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 By Dan Rudy    News    February 16, 2017 

AICS-SEARHC merger delayed until April

A planned-for merger between two regional healthcare providers has been put on hold for two months. Alaska Island Community Services was to merge with larger organization SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) on February 1, but the con...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 16, 2017 

Road paved for two new B&Bs, P&Z Okays hotel bid

Wrangell’s Planning and Zoning Commission approved a pair of conditional use applications for prospective bed and breakfast establishments at last Thursday’s evening meeting. For one of these, Linda Nore and Steve Thomassen want to operate...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 16, 2017 

Chamber of Commerce dinner recognizes community contributions

At its 27th Annual Fundraiser Dinner on Saturday, the Wrangell Chamber of Commerce announced its honors list for 2017. There were five nominees for this year’s Wrangell Citizen of the Year: school board member and Wells Fargo Bank employee Aleisha...

 

Legislative call-in at LIO office

Everyone is welcome to an Open House at the Legislative Information Office Thursday, February 23rd, from 4 – 6 pm. Come see what the office has to offer and enjoy light refreshments. Also available will be an informal teleconference with...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 16, 2017 

Library setup to make archiving a snap

A new archiving station has been acquired by the local library, allowing the public access to digital scanning services free of charge. Irene Ingle Public Library was able to purchase its Knowledge...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 16, 2017 

Birding festival wins award for mindfulness

Wrangell's springtime birding festival was acknowledged for its mindfulness and dedication to conservation. The Stikine River Birding Festival received the 2017 Mindful Birding Award from the Mindful...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 16, 2017 

Political winds could be plus for SEAPA

In its first meeting of the new year, the governing board for Southeast Alaska Power Agency looked ahead to political reshufflings at the state and federal levels. Meeting in Petersburg February 8, members of the board learned from SEAPA executive...

 

Lawmaker proposes hiking $5 studded-tire tax to $75

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A state lawmaker wants to spike Alaska's studded-tire tax from $5 to $75. Sen. Cathy Giessel's bill is aimed at raising money to repair rutted roads damaged by studded tires, reported KTVA-TV. Giessel called the tax hike a...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 9, 2017

Ports OK hotel tidelands purchase bid

Wrangell’s Port Commission gave its go-ahead to a tidelands purchase proposed by the Stikine Inn’s owners. Bill Goodale, who jointly manages the dockside hotel with his wife, Cheryl Goodale, appeared at the February 2 meeting to explain his...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 9, 2017

Fire department booting up for cancer stairclimb

The Volunteer Fire Department will be sending six of its members to Seattle next month, to climb a lot of stairs and raise a lot of money for cancer research in the process. Held this year on March...

 

Correction:

Wrangell Cougars wrestler Chase Kincaid’s name was misspelled in the Feb. 2 story....

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 9, 2017

Wrangell to get new trooper in several weeks

A new trooper has been selected to take the vacant Wrangell assignment, Alaska Wildlife Troopers confirmed this week. “We’ve had that position filled,” said AWT Captain Steve Hall. In October the Wrangell post was vacated with the resignation...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 9, 2017

Presentation pays tribute to outgoing head coach

Wrangell High School said its goodbyes to its championship-winning basketball coach during a special ceremony last week. Boys coach Ray Stokes announced last month his plan to retire after the end of...

 

PFD bill gets committee hearing, Ortiz files mining resolution

Entering its third full week of the session, Alaska’s Legislature continues to look at a variety of spending cuts and revenue options. On February 2, the Senate Finance Committee heard SB 21, a proposal of Sen. Bert Stedman to restructure how...

 

Matanuska return to service delayed by repairs

Repairs to one of Southeast’s primary public ferries will take longer than anticipated. Alaska Marine Highway System reported the M/V Matanuska may not return to service until February 20, 10 days later than initially expected. Taken offline on...

 

Municipality of Anchorage settles port lawsuit with PND engineers

Anchorage, AK – The Municipality of Anchorage, which sued PND Engineers, Inc. in 2013 over the failed Port of Anchorage Intermodal Expansion project and sought more than $100 million in damages, has settled with PND for $750,000. PND was the...

 

Another ash cloud in Alaska volcano eruption

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A volcano in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands has erupted again, sending a cloud of ash and ice particles 30,000 feet in the air. The Alaska Volcano Observatory says the cloud was seen by satellite shortly after Bogoslof...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 2, 2017

Boat show to draw in visitors to Wrangell

Wrangell is being represented at the West Coast's biggest annual boat show, which began in Seattle on Friday. Held this year at CenturyLink Field's convention center and at South Lake Union, the...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 2, 2017

Hospital finances top million-dollar mark again

Wrangell Medical Center’s cash reserves are looking healthy again, after receipt of a substantial Medicare repayment last month. The hospital had been underpaid by the federal health insurer by about $488,000 the previous fiscal year, and the adjus...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 2, 2017

Wrangellite briefly detained following presidential travel ban

A Wrangell resident was among the travelers detained following a selective travel ban issued by the White House last week. Sylvia Ettefagh was returning from a 10-day vacation in Costa Rica with her husband, John, and friends the Stroms on Saturday....

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 2, 2017

Stedman bill would tie state income to PFD market value

As the Alaska State Legislature continues with the new session, members in both the House and Senate have put forward ideas to fix the state’s ongoing budget woes. Sitka Sen. Burt Stedman (R-District R) submitted his own contribution to that...

 

Health care signups up for Alaska since last year

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – More than 18,000 Alaska residents have signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, a slight increase from last year despite uncertainty over the future of so-called “Obamacare.” The federal Centers f...

 

Another ash cloud in Alaska volcano eruption

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A volcano in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands has erupted again, sending a cloud of ash and ice particles 30,000 feet in the air. The Alaska Volcano Observatory says the cloud was seen by satellite shortly after Bogoslof...

 

Alaska governor cites need for balance in immigration policy

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska Gov. Bill Walker says he understands the need to keep this country safe. But he says it also is important to protect the rights and liberties of those coming to Alaska. Walker tells The Associated Press that there’s...

 

Alaska lawmakers mull spending cap deficit

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska has never violated its constitutional spending cap, but many Republican lawmakers consider the limit too loose and want it tightened to limit future government growth. Under the existing cap, which excludes certain type...

 

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