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 By Dan Rudy    News    April 16, 2015 

Silvernail reroute passes P&Z

The future of Silvernail Work Road continues to take shape, with a debated section to be rerouted and downgraded from a right-of-way to an easement. At its regular meeting April 9, Wrangell’s Planning and Zoning Commission agreed to vacate the... Full story

 News    April 16, 2015 

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 By Dan Rudy    News    April 16, 2015 

Firearms ordinances pass, tidelands sale to Stikine Inn proceeds

At its regular Tuesday-night meeting, Wrangell's City and Borough Assembly passed an amended ordinance proposal, creating a chapter on abuse of the 911 emergency system and amending chapters 10.32 and 10.36 of the Municipal Code regarding the... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    April 16, 2015 

Celebrating the region's arts in Wrangell

Last week's Southeast Alaska Regional Artfest went as prettily as a picture, by all counts. Sixty students and 15 teachers from high schools in Juneau, Klawock, Skagway, Petersburg, Craig, Sitka and... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    April 16, 2015 

Local archers take aim at national competition

Four students from Stikine Middle School and Wrangell High School participating in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) have qualified to take aim in the national-level competition in...

 By Dan Rudy    News    April 16, 2015 

ADFG researchers flash 'bat signal' over Wrangell

Residents have been invited to become “citizen scientists” this summer, tracking bats and collecting data for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG). A good-sized group of Wrangellites flocked to the Forest Service’s final chautauqua...

 By Dan Rudy    News    April 16, 2015 

Rape charges leveled against Salard, extradition pursued

Former Wrangell physician Greg Salard was arraigned last week at Alaska First District Court in Juneau on the charge of being a fugitive from justice. On March 25 a warrant from the state of Louisiana was issued for Salard’s arrest relating to a...

 News    April 16, 2015 


Last week’s article about the Petersburg Borough Assembly passing an amended resolution allowing for the Southeast Alaska Power Agency’s (SEAPA) bond refinancing and new bond sale incorrectly stated that all member utilities, including Wrangell... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    April 16, 2015 

IGAP net catch heads for processing

A collection drive begun last August by Wrangell's Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (IGAP) has brought in quite a haul: about 3,300 pounds of discarded gill netting, brought in by area...

 By Dan Rudy    News    April 16, 2015 

New book examines local varieties of rock art

A local author has recently come out with a new book, which should begin hitting the shelves this month. Bonnie Demerjian’s “Rock Art of Southeast Alaska” explores petroglyphs, rock carvings, pictographs and paintings found in the region. The...

 By Dan Rudy    News    April 9, 2015

Foraker Group initiates public discussion for new hospital

Proponents of constructing a new hospital facility in Wrangell hoped to revive conversation about the project with a pair of presentations and a group discussion last week. Alaska Island Community Services (AICS) and Wrangell Medical Center (WMC)... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    April 9, 2015

New residential lots being prepared for sale

Eight new lots are being sited, surveyed and prepared for sale by the City and Borough of Wrangell, in what should be its largest such offering since the late 1990s. Ranging from 7,500 to 15,800 square feet, the lots are located up the hill along... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    April 9, 2015

SEAPA bond resolution passes with amended wording

Petersburg Borough Assembly members passed an amended resolution to allow Southeast Alaska Power Agency (SEAPA) to move forward with refinancing of existing 2009 bonds and a proposed $7 million bond sale to fund an expansion of the Swan Lake... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    April 9, 2015

Fugitive charge leveled at Salard over La. warrant

Former physician Greg Salard was arraigned at Alaska First District Court in Juneau Tuesday on the charge of being a fugitive from justice. In a story released by Alaska Native News, the charge is said to stem from an outstanding warrant for his...

 By Dan Rudy    News    April 9, 2015

Salmon Derby sports new rules, tax withholding

Anglers near and far away are gearing up for next month’s 63rd annual King Salmon Derby, held in Wrangell from May 9 to June 7. Last year over 930 tickets were sold to participants coming from...

 By Dan Rudy    News    April 9, 2015

Ports eye fees, Shoemaker designs

Wrangell's Port Commission got to take a look at preliminary designs for a new float system at Shoemaker Bay Harbor at its April 2 meeting. Designed by PND Engineers of Juneau, projected costs for...

 By Dan Rudy    News    April 9, 2015

Pool nearly repaired; Parks eyeing second fee restructure

Wrangell’s Parks and Recreation Board continued to reexamine the fee structure for Park’s facilities at their April 1 meeting. A previous draft schedule was rejected by the Borough Assembly in January. Park Board members will meet April 29 for a...

 By Dan Rudy    News    April 9, 2015

Local schools concerned about Senate Finance cuts

While preparing a draft budget for the next fiscal year, Wrangell Public Schools superintendent Patrick Mayer was surprised to learn the Senate Finance Committee approved a four-percent decrease to Alaska’s Foundation formula late last week. The...

 News    April 9, 2015

Panel advances bill to help fund spill response account

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) _ The Senate Finance Committee has advanced legislation that would levy a surcharge on refined fuels distributed in Alaska as a way to help fund an account used for the cleanup of contaminated sites, non-emergency spill response...

 By Becky Bohrer Associated Press    News    April 9, 2015

Alaska Senate passes state operating budget

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Alaska Senate has approved a spending proposal that would cut education funding, reject pay raises for public employees and otherwise make deeper agency cuts than the House. The vote Friday evening was 16-4 and followed...

 News    April 9, 2015

State biologists warn of Alaska bears emerging from dens

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is warning Alaskans to take precautions against bears emerging from winter dens. Anchorage wildlife biologist Dave Battle says he's heard unconfirmed reports of bears around Anchorage...

 By Dan Rudy    News    April 2, 2015

Swan Lake bond sale moves ahead

A project to improve storage capacity at Southeast Alaska Power Agency's (SEAPA) Swan Lake hydropower facility continues along with efforts to finance it with up to $11.36 million in bond sales. Over... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    April 2, 2015

Hospital board discusses finances, facility future

For the first time in more than two months the board of trustees for Wrangell Medical Center found themselves with a quorum March 25, in a meeting postponed from the 18th. The hospital’s financial situation remains delicate as staff recover from a... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    April 2, 2015

Legislators look at budget cuts, Medicaid expansion

Wrangell residents and other Alaskans from around the state were given more opportunity to voice concerns over impending cuts to state programming during a public hearing held Monday evening for the draft of next year's budget being considered by... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    April 2, 2015

Logger found dead of natural causes on Zarembo

Workers at a logging camp on nearby Zarembo Island discovered the body of a Nevada man in the early evening of March 24. David Fussell, 55, of Stagecoach, Nev., was found unresponsive by a coworker in the passenger seat of a parked truck. First aid...


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