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 By Dan Rudy    News    December 21, 2017

Sushi feed raises thousands for cancer treatment

A home-harvested fundraiser raised just over $3,800 for a child's medical expenses on Sunday, which follows another effort in October that had raised $1,800. The funds are for Taryn Lee, a...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    December 21, 2017

Planning and Zoning gives OK to tideland sales

The Planning and Zoning Commission moved forward several developments of properties neighboring the ferry terminal at its monthly meeting last week. It signed off on a conditional use permit for the...

 

PSG man indicted for child porn charges, posts exploitative on Twitter

PETERSBURG–A Petersburg man was indicted by a Juneau grand jury last week and charged with 12 counts related to the possession of child pornogrpahy, according to a press release from the Department...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    December 21, 2017

Motion to slash rebate from power agency fails, but topic still on table

A hydro power agency in Southeast Alaska proposed to cut a customer rebate last week after it increased by nearly $1 million in 2017, but the board shot it down while keeping the possibility of a future slash in play. Trey Acteson, CEO of the...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    December 21, 2017

Former Petersburg cop banned from being certified after sexual harassment allegations

PETERSBURG­-A former Petersburg police officer was banned from working in the state of Alaska after sexual harassment allegations against him were presented to a state ethics council in early...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    December 21, 2017

New disciplinary policy set for elementary, board looks ahead to budget

School may be out for Wrangell students’ winter break, but the Public School Board still came together for its last meeting of the year on Monday. Board members were given a preview of a new disciplinary policy for students at Evergreen Elementary...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    December 21, 2017

Week left for comment on fisheries proposals

In an announcement last week, the public is reminded a comment deadline for proposed changes to fisheries management is quickly coming up. The Board of Fisheries, the regulatory body charged with oversight over the state’s fisheries management will...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    December 14, 2017

Boat parade lines up for return

By popular demand, the Chamber of Commerce will be bringing the holiday spirit back to Wrangell's shores next week with its annual boat parade. Once a tradition every Christmas season, mariners of...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    December 14, 2017

CVB building new website to showcase community

Board members on the Wrangell Convention and Visitor Bureau last week approved funding site construction for a new web page showcasing the community to potential visitors. The borough’s current page for tourists, WrangellAlaska.org, has proven a...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    December 14, 2017

Wrangell Island sale announced, fraction of expectation

The regional forest supervisor with the United States Forest Service issued a final decision on the Wrangell Island timber sale project on Monday. Addressing a number of objections to the project as it was proposed last year, the scope of the sale...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    December 14, 2017

Support group to hold public reading for transgender youth

A Wrangell organization will this evening hold a storybook reading along with other communities across the country, to support transgender and non-binary youth. The book is I Am Jazz, a children's boo...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    December 14, 2017

Chinook outlook not so good for 2018

A preseason forecast for next year's king salmon return to the Stikine River has come up worryingly short, boding ill for local fisheries. Released last week by Alaska Department of Fish and Game,...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    December 14, 2017

Wrangell swimmers make December meet in Ketchikan

A dozen members of Wrangell Swim Club joined swimmers from six other clubs around the region in Ketchikan earlier this month. Entering its second year of competitive swimming, the Wrangell group saw...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    December 14, 2017

City still scrapping for fight over yard debris

In an effort to curb roadside eyesores around town, Wrangell Public Works announced at last week’s meeting of the Borough Assembly its intention to allow people to dispose of their excess scrap metal for free through the end of December. The...

 

US petroleum reserve lease sale in Alaska draws just 7 bids

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – President Donald Trump’s efforts to make the United States “energy dominant’’with help from Alaska got off to modest results Wednesday. The Interior Department made its largest-ever lease offering within the...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    December 7, 2017

Volleyball girls take second at State

With a stellar conclusion to its 2017 season, the Wrangell High School volleyball team finished second at the State 2A Championships on Saturday. The team headed up early last Tuesday, practicing the...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    December 7, 2017

Assembly to seek consultant for hospital future

At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Borough Assembly approved moving ahead with seeking a consultant on the hospital’s future, while members also learned city computers had been targeted by a hacking attack. A letter recommending hiring a...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    December 7, 2017

City sets priorities for 2018 legislative agenda, bumps ANSEP

Before the Assembly’s regularly-scheduled meeting Tuesday, members met to discuss legislative priorities for the coming year. City manager Lisa Von Bargen had prepared a draft list of items for their consideration, a summary of considerations and...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    December 7, 2017

Concert auction to raise cash for art materials

Creative programs at the high and middle schools will be putting their works under the hammer Monday evening in an effort to raise money for supplies. As with the schools’ four previous auctions, this year’s will precede their annual Christmas...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    December 7, 2017

Wrangell timber sale to be scaled back, decision expected next week

A final decision on the Wrangell Island timber sale is expected out next week, wrapping up years of deliberation and planning. Citing objections to the economics and ecological impacts of its preferred plan, the United States Forest Service has...

 

Bad berry harvest blamed for bear sightings

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) – Several Kodiak residents have reported seeing bears in town throughout the past few weeks, and at least one area expert believes that’s because of a lackluster berry crop this year. Although the state Department of Fish and...

 

Study on hatchery-raised red crab nears conclusion

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) – An Alaska program is in its final year of an experiment to determine whether hatchery-raised red king crab can increase wild stock. The Alaska King Crab Research, Rehabilitation and Biology Program started its work in 2009...

 

Senators tout cruise break in new tax bill

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The cruise industry has dodged a tax increase after Alaska’s U.S. senators helped strike the provision from the tax bill that passed the Senate. The bill approved early Saturday includes other provisions that Alaska...

 

Bidder backs out of deal to turn Taku into hotel

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The bidder who planned to purchase Alaska’s ferry Taku and turn it into a waterfront hotel and restaurant in Oregon has backed out of the deal. The sale of the 352-foot surplus vessel was expected to close in early...

 

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