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 By Dan Rudy    News    July 30, 2015

Assembly to revisit property tax date change, hospital credit

A special meeting will be held on Aug. 12 to allow the public to discuss and review a proposed ordinance relating to the new property tax payment due date. In May the Wrangell Assembly passed an ordinance amending the Municipal Code to establish a... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 30, 2015

Jury finds Salard guilty, could serve 10-40 years

The jury in the trial of Greg Salard found the former family physician guilty of two child pornography charges, for receipt and distribution. A lesser, third count was not deliberated by jurors. Judge Anthony Burgess presided over the proceedings, wh... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 30, 2015

Stikine ceremony to mark Mt. Polley disaster anniversary

On Sunday Alaska Native and Canadian First Nations groups will mark the first anniversary of the Mount Polley tailings dam collapse in a ceremony on the Stikine River. On Aug. 4, 2014, a rupture in the tailings dam servicing the British Columbia... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 30, 2015

Unmanned aircraft taking off

In fits and kicks, with each passing year technological innovations continue to change the way people live, work, recreate and perceive the world. Many of these changes can go unnoticed by the...

 

Police reports

Monday, July 20 Dog complaint. Police issued a citation to Kayla Gillen, 24, for dogs at large. Probation violation. Minor on licensed premises. Tuesday, July 21 Random breath test. Dog complaint. Found property. Missing property. Dog complaint....

 

Courts

Monday, July 13 Brandon Luck, 17, appeared before First District Court Magistrate Chris Ellis for the offense of Under-21 Possession or Consumption of Alcohol. The defendant pleaded guilty, no contest, to the first offense charge. Luck was sentenced...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 30, 2015

Ten candidates short-listed for hospital CEO position

Members of the Wrangell Medical Center (WMC) board’s special hiring committee met at the Nolan Center Wednesday morning to sort through a sheaf of resumes received over the preceding weeks. A replacement chief executive officer for the hospital is...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: I would like to thank all of the community involved in the planting and upkeep of the flower beds downtown. They are beautiful and really spruce up the downtown area. I really enjoy them. Thank you so much. Olinda W...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 30, 2015

Ortiz looks for budget feedback on Wrangell visit

District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz stopped into Wrangell over the weekend, both to enjoy some of the Bearfest 2015 events and meet with constituents. The Ketchikan Independent has put his first session under his belt after being elected last November. And...

 
 By Mary Koppes    Dockside    July 30, 2015

Local humpback obtains longest re-sighting record

A humpback whale that was first sighted in Lynn Canal in 1972 was re-sighted by researchers earlier this month feeding off Cape Fanshaw in Frederick Sound. The 44-year span between the two sightings...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 30, 2015

Bear necessities: the climate science of Bearfest

Wrangell's annual Bearfest offers a unique opportunity each year for biologists, researchers, photographers and artists to come together for a common cause, and last week's event was no exception.... Full story

 

Federal laws have banks turning away marijuana businesses

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Federal laws tying marijuana money with money laundering has banks turning away marijuana businesses. While marijuana businesses will be able to get licenses and make sales starting May 2016 in Alaska, the cash involved is...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 30, 2015

Fish Factor

Shock and dismay were heard from Bristol Bay fishermen when they finally got word last week that major buyers would pay 50 cents a pound for their sockeye salmon.  That’s a throwback to the dock prices paid from 2002 through 2004, and compares to...

 

Groups want hunting season suspended for rare Alaska wolves

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Six conservation organizations want to stop hunting and trapping of a rare southeast Alaska wolf while the federal government decides whether the animals merit endangered species status. The groups asked Fish and Game...

 

Shell gets permits for limited oil drilling in Arctic waters

ANCHORAGE (AP) — The Obama administration has given Royal Dutch Shell PLC approval to begin limited exploratory oil drilling off Alaska's northwest coast. The two permits issued Wednesday clear the way for drilling in Chukchi Sea, but with...

 

Glacial fjord tours may harm harbor seals

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Tourists who want to look at seal pups resting among Alaska’s glacial fjords may be making things harder for the marine animals. Cruise ship traffic in the glacial fjords an import nursery area for harbor seal pups has incre...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 30, 2015

WCA dedicates new cultural facility

A good-sized crowd of over 100 people attended the dedication ceremony for the Wrangell Cooperative Association's new cultural center on Saturday. After a welcoming performance by the Shxat Kwaan...

 

Strong earthquake rattles Alaska's Aleutian Islands

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting no damage from a strong earthquake that rocked Alaska’s Aleutian Islands. The quake struck at 8:49 p.m. Sunday and was centered 45 miles southwest of the village of Nikolski at a...

 

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