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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...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 30, 2017

Wrangell welcomes back Filipino family after visa reshuffle

After being kept away for most of the year while a petition for residency was processed, the Balansag family returned to Wrangell earlier this month. The Balansags – Vincent, wife Lynn, and...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 30, 2017

Sales revenues suggest slight slump

Sales tax data made available this month suggest a slight dip in local consumer spending. The news comes at a time when the region's economy appears to be fragile. Earlier this fall, Southeast...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 30, 2017

New programs teaching students tech basics, encouraging mindful behavior

The learning experience for Wrangell students continues to get more technological, with new devices and programs hitting local schools this year. Technology director Matt Gore gave the Sentinel a run-through of some of these developments Tuesday. It...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 30, 2017

Lots to be thankful for at elementary feast

Hundreds of students, faculty members and special guests dined together at Evergreen Elementary School last week ahead of the holiday. Held November 22, this year's Primary Thanksgiving Feast was the...

 

Alaska couple looks to change damaged property tax law

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – An Alaska couple is looking to change a law that requires people to pay taxes on damaged property. Ron and Jane Hunt lost a house in a fire Jan. 8. Ron Hunt says he went to the Fairbanks North Star Borough to report the...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 30, 2017

Special session leaves huge deficit for January session

Legislators wrapped up their fourth special session called for the year last week, passing a crime reform bill but failing to take up any new revenue measures. Passing both chambers, Senate Bill 54 revises the criminal justice reform package passed u...

 

Malaspina repairs to limit winter ferry service

One of Southeast’s primary ferries will be out of service longer than expected as it undergoes annual maintenance, affecting the winter schedule. The Alaska Marine Highway System announced last week the M/V Malaspina will be out of commission sever...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 30, 2017

Wrangell singer participates in state-level concert

A Wrangell freshman was invited to join the state-level treble choir this year, at the All-State Music Festival in Anchorage. Held between November 16 and 18 at the Bartlett and West Anchorage high...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 30, 2017

GCI-FOX spat sidelines Sunday football broadcasts

Sports fans and other television viewers subscribing to General Communication Inc. have likely noticed that its FOX programming has been absent for most of the month. Since November 8 the...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 23, 2017

Wrangell court temporarily closed over air concerns

Until further notice is given, the clerical offices and courtroom at the Wrangell Public Safety Building have been closed down temporarily. The closure began Monday morning, with the Alaska Court...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 23, 2017

Hospital submits letter to assembly on partnership

Following talks earlier this month with the city, the hospital board drafted a letter requesting that it move forward with finding a third party partnership. At their November 15 meeting, Wrangell Medical Center governing board members discussed the...

 

Report: Alaska Marine Highway System should increase rates

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) _ A report by Alaska's Southeast Conference calls for the state marine highway system to increase its ticket prices. The recommendation is part of a 25-year plan that Gov. Bill Walker asked the conference's stakeholders to put...

 

Report: Management, labor issues complicate ferry service

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) _ A report by an Alaska regional development organization indicated that the success of the state ferry service could hinge on repairing the troubled relationship between its management and labor force. The Southwest Conference...

 

Corrections

In last week’s issue of the Sentinel, the mayor’s selection of SEAPA board alternates was misreported. Voting members will be Stephen Prysunka and Clay Hammer, while alternates will be city finance director Lee Burgess and city manager Lisa Von...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving drive serves up dinners for over 200 people

Meals have been brought to 74 families’ tables for Thanksgiving this week through the efforts of a local charity drive. The annual Thanksgiving basket drive organized by the Wrangell Ministerial Association has for each of the past sixteen years...

 

Legal workaround possible for crime reform bill

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – While constitutional questions swirl around a crime bill recently passed by the Alaska Legislature, the director of the state Department of Law's criminal division thinks the courts will work out a solution. John Skidmore...

 

State takes mining concerns to State Sec. Tillerson

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Officials in Alaska want the U.S. State Department to raise with the Canadian government concerns about the impacts of British Columbia mining on waters that flow across the border. Gov. Bill Walker, Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 16, 2017

Utilities capabilities on Assembly radar as year nears end

At last week’s meeting of the City and Borough Assembly, a number of ongoing infrastructural needs made the agenda. One item of interest was acquiring a new backup generator to support one of the city’s recently upgraded sewer pump stations. The...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 16, 2017

Columbia collecting seawater data for acidification study

One of the state's public ferries will help collect data on ocean acidification during its regular route. The news was announced last week by Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center at University of Alaska...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 16, 2017

Wrangell to hold second SEAPA seat on 2018 board

Wrangell's mayor chose the community's new voting and alternate member on next year's Southeast Alaska Power Agency board. Based in Ketchikan, the regional power provider services that community,...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 16, 2017

Wrangell BoF AC to recommend limits on crab pots and shrimp catch

The Wrangell Advisory Committee (AC) to the Board of Fish reviewed shellfish proposals for the coming 2017-18 year last week, focusing primarily on several shrimp and crab measures. Made up of various sport, commercial and subsistence users, locally-...

 

Alaska Senate adjourns after passing crime bill

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Alaska Senate set aside constitutional concerns and approved a crime bill Friday, but it sidestepped taxes when ending the special legislative session. The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska warned lawmakers that a...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 9, 2017

Hospital costs could see city looking for managing partner

In a special workshop at City Hall on Monday, administrators at Wrangell Medical Center and members of its governing board met with the City and Borough Assembly to discuss the cost of a new...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 9, 2017

Cub Scouts to start dens in Wrangell

The Cub Scouts held a recruiting drive at Evergreen Elementary School on Monday evening, with a number of boys and their parents stopping by to express interest. The purpose of the Boy Scouts of Ameri...

 

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