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 By Dan Rudy    News    November 16, 2017 

Utilities capabilities on Assembly radar as year nears end

At last week’s meeting of the City and Borough Assembly, a number of ongoing infrastructural needs made the agenda. One item of interest was acquiring a new backup generator to support one of the city’s recently upgraded sewer pump stations. The...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 16, 2017 

Columbia collecting seawater data for acidification study

One of the state's public ferries will help collect data on ocean acidification during its regular route. The news was announced last week by Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center at University of Alaska...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 16, 2017 

Wrangell to hold second SEAPA seat on 2018 board

Wrangell's mayor chose the community's new voting and alternate member on next year's Southeast Alaska Power Agency board. Based in Ketchikan, the regional power provider services that community,...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 16, 2017 

Wrangell BoF AC to recommend limits on crab pots and shrimp catch

The Wrangell Advisory Committee (AC) to the Board of Fish reviewed shellfish proposals for the coming 2017-18 year last week, focusing primarily on several shrimp and crab measures. Made up of various sport, commercial and subsistence users, locally-...

 

Alaska Senate adjourns after passing crime bill

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Alaska Senate set aside constitutional concerns and approved a crime bill Friday, but it sidestepped taxes when ending the special legislative session. The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska warned lawmakers that a...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 9, 2017

Hospital costs could see city looking for managing partner

In a special workshop at City Hall on Monday, administrators at Wrangell Medical Center and members of its governing board met with the City and Borough Assembly to discuss the cost of a new...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 9, 2017

Cub Scouts to start dens in Wrangell

The Cub Scouts held a recruiting drive at Evergreen Elementary School on Monday evening, with a number of boys and their parents stopping by to express interest. The purpose of the Boy Scouts of Ameri...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 9, 2017

Extinguisher company issues widespread recall

A wide-ranging recall of fire extinguishers produced by Kidde has been issued, after a device failure led to a death and multiple injuries. Announced last week by the United States Consumer Product Sa...

 

Wasted buck reported on Nemo Loop

Alaska Wildlife Troopers were called out to the 10-mile point of Nemo Loop Road late last week, after a slain buck was reportedly unsalvaged. Trooper David Bozman drove out to the scene on November 3, where a spike buck lay at the roadside. It was...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 9, 2017

Metal scrap fees waived through end of month

Wrangell Public Works announced Monday it will be extending a window for free disposal of metal waste at the local scrapyard through the month’s end. The department had initially opened a month-long period for residents to get rid of household...

 

Kennicott taken out of service temporarily, sailings halved

The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities reported that the M/V Kennicott has been temporarily taken out of service. After completing its southern run to Ketchikan on November 4 it entered dry dock for repairs. “It’s got a leaky...

 

Correction:

In last week’s issue of the Sentinel, the time of day for the October 28 fire at Freeman and Sons was misreported. Rather than happening that evening, firefighters arrived to the scene shortly after 11 a.m., wrapping up their response during the...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 9, 2017

Assembly approves project grants, narrowly drops hospital housing bid

The City and Borough Assembly authorized a pair of grants to be applied for in its name while narrowly nixing a third. Meeting Tuesday, the first item the body considered was participation in the Community Development Block Grant program offered by...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 9, 2017

Drafty houses contributing to high energy costs

Wrangell got its first, brief introduction to winter on Monday, with a temporary dousing of snow and sleet. But chimneys have already been puffing away since September as minimum temperatures for the...

 

New public defender finds Sitka a good fit

SITKA, Alaska (AP) – There’s a new public defender in town. Nathan Lockwood has taken over from Jude Pate, who is now a state appellate attorney. Pate is still in the Sitka office but will be handling appeals from across Alaska. Lockwood’s...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 9, 2017

Rec department looking for more lifeguards

At last week’s Park Board meeting, the department head reported the lack of qualified lifeguarding staff has been causing problems. Parks and Recreation director Kate Thomas explained last Wednesday that Wrangell’s public pool operates 63 hours...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 9, 2017

Small Wolves squad makes Anchorage competition

Wrangell’s wrestlers headed up to Anchorage over the weekend to participate in Anchorage Christian School’s 2017 Lime Solar Invitational. Taking place beyond the usual regional play, the ACS invitational is often touted as a midseason preview int...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    November 9, 2017

Cody Litster: from alternate recruit to trooper of the year

PETERSBURG ­ – Trooper Cody Litster was about to pack everything he needed for the day into his truck one Thursday morning when he got a phone call about a shooting in his jurisdiction, 50 miles...

 

Crime debate dominates Alaska legislative session

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP)– The issue of crime has so far dominated the special legislative session in Alaska. The House on Monday entered its third day of floor debate on amendments to a bill prompted by public outcry over crime that makes changes to a...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    November 9, 2017

Sexual assault response team forms in Petersburg

PETERSBURG – Medical staff, an advocacy group and the police station in Petersburg have created a three-pronged approach to sexual assault cases. “Understanding what sexual assault is, it’s kind of eye-opening,” said Annette Wooton, the...

 

Ocean acidification could threaten Alaska crab populations

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) – Alaska researchers warn that the changing levels of ocean acidity could have grave consequences for red king crab populations in the Bering Sea. The acidity of waters off Alaska could change dramatically over the next 50...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 2, 2017

Tribal sovereignty affirmed at AFN conference, ANSEP resolution tabled

Wrangell delegates returned from last month's annual conference for the Alaska Federation of Natives at Anchorage's Dena'ina Center. AFN is the largest statewide Native organization in Alaska,...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 2, 2017

Hospital campus to go smoke-free

The hospital is scheduled to implement a new smoke-free campus policy at the start of the new year. Wrangell Medical Center administrators and key staff signed the new policy on October 24, to take effect on January 1. Currently the hospital sports...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 2, 2017

Machine shop fire contained quickly, damage limited

While costumed revelers celebrated Halloween Saturday night, fire fighters suited up and responded to a call on Case Avenue near the boatyard. A pedestrian passing by Freeman & Sons Machine and...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 2, 2017

Donations sought for annual Thanksgiving food basket drive

With October finally gone, Don and Bonnie Roher remind the community that Thanksgiving is on the way, which means it’s time to prepare their annual food baskets. The couple has been putting together food baskets for families and single residents in...

 

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