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 By Dan Rudy    News    June 23, 2016 

SEC calling for ferry reform proposals

Alaska’s state ferry system is embarking on a journey to make itself more financially viable over the next 25 years, as a process to refocus and possibly restructure, spearheaded by Southeast Conference. Representing the region’s economic interes... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    June 23, 2016 

Solstice run and carnival celebrate smoke-freeness

A local tradition now for four years running, the annual five-kilometer (3.1 mile) jog celebrating the summer solstice took on a new dimension. Held on Saturday, the 2016 Smoke-Free Summer Solstice... Full story

 News    June 23, 2016 

Repairs at Rainbow Falls making for smoother hike

Summer hikers have gotten a leg up on the Rainbow Falls trail, after resurfacing work was completed there in early May. Earlier this spring the United States Forest Service reached a cost-sharing... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    June 23, 2016 

Traveling camp gives local girls summer experience

Each summer, millions of children across the country partake in some sort of camp experience, be it for sports, outdoor adventuring or social development. The American Camp Association estimates 7.8 m...

 News    June 23, 2016 

Governor calls second special session over budget deficit

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Gov. Bill Walker is recalling lawmakers to Juneau to deal with the state’s multibillion-dollar budget deficit, caused by tumbling oil prices. Walker said Sunday that a special session will be held beginning July 11. The...

 News    June 23, 2016 

Alaska Permanent Fund bill fails in committee

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The House Finance Committee last week fell short of the votes needed to advance a compromise bill calling for limited Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks to counter the state’s multibillion-dollar fiscal shortfall. A...

 News    June 23, 2016 

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 By Dan Rudy    News    June 16, 2016

Residential school big feature for Institute concepts

The planning team for future development at Wrangell's former Institute site returned this week for a second round of public discussions. At a presentation Monday night, information gleaned from... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    June 16, 2016

Salmon derby winners announced, entrants reflect trends

Wrangell's 64th Annual King Salmon Derby wound to a close on Sunday, with the winning fish snagged only two days before. Fishing with her family near Found Island on Friday, Malia McIntyre reeled in... Full story

 By Jess Field    News    June 16, 2016

SEAPA seeks control of Swan Lake hydro in Ketchikan

PETERSBURG – The Southeast Alaska Power Agency (SEAPA) board held its regular meeting in Petersburg last week, with board members in attendance from Ketchikan, Wrangell and Petersburg. Much of the meeting focused on project updates and approving... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    June 16, 2016

Petersburg police make several meth busts

PETERSBURG – Local, state and federal law enforcement made two arrests last week associated with the possession and distribution of methamphetamine. After the Petersburg Court issued a warrant June 6, police searched 214 North Nordic Drive Apt # 5...

 News    June 16, 2016

New study reveals findings on UA sexual assault

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – One out of every nine students at the University of Alaska reported being a victim of sexual misconduct or assault last year, according to a new study released by the Alaska Justice Center. The center at the University of...

 By Dan Rudy    News    June 16, 2016

Swan Lake outage affects tri-borough grid

Power service went down to southern Southeast Alaska communities, following problems at the Swan Lake dam site on June 8. The hydroelectric dam is one of two major producers utilized by Southeast Alaska Power Agency, primarily servicing the...

 News    June 16, 2016

Rainforest Island Ferry faces funding problems

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) – An independent ferry serving communities in southeast Alaska is struggling to come up with the funds to continue its service, and the operators are working with federal managers to figure out next steps. The Ketchikan...

 News    June 16, 2016

Alaska marijuana regulators approve first licenses

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska regulators were applauded Thursday as they approved the first licenses for legal marijuana growing and testing facilities _ another milestone for the fledgling industry. Priority was being given to growing and testing...

 News    June 16, 2016

Petersburg Assembly votes 6-1 againts opt out option

By Kyle Clayton Sentinel writer The Petersburg Borough Assembly voted 6-1 against adding an opt-out option and other questions to October’s ballot and unanimously voted in its second reading for a marijuana ordinance that largely reflects the...

 News    June 16, 2016

Ketchikan could see raise in sales tax cap

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) – Residents of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough could see an increase next year in the borough’s $1,000 sales tax cap that was put in place nearly 40 years ago. Borough Assembly member Stephen Bradford said Friday he plans to...

 By Dan Rudy    News    June 16, 2016

Selenium concerns upriver as water testing continues

Wrangell's tribal government is continuing to cooperate with Central Council Tlingit Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska on its baseline water testing of the Stikine River. Initiated in November by Central...

 By Dan Rudy    News    June 16, 2016

Assembly passes harbor fee increases in close vote

In a close vote the Wrangell City and Borough Assembly approved a new fee structure for the community’s harbors and dock facilities. Already approved once on its first reading by the Assembly last month, the increases being put forward would...

 News    June 16, 2016

State seeks waiver for standardized testing failure

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska education officials are looking to escape federal penalties for failing to meet standardized testing requirements after cancelling statewide student assessments in April due to technical disruptions. Officials are...

 By Dan Rudy    News    June 9, 2016

Presentation examines Mill site future

A consultancy returned with its draft findings for a feasibility study of developing Wrangell’s former mill site. A public presentation was given at the Nolan Center yesterday evening, following up on one given on Feb. 17. Washington-based firm... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    June 9, 2016

Former museum curator putting out Garnet Ledge history

A former resident is finishing a book on Wrangell's famed garnet ledge, from which residents and visitors have extracted the precious gem for over a century. Trish Neal first moved to Wrangell in... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    June 9, 2016

Wrangell sale EIS up for comment

Five alternatives for a Wrangell Island timber sale were put forward by the United States Forest Service last week. On June 2 the project draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) was completed and... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    June 9, 2016

Summer reading program underway

School may be out for the season, but kids can still keep up on their reading skills while picking up some fun gear with the library's summer reading program. Starting up on June 1, Irene Ingle...

 News    June 9, 2016

Petersburg company wins contract for Vallenar Bay road project

The Alaska Division of Forestry has announced the award of a $3,500,000 construction contract for the Vallenar Bay Access Road to Rock-N-Road Construction of Petersburg. The project provides access to 2,500 acres of the Southeast state forest lands f...


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