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 By Dan Rudy    News    June 8, 2017

Maintenance needs and leases mulled by Port Commission

Members of Wrangell’s Port Commission have set a timetable for themselves for reworking how lot leases at the boatyard are arranged. At their meeting Monday, commission chair Clay Hammer and harbormaster Greg Meissner said they are putting...

 

Yesterday's News

June 21, 1917: Homer Worden was pleasantly surprised by a party of his friends last Monday evening, the event being his eleventh birthday. The guests assembled during Homer’s absence and they presented him with many appropriate gifts on his arrival...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    June 8, 2017

Water situation manageable heading into processor season

Wrangell continues to brace itself for summertime demand on its treated water, after bottlenecks in production last year led to a critical shortage. Public Works director Amber Al-Haddad has been keeping the Borough Assembly up to date on conditions...

 

Police reports

Monday, May 29 Found Property. Tuesday, May 30 Agency Assist. Citizen Assist: Officer requested at residence. Courtesy Transport. Wednesday, May 31 Report of Theft. MVA minor damage. Dog bite owner brought in certificate of vaccination. Citizen...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    June 8, 2017

School programs take new tack on fundraising

Wrangell’s extracurricular youth programs will be getting a boost beginning this summer with the help of local stores. Bobs’ IGA and City Market both will allow shoppers to conveniently donate spare change toward the public schools’ Booster...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    June 8, 2017

Tons of old nets to be sent south for reprocessing

A big batch of old gillnets is being shipped south for reprocessing. The Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (IGAP) offices in Wrangell and Petersburg planned to send several container...

 

Tribal administrator resigns from WCA

Wrangell Cooperative Association administrator Aaron Angerman announced his resignation from the position, finishing last week. Handling front office, project management and grant administration duties for the Tribe, Angerman served in the position...

 

AMSEA Marine Safety Instructor Training

The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) is conducting a six-day Marine Safety Instructor Training (MSIT) at the Public Safety Training Academy in Sitka, September 19 to September 24. This is an intensive train-the-trainer course that p...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    June 8, 2017

Fourth display reschedule sparks ordinance change suggestion

At last week's meeting of the Borough Assembly, members were asked to reconsider city ordinances banning the use and sale of a variety of explosive projectiles on and around the island. Resident...

 

Researchers discover new kind of flying squirrel

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Research by a Juneau scientist has helped uncover a new species of flying squirrel. Allison Bidlack and her six-person team released their findings about what they dubbed the Humboldt’s flying squirrel in the May 30 issue...

 

Alaska homeowner shoots 725-pound brown bear on his property

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A Douglas Island homeowner shot a brown bear after feeling threatened by the animal, Alaska wildlife officials said. The 725-pound brown bear was shot on May 25, said Ryan Scott, Alaska Department of Fish & Game wildlife regio...

 

Alaska hospital announces gaps in general surgery coverage

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) – A Ketchikan hospital has announced it will not have a general surgeon on staff for a week. The PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center’s only general surgeon will be out from 8 a.m. Monday through 8 a.m. June 12, the...

 

Juneau airport considering fees for Lyft, Uber rides

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft will soon be available for Juneau International Airport travelers. The governor is expected to sign a bill that would allow rideshare companies to operate in Alaska, and Juneau airport...

 

Muir joins Pilot and Sentinel newsroom

Ben Muir, 22, joins the Petersburg Pilot and the Wrangell Sentinel staff this week and assumes the position of news reporter. Muir graduated from Michigan State University in May with a Bachelor of...

 

Fish Factor: Applications for oyster and kelp farms increase

Home grown shellfish and kelp are gaining momentum in Alaska, spurred on by growing markets and the steadfast push by Governor Walker’s visionary mariculture task force. Applications for more than 1,000 acres of oyster and kelp farms were filed...

 

Walker to pitch compromise ahead of layoff threat

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – With the budget and a plan to address Alaska’s deficit unresolved, Gov. Bill Walker on Friday said he planned to propose a compromise package aimed at ending a legislative stalemate and averting a potential government shutdo...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    June 8, 2017

Library encouraging youth to keep reading during summer break

School may be out for the summer, but the local library is still trying to keep books in students’ hands with its seasonal reading program. Beginning June 1, the Irene Ingle Public Library’s summertime program encourages kids from ninth grade on...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    June 8, 2017

Queen candidates kick off 2017 competition

Candidates for Wrangell's annual Fourth of July Royalty Competition kicked off proceedings in an evening event at the Elks last week. Members of the Chamber of Commerce put together the May 31 present...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    June 8, 2017

Three vehicles believed linked in destructive car thefts

The Wrangell Police Department is investigating the reported thefts and damage of three vehicles over the course of three or four days. Two pickup trucks and a sedan are believed to be involved in... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    June 8, 2017

Physical evidence "overwhelming" in car thefts, suspect in custody

After several days of serial car thefts around Wrangell a suspect is in custody at the police department. After Wrangell Police Department discovered three missing vehicles on Tuesday, more vehicles... Full story

 

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