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Articles from the June 16, 2016 edition

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 By Dan Rudy    News    June 16, 2016

Residential school big feature for Institute concepts

The planning team for future development at Wrangell's former Institute site returned this week for a second round of public discussions. At a presentation Monday night, information gleaned from... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    June 16, 2016

Salmon derby winners announced, entrants reflect trends

Wrangell's 64th Annual King Salmon Derby wound to a close on Sunday, with the winning fish snagged only two days before. Fishing with her family near Found Island on Friday, Malia McIntyre reeled in... Full story

 
 By Jess Field    News    June 16, 2016

SEAPA seeks control of Swan Lake hydro in Ketchikan

PETERSBURG – The Southeast Alaska Power Agency (SEAPA) board held its regular meeting in Petersburg last week, with board members in attendance from Ketchikan, Wrangell and Petersburg. Much of the meeting focused on project updates and approving... Full story

 

The Way We Were

June 20, 1941 The newly coordinated Fish and Wildlife Service fleet of eight patrol vessels and an airplane put out Wednesday morning of this week on Alaska’s first intensive red salmon stream patrol. It’s purpose: to protect early streams from...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    June 16, 2016

Petersburg police make several meth busts

PETERSBURG – Local, state and federal law enforcement made two arrests last week associated with the possession and distribution of methamphetamine. After the Petersburg Court issued a warrant June 6, police searched 214 North Nordic Drive Apt # 5...

 

New study reveals findings on UA sexual assault

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – One out of every nine students at the University of Alaska reported being a victim of sexual misconduct or assault last year, according to a new study released by the Alaska Justice Center. The center at the University of...

 

Courts

Monday, June 6 Israel M. Comstock, 21, appeared before First District Judge Kevin Miller on the misdemeanor charges of Reckless Driving, Immediate Notice of Accident Required, and Violate Condition of Release. The defendant pleaded guilty to the...

 

Police reports

Monday, June 6 Citizen assist Traffic stop: Citations for excessive acceleration and failure to stop at stop sign issued to David McQueen, 19. Agency assist: Driving complaint. Traffic stop: Citations for expired registration and failure to provide...

 

Obituary: Margaret Gross-Hope, Koodeina.át, 88

Margaret June DeWitt Gross-Hope, 88, "walked into the forest" on June 3, 2016, in Sitka, Alaska. She was born to Forrest and Martha (James) DeWitt on June 3, 1928, in Wrangell, Alaska, the first of... Full story

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: I noticed in the news recently that a “transgender” boy was allowed to compete in Alaska’s Girls State Championship track meet. The individual got third. The girl who got fourth was upset when she found out a boy had taken her me...

 

Muskeg Meadows news

The Stikine Sportsmens best ball tournament was held on June 10 with 43 participants. First place went to the team of Tor Gunderson, Steve, Trevor Sandie and John Smith. Straightest drive was made by Jean Shoemaker and John Thompson was closest to...

 

Dan's Dispatch

In the current budget that was approved by the majority of Alaskan Legislators, 430 million dollars is allocated for direct cash payouts to oil companies in the form of credits. The state’s obligation for this year’s credits is 750 million...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    June 16, 2016

Swan Lake outage affects tri-borough grid

Power service went down to southern Southeast Alaska communities, following problems at the Swan Lake dam site on June 8. The hydroelectric dam is one of two major producers utilized by Southeast Alaska Power Agency, primarily servicing the...

 

Rainforest Island Ferry faces funding problems

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) – An independent ferry serving communities in southeast Alaska is struggling to come up with the funds to continue its service, and the operators are working with federal managers to figure out next steps. The Ketchikan...

 

Alaska marijuana regulators approve first licenses

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska regulators were applauded Thursday as they approved the first licenses for legal marijuana growing and testing facilities _ another milestone for the fledgling industry. Priority was being given to growing and testing...

 

Petersburg Assembly votes 6-1 againts opt out option

By Kyle Clayton Sentinel writer The Petersburg Borough Assembly voted 6-1 against adding an opt-out option and other questions to October’s ballot and unanimously voted in its second reading for a marijuana ordinance that largely reflects the...

 

Ketchikan could see raise in sales tax cap

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) – Residents of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough could see an increase next year in the borough’s $1,000 sales tax cap that was put in place nearly 40 years ago. Borough Assembly member Stephen Bradford said Friday he plans to...

 

Well hello there

A new collection of masks and art pieces were put on display inside the Nolan Center lobby on Saturday. Created by award winning artist Eleanor Carlisle, the collection is the latest the center has...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    June 16, 2016

Selenium concerns upriver as water testing continues

Wrangell's tribal government is continuing to cooperate with Central Council Tlingit Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska on its baseline water testing of the Stikine River. Initiated in November by Central...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    June 16, 2016

Assembly passes harbor fee increases in close vote

In a close vote the Wrangell City and Borough Assembly approved a new fee structure for the community’s harbors and dock facilities. Already approved once on its first reading by the Assembly last month, the increases being put forward would...

 

State seeks waiver for standardized testing failure

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska education officials are looking to escape federal penalties for failing to meet standardized testing requirements after cancelling statewide student assessments in April due to technical disruptions. Officials are...

 

Fish Factor

Boaters from Homer to the Mat-Su valley can help protect salmon and other aquatic creatures and get discounts from popular businesses by doing so. A pilot program launched this spring is an offshoot of Cook Inletkeeper’s Clean Boating program that...

 

Summer Anan passes to be made available

Visitors will soon be able to request the last four daily permits for the Anan Wildlife Observatory this summer. Requests will be made by filling out a form at the front desk of the Wrangell Ranger District office. Individuals listed on the form...

 

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