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 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 17, 2014 

Thomas Bay Power Authority Commission terminates general manager

The Thomas Bay Power Authority (TBPA) Commission terminated TBPA General Manager Michael Nicholls' contract with three months of severance pay after months of lack of communication from him to the... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 17, 2014 

New superintendent meets community, prepares for school year

Incoming Wrangell School District Superintendent Patrick Mayer is busy meeting residents and preparing for his first school year when State mandated education standards will change the curriculum and teacher evaluations. “A big part of my job is... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 17, 2014 

Assembly to spruce up downtown and advance marine service project

The Wrangell Assembly approved bids for two projects at a special meeting last week. The assembly will use Commercial Passenger Vessel excise tax funds to purchase $22,340 worth of new park benches and waste receptacles that will be installed in... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 17, 2014 

Grand jury indicts suspected heroin dealer

PETERSBURG – A grand jury indicted Christafur Morrell, 19, for two out of the three charges Petersburg Police filed against him related to heroin distribution last week. Police seized around $75,000 worth of heroin last Thursday after arresting...

 News    July 17, 2014 

Flood warning after Juneau glacial outburst

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Water crept up on homes and closed roads and popular hiking trails Friday, as residents braced for possible record flooding after the release of water from a glacially dammed lake. The old record of 11.18 feet on Mendenhall...

 News    July 17, 2014 

Information on prisoner deaths expensive to get

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) ­– The Alaska Department of Law is considering declassifying an unpublished regulation on investigating the deaths of prisoners in state custody, a deputy commissioner with the Department of Corrections said. Sherrie Daigle...

 News    July 17, 2014 

Well-known humpback whale killed in boat collision

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Federal law enforcement officials are investigating after a 48-foot female whale well-known in the waters of southeast Alaska was killed in a collision with a boat. A tour-boat operator found the whale, which had been seen in...

 News    July 17, 2014 

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 By Brian O Connor    News    July 10, 2014

Fourth festival comes to Wrangell

The Fourth of July started with a pie-eating contest and ended not with a bang but with the stamp of feet on pavement at Volunteer Park. The five-day event began July 1 with the Welcome Home Picnic and concluded on the day after Independence Day with... Full story

 By Brian O Connor    News    July 10, 2014

Smith crowned Fourth of July Queen

Months of small-business decisions, pavement pounding, hand wringing and stress culminated on the Evergreen Elementary School stage Thursday evening. Graduating senior Erica Smith was crowned the Fourth of July Queen. Smith edged second-place... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 10, 2014

Police seize large amount of heroin and suspected dealer

PETERSBURG – Local, regional and federal law enforcement officers seized around $75,000 worth of heroin last Thursday after arresting Christafur Morrell, 19, of Des Moines, Wash. on multiple felony... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 10, 2014

Wrangell business competes in regional contest

A Wrangell business is a semi-finalist in a contest amongst Southeast Alaska entrepreneurs competing for a $40,000 award to grow and expand their business. Path to Prosperity (P2P), a partnership between the Haa Aani Community Development and The...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 3, 2014

TBPA Commission places employees on leave

The Thomas Bay Power Authority (TBPA) Commission placed General Manager Michael Nicholls and Administrative Clerk Rhonda Christian on paid leave last Friday after a reported lack of communication from the TBPA office. TBPA, the organization responsib... Full story

 By Brian OConnor    News    July 3, 2014

TBPA: Nicholls and Christian respond

Hammer and Wrangell Clerk Kim Lane, accompanied by Wrangell Police Chief Doug McCloskey arrived at the TBPA office headquarters about 3 p.m., when a Wrangell Sentinel reporter was interviewing... Full story

 By Brian OConnor    News    July 3, 2014

Jury finds Howe guilty of assault

A Wrangell jury convicted James Howe, 42, on two counts June 25. Police had charged Howe with Assault in the Third Degree, a class C Felony, and Interfering with reporting of Domestic Violence, a class A misdemeanor. According to a complaint filed...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 3, 2014

Fishing lodge tourists perish Sunday evening

Two men died Sunday evening after their 18-foot skiff capsized near Level Island 22 miles south of Petersburg According to an Alaska State Troopers press release, a United States Coast Guard (USCG) helicopter found Jonathan Comfort, 45, and Kenneth...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 3, 2014

Petersen enters guilty pleas for child pornography charges

PETERSBURG – Former Petersburg Community School District Maintenance Director Tye Petersen, 46, pleaded guilty last week to Distribution, Receipt and Possession of Child Pornography—three counts that carry up to a minimum of five years and a...

 News    July 3, 2014

SEAPA votes to terminate contract with TBPA

The Southeast Alaska Power Agency (SEAPA) board of directors voted 5-0 June 26 to terminate the Operations and Maintenance contract for the Tyee Lake hydroelectric facility. Tyee Lake is presently operated by a joint creation of the Petersburg and... Full story

 By Brian OConnor    News    July 3, 2014

School board approves food services contract, grant

The Wrangell school board voted 3-0 June 23 to award a food services contract to Nana Management Services (NMS). The cost of the contract is estimated at $63,453 for 174 serving days, and it replaces the school-run program, though all personnel...

 By Brian OConnor    News    July 3, 2014

Code committee animal statute review ongoing

Borough officials continued a review of borough animal codes June 26. The meeting focused on extensive additions to definitions and enforcement while past meetings had focused on issues of licensure for dogs. Under the draft ordinance reviewed at...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 3, 2014

Southeast transportation project plans include a Petersburg to Kake road

PETERSBURG – The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT) released a draft Southeast Alaska Transportation Plan (SATP) for public review. The plan includes the construction of a road from Kake to Petersburg and a Wrangell...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 3, 2014

Borough and hospital straddle muddled line dividing autonomy and oversight

PETERSBURG – Issues of funding assistance continue to crop up between the Petersburg Borough Assembly and Petersburg Medical Center, and an ambiguous relationship between the two bodies isn’t clarifying the matter. Last week, PMC CEO Liz...

 By Brian OConnor    News    July 3, 2014

Annual Ottesen's golf tournaments held

Golfers braved clouds of rain and mosquitoes to participate in the annual Ottesen's golf tournaments this weekend. In the four-person best shot tournament held Saturday, Brian Smith, Jane Bliss, Tammy...

 By Brian OConnor    News    July 3, 2014

Federal government, borough, WCA collaborate on Weber

The final touches on the Weber Street project concluded this week. For the Wrangell Cooperative Association (WCA), the repaving and sidewalk work on the formerly two-way street in the middle of a...

 By Brian OConnor    News    July 3, 2014

Author with Wrangell connection to visit on book tour

Blood may be thicker than water, but water has its own unique bond. Dave Olson has written a quasi-memoir, "Bonded By Water," about his family's multi-generational bond to Southeast. The Olson family...


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