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Articles from the July 16, 2015 edition

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 By Dan Rudy    News    July 16, 2015

Borough to designate use for entitlement properties

Wrangell’s Planning and Zoning Commission will begin the process of zoning entitlement lands and other undeveloped, remote areas owned by the Borough. The 9,006 acres of land being considered include lands transferred to Wrangell by the Alaska... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    July 16, 2015

Forest Service and Mental Health reach Tongass land swap agreement

The United States Forest Service (USFS) announced the next step has been taken in a land deal with Alaska Mental Health Trust (AMHT), after signing an Agreement to Initiate on June 30. The agreement as currently envisioned could see the transfer of... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    July 16, 2015

Court fee changes to take effect in August

This month the Alaska Court System (ACS) announced that a variety of court and other legal fees will be changing, in light of cuts to the state budget. The Alaska Supreme Court decided in June to approve the increases, which take effect August 1.... Full story


The Way We Were

In the Sentinel 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago. July 8, 1915: To say that Wrangell had a glorious Fourth is putting it mildly, for last Sunday and Monday she surpassed any previous celebration that has ever been attempted in the city. The celebration s...


Police reports

Monday, July 6 A trespass warning was given to an individual for being in the shooting range area after dusk. Report of Motor Vehicle Accident. Motor scooter complaint. Tuesday, July 7 Traffic Stop—Verbal warning given for driving habits. Found...



Tuesday, July 7 Laven T. Ritchie, 18, appeared before First District Court Magistrate Judge Christine Ellis on charges of Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drug and Alcohol and Minor in Possession/Consumption-Habitual, Class A and B...

 By Dan Rudy    News    July 16, 2015

Annual Bearfest to highlight effects of climate change

Wrangell's Sixth Annual Bearfest kicks off next week, running from July 22 to 26. Celebrating Alaska's bears, the festival features a variety of family-fun events, including workshops, food, music, a... Full story


School News

Victoria Ingram of Wrangell was recently initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Ingram was initiated at Eastern Oregon Uni...


Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: On the KSTK radio program on July 6 was an article about Southeast businesses requesting more Tongass recreation funding. Wrangell’s ranger said that he could only afford one seasonal worker this summer. Now that is a safety issue. I...

 By Dan Rudy    News    July 16, 2015

WCA to dedicate new cultural center

Members of and visitors to the community are invited to join the Wrangell Cooperative Association (WCA) at the dedication ceremony for its new cultural center on July 25 at 5 p.m. Also known as the carving facility, the building will host a variety o...

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 16, 2015

Summer service canceled for inter-island ferry service

The Alaska Department of Transportation (ADOT) has cancelled the scheduled summer sailings of the M/V LeConte that would have utilized the South Mitkof ferry terminal near Petersburg due to maintenance-related delays of the Alaska Marine Highway...

 By Dan Rudy    News    July 16, 2015

Bird strike downs power grid early Monday

Early birds and night owls may have noticed a lack of power during the early morning hours Monday, after service for Wrangell, Petersburg and Ketchikan went down for several hours. The grid went down at 2:48 a.m. after a mature bald eagle ran afoul...


University targets low-enrollment programs for elimination

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The University of Alaska plans to eliminate or suspend a number of majors this year to deal with an ongoing budgetary squeeze on the state’s public universities. The university system has slated 31 academic programs for...


More whale carcasses found in Gulf of Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – More dead whales have been found in the Gulf of Alaska following the sightings of nine fin whale carcasses in late May and early June. Fishermen, pilots and survey crews have reported five additional dead whales over the...


Fish Factor

Kodiak volunteers were scrambling with front end loaders and dump trucks to ready 200,000 pounds of super sacks for the first pick up of a massive marine debris removal project that begins in Alaska this week. The month long cleanup, which is backed...


Limited number of Anan permits available

A limited number of Anan Wildlife Observatory permits will be made available at the Wrangell District Office. Visitors are required to obtain a permit to visit the observatory from July 5 through August 25. Earlier this spring the United States Fores...


Kenai River beaches crowded for start of dipnetting season

KENAI, Alaska (AP) – Several hundred people made their way to Kenai for the opening weekend of the most widely used personal dipnetting beach in the state. More than 300 people gathered on the Kenai River Saturday to use their hand nets to search...


Gov signs bill for sexual assault prevention in schools

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Gov. Bill Walker has signed into law legislation requiring school districts to develop programs aimed at raising awareness of and preventing sexual assault and dating violence. The bill also calls for suicide awareness and...


Alaska Airlines Golf Tournament Results

July 11 and 12, 2015 NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 58 July 11: 1st place: Dick Angerman, Barb Angerman, Eric Kading, Kim Covalt. Net score 37, team handicap 17. 2nd place: Grover Mathis, Wayne Harding, Kathleen Harding, Tammy Davidson. Net score 41, team...


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