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Articles from the March 29, 2018 edition

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 By Dan Rudy    News    March 29, 2018

School safety big focus at monthly board meeting

Safety was the watchword of last week’s meeting of the Public School Board, with parents and staff alike weighing in on security at Wrangell’s public schools. The crux of their concern was an incident involving a high school student on February...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 29, 2018

Documentary highlights continued need for tighter mining oversight

A free showing of a documentary highlighting the hazards of mining on transboundary rivers drew a pretty decent crowd Monday evening, with seats at the Nolan Center filling up fast. Released last...

 

The Way We Were

March 21, 1918: The people of Petersburg do not share the opinion of the Ketchikan Miner that the people of Wrangell have the wrong notion in strenuously objecting to the importation of Austrian alien enemies to fish in Alaska this coming season....

 
 By Ben Muir    News    March 29, 2018

Two Petersburg residents charged after allegedly shipping meth to Petersburg

PETERSBURG – ­Two Petersburg residents are facing controlled substance charges after they allegedly coordinated the shipment of methamphetamine from Mexico to Mitkof Island. Carlos Sandoval, 53,...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    March 29, 2018

Charges likely to come after police seize items consistent with meth lab

PETERSBURG ­– Police seized items from a residence in Petersburg last week that are consistent with the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine, according to a release from the department. Last Thursday and Friday, Petersburg officers...

 

Trooper report

March 7 Wildlife Troopers from Klawock, Petersburg and Wrangell concluded an investigation which began in December 2017. Investigation determined Jonathan McGraw Jr., 43, from Naukati; Keith Wagner, 52, from Naukati; and Curtis Looper, 27, from...

 

Police Report

Monday, March 19 Agency assist. Agency assist: OCS. Citizen assist: Vehicle unlocked. Civil issue. Domestic. Tuesday, March 20 Agency assist: Bank alarm. Verbal dispute. Verbal dispute. Verbal dispute. Welfare check requested. Agency assist: Alarm....

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 29, 2018

City staff undergoing ALICE response training

Residents and city employees sat in on some crisis response training sessions last week, outlining proactive responses to conflict. James Nelson, now working as an officer with Wrangell's Forest...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 29, 2018

Take a letter: SEARHC-hospital partnership to be explored further

The Borough Assembly in a special meeting last week adopted a letter outlining its intent to potentially partner up with Southeast Alaska Rural Health Consortium on Wrangell’s hospital. Held on March 22, the early evening meeting covered some of...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 29, 2018

Dissolved air flotation plant given go-ahead by borough, funding sought

In a special meeting of the City and Borough Assembly on March 15, members finally moved ahead toward replacing Wrangell’s water treatment plant. The outdated plant has had a number of production problems over the years, starting not long after...

 

House votes for full dividend this year

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Alaska House on Monday voted to pay out a full Alaska Permanent Fund dividend this year, but residents shouldn't start thinking about how they'll spend the big check just yet. The measure now moves to the Senate, where...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    March 29, 2018

Petersburg library totem pole to be installed in mid-May

PETERSBURG – The library in Petersburg is about a month away from unveiling its 20-foot storyteller totem pole. The Petersburg Public Library is adding a roughly $40,000 red cedar totem pole called...

 

ADFG thinks Chinook numbers in Taku may be overestimated

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Alaska Department of Fish and Game said it has been overestimating how many Chinook and sockeye salmon make it up the Taku River. Department officials said the statistical bias is being corrected by new state-of-the-art...

 

Alaska February jobs down 2,300 from 2017

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – State labor officials say Alaska lost about 2,300 jobs in February compared to the same month last year. Total employment fell an estimated 0.7 percent in February from February 2017. Employment in oil and gas jobs declined...

 

Juneau school officials consider teaching climate change

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Juneau school officials are considering adopting national science education standards that include teaching middle and high school students about climate change. Alaska's Energy Desk reports the Juneau School District is...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 29, 2018

Fish Factor: At start of halibut opener March 24 federal fishery managers announced commercial catches for Alaska will be down 10 percent

Pacific halibut catches for 2018 won’t decline as severely as initially feared, but the fishery faces headwinds from several directions. Federal fishery managers announced just a few days before the March 24 start of the halibut opener that...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 29, 2018

Literacy program encourages reading and culture

Wrangell's Head Start program will be opening its doors to families Friday evening as part of a recent educational collaboration between Sealaska Heritage Institute and the Tlingit and Haida Central...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 29, 2018

Meter position rewrite grounded by assembly

Revisiting an issue held over from its March 13 meeting, the City and Borough Assembly on Tuesday dug back into redefining job descriptions for a unionized electrical position. Being proposed is a modification to the groundman/meter reading position...

 

King salmon sport fishery closed down across the board starting Sunday

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced Thursday the extent of its king salmon sport fishing restrictions this season. Citing a poor preseason forecast, the department has decided to close... Full story

 

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