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  • High fuel costs particularly painful in rural Alaska towns

    James Brooks, Alaska Beacon|Aug 31, 2022

    Throughout rural Alaska, the summer’s fuel barges arrived with loads of diesel, heating fuel and a big bill for cities and boroughs. Away from Alaska’s road system and along western and northern coasts that freeze in winter, fuel arrives by barge or plane once, twice or a handful of times per year. This year, those deliveries are coming with prices near record highs. While consumers are paying at the pump directly, there is the growing potential for a second financial hit as towns, villages, cities and boroughs absorb high fuel costs in the...

  • Most marine mammal deaths due to fishing gear, marine debris

    Yereth Rosen, Alaska Beacon|Aug 31, 2022

    Over a five-year period, 867 Alaska sea lions, seals, whales and small marine mammals like dolphins died or were gravely injured from interactions with humans, according to a report newly released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The report, required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act, lists documented cases of human-inflicted harm from 2016 to 2020 to mammal species managed by NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service. The vast majority of cases involve entanglements in fishing gear or marine debris, and Steller sea l...

  • Police report

    Aug 31, 2022

    Monday, Aug. 22 Harassment. Theft. Intoxicated person. Hazardous play. Agency assist: Ambulance. Tuesday, Aug. 23 Traffic complaint. Contraband. Emotionally disturbed person. Wednesday, Aug. 24 Traffic stop: Citation issued for failure to provide proof of insurance; verbal warning for tail light out. Agency assist: Harbor Department. Suspicious circumstance. Traffic stop: Citation issued for failure to provide proof of insurance. Security check. Thursday, Aug. 25 Criminal mischief: Unfounded. Agency assist: Ambulance. Criminal mischief. Agency...

  • Classified ads

    Aug 31, 2022

    HELP WANTED Wrangell Parks and Recreation is accepting applications for the following positions: Aquatics and Recreation position supports the office during the evening part time Monday through Friday. Lifeguard and Swim Instructors positions with year-round opportunities. Applications at the Parks and Recreation office, City Hall or online at Call 907-874-2444 for more information. HELP WANTED Wrangell Public Schools is accepting applications for the following extracurricular positions for the 2022-2023 school year: High...

  • Columbia River is key to history and future of Native tribes

    Deepa Bharath, Associated Press|Aug 31, 2022

    ALONG THE COLUMBIA RIVER (AP) - James Kiona stands on a rocky ledge overlooking Lyle Falls where the water froths and rushes through steep canyon walls just before merging with the Columbia River. His silvery ponytail flutters in the wind, and a string of eagle claws adorns his neck. Kiona has fished for Chinook salmon for decades on his family's scaffold at the edge of the falls, using a dip net suspended from a 33-foot pole. "Fishing is an art and a spiritual practice," says Kiona, a Yakama...

  • Juneau bears have learned to get into parked cars in search of food

    Clarise Larson, Juneau Empire|Aug 31, 2022

    Bear activity has been increasing in Juneau in August, said wildlife officials, and some of the bruins are looking in parked cars to grab some food. Carl Koch, assistant area management biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, said the department is monitoring two black bears in the Mendenhall Valley area that have learned how to open car doors, and have caused “fairly significant damage” to at least three vehicles in the past few weeks. Another bear occurrence was posted on the Juneau Community Collective Facebook page, sho...