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 By Dan Rudy    News    April 19, 2018 

Monofill update set for Tuesday evening

A work session on the Byford monofill between the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and City and Borough of Wrangell has been scheduled for next week. Around 18,500 cubic yards of treated, lead-contaminated soil is slated to be interred...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 19, 2018 

Emergency response receives first Walker Foundation grant

Wrangell's emergency services were the recipients of the first-ever grant from the Walker Foundation, a benevolent fund established after the acquisition of Alaska Island Community Services last year...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 19, 2018 

Tribe to get own offices with renovation project

Wrangell Cooperative Association began work on renovating new office space last week. Workers began knocking down walls and pulling up old materials from a multiplex apartment at the corner of Wood...

 
 News    April 19, 2018 

Alaska House votes to limit access to marijuana convictions

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Alaska House has passed legislation restricting access to records showing past convictions for simple marijuana possession. The measure is sponsored by Democratic Rep. Harriet Drummond. She says Alaskans should not be...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    April 19, 2018 

23-year-old Wrangell artist has first solo show

A 23-year-old artist from Wrangell had her first solo show in Petersburg on Friday, where she was stunned by the turn out and support. The artist, Jaynee Fritzinger, was nervous for her first show at...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 19, 2018 

21st annual Birding Festival set for next week

Wrangell’s annual birding festival is gearing up for a week of activities late next week. This year’s Stikine River Birding Festival will be the 21st, put on cooperatively each year by Wrangell’s Convention and Visitor Bureau and the United...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    April 12, 2018

If numbers work, hospital on its way to SEARHC management

If it proves financially feasible, Wrangell Medical Center may soon pass from municipal ownership to new management. At a public meeting held inside the Nolan Center on Monday evening,...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 12, 2018

Wrangell catches senator's ear on SE visit

Sen. Dan Sullivan stopped into Wrangell for a lightning tour Friday, arriving on the morning jet and taking off that afternoon for Ketchikan. His visit to Wrangell was the first since being sworn in,...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    April 12, 2018

Petersburg man charged in heroin investigation

PETERSBURG – A Petersburg man is facing controlled substance charges after police intercepted a package shipped to him that contained about an ounce of heroin. Kelsey McCay, 25, was arrested on...

 

Nets tightened across 2018 Chinook fisheries

The state Department of Fish and Game has announced its 2018 preseason estimates for Chinook salmon, and its all-gear harvest limit for Southeast Alaska under provisions of the Pacific Salmon Treaty. In its release last week, the department set the...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 12, 2018

Lancaster chosen as new school superintendent

The presses were on hold early Wednesday morning as Wrangell Public School District announced its decision regarding the next superintendent. The WPSD Board has selected candidate Debbe Lancaster for the position, who will begin July 1. The board...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 12, 2018

Superintendent finalists converge on school district

Three finalists for the Wrangell Public School District superintendent position made a joint visit to the island earlier this week. Patricia Hutcherson, Debbe Lancaster and Bill Schildbach were the...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 12, 2018

Palmer siblings learn in Ecuador after Wrangell fundraisers

A pair of Anchorage-area students were able to take the trip of a lifetime last month, heading to Ecuador with their class on a service learning trip. Mother Kara Carey said her children, daughter Tay...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 12, 2018

Time for spring cleaning around the island

The snow around Wrangell has at last abated, temperatures are above freezing once again and spring is in the air. Left behind in the sweep of this seasonal change, a winter’s worth of litter, rubbish and debris have reappeared along city streets...

 

Alaska tourism leaders look to fund marketing amid cuts

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – The leaders of Alaska’s largest travel industry trade group are looking for ways to fill a void in their marketing budget created by cuts from lawmakers. The tourism industry has been a bright spot in an otherwise...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 12, 2018

Workplace safety takes higher priority on city to-do list

Not on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting, safety procedures among city workers developed into a topic for discussion for the City and Borough Assembly. After delivering her regular borough manager’s report, Lisa Von Bargen took a moment to absorb...

 

Alaska seeks to recover bridge costs after strike

ANCHORAGE (AP) – The state will attempt to recoup the costs of repairing a bridge over a major highway outside Anchorage that was struck by an over-height truck last month. The Alaska Department of Transportation hopes to recover the costs from...

 

Big items remain as legislative session nears end

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Alaska Legislature is in its final week of a scheduled 90-day session, with budgets to complete and questions over what it will take for lawmakers to consider their job finished for the year. Senate President Pete Kelly...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 5, 2018

King salmon sport fishery closed down for coming months

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced late last week the extent of its expected king salmon sport fishing restrictions for this season. The region wide closure to retention of Chinook began...

 

Paper price increases to $1.50

With this week’s edition the price of both the Wrangell Sentinel and Petersburg Pilot increases to $1.50 from the $1 price charged for nearly two decades. The Sentinel price went from $.75 to $1 in 2000. The Pilot price was last adjusted in 1995....

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 5, 2018

Steering committee to chart course for WMC's future

An important roundtable discussion on the future of public health care provision in Wrangell is set for this weekend, followed by a community meeting Monday night. At the behest of the City and Borough Assembly, a steering committee made up of...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 5, 2018

Superintendent candidates in town Monday for public meeting

Wrangell Public School District has narrowed the field in its search for a new school superintendent. Current superintendent Patrick Mayer informed the WPSD Board in February his intention to move on after finishing out the current academic year....

 

Open house to mark National Library Week

Irene Ingle Public Library will be holding an open house next week, serving up cake as a way of celebrating National Library Week. On March 13, Wrangell Mayor David Jack proclaimed the week of April 8 to be dedicated to libraries. Institutions of...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 5, 2018

Kingless, Chamber suggests late-summer coho derby

The Chamber of Commerce’s annual king salmon derby has been cancelled, it announced last week, following emergency management orders issued by the Department of Fish and Game (see king salmon story). A tradition for over 60 years, initially the mon...

 

Sen. Sullivan stopping into Wrangell for morning meetings

Sen. Dan Sullivan will be stopping in Wrangell to meet with the Borough Assembly and wider public about federal issues. The visit will be Sullivan’s first since being elected to office in 2014, stopping into Wrangell on the campaign trail that...

 

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