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Fish Factor: ​The catch of 213 million salmon has surpassed the forecast by nine million fish

Alaska’s salmon season is nearly a wrap but fall remains as one of the fishing industry’s busiest times of the year. For salmon, the catch of 213 million has surpassed the forecast by nine million fish. Highpoints for this season are a statewide...

 

One for the books

John Buness holds up the 31.1 pound fish that won him the fourth and final weekly prize in Wrangell's King Salmon Derby. All wrapped up, the competition's award night is set for this evening at 6:30...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 15, 2017

Fish Factor

Want a fishing license to crew on a salmon boat this summer? Got friends or family visiting who want to wet a line for a prized Alaska catch? Don’t count on it. If the Alaska legislature continues to defy its constitutional obligation to pass a...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    June 1, 2017

Big catch blows derby competition out of water

The competition has really been stepped up in this year's King Salmon Derby. A 64.1 pound fish was brought to the scales on May 24 by Gary Smart of Sequim, Washington. He and his wife were here...

 

Lawmaker silent amid apology demand for abortion remarks

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – An Alaska lawmaker who set off a firestorm by suggesting women try to get pregnant for a “free trip to the city” for abortions is a military veteran and first-year representative who has developed a reputation for being...

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    April 20, 2017

Dan's Dispatch

For those following the issues facing our state, it’s no surprise that Alaska’s $2.7 billion budget deficit is the biggest issue. For the last five years, Alaska has had a budget deficit. Those deficits have caused the state to burn through at...

 

Dan's Dispatch

By Representative Dan Ortiz Governor Walker submitted a budget plan for the upcoming fiscal year, which includes three primary items: cuts in government spending, increased revenue, and the use of some Permanent Fund earnings, which is a separate fun...

 

Citing finances, Walker halts work on Juneau road extension

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A project to improve access to Alaska’s capital has come to a stop. Citing the state’s multi-billion dollar fiscal crisis, Gov. Bill Walker announced Thursday he has decided not to build a 50-mile road extension north...

 

Mrs. Miller's 3rd Grade Wishes for the World and Why Wrangell is Special

What I wish for the world is that if people are rich, they give some to the poor. Trash should not be left in areas that have life. Towns like Wrangell should recycle instead. Homeless people should get material to build houses. This is what I want...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 3, 2016

Lindbeck prevented from Wrangell visit by fog, talks policy

On the second-to-last week of the campaign trail, a contender for the state’s only U.S. House of Representatives seat was making the rounds in Southeast last weekend. Democratic Party candidate Steve Lindbeck was due to visit Wrangell on Saturday...

 

Murkowski faces Miller in Fairbanks debate

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski and rival Joe Miller shared the debate stage October 14 for the first time since Miller entered Alaska’s Senate race last month. They were joined by Democrat Ray Metcalfe and independent Margaret Sto...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 28, 2016

Bearfest bringing chef in addition to researchers

Events for the 7th Annual Bearfest are already underway, with the first two workshops and symposium presented yesterday at the Nolan Center. The annual activity was started in 2010 by Sylvia... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    June 9, 2016

Former museum curator putting out Garnet Ledge history

A former resident is finishing a book on Wrangell's famed garnet ledge, from which residents and visitors have extracted the precious gem for over a century. Trish Neal first moved to Wrangell in... Full story

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    March 31, 2016

Dan's Dispatch: Our Obligation: The People of Alaska

I have the honor of serving as your representative in the Alaska State Legislature. The major issue facing our legislature this session is Alaska’s fiscal situation. I’m committed to the practice of a government of the people, by the people and...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 14, 2016

Assembly returns lease decision to Ports ahead of rate increases

In an unexpected move, the Wrangell City and Borough Assembly sent back a request to renew a lot lease to the committee which approved it. After extensive discussion, its members agreed to send a facility lease agreement between the city and and Chuc... Full story

 

Mrs. Miller's 3rd Graders are Thankful with many Holiday Wishes!

My wish is for everyone to have a great life. I hope people will be good to each other, and not bad. I am thankful for freedom, so I can go to school and learn all I can. I am thankful for my teacher because she’s the BEST! My family takes care of...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    August 6, 2015

Wrangell remembers tailings breach

As several major mining projects continue to develop upstream of the Stikine River, Wrangell's Native community formally observed the first anniversary of the tailings dam failure at Mount Polley... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 30, 2015

Ortiz looks for budget feedback on Wrangell visit

District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz stopped into Wrangell over the weekend, both to enjoy some of the Bearfest 2015 events and meet with constituents. The Ketchikan Independent has put his first session under his belt after being elected last November. And...

 

Alaska is first phase of Arctic Ocean fiber optic project

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Marine surveying will start again this summer near Alaska's coastal communities in a wide-reaching effort to improve communications by laying a $700 million fiber-optic cable linking Europe and Asia through the Arctic...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 19, 2014

Fish Factor

You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again: The seafood industry is Alaska’s largest private employer, putting more people to work than mining, oil/gas, timber and tourism combined. The annual revenue the seafood sector contributes to...

 

Fish Factor

The debate over which sector – commercial or recreational fishing – provides the bigger economic punch can finally be put to rest. The annual ‘Fisheries Economics of the US’ report by the Dept. of Commerce shows once and for all that in...

 

Ice, rain, cause AT&T service outage

Mobile phone service for Wrangell AT&T customers was sporadically available and then unavailable starting Christmas night. The outage lasted until Friday afternoon. Customers in and around town, many of whom use smart phones, said voice and data... Full story

 

Fish Factor

News that mining giant Anglo-American plans to withdraw from the Pebble Mine project was greeted with joy by opponents who hailed it as a victory for the people of Bristol Bay and for the region’s resources. Pebble would be the largest gold and...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 20, 2013

Fish Factor

It’s back to the drawing board for halibut iTags that will soon tell us more about where the fish travels than ever before. The internal tags, which were deployed in 30 halibut two years ago, were the first to test Smart Phone geomagnetic advances...

 

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