Articles from the May 28, 2015 edition

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 By Dan Rudy    News    May 28, 2015

Assembly approves budget, amends property tax due date

Wrangell's City and Borough Assembly has approved its budget for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. The budget was previously issued as a draft at a public workshop on April 28 and has since been subjected to two hearings. The state of... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    May 28, 2015

Wrangell waterfront master plan given final go-ahead

Borough Assembly members were presented the final form of Wrangell's waterfront master plan before their Tuesday evening meeting. The plan is the product of progressive public discussions and meetings... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    About Town    May 28, 2015

Remembering the unforgotten

Flags adorn the graves of a group of unknown veterans interred at the Wrangell Cemetery this Memorial Day. American Legionnaires Einar Haaseth and Jimmy Bell put out around 150 flags at veterans'...

 By Dan Rudy    About Town    May 28, 2015

Hospital dinner raises $32K for cancer care

The Wrangell Medical Center Foundation raised at least $32,000 for charity during its 8th annual prime rib dinner and auction, and the 8th annual Brian Gilbert Memorial Tournament last weekend. “We did a little better overall this year than we did l...

 By Dan Rudy    News    May 28, 2015

Sunny weather great for fishing, possible problem for fish

Anglers of all ages took to the water over the Memorial Day weekend, hoping to land a salmon fit for the special first prize awarded during Wrangell’s 63rd Annual King Salmon Derby. Chad Smith won t...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 28, 2015

Fish Factor

Alaskans will have to wait until fall to learn if salmon habitat prevails over a coal mine proposed at Upper Cook Inlet. A decision due earlier this month by the state Department of Natural Resources has been delayed until after a public hearing...


This year's champion?

Chad Smith holds a 42.7-pound king salmon he caught over Memorial Day weekend, which won him the $2,500 weekend prize and propelled him to the top of the 63rd Annual King Salmon Derby bracket. If...

 By Dan Rudy    News    May 28, 2015

New hospital CFO warns tough road ahead

The financial situation for Wrangell Medical Center has improved in recent months, but its new chief financial officer told the hospital’s board of trustees at its May 20 meeting that there is still much left to do. Doran Hammett presented the h... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    May 28, 2015

Planning and Zoning approves three plat reviews

Wrangell’s Planning and Zoning Commission held a brief meeting midday May 20 after establishing a quorum, taking on monthly business rescheduled from May 14. Commissioners approved preliminary plat review for vacation of the remaining 15 feet of Ceda...


Police reports

Monday, May 18 A caller reported a dead seal on the beach in front of their house. Agency Assist—Power outage. Line crew notified. Civil Issue. Agency Assist—Possible Fire. Fire Department notified. Tuesday, May 19 Agency Assist—Fire Depar...

 By Dan Rudy    News    May 28, 2015

Public pool plugged and reopened

After five months of repair, the Wrangell community pool reopened to the public May 20, just in time for the onset of summery weather. An open house celebrating the repairs was held that evening, with residents finally able to take a dip for the...


Obituary: Roland J. Larsen, 84

Roland Larsen was born in Sioux Falls, S.D, on July 20, 1930, and raised on a farm. He completed high school in 1948, after which time he moved to Desmet, S.D., to work on a farm belonging to family... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    May 28, 2015

Special meeting focuses on port projects

A pair of projects have moved toward their next phases after a special midday meeting of the Wrangell Port Commission Tuesday. Commissioners approved plans to finance float reconstruction at Shoemaker Bay Harbor, as well concepts for a mariners memor...

 By Dan Rudy    About Town    May 28, 2015

Local scouts reprise role as citizen scientists

Girl Scouts from Wrangell's Troop 4156 recently returned from a four-day field exercise upriver, observing amphibians for this year's "Camp'Phibian." What has become an annual field trip is in its...

 By Dan Rudy    About Town    May 28, 2015

Library cracks open summer reading program

The school year came to an end for Wrangell students on May 21, and while they’ve said “so long” for the summer to teachers and homework, they are still invited to pick up a book or two in the interim through the annual summer reading program. The p...


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