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By Dan Rudy 

Magistrate judge retires after 30 years on bench

 

Dan Rudy / Wrangell Sentinel

Presiding over the courtroom at the Wrangell Public Safety Building since 2004, Magistrate Judge Chris Ellis will be gaveling out for the last time after a 30-year career in the Alaska Court System.

After 30 years on the bench, Wrangell's district magistrate will conclude her legal career today.

Chris Ellis has served as a magistrate judge for First District Court in Wrangell for 14 of those years, with most of her preceding tenure spent in Craig.

When she graduated with her bachelor's degree in 1973, law hadn't been on her mind, but Alaska was.

"Basically I studied anthropology with a specialty in archaeology, and my goal was to come to Alaska," she said.

Ellis found herself drawn to the Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), a forerunner to the AmeriCorps program.

"There wasn't a...



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