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 By Dan Rudy    News    December 29, 2016

City withdraws suit in union negotiation

Pending a judge’s sign-off, the Wrangell Borough and its public employees union are abandoning the courtroom for the negotiating table, after a productive settlement conference held last week in Ketchikan. The city and International Brotherhood of...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    December 29, 2016

Klein named as SSE Senate delegation representative

Alaska's two senators jointly welcomed a new addition to their Southeast team. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan issued statements December 22 congratulating Chere Klein to serve at the South...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    December 29, 2016

Bilateral work group to improve AK-BC mining oversight

The governments of Alaska and neighboring province British Columbia initiated their first bilateral working group on transboundary mining and water quality concerns earlier this month. In a statement from his office released last week, Lieutenant...

 

Legislature expected to revisit alcohol reforms

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska lawmakers could take another run at revising statues governing alcohol when the legislature convenes next month. A Soldotna state senator, Republican Peter Micciche, is expected to again push for reforms that were...

 

Police reports

Monday, December 19 Disorderly Conduct. Parking Complaint: Owner was notified. Unsecured Premise: All was fine. Tuesday, December 20 Report of Disturbance. Report of Assault 4. Agency Assist: Power Outage. Wednesday, December 21 Citizen Assist:...

 

State to unveil renovated Capitol

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – More than three years of renovations at the Alaska State Capitol have wrapped up and the building’s expected to be fully open for business in January. About $36 million has been spent to reinforce the structure against...

 

Murkowski, Sullivan support Russian meddling probe

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – Alaska’s Republican U.S. senators support investigating whether Russia meddled in the presidential election, a newspaper said. Sen. Lisa Murkowski cited the need for a thorough, transparent review by the Senate, the...

 

New overtime fees considered for rural Alaska airlines

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – State officials are looking to start charging airlines for landing their planes at rural Alaska airports outside regular operating hours. The Department of Transportation is working with airlines to create an overtime fee...

 

Juneau mayor seeks to ban homeless from business entryways

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Juneau Mayor Ken Koelsch is pushing to get an ordinance approved that would allow authorities to remove homeless people camping in the entryways of downtown businesses without permission. The ordinance will go before the...

 
 By Dan Rudy    Sports    December 29, 2016

Alumni fundraisers earn extra cash for trips

With the holiday break freeing up the season schedules, Wrangell High School's basketball and volleyball teams continued a long-standing tradition by hosting home alumni matches. The series started...

 

Children's books for a Native worldview

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Not so long ago, children’s books with an authentic focus on Alaska Native stories and culture were harder to find. That’s changing with Baby Raven Reads, a Sealaska Heritage Institute program focusing on children up to...

 

Pink salmon forecast anticipates middling run

Next year's pink salmon harvest forecast for Southeast Alaska is anticipating a run statistically on the stronger side, though the numbers may not be particularly optimistic for fishermen still...

 

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