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 By Dan Rudy    News    July 31, 2014 

Primary candidates sit down for round-table discussion

Candidates for the upcoming Republican primary of House District 36 met Tuesday afternoon at Wrangell's City Hall to introduce themselves to potential voters and answer questions in a round-table styl... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    July 31, 2014 

Bear essentials: Experts offer advice on bear encounters

This year’s Bearfest attracted a number of bear-knowledgable brainboxes, from biologists and behaviorists to wilderness managers, guides and artists. Over the course of the five-day event, experts shared their knowledge in a series of workshops, de... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    July 31, 2014 

Salvation Army receives new pastors

A new pair of pastors will be "doing the most good" at the local corps of the Salvation Army. Majors Scott Nicloy and June Nicloy arrived in Wrangell at the end of June. "We were excited about being... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    July 31, 2014 

Zimovia Hwy chosen for headlight policy

Drivers on Zimovia Highway will see new signs this summer instructing them to keep their headlights on at all times, regardless of season or the time of day. The signs will be installed by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public...

 By Dan Rudy    News    July 31, 2014 

The arts of Bearfest

More than being about biology and conservation, this year’s Alaska Bearfest was also a time to highlight the region’s different art forms. On Friday, local artists and crafters displayed their creations, which ranged from glassware and quilting t...

 By Dan Rudy    News    July 31, 2014 

Eagle gives Wrangellites better spots to perch

The next time you enjoy a nice sit or fast bite at the picnic tables outside of City Hall, be sure to thank Tyler Eagle. He recently refurbished all five tables as the service project portion of his E...

 By Dan Rudy    News    July 31, 2014 

Bearfest marathon tries for national certification

Impervious to the rain, more than fifty participants gathered at the starting line outside the Nolan Center for the fifth-annual Alaska Bearfest marathon on Sunday. Volunteers manned aid stations around the course as well-wishers were ready to make...

 News    July 31, 2014 

Loan approved for Prince of Wales hydro project

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A $20 million loan has been approved for a new hydropower project on Prince of Wales Island. KRBD reports that the Alaska Energy Authority approved the loan to Haida Energy Inc. for construction of the Reynolds Creek...

 News    July 31, 2014 

Governor asks feds to buy surplus canned salmon

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Gov. Sean Parnell has asked a federal agency to buy about 1 million cases of canned pink salmon to ease a glut that has weighed down prices for Alaska fishermen this year. Parnell made the request in a letter to U.S....

 By Dan Rudy    News    July 31, 2014 

Earthquakes jolt Glacier Bay

A pair of mid-sized earthquakes occurred offshore in Palma Bay early Friday morning, about 49 miles west of Gustavus near Glacier Bay National Park. The Alaska Earthquake Information Center recorded a 5.29 local magnitude (ML) quake at 2:54 a.m.,...

 News    July 31, 2014 

Eagle causes power outages in Ketchikan

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Ketchikan utility officials say power was temporarily knocked out in some areas of town out after a bald eagle struck a power line. Ketchikan Public Utilities Electric division manager Andy Donato says the eagle carcass...

 News    July 31, 2014 

Alaska tourist train derails, injuring 9 slightly

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A popular tourist train derailed Wednesday in southeast Alaska, and nine people suffered non-life-threatening injuries, officials said. The derailment occurred during the afternoon run of the White Pass & Yukon Route...

 News    July 31, 2014 

Troopers investigate assault on fishing vessel

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say they are investigating an assault aboard a fishing vessel in Petersburg. Troopers say they responded Wednesday to a report that the 28-year-old captain of the vessel Favorite grabbed a 31-year-old...

 News    July 31, 2014 

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 By Dan Rudy    News    July 24, 2014

Assembly unanimously approves SEAPA agreement

After much discussion, the Wrangell Borough Assembly voted 4-0 Tuesday evening to approve a formal transition agreement that will allow Southeast Alaska Power Agency (SEAPA) to take over the operation and maintenance of the Tyee Hydro Facility from... Full story

 By Dan Rudy and Brian OConnor    News    July 24, 2014

Howe sentenced to eight months

State of Alaska Superior Court Judge Kevin Miller sentenced James Howe, 42, to serve eight months in jail at his July 14 hearing. Howe was convicted by a Wrangell jury last month on two counts relating to a domestic disturbance. According to a compla... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 24, 2014

Canadian fisheries staff move fish across blockage in Stikine tributary

Canadian officials are airlifting Chinook and sockeye salmon over a landslide that caused a barrier to salmon passage in the Tahltan River, a tributary of the Stikine. Steve Gotch, Fisheries and...

 News    July 24, 2014

NASA project to check out summer sea ice

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – ­ NASA is using a high-altitude, converted U2 spy plane to test technology over Arctic sea ice for future applications. The long-winged ER-2 jet is based in Fairbanks for three weeks for testing and developing technology...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 24, 2014

No criminal charges yet filed against man injured by explosives

PETERSBURG – A 59-year-old Petersburg man was injured Sunday afternoon in the borough rock quarry after handling what explosive experts have identified as Tovex — a commercial grade explosive typically used for blasting in quarries, mines and...

 News    July 24, 2014

Companies file export application for gas project

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) _ The companies pursuing a major liquefied natural gas project in Alaska have applied for an export license with the U.S. Department of Energy. Securing the authorization is seen as critical for the viability of the mega-project,...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 24, 2014

Petersburg Assembly approves Thomas Bay Power Authority transfer

PETERSBURG — The Petersburg Borough Assembly authorized Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht to sign off on the agreement between the Petersburg Borough, the City and Borough of Wrangell and the Thomas Bay Power Authority (TBPA) that transitions...

 News    July 24, 2014

Roof of melting Alaska ice cave collapses

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – U.S. Forest Service officials say a melting ice cave at a southeast Alaska glacier has collapsed. Mendenhall Glacier naturalist Laurie Craig says there are no reported injuries from the collapse Thursday near the cave's...

 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


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