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 By Dan Rudy    News    January 29, 2015 

Hospital board reviews finances, budget draft

Wrangell Medical Center's board examined a preliminary draft of its budget for next year and were updated on the hospital's finances during its monthly meeting Jan. 21. Over the next couple of years,... Full story

 News    January 29, 2015 

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 By Dan Rudy    News    January 29, 2015 

Assembly reviews fireworks, firearms ordinances

A bit short-handed at its regular Tuesday-night meeting, Wrangell City and Borough Assembly nonetheless reviewed the first readings of several ordinance revisions. Members Becky Rooney, David Mitchell, Daniel Blake and Mayor David Jack discussed a... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    January 29, 2015 

Board of Fish votes to keep Dungeness management plan

Meeting in Wrangell last week, the Alaska Board of Fisheries elected to maintain the current Southeast Alaska Area Dungeness Crab Fisheries Management Plan. A trio of policy proposals would have... Full story

 News    January 29, 2015 

Subsistence Board acts on Southeast fisheries proposals

At its Jan. 21-23 meeting in Anchorage, the Federal Subsistence Board opted to take action on proposed changes to federal subsistence fishing regulations. Statewide, a definition of hooks was added to allow those with or without barbs. For Southeast,...

 By Dan Rudy    News    January 29, 2015 

Group deliberates future for WCA carving facility

A group of 11 community members gathered on Jan. 21 to discuss and provide direction for how to use Wrangell Cooperative Association’s new carving facility, which was completed in October. The facility’s completion was the second of three phases...

 By Dan Rudy    News    January 29, 2015 

Wrangell to go trooperless for foreseeable future

The Wrangell area will be without an Alaska Wildlife Trooper for the foreseeable future, according to the state agency’s Juneau office. The vacancy was created by the transfer of Trooper Scott Bjork to the Juneau area earlier this month. Citing...

 News    January 29, 2015 

Obama to seek wilderness designation for Alaska refuge

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – President Barack Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain, drawing an angry response from top state...

 By Dan Rudy    News    January 29, 2015 

Statewide marijuana legalization due to start

Following the endorsement by Alaska voters of Ballot Measure 2 in November, marijuana consumption is scheduled to become legal for adults aged 21 and older beginning Feb. 24. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has within nine months from that date...

 News    January 29, 2015 

NASA brings earthquake monitoring to SE

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) – It's not quite rocket science, but close enough, and closer to home students in the Tribal Scholars Program began cutting-edge earthquake monitoring research in a partnership with NASA this past week. It's part of a new...

 News    January 29, 2015 

Applications being accepted for American Seafoods grant program

The Community Advisory Board of American Seafoods Company announced it will be accepting applications for its Alaska community grant program. The deadline for applications is Feb. 17. Since its inception in 1997, the CAB has granted over $1.25...

 By Dan Rudy    News    January 22, 2015

Waterfront plan starts to take shape

A team of architects and civic planners appeared before Wrangell officials and residents last week to start drafting a master plan for the city's future waterfront development. The eventual goal is... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    January 22, 2015

School board okays tech prep courses for high school

Members of Wrangell’s Public School Board okayed the first step in opening online vocational courses to Wrangell High School students. At its Monday evening meeting, the board endorsed applications... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    January 22, 2015

Annual bird count affected by adverse weather

Wrangell bird-watchers braved crisp weather and rough water on Jan. 3 to participate in this year's 115th annual Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count. Volunteers around the country pick a date... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    January 22, 2015

Catholic diocese announces new priest assignments

Bishop Edward Burns of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Juneau last month announced the assignment of new priests for Southeast communities. A news release explained it is customary for a diocesan bishop to reassign priests to new parishes every five...

 News    January 22, 2015

Wrangell man dies of Ketchikan jail injuries

KETCHIKAN (AP) – An autopsy has been ordered for a 20-year-old Wrangell man who died of injuries suffered in a Ketchikan jail. Alaska State Troopers say Brendon Sample on Thursday attempted to hang himself with a bed sheet while alone in a cell at...

 By Mary Koppes    News    January 22, 2015

Kake mayor pleas for local support for power intertie

PETERSBURG – Though many of the thirty individuals who showed up at the public meeting held last Wednesday to discuss the Kake-Petersburg Intertie (KPI) expressed their support for the project, a spirited discussion also ensued about the various...

 By Dan Rudy    News    January 22, 2015

Dental clinic moving to new location, introduces dentist

Alaska Island Community Services announced last week the addition of a new dentist to its staff, Dr. Charles Haubrich. "That's a huge enhancement to continuity of care," explained Terry Wagner, CHC...

 By Dan Rudy    News    January 22, 2015

Board of Fish meets in Wrangell to discuss crab, shrimp proposals

The Alaska Board of Fisheries began its six-day review process for crab, shrimp and miscellaneous shellfish policies in Southeast and Yakutat yesterday at Wrangell’s Nolan Center. Public testimony on the policy changes being proposed began...

 By Dan Rudy    News    January 15, 2015

Thomas Bay committee may assume new role

An ordinance amending Thomas Bay Power Advisory Committee's role in Wrangell's Municipal Code passed the Wrangell City and Borough Assembly on first reading. A second reading featuring a public hearing will be held on Jan. 27. The principal change wo... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    January 15, 2015

Outgoing representative thankful to voters, colleagues

After spending seven terms in the Alaska State House, Wrangell's long-serving Rep. Peggy Wilson announced her intention to retire last April, declining to run for reelection in November's general... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    January 15, 2015

Park board enters new year, director to head Public Works

Wrangell Parks and Recreation Board discussed the possibility of setting up wireless internet at the community center gym, after receiving a letter from resident Jim Leslie asking for the upgrade. Board members Bob Lippert, Holly Owens, Michael... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    January 15, 2015

Tye Petersen sentenced to 12 years on child pornography charges

PETERSBURG ­– On Jan. 7, former Petersburg School District Maintenance Director Tye Petersen was sentenced to 12 years in jail, followed by 25 years of supervised release for Distribution, Receipt and Possession of Child Pornography. U.S. District...

 By Dan Rudy    News    January 15, 2015

P & Z approves sale of Borough land to Bay Company

The Bay Company’s requests for the City and Borough of Wrangell to vacate and sell portions of an adjacent alleyway have finally cleared their first hurdle, being approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission after considerable discussion at its...

 News    January 15, 2015

Cole to retire as Tongass head

The United States Forest Service announced last week the retirement of two of its top managers in the Tongass National Forest, America's largest national forest. Supervisor Forrest Cole will retire from his position in April, having served nearly 40...


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