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Articles from the February 11, 2016 edition

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 By Dan Rudy    News    February 11, 2016

Local luthiers bootstrapping a business

A pair of entrepreneurs have begun to make their shared dream a reality, building and selling guitars using locally-derived materials. Wrangell resident Steve Helgeson and Kevin Skeek of Hoonah... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 11, 2016

Court renovation nixed, lease to be renegotiated

Assembly members were given an update by the Alaska Court System on Tuesday about its upcoming lease renewal for courtroom facilities. Court administrator for Southeast Neil Nesheim explained he was there to let Assembly members and the wider... Full story

 

The Way We Were

In the Sentinel 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago. February 9, 1916: A fire completely destroyed the home of Councilman Chas. Bryant at 2 a.m. this morning. The fire caught from a defective stove pipe is the belief of Mr. Bryant. The house was situated...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 11, 2016

Anan float concept up for comment

The United States Forest Service has put out a preliminary project design for a mooring float at Anan Bay. Similar to a proposal shelved last fall after funding was reappropriated for wildfire containment efforts, the dock project would service... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 11, 2016

Unofficial results in for WCA election

Incumbents on the local Tribal Council seem set to return, according to unofficial results released Monday. Members of Wrangell Cooperative Association cast their votes on Feb. 3 at the new cultural center on Front Street. Turnout was slightly...

 

Police reports

Monday, February 1 Report of Harassment. MVA – Report of truck that slid off road. Officer responded. DOT notified. Agency Assist – Officer assisting. Tuesday, February 2 Agency Assist – Noxious Smoke – Report of what appears to be smoke fill...

 
 By Jess Field    News    February 11, 2016

Catholic church welcomes new pastor

Life is an open book for Fr. Steven Gallagher, the new pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Petersburg and St. Rose of Lima Parish in Wrangell, and there is one common theme-public service. Fr....

 

Guest Editorial: More than oil

Alaskans know the importance of oil to the state’s economy and state government coffers. No question. Oil is huge. But with all the talk of oil, it’s easy to overlook other parts of Alaska’s economy. Commercial fisheries, for...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 11, 2016

Mining concerns continue in 2016

Water quality concerns due to mining activity remains an issue for Southeast Alaskan communities, and recent moves have been taken by the state to address them. Last month the State of Alaska submitted a second draft for a statement of cooperation to...

 

Alaska, Oregon lift suspension of insurance carrier

JUNEAU (AP) — Insurance regulators in Alaska and Oregon announced Monday that a company that had been suspended from offering health insurance policies in the states over concerns with its financial condition will be allowed to resume that business...

 

AICS receives preferred status with Premera

Alaska Island Community Services announced it has become a preferred provider for Premera Blue Cross for medical, dental and behavioral health services. “It’s new in the community,” explained Carly Allen, chief operating officer for AICS....

 

Bill would require some Alaska students to repay grants

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Lawmakers are considering a bill that would require students to repay state scholarships and grants if they fail to graduate within six years of starting their programs. Members of the House Education Committee on Monday...

 

Report: Ferry system spending had double economic impact

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) – A newly released study found that every dollar put into the Alaska Marine Highway System has double the economic benefit to Alaska. The state contributed $117 million in general funds to the ferry system in 2014. The...

 

Fish Factor

Needy Alaskans are enjoying a rare taste of sablefish, thanks to a science project that kept research fish from going over the rails. Sablefish, more commonly called black cod, are one of the world’s priciest, high end fish, and Alaska waters are...

 

Alaska House to focus on budget-related bills

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Alaska House passed a resolution Monday aimed at focusing committee work on the state’s budget deficit, while minority Democrats pushed for a more inclusive process to find budget solutions. The resolution, which passed...

 

Marijuana meeting, scholarship bill things to know about

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The board tasked with regulating Alaska’s legal pot industry is set to meet as the date to begin accepting marijuana business applications nears. Also in the days ahead, lawmakers plan to discuss a bill that would require...

 

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