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 By Dan Rudy    News    January 7, 2016

Fish and Game committee revises tines proposal

Ahead of statewide regulatory meetings scheduled for February and March, the local Advisory Committee (AC) for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s regulatory boards met at the Fire Hall on Monday to start putting together its recommendations.... Full story

 

The Way We Were

In the Sentinel 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago. January 6, 1916: Ase Hollenbeck and Roy Murphy arrived from the logging camp of Jimmie Green’s last Tuesday. The logging camp is situated at the head of Burnett Inlet and to get out, the men were...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 7, 2016

Salard appeal denied, sentencing next month

The former Wrangell doctor convicted of child pornography charges last summer has had his motion for a new trial rejected. Greg Salard is still awaiting sentencing, which has been moved to Feb. 8 due to his counsel’s unavailability in January.... Full story

 

Police reports

Monday, December 28 Trespass Warning given. Threats – Caller reported male friend was threatened by another friend. Trespass. Tuesday, December 29 Lost Property. Wednesday, December 30 Violating Conditions of Release: David Evenson Jr., 25....

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 7, 2016

Legionnaires look back on lengthy service

Ringing in the new year, Wrangell's American Legion Post 6 decided to take an opportunity to thank several of its longest-serving members over coffee at the Stikine Inn on Saturday. Certificates were... Full story

 

Death Notice

James Anderson passed away December 9, 2015 peacefully at the age of 76. He was born in California.... Full story

 

Reflections

We get used to it. It happens every year. As winter approaches in our northern hemisphere, daylight hours grow shorter. (What a strange way of saying that - grow? shorter???) But it’s true. Summer turns to autumn. Long afternoon shadows and...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 7, 2016

J&W's under new ownership

J&W's sold to new ownership last month. Josh and Clarissa Young bought the building from Carol and Randy Churchill, who had run the restaurant for 33 years. "It's time for me to get some young blood...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 7, 2016

Wrangell rainfall measured 65.7 inches in 2015

The region experienced some weather oddities in 2015, with the tail end of Hurricane Ignacio arriving in September. Across the state, communities logged record warmth on Dec. 30 and 31, capping off what has on average been the warmest year in a...

 

S&P downgrades Alaska's debt rating

Oil prices continue to lurk at less than $40 per barrel, and despite hope for a legislative salve, Standard & Poor’s is lowering the state’s debt rating. S&P lowered Alaska’s general obligation debt from AAA status to AA+ and lowered the...

 

Pot seized, 2 people arrested in Seward County, patrol says

PLEASANT DALE, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say two people have been arrested and more than 91 pounds of marijuana has been seized after a traffic stop in Seward County. The state trooper pulled over an eastbound sport utility vehicle a little after 11...

 

Minimum wage rising to $9.75 an hour in Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's minimum wage will be among the highest in the country, increasing by a dollar an hour, to $9.75, starting Friday. The state labor department estimates 12,000 jobs in Alaska currently pay less than $9.75 an hour. For...

 

University of Alaska Fairbanks to go smoke-free

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks will no longer be able to smoke, vape or chew tobacco on campus starting Thursday. The change comes after the University of Alaska’s board of regents approved a policy last...

 

Forecast could mean early fishing for Stikine River kings

PETERSBURG (AP) — The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is predicting a return of about 34,000 king salmon to the Stikine River next year in southeast Alaska. The estimated return is large enough to allow commercial fishing in the area and a...

 

Southeast crab fisheries open Feb. 17

PETERSBURG — The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced Dec. 18 that seasons for the 2015/2016 commercial Tanner and golden king crab fisheries in Southeast Alaska will open by regulation at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, February 17, 2016. The...

 

2 Alaska newspapers sold to foundation

FAIRBANKS (AP) — The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and another Alaska newspaper are being sold. The News-Miner announced Monday that the newspaper and the Kodiak Daily Mirror are being purchased by the Fairbanks-based Helen E. Snedden Foundation,...

 

Fish Factor

2016 marks a quarter of a century for this weekly column that targets Alaska’s seafood industry. At the end of every year, I proffer my ‘no holds barred’ look back at the best and worst fish stories, and select the biggest story of the year....

 

New digital geologic map of Alaska a first

A new digital map of Alaska has been released this week that will provide land users, managers and scientists geologic information for the evaluation of land use in relation to resource extraction, conservation, natural hazards and recreation. Put...

 

FWS: Alexander Archipelago wolf not endangered

Juneau – The Alexander Archipelago wolf is not endangered, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday. In a 94-page analysis, staff of the Anchorage office of U.S. Fish and Wildlife found that while the number of Alexander Archipelago wol...

 

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