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Articles from the March 9, 2017 edition

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 By Dan Rudy    News    March 9, 2017

Front Street sees opening of new businesses this spring

With the first cruise liner set to stop in Wrangell on April 25, returning visitors may notice a few changes along Front Street when stepping off the city dock. Perhaps the first thing they will...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 9, 2017

Water plant pricing lowered, easier to swallow

The city should be better prepared to meet its water needs this summer, the Borough Assembly learned last week. City manager Jeff Jabusch brought members up to speed on where Wrangell Public Works stands with its water plant situation. Last July the...

 

The Way We Were

March 5, 1917: Andrew Stevenson and W.R. Hillery, president and vice president, respectively, of the Bank of Alaska, arrived Tuesday morning on the Princess Sophia. Mr. Stevenson is returning to Alaska from a business trip to New York, while Mr. Hill...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 9, 2017

Advisory committee to propose designated hunter cap

The Wrangell Advisory Committee (AC) to the Board of Game is currently working on a proposal that would tighten up the federal designated hunter program. Meeting last Thursday, members read over a draft proposal to be submitted to the Federal...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 9, 2017

New trooper settles into Wrangell

Hunters, anglers and others predisposed toward outdoor activities will soon be getting to know a new face around Wrangell. Trooper David Bozman with the Alaska Wildlife Troopers was assigned to the A...

 

Police reports

Monday, February 27 Report of theft. Parking complaint. Found property. Parking complaint. Tuesday, February 28 Traffic complaint/ATV on bike path. Wednesday, March 1 Traffic complaint. Traffic complaint. MVA/ Vehicle in ditch slid off roadway....

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 9, 2017

City manager testifies in school bond cut hearing

Residents of Wrangell concerned about the state’s evolving budget proposals joined those from Cordova, Nome and other rural communities in testifying on House Bill 57 over the weekend. Proposed by the House Finance Committee as part of a package...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 9, 2017

Discounted screenings in run-up to Health Fair

The hospital is offering a special on laboratory tests in the run-up to its annual Health Fair next month. Through March 24, Wrangell Medical Center is discounting a variety of screenings. These include a comprehensive health profile, which measures...

 

Walker proposing more steps to fight opioid abuse

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Gov. Bill Walker on Monday proposed additional steps aimed at addressing opioid abuse in Alaska, including pain management training for medical providers and limits on initial prescriptions. The proposal is the latest from...

 
 By Dan Rudy    Sports    March 9, 2017

Girls finish regular season with a win

Wrangell's basketball girls brought their regular season play to an end with a win during an away weekend in Petersburg. Both games were very closely played, with the Lady Wolves taking the lead...

 

Ketchikan wastewater not up to standard

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) – Regulators in Alaska have notified owners of private and government wastewater systems in Ketchikan that the systems don’t meet federal water quality standards. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation delivere...

 
 By Dan Rudy    Sports    March 9, 2017

Boys in close loss at homecoming opener

The Wrangell Wolves very nearly had a win at Petersburg last week, during the Vikings' homecoming weekend. "We played I thought a really good game the first game," explained coach Ray Stokes. Starting...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 9, 2017

Fish Factor

Alaska crabbers are hauling back pots from the Panhandle to the Bering Sea, and reduced catches are resulting in record prices for their efforts.  The year’s first red king crab fishery at Norton Sound has yielded 17,000 pounds so far of its...

 

King salmon sport fish season to start conservatively

Alaska's Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) announced regulations for the king salmon sport fishing season this summer would be on the conservative side. Issued Monday, the order applies to marine...

 

S.E. troll fishery restricted; escapement down

The spring troll fishery in Southeast Alaska (SEAK) is designed to target Alaska hatchery-produced Chinook salmon. However, with similar migration corridors and return timing, wild stock, SEAK originating Chinook are also harvested. The overall 2016...

 

Petersburg Rotarian travels to India to build dam; give polio vaccines

PETERSBURG ­– Petersburg Rotarian Rick Braun traveled to India recently to administer polio vaccines and help build two dams to create a water retention reservoir. The reservoir will provide both crop irrigation water and raise the underground...

 

Intentional firearms injuries on the rise in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – There has been a significant increase in the number of intentional firearm injuries in recent years, marking a shift from when accidental shootings were more common in Alaska, state officials said. Dr. Frank Sacco, chairman...

 

Engine repairs to delay return of Alaska ferry Kennicott

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A ferry that has been out of operation since January for its annual overhaul will return to service later than expected because it needs additional repair work, officials said. The Kennicott ferry will resume its coastal...

 

A Seussical celebration

Marking what would have been the 113th birthday of author and illustrator Dr. Seuss (the pen name of Theodor Geisel), students at Evergreen Elementary last Friday got to enjoy a selection of his many...

 

Howls, high-fives mark start of Iditarod race across Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Mushers pumped their fists and high-fived fans Monday as they set out one-by-one on the world’s most famous sled dog race, a nearly 1,000-mile trek through the grueling Alaska wilderness. The grandson of a co-founder of t...

 

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