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 By Dan Rudy    News    October 1, 2015 

Municipal elections to be held on Tuesday

Polls will open for Wrangell’s regular municipal elections this Tuesday. Candidates have filed for all available seats, with several positions in contest. Among those open to the polls this year are two three-year seats on the City and Borough... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    October 1, 2015 

Grand event planned for ANB/ANS Grand Camp

Next week, the Alaska Native Sisterhood celebrates its 100th anniversary at the place of its founding, Wrangell. Alaska Native Brotherhood/ANS is the oldest rights organization for indigenous persons... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    October 1, 2015 

Low-cost flu clinics coming up

Like raking leaves and pumpkin-based desserts, influenza inoculations are another sign that summer is finally over. A pair of flu clinics will be held by Wrangell healthcare providers later this month. The Center for Disease Control recommends that... Full story

 News    October 1, 2015 

Washington company exploring gas service in southeast Alaska

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) – A Washington state-based utility is looking to southeast Alaska for a launch of natural gas, which would primarily be delivered to homes for heat and personal use. The Ketchikan Daily News reports that Avista, a natural...

 By Dan Rudy    News    October 1, 2015 

Art exhibits take top prizes at Haines, Palmer fairs

Two exhibits submitted by local artists to the Southeast Alaska State Fair in Haines this July won top honors, going on from there to compete and win in Palmer Aug. 27. Arlene Woodward and Kitty...

 By Dan Rudy    News    October 1, 2015 

Hold your fire: illegal moose numbers up

Local hunters have been hit harder than usual by antler restrictions so far this year. The season began on Sept. 15, and by the end of the first week seven of 35 moose reported harvested in the Wrangell, Petersburg and Kake areas were deemed noncompl...

 News    October 1, 2015 

Walker brushes aside reserves tax criticism

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Gov. Bill Walker on Friday brushed aside criticism from Republican lawmakers that they were blindsided by his call to reinstate the gas reserves tax during the upcoming special session. “I sat right at this table and talked about...

 News    October 1, 2015 

Researchers say new dinosaur found in northern Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Researchers have uncovered a new species of plant-eating dinosaur in Alaska, according to a report published Tuesday. The animal was a variety of hadrosaur, a duck-billed dinosaur that roamed in herds, said Pat...

 By Dan Rudy    News    October 1, 2015 

Shell backs out from Arctic drilling operations

Royal Dutch Shell surprised many Monday after the energy conglomerate announced it would cease offshore exploration activity in the Alaskan Arctic for the foreseeable future. Shell explained initial drilling results indicated oil and gas reserves pre...

 News    October 1, 2015 

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 By Dan Rudy    News    September 24, 2015

Assembly looks to future development, cleaning old messes

At their Tuesday night meeting, members of the Wrangell Borough Assembly learned the former Byford salvage yard will be cleaned up after all. Earlier in the summer the 2.5-mile site tested positive for considerable contamination from lead and other... Full story

 News    September 24, 2015

Permanent Fund Dividend will be $2,072

This year's Permanent Fund Dividend will be $2,072, according to an announcement made by the Alaska Department of Revenue on Monday. Current-year dividend applications that were in "eligible-not... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    September 24, 2015

Kalkins found guilty, files pleas to other charges

A local man was found guilty of threatening a child in Wrangell First District Court on Sept. 17. Randolph Kalkins, 46, was arrested May 8 on charges of assault in the fourth and violating conditions of release. A Class A misdemeanor, the... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    September 24, 2015

Wrangell to get new trooper, moose season begins

Wrangell will be getting a new Alaska Wildlife Trooper (AWT) shortly, the Department of Public Safety confirmed last week. Residents may recognize Trooper Scott Bjork, who was transferred to Juneau in January. AWT said Bjork will be posted here...

 By Dan Rudy    News    September 24, 2015

Lifeguarding course kicks off fall swim season

Wrangell’s Parks and Rec hosted an American Red Cross certified lifeguard course over the weekend as part of its efforts to improve its pool-related programming. Currently there are around ten people able to lifeguard locally, but in recent months...

 By Jess Field    News    September 24, 2015

SEAPA holds regular board meeting in Petersburg

PETERSBURG – For its September regular board meeting, Southeast Alaska Power Authority (SEAPA) board members met in Petersburg earlier this week. The board heard updates concerning the company’s ongoing efforts to catalog hydro sites in...

 News    September 24, 2015

Sealaska looks to diversify revenue stream

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) – As Sealaska Corp. reduces its timber program, the company is exploring new revenue streams, including a possible acquisition of a natural foods business. Sealaska Natural Resources Manager Brian Kleinhenz told the...

 News    September 24, 2015

Alaska says 1,000 people signed up for health care

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – The Alaska health department says it has enrolled more than 1,000 people in health care coverage in the first two weeks of the newly expanded Medicaid program. The Alaska Dispatch News reports that state officials are...

 News    September 24, 2015

Canadian company considers Ketchikan ferry service

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) – A tour boat company based in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, is considering running a weekly ferry service to Ketchikan next summer. Owners of West Coast Launch and its subsidiary, Prince Rupert Adventure Tours, Debbie...

 By Mary Koppes    News    September 24, 2015

Locals express frustration with Kake Road project development

PETERSBURG – About 15 Petersburg and Kupreanof residents attended a meeting last Thursday night to hear about and voice their opinions on recent developments on the Kake Access road project....

 By Dan Rudy    News    September 24, 2015

Sleep box program aims to reduce infant deaths

Wrangell's Public Health Office will be participating in a wider effort to reduce infant mortality in Alaska. Spearheaded by PeaceHealth Ketchikan, the "Little Alaskan Dream Box" project distributes s...

 By Dan Rudy    News    September 17, 2015

Planning and Zoning looking for new commissioners

Possible delays may loom for continued development as Wrangell’s Planning and Zoning Commission struggled to meet its requirements for quorum last week. After postponing their regularly scheduled session from Thursday evening to midday Friday, the... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    September 17, 2015

Southeast Conference fashioning five-year economic plan

Delegates from around the region traveled down to Prince Rupert, British Columbia, this week for the 2015 Southeast Conference. The bulk of the three-day conference took place Tuesday and Wednesday, wrapping up this morning. SEC executive director... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    September 17, 2015

By the numbers: Report highlights SE economy

New economic data for Southeast Alaska was unveiled at this year’s Southeast Conference in Prince Rupert, British Columbia (see adjoining article). The “By the Numbers” look was compiled for the regional association by Juneau-based analysts... Full story

 News    September 17, 2015

Summer troll extension announced

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has extended the Southeast-Yakutat commercial troll fishery through Sept. 30. The extension applies to the retention of all species except king salmon, with the following restrictions: Districts 1 and 2-waters s...


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