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 By Dan Rudy    News    July 30, 2015 

Assembly to revisit property tax date change, hospital credit

A special meeting will be held on Aug. 12 to allow the public to discuss and review a proposed ordinance relating to the new property tax payment due date. In May the Wrangell Assembly passed an ordinance amending the Municipal Code to establish a... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    July 30, 2015 

Jury finds Salard guilty, could serve 10-40 years

The jury in the trial of Greg Salard found the former family physician guilty of two child pornography charges, for receipt and distribution. A lesser, third count was not deliberated by jurors. Judge Anthony Burgess presided over the proceedings, wh... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    July 30, 2015 

Stikine ceremony to mark Mt. Polley disaster anniversary

On Sunday Alaska Native and Canadian First Nations groups will mark the first anniversary of the Mount Polley tailings dam collapse in a ceremony on the Stikine River. On Aug. 4, 2014, a rupture in the tailings dam servicing the British Columbia... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    July 30, 2015 

Unmanned aircraft taking off

In fits and kicks, with each passing year technological innovations continue to change the way people live, work, recreate and perceive the world. Many of these changes can go unnoticed by the...

 By Dan Rudy    News    July 30, 2015 

Ten candidates short-listed for hospital CEO position

Members of the Wrangell Medical Center (WMC) board’s special hiring committee met at the Nolan Center Wednesday morning to sort through a sheaf of resumes received over the preceding weeks. A replacement chief executive officer for the hospital is...

 By Dan Rudy    News    July 30, 2015 

Ortiz looks for budget feedback on Wrangell visit

District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz stopped into Wrangell over the weekend, both to enjoy some of the Bearfest 2015 events and meet with constituents. The Ketchikan Independent has put his first session under his belt after being elected last November. And...

 By Dan Rudy    News    July 30, 2015 

Bear necessities: the climate science of Bearfest

Wrangell's annual Bearfest offers a unique opportunity each year for biologists, researchers, photographers and artists to come together for a common cause, and last week's event was no exception.... Full story

 News    July 30, 2015 

Federal laws have banks turning away marijuana businesses

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Federal laws tying marijuana money with money laundering has banks turning away marijuana businesses. While marijuana businesses will be able to get licenses and make sales starting May 2016 in Alaska, the cash involved is...

 News    July 30, 2015 

Groups want hunting season suspended for rare Alaska wolves

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Six conservation organizations want to stop hunting and trapping of a rare southeast Alaska wolf while the federal government decides whether the animals merit endangered species status. The groups asked Fish and Game...

 News    July 30, 2015 

Shell gets permits for limited oil drilling in Arctic waters

ANCHORAGE (AP) — The Obama administration has given Royal Dutch Shell PLC approval to begin limited exploratory oil drilling off Alaska's northwest coast. The two permits issued Wednesday clear the way for drilling in Chukchi Sea, but with...

 News    July 30, 2015 

Glacial fjord tours may harm harbor seals

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Tourists who want to look at seal pups resting among Alaska’s glacial fjords may be making things harder for the marine animals. Cruise ship traffic in the glacial fjords an import nursery area for harbor seal pups has incre...

 By Dan Rudy    News    July 30, 2015 

WCA dedicates new cultural facility

A good-sized crowd of over 100 people attended the dedication ceremony for the Wrangell Cooperative Association's new cultural center on Saturday. After a welcoming performance by the Shxat Kwaan...

 News    July 30, 2015 

Strong earthquake rattles Alaska's Aleutian Islands

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting no damage from a strong earthquake that rocked Alaska’s Aleutian Islands. The quake struck at 8:49 p.m. Sunday and was centered 45 miles southwest of the village of Nikolski at a...

 News    July 30, 2015 

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 By Dan Rudy    News    July 23, 2015

Hospital board prepares for TruBridge, CEO search

Despite hectic midsummer schedules, the Wrangell Medical Center Board of Trustees was able to find quorum for its meeting on July 15. During his monthly report, finance director Doran Hammett informed the board that a consultant with company... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    July 23, 2015

Kayakers and film team make stop through Wrangell

A pair of friends decided to undertake a unique adventure, traveling the 1,200 miles from Washington to Alaska by kayak. Luca Lezzi and Xander Fehsenfeld departed from their hometown of Bainbridge... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    July 23, 2015

Salard trial began Monday

The trial for Greg Salard began in Juneau on Monday. The former Wrangell physician faces three felony charges related to the possession and distribution of child pornography, following a five-month investigation by the Federal Bureau of... Full story

 News    July 23, 2015

San Diego hiker airlifted from Juneau glacier after fall

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A hiker visiting Juneau from San Diego has been airlifted to Bartlett Regional Hospital after he fell and fractured his leg while climbing the Mendenhall Glacier. The Juneau Empire reports that Capital City Fire/Rescue...

 By Dan Rudy    News    July 23, 2015

City clerk receives higher certification

Borough Clerk Kim Lane recently received her master municipal clerk (MMC) designation from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC), a professional nonprofit which promotes continued...

 News    July 23, 2015

Groups want Shell's Arctic plans stopped after ship damaged

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Ten environmental groups say a missing icebreaker should be a deal-breaker for Arctic offshore drilling by Royal Dutch Shell PLC off Alaska’s northwest coast. The groups in a letter Tuesday called on Interior Secretary...

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 23, 2015

Show me the money:

At the polls on Oct. 6, Wrangell voters will be determining whether or not local public officials should be exempt from state financial disclosure requirements. Now Petersburg is considering a similar exemption, with an ordinance to put the...

 News    July 23, 2015

Pilot killed in Juneau crash, two injured

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The pilot of a Cessna 207 was killed when the plane crashed into rugged terrain west of Juneau on Friday afternoon, according to Alaska State Troopers. The four passengers in the plane survived. Troopers identified the pilot...

 News    July 23, 2015

Board of Game meetings called

The Alaska Board of Game (BoG) announced it will be holding a non-regulatory teleconference at 2 p.m., Aug. 7. The board will consider agenda change requests for the 2016 Statewide Regulations meeting and address other business. Though the board...

 News    July 23, 2015

Labor Department announces unemployment rate at 6.8 percent

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – The Alaska Department of Labor says Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June was 6.8 percent. The department revised the May rate down .1 percent to 6.7 percent. The national unemployment rate was 5.3...

 News    July 23, 2015

Ferry delayed 3 days; 'bump-and-run' this week

Repairs caused delays for those expecting to ride the Alaska Marine Highway System last week, after M/V Columbia was held up in Juneau. On its way south through Wrangell to Ketchikan and eventually Bellingham, Wash., the Columbia was not able to leav...


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