safe Homes (WISH) for her senior project donations to the program.

After a decade of quiet improvements, KSTK directors come together to form a new comprehensive plan for keeping the station on the cutting edge of broadcasting.

The Cascade Creek LLC sub-committee information is not received by every member of the Assembly, and an executive session is called to discuss sensitive information regarding the non-discloser agreement.

In light of the recent bankruptcy of Wrangell Seafood, the city’s cold storage facilities are put at risk of shutting down.

Wrangellite Rolland Wimberly travels to Washington D.C. to witness the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

The Wrangell Post Office undergoes renovations. Post Master Dorthy Gladsjo hopes they will further the post office’s chances of becoming recognized as a historical building.

Zak’s Café begins the ‘pay-what-you-can’ dinner.

Wrangellite Keith Ivy wins Elks Hoop Shot, and advances to State competition.

Artice Mae Silvester – 79, and Morgan Joseph – 76, pass away.

February

A letter of support is approved by the Assembly for expansion of Petroglyph beach public access amenities.

The Wrangell Energy committee hopes to strengthen its argument for the Alaska British Columbia Intertie by outlining its need at the national, state, and regional levels.

The ladies of the Wrangell Wolves win one and lose one against Craig after playing like the team they’d been hoping for all season. Meanwhile the boys take two losses from Craig.

Ann Schnell and Paula Rak, as part of the AARP tax-aid, help qualifying residents of Wrangell sift through tax time.

Wrangell Roasting Company is started by Jeremy Maxand, bringing locally roasted coffee to the island.

Tyler Eagle out-spells the rest, defending his title as Stikine Middle School spelling bee champ.

The Assembly prepares for the Alaska Energy Authority to hold its annual meeting in Wrangell.

The Supporting Heritage & Education (SHED) Committee raises $12,000 from the Wrangell community to help renovate the Chief Shakes Tribal house

Tammy Miessner receives a grant from Southeast Alaska Health Consortium (SEARHC) and begins the traditional foods program.

The Wolves win two against Edgecumbe at home, while the Lady Wolves were met with four losses away against Sitka and Edgecumbe.

Sydney Reed and Annie Prysunka power through as the last members of Drama Debate and Forensics (DDF) for the season.

A low pre-season king salmon forecast is expected to delay fisheries.

The assembly approves the letter of support for the Chief Shakes Island Renovation and Carving Shed projects.

The Alaska-Canada Electrical Intertie Study Working Group names Southeast cooperation key to future economic development with regards to hydro.

The Wrangell Schools board discusses budget concerns and begins talk of a hot lunch program.

A meeting of Southeast communities to discuss priorities on energy issues adjourns with no tangible conclusions drawn.

Sixteen games in twelve days wear out the Lady Wolves.

The Elks Lodge No. 1595 pays the heating bill for the Wrangell Senior center in a generous donation of $1000.

WSI sells assets to Trident Seafood Corporation.

Energy issues remain the center of discussion during the regularly scheduled Assembly meetings.

Wrangell Wolves lack of offensive marks wins for the Petersburg Vikings.

Talk of “green” burials is considered due to lack of space in local cemeteries.

Rhonda McKibben – 48, and James Barker – 81, pass away.

Kaelyn Szefler is born February 3.

March

A hot lunch program for Wrangell Schools becomes an obvious must, and Superintendent Woody Wilson outlines the plan.

Wrangellites celebrate Elizabeth Peratrovich Day with local Native history.

Dr. and Mrs. Salard bring new services to Tideline Clinic.

The Wrangell Wolves steamroll Craig at home.

The shrimp pot lost by Erik Yancy is spotted on a humpback whale near the Hawaiian Islands.

The sale of WSI to Trident is finalized, and liability issues regarding WSI top the Assembly’s agenda.

Club Scout Pack 39 holds a dedication for their new Pinewood Derby Track, and Mikel Smith, Garret Miller and Kellen Eagle take first second and third at the derby, respectively.

KSTK’s Chili Cook-Off gives Wrangellites a chance to show their spicy side.

The basketball season draws to a close for the Lady Wolves at regionals. The boys win two at the tournament and knocked on the door of a berth at State.

The Healthy Wrangell Coalition sponsors weekly speakers regarding health at the SNO building.

A clause in the sale agreement between WSI and Trident Seafoods Inc. causes Trident to back out of the agreement.

Inter-island Ferry Authority calls it quits on the service between Coffman Cove, Petersburg, and Wrangell.

The Wrangell Health Fair brings talk of bike safety, draws new booths from Coast Guard, and signals springtime tradition.

The Wrangell Fire Department adds a new engine to their fleet.

Wrangell celebrates Alaska’s 50th anniversary for the Proclamation for Alaska Statehood with a visit from performer John H. Venables.

The Assembly holds a workshop to discuss regional energy issues, including the AKBC, AEA, and an allocation of $655,000 unreleased by AEA.

Keith Ivy competes at regional Elk Hoop Shoot in the 10 – 11 year old category for best free-throw shooters.

Rudy Hammel’s essay on ‘Liberty for All’ takes first place for the The Wrangell Emblem Club No. 87’s ‘Americanism’ contest.

Wrangell’s Youth Court welcomes four new members, Matthew Covalt, Victoria Ingram, Chris Ellis, Haley Reed, and Tyler Eagle.

Kay Prescott – 65, George Beals – 63, Jean Gile – 74, and John Baker pass away.

April

A Comprehensive Plan for the City and Borough of Wrangell begins development.

Hiroshima survivor, Toshiko Nichols, tells her story in Wrangell.

City Manager Bob Prunella submits his official letter and notice of retirement.

SEARHC hosts Tlingit performer and artist Gene Tagaban

Wrangell students travel to Anchorage and receive honors and recognition for their efforts at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) competition, includingfirst place honors for Areil McCormick, Becca Rice, Bryan Allen, and Kyle Groshong.

The construction on the Petersburg Airport runway brings increased ferry traffic to Wrangell.

Trident and WSI work out sales agreement, and operations are scheduled to begin in June.

Holocaust survivor Charlene Schiff speaks at the Nolan Center.

The Frosbite Challenge gives local Boy Scouts Curtis Wimberley and Rudy Hummel a chance to prove they know how to keep warm.

The annual Southeast Arts Festival returns to Wrangell, where it began 12 years ago.

The Wrangell Senior Apartments celebrate their 25th anniversary.

The Assembly allots $25,000 to the Energy coalition, aims to work closely with Native groups regarding energy development, and joins the Highway 37 coalition.

The rift between Wrangell and Petersburg regarding energy and private versus public development of hydro projects is discussed during a joint meeting.

The Hatch Acres AKBC intertie feasibility study is questioned by attorney Robert W. Loescher.

The 2009 boys baseball season kicks off with two victories for the Wolves against Petersburg.

Plans for the road accessible Middle-Ridge Cabin are announced.

Concern over stimulus funding presents a potential to lose a teacher at Wrangell Schools.

An intervention is filed by the Assembly on Petersburg’s preliminary Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) permit for the development of Ruth Lake.

StoryCorps puts Wrangell on the docket for recording the voices of Wrangellites thanks to efforts by Lisa Phu.

The Wrangell Wolves split a win with Ketchikan and sweep Craig.

The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) introduces a new plan to update it’s fleet.

Wrangell holds its first annual Fisher Festival to celebrate the beginning of the fishing season.

Michelle Gross and Darian Burley participate in the Ethel Land Village Health Occupations Program (VHOP) which gives them hands on experience in the health field.
Jack Hews – 89, Delmar Saunders – 75, Patricia Moline – 82, and Patricia Spence – 55, pass away.

May

Alaska Island Community Services (AICS) and Wrangell Medical Center and Long-Term Care Facility (WMC) meet to discuss service locations and the possibility of investing in new facilities.

Sheinberg associates meet with Wrangellites to discuss the details of creating a successful Comprehensive Plan for the Borough.

Wrangell’s Migratory Bird festival continues to grow, with more attendance projected for 2010.

The plans to open 25 mines near the headwaters of the Stikine prompt Tahltan elders to discuss the possibility of dangerous environmental impact.

In their final home stand of the season, the Wrangell Wolves sweep the Craig Panthers, and mark the first Wrangell High Baseball team to win a varsity game.

Trident Inc. makes announcements to Wrangell regarding its plans for the previous WSI facilities.

The Assembly discusses the upcoming landfill closer, the downtown revitalization project, and considers purchase of Bradfield Electric to help secure AKBC intertie feasibility. A reduction in parking in the proposed revitalization project plans prompts a reaction from business and land owners.

Fourth graders receive a warm greeting from a pack of barking sea lions to mark the end of their Stikine River field trip.

St. Rose Catholic Church of Wrangell, Alaska’s first Catholic Church, celebrated its 130th anniversary with a visit from Bishop Edward J. Burns.

The Lady Wolves softball team takes losses during their only scheduled series. Meanwhile, the boys win the series against Petersburg and move on towards Craig and Region V.

The largest class to graduate Wrangell High in the previous four years says goodbye, earning $403,700 in scholarships and awards.

Governor Sarah Palin visits Wrangell to sign House Bills 151 and 134 and accept the keys to the city.

A Chevy S10 and Wrangell Garbage truck have a head on collision.

The School Board accepts the Community Art Grants Award, $1800, and the Youth Risk Behavior Grant, $800.

The thirteenth year of the Summer Reading Program is marked by a May 26th commencement.

Bob Prunella is retained as an interim Borough Manager in light of his letter of retirement. A lunch is held in honor of his last day as the official Borough Manager.

Annya Ritchie becomes a half time advocate for WISH in Wrangell.

WMC hosts its second annual golf tournament drawing 108 golfers from Wrangell and Petersburg to the local golf course for some time on the green. Chris Savage, Matt Moran, Jim Steward and Kevin Zeman comprise the first place team.

David Stokes – 40, William Wilson – 80, and Doris Kimble pass away.

June

The Fourth of July royalty, Samuel Comstock, Samantha Feller, and Sarah Gillen and Joe Lewis, kick off the ticket selling season for 2010 funding.

The applications for Borough Manager are reduced to five interviews.

The hiking club marks its second season in Wrangell with a trek to Long Lake.

The Assembly passes the first reading of a resolution to raise utility rates in Wrangell.

Director of Public Works, Carl Johnson, continues the search for a new garbage truck.

The Race Unity Day, hosted by the Wrangell Baha’is, goes three years strong with record attendance.

72.8 million board feet become available for harvest on Etolin Island, marking continued work for loggers.

A proposed timber sale of 185 million board feet over ten years marks one of the largest and longest proposals for the Tongass.

Diamond C is contracted by the Wrangell Schools Board for the Hot Lunch program.

United States Forest Service (USFS) District Ranger Mark Hummel departs from Wrangell to continue the pursuit of his personal goals as well as his wife’s.

Wayne Spencer wins the first place prize for the King Salmon Derby with his 53.4 lb catch.

Jeannie Easterly takes the top prize during the annual smoked salmon contest that is one of Wrangell’s tasty staples.

The Tlingit language is marked as endangered by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The Assembly approves a utility rate hike, increasing water by 25% and electric by 10%. Talk of the Highway 37 Coalition, and the AKBC intertie continue to mark discussion.

Former Wrangell School’s Superintendent Dick McCormick is inducted into the Alaska School Activities Hall of Fame.

Help from Wrangellites allows the M/V Christian, a Christian faith activities boat, to continue to operate.

Police Department’s James Nelson graduates from the Public Training Safety Academy.

Father Hugh Hall – 92, Robert Nore – 65, Patrick ‘Mike’ Ercolin – 57, pass away.

July

WMC board of directors hold a meeting to propose a Memorandum of Understanding between WMC and AICS as AICS continues to work on building its new facility.

The Wrangell Energy committee meets to discuss forming a coalition with the purpose of forwarding the AKBC intertie, and choses the name Al-Can Energy Coalition (ACEC)

Franciso Sanchez works as the active USFS District Ranger as a replacement is searched for.

Bob Prunella is considered as a possible interim for Petersburg City Manager after Rich Underkofler is terminated.

The Pink Salmon run is forescast strong for the season with 80% confidence interval of 30-53 million fish, prompting Trident to prep its newly purchased facilities for the run.

Samantha Feller is named 2009’s Forth of July Queen; a combined $48,109 dollars are raised during ticket sales.

The sixth year of the Gravity Races is challenged with rainy weather

An estimated 130 children participate in the Art Clark Scrapfish Derby.

Fourth of July is themed ‘Celebrating 50 Years of Statehood’.

The annual Logging Competition draws nearly 70 participants, with first place honors garnished by Mike Lockabey, Ethan Pempek, Casey Kenfield, Jeff Davidson, Jess Davidson, Joe Lindborg, Hiedi Armstrong, Scott McAuliffe, and Clay Hammer.

A rare electrical storm causes power outages for both Wrangell and Petersburg

Eleven athletes compete in the 2009 Triathlon with Steven Johnson placing first.

The F/V Siren sinks in Wrangell’s Heritage Harbor after running aground.

Tim Rooney is selected as the new Borough Manager.

Anna Curtis joins WMC as the new Director of Nursing

The Marine Travel Advisory Board holds in unplanned meeting via teleconference in Wrangell seeking local public input on transportation issues.

Steve Knight is hired as a new reporter for both the Wrangell Sentinel and Petersburg Pilot.

Staffers from Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich visit Wrangell as part of a Southeast tour.

A trailer fire claims the life of a Wrangell resident.

The Downtown Revitalization Plan reaches a 35% completion of design.

FERC announces its decision to hold a drawing for the Ruth Lake preliminary permit in light of Wrangell, Petersburg, and Angoon filing at the same time—The Assembly holds its only July meeting to discuss the matter alongside Wrangell’s landfill closer, and the cold storage facility failure.

The first of five Fish Camps funded by SEARHC takes place with eighteen young Wrangellites participating.

A meeting is hosted by the USFS to discuss a ten-year plan for the Tongess, and seeks local input.

The Bike Rodeo is delayed due to rain.

Wrangell Elementary seeks funding for a new playground.

Wrangellites organize a 5K walk to help raise funding for the Lucas Family, who lost their home in a wind-driven fire.

Charlene Tepper – 66, Julie Brown –44, and Richard “Rick” Sorset – 64, pass away

August

A rare forest fire breaks out near Highbush Lake. It is considered mild.

The Brown children are assisted by Wrangell businesses and individuals in light of the passing of their mother during the trailer fire.

A Thomas Bay Power Authority (TBPA) meeting in Wrangell is marked by Petersburg and Wrangell’s acknowledgement of needing to move forward on energy issues despite differing opinions.

4176 books are read by children during the annual Summer Reading Program, marking the most successful Summer Reading Program to date.

A Highway 37 Coalition meeting attended by Rep. Peggy Wilson brings little progress.

A new regulation on black bear hunting throughout southeast requires hunters to carry tags.

As the Wrangell Schools’ Hot Lunch program nears commencement, $26,000 is approved for the purchase of equipment and supplies.

Lisa Nikodym is hired as the new school counselor.

Controversy regarding the reduction of storefront parking in the Downtown Revitalization plan continues to delay the initial design work. A workshop is held with the Assembly to attempt to iron out the problems.

Wrangell comes in last place for the FERC Ruth Lake drawing.

The 2009 Rally for the Cure is hosted on the Muskeg Meadows.

Practice for the Lady Wolves volleyball season commences, as well as Cross-Country.

The recessed economy is felt in Wrangell with lows marking the 2009 tourist season.

A strained Petersburg/Wrangell relationship marks Assembly discussion. The Wrangell Energy Summit is not given a speaking slot at the Southeast Conference.

Wrangell hosts its second annual horse show thanks to the organizational efforts of Ann Schnell amongst others.

The option for virtual classroom attendance is voted in by the Wrangell Public School Board in light of declining student attendance. Over 21 teachers and staff members of the schools are awarded a portion of the State Performance Incentive Program.

The Salvation Army Church dedicates its rebuilt facility, after the fire suffered in 2008.

At Haines’ Southeast Alaska fair, Wrangellites sweep up honors and placements.

Robert Thortenson Sr. – 77, Donald Raich – 73, Donald OIlivant – 79, and Edna Marjorie –91, pass away.

September

A recent rash of vandalism poses concerns for USFS District Ranger Kieth Appleman in regards to the new Middle Ridge Cabin construction.

The Assembly is confronted with the issues of illegal dumping and shooting off Ishiyama Drive.

The long planned Community Garden, proposed by the Wrangell Health Coalition and implemented by the Community Garden Committee, comes before the Assembly. The old little league field near City Park is designated for the garden.

The Wrangell Wolves Cross-Country team runs against Sitka, and later shaves minutes off their time at Metlakatla. As they head into the regionals, Coach Monty Buness notes that the runners are picking up steam.

A new school year brings new laptops to Wrangell High School, and the new Hot Lunch Program.

40 interested parties reply to a letter drafted by the Wrangell Energy Committee to gauge interest in the AKBC intertie.

New Borough Manager Tim Rooney is sworn in on Tuesday, September 8.

Volunteer Park Trail becomes a new venue for the Cross-Country meet.

The Lady Wolves volleyball team suffers two losses in Petersburg, and against Mt. Edgecumbe at home.

The Southeast Deanery Native Convocation is held in Wrangell and considered a success, although possibility of a 2010 convocation is uncertain.

Karl Torgramsen bags the first moose of the season at nearly 700 LB.

AICS expands their services, hiring five new counselors.

The UFSF has Wrangell’s last ghost road put to storage by blasters in training and master blaster John Pickens.

Whispers of Federal level interest in AKBC intertie alongside the announcement from the office of Canada’s Prime Minister bring positive tone to the Assembly meeting as regional energy is discussed. A borough wide inventory of timber at the cost of $2500 is also backed by an Assembly vote.

Bernice McCay – 86, Conovah Goodrich – 94, Lillian Borreson – 90, Odessa Anderson – 40, Robert Haithcox – 79, Harold Leroy – 71, and Donald Riach – 73, pass away.

October

The First Annual Harvest Fair is hosted at WMC, featuring locally grown foods and flowers, soups, and arrangements, with a strong turn out from the community.

The Assembly and Ranger District bring to the table a discussion of Wrangell’s roles and powers regarding land management.

The Wrangell Public Schools report card notes a disparity between boys and girls sciences achievement.

Damon Roher is awarded the rank of Eagle Scott, the highest achievable rank in the Boy Scouts.

The Wrangell Wolves finish the cross country season and send four boys to State.

The Lady Wolves face up against Haines, one of the strongest volleyball teams in the region, and come away with loses. They face Sitka with a similar outcome. The girls travel to the Juneau Invitational Volleyball Extravaganza (JIVE)

Monday, October 5, marks the first hot lunch served to Wrangell students.

Projects essential to Wrangell’s economic future our outlined following a request from the US Department of Agriculture.

Patrick Howell places 5th at State for Cross Country.

Elections wrap up for the Borough of Wrangell: David L. Jack is elected to Seat C on the Borough Assembly; Pamella McCloskey is reelected to Seat D; Clay Hammer is elected to the Port Commission along with Dave Sweat; Georgianna Buhler, Susan Eagle, and Rick Groshong are elected to the school board; Linda Bjorge, Jim Nelson, and Dee Norman are elected to the Hospital Board along with Jacquelyn Dozier; Ballot Proposition 1 failed, while 2 passed.

The 10th annual ‘Beat The Odds’ race for breast cancer awareness and prevention sees 230 participants.

The Wrangell Wolves wrestling season commences and the boys head on the road with new coach Jeff Rooney, who is impressed with the first meet performance.

The assembly tackles the issues of Solid Waste with the recent dump closer, approve a 2.5% cost of living increase for non-union city employees, and address the Comprehensive Plan updates.

The 2009 moose harvest is the highest on record.

The DDF team celebrates a success at the first meet of the season.

The Lady Wolves continue to hit the road, barely having time to re-pack, and the girls show tangible improvement during the games against Klawock and Craig.

The recently formed Alaska-Canada Energy (ACE) Coalition reaches out for Canada.

Alaska Commissioner of Education, Larry LeDoux, pays a visit to Wrangell as part of an ongoing statewide tour.

The Harvest Fest card draws consumer spending into Wrangell economy. The dollar amount spent is estimated to be $62,650.

The community works together to help Bonnie and Don Roher gather donations for the Thanksgiving baskets.

Alvin Kaer – 75, passes away.

November

Commissioner Robert Larson of TBPA brings forward a resolution looking to reestablish Southeast cooperation with regards to energy.

The purple ribbon campaign and the close line project promote domestic violence awareness, thanks to the work of Annye Ritchie, Rural Victims Services Coordinator with WISH.

The Southeast Alaska Power Agency (SEAPA) discusses an Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) and the upcoming move to Ketchikan.

The Lady Wolves win two against Metlakatla during a volleyball match at home. ChariDee Howell is honored for her service to the team during the Senior Recognition program.

FERC allows Angoon to begin studying the Hydro feasibility for Ruth lake, sparking controversy in the Southeast, including talk of hidden hybrids with Cascade Creek LLC.

Jessica Wacker arrives as the new Sentinel Reporter.

Senator Burt Stedman visits Wrangell during a Southeast tour to discuss energy issues and Wrangell’s future, noting that until projects are developed to create power to sell, he will not be in support of the AKBC intertie. He also points to Petersburg and Wrangell as needing to work together to develop Ruth Lake.

Over a hundred wrestlers, coaches, and supporters visit Wrangell during the Tom Sims Wrestling Invitational.

The ACE Coalition continues to expand membership, though still in the fledgling stages.

Wrangell applies with the state for CDC health and wellness grant after being nominated to apply, thanks to efforts from the Wrangell Health Coalition.

USFS District Ranger Bob Dalrymple arrives in Wrangell and announces his pleasure to be back in Southeast.

TBPA express support for a third turbine to SEAPA at the Tyee Lake hydroelectric project.

The new trash collections system is expected to bring logistical challenges as implementation of the change draws near.

The annual Chamber of Commerce dinner highlighted the need for Wrangell to diversify its economy in order to create growth.

Money from the American Recovery and Rejuvenation Act (ARRA) allows the senior center to open for Tuesday lunches.

Sea cucumber fisheries near their Guideline Harvest Level (GHL) prompting season closures in designated areas.

Wrangell schools take note of the positive effects of the Hot Lunch Program, although economic feasibility remains uncertain.

The IFA announces it will not be opening a northern route for the summer of 2010, or ever, unless subsidies or increased ridership can make operations feasible.

Allan Hayes – 56, passes away.

December

The Wrangell Energy Summit is marked by the strong push for the AKBC intertie to be completed in order to assure continued growth and affordable power in Southeast during the wake of controversy regarding Southeast energy priorities.

Governor Sean Parnell pays a visit to Wrangell and speaks to Stikine Middle School and Wrangell High School students about his proposed scholarship. Parnell meets with the Assembly to discuss project funding priorities.

Heritage Harbor continues construction as phase two commences, marking the installation of the floats.

The annual Dove Tree ceremony commemorates 45 who passed in the previous year.

After talk of a possible Saturday closer for the post office, a study shows that it is best to remain open for residents.

The long awaited $61 million dollar Swan-Tyee intertie is completed.

The WMC is awarded the Alpine lot during a regularly scheduled Assembly meeting, allowing them to continue with plans to build a new facility. Also, Vivian Mork, Jr. is nominated to the Nolan Center Board.

The Stikine Inn undergoes renovations in hopes of attracting independent tourism, and announces plans to remain open on a seasonal basis during the recessed economy, with the acceptation of the lounge.

The ACE Coalition holds its first meeting as a fully formed coalition and works to continue its expansion of membership and support.

The Shed committee holds a meeting for the Chief Shakes Tribal House renovations and Carving Shed Facility in light of a grant from the Rasmuson Foundation.

The first annual Wrangell Community Christmas Nativity Exhibit is held.

The annual Elks Hoop Shoot draws 48 youth to participate.

The Wrangell Wolves Wrestle their way into a berth at the State tournament.

The Department of Fish and Game predicts a low king salmon return, marking the possibility of no commercial fishing for Stikine kings.

With heavy population declines in Southeast, Peggy Wilson may add more communities to the District 2 boundaries. The possibility of a lost seat for both a representative and a senator could mean a reduction in the political voice of Southeast, she warns.

The Wrangell Energy Summit draws a variety of speakers from both Alaska and Canada, as well as over 150 guests via physical and internet attendance.

A new operations plan is approved by SEAPA, marking cooperation between the communities of Ketchikan, Wrangell, and Petersburg.

Senator Kookesh asks Angoon to relinquish their FERC preliminary permit on Ruth Lake in light of Stedman’s offer of legislative backing for Thayer Lake.

The Lady Wolves begin the basketball season with two tough losses against Sitka. They later play against Metlakatla, improving, but not garnishing wins. The boys garnish two wins against Metlakatla at home.

Steven Samuelson announces his campaign for the District 2 Representative Republican nomination.

Engineer Steven Keller completes the first bulbous bow in Southeast.

Wrangell High Youth Court gathers in Kenai for their annual conference.

The Assembly awards the Comprehensive Rate Study Bid and Water Storage Tank Bid, while tabling SEAPA nominations until the next meeting.

Kake Tribal clarifies its intentions to work with Cascade Creek LLC to develop hydro projects in Southeast.

Marie Beesley – 62, passes away.

See print edition for complete local coverage. Content (C) 2010 Wrangell Sentinel