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 By Dan Rudy    News    January 18, 2018 

KSTK awaits FCC approval for license transfer

Radio station KSTK is now awaiting decision by the Federal Communications Commission on whether to approve a proposed acquisition by CoastAlaska, a regional service headquartered in Juneau. Applicatio...

 

Suspect charged in boutique burglary

Charges have been filed against a suspect involved in an evening burglary at a local shop earlier this month. Wrangell Police Department brought two class B misdemeanor counts against David M. Johnson, 45, for his alleged involvement in the January...

 

Correction:

In last week's police report, James Holder had been erroneously been to reported to have received citations for driving without insurance or equipment on January 5. Those citations actually went to Alicia Holder, 23, who had been driving a vehicle... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 18, 2018 

Schools readying for special ed review, drafting budget

Wrangell's public school system got encouraging marks for its special education provision, during a special report Monday evening. The Public School District board met with Bob Hadaway, a consultant w...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 18, 2018 

Crabbers seek otter relief, BoF rejects crab plan repeal

After deliberation on Saturday the Alaska Board of Fisheries rejected a proposal to scrap the Southeast Alaska management plan for Dungeness crab fisheries. The BoF is currently convened in Sitka for its meeting on the region’s shellfish and...

 

Traffic report: rock slide near mill property

A sizable rock slide along Zimovia Highway Thursday evening temporarily blocked off access to traffic. The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities was notified of the slide at 7:30... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 11, 2018

Courthouse remains closed, Assembly discusses upcoming legislation

The city will be trying to return court services to the Public Safety Building as quickly as possible. The Alaska Court System curtailed its courtroom and legal services in Wrangell just before Thanksgiving, citing air quality concerns with the...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 11, 2018

Evening lingerie larceny alleged in break-in

A Wrangell store owner was surprised to discover her shop had been entered during the night last week, with some items stolen. Located on the back side of the Churchill Building, Silver Liningz Boutique had apparently been broken into sometime...

 

Columbia on brief reschedule following unexpected repair

The ferry servicing Southeast Alaska on the reduced winter schedule fell slightly behind schedule after having mechanical difficulties over the weekend. While on its way to Ketchikan from Bellingham, Washington, the M/V Columbia encountered a...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 11, 2018

Stedman makes Wrangell stop, proposing constitutional PFD amendment

Before the 30th Alaska Legislature meets for its second regular session next Tuesday, Sen. Bert Stedman (R-Sitka) stopped in Wrangell last week to meet with constituents. Visiting with the city...

 

Corrections

In the December 28 issue of the Sentinel, in the hospital story it was erroneously suggested that a non-binding agreement between the Borough Assembly and SEARHC had been previously approved regarding the direction of hospital management. The...

 

Lawmaker seeks to up Alaska's legal age of marriage to 18

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) – An Alaska lawmaker is seeking to change the state law that allows a person as young as 14 to marry. State Sen. Berta Gardner is planning to introduce legislation to increase the legal age of marriage to 18 in Alaska, the...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 4, 2018

2017 – a year in review

Another year begins this week, and 2018 both holds promise and poses challenges to Wrangell residents. Economic trials will perhaps be of the greatest concern as state coffers seem set to dry up and...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 4, 2018

Assembly and Ortiz to meet on legislative priorities

The Wrangell Assembly will be holding a workshop with its state representative Tuesday, ahead of its regularly scheduled meeting. Set for 6 p.m., Rep. Dan Ortiz (Unaffiliated – District 36) plans...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 4, 2018

Weather not so hot in 2017

2017 was a cooler, wetter year than usual for Southeast Alaska, according to National Weather Service data. Looking back on the weather for 2017, Juneau meteorologist Rick Fritsch summed things up on Tuesday with his annual climatological report....

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 4, 2018

Nine firefighters to take part in 2018 stair climb

A group of Wrangell firefighters raising money for cancer research will have grown this year, with nine to take part in the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb in Seattle March 11. Drawing 2,000...

 

State changes bail system, with more releases expected

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska is starting the new year with a change in the way the state handles criminal bail. People charged with a crime will no longer have to pay money to get out of jail before their trial, the Juneau Empire reported....

 

State to collect pipeline back-taxes after settlement

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The state expects to collect about $165 million its owed in back taxes from companies that paid to ship oil down the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, but the payments are not expected to be in cash. Alaska’s Energy Desk reports the...

 

Parks & Rec extends winter challenge for better health

Now that the holidays are over, those looking to put the feasting and festivities behind them can challenge themselves with a workout regimen. Wrangell Parks and Recreation launched its third annual Winter Workout Challenge on Monday, welcoming the...

 

Regulators consider reducing halibut quota

KENAI, Alaska (AP) – Regulators are considering reducing the amount of halibut that fishermen are allowed to catch along the Pacific coast this year. The International Pacific Halibut Commission is expected to consider this month adopting a 24 perc...

 

Feds to look into transboundary mining dispute

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The federal government says it will look into a transboundary mining issue affecting Alaska and Canada. CoastAlaska News reports the U.S. State Department says in a letter to Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott that it acknowledges Alaska...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    December 28, 2017

Traveling physician shares a bit of magic in library show

Winter wasn't the only source of wonder in Wrangell last week, as residents crowded into the public library to watch a magic show. Illuminating minds under the stage name of Rondoc, Dr. Myron Fribush...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    December 28, 2017

KSTK to transfer assets to CoastAlaska in sale

The board of Wrangell’s public radio station last month approved a deal which would transfer its ownership to a regional corporation. Following a decision by its governing board to do so in November, Wrangell Radio Group (WRG) on December 11 filed...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    December 28, 2017

Courthouse repairs still awaiting mold test and grant application

The borough and Alaska Court System are awaiting results of air quality testing at Wrangell’s Public Safety Building before courthouse services can be resumed. ACS shuttered the office space it rents there just before Thanksgiving, citing safety...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    December 28, 2017

Draft action plans released for 2018 Chinook fisheries

Action plans for the emergency management of Chinook salmon in Southeast Alaskan rivers have been drafted ahead of next month's Board of Fisheries meeting in Sitka. The board, which reviews...

 

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