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Articles from the January 15, 2015 edition

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 By Dan Rudy    News    January 15, 2015

Thomas Bay committee may assume new role

An ordinance amending Thomas Bay Power Advisory Committee's role in Wrangell's Municipal Code passed the Wrangell City and Borough Assembly on first reading. A second reading featuring a public hearing will be held on Jan. 27. The principal change wo... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    January 15, 2015

Outgoing representative thankful to voters, colleagues

After spending seven terms in the Alaska State House, Wrangell's long-serving Rep. Peggy Wilson announced her intention to retire last April, declining to run for reelection in November's general... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    January 15, 2015

Park board enters new year, director to head Public Works

Wrangell Parks and Recreation Board discussed the possibility of setting up wireless internet at the community center gym, after receiving a letter from resident Jim Leslie asking for the upgrade. Board members Bob Lippert, Holly Owens, Michael... Full story


The Way We Were

In the Sentinel 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago. January 21, 1915: Wrangell is taking a step forward along the sporting line when she plays Metlakatla a game of basketball next Saturday night at the Rink. According to a wire received yesterday the...


Police reports

Monday, January 5 Driving complaint. Traffic stop. Tuesday, January 6 MVA: No injuries. Possible money scam. Citation to Gordon Lively, 60, for Failure to Provide Proof of Insurance. Verbal warning for no taillights. Agency Assist: JV Probation....

 By Mary Koppes    News    January 15, 2015

Tye Petersen sentenced to 12 years on child pornography charges

PETERSBURG ­– On Jan. 7, former Petersburg School District Maintenance Director Tye Petersen was sentenced to 12 years in jail, followed by 25 years of supervised release for Distribution, Receipt and Possession of Child Pornography. U.S. District...


Obituary, Grace Margaret Sowle, 72

Grace Margaret Sowle, 72, died on December 18, 2014 in Anchorage, just 5 short months after losing her husband of 30 years, Bob Sowle. She was born on May 6, 1942 in Vancouver, Wash., the youngest of... Full story


Wedding announcement

Todd and Donna Carsen of Everett, Wash. announce the engagement of their daughter Lindsey Carsen of Wrangell, Alaska to DJ McConachie also of Wrangell, son of Donald and Betsy McConachie of Wrangell....


Obituary, Pauline Martin, 22

Pauline Martin, 22, died on December 12, 2014 after a battle with cancer in Seattle, Wash. Pauline was the daughter of Neal Martin and Frannie Rinehart Martin. Her uncle Bill Johnson helped her... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    January 15, 2015

P & Z approves sale of Borough land to Bay Company

The Bay Company’s requests for the City and Borough of Wrangell to vacate and sell portions of an adjacent alleyway have finally cleared their first hurdle, being approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission after considerable discussion at its...


Obituary, Patricia Ann Roppel

Patricia Ann Roppel passed away peacefully after a short battle with a very aggressive cancer on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 in Bellevue, Washington. Patricia was born in Ellensburg, Washington on April... Full story


Cole to retire as Tongass head

The United States Forest Service announced last week the retirement of two of its top managers in the Tongass National Forest, America's largest national forest. Supervisor Forrest Cole will retire from his position in April, having served nearly 40...


Overboard canoeist rescued from Ketchikan island

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – The Coast Guard says a lifejacket likely saved the life of a woman who fell into the frigid waters of Tongass Narrows in Ketchikan. KTUU-TV reports the 26-year-old Metlakatla woman was canoeing Sunday along south Pennock...


Sitka hospital board selects interim CEO

SITKA, Alaska (AP) – The board of the troubled Sitka Community Hospital has selected a local businessman as the facility’s interim CEO following the abrupt departure of his predecessor. Rob Allen was selected at a special meeting of the hospital...

 By Dan Rudy    Sports    January 15, 2015

Wrangell hosts Petersburg at homecoming tournament

There were plenty of good plays, a few falls and even some last-second shots sunk during Wrangell High School's homecoming weekend basketball tournament, but no victories as it hosted both the boys an...

 By Mary Koppes    News    January 15, 2015

Monitoring program yields quicker warnings against shellfish hazards

PETERSBURG – A new phytoplankton monitoring program being done by Petersburg Indian Association (PIA) will help alert recreational and subsistence shellfishers to harmful algal blooms in the area more quickly. “There are types of phytoplankton...


Fish Factor

Alaska seafood marketers are facing some strong headwinds heading into 2015, notably, for sockeye salmon and crab. Snow crab is Alaska’s largest crab fishery, underway now in the Bering Sea. The fleet has a slightly increased 61 million pound catch...


2014 was Alaska's warmest year on record

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – The National Weather Service is confirming what a lot of Alaskans concluded about temperatures last year 2014 was warm. The agency says 2014 surpassed 1926 as Alaska’s warmest year on record. The Fairbanks Daily...

 By Dan Rudy    News    January 15, 2015

Local court sees drop in criminal case rate

Despite a couple of high-profile cases, it's been a slow year for local scanner-listeners, with criminal cases dropping by more than a third in Wrangell over the previous year. In 2014, 74 criminal cases and 36 minor offenses were processed by...


Marine Race to Alaska planned for June start

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) – The rules are simple. Get a boat without an engine. And be the first to reach Alaska. Those are the rules for the Race to Alaska, a 750-mile marine sprint from Washington’s north coast to southern Southeast Alaska. The ra...


Alaska LNG export project advances despite oil price fall

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Work on a proposed Alaska pipeline that could be part of a system to export liquefied natural gas to Asia is moving forward despite collapsing oil prices, according to officials connected to the project. The lower price of...


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