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Articles from the April 17, 2014 edition

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 By Brian O Connor    News    April 17, 2014

City officials plan cemetery clean-up

A complaint over the status of the two public Wrangell cemeteries will lead to a drive to remove decorations this spring. Memorial Cemetery – known about town as the "old cemetery" – and Sunset... Full story

 
 By Brian O Connor    News    April 17, 2014

Parks and Recreation recommends ordinance, hours change

The Wrangell Parks and Recreation committee unanimously recommended two measures to the borough assembly at Wednesday’s meeting. The first vote recommended the assembly change the hours of operation for the pool and workout facility. A second vote... Full story

 
 By Brian O Connor    News    April 17, 2014

Prospective superintendent withdraws from contract

Jay Thomas will not be the superintendent of Wrangell Schools next year. Thomas has asked out of his contract for the 2014-15 school year for personal reasons, according to a school district statement issued Tuesday morning. The school board held a... Full story

 

The Way We Were

In the Sentinel 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago. April 23, 1914: The Fire Department was called out early Monday to answer an alarm sounded from the fire bell in the Red Men’s Hall. The fire was in the shack occupied by E.W. Stewart and his partner...

 
 By Brian O Connor    News    April 17, 2014

Borough to consider part-time ordinance officer

The borough assembly was set to consider hiring a part-time ordinance enforcement officer after a Facebook conversation. Discussion about the matter came up briefly during the April 8 assembly meeting. Assembly member Daniel Blake told the assembly...

 

Police reports

Monday, April 7 Alarm. Suspicious circumstance. Parking complaint. Intoxicated person. Traffic stop. Tuesday, April 8 Lost Wallet – Dark gray/black. Report of Assault. Citizen Assist – FD notified. Citizen Assist. Harassing Communication....

 

Obituary: Sandra Kay (Kenny) Griswold, 59   

Sandra Kay (Kenny) Griswold of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho passed away April 12, 2014 at the Hospice House in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho after a 5 year battle with multiple myeloma. Sandra was born January 15,... Full story

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: In reference to your photo in the March 20 edition showing a water main repair on St. Michael’s Street: Where’s the steel cage to protect the worker from a cave in? Do they use them? Mel Bailey...

 
 By Peggy Wilson    Opinion    April 17, 2014

Peggy's Corner of the House

Hello and welcome to week twelve of Peggy’s Corner of the House. I am pleased to report that the House Resources Committee, of which I am vice-chair, unanimously moved SB 138 onto the next committee. SB 138 is the Governor’s bill that will...

 

Low participation imperils softball season

Let's be clear: the Lady Wolves softball team showed up in force this year. Unlike the high school baseball team, which didn't garner enough participants to field a full team (not enough relief...

 

Stork report

Kelyn K'aldagnaa' Young was born March 30, 2014 in Ketchikan at home to Dewyo and Charley Young of Ketchikan. She weighed 8 lbs and was 20 1/2 inches long. Kelyn joins sister Braidyn, 6, and brother...

 
 By Brian O Connor    News    April 17, 2014

New secondary principal in town

Future Wrangell schools secondary principal Colter Barnes was in town this weekend to see the community and look for housing. Barnes will replace retiring secondary principal and athletic director...

 

Alaska's largest daily newspaper sold for $34M

ANCHORAGE, (AP)– An online competitor announced plans Tuesday to buy Alaska's largest daily newspaper. Alaska Dispatch Publishing LLC, the parent company of the online newspaper the Alaska Dispatch, will purchase the Anchorage Daily News from The...

 

UAF injections probe may include ex-students

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – Students in the medical assistant program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks may have been practicing injections with an unauthorized solution as far back as 2010, according to a school investigation. The university...

 

Close Up group returns from DC, New York

The Wrangell High School Close Up group returned Monday from a student government trip to Washington DC and New York. The group – which included 13 students and two adults – spent six days in Wash...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 17, 2014

Fish Factor

Alaska's total salmon catch for 2014 is projected to be down by almost half of last year's record haul. State fishery managers are calling for an all species harvest of just under 133 million salmon,...

 

Divided Alaska House passes minimum wage bill

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) _ A divided Alaska House on Sunday voted to raise the state minimum wage, amid suspicions of lawmakers' motives. Supporters of HB384 sought to allay fears, saying they had no intent to revisit the issue for at least two years,...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 17, 2014

Continued hatchery plans moving speedily, official says

PETERSBURG – Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Production Manger Bill Gass said he’s impressed by how fast State officials are moving forward with plans to reconstruct Petersburg’s Crystal Lake Hatchery incubation facility that was...

 
 By Brian O Connor    News    April 17, 2014

Planning and Zoning approves final plat, zoning variance

The Wrangell Planning and Zoning Commission approved a final plat for a replat of the tidelands in Wrangell’s inner harbor. The board unanimously approved the plat, part of a land deal for Dave Svendsen that has been in the works for months, and...

 
 By Brian O Connor    News    April 17, 2014

Diesel run slated for this month

City officials are urging Wrangell residents to take steps to conserve energy through mid- May. After a diesel-free winter, Tyee Lake went down for maintenance work Monday. While Tyee will be off-line until May 12— meaning the city will run on...

 

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