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 By Dan Rudy    News    May 12, 2016

Students learn about Stikine on annual river trip

Four dozen elementary school students from the Wrangell and Petersburg areas partook in a field day, heading upriver for the 19th annual Stikine River field trip on May 3. Encompassing almost 700... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 12, 2016

Budget draft looks at insurance rates, harbor increases

Community members were given a first peek at the budget being proposed for the next fiscal year, in the first of several planned workshops held on Monday. “This is a draft budget. It's certainly the starting point,” Borough Manager Jeff Jabusch... Full story

 

The Way We Were

In the Sentinel 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago. May 11, 1916: A party of men of more than usual interest were in Wrangell this week. They were Dougal MacDonald, Jack Moran, Lloyd Simpson and Thomas Hankins, all of Telegraph, and bound to join the...

 

Police reports

Monday, May 2 Agency Assist/Line Crew: Power outage. Civil Issue. Agency Assist/School. Tuesday, May 3 Traffic Complaint. Citizen Assist. Report of Theft. Found Bicycle. Report of Harassment. Report of Trespass. Wednesday, May 4 Traffic stop verbal...

 

Muskeg Meadows news

Sixteen golfers participated in the Angerman’s Golf Tournament on May 8. First place team: Brian Smith, Dick Angerman, Grover Mathis, Wayne Harding. Net score 24, team handicap 16. Second place team: Jerry Bakeberg, Ed Rilatos, Judge Coniff, Eric...

 

Credit union to open branch this summer

A regional credit union announced it will be opening a branch in Wrangell later this summer. Tongass Federal Credit Union had expressed interest in opening a branch locally in October, sending its CEO to meet with residents and assess whether a...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 12, 2016

Memorial service held for fallen Mounties

Representatives of Alaskan, Canadian, tribal and local agencies all gathered together in Wrangell on Tuesday to pay tribute to two members of the North West Mounted Police who had died during a storm... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 12, 2016

Disaster drill puts city services to the test

On the afternoon of May 4, disaster seemingly struck at the rock quarry north of Wrangell Airport. Vehicles were aflame, pouring a column of smoke into the sunny sky as dozens of wounded lay...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 12, 2016

King salmon derby launches Saturday

Anglers are fueling up their boats and assembling their gear in preparation for the 64th Annual King Salmon Derby, which starts on Saturday. There are only a few changes to this year’s derby from past contests, among which will be three weigh-in st...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 12, 2016

Fish Factor

Alaska salmon fishermen can get rebates on pingers aimed at keeping baleen whales away from their gear. The six inch, battery operated tubes are tied into fishing nets and transmit animal-specific signals every five seconds to alert the animals to ke...

 

Coast Guard Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Exams

The Coast Guard commercial fishing vessel examiner will be conducting free dockside examinations for commercial fishing vessels May 24 – 27. Check out our new specific checklist generator located at www.fishsafewest.info to allow safety...

 

Free F/V stability workshop

AMSEA will offer its “Upright & Watertight: Vessel Stability Awareness” workshop in Petersburg Tuesday, May 24 from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Tides Inn. Register online at www.amsea.org or call (907) 747-3287....

 

Free F/V drill conductor refresher workshop

AMSEA will offer a 10-hour Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor Refresher workshop in Petersburg Monday, May 23, from 8:00 am – 7:00 pm at the Tides Inn. This is for commercial fishermen that have previously completed a Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor...

 

House Majority vows to fight state Medicaid expansion

JUNEAU (AP) – The Alaska House has given notice that it plans to keep fighting Gov. Bill Walker’s authority to expand Medicaid on his own, drawing criticism from minority Democrats who oppose continuing the legal battle. Lawmakers faced a...

 

Teen birth rate steadily dropping in Alaska

KENAI, Alaska (AP) – Alaska’s teen birth rate is still dropping. The state’s rate was 27.8 births per 1,000 teens ages 15-19 in 2014, according to the latest information from the Alaska Section of Epidemiology. The state’s rate is still...

 

How Alaska's population might change by 2045

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Alaska’s population will continue to climb over the next 30 years, inching closer to the 1 million mark, a new report says. The state’s population is projected to increase by 162,200 from 2015 numbers to 899,825 people...

 

Tourists use Alaska homeless shelter to grab coffee, snack

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) – Cruise ship passengers have been hanging out at an Alaska homeless shelter to get free coffee and a bite to eat, but few have bothered making a donation, said one of the nonprofit’s board members. Tourists in Ketchikan of...

 

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