Articles from the July 24, 2014 edition

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 By Dan Rudy    News    July 24, 2014

Assembly unanimously approves SEAPA agreement

After much discussion, the Wrangell Borough Assembly voted 4-0 Tuesday evening to approve a formal transition agreement that will allow Southeast Alaska Power Agency (SEAPA) to take over the operation and maintenance of the Tyee Hydro Facility from... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    About Town    July 24, 2014

Wrangell celebrates its bears with fifth annual festival

If you haven't joined in the fun already, there's still time as the fifth annual Alaska Bearfest continues around Wrangell through Sunday afternoon. A blend of fun, food and education, the festival... Full story


The Way We Were

August 10, 1914: The Winifred left early yesterday for Telegraph. She has a good load of freight but no passengers. On the last trip down, the crew reported seeing two moose, both of them swimming in the river. The first was seen just above the...


Howe sentenced to eight months

State of Alaska Superior Court Judge Kevin Miller sentenced James Howe, 42, to serve eight months in jail at his July 14 hearing. Howe was convicted by a Wrangell jury last month on two counts relating to a domestic disturbance. According to a compla... Full story


Police reports

Monday, July 14 Citizen Assist. Cell phone returned to owner. Report of a water leak at the ball field. Public Works notified. Tuesday, July 15 Possible road blockage. Agency Assist—alarm. Wednesday, July 16 Ex parte order. Suspicious Incident. F...


School News

Leanna Rice, of Wrangell, was named to the Dean’s List of Distinction in recognition of her outstanding scholarship for the 2013-14 academic year at the University of Northern Colorado....


First Bank 13th Annual Customer Appreciation golf tournament results

First Bank's 13th annual Customer Appreciation Golf Tournament was held July 19 and 20 at Muskeg Meadows. More than 40 golfers teed up for the nine-hole course over the weekend. Teammates Eric...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 24, 2014

Canadian fisheries staff move fish across blockage in Stikine tributary

Canadian officials are airlifting Chinook and sockeye salmon over a landslide that caused a barrier to salmon passage in the Tahltan River, a tributary of the Stikine. Steve Gotch, Fisheries and...


NASA project to check out summer sea ice

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – ­ NASA is using a high-altitude, converted U2 spy plane to test technology over Arctic sea ice for future applications. The long-winged ER-2 jet is based in Fairbanks for three weeks for testing and developing technology fo...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 24, 2014

Fish Factor

It came as no surprise when the first price postings last week tanked for Bristol Bay sockeye salmon to $1.20 a pound, with an extra 15 cents for chilled fish. That compares to a base price of $1.50 a pound last year. The Bristol Bay catch topped 28...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 24, 2014

No criminal charges yet filed against man injured by explosives

PETERSBURG – A 59-year-old Petersburg man was injured Sunday afternoon in the borough rock quarry after handling what explosive experts have identified as Tovex — a commercial grade explosive typically used for blasting in quarries, mines and roa...


Companies file export application for gas project

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) _ The companies pursuing a major liquefied natural gas project in Alaska have applied for an export license with the U.S. Department of Energy. Securing the authorization is seen as critical for the viability of the mega-project,...


New Sentinel and Pilot reporter

The Wrangell Sentinel welcomes its newest staff writer, Dan Rudy. Rudy recently arrived in Wrangell from Minot, N.D., where he worked as staff writer and evening editor for The Minot Daily News. He...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 24, 2014

Petersburg Assembly approves Thomas Bay Power Authority transfer

PETERSBURG — The Petersburg Borough Assembly authorized Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht to sign off on the agreement between the Petersburg Borough, the City and Borough of Wrangell and the Thomas Bay Power Authority (TBPA) that transitions o...


Roof of melting Alaska ice cave collapses

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – U.S. Forest Service officials say a melting ice cave at a southeast Alaska glacier has collapsed. Mendenhall Glacier naturalist Laurie Craig says there are no reported injuries from the collapse Thursday near the cave's e...


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