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 By Dan Rudy    News    July 20, 2017 

Dockside dentistry: practitioner island-hopping around SE

Venturing into Southeast waters this summer, Dr. Victor Stime of Spokane, Washington, plotted out a working retirement for himself. "I've been doing dentistry for 31 years," he explained. "I've been...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 20, 2017 

Assembly and union reach 3-year contract agreement

Wrangell's City and Borough Assembly and the city's public employees union finally reached a settlement over a collective bargaining agreement last week, bringing to a close three years of...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 20, 2017 

Wrangell timber project EIS up for review

The Tongass National Forest supervisor's office announced last week the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) and draft record of decision (ROD) for a prospective timber sale are now available...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 20, 2017 

Full calendar for 2017 Bearfest

A full complement of events is being arranged for next week's Bearfest, the eighth held since the festival's inception. It was started in 2010 by Alaska Vistas operator Sylvia Ettefagh, in order to...

 
 News    July 20, 2017 

Alaska lawmakers vote to cut oil, gas drilling subsidies

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska legislators have voted to cut oil and gas drilling subsidies from the budget. The compromise proposal was approved late Saturday in an 18-0 vote in the Senate and a 33-6 vote in the House, the Juneau Empire reported....

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 20, 2017 

WCA gets new admins, designing office space

A new administrator has been hired by Wrangell Cooperative Association, assuming the role last week. Esther Ashton was hired to the position, which had been created in 2015 in order to implement Wrangell Tribal Council’s long-range strategic plans...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 20, 2017 

Residents cautioned to be water-conscious

Wrangell’s utility users were advised last week to start being more conservative with their water usage, with the city going into the first phase of its emergency response plan. The plant which has treated the city’s municipal water supply for mo...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 20, 2017 

Patricia Roppel Research Library opens to public at museum

The Nolan Center is giving inquisitive locals someplace quiet to research, with Wrangell Museum staff setting up a station inside its office. Speaking Tuesday, Nolan Center director Terri Henson said...

 
 News    July 20, 2017 

Recall application sought for four Assembly members

PETERSBURG ­– The Petersburg Assembly is being accused of violating the Alaska Open Meetings Act in a recall application that is sponsored by 12 community members, including city employees and two former mayors. The petition seeks to oust four mem...

 
 News    July 20, 2017 

Sitka brothers bake cookies to help Syrian refugees

SITKA, Alaska (AP) – Three Sitka brothers baked cookies to help a Syrian refugee family arrive safely in Canada. Blake, Dane and Nate LaPerriere, ages 15, 7 and 11, respectively, were excited to learn this week that the family made it to Canada...

 
 News    July 20, 2017 

Dunleavy announces plans to run for governor

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A Republican state senator has announced plans to run for governor in Alaska. Sen. Mike Dunleavy of Wasilla on Monday filed with the Alaska Public Offices Commission a letter of intent to run. The election will be held next...

 
 News    July 20, 2017 

Newly found fungus could threaten Southeast Alaska trees

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A fungus that damages trees is making its way through the state of Alaska. The fungus, spruce bud blight, has left damage in Southcentral and Interior Alaska, and now has been discovered for the first time in the southeast...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 13, 2017

Union approves wage proposal, Assembly to consider tonight

Two weeks after the end of a public workers’ strike, a settlement may potentially be reached between the city and its employees. Unionized staff of the City and Borough of Wrangell on Monday voted to approve a package that would amend their current...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 13, 2017

Coast Guard and DEC respond to Stikine Strait grounding

While Wrangell was preparing for its July 4 festivities last week, 17 miles away a fishing vessel had run aground in Stikine Strait. On the evening of July 3 the grounding of Deceptive C on some...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 13, 2017

Summer season off to good start for commercial fisheries

It’s been a fairly good start to the summer for king salmon fishermen. The first opening of that troll season started on July 1, abruptly ending by emergency order just before midnight on July 4. The order was based on preliminary catch rate and ef...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 13, 2017

Metal pickup frees up scrap space at junkyard

An arrangement made between the city and a Juneau contractor has freed up a considerable amount of waste storage space. Working between June 27 and July 2, Channel Construction loaded one of its...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 13, 2017

Walker signs operating budget, Shoemaker waiting on capital

Just averting a state government shutdown, Gov. Bill Walker signed into law an operating budget for the new fiscal year, which began July 1. The budget follows extensive negotiations between the...

 

Correction:

In last week’s article on July 4 food, two food booths were mistakenly conflated. Operating at the dockside pavilion near the Stikine Inn over the extended weekend, “Tan’s Thai Food” was run by Tan McManus, friend Pond Ofsthus, and other...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 13, 2017

New signs pointing the way to Mt. Dewey trailhead

Towering over town as it does, Mount Dewey is just about impossible to miss while in Wrangell. The feature draws visitors about 400 feet up to its summit throughout the year, with a viewing platform...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 13, 2017

Possible risks posed by abandoned mine sale

A regional conservation group recently called attention to the prospective sale of a disused Canadian mine, and suggests the exchange could bode poorly for efforts to maintain water quality in transboundary rivers. The Tulsequah Chief zinc mine is...

 

Alaska's marijuana tax revenue reaches $1M

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska’s marijuana industry has brought in more than $1 million in tax revenue since commercial sales began in October. Revenue passed the mark on June 30, which was the due date for Alaska cannabis growers to pay taxes...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 6, 2017

Some fireworks in queen competition, but overall a blast

On Monday evening more than a month of hard work for two of Wrangell's July 4 Royalty candidates came to an end, with the year's queen and princess each crowned. Future high school senior Charley Sedd...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 6, 2017

IBEW strike ends as parties return to negotiating table

A strike called by public employees of Wrangell on June 22 only lasted a week, with workers taking up their posts again on June 29. Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers...

 

Trooper roundup

On June 10 at 10 am Alaska Wildlife Troopers in Wrangell located a crab pot belonging to Gregory Roberts, 53 from Wrangell. Investigation determined the pot failed to have a lawful biodegradable escape mechanism. On June 24 Roberts was issued a...

 
 By Laine Welch    News    July 6, 2017

Alaska Fish Factor: Salmon sperm may be a  byproduct desired by specialists in two diverse realms of research

Salmon skin, heads, bones and other body parts have long been popular in cultural usages around the world. Now add salmon sperm to the list of desirable byproducts being hailed by specialists in two diverse realms of research.  A team of Japanese...

 

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