Articles from the May 29, 2014 edition

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 By Brian O Connor    News    May 29, 2014

New boat lift begins regular operation

Sentinel writer The first boat to come out of the water was named for the patron saint of lost causes. The new $1.3-million giant red boat lift pulled the Ketchikan-ported fishing tender St. Jude out... Full story

 By Brian O Connor    News    May 29, 2014

Schools honor six retiring personnel

Teachers and school board members gathered at the Elks Lodge May 22 to honor four retiring teachers, an administrator, and a middle school secretary. While the retirement banquet punctuates the end... Full story


Police reports

Monday, May 19 Animal Complaint. Injured Dog. Traffic Stop— Jesse Oglend, 25, cited for failure to carry and show proof of insurance. Traffic Stop— Driver warned about driving habits. Tuesday, May 20 Bear Sighting. Driving Complaint. Agency...

 By Brian O Connor    News    May 29, 2014

Hospital fundraiser takes in almost $50,000

The perennial Brian Gilbert Memorial Golf Tournament and accompanying auction took in $49,000 over the weekend. The tournament and awards banquet held Friday and Saturday, is the Wrangell Medical Cent... Full story

 By Brian O Connor    News    May 29, 2014

Woman charged, pleads not guilty in hit-and-run

Authorities charged Chloe “Coco” Massin in connection with a February vehicle-pedestrian collision that landed a Wrangell man in the hospital, according to court documents. Massin, 55, of Wrangell, faces one count of assault in the first degree,...

 By Brian O Connor    News    May 29, 2014

Wrangell Kiks.áadi hat sells for $365,000

According to news reports, a Tlingit hat sold for $365,000 on the auction block at Sotheby’s of New York May 21. The hat’s sale had been opposed by local Alaskan Natives and board members of the SEALAKSA corporation on the grounds that as a...

 By Brian O Connor    News    May 29, 2014

Land selection offers contrast in styles

How much land does a borough need? The answer may be a surprisingly large number. Wrangell is in the process of selecting 849 additional acres of land from a bevvy of local sites on Wrangell island, other nearby islands, and the mainland to complete...

 By Brian O Connor    News    May 29, 2014

Worker supply slows plans for cemetery cleanup

A shortage of workers willing to take on part time jobs has temporarily slowed plans for a spring cemetery cleanup. Officials had planned the cleanup in response to public criticism about the condition and size of graves, as well as standing borough...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 29, 2014

Fish Factor

Salmon season is just getting underway, but seafood companies are still selling last summer’s record catch of 226 million pink salmon - and it has prompted lots of creative thinking. “The challenge is to market all this fish and still maintain...


Area evacuated as Alaska wildfire grows

ANCHORAGE (AP) — A wildfire chewing through the forest in an Alaskan wildlife refuge has expanded in size, prompting authorities to order the evacuation of 1,000 structures, officials said. The massive fire in Alaska's Kenai Peninsula covered...

 By Brian O Connor    News    May 29, 2014

Wrangell movie to shoot this summer

If you've ever looked in the mirror and idly thought you could be a star, this summer will give you an opportunity to put your money where your mouth is. Haley Reed, studying screenwriting at the Univ...


Alaska fire grows to 193 square miles

ANCHORAGE (AP) — A wildfire in Alaska's Kenai Peninsula has grown to cover more than 193 square miles, but was only 20 percent contained as of Sunday morning, fire officials said. The Funny River Fire threatens about 150 cabins, vacation homes and...

 By Brian O Connor    News    May 29, 2014

Hospital officials plan new information push

In the coming months, members of the hospital board’s building committee will start a push to update city officials and the public in detail about plans for a new hospital. The medical center’s nine-person building committee has spent the last...


The Way We Were

In the Sentinel 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago. June 4, 1914: Foreman S.S. Swening of the Stikine Trail was in town last Wednesday on business. When interviewed by the Sentinel man, he stated that the trail was complete to the lower end of Cottonwood I...


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