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 By Dan Rudy    News    May 25, 2017

Governor buys another 30 days for Legislature budget

Ending its regular 120-day session without a budget plan in place, the Legislature was called back into its first special session of the year by Gov. Bill Walker. The body’s regular session expired last week, with unresolved questions on how to...

 By Dan Rudy    News    March 23, 2017

Senate PFD restructure to get hearing in House Finance

A bill that would rearrange how earnings from the Permanent Fund are used passed the Senate last week, with a version set next to be read by the House Finance Committee. The “Permanent Fund Protection Act” (SB 26) would arrange the Fund’s...

 By Dan Rudy    News    March 16, 2017

Land exchange bills introduced in House and Senate

A pair of bills were submitted to the State Legislature which would help move forward a proposed land exchange between the United States Forest Service and the state Mental Health Trust Authority. House Bill 155 was introduced by Rep. Dan Ortiz...

 By Dan Rudy    News    March 16, 2017

Senate PFD restructure could repurpose portion of ERA

The Senate Finance Committee reviewed a bill which could end up reshaping the future of the state’s finances last week. As with two other bills under consideration, the Permanent Fund Protection Act (Senate Bill 26) would arrange the Permanent...


State Senator Stedman talks ferries, budget and oil tax credits

PETERSBURG — State Senator Bert Stedman predicts the legislature will be in session for a full 120 days with an additional 30 day session if they are to complete their work this session. “There’s a lot of talk of the 90 day session but the...

 By Dan Rudy    News    March 2, 2017

Ortiz call-in hears input on new taxes, PFDs

As the Alaska House and Senate continue to prepare budgets for the coming year, residents of Wrangell and Ketchikan were invited to their Legislative Information Office locations for a call-in session with Rep. Dan Ortiz (I-District 36). Meeting...


PFD bill gets committee hearing, Ortiz files mining resolution

Entering its third full week of the session, Alaska’s Legislature continues to look at a variety of spending cuts and revenue options. On February 2, the Senate Finance Committee heard SB 21, a proposal of Sen. Bert Stedman to restructure how...


Alaska lawmakers mull spending cap deficit

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska has never violated its constitutional spending cap, but many Republican lawmakers consider the limit too loose and want it tightened to limit future government growth. Under the existing cap, which excludes certain type...

 By Dan Rudy    News    January 19, 2017

Legislative battle over budget set for new session

Alaska’s 30th Legislature convened for its new session on Tuesday, with the state’s finances presenting a daunting challenge for the next 90 days. The spending deficit is projected at around $3.1 billion this year if the budget is left as-is....


A look back at 2016

For Wrangell, the past year was one mixed with successes and setbacks, shared tragedies and uplifting moments. Sales taxes collected over the spring and summer tour seasons neared all-time highs,...


Early election results strongly GOP for Wrangell

Local voters took to the polls Tuesday, putting an end to what was for many an overlong campaign season. Nationally, indications showed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to be ahead of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, though by press...

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 3, 2016

Stedman talks about state budget during campaign stop

Stopping in town one last time before next week's election, Sen. Bert Stedman talked about the state's ongoing deficit woes, by far the largest issue the new set of legislators will be facing when...

 By Dan Ortiz    News    October 20, 2016

Dan's Dispatch

It has come to my attention in recent days that groups from outside our district and outside Alaska have started to send out negative ads against me. Judging from where this effort is coming from, I take it in stride. As your state representative, my...

 By Dan Rudy    News    October 20, 2016

House challenger Sivertsen talks budget, caucusing

Ahead of next month's general election, candidates for Wrangell's State House district have been stopping in to meet with constituents and secure their votes on November 8. Running for District 36 as...

 By Dan Rudy    News    July 7, 2016

Senator and House candidate meet with local voters over 4th of July

Wrangell's annual Independence Day celebration draws hundreds of visitors, from former residents and current ones' relatives to returning tourists. Among the weekend's visitors were Sen. Bert Stedman... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    June 9, 2016

Legislature puts forward budget, PFD restructure

After putting forward an operating budget to the governor’s desk late last week, the Legislature is now looking at a measure to restructure the Alaska Permanent Fund. In a special session called by Gov. Bill Walker, legislators were retained in...

 By Dan Rudy    News    January 14, 2016

Legislators weigh in on upcoming session

Alaska's Legislature returns to work next week to begin its second regular session, and by far its biggest task will be to make the state's budget sustainable. Convening in Juneau on Jan. 19,... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 12, 2015

Shoemaker project highly ranked for state funding

A project to renovate the facilities at Wrangell's Shoemaker Harbor seems well-placed to receive state assistance, the Port Commission learned this month. Harbormaster Greg Meissner told... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    October 15, 2015

Grand Camp focusing on youth for next century

Looking ahead to another century, delegates with the Alaska Native Brotherhood (ANB) and Alaska Native Sisterhood (ANS) met in Wrangell last week for their 100th annual Grand Camp. Seventy-one of 120... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    October 1, 2015

Grand event planned for ANB/ANS Grand Camp

Next week, the Alaska Native Sisterhood celebrates its 100th anniversary at the place of its founding, Wrangell. Alaska Native Brotherhood/ANS is the oldest rights organization for indigenous persons... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    March 5, 2015

Carving facility hosts first crafts class

All of last weekend, the first of what is intended to be many cultural courses was held at Wrangell Cooperative Association's new carving facility, which was finished last autumn. From Thursday... Full story


House and Walker spar over gas pipeline

JUNEAU (AP) — Tensions flared Monday between members of the Alaska House and Gov. Bill Walker over how best to advance state efforts to secure a major gas pipeline project, with a visibly upset Walker denouncing a bill from the speaker of the...

 By Dan Rudy    News    February 19, 2015

Wrangell SA seeks homeless funding restoration

Wrangell’s unit of the Salvation Army is looking for community support in preventing homelessness. In an open letter, Major Scott Nicloy pointed out that among the cuts being made across the board in dealing with Alaska’s financial difficulties,...

 By Mary Koppes    News    August 21, 2014

ADOT officials present transportation plan, face scrutiny from residents

PETERSBURG – Representatives from the Alaska Department of Transportation (ADOT&PF) gave a public presentation on their long-range transportation plan for Southeast Alaska last Wednesday. The presentation was followed by a public comment period,...

 By Brian O Connor    News    May 8, 2014

Local legislators emphasize pension boost, education

Local legislators were circumspect about their accomplishments in the 95-day second legislative session, gaveled out April 25. State Sen. Bert Stedman (R – Sitka) and State Rep. Sam Kito (D – Juneau) both cited a $3 billion contribution to the Pu... Full story


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