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Articles from the July 23, 2015 edition

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 By Dan Rudy    News    July 23, 2015

Hospital board prepares for TruBridge, CEO search

Despite hectic midsummer schedules, the Wrangell Medical Center Board of Trustees was able to find quorum for its meeting on July 15. During his monthly report, finance director Doran Hammett informed the board that a consultant with company... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 23, 2015

Kayakers and film team make stop through Wrangell

A pair of friends decided to undertake a unique adventure, traveling the 1,200 miles from Washington to Alaska by kayak. Luca Lezzi and Xander Fehsenfeld departed from their hometown of Bainbridge... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 23, 2015

Salard trial began Monday

The trial for Greg Salard began in Juneau on Monday. The former Wrangell physician faces three felony charges related to the possession and distribution of child pornography, following a five-month investigation by the Federal Bureau of... Full story

 

The Way We Were

In the Sentinel 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago. July 22, 1915: Geo B. Hull, engineer of the Federal Government of British Columbia, with headquarters at Prince Rupert, will make a trip up the Stikine River about August 2nd. The object of Mr. Hull’s...

 

Police reports

Monday, July 13 Agency Assist: Fire Alarm going off. Agency Assist: Electric Department notified of power outage. Citation issued to Christian Ryan Kirschenmann, 26, for dog at large. Tuesday, July 14 Probation Violation. Wednesday, July 15 Traffic...

 

Courts

July 17 John R. Staples, 49, appeared before First District Court Magistrate Judge Chris Ellis for two counts of Violating Conditions of Release (Class B misdemeanor) and one count of Violating Conditions of Release (Class A misdemeanor). The...

 

San Diego hiker airlifted from Juneau glacier after fall

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A hiker visiting Juneau from San Diego has been airlifted to Bartlett Regional Hospital after he fell and fractured his leg while climbing the Mendenhall Glacier. The Juneau Empire reports that Capital City Fire/Rescue...

 

Guest Commentary: Shell exploration cause for optimism in Alaska

A dynamic event is underway in Arctic Alaska today: one that, if successful, could have a profound effect on our state’s economy. Shell Alaska is preparing to drill for oil this summer in Alaska’s offshore continental shelf. To date, Shell has...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: The Public Library provides such a welcoming and warm environment for our community and especially for the Summer Reading Program. Anyone would want and would enjoy hanging out there. There is always a smiling and friendly staff to...

 

Obituary, Frederick Clarence Angerman Sr., 82

Frederick Clarence Angerman Sr., passed away on June 27, 2015, after a long struggle with cancer at the age of 82. Born September 3, 1932, Fred was the second of four children to Austrian immigrant... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 23, 2015

City clerk receives higher certification

Borough Clerk Kim Lane recently received her master municipal clerk (MMC) designation from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC), a professional nonprofit which promotes continued...

 

Groups want Shell's Arctic plans stopped after ship damaged

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Ten environmental groups say a missing icebreaker should be a deal-breaker for Arctic offshore drilling by Royal Dutch Shell PLC off Alaska’s northwest coast. The groups in a letter Tuesday called on Interior Secretary...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    July 23, 2015

Show me the money:

At the polls on Oct. 6, Wrangell voters will be determining whether or not local public officials should be exempt from state financial disclosure requirements. Now Petersburg is considering a similar exemption, with an ordinance to put the...

 

Pilot killed in Juneau crash, two injured

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The pilot of a Cessna 207 was killed when the plane crashed into rugged terrain west of Juneau on Friday afternoon, according to Alaska State Troopers. The four passengers in the plane survived. Troopers identified the pilot...

 

Board of Game meetings called

The Alaska Board of Game (BoG) announced it will be holding a non-regulatory teleconference at 2 p.m., Aug. 7. The board will consider agenda change requests for the 2016 Statewide Regulations meeting and address other business. Though the board...

 

Golf Results

First Bank Golf Tournament Results July 18 and 19, 2015 NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 57 July 18: 1st place: Mike White, Mike Ottesen, Tyler Gunn. 2nd place: Jim Farvela, Chris Spivey, Pam McCloskey. 3rd place: George Woodbury, Brett Woodbury, Martin...

 

Labor Department announces unemployment rate at 6.8 percent

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – The Alaska Department of Labor says Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June was 6.8 percent. The department revised the May rate down .1 percent to 6.7 percent. The national unemployment rate was 5.3...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 23, 2015

Fish Factor

The world’s biggest sockeye salmon run at Bristol Bay went from “bust” to “unbelievable” in one week. Landings last week broke records every day for five days for that time frame, bringing the total sockeye catch to nearly 28 million fish...

 

Ferry delayed 3 days; 'bump-and-run' this week

Repairs caused delays for those expecting to ride the Alaska Marine Highway System last week, after M/V Columbia was held up in Juneau. On its way south through Wrangell to Ketchikan and eventually Bellingham, Wash., the Columbia was not able to leav...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 23, 2015

Wrangell youth saddle up for annual horse show

This year's 7th Annual Wrangell Horse Show went off without a hitch, as more than 50 young riders trotted out their skills at the city track. The nine different events were divided among various...

 

Alaska high court: Local mining initiative unenforceable

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska’s highest court ruled Friday that an initiative seeking to restrict large-scale mining in the Bristol Bay region seriously impedes a regulatory process set out in state law and is unenforceable. The Alaska Supreme...

 

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