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Forest service holds meeting on Roadless Rule

In 2001, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a nationwide regulation on the management of roadless areas in national forests across the country. The “Roadless Rule,” as it’s known, generally prohibits timber harvesting and road...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 19, 2018

21st annual Birding Festival set for next week

Wrangell’s annual birding festival is gearing up for a week of activities late next week. This year’s Stikine River Birding Festival will be the 21st, put on cooperatively each year by Wrangell’s Convention and Visitor Bureau and the United...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 1, 2018

City to consider some reorganization after several impending departures

The Wrangell Borough Assembly and City Hall staff held a roundtable discussion Tuesday evening about reorganizing several departments in light of upcoming retirements and departures. City manager...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 22, 2018

Cruise industry shines amid murky economy at SEC

Southeast Conference held its annual Mid-Session Summit in Juneau last week, turning the region’s attention to the state of its economy as legislators reach the mid-point of their 2018 regular session. For much of it, the outlook is pretty grim....

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    October 26, 2017

Assembly says no to Wrangell Island sale, yes to WMC credit

At Wrangell’s regular meeting of the Borough Assembly Tuesday, members opted not to withdraw their opposition to a proposed timber sale package. The United States Forest Service has over the course of years been putting together a timber sale for...

 

Fish Factor: National push to produce biofuels from seaweed centered in Kodiak 

Kodiak is at the center of a national push to produce biofuels from seaweeds. Agents from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) recently traveled to the island to meet with a team of academics,...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    September 28, 2017

Ferry reform package presented as budget snafu threatens summer service

At Southeast Conference last week in Haines, Alaska Marine Highway Reform Initiative presented its draft report assessing the state ferry system SEC had been tasked by the governor's office in May 201...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    September 7, 2017

SE Conference to focus on ferries, budget

Later this month the region’s economic development organization will be meeting in Haines to discuss new trends, problems and opportunities it will face in the coming year. Representing many of the area’s municipalities, federally-recognized trib...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 20, 2017

SEC seeking private sector data in new survey

Regional economic forum Southeast Conference is seeking out data on private sector investment for its annual report on the economy. The survey is supposed to only take three minutes, asking for general information on significant private project...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 30, 2017

Pot excise drafts considered in Assembly

The Wrangell Borough Assembly passed on first reading several ordinances related to marijuana, including an additional excise on that cultivated on the island. Under one proposed code change, a new...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 2, 2017

Southeast Conference to review ferry sustainability fixes

When Southeast Conference meets for its annual Mid-Session Summit in Juneau later this month, among the items high on its list for discussion is the structural reform of Alaska's ferry system....

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 26, 2017

Water plant upgrade evaporated by higher pricing

Members of the Wrangell Assembly learned a new water treatment plant being sought after will be financially unfeasible for the foreseeable future, and are looking into other options. Even before the water shortage problems of last summer due to its p...

 

Assembly roundup

In its meeting December 13, the City and Borough Assembly approved issuance of a new sewer revenue bond. Amounting to $91,000, the 40-year bond will finance a portion of the cost to acquire, construct and install additions to two of the borough’s...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    December 8, 2016

Assembly signs on to Tongass stay, reappoints Prysunka

At its regular scheduled meeting last Tuesday, the Borough Assembly signed on to a letter opposed to adoption of an amended timber plan for managing the Tongass National Forest. The letter, written by Juneau attorney Jim Clark, petitions recently...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    October 20, 2016

Legislative hearing highlights transboundary mining concerns

Wrangell Cooperative Association added its voice to the chorus of people concerned about Canadian mining concerns developing upstream of shared rivers. The forum was a hearing held by the Alaska House Fisheries Special Committee in Juneau on October...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    October 13, 2016

Voter turnout 27-percent in municipal election

Wrangell's 2016 Municipal Election concluded last week, with results certified by a special meeting of the Borough Assembly on Monday. The Canvass Board met October 6 to sort through and count additio...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    September 29, 2016

Municipal elections set for Tuesday, city looking for appointees

The municipal election is set for next week, with polls open Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. inside the Nolan Center. Though a number of candidates for local positions are currently running unopposed, all vacancies are at least set to be filled, thanks...

 

Meet the Candidates - The Wrangell City and Borough Assembly

Patty Gilbert, write-in candidate, running for two three-year seats Occupation and experience: High school math teacher, current president of Wrangell Medical Center Foundation. Formerly two-term...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    September 22, 2016

SEC report finds economy has grown slightly

As this week's Sentinel hits the streets, Southeast Conference's 2016 Convention and Membership Meeting will be wrapping up in Petersburg. Designated by the state and federal governments as Southeast...

 

Fish Factor

Wheels are already in motion to provide two measures of relief for Alaskas pink salmon industry, which is reeling from the lowest harvest since the late 1970s. Representative Louise Stutes (R-Kodiak) began the process last week to have the Walker Adm...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    June 30, 2016

Budget passed for next fiscal year

The City and Borough Assembly passed a budget this week, at a specially held session at City Hall on Monday. The meeting involved a work session which gave its members time to discuss individual line items with finance director Lee Burgess. The...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    June 23, 2016

SEC calling for ferry reform proposals

Alaska’s state ferry system is embarking on a journey to make itself more financially viable over the next 25 years, as a process to refocus and possibly restructure, spearheaded by Southeast Conference. Representing the region’s economic interes... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    June 2, 2016

SEC releases new five-year plan

An economic plan surveying the coming five years was adopted this week by Southeast Conference. The Southeast Alaska 2020 Economic Plan released on Tuesday looks at various economic and demographic trends in the region and lays out targets for...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 19, 2016

Fish Factor

Alaska’s salmon season has gotten underway with lots of optimism, a far cry from the bleak feelings of a year ago. Last year’s fishery was blown asunder by a perfect storm of depressed currencies, salmon backlogs and global markets awash with...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 21, 2016

Fish Factor

Increasingly corrosive oceans are raising more red flags for Bering Sea crab stocks. Results from a first ever, two year project on baby Tanner crabs show that higher ocean acidity (pH) affects both their shell production and the immune systems....

 

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