Articles from the June 19, 2014 edition


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  • School officials table food services contract

    Brian O Connor|Jun 19, 2014

    School board members tabled by unanimous consent a food services contract with Nana Management Services, LLC (NMS) at Monday’s regular school board meeting. In particular, discussion focused on codifying an unwritten agreement between the company and the school board over providing a vehicle for use around town and around minor statutory changes to be made after reviews by the school system’s lawyer and the Alaska Department of Education & Early Childhood Development. “We feel like we’ve got a program that the state’s approved and NMS will...

  • Stough resigns from Assembly, TBPC

    Brian O Connor|Jun 19, 2014

    James Stough resigned from both the Thomas Bay Power Commission (TBPC) and the borough assembly Friday. TBPC secretary Dave Galla resigned the same day. The resignations came a day after a Petersburg meeting called at the request of a majority of the commissioners. Commissioners voted to contact Stough by phone and letter concerning his absence at both the June 12 Petersburg meeting and a meeting held June 5 in Wrangell. Stough last ran unopposed to Assembly Seat C in 2012, receiving 468 votes....

  • Lights, Camera, Wrangell

    Brian O Connor|Jun 19, 2014

    Some burly men were duct taping a video camera to the side of a plasma cutter in a shipping container at the Marine Services Center Friday afternoon. The camera was a GoPro. The plasma cutter belonged to Superior Marine Services, and the shipping container was transformed momentarily into a set for a television show. "This is gonna be (expletive) awesome!" one man said. A moment later, the plasma cutter started roaring. It cut an elaborate metal "S" out of a piece of plate metal. The cameras -...

  • Derby champ

    Jun 19, 2014

  • Assembly to consider raising electric rates

    Brian O Connor|Jun 19, 2014

    An ordinance change passed on first reading at the June 10 assembly meeting could raise electric rates by as much as 10 percent by January 2015. If approved as worded – judging only from preliminary discussion at the assembly meeting, that appears unlikely to happen – a five percent increase in electrical rates would take effect July 1. An additional five percent increase could be enacted Jan. 1, contingent on whether or not Wrangell Light & Power receives an annual rebate from the Southeast Alaska Power Agency (SEAPA). Officials say the rat...

  • The Way We Were

    Jun 19, 2014

    In the Sentinel 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago. June 25, 1914: After being away for fifteen days on a prospecting trip, Richard Hofstad, Ole Johnson and C. Lauritsen arrived back in town late Tuesday evening. The boys went from Wrangell to Chichagof Island for the purpose of locating a large ledge of marble, and after the second day on the island, the marble was located and four claims staked. After the marble had been located, the boys started to look over the country and found some floaters in a small creek, and after tracing it up, located...

  • Police reports

    Jun 19, 2014

    Monday, June 9 Suspicious Incident. Traffic Stop – Verbal warning for no taillights. Citizen Assist. Parking Complaint. Harassment. MVA – No Injuries. Found Property – Cell phone. Parking Complaint. Tuesday, June 10 Suspicious Circumstance. Wednesday, June 11 Possible Theft. Found Property. Suspicious Circumstance. Harassment. Driving Complaint. Animal Complaint. Thursday, June 12 Driving Complaint. Parking Complaint. Neighborhood Dispute. Agency Assist – Probation. Friday, June 13 Unsecured Premises. Civil – Harassment. Suspicious Circumsta...

  • Officials look to Rally's return

    Brian O Connor|Jun 19, 2014

    Officials this week tried to make the best of last week’s postponement of the Salty Dog Rally. Among the officials who expressed disappointment was Leslie Cummings, a Wrangell Convention and Visitors Bureau board member who played a large role in facilitating Wrangell’s participation as the end point of a long-distance yachting rally. Cummings made the initial connection with Salty Dog Rally ALASKA organizer Dawny Pack and said, while local organizations who contributed were upset about the plan, they looked forward to Rally’s planned resch...

  • Power official urges caution with fish entrails

    Brian O Connor|Jun 19, 2014

    Fish guts and good intentions have caused at least one of two short bird-related power outages in the last two weeks, officials with Wrangell Light & Power said. Fishermen with an eye toward offering feathered friends a meal often leave the undesirable part of the fish out for the birds, said superintendent Clay Hammer. The birds, excited at the possibility of a free meal, lose track of their surroundings and inadvertently bridge the gap between two electric lines. The birds are killed instantly...

  • Fish Factor

    Laine Welch|Jun 19, 2014

    You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again: The seafood industry is Alaska’s largest private employer, putting more people to work than mining, oil/gas, timber and tourism combined. The annual revenue the seafood sector contributes to State coffers is second only to Big Oil. So where does the seafood industry rank for the major candidates running for Alaska Governor and the US Senate? Here’s what a thorough look at each of their campaign websites reveals, starting with the race for Governor (all in alphabetical order)— Byron Mallott (...

  • Burning down the house

    Jun 19, 2014

  • Wrangell rentals in seasonally short supply

    Brian O Connor|Jun 19, 2014

    When their Plan A for housing fell through, the seven-member Bosdell family pitched Plan B in Shoemaker Park. Plan B was a three-room tent. Plan A had been to buy property at Olive Cove, but at the last minute, the deal fell through, Victoria Bosdell said. The Bosdells pitched their tent in hopes that it would be a short-term stay. The tent eventually became home to Shannon, Victoria, Jeanne, McKinley, Lief, Tyler, Hawkeye, two dogs and a cat for slightly more than a month. While some might envy the back-to-basics simplicity of life in a tent,...

  • Zoning commission approves variances

    Brian O Connor|Jun 19, 2014

    The planning and zoning commission voted 5-0 to approve a pair of measures for a local tanning salon June 12. In the first vote, the board approved a conditional use permit for the permanent location of SunDash Tanning at 105 Church Street. The second vote granted a variance permit request to off-street parking requirements for Sundash. A third item relating to height variances for a house to be constructed near the intersection of Zimovia Highway and Ash Street was removed from the agenda. That item was resolved by the Board of Adjustment....

  • Salmon Derby prizes awarded

    Brian O Connor|Jun 19, 2014

    Fishermen and fishing enthusiasts gathered at the Nolan Center June 12 to garner cash and prizes for the 2014 Salmon Derby. The Derby has been held since 1953, said master of ceremonies Jeff Angerman. "A lot of years have gone by, and it was quite a successful derby," he said. Kelley Krumm took first place in the adult tourney, earning $6,000 plus a $500 weekly prize. Bruze Kautz won the $4,000 second prize with a 40.1-pound fish, as well as the Week 2 $500 weekly prize. Solvay Bakke took third...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Jun 19, 2014

    To the Editor: I viewed your dance group on North 360 during celebration and they were truly an inspiration. The Unity of Youth dancing with Elders was just lovely. The colors and regalia were stunning and the hats were outstanding. Well done, Wrangell. Once again, you’ve done yourselves proud. Christina Sakamoto...

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