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Articles from the April 9, 2015 edition

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 By Dan Rudy    News    April 9, 2015

Foraker Group initiates public discussion for new hospital

Proponents of constructing a new hospital facility in Wrangell hoped to revive conversation about the project with a pair of presentations and a group discussion last week. Alaska Island Community Services (AICS) and Wrangell Medical Center (WMC)... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    April 9, 2015

SEAPA bond resolution passes with amended wording

Petersburg Borough Assembly members passed an amended resolution to allow Southeast Alaska Power Agency (SEAPA) to move forward with refinancing of existing 2009 bonds and a proposed $7 million bond sale to fund an expansion of the Swan Lake... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    April 9, 2015

New residential lots being prepared for sale

Eight new lots are being sited, surveyed and prepared for sale by the City and Borough of Wrangell, in what should be its largest such offering since the late 1990s. Ranging from 7,500 to 15,800 square feet, the lots are located up the hill along... Full story


The Way We Were

In the Sentinel 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago. April 15, 1915: Mr. Worden recently received a letter from W.D. Moore asking him to send some photos of Wrangell and the Stikine River. This letter recalls to a number of Wrangell's oldest citizens remini...


Police reports

Monday, March 30 Agency Assist—Fire Department dispatched to person in elevator. Traffic Complaint—Verbal warning for parking; vehicle moved. Tuesday, March 31 Agency Assist—Report of chimney fire; Fire Department notified. Traffic...

 By Dan Rudy    News    April 9, 2015

Fugitive charge leveled at Salard over La. warrant

Former physician Greg Salard was arraigned at Alaska First District Court in Juneau Tuesday on the charge of being a fugitive from justice. In a story released by Alaska Native News, the charge is said to stem from an outstanding warrant for his...

 By Dan Rudy    News    April 9, 2015

Salmon Derby sports new rules, tax withholding

Anglers near and far away are gearing up for next month’s 63rd annual King Salmon Derby, held in Wrangell from May 9 to June 7. Last year over 930 tickets were sold to participants coming from...


Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: The sentinel paper is a small paper, that’s a given, but when a local citizen feels it’s important to attend a city meeting to speak on an issue, it would be fair to expect that the reporting of any opinion or sentiment be...


Obituary: John Eilert Eilertsen, 62

John Eilert Eilertsen, 62, died March 27, 2015, in Wrangell, Alaska. He was born the second child of Arne and Blodwen (Olson) Eilertsen on December 27, 1952, in Salem, Ore. He married Jacqueline...

 By Dan Rudy    News    April 9, 2015

Ports eye fees, Shoemaker designs

Wrangell's Port Commission got to take a look at preliminary designs for a new float system at Shoemaker Bay Harbor at its April 2 meeting. Designed by PND Engineers of Juneau, projected costs for...

 By Dan Rudy    News    April 9, 2015

Pool nearly repaired; Parks eyeing second fee restructure

Wrangell’s Parks and Recreation Board continued to reexamine the fee structure for Park’s facilities at their April 1 meeting. A previous draft schedule was rejected by the Borough Assembly in January. Park Board members will meet April 29 for a...


An eggs-ellent day for a hunt

Children take advantage of the beautiful weather at City Park on Easter Sunday, where the Elks held its annual Egg Hunt. The lodge's youth activities director, Carrie Wallace, figured over a thousand...

 By Dan Rudy    News    April 9, 2015

Local schools concerned about Senate Finance cuts

While preparing a draft budget for the next fiscal year, Wrangell Public Schools superintendent Patrick Mayer was surprised to learn the Senate Finance Committee approved a four-percent decrease to Alaska’s Foundation formula late last week. The...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 9, 2015

Fish Factor

File this fish story under the “can there be too much of a good thing” category. Alaska is expecting another bumper run of salmon this year– state managers announced last Friday a projected total catch of 221 million salmon, 39 percent higher...


Panel advances bill to help fund spill response account

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) _ The Senate Finance Committee has advanced legislation that would levy a surcharge on refined fuels distributed in Alaska as a way to help fund an account used for the cleanup of contaminated sites, non-emergency spill response...


Alaska Senate passes state operating budget

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Alaska Senate has approved a spending proposal that would cut education funding, reject pay raises for public employees and otherwise make deeper agency cuts than the House. The vote Friday evening was 16-4 and followed...


State biologists warn of Alaska bears emerging from dens

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is warning Alaskans to take precautions against bears emerging from winter dens. Anchorage wildlife biologist Dave Battle says he's heard unconfirmed reports of bears around Anchorage...


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