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 By Dan Rudy    News    September 22, 2016 

Chamber issues letter in support of web sales tax

The Wrangell Chamber of Commerce recently issued a letter to the Borough Assembly in support of a statewide internet sales tax. Addressed to Mayor David Jack, the letter suggests a sales tax on online sales would benefit local commerce by removing a... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    September 22, 2016 

Marijuana ordinance changes up for review by Assembly

At its Sept. 8 meeting, the Planning and Zoning Commission approved a new draft of the local code pertaining to zoning categories. Specifically, changes were made which would update Title 20 to... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    September 22, 2016 

Two write-in candidates fill in October 4 ballot

With the addition of two write-in candidates to next month’s municipal election ballot, all the expected vacancies will at least have people to fill them. Of the open spots on the Oct. 4 ballot, six are still currently uncontested. Of those being... Full story

 
 By Jess Field    News    September 22, 2016 

M/V Columbia heading to dry dock to fix prop

The Alaska Marine Highway System’s M/V Columbia is scheduled for a trip to Oregon for repairs after divers noticed a bent starboard propeller late last week, according to Jeremy Woodrow, Alaska Department of Transportation spokesman. “Not a huge...

 
 By Frank Roppel    News    September 22, 2016 

The early years of Wrangell's sawmills

Editor's note: Frank Roppel was in the timber industry from 1956 to 2002 and a Wrangell resident since 1992. After graduating from high school in Ketchikan and receiving a degree from Oregon State...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    September 22, 2016 

SEC report finds economy has grown slightly

As this week's Sentinel hits the streets, Southeast Conference's 2016 Convention and Membership Meeting will be wrapping up in Petersburg. Designated by the state and federal governments as Southeast...

 
 News    September 22, 2016 

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 By Dan Rudy    News    September 15, 2016

Local canoer joins protest in North Dakota

A former Wrangell resident joined an Alaska canoe group in supporting a North Dakota tribe protesting construction of an oil pipeline across sacred lands. Earlier this month Ken Hoyt met up with... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    September 15, 2016

Tyee PERS liability larger than expected, Swan nears completion

Costs for the transition of operations at the Tyee Lake hydroelectric facility may be higher than first expected. Board members for Southeast Alaska Power Agency learned at their September 8 meeting... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    September 15, 2016

Boaters injured in Farm Island accident

Emergency assistance was dispatched from Wrangell early Sunday evening, after a private boat struck a log near Farm Island. Fire Department Chief Tim Buness said emergency dispatch received a 911 call from one of the boat’s passengers at 5:23 p.m.... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    September 15, 2016

Earthquake simulator demonstrates seismic risks

A state outreach program sought to shake some sense into Wrangell residents, with a mobile earthquake simulator set up for the public earlier this week. Each year the state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) sends out a...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    September 15, 2016

Assembly working on paving, water and sewage fixes

At its Tuesday night meeting, the Borough Assembly continued to keep up on its various utility priorities. In his regular update, city manager Jeff Jabusch reported most paving projects around town have been completed, including the barge ramp lot....

 
 News    September 15, 2016

AICS to take ownership of Juneau homeless clinic

A Juneau clinic will be merging with a Wrangell-headquartered medical service. Alaska Island Community Services (AICS) announced Monday it will be assuming ownership of Juneau’s Front Street Community Health Center. Founded in 2003 in the...

 
 News    September 15, 2016

Alaska pot regulators approve first retail license

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – The owners of Frozen Budz have high hopes now that they’ve received Alaska’s first retail marijuana license. Destiny Neade, co-owner of the Fairbanks business, received a round of applause from the audience after she...

 
 News    September 15, 2016

Governor supports growing more food inside Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska imports 96 percent of its food, and the governor says that should change. Gov. Bill Walker spoke during a conference for the National Association of Farmer’s Market Nutrition Programs, the Juneau Empire reported....

 
 News    September 15, 2016

Searchers find overdue hiker looking for "Into the Wild" bus

DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE, Alaska (AP) – A 45-year-old man from Mexico was located unharmed Monday after failing to return on time from a hiking trip to an abandoned city bus in the Alaska wilderness made famous by the popular book and...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    September 8, 2016

Senior apartments go smoke-free, following trend

Last month Wrangell's Senior Apartments formally went smoke-free, asking its residents to instead head outdoors if they feel the need to have a cigarette. "It was mostly for the health and well-being... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    September 8, 2016

Moose hunting season set to start, numbers good

The month long moose hunting season is ready to begin next week, opening on September 15 and lasting until October 15. For the Wrangell, Petersburg and Kake game unit, last year’s moose season turned out being the third best on record according to... Full story

 
 News    September 8, 2016

Obituary, Bruce Robert Walker, 66

Bruce Walker, 66, passed away in Seattle, Washington, August 2, 2016, surrounded by family members, after a recent brief illness. Bruce, a lifelong Alaskan resident, was born in Fairbanks to Frank and Lillian (Sjoquist) Walker of Circle, Alaska.... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    September 8, 2016

Ballot still short two names, absentee voting to start soon

The ballot for next month’s municipal election is still two names short, with vacancies on the Borough Assembly and Port Commission left without candidates. A few other positions will go uncontested, with Assembly member Julie Decker running for re...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    September 1, 2016

Water plant test shows promise

A pilot study currently underway seems to be bearing good news for Wrangells water worries. In mid-July the city declared a state of emergency as its water treatment plant struggled to meet local... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    September 1, 2016

Airline to phase out 737-400 Combi aircraft

Local air travelers were invited to the airport for a question-and-answer session August 25. A delegation of managers with Alaska Airlines fired up a grill out front, fielding questions people may have about the phasing out of the services... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    September 1, 2016

City proposes new home for M/V Chugach

The City of Wrangell is applying to the United States Forest Service to give a historic boat a new home. The M/V Chugach was one of 11 ranger boats operating in the state during the first half of the 20th century. Built at the Lake Union Dry Dock... Full story

 
 By Jess Field    News    September 1, 2016

Social media reacts to huge halibut

PETERSBURG ­­– Earlier this month the buzz around a monster halibut caught by local commercial fishermen in Thomas Bay went crazy after news of the catch spread through social media sites. Many of the comments expressed amazement for the monster...

 
 News    September 1, 2016

Local Elks receive $2,500 grant

The local Elks Lodge has received a $2,500 grant from its national organization, which will in turn be distributed to local causes. Lodge #1595 met its per-member fundraising goals through member contributions and gaming earnings last year, which...

 

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