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 By Dan Rudy    News    March 26, 2015 

Assembly prepares for budget season, passes pot ordinance

Even before getting into its own upcoming budget, Wrangell’s Assembly had plenty of numbers to crunch at its regular meeting Tuesday evening, with an hour-long joint session held beforehand with the local school board regarding its upcoming budget... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    March 26, 2015 

Schools, city hold joint session to discuss fiscal year '16 budget

School Board members met with the Wrangell City and Borough Assembly, city staff and school district officials at a joint work session late Tuesday afternoon. Of particular importance, they discussed a draft budget for the 2016 fiscal year. Ahead of... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    March 26, 2015 

Hospital CEO updates Assembly on finances

Wrangell Medical Center CEO Marla Sanger updated the Wrangell Borough Assembly on the hospital’s financial situation at its Tuesday evening meeting. “We are solvent. We’re just being very cautious,” she said. In December, Sanger and acting... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    March 26, 2015 

Hooligan haul signals start of Spring

The signs of spring are unmistakable. Migratory birds have begun their return to Wrangell's trees and shrubs, the days have grown longer and somewhat sunnier, and the smell of hooligan smoking and...

 By Dan Rudy    News    March 26, 2015 

Judge throws out Big Thorne challenges

Legal challenges to the Big Thorne timber sale were dismissed in their entirety by a federal judge last Friday. Ten environmental groups filed three separate legal actions against the United States Forest Service (USFS) last year, challenging its...

 By Dan Rudy    News    March 26, 2015 

UAS tech program to expand presence in Wrangell

Wrangell Public School District will be partnering more closely with the University of Alaska Southeast’s Tech Prep Program in coming months, setting up an office for the program’s coordinator, Kimberly Szczatko. A memorandum of understanding...

 News    March 26, 2015 

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 By Dan Rudy    News    March 19, 2015

Planning and Zoning considers Silvernail reroute

Wrangell’s Planning and Zoning Commission was able to meet last Thursday for the first time since January. Commissioners examined the future of Silvernail Road, whose right-of-way cuts a course through the Marine Service Center yard and connects... Full story

 News    March 19, 2015

School board examines budget, contracts last Monday

The full Wrangell School Board met Monday evening at Evergreen Elementary to discuss contracts and the upcoming budget as the academic year enters its final quarter. The board examined budgets past... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    March 19, 2015

Making more room at the Inn

As Wrangell looks to future growth, the owners of its largest hotel are likewise looking to expand. Southeast Properties owner Bill Goodale and Stikine Inn manager Jake Harris have made preliminary ap... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    March 19, 2015

Local resident looking to return ARCS to the air

One Wrangell resident hoped to stir up some interest in an alternative to subscription-service television at the Wrangell Borough Assembly meeting March 10. Sue Horner introduced herself as 31-year military veteran and recent arrival to the...

 News    March 19, 2015

Lawmakers amend marijuana crimes bill

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Senate Finance Committee on Thursday amended a bill that would update state laws following the legalization of recreational use of marijuana in Alaska. Some of the amendments were technical in nature. Others addressed...

 News    March 19, 2015

Kennicott repairs, upgrades put state ferry back on line

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) – The Kennicott, a ferry in the Alaska Marine Highway System, set sail earlier this month from the Ketchikan Shipyard with more than $13 million in repairs and refurbishments complete. The ferry, which underwent work over...

 By Dan Rudy    News    March 19, 2015

Local volunteer firefighters raise $4700

Earlier this month, three members of the Wrangell Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) were able to gear up and attend this year's Scott Firefighter Stairclimb in Seattle, Wash. Firefighters Chris Hatton,... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    March 12, 2015

Southeast finds ears in House over budget cuts

As legislators in Juneau prepare a budget for the state's next fiscal year, Alaska residents have been urged to contribute their say as cuts are considered. Since the Legislative session began on Jan. 20, lawmakers have been weighted with the task... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    March 12, 2015

Assembly ponders public pot penalties, budget

Members of Wrangell's City and Borough Assembly narrowly took their first step toward restricting the consumption of marijuana on public or private property, electing in a 3-2 split to approve an ordinance on first reading at their Tuesday evening... Full story

 By Mary Koppes and Dan Rud    News    March 12, 2015

SEAPA asks for refinancing support from member utilities

Southeast Alaska Power Agency (SEAPA) CEO Trey Acteson spoke before the Petersburg and Ketchikan borough assemblies last week and the Wrangell Assembly on Tuesday to update the communities on the progress of the Swan Lake expansion project and... Full story

 News    March 12, 2015

Palmer joins Sentinel and Pilot news crew

Dani Palmer, 27, joined the Wrangell Sentinel and Petersburg Pilot this past week and will write news, sports and features for the paper. She most recently worked for the twice-weekly Newport...

 By Dan Rudy    News    March 12, 2015

Southeast Beasts start year with Shamrock Shuffle

Wrangell's recreational running group will set this year's pace with its third annual Shamrock Shuffle, a five-kilometer run beginning outside of Rayme's Bar Saturday at 7 p.m. All ages are invited...

 By Dan Rudy    News    March 12, 2015

Parks and Rec still looking at rates

At its March 4 meeting, members of the Wrangell Parks and Recreation Advisory Board continued to examine their revision of user fees of the city pool and other fixtures. Representing Wrangell’s Swim Club, Jamie Roberts came before the board to...

 By Dan Rudy    News    March 12, 2015

Port Commission holds off on rate increase, eyes security

The Wrangell Port Commission has decided to hold off on plans to increase space rates for work and storage at the Marine Service Center. At the recommendation of the Harbor Department, a 50 percent raise to 75 cents per square foot was being...

 By Dan Rudy    News    March 12, 2015

New Old Time Chatauqua set to stop in Wrangell

Wrangell may get to experience a bit of old-time entertainment this June, when the New Old Time Chautauqua plans to stop through on its summer tour of Southeast Alaska. But what is a Chautauqua, you might ask? “It's a movement to do community...

 By Dani Palmer    News    March 12, 2015

Tonka brings shrimp back to Petersburg Local company purchased 250,000 pounds over the winter

PETERSBURG ­– Tonka Seafoods, Inc., announced last year that it was working to bring shrimp fisheries and processing back to Petersburg after a nearly decade-long absence. Well, it’s delivered. The fishery is closed for March and April, but Chie...

 News    March 12, 2015

Anan objections sought, Tongass to get new supervisor

The United States Forest Service (USFS) has released its Environmental Assessment, draft Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact for the floating dock at Anan Wildlife Observatory and trail safety improvements for Wrangell Ranger...

 By Dan Rudy    News    March 5, 2015

Waterfront master plan nears final stage

The next phase of Wrangell's waterfront master plan came together at a pair of meetings Feb. 23 and 25. Three conceptual plans were presented to residents by the design team, based on feedback it... Full story


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