Articles from the July 3, 2014 edition

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 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 3, 2014

TBPA Commission places employees on leave

The Thomas Bay Power Authority (TBPA) Commission placed General Manager Michael Nicholls and Administrative Clerk Rhonda Christian on paid leave last Friday after a reported lack of communication from the TBPA office. TBPA, the organization responsib... Full story

 By Brian OConnor    News    July 3, 2014

TBPA: Nicholls and Christian respond

Hammer and Wrangell Clerk Kim Lane, accompanied by Wrangell Police Chief Doug McCloskey arrived at the TBPA office headquarters about 3 p.m., when a Wrangell Sentinel reporter was interviewing... Full story


Fourth of July festivities begin

The light slanted low across Shoemaker Bay, and the parking lot at Shoemaker Park was almost full Tuesday. Music was playing on the speakers, hamburgers and hot dogs sizzled on the grill. Hugs,... Full story


Hog wild

Linsey Owens, daughter of Linda Buness, poses with a 53-pound king salmon caught on a boat near King George. Owens had herring on the line for two minutes when the fish, which the family...


The Way We Were

In the Sentinel 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago. July 9, 1914: Wrangell will have a new lighting system by the middle of September is the information given out by Mr. O.C. Palmer of the Wrangell Electric Light and Power Co. Mr. Palmer has secured an...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 3, 2014

Fishing lodge tourists perish Sunday evening

Two men died Sunday evening after their 18-foot skiff capsized near Level Island 22 miles south of Petersburg According to an Alaska State Troopers press release, a United States Coast Guard (USCG) helicopter found Jonathan Comfort, 45, and Kenneth...

 By Brian OConnor    News    July 3, 2014

Jury finds Howe guilty of assault

A Wrangell jury convicted James Howe, 42, on two counts June 25. Police had charged Howe with Assault in the Third Degree, a class C Felony, and Interfering with reporting of Domestic Violence, a class A misdemeanor. According to a complaint filed...


Police reports

Monday, June 23 Agency Assist—Injured Eagle. Found Property. Criminal Mischief. Citizen Assist—Vehicle unlocked. Dead Deer. Harassment. Tuesday, June 24 Citizen Assist—Unlock vehicle. Report of Theft. Wednesday, June 25 Dead Deer. Parking Compl...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 3, 2014

Petersen enters guilty pleas for child pornography charges

PETERSBURG – Former Petersburg Community School District Maintenance Director Tye Petersen, 46, pleaded guilty last week to Distribution, Receipt and Possession of Child Pornography—three counts that carry up to a minimum of five years and a max...


Obituary: Marlene Delores Summerfield, 80

Marlene Delores Summerfield passed from this life peacefully May 23, 2014, under the compassionate care of the staff at Country Villa healthcare of Quincy. Her family was at her side. Marlene was born in Olympia, Wash., on July 16, 1933, to the late... Full story


Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: There are three competent candidates running for Wrangell’s House District 36, the seat vacated by Peggy Wilson. The one who stands above the others, in my opinion, is Agnes Moran from Ketchikan. Agnes was born and reared in K...


United Way of Southeast Alaska - 2014 Community Impact Grant

United Way of Southeast Alaska is now accepting Community Impact Grant applications. Up to $15,000 in Community Impact funds will be awarded to applicants that successfully demonstrate community needs that pertain to health, education, or income...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 3, 2014

Fish Factor

Salmon takes center stage in Alaska every summer, but many more fisheries also are going on all across the state. The world’s biggest sockeye salmon run is expected to surge into Bristol Bay any day, where a catch of about 17 million reds is p...


Long Drive

Randy Littleton sends a ball flying down-course in front of some onlookers Friday at Muskeg Meadows. The Nine-Hole Best Shot tournament was sponsored by Fourth of July Queen contestants Robyn Booker...


SEAPA votes to terminate contract with TBPA

The Southeast Alaska Power Agency (SEAPA) board of directors voted 5-0 June 26 to terminate the Operations and Maintenance contract for the Tyee Lake hydroelectric facility. Tyee Lake is presently operated by a joint creation of the Petersburg and... Full story

 By Brian OConnor    News    July 3, 2014

School board approves food services contract, grant

The Wrangell school board voted 3-0 June 23 to award a food services contract to Nana Management Services (NMS). The cost of the contract is estimated at $63,453 for 174 serving days, and it replaces the school-run program, though all personnel...

 By Brian OConnor    News    July 3, 2014

Code committee animal statute review ongoing

Borough officials continued a review of borough animal codes June 26. The meeting focused on extensive additions to definitions and enforcement while past meetings had focused on issues of licensure for dogs. Under the draft ordinance reviewed at...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 3, 2014

Southeast transportation project plans include a Petersburg to Kake road

PETERSBURG – The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT) released a draft Southeast Alaska Transportation Plan (SATP) for public review. The plan includes the construction of a road from Kake to Petersburg and a Wrangell N...

 By Brian OConnor    News    July 3, 2014

Annual Ottesen's golf tournaments held

Golfers braved clouds of rain and mosquitoes to participate in the annual Ottesen's golf tournaments this weekend. In the four-person best shot tournament held Saturday, Brian Smith, Jane Bliss, Tammy...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 3, 2014

Borough and hospital straddle muddled line dividing autonomy and oversight

PETERSBURG – Issues of funding assistance continue to crop up between the Petersburg Borough Assembly and Petersburg Medical Center, and an ambiguous relationship between the two bodies isn’t clarifying the matter. Last week, PMC CEO Liz Woo...


99 Multi-colored balloons

Children participate in a water balloon fight at a birthday party at Shoemaker Park shelter Sunday afternoon. Sunday's weather was perfect for a water balloon fight, in part because heavy rains...

 By Brian OConnor    News    July 3, 2014

Federal government, borough, WCA collaborate on Weber

The final touches on the Weber Street project concluded this week. For the Wrangell Cooperative Association (WCA), the repaving and sidewalk work on the formerly two-way street in the middle of a...

 By Brian OConnor    News    July 3, 2014

Author with Wrangell connection to visit on book tour

Blood may be thicker than water, but water has its own unique bond. Dave Olson has written a quasi-memoir, "Bonded By Water," about his family's multi-generational bond to Southeast. The Olson family...


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