Articles from the April 30, 2015 edition

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 By Dan Rudy    News    April 30, 2015

Huge portion cut out of school lunch program

Extra chairs were needed at Monday's Wrangell School Board meeting as parents and staff settled in to what would be a lengthy proceeding. On the minds of many was the proposed cut of $113,000 from the school lunch budget, effectively ending the... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    April 30, 2015

Assembly previews budget draft, weighs land and timber sales

As the Legislature was being summoned for special session, Wrangell's Borough Assembly continued to look at its own budget for the coming fiscal year at its Tuesday evening meeting. The regular meeting was preceded by a workshop on the FY16 budget.... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    April 30, 2015

Wrangell residents give input on State forest plan

Wrangell residents were able to lend some input to the Alaska Division of Foresty (ADF) April 22, during the third of five hearings the agency is holding in Southeast regarding its upcoming Southeast State Forest Management Plan. A presentation of... Full story


The Way We Were

In the Sentinel 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago. May 5, 1915: Like a thunder bolt from a clear sky came the news of the new ruling made by Judge Jennings last Friday at Juneau, as it was generally conceded that the system used last year, of having...



Monday, April 20 Larry Wayne Aitken, 43, appeared before First District Superior Court Judge Kevin Miller for three misdemeanor counts of Violating Condition of Release. Aitken pled guilty to all charges and was sentenced to serve 270 days in jail,...


Police reports

Monday, April 20 Traffic Stop—Verbal warning for driving habits. Possible Criminal Activity. Report of propane smell. Fire Department notified. Chimney Fire—Fire Department dispatched. Missing Dog. Traffic Stop—Verbal warning for headlights....

 By Dan Rudy    News    April 30, 2015

Salard faces third pornography charge

An additional charge has been filed against former Wrangell physician Greg Salard, who currently is currently awaiting trial in Juneau on charges of possessing and distributing child pornography. On April 21, federal prosecutors filed an additional...


Obituary, Carl F. Campbell, 55

Carl F. Campbell, 55, died April 12, 2015, at Evergreen Hospice in Kirkland, Wash. from complications with cancer. He was born June 3, 1959, in Seattle, Wash. and moved with his family to Wrangell in... Full story


Obituary, Zbigniew (Benny) Jankowski, 83

Zbigniew (Benny) Jankowski, 83, passed away April 24, 2015, after a long period of living with cancer. Benny was born in Warsaw, Poland, on May 23, 1931. After World War II, at the age of 14, he came... Full story


School News

Victoria Ingram was named to the Eastern Oregon University Dean’s List for the winter term....


Stikine Middle School Honor Roll

Principal’s Honor Roll: Sixth grade: Jade Balansag. Seventh grade: Kaylyn Easterly, Laura Helgeson, and Jing O’Brien. Eighth grade: Helen Decker and Jean-Luc Lewis. Honor Roll: Sixth grade: Robyn Booker, Aaliyah Messmer and Bruce Smith. Seventh...

 By Dan Rudy    News    April 30, 2015

Band earns three superior ratings at Music Fest

Parents and other supporters of the arts came to the high school commons on April 23 to give Wrangell High School's music students the chance to reprise their award-winning performance in Juneau...

 By Dan Rudy    News    April 30, 2015

Local sales on the ups

Before the advent of the King Salmon Derby and summer vacation season, Wrangell residents are invited to enjoy the first of two annual Tax-free Days on Saturday. “Twice a year we petition the city to have no sales tax,” explained Cyni Waddington,...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 30, 2015

Fish Factor

Each year more than one third of all the salmon caught in Alaska begin their lives in a hatchery. There are 31 hatchery facilities in Alaska: 15 privately owned, 11 state owned, two federal research facilities, one tribal hatchery at Metlakatla, and...


Booking for Anan permits begins Friday

Permits will soon be available for those wanting to visit the Anan Wildlife Observatory this summer. Located on the mainland just south of Wrangell Island, the observatory is a popular place to view bears in the wild in Southeast Alaska. The United...

 By Dan Rudy    Sports    April 30, 2015

Baseball and softball seasons cancelled due to lack of players

The dugouts will remain empty this spring for Wrangell High School, with both the baseball and softball seasons cancelled due to a lack of participation. “We gave it a good run but we called it quits,” explained school activities director Jack...

 By Dan Rudy    News    April 30, 2015

New book thaws out Wrangell cold case

A new book seeks to unearth the facts surrounding an erstwhile murky and long unsolved murder that took place near Wrangell more than 173 years ago. Published by Goose Lane Editions, Debra Komar's “The Bastard of Fort Stikine” is a biohistorical...


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