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 By Dan Rudy    News    February 2, 2017

Boat show to draw in visitors to Wrangell

Wrangell is being represented at the West Coast's biggest annual boat show, which began in Seattle on Friday. Held this year at CenturyLink Field's convention center and at South Lake Union, the...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 2, 2017

Hospital finances top million-dollar mark again

Wrangell Medical Center’s cash reserves are looking healthy again, after receipt of a substantial Medicare repayment last month. The hospital had been underpaid by the federal health insurer by about $488,000 the previous fiscal year, and the adjus...

 

The Way We Were

February 1, 1917: The following petition is being circulated in Wrangell this week: “We, the undersigned, residents of Wrangell and vicinity, respectfully petition the government of the United States to build a wagon road commencing at the mouth...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 2, 2017

Wrangellite briefly detained following presidential travel ban

A Wrangell resident was among the travelers detained following a selective travel ban issued by the White House last week. Sylvia Ettefagh was returning from a 10-day vacation in Costa Rica with her husband, John, and friends the Stroms on Saturday....

 

Police reports

Monday, January 23 Harassment. Tuesday, January 24 Agency Assist: Road Conditions. Bench Warrant: Arrested Beau Radach, 26, on charges of Failure to Appear for Court. Citizen Assist. Agency Assist: Line Crew. Wednesday, January 25 Parking Complaint:...

 

Courts

January 23 April D. Larsson, 37, was found guilty of DUI – Operating Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs by First District Judicial Officer Kevin Miller after pleading guilty. The defendant was ordered to jail for 30 days with 27...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: When my wife and I had arrived to Wrangell 48 years ago (as fresh refugees from communist Czechoslovakia) we had only a very faint idea about democracy. I admit it took us some time to get over the inherited fear of being arrested...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 2, 2017

Stedman bill would tie state income to PFD market value

As the Alaska State Legislature continues with the new session, members in both the House and Senate have put forward ideas to fix the state’s ongoing budget woes. Sitka Sen. Burt Stedman (R-District R) submitted his own contribution to that...

 
 By Dan Rudy    Sports    February 2, 2017

Petersburg girls take two in Wrangell homecoming

Wrangell's girls were swept during their Homecoming weekend games against Petersburg, following a set of wins over Craig the previous week. After much back and forth, Wrangell's varsity team took the...

 
 By Dan Rudy    Sports    February 2, 2017

High school boys lose two in Petersburg matches

Hosting the Vikings over the high school's homecoming weekend, Wrangell's Wolves ended up taking two on the nose after a pair of winning weekends. Friday night, the Wolves fought to overcome a steep...

 

Cougars wrestlers pin down competition in Petersburg

Stikine Middle School’s wrestlers brought back a bit of glory last weekend, besting Petersburg and most other schools at the 2017 Stikine Invitational in Petersburg. Fielding 13 wrestlers, Wrangell had nine scorers competing in the two-day...

 

Fish Factor

More Pacific halibut will be going to market this year due to an overall boost in the harvests for the West Coast, British Columbia and Alaska. The coast wide catch of 31.4 million pounds reflects a 5.1 percent increase, and for the first time in...

 

Health care signups up for Alaska since last year

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – More than 18,000 Alaska residents have signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, a slight increase from last year despite uncertainty over the future of so-called “Obamacare.” The federal Centers f...

 

Another ash cloud in Alaska volcano eruption

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A volcano in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands has erupted again, sending a cloud of ash and ice particles 30,000 feet in the air. The Alaska Volcano Observatory says the cloud was seen by satellite shortly after Bogoslof...

 

Alaska governor cites need for balance in immigration policy

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska Gov. Bill Walker says he understands the need to keep this country safe. But he says it also is important to protect the rights and liberties of those coming to Alaska. Walker tells The Associated Press that there’s...

 

Alaska lawmakers mull spending cap deficit

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska has never violated its constitutional spending cap, but many Republican lawmakers consider the limit too loose and want it tightened to limit future government growth. Under the existing cap, which excludes certain type...

 

Disaster declared in Alaska salmon harvest

Though last year’s season may have hurt, Alaska fishermen may take some comfort in a disaster declaration made by the Department of Commerce last month. Then-Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker determined it and eight other commercial fisheries...

 

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