Articles from the July 25, 2013 edition

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  • Sitka rails against Juneau to win Region II tourney

    Greg Knight|Jul 25, 2013

    The team from Sitka saw lightning strike as they took the Region II crown on Sunday afternoon by defeating reigning champ Juneau by a score of 5-1 in six innings. Sitka’s scoring run started off in the top of the second inning with Morgan Simic giving an RBI single to give the go-ahead to Jasoren McGraw for 1-0 lead. The score remained 1-0 through the top of the fourth when Kyler Sumauang scored on an RBI single from Aaron Dumag – with two outs against Sitka. Another single by Bryce Kelly to sco... Full story

  • Vehicles and a home targeted in series of break-ins

    Greg Knight|Jul 25, 2013

    A spate of break-ins to vehicles and possibly a home has the Wrangell Police Department – and private citizens on the lookout for suspicious behavior. The break-ins occurred on the night of Wednesday, July 17, sometime between 10:30-11 p.m., according to a number of statements given by the victims. In total, seven vehicles were either broken into or saw the perpetrator attempt to start the vehicle. One of the unlucky Wrangell residents to have his vehicle tampered with is fire chief Tim Buness. “I went to bed at about a quar... Full story

  • Assembly approves Institute logging road proposal

    Greg Knight|Jul 25, 2013

    The Borough Assembly unanimously approved on Tuesday night a request from Alcan Forest Products to lease a portion of the former Wrangell Institute property for a timber sale contracted with the landowner, the Alaska Mental Health Trust. The proposal from Alcan would be for a 100-foot-wide wide easement where a proposed logging road would be located. Alcan would install the road and a gate would be installed between MHT and Borough property to restrict access. In exchange for the use of the land and possession of the timber, the City and Boroug... Full story

  • The Way We Were

    Jul 25, 2013

    In the Sentinel 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago. August 7, 1913: Hank Summers, who arrived a chechaco in Juneau during the year 1886 but passed on to the watershed of the great Yukon during the summer is again in Juneau, says the Empire. Mr. Summers has been in the reaches of the White river near the Shushana for the past several months. He says the Shushana will turn out to be a great producer. That section of the country in which Mr. Summers has been since last April is, he says, the greatest mineral belt in the world. All kinds of minerals...

  • $34K change order approved for marine hoist

    Greg Knight|Jul 25, 2013

    The Borough Assembly approved a change order in the amount of $34,600 for the 300-ton marine hoist purchased by the City and Borough of Wrangell this week. The city is under contract with Italian firm Ascom S.p.A. to manufacture and assemble the new 300-ton capacity vessel hoist. The bid documents required a backup control system for use in the case of failure of the wireless remote control, which Ascom is providing as a redundant, plug in, wired remote control. In a memo to the Assembly, Wrangell Public Works Director Carl Johnson explained...

  • Courts

    Jul 25, 2013

    On July 16 Wrangell Magistrate Christine Ellis adjudicated the following case: David Gillen, Jr., age 21, was found guilty of Possession or Use of a Controlled Substance – 6th Degree. He was fined $250 and ordered to serve one year on probation....

  • Time Bandit in Wrangell

    Jul 25, 2013

  • Police reports

    Jul 25, 2013

    Monday, July 15 - Officer responded to criminal mischief report that someone had slashed a tire. - Officer was requested to unlock a vehicle. - Officer responded to an alarm going off. All was fine. - Person reported a fight. Officer dispatched but parties had left the area. Tuesday, July 16 - Officer responded to a disturbance. - Arrested Jesse Allen Oglend, age 24, on warrant for failure to appear. - Person reported a dead eagle in roadway. Eagle was gone. - Traffic stop. Verbal warning given for faulty headlight. Wednesday, July 17 -...

  • Wrangell comes close against Petersburg at Region II

    Greg Knight|Jul 25, 2013

    The final showdown of play at the 2013 Region II All-Stars Little League tournament in Wrangell culminated on Thursday night as the home team took on – and came close to beating – perennial rival Petersburg. For two innings the Wrangell team either led or were tied with their competition from the north, though the team stayed in until the very end, losing only by a 3-1 score in the sixth inning. Petersburg scored first on a stolen base by Stone Morgan. Dillon Rooney scored the first and onl...

  • Wedding announcement

    Jul 25, 2013

  • Borough institutes CodeRED safety technology

    Greg Knight|Jul 25, 2013

    The City and Borough of Wrangell has contracted with Emergency Communications Network, LLC to utilize its CodeRED high-speed notification system, which will allow local officials to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire borough. For those that want to use the system, Wrangell Police Department Chief Doug McCloskey said that such systems are only as good as the telephone number database supporting them. “If your phone number is not in the database, you will not be called,” he said. “One of the reasons the CodeRED system was s...

  • Petersburg man dies in trailer fire

    Jul 25, 2013

    A 79-year-old Petersburg man died following a trailer fire over the weekend. A report from KFSK FM named the victim as Frank T. Neidiffer. Petersburg Fire Department spokesperson Dave Berg says one end of the trailer was ablaze when firefighters arrived about 3 a.m. Saturday. They were able to put out the fire fairly quickly, and Neidiffer was found in the kitchen. “The police, upon arrival, took out one of the doors but were overcome by smoke and had to back away,” Berg said. “The smoke was very thick coming out of the available doors in th...

  • FCC approves GCI, ACS wireless merger

    Jul 25, 2013

    (ADN) - The Federal Communications Commission has approved plans by GCI and Alaska Communications to combine their wireless holdings in a joint venture, while continuing to compete in retail sales, to better compete against two giants in the industry, AT&T and Verizon. The companies intend to cut capital expenditures by $15 million and operating expenses by an equal amount, according to the FCC review of their application. They would reduce the total number of cell sites from 450 to about 300 and scale back plans for new tower sites. The new...

  • Fish Factor

    Laine Welch|Jul 25, 2013

    It might sound like a whopper of a fish story – but Alaska salmon is not good enough for Wal-Mart or the US National Park Service. The reason? Alaska’s wild caught salmon does not brandish a specific eco-label verifying that it is sustainably managed – as determined by two Outside groups: the London-based Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) or the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. Alaska’s seafood industry recently opted out of high priced eco-endorsements from elsewhere, believing the State’s brand of fisheries oversight can stand on its ow...

  • NASA captures Yukon fires that blanketed SE skies

    Jul 25, 2013

    (CBC) NASA’s Aqua satellite captured images on July 14 showing wildfires burning in the Yukon Territory of Canada. Those fires were responsible for blanketing the skies of Southeast Alaska last week with a white cover of smoke. In a press release, NASA officials stated, “red outlines indicate hot spots where (satellites) detected unusually warm surface temperatures associated with fire. In the Yukon Territory of Canada, several large wildfires continue to burn unabated. The fires on this ima...

  • AICS welcomes newest dentist

    Jul 25, 2013

  • Salard named to Alaska Medicaid Pharmacy board

    Greg Knight|Jul 25, 2013

    The Alaska State Department of Social and Health Services has named Alaska Island Community Services physician Greg Salard to the Alaska Medicaid Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. He is also a member of the Alaska Medicaid Drug Utilization Review Committee, beginning his three-year term late last year. Salard, who is currently on vacation in the Lower-48, could not be reached for comment. However, in a 2012 interview, he said he volunteered for the spot on the committees in order to assist...

  • HAARP shuttered amid search for operator

    Ben Anderson Alaska Dispatch|Jul 25, 2013

    Alaska’s High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program has drawn its fair share of conspiracy theories over the years, as it sits in Gakona, an array of antennas intended to heat the Earth’s ionosphere and study the effects. Fringe thinkers have tenuously linked HAARP to everything from the 2011 Japanese Earthquake to mind control and hurricanes. But if there are no major earthquakes or bizarre global weather events in the coming weeks or months, the folks at HAARP may have some explaining to...

  • U.S. Forest Service ships up for auction

    Tom Hesse Sitka Daily Sentinel|Jul 25, 2013

    Half a century of Sitka history in a 61-foot steel hull is being auctioned off by the U.S. Forest Service. The M/V Sitka Ranger, which entered service in 1959 as the floating presence of the Forest Service in the Tongass National Forest, is on the auction block. Roy Mitchell, deputy regional fleet manager for the Forest Service in Anchorage, said the Sitka Ranger and its sister ship the M/V Tongass Ranger are being auctioned off because there’s no longer enough field work in the country’s lar...

  • Sitka wins District II Championship

    Jul 25, 2013