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 By Dan Rudy    News    December 18, 2014 

Advisory committee discusses shrimp, shellfish policies

Wrangell's advisory committee to Alaska Department of Fish and Game held the second of several public meetings at the Fire Hall Dec. 11, to discuss Board of Fisheries proposals for the 2014-15 meeting cycle. This committee provides a forum for... Full story

 News    December 18, 2014 

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 By Dan Rudy    News    December 18, 2014 

Planning and Zoning's Silvernail right-of-way problem remains unsolved

Wrangell's Planning and Zoning Commission finally had a quorum when it met for its Dec. 11 session. Commissioners were last able to meet on Sept. 11, with a number of items pending for their review. Still under discussion are requests by Bay Company... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    December 18, 2014 

School board clarifies extracurricular travel policy

A full School Board sat down to its monthly agenda Monday night, reviewing and revising a number of policies. Of particular concern to local resident Jacquie DeMontigny was policy number 6145,... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    December 18, 2014 

State shingles shot subsidies to end for elderly

The Public Health office in Wrangell is letting it be known that vaccinations for shingles, or zoster, are still available, but beginning Jan. 1 people aged 65 years and over will no longer be able to receive the state-subsidized vaccines. The...

 News    December 18, 2014 


In last week’s edition, the story regarding the new nurse at AICS could more clearly have stated that medications for conditions covered by Cynthia Mattoni can also be handled by her. All other medications will continue to be managed by the...

 By Dan Rudy    News    December 18, 2014 

Nolan Center board reviews center's operations

The advisory board for the James and Elsie Nolan Center met for its quarterly meeting midday Tuesday after a five-month hiatus. Alice Rooney, Don McConachie, Olinda White and Marlene Clarke met with the center’s director and acting museum curator,...

 News    December 18, 2014 

Study: Warming West Coast will send fish north

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Warming seas will likely send West Coast fish species northward by about 20 miles a decade, and some species probably will disappear from southern ranges off California and Oregon, a new study says. The study, in the January is...

 By Dan Rudy    News    December 18, 2014 

Ortiz in Wrangell preparing for upcoming session

Recently-elected Alaska House District 36 Representative Dan Ortiz paid Wrangell a visit Tuesday, meeting with Mayor David Jack and Borough Manager Jeff Jabusch at City Hall that afternoon. Since the Nov. 4 election, Ortiz explained he has been...

 By Dan Rudy    News    December 18, 2014 

Library's holiday celebration sees record turnout

More children than ever before were able to enjoy this year's annual Christmas celebration at the Irene Ingle Public Library. "It's something we've done for years," explained head librarian Kay...

 By Dan Rudy    News    December 11, 2014

Ports examine future of Shoemaker, Meyers Chuck

In his monthly report to the Port Commission on Dec. 4, Harbormaster Greg Meissner explained that plans to replace the dock at Shoemaker Bay Harbor are at the point where an engineer can be brought... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    December 11, 2014

Borough to consider changes to small project hiring

Wrangell Borough Manager Jeff Jabusch presented a plan to streamline contracting for small projects to the City and Borough Assembly at its meeting Tuesday evening. The new policy being proposed would first create a pool of qualified contractors who... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    December 11, 2014

Bear Basics to close down

Within a little more than a week, Bear Basics will no longer be open for business in Wrangell. The move comes after Alaska Conference of Seventh-day Adventists elected to close the business, which ant... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    December 11, 2014

AICS hires new nurse practitioner

A new practitioner has been hired by Alaska Island Community Services in Wrangell. Cynthia Mattoni is the community health center’s new advanced nurse practitioner, specializing in family practice. Mattoni comes from Cleveland, Ohio, where she has...

 By Dan Rudy    News    December 11, 2014

Parks and Rec looks ahead to new year

Not long after their last meeting on Nov. 19, members of Wrangell’s Parks and Recreation Board sat down again on Dec. 3 to discuss new goals for the coming year. Haig Demerjian, Michael Brown and Cindy Martin met with Parks and Recreation director...

 By Dan Rudy    News    December 11, 2014

Local sustainability office hosts planning session

A professionally diverse group of Wrangellers gathered Dec. 3 to help develop a future focus for the local Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (IGAP) office. Working through the Wrangell...

 By Dan Rudy    News    December 4, 2014

School program building better builders

Students taking vocational instruction courses at Wrangell Public Schools have been making use of some exciting new pieces of equipment. Under instructor Drew Larrabee, the shop's new Universal... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    December 4, 2014

Salard trial date moved to February

The trial of Greg Salard has been pushed back by seven weeks to Feb. 23, 2015, following a request for delay by his defense attorney. Originally set for Jan. 5, Salard's federal defense attorney Cara... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    December 4, 2014

Local kids drop rocks at Elks annual shoot

With the extended Thanksgiving weekend in full swing, the local Elks' annual Hoop Shoot had a reasonable turnout on Friday. Eighteen girls and 11 boys between the ages of 8 and 13 came down to try... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    December 4, 2014

Snow a reminder to use winter sense

Autumn came to a sudden end as a low pressure system swept Southeast over the weekend, bringing a heaping helping of snow to Wrangell. Forecasters with the National Weather Service issued a weekend...

 News    December 4, 2014

More cash for icy Iditarod race winners

ANCHORAGE (AP) – The world’s most famous sled dog race is putting more cold cash into the hands of its top mushers.The winner of next year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race will pocket $70,000, which is $19,600 more than what the top musher...

 By Mary Koppes    News    December 4, 2014

TAC members identify common ground in timber transition

Tongass Advisory Committee (TAC) members compiled work-group draft recommendations for the Tongass National Forest’s timber management plan amendment at their Nov. 19-21 meeting in Sitka. Present at the recent meeting was USDA Under Secretary of...

 News    December 4, 2014

UAS brings spotlight to Aleut internment camps

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) – John Radzilowski stood in front of a group of some 50 people Wednesday at the University of Alaska Southeast library in Ketchikan and asked for the survivors of the Aleut internment camps and their descendants to stand and...

 News    December 4, 2014

Seafood plant employee sentenced in Clean Air Act case

ANCHORAGE (AP) – The last of three federal defendants who pleaded guilty this year to Clean Air Act violations at a Dutch Harbor seafood plant was sentenced Nov. 25 to three years of probation, avoiding the maximum sentence of two years in prison....

 By Dan Rudy    News    December 4, 2014

Election winners confirmed, Ortiz to caucus with minority

After about three weeks of tallying, Alaska’s general election results were finally certified by Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell on Nov. 26. Turnout in the state was the third-highest turnout of any state, with 284,925 of the 509,011 registered...


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