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 By Dan Rudy    News    March 29, 2018

Documentary highlights continued need for tighter mining oversight

A free showing of a documentary highlighting the hazards of mining on transboundary rivers drew a pretty decent crowd Monday evening, with seats at the Nolan Center filling up fast. Released last...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    March 29, 2018

Two Petersburg residents charged after allegedly shipping meth to Petersburg

PETERSBURG – ­Two Petersburg residents are facing controlled substance charges after they allegedly coordinated the shipment of methamphetamine from Mexico to Mitkof Island. Carlos Sandoval, 53,...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    March 29, 2018

Charges likely to come after police seize items consistent with meth lab

PETERSBURG ­– Police seized items from a residence in Petersburg last week that are consistent with the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine, according to a release from the department. Last Thursday and Friday, Petersburg officers...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 29, 2018

City staff undergoing ALICE response training

Residents and city employees sat in on some crisis response training sessions last week, outlining proactive responses to conflict. James Nelson, now working as an officer with Wrangell's Forest...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 29, 2018

Take a letter: SEARHC-hospital partnership to be explored further

The Borough Assembly in a special meeting last week adopted a letter outlining its intent to potentially partner up with Southeast Alaska Rural Health Consortium on Wrangell’s hospital. Held on March 22, the early evening meeting covered some of...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 29, 2018

Dissolved air flotation plant given go-ahead by borough, funding sought

In a special meeting of the City and Borough Assembly on March 15, members finally moved ahead toward replacing Wrangell’s water treatment plant. The outdated plant has had a number of production problems over the years, starting not long after...

 

House votes for full dividend this year

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Alaska House on Monday voted to pay out a full Alaska Permanent Fund dividend this year, but residents shouldn't start thinking about how they'll spend the big check just yet. The measure now moves to the Senate, where...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    March 29, 2018

Petersburg library totem pole to be installed in mid-May

PETERSBURG – The library in Petersburg is about a month away from unveiling its 20-foot storyteller totem pole. The Petersburg Public Library is adding a roughly $40,000 red cedar totem pole called...

 

ADFG thinks Chinook numbers in Taku may be overestimated

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Alaska Department of Fish and Game said it has been overestimating how many Chinook and sockeye salmon make it up the Taku River. Department officials said the statistical bias is being corrected by new state-of-the-art...

 

Alaska February jobs down 2,300 from 2017

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – State labor officials say Alaska lost about 2,300 jobs in February compared to the same month last year. Total employment fell an estimated 0.7 percent in February from February 2017. Employment in oil and gas jobs declined...

 

Juneau school officials consider teaching climate change

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Juneau school officials are considering adopting national science education standards that include teaching middle and high school students about climate change. Alaska's Energy Desk reports the Juneau School District is...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 29, 2018

Literacy program encourages reading and culture

Wrangell's Head Start program will be opening its doors to families Friday evening as part of a recent educational collaboration between Sealaska Heritage Institute and the Tlingit and Haida Central...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 29, 2018

Meter position rewrite grounded by assembly

Revisiting an issue held over from its March 13 meeting, the City and Borough Assembly on Tuesday dug back into redefining job descriptions for a unionized electrical position. Being proposed is a modification to the groundman/meter reading position...

 

King salmon sport fishery closed down across the board starting Sunday

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced Thursday the extent of its king salmon sport fishing restrictions this season. Citing a poor preseason forecast, the department has decided to close... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 22, 2018

Language loss getting notice in Alaska communities

The Alaska House on Monday passed a concurrent resolution that would urge Gov. Bill Walker to declare a state of "linguistic emergency" for Native languages. HCR 19 passed by 34-4 and will be taken up...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 22, 2018

Anan rebuild to be unveiled this evening

Residents, guides and other users of the facilities at Anan Creek are encouraged to chime in tonight on a conceptualized redesign of its wildlife observatory. Just to its south on the mainland,...

 

Little time left to file for 2018 Permanent Fund Dividend

Registered Alaska residents are reminded to submit applications for this year’s Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) before the March 31 deadline. Falling on a Saturday, the walk-in deadline to turn in applications at offices in Fairbanks, Anchorage and...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 22, 2018

Decrepitude continues at courthouse after failed grant bid

Wrangell’s courthouse was not selected for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, the city has learned. Located inside the Public Safety Building, Alaska Court System’s office and courtroom area shares the building with the Department...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 22, 2018

Monofill project delay continues with new report

The second phase of site reclamation work at the former Byford junkyard has been put on another hold, as the state’s environmental agency responds to a new project report prepared on behalf of Wrangell’s tribal government. Wrangell Cooperative...

 

Correction:

In last week’s story covering the assembly, the amount of treated soil to be interred in a monofill was misreported. As reported previously, the estimated volume will be 18,500 cubic yards....

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 15, 2018

City goes code red as water shortage worsens

City Hall jumped a notch on its alert level Tuesday, declaring a Stage III water shortage watch. The third stage is the most severe in Wrangell’s water shortage management plan, adopted last year by the Borough Assembly. The city was previously on...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 15, 2018

Crossings staff gearing up for 2018 programming

Alaska Crossings is gearing up for its 2018 season, with guide training formally starting last week. The youth-oriented behavioral health program has operated out of Wrangell since its inception,...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 15, 2018

Water, soil and hospital fill Assembly's plate Tuesday

Three big issues weighed heavily upon the Wrangell Assembly’s agenda Tuesday; impending crises with the city’s water supply, its hospital’s financial stability, and the state’s site selection for a monofill to house treated lead-contaminated...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 15, 2018

FCC OKs KSTK license transfer

The Federal Communications Commission last week approved the transfer of licenses from Wrangell Radio Group to CoastAlaska. A nonprofit radio and television service based in Juneau, CoastAlaska provid...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    March 15, 2018

Petersburg teens plead not guilty to deer harassment

PETERSBURG – Two Petersburg teens last week pleaded not guilty to charges of harassment in connection to chasing and hitting multiple deer with a pickup truck in early February. Jasmine Ohmer, 17, and Sebastian Davis, 17, appeared before Judge Will...

 

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