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Articles from the October 27, 2016 edition

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 By Dan Rudy    News    October 27, 2016

City seeks extension in labor legal dispute

The City and Borough of Wrangell and the public employees union remain on course to pursue litigation in an ongoing collective bargaining dispute. Since the expiration in June 2014 of the current collective bargaining agreement between the city and... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    October 27, 2016

Holiday half-marathon raises money for cancer care

Local runners stretched their legs last week in honor of Alaska Day, taking part in a five-kilometer run and half-marathon and raising money for cancer care in the process. The event was put together... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    October 27, 2016

City focusing on removing junk vehicles

The city is currently working on ways to reduce the number of autos, boats and other items abandoned or else improperly stored around the island. Chief Doug McCloskey with the Wrangell Police... Full story


The Way We Were

November 9, 1916: A few months ago a few natives of Wrangell organized a society to be known as The Sisters and Brothers Society of Wrangell, Alaska. According to the group’s agreement, “The membership shall be composed of sober well disposed...

 By Dan Rudy    News    October 27, 2016

Wrangell trooper resigns, post open to applicants

Wrangell’s Wildlife Trooper position was vacated this month, but efforts are being made to refill it. After about a year of service in the area Trooper Fred Burk put in his notice, resigning from the position after the end of September. “We have...



In the October 13 issue of the paper, newly elected Hospital Board member Marlene Messmer was mistakenly misidentified. In coverage of moose season totals run on October 20, ADFG has since corrected its count to 112 moose taken by hunters this year....



October 13 Casey R. Seimears, 34, appeared before First District Court Magistrate Judge Chris Ellis for two misdemeanor charges, Operating a Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs and Driving with License Cancelled/Suspended/Revoked. The...


Police reports

Monday, October 17 Citizen Assist – Unlock Vehicle. Traffic Complaint. Citizen Assist – Unlock Vehicle. Illegal Dumping – Owner of garbage has been notified. Found Property – returned to owner. Tuesday, October 18 Agency Assist – TSA....


Obituary: Elizabeth "Lou" Ercolin, 84

Elizabeth (Lou) Ercolin, 84, passed from this life the morning of October 9, 2016 in Sparks, Nevada, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was born on November 10, 1931 in Vero Beach,... Full story


Dan's Dispatch

By Representative Dan Ortiz The Stikine, Taku and Unuk watersheds are a major factor in the reliability of our seafood and tourism industries. Our fisheries, mariculture, and tourism industries rely on healthy watersheds, which replenish these...


Murkowski faces Miller in Fairbanks debate

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski and rival Joe Miller shared the debate stage October 14 for the first time since Miller entered Alaska’s Senate race last month. They were joined by Democrat Ray Metcalfe and independent Margaret Sto...

 By Dan Rudy    News    October 27, 2016

Fair entries bring back blue ribbons

Exhibits sent in by three local artists returned home with top honors this year. Terree Pino, Anny Newport and Charity Hommel won a collection of awards for their artwork at the 2016 Southeast Alaska...

 By Dan Rudy    News    October 27, 2016

Wrangell Wolves take third in Juneau invitational

Wrangell’s high school wrestling team finished in third overall during the weekend’s Pilot Invitational at Thunder Mountain High School in Juneau. “It was a great tournament,” said Wolves coach Jeff Rooney. “Some great competition all...

 By Dan Rudy    News    October 27, 2016

Third-party candidate another option for House

With elections at the state and national levels set for November 8, candidates have been busy making the rounds, meeting with constituents and engaging in public debates on policy directions. In the race for House District 36, Wrangell voters may...


Anchorage's first pot shop gives free samples

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Anchorage’s first recreational marijuana shop is giving away free samples before starting operations under an official license. KTUU-TV reports marijuana retailers will be stocking shelves in the next weeks with the...

 By Dan Rudy    News    October 27, 2016

Some ideas for service on Extra Mile Day

At this month's monthly meeting, the Borough Assembly approved a resolution dedicating November 1 to be "Extra Mile Day." An annual proclamation, the designation is meant to encourage community...


UAF vice chancellor overcomes racism to find success

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – Evon Peter pushed his way through hostility and overt racism in Alaska public schools to succeed in academia. He now directs one of the Fairbanks institutions best equipped to expand opportunities in education. Since 2014,...


Researchers look for more evidence of dinosaurs in Denali Park

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – This summer’s discovery of dinosaur bones in Denali National Park has opened the door for more remains to be found, researchers say. Paleontologists from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the National Park Service un...


US agency acted reasonably to protect seals, court rules

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – An appeals court panel has ruled that a federal agency acted reasonably in proposing to list certain populations of bearded seals threatened by the sea ice loss. The decision by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit...

 By Laine Welch    News    October 27, 2016

Fish Factor

A changing climate is altering rain and snowfall patterns that affect the waters Alaska salmon call home, for better or worse. A first of its kind study now details the potential changes for Southeast Alaska, and how people can plan ahead to protect...


Alaska unemployment rate inches up to 6.9 percent last month

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska’s unemployment rate inched up to 6.9 percent in September, hitting its highest level since the summer of 2014. The state labor department says last month’s preliminary seasonally adjusted rate was up from 6.8...


Residents advised to watch out for scams

Wrangell residents are advised to be on the alert for scams by phone or by email. “There isn’t a week goes by where somebody hasn’t sent money off,” said Chief Doug McCloskey of the Wrangell Police Department. One example of a scam which has...


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