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 By Dan Rudy    News    January 19, 2017 

P&Z hammers out Harbor House permitting

Following a contentious meeting last week, the Planning and Zoning Commission held a follow-up workshop Tuesday evening to address neighbors concerns about a proposed senior housing and assisted care facility. With 30 people sitting in, the meeting...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 19, 2017 

New city manager search winnows field to three

Wrangell has narrowed the field for its new borough manager, with city staff and members of the Borough Assembly holding a teleconference with five candidates during a closed-door meeting Friday....

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 19, 2017 

School budget and communication top board's agenda

Wrangell Public School District unveiled its first draft for next year’s operating budget at its board’s Monday evening meeting. Overall, the school district’s budget is projected to be 2.3 percent higher than the FY17 revised budget, coming...

 

Floathouse removal still at standstill

The state has so far not received any applications from a number of floathouse owners contacted last autumn. Since October, the Department of Natural Resources has been reaching out to identified owners of floating facilities anchored along the...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 19, 2017 

Mariculture task force preparing statewide plan

A state task force set up to further develop a sustainable mariculture industry is setting up several advisory committees as part of that process. The Alaska Mariculture Task Force was set up by Gov. Bill Walker following recommendations by the...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 19, 2017 

Legislative battle over budget set for new session

Alaska’s 30th Legislature convened for its new session on Tuesday, with the state’s finances presenting a daunting challenge for the next 90 days. The spending deficit is projected at around $3.1 billion this year if the budget is left as-is....

 

Legislators see urgency in budget, but face rifts

JUNEAU (AP) – Alaska legislators agree on the need to address the state’s multibillion-dollar budget deficit. But rifts remain over how best to do that, with divisions forming over taxes, how much to keep cutting spending and whether the state...

 

State sues two federal agencies over hunting restrictions

ANCHORAGE (AP) – The state of Alaska on Friday sued two federal agencies to overturn a ban on certain hunting techniques on national refuges and preserves, including the killing of black bear sows and their cubs in dens with the aid of artificial...

 
 By Jess Field    News    January 19, 2017 

Chum release in Thomas Bay given green light

PETERSBURG – ­An application for an Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) permit alteration to release 40 million chum salmon in Thomas Bay brought forth by the Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (NSRAA) has been approved....

 

Bill to restore PFD cuts

JUNEAU (AP) – Bills that would restore the portion of Alaskans’ oil wealth checks that were cut by Gov. Bill Walker last year were filed Monday, ahead of the start of the new legislative session. The legislation to restore dividends was proposed...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 12, 2017

Four named to memorial committee, one more needed

Things are coming together for a planned memorial dedicated to Wrangell's seafaring community. The Port Commission last week named two more people to the steering committee tasked with fundraising...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 12, 2017

Assembly meets over SEARHC-AICS merger

An informal workshop was arranged last week to allow members of the City and Borough Assembly meet with representatives of two medical providers planning to merge next month. In October, Wrangell-based clinical services provider Alaska Island...

 

Lost bags put former Petersburg mayor in Ft. Lauderdale airport at time of shootings

A mechanical delay and lost luggage put former Petersburg mayor Dave Carlson and wife Celia at the Fort Lauderdale airport just minutes before shooting broke out in Terminal 2 baggage claim area on...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 12, 2017

Labor report forecasts significant job loss in 2017

A report released by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development late last week is forecasting a 1.7-percent drop in employment this year from expected 2016 numbers. The forecast...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 12, 2017

Bird count crimped by weather, finds 45 species

Wrangell’s birders tallied up 45 different species last month during their annual holiday count. Venturing out on December 17, 30 volunteers had planned to take part in the Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count, the 117th one held in the...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 12, 2017

Assembly gives input over state budget

At its regular meeting Tuesday, the City and Borough Assembly met with returning Rep. Dan Ortiz (I-District 36) to talk about the state budget. He had previously stopped by on similar visits to the councils in Hydaburg, Metlakatla and Ketchikan, and...

 

A look back at 2016

For Wrangell, the past year was one mixed with successes and setbacks, shared tragedies and uplifting moments. Sales taxes collected over the spring and summer tour seasons neared all-time highs,...

 

Local fisherman celebrates 100th birthday

A lifelong Wrangell resident, Lawrence Bahovec, just celebrated his 100th birthday this week. Asked how he felt about reaching the milestone, he joked: "It makes me feel old." He was born in Chicago...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 5, 2017

Sourdough Lodge sold, to become assisted care center

Wrangell's second-largest travel lodging has been sold, and will be repurposed as a senior housing and assisted living center this spring. The owners of the Sourdough Lodge sold the property to a grou...

 

SE weather in 2016 warmest on record

Temperatures in Southeast Alaska were for many communities the warmest on record, according to weather data collected by the National Weather Service. Maintained by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NWS data showed records were...

 

January cutoff last chance for health insurance in 2017

Residents are reminded that January 15 is the cutoff for open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace. In a media release put out by Southeast Alaska Rural Health Consortium on Tuesday, it notes that many who already had insurance plans throug...

 

Alaska union files grievance over governor's budget

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A union representing nearly 8,000 state employees has filed a complaint against Gov. Bill Walker and his administration for an alleged violation of contract. The Alaska State Employees Association filed the class-action...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    December 29, 2016

City withdraws suit in union negotiation

Pending a judge’s sign-off, the Wrangell Borough and its public employees union are abandoning the courtroom for the negotiating table, after a productive settlement conference held last week in Ketchikan. The city and International Brotherhood of...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    December 29, 2016

Klein named as SSE Senate delegation representative

Alaska's two senators jointly welcomed a new addition to their Southeast team. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan issued statements December 22 congratulating Chere Klein to serve at the South...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    December 29, 2016

Bilateral work group to improve AK-BC mining oversight

The governments of Alaska and neighboring province British Columbia initiated their first bilateral working group on transboundary mining and water quality concerns earlier this month. In a statement from his office released last week, Lieutenant...

 

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