Articles from the May 16, 2013 edition

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  • Borough talks budget, DNR land claims rejection

    Greg Knight|May 16, 2013

    The Borough Assembly held a public hearing regarding the draft form of the 2013-14 Fiscal Year budget for the city on Tuesday, May 14 at City Hall, taking testimony from two citizens. Cyni Waddington, the manager of the Wrangell Chamber of Commerce spoke first in support of the budget, adding that her organization relies on funding from the city to survive. “Speaking on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce, in regard to the amount that is provided to us, we absolutely need that money,” Wad... Full story

  • The Way We Were

    May 16, 2013

    In the Sentinel 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago. May 22, 1913: With the increased demand for Alaska marble in the construction of our modern skyscrapers, Alaska is steadily pressing to the front and is now recognized as the nation's great storehouse for that particular mineral. The past few years have seen large marble industries established and Wrangell has benefitted by these developments. The Vermont Marble Company of Procter, Vt., opened their first quarry at Tokeen but a few years ago and since that time has shipped great quantities of marble...

  • Police reports

    May 16, 2013

    Monday, May 6 - Criminal trespass reported/ - Warrant arrest: Arrested Charles Goldsbury, age 54, probation violation. Tuesday, May 7 - Traffic control requested. - Power outage reported. - Criminal mischief reported. - Disorderly Conduct warning given. Wednesday, May 8 - Fire Department requested for fuel leak. - Citation issued to Cody Aaron Bell, age 27, for Indecent Exposure in the Second Degree. Thursday, May 9 - Officer unlocked vehicle. - Person reported suspicious phone call. Possible fraud. Friday, May 10 - Citizen Report of Possible D...

  • Obituaries: Goldie Adelia Sivertsen, 103

    May 16, 2013

    Goldie passed away peacefully in Arlington, WA with her family by her side on May 6, 2013. Goldie was the only child born to John and Fern Ludeman on January 29, 2010 in Newport, Oregon. She shared happy memories of her first years in Waldport, Oregon; playing with her cousins, accompanying her father on his small ferry transporting people and goods across the Alsea River, and visiting around town with her pet rooster in her arms. She moved to Wrangell with her parents where they lived and... Full story

  • $1M Shakes House took year to rebuild

    Greg Knight|May 16, 2013

    It took more than a year to complete, but the Chief Shakes Tribal House came together late last week as project manager Todd White and his crew installed the newly carved Bear screen and put finishing touches on the interior of the structure. The house cost nearly $1 million to rebuild and saw a crew of adzers spend the majority of last summer carving away at monolithic planks of nearly foot-thick cedar that would go into the new construction. A part of that million-dollar price tag was a $222,000 award from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust... Full story

  • Sealaska income nearly doubles last year

    Kenneth Rosen Juneau Empire|May 16, 2013

    Sealaska Corp. saw both its gross revenues and net income rise considerably in 2012 from the previous year, according to an annual report released to Sealaska shareholders Thursday. According to the 2012 annual report, Sealaska’s consolidated gross revenues went from $263.7 million in 2011 to $311.6 million in 2012, while its net income almost doubled, going from $6.7 million in 2011 to $11.3 million in 2012. The data comes from an independent audit of Sealaska’s finances conducted by KPMG LLP, a Seattle-based firm. Chris E. McNeil Jr., pre... Full story

  • Shakes Island Rededication Saturday, May 4

    May 16, 2013

  • Fish Factor

    Laine Welch|May 16, 2013

    Between 60 and 70 percent of Alaska’s seafood is exported to customers around the globe, and the strength of foreign currencies against the US dollar plays a big role in annual sales. Tracking by the Juneau-based McDowell Group for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute shows mid-year ups and downs for Alaska’s biggest seafood buyers. On the down side: The Japanese yen has taken a 20% drop versus the dollar this year – not good for Alaska seafood exporters. Japan is a leading buyer of salmon roe, pollock roe, surimi, sablefish (black cod),...

  • Electronic medical records come to WMC

    Greg Knight|May 16, 2013

    The transition from paper to electronic files in patient records is a move Wrangell Medical Center is currently in the middle of completing – thanks to the implementation of a new, computerized record keeping system at the hospital. According to WMC Chief Executive Officer Marla Sanger, the conversion from paper to digital is currently being implemented. “WMC continues to make progress with the electronic medical record,” Sanger wrote in her monthly report to the WMC Board of Trustees during their May 15 regular meeting. “The large number...

  • Stork report

    May 16, 2013

    Athena Joy Hamley was born April 30, 2013 at Swedish Hospital in Seattle to Crystal Jordan and Mark Hamley. Athena was 7 lbs and 13 ounces at birth and she was 20 inches long. She joined sister Mercedes Mae Morgan. Maternal grandparents are Dale Watts and the late Joy Watts of Wrangell. Paternal grandparents are Cheri Hamley and Lanny Hamley, both of Wrangell.... Full story

  • New educational system installed at library

    Greg Knight|May 16, 2013

    The Irene Ingle Public Library has added a new system to enhance the reading and learning experience for younger users of the library. The Early Literacy Station is a computer-based educational tool that contains more than 55 educational software titles for children ages 2-8. It is a standalone computer system that is not connected to the Internet, affording privacy and safety for some of Wrangell’s youngest library users. Some of the titles included in the software package include La Casa de Dora, ABCs and 123s, Kid Pix 3D, Math Doodles, K...

  • Wrangell takes Petersburg twice

    May 16, 2013

  • Lemonade Day 2013

    May 16, 2013