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Articles from the November 26, 2015 edition

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 By Dan Rudy    News    November 26, 2015

Firefighters prepare for cancer fundraiser stairclimb

Members of the Wrangell Volunteer Fire Department are rising to a national challenge to combat cancer, putting together a team for next year's Scott Firefighter Stairclimb in Seattle. Fire... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 26, 2015

Hospital reserve fund passes million-dollar mark

The hospital’s financial reserves continue to improve, the Wrangell Medical Center Board learned during its monthly meeting Nov. 18. Financial officer Doran Hammett reported the medical center’s coffers topped $1,001,000 by the end of October,... Full story


The Way We Were

In the Sentinel 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago. November 18, 1915: As announced last week, the Wrangell Orchestra is forging ahead fast with their plans for that big dance on Thanksgiving. The original plans have been changed somewhat and the dance...


Police reports

Monday, November 16 Possible Gun Shot – Officer responded, UTL. Tuesday, November 17 Citation issued to Clarissa Young, 32, for Dog at Large and License required. Traffic Stop – Verbal warning for failure to yield at crosswalk. Wednesday,...

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 26, 2015

Convicted doctor seeking new trial

Former Wrangell physician Greg Salard has applied for a new trial, ahead of his sentencing set for Dec. 3. In July a Juneau jury had found him guilty of two of three child pornography charges brought against him by federal prosecutors. In documents... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 26, 2015

Search ends for missing mariner

A four-day search for missing fisherman Kenneth Trammel ended Nov. 18, after his body was recovered offshore near Earl West Cove. Trammel, 53, had left Wrangell on Nov. 5 in his white 38-foot Bayliner, “Thalasa,” with hand trolling gear, and was...


Obituary, George Patton Mann, 74

George Patton Mann, 74, died November 16, 2015, in Opelika, Ala. He was born in Birmingham, Ala., on December 27, 1940. George graduated from Baylor High School in Chattanooga, Tenn., in 1960 where... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 26, 2015

Forest Service releases updated Wrangell timber sale plan

The United States Forest Service has released an amended proposal for its Wrangell Island timber sale. Published to the Federal Register on Oct. 27, the proposed action was modified to more accurately...

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 26, 2015

Tribe looking for community improvement project ideas

Wrangell Cooperative Association is looking for project ideas from community members ahead of a special stakeholders meeting planned for Dec. 2 and 3. WCA has developed the 2015 Community Needs Survey to assist in the endeavor, allowing Tribal...


Alaska regulators are 1st to OK marijuana use at pot shops

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) –The board tasked with writing rules for Alaska’s recreational marijuana industry voted Friday to allow for people to use pot at certain stores that will sell it, a first among the four states that have legalized the drug. The...

 By Dan Rudy    Sports    November 26, 2015

Wrestlers setting eyes on Region after Craig tourney

Wrangell High School’s wrestlers racked up the victories during the Final Four in Craig Nov. 13 and 14. Five Wolves finished first for their weight class: Ian Jenson,126-pound; Sam Armstrong, 138; Darren Shilts, 170; Chet Armstrong, 182; and Caleb...

 By Dan Rudy    Sports    November 26, 2015

Volleyball ends for Wrangell at Region V

The volleyball season has come to an end for the Lady Wolves, after taking fourth at Region V in Skagway last weekend. "It went alright," said team coach Jessica Whittaker afterward. The girls...


Fish Factor

Alaskans are being asked to weigh in on two tough issues: budgets and halibut bycatch. First off, the state Boards of Fish and Game are asking for ideas on cutting costs within their annual meeting cycles, as well as for the state agencies involved...


Delegation critical of FDA on genetically modified salmon

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she’s “livid’’ at the federal Food and Drug Administration’s approval of genetically modified salmon for human consumption. Murkowski and the other members of Alaska’s congressional...


Alaska farmers want prison-run slaughterhouse kept open

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Farmers across Alaska are fighting to keep a state-run slaughterhouse open after lawmakers announced plans to shut down the facility next June due to budget concerns. Officials with the Alaska Farm Bureau say Mt. McKinley...


Alaska's unemployment rate remains steady

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The unemployment rate in Alaska is holding steady. The state Department of Labor on Friday says the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.4 percent in October, and that’s unchanged from September. The...


Forest officials pull Mitkof timber sale

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) – The U.S. Forest Service has withdrawn findings that the proposed timber sale on Mitkof Island near Petersburg has no significant environmental impact. The federal agency pulled its decision notice earlier this month. The...

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 26, 2015

Pink salmon forecast projects average year

The upcoming pink salmon run is expected to be about the same size as that in 2015, according to this month's Alaska Department of Fish and Game forecast. ADF&G predicts the 2016 harvest will be...

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 26, 2015

DOT announces schedule for Evergreen Ave. improvements

Island residents were invited to an open house at City Hall on Nov. 19, where Wrangell officials and the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities presented final designs for the long-awaited Evergreen Road improvement project. The...


Walker not among governors raising concerns about refugees

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – While some governors around the country have raised concerns about accepting Syrian refugees following last week’s attacks in Paris, Gov. Bill Walker is focused on Alaska’s budget woes. Walker spokeswoman Katie Marquette...


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