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Articles from the December 24, 2015 edition

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 By Dan Rudy    News    December 24, 2015

Coffee's back on for school board, new website up

At its last meeting of the year on Dec. 17, the Wrangell Public School Board decided its members could continue with their coffee talks after all. After conferring with the school district’s attorney, board president Susan Eagle determined its... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    December 24, 2015

The local cinema turns ten

Shortly before children and parents began lining up to see Saturday’s matinee showing of “The Peanuts Movie,” Wrangell’s theater program passed its ten-year milestone. The Castle Mountain Theater is a city department that runs current films... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    December 24, 2015

Assembly holds electric rate study workshop

During a special meeting on Dec. 17, city staff and members of the City and Borough Assembly met with Wrangell Municipal Light and Power superintendent Clay Hammer to discuss looming problems with... Full story

 

The Way We Were

In the Sentinel 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago. December 23, 1915: The Wrangell Public School held their Christmas exercises this afternoon, a Christmas tree in the primary room, a tree and program in the intermediate room and a party in the higher...

 

Police reports

Monday, December 14 Report of Vandalism. Report of MVA. Tuesday, December 15 Citizen Assist. Agency Assist/Alarm. Citizen Assist/Intoxicated Person. MVA – No injuries. Agency Assist. Extra Patrols. Wednesday, December 16 Disturbance. Thursday,...

 

Dan's Dispatch

To me, government by the people and for the people is more than just a theoretical concept. I believe this famous phrase from President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address must be put into practice for government to work. That’s why I’ve been going...

 

Coast Guard hires private security at Ketchikan base

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) – The U.S. Coast Guard base in Ketchikan has been operating with tighter security after officials approved a $2 million contract with a Virginia-based company to provide armed security officers. The Coast Guard approved the...

 

Officials request $37M for Kake-Petersburg road project

PETERSBURG, Alaska (AP) – The state of Alaska is moving forward with plans to construct a controversial road linking the city of Petersburg to Kake as part of the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program. The proposed road from Kake would end...

 

Group Targets SJ Campus for New College

SITKA, Alaska (AP) — For years Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins has been finding ways to make use of the Sheldon Jackson campus, and his next idea is even more ambitious. Kreiss-Tomkins is working with dozens of collaborators from Alaska and other states...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    December 24, 2015

Wrestlers take 10th at State Championships

Last weekend Wrangell’s high school wrestlers took 10th overall at the Alaska School Activities Association 123A State Championships. The two-day tournament was hosted by the Bartlett and Chugiak high schools in the Anchorage area, and featured wre...

 

Alaska Bulk Water misses $1 million payment to Sitka

SITKA, Alaska (AP) – Alaska Bulk Water Inc. is past due on a $1 million payment to extend its contract with Sitka. The Sitka Sentinel reports Gary Paxton Industrial Park Director Garry White says the payment was due Dec. 8, but hasn’t been...

 

Fish Factor

Alaska crab shells are fueling an eco-revolution that will drive new income streams for fabrics to pharmaceuticals to water filters. And for the first time, it is happening in the USA and not overseas. The entrepreneurs at Tidal Vision in October...

 

Sport fish stocking plan comments

The Division of Sport Fish is now accepting public comment on its statewide fish stocking plan. The Division, with assistance from private non-profit hatchery operators, plans to release approximately 6.5 million fish into the waters of Alaska every...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    December 24, 2015

Birders observe species for annual Christmas count

Around 20 local bird enthusiasts participated in this year's Audubon Christmas Bird Count, the 75th in Alaska and 116th held nationwide since 1900. Communities select a day between Dec. 14 and Jan. 5...

 

Alaska senators split on federal budget package

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska’s Republican U.S. senators split on their votes for a sweeping budget package Friday, with Sen. Lisa Murkowski voting in favor and Sen. Dan Sullivan voting against it. Sullivan said the vote was difficult for him. He...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    December 24, 2015

Slow autumn for the hospital, some new faces

The year’s end has been slow for Wrangell Medical Center, with patient volumes declining through October and November. In his report to the hospital board on Dec. 16, chief financial officer Doran Hammett guessed this was likely seasonal as fish...

 

Downloadable PDF version of the Christmas Edition 2015

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Elf For Hire!

Santa said he was looking for an elf to hire at the North Pole. I think we have some great applicants in Mrs. Angerman’s 2nd grade! Santa, I think you should hire me because, I’m good at gift wrapping I have been doing it for years . Love,...

 

Follow His life

The story of Christmas is a familiar one. Mary is visited by an angel, Jesus is born in a barn, a feeding trough used as a crib, wise men visiting, and shepherds proclaiming. This birth is celebrated around the world even after 2000 years have passed...

 

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