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 By Dan Rudy    News    April 5, 2018

King salmon sport fishery closed down for coming months

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced late last week the extent of its expected king salmon sport fishing restrictions for this season. The region wide closure to retention of Chinook began...

 

Paper price increases to $1.50

With this week’s edition the price of both the Wrangell Sentinel and Petersburg Pilot increases to $1.50 from the $1 price charged for nearly two decades. The Sentinel price went from $.75 to $1 in 2000. The Pilot price was last adjusted in 1995....

 

The Way We Were

April 4, 1918 The long awaited Alaska draft will come on June 30, or very near to that date, according to word received by the Governor’s office from Provost Marshal General E. H. Crowder. The Alaska selective service men will not go to Camp Lewis...

 

Police report

Monday, March 26 Agency assist: AST. Tuesday, March 27 Nothing to report. Wednesday, March 28 Assault reported. Assault reported. Citizen Assist: Toxic smell coming from downtown area. Thursday, March 29 Found items: Owner picked up items. Citation...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 5, 2018

Steering committee to chart course for WMC's future

An important roundtable discussion on the future of public health care provision in Wrangell is set for this weekend, followed by a community meeting Monday night. At the behest of the City and Borough Assembly, a steering committee made up of...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 5, 2018

Superintendent candidates in town Monday for public meeting

Wrangell Public School District has narrowed the field in its search for a new school superintendent. Current superintendent Patrick Mayer informed the WPSD Board in February his intention to move on after finishing out the current academic year....

 

Editorial: Newsprint prices rise dramatically

Since June 2017 this newspaper has received three price increases totaling $167 metric/ton from our Canadian newsprint supplier. This newspaper, along with other Alaskan publishers, purchases their newsprint from Canadian manufacturers because there...

 

Open house to mark National Library Week

Irene Ingle Public Library will be holding an open house next week, serving up cake as a way of celebrating National Library Week. On March 13, Wrangell Mayor David Jack proclaimed the week of April 8 to be dedicated to libraries. Institutions of...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 5, 2018

Kingless, Chamber suggests late-summer coho derby

The Chamber of Commerce’s annual king salmon derby has been cancelled, it announced last week, following emergency management orders issued by the Department of Fish and Game (see king salmon story). A tradition for over 60 years, initially the mon...

 

Sen. Sullivan stopping into Wrangell for morning meetings

Sen. Dan Sullivan will be stopping in Wrangell to meet with the Borough Assembly and wider public about federal issues. The visit will be Sullivan’s first since being elected to office in 2014, stopping into Wrangell on the campaign trail that...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 5, 2018

Rehabilitation of Evergreen Avenue going ahead

The Department of Transportation is finally able to get started on a major Wrangell road repaving project. Perforated by potholes, the borough’s Evergreen Avenue will finally be resurfaced and repaired, with pedestrian improvements and other fixes....

 
 By Laine Welsch    Dockside    April 5, 2018

Alaska Fish Factor: Expected shortfall in salmon harvest comes on heels of cod stock crash and decline in halibut catch

Alaska is expecting a reduced salmon harvest this year, setting up a trifecta of falling fish revenues for Alaska fishermen, coastal communities and state coffers. Coming on the heels of an 80 percent crash of cod stocks in the Gulf of Alaska and a 1...

 

Coast Guard to conduct commercial fishing vessel dockside safety exams

Coast Guard Commercial Fishing Vessel Examiners will be conducting dockside examinations for Commercial Fishing Vessels in Wrangell from April 16-18. Our new vessel specific checklist generator located at www.fishsafewest.info will allow you to...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 5, 2018

Water alert level lowers to Stage II watch

The city has lowered its alert stage level for water conservation, dropping from its red-level Stage III stance to an intermediate Stage II. Citing dwindling supplies at its reservoirs, on March 13...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    April 5, 2018

Southeast power agency CEO updates Petersburg assembly on savings, water levels

PETERSBURG – The CEO of Southeast Alaska’s wholesale power provider stopped by an assembly meeting on Monday to update Petersburg on its projects and financial wins so far this year. Trey Acteson, CEO of Southeast Alaska Power Agency, the...

 

Williams provides historic photos and information for this User's Guide

We are indebted to former Petersburg Press and Wrangell Sentinel publisher Lew Williams, Jr. for providing stories, photos and information about both Petersburg and Wrangell newspapers. In addition to...

 

This guide explains our work

We're proud of the work our employees accomplish to bring a new edition of the Sentinel and the Pilot to our readers each week. We have published this guide to the Wrangell Sentinel and the Petersburg...

 

Editorial pages are reserved for opinions

Editorial pages are unlike any other pages in the paper, because they are reserved for opinions. News appears on other pages, free from opinions, except those of news sources that may be quoted from time to time. Reader’s opinions and the newspaper...

 

Forms help readers give us news

Both the Pilot and Sentinel have special forms that help people give us news about engagements, weddings, birth announcements and obituaries. The forms list the types of information we publish and...

 

Letters to the editor are welcomed

Both newspapers welcome letters to the editor, particularly letters pertaining to local issues. Letters must be signed and be limited to 350 words or roughly a page and one-half of double spaced type. Writers should include a daytime phone number so...

 

Pilot is Petersburg's 5th local newspaper

Over a period of 60 years, Petersburg has had four weekly newspapers, one of which operated under two different names. The Petersburg Pilot is the fifth paper and was founded on February 8, 1974....

 

Newspaper mission still unchanged

Since the Petersburg Pilot was founded, our mission has remained the same as that stated by its first publisher, Jamie Bryson. Bryson also published the Wrangell Sentinel. The Pilot is a publication dedicated to running news, features and photos...

 

Writing a news release

A press release might be the best way to present news to us for publication. It’s not hard to do. Here are some tips to follow. Today, news releases can be sent to the paper by email. Keep it short. Space is limited in our small paper; so brief...

 

Advertising is news from businesses

Advertising is the bread and butter of both newspapers and makes up about 70% of our annual income. Since we are a business, it is important that we be profitable. If we aren’t, the bills would go unpaid and we would be out of business. Since both...

 

Sources: We depend upon them for news

Our reporters rely upon a variety of people to talk to them each week in order to report the news of the community. The police chief, city clerk, city manager, school principals, parents, children and many others all give us information each week...

 

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