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Assembly covers committee appointments, derelict boat, dump truck, and more

Running three-and-a-half hours long before even coming to an executive session, the borough assembly meeting on Oct. 22 saw a wide variety of topics covered. One of them was overseeing several appoint...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 3, 2019

Changes made to Washington state sales tax exemptions for Alaskans

For many years, Alaskans have enjoyed a special sales tax exemption in the state of Washington. One Petersburg resident explained that when traveling in Washington, Alaska residents could show their...

 

Assembly considers joining tax authority, discusses overpaid property tax refund

The Wrangell Borough Assembly held a work session on top of their regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 24. The work session was to discuss the Alaska Municipal Sales Tax Authority, a statewide entity that...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    August 8, 2019

Alaska Fish Factor

It’s been one year, so how’s that trade war with China working out for the nation’s seafood industry? As with farmers, there’s not much winning and ongoing tweeted skirmishes have global fish markets skittish. The quick take is the 25...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 6, 2019

City agrees to $1.3 million contribution to the school district

There was a long and, at times, tense meeting over a single issue at city hall last Friday, May 31. The Wrangell Borough Assembly had called a special meeting to make a last-minute decision on how...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    May 2, 2019

City alters single purchase sales tax cap

Starting April 1, according to a document from the City and Borough of Wrangell, the cap on sales taxes for single purchases has been increased from $1,500 to $3,000 or above. According to Finance...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor:  I try very hard to keep my budget balanced and pay my bills, so when I hear that a city employee is getting a substantial raise and the Wrangell City Assembly hasn't even passed a...

 

Alaskans weigh cost of fortifying yearly oil-wealth checks

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – During Republican Mike Dunleavy’s successful run for governor last year, he offered few specifics for his vision of limited government but was clear that Alaska residents should get a full payout from the state’s...

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    April 4, 2019

Dan's Dispatch

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to host three Community Meetings in Juneau, Sitka, and Ketchikan to hear input on the governor's proposed budget for the next fiscal year. First and foremost,...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 4, 2019

Over 20 mayors testify against tax grab by Gov. Dunleavy of fish taxes at CRA

None of the members of the Senate Community and Regional Affairs committee (CRA) lives near the sea, but at a hearing last week they were not impressed by Governor Dunleavy’s plan to pull millions of dollars in fish taxes from remote coastal...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 14, 2019

Alaska Fish Factor

­­­So how’s that trade war with China going? Up until last July, when the Trump Administration slapped a 25 percent tax on nearly all U.S. seafood imports from China, that country was Alaska’s biggest trading partner for seven years...

 

The Way We Were

February 27, 1919 An event in Wrangell, which is looked forward to from one year to the next is the annual firemen’s ball. By common consent, Washington’s Birthday is a date always reserved for the Wrangell Fire Department and the fine boys...

 

Fish Factor: Alaska salmon permit values stagnant all year, except for two regions

Values for Alaska salmon permits have remained stagnant all year, except for two regions, and costs for halibut quota shares have plummeted. For salmon permits, an off kilter fishery that came in 30 percent below an already grim harvest forecast kept...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    August 2, 2018

Alaska Fish Factor

Alaska appears to be an exception in terms of gender parity at all levels of its seafood industry. Women comprise roughly half of the world’s seafood industry work force, yet a report released last week revealed that 61 percent of women around the...

 

Tax Break for Sitka seniors ends: Future in doubt

SITKA — Sitka’s senior citizen sales tax exemption ends at midnight Saturday, June 30, replaced by a needs-based rebate. In a cost-savings move, the Assembly at its April 24 meeting narrowly approved eliminating the long-standing exemption from...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 19, 2018

Alaska Fish Factor

Trump’s trade war now includes tariffs on seafood going to and from China. China is Alaska’s biggest seafood buyer purchasing 54 percent of Alaska seafood exports last year valued at $1.3 billion. On July 6 a 25 percent tariff went into effect...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 17, 2018

City looking at snips and cuts as budget patched together

Second and third budget workshops this month were held Monday and Tuesday night as the city moves closer to a final budget draft for the coming year. A fourth workshop has been scheduled for this...

 
 News    May 3, 2018

Wrangell Sentinel named Best Weekly; Pilot awarded for editorial & court reporting

The Wrangell Sentinel and the Petersburg Pilot each received two awards from the Alaska Press Club for work completed in 2017. The Wrangell Sentinel was honored with a third place for Best Weekly. The judge commented, “This newspaper has strong...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    April 5, 2018

Rehabilitation of Evergreen Avenue going ahead

The Department of Transportation is finally able to get started on a major Wrangell road repaving project. Perforated by potholes, the borough’s Evergreen Avenue will finally be resurfaced and repaired, with pedestrian improvements and other fixes....

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 29, 2018

Fish Factor: At start of halibut opener March 24 federal fishery managers announced commercial catches for Alaska will be down 10 percent

Pacific halibut catches for 2018 won’t decline as severely as initially feared, but the fishery faces headwinds from several directions. Federal fishery managers announced just a few days before the March 24 start of the halibut opener that...

 

The Way We Were

March 21, 1918: Capt. H. B. Babbington, I. Less and E. Brennan of Vancouver Dredge and Salvage Company, arrived on the Princess Royal, Tuesday bringing with them a diving outfit. The gentlemen left today with Charles Darwell on the Marguerite for...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 11, 2018

Courthouse remains closed, Assembly discusses upcoming legislation

The city will be trying to return court services to the Public Safety Building as quickly as possible. The Alaska Court System curtailed its courtroom and legal services in Wrangell just before Thanksgiving, citing air quality concerns with the...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 11, 2018

Stedman makes Wrangell stop, proposing constitutional PFD amendment

Before the 30th Alaska Legislature meets for its second regular session next Tuesday, Sen. Bert Stedman (R-Sitka) stopped in Wrangell last week to meet with constituents. Visiting with the city...

 

Alaska Fish Factor: Annual Fishing Picks and Pan: The best and worst fish stories of 2017

For 27 years this weekly column has featured news for and about Alaska’s commercial fishing industry. It began in 1991 in the Anchorage Daily News and now appears in more than 20 news outlets across Alaska, nationally and in the UK. Today, Alaska...

 

Alaska Fish Factor: Cod fish stocks crash throughout Gulf of Alaska - younger fish not surviving warm ocean temperatures to blame

Kodiak officials already are drafting a disaster declaration due to the crash of cod stocks throughout the Gulf of Alaska. The shortage will hurt many other coastal communities as well. Gulf cod catches for 2018 will drop by 80 percent to just under...

 

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