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 By Brian O Connor    News    July 3, 2014

SEAPA votes to terminate contract with TBPA

The Southeast Alaska Power Agency (SEAPA) board of directors voted 5-0 June 26 to terminate the Operations and Maintenance contract for the Tyee Lake hydroelectric facility. Tyee Lake is presently operated by a joint creation of the Petersburg and...

 By Brian O Connor    News    July 3, 2014

Nicholls and Christian respond

Hammer and Wrangell Clerk Kim Lane, accompanied by Wrangell Police Chief Doug McCloskey arrived at the TBPA office headquarters about 3 p.m., when a Wrangell Sentinel reporter was interviewing Nicholls. The interview was the first notification of...

 By Brian O Connor    News    June 26, 2014

Slide deployment delays flight in Wrangell

WRANGELL - An emergency slide on an Alaska Airlines jet plane deployed accidentally Saturday, delaying a north-bound flight for several hours at Wrangell Airport, according to a spokesperson for the...

 By Brian O Connor    News    June 26, 2014

Therapy cap extension impacts Southeast patients

wrangell — Patients in local hospitals could face new limitations on how physical therapy can be paid for in Southeast Alaska hospitals. Annual caps for the amount of physical therapy have, in past years, been restricted only to hospitals that did...

 By Brian O Connor    News    June 19, 2014

State dismisses Brock gambling charges

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following story ran in the Wrangell Sentinel on May 6 and was omitted from publication in the Petersburg Pilot the same week. Since Brock pleaded not guilty to the specified charges, it was important that we print a story about...

 By Brian O Connor    News    June 19, 2014

Officials look to Rally's return

WRANGELL — Officials this week tried to make the best of last week’s postponement of the Salty Dog Rally. Among the officials who expressed disappointment was Leslie Cummings, a Wrangell Convention and Visitors Bureau board member who played a...

 By Brian O Connor    News    June 12, 2014

TBPC approves resolution supporting SEAPA takeover

WRANGELL — Thomas Bay Power commissioners voted 5-0 to support the handover of Tyee Lake to the Southeast Alaska Power Agency (SEAPA). The special meeting, held June 5, was the commission’s first in at least two months and drew Petersburg...

 By Brian O Connor    News    May 29, 2014

Tlingit hat from Wrangell sells for $365,000

WRANGELL - According to news reports, a Tlingit hat sold for $365,000 on the auction block at Sotheby's of New York May 21. The hat's sale had been opposed by local Alaskan Natives and board members...

 By Brian O Connor    News    May 15, 2014

Wrangell assembly votes to move ahead with TBPA negotiations

WRANGELL — The borough assembly voted 5-0 in favor of a motion authorizing negotiations over the Tyee Lake power facility. The vote was taken on May 7 in open session after a roughly two-hour closed-door executive session with borough attorney Bob...

 By Brian O Connor    News    May 1, 2014

Wilson will not seek re-election

WRANGELL - State Rep. Peggy Wilson will no longer represent the Wrangell area to the state legislature, starting with the election of her successor. Wilson announced her plans Friday during a floor...

 By Brian O Connor    News    May 1, 2014

Wrangell festival caters to birders of a feather

WRANGELL - Hummingbirds are jerks. That was among the messages, meditations, stories and sights shared at the 2014 Stikine River Birding Festival last week. The annual festival caters to those – lik...

 By Brian O Connor    News    April 10, 2014

TBPC president orders halt to Tyee negotiations

WRANGELL — The president of the Thomas Bay Power Commission sent a letter this week to the chairman of the Southeast Alaska Power Agency ordering an end to negotiations for SEAPA to take over operations at the Tyee Lake Hydroelectric Project. The...

 By Brian O Connor    News    March 27, 2014

Obamacare deadline March 31

Local healthcare consumers face an imminent deadline. After twice extending the deadline to sign up for a healthcare plan under the Patient Affordable Care Act – known colloquially as Obamacare – the date finally stuck at March 31, with little...

 By Brian O Connor    News    March 20, 2014

Legislature considers nixing cost of living for ferry vessel employees

A bill being considered in the State Senate could impact local ferry workers. Senate Bill 182 amends Alaska State law pertaining to bargaining rights to eliminate what is known as a cost-of-living differential. This provision of contracts allows for...

 By Brian O Connor    News    March 20, 2014

Wrangell students shine in act of kindness

WRANGELL — It’s an ethical dilemma as old as the hills. You find a wallet stuffed with money lying unattended on the ground. What do you do? Members of the Wolves varsity basketball team and the pep band found themselves in just such a situation...

 By Brian O Connor    News    March 13, 2014

Totem, Elks, to join Rayme's as no-smoke zones

WRANGELL — Two prominent local taverns will join the ranks of the smoke-free in the coming weeks. Totem Bar & Liquor Store will go smoke-free tomorrow, according to signs posted inside the bar over the weekend. Elks Lodge members also voted this...

 By Brian O Connor    News    March 13, 2014

Parvovirus reported in Wrangell

WRANGELL — A highly contagious and potentially fatal canine virus has been reported in Wrangell. Two cases of Parvovirus, symptoms of which include lethargy, severe vomiting, loss of appetite and bloody diarrhea, have been reported in Wrangell,...

 By Brian O Connor    News    March 6, 2014

Brock pleads 'not guilty' to gambling charges

WRANGELL — Lavina “Lovey” Brock, 68, of Wrangell, pleaded not guilty to four counts of promoting illegal gambling Tuesday before Wrangell First District Magistrate Chris Ellis. Brock, a prominent member of the local community, had been charged...

 By Brian O Connor    News    January 30, 2014

Stough elected to TBPA presidency

WRANGELL — The Thomas Bay Power Authority commission elected Wrangell borough assembly member and TBPA commissioner James Stough to the commission’s presidency Monday. Stough also briefly served as chairman of the borough’s special energy...

 By Brian O Connor    News    January 23, 2014

Sunk tug at mill property no longer leaking diesel

Wrangell - A 60-foot tug that sank in 80 to 85 feet of water Jan. 14 was capped Friday and is no longer leaking fuel into Shoemaker Bay, authorities said. Assessment divers from Ketchikan-based...

 By Brian O Connor    News    January 9, 2014

State announces non-pelagic rockfish sport fishing rules

The State Department of Fish and Game has set the regulations for non-pelagic rockfish for Southeast waters. The regulations remained unchanged from last year’s season, which pertains only to non-pelagic, or deepwater rockfish, said...

 By Brian O Connor    News    December 5, 2013

Wrangell moves toward SEAPA operation at Tyee

WRANGELL — The borough assembly voted 5-0 Tuesday night on a draft resolution which — if approved next week — could begin the process of putting Tyee Lake operations in the hands of the Southeast Alaska Power Agency. Assembly members... Full story

 By Brian O Connor    News    November 21, 2013

Petro Marine buys Wrangell Oil from Privett

WRANGELL — Wrangell Oil, Inc. officially ceased to exist Friday. Bill Privett, the current owner of the town’s multi-generational oil concern, sold his company to Seward-based Petro Marine Services for an undisclosed sum. The sale is a win-win fo...

 By Brian O Connor    News    November 21, 2013

Energy committee to provide council with TBPA options

WRANGELL - The borough's energy committee asked borough administrator Jeff Jabusch to provide the borough assembly with data-driven assessments of options for the future of the Thomas Bay Power...

 By Brian O Connor    About Town    November 21, 2013

Quilt raffle donates to injured veterans

The Sons of Norway quilt raffle earned around $1000 for the Wounded Warrior Project-a national organization dedicated to raising awareness and providing resources to injured service members. The Sons...


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