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Articles from the March 19, 2015 edition

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 By Dan Rudy    News    March 19, 2015

Planning and Zoning considers Silvernail reroute

Wrangell’s Planning and Zoning Commission was able to meet last Thursday for the first time since January. Commissioners examined the future of Silvernail Road, whose right-of-way cuts a course through the Marine Service Center yard and connects... Full story


School board examines budget, contracts last Monday

The full Wrangell School Board met Monday evening at Evergreen Elementary to discuss contracts and the upcoming budget as the academic year enters its final quarter. The board examined budgets past... Full story


Tinted thermosphere

The skies were burning brightly over Wrangell Monday night and into Tuesday morning. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a magnetic storm watch through Tuesday into the next...


The Way We Were

In the Sentinel 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago. March 25, 1915: The fore flippers of any hair seal caught or killed within the waters of the Territory of Alaska will in the future be worth $5 in cash to the person making the capture, or the killing,...



Tuesday, March 10 Robert Richard Bowlin Jr., 51, appeared before First District Court Deputy Magistrate Leanna Nash on charges of Criminal Tresspass 2—Vehicle and Violating Condition of Release. He pled no contest to the charges and was sentenced...


Police reports

Monday, March 9 Possible Phone Scam. Animal Bite. Report of Harassment—Phone. Citizen Assist. Agency Assist. Tuesday, March 10 Civil Standby. Traffic Stop—Verbal warning for faulty equipment. Unlock Vehicle. Wednesday, March 11 Abandoned...

 By Dan Rudy    News    March 19, 2015

Making more room at the Inn

As Wrangell looks to future growth, the owners of its largest hotel are likewise looking to expand. Southeast Properties owner Bill Goodale and Stikine Inn manager Jake Harris have made preliminary ap... Full story



My wife, Dena, and I enjoy walking around town. As we stroll, I can’t help but notice the crocuses are in bloom. The bulbs of these beautiful flowers looked dead when they were buried. At just the right time they rise up in all their glory. With Ea...

 By Ron Loesch    Opinion    March 19, 2015


With only 90-days to conduct the public’s business, we never cease to be amazed at the bills that attract consideration by our state legislators. In the, “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it,” category comes SB 6 and a companion bill HB 64...

 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    March 19, 2015

Dan's Dispatch

From the beginning of this legislative session, everyone knew the $3.5 billion budget deficit would be the driving force behind nearly all legislative considerations. With oil tax revenue making up over 90% of all state revenue, and oil prices...

 By Dan Rudy    About Town    March 19, 2015

Stikine video draws crowd at Nolan premiere

Nearly 100 residents headed to the Nolan Center the evening of March 11 to preview a short film produced about themselves. Entitled “Water is Life,” the ten-minute video follows the Stikine River from its headwaters to its terminus and...

 By Dan Rudy    About Town    March 19, 2015

The pipes, the pipes are calling

A bagpiper sets the mood before Saturday's Shamrock Shuffle, where over 40 participants braved nippy gusts to run, ride or skate a five-kilometer course....

 By Dan Rudy    News    March 19, 2015

Local resident looking to return ARCS to the air

One Wrangell resident hoped to stir up some interest in an alternative to subscription-service television at the Wrangell Borough Assembly meeting March 10. Sue Horner introduced herself as 31-year military veteran and recent arrival to the...


Lawmakers amend marijuana crimes bill

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Senate Finance Committee on Thursday amended a bill that would update state laws following the legalization of recreational use of marijuana in Alaska. Some of the amendments were technical in nature. Others addressed...

 By Dan Rudy    About Town    March 19, 2015

Green mean running machine

Nearly four dozen runners, bicyclists, walkers and longboarders make their way up Case Avenue at the start of the Southeast Beasts' Shamrock Shuffle 5K. The group's first major run of the year, it...


Kennicott repairs, upgrades put state ferry back on line

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) – The Kennicott, a ferry in the Alaska Marine Highway System, set sail earlier this month from the Ketchikan Shipyard with more than $13 million in repairs and refurbishments complete. The ferry, which underwent work over...

 By Klas Stolpe    Sports    March 19, 2015

Going for the Gold

Cody Angerman on the Thunderbirds scores under pressure from Angoon defenders Bailey Johnson and Curtis Lane during Wrangell's last-minute 69-68 win over Angoon on Sunday during the Juneau Lions Club...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 19, 2015

Fish Factor

Print your licenses at home and go fishing. The Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game’s revamped Online Store is the go to place for all fishing (and hunting) licenses and it now offers two new features. “Fishermen, both sport and commercial, can now...

 By Dani Palmer    Dockside    March 19, 2015

Sitka sac roe herring to be fished cooperatively this year

PETERSBURG – The Sitka sac roe herring fishery will be done cooperatively this year, with processing completed in Sitka alone, meaning no fish tax for Petersburg. “This is an industry initiated cooperative,” Dave Gordon, area management...

 By Dani Palmer    Dockside    March 19, 2015

Sitka sac roe herring season opens

The Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery opened at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday under a cooperative model. Dave Gordon, area management biologist at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, said the decision was made by permit holders to eliminate competition a...

 By Dan Rudy    News    March 19, 2015

Local volunteer firefighters raise $4700

Earlier this month, three members of the Wrangell Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) were able to gear up and attend this year's Scott Firefighter Stairclimb in Seattle, Wash. Firefighters Chris Hatton,... Full story


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