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 By Dan Rudy    News    January 21, 2016

Tongass talks invite comments to forest plan amendment

WRANGELL - Members of the community were invited to the Wrangell Ranger District Office on Jan. 13, to meet and greet with some of the minds behind the latest proposals for the future Tongass...

 
 By Jess Field and Dan Rudy    News    December 24, 2015

Christmas Bird Count results are in

Brad Hunter and a group of just under 10 volunteers spent Saturday morning and some of the afternoon participating in the Audubon Christmas Bird Count, the 75th in Alaska and 116th held nationwide since 1900. The group started counting at first...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    December 17, 2015

SEAPA board approves utilities rebates

Wrangell and Petersburg utilities can be expecting a rebate this year from Southeast Alaska Power Agency. This summer the board approved a rebate of $1.5 million for member utilities. A formal award plan was presented at last week’s meeting in...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    December 10, 2015

Parish priest succumbs to heart attack

The priest who had been serving the Roman Catholic parishes in Petersburg and Wrangell died over the weekend. Fr. Thomas Weise, 46, died Sunday evening, Dec. 6 at a hospital in San Luis Obispo,... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    December 3, 2015

Parish priest hospitalized during California visit

Catholic parishioners of Wrangell and Petersburg were disheartened to learn the priest serving both communities has been hospitalized while visiting family in California. Fr. Thomas Weise, 46, was tak...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 19, 2015

Wrangell fisherman found dead; vessel still missing

WRANGELL - At 2:18 pm on Wednesday, following a search by the United States Coast Guard and Alaska State Troopers, the body of an adult white male was located floating in Earl West Cove approximately...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 19, 2015

Study raises alarms about Wrangell's power infrastructure

WRANGELL —Wrangell’s power infrastructure may be on the blink if left as it is, according to an electric system study presented in June. Conducted by Juneau-area consultancy Electric Power Systems, the study identified a number of...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 12, 2015

Summer ferry schedule looking slim, future uncertain

WRANGELL — The Alaska Marine Highway System has been taking public comment for its ferry schedule for the coming summer. From Bellingham, Wash., to Skagway, concerned user groups of the regional transportation network participated in a...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    October 29, 2015

Wrangell fishermen charged with falsifying IFQ reports

WRANGELL — Two Wrangell fishermen have pleaded guilty to charges related to falsified commercial catch reports. In documentation submitted to the U.S. District Court in Juneau on Oct. 19, federal prosecutors alleged Charles Petticrew Sr. and...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    October 15, 2015

Moose season winding down

The Petersburg office of Alaska's Department of Fish and Game reported an additional 25 moose were harvested during the third week of this year's season for Petersburg, Wrangell and Kake, bringing the total to 81. ADFG wildlife biologist Rich Lowell...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    September 3, 2015

Rainforest Islands Ferry service underway after months of delay

On Friday a new inter-island ferry began making runs, lowering its ramp at Banana Point. Rainforest Islands Ferry will be a three-stop service between Wrangell, Mitkof and Prince of Wales islands, run...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    August 20, 2015

Regular season wraps up for Muskeg Meadows

After a rainy summer punctuated by four cancelled tournaments, Muskeg Meadows Golf Club decided to end its season early. Following the Sea Level Seafoods tournament last weekend, the course is now closed to regular play for the year. Course Manager...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    August 13, 2015

Wrangell Cancer Care tournament raises $6,400

WRANGELL — Area golfers teed off for cancer treatment last weekend, during Wrangell Medical Center's tenth annual Rally For Cancer Care Tournament at Muskeg Meadows. The yearly tournaments raise funds for the WMC Foundation's cancer care program,...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    August 6, 2015

Deer, elk seasons open for Petersburg-Wrangell areas

Deer hunting season began for Alaska residents and nonresidents in much of the Unit 3 management area last Saturday, lasting through Nov. 30. Bow hunting on Mitkof Island and the Petersburg Management Area, hunting on the remainder of the Mitkof,...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 30, 2015

Salard found guilty, faces 10-40 years

WRANGELL — The jury in the trial of Greg Salard found the former family physician guilty of two child pornography charges, for receipt and distribution. A lesser, third count was not deliberated by jurors. Judge Anthony Burgess presided over the...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 30, 2015

Stikine ceremony to mark Mt. Polley disaster anniversary

WRANGELL — On Sunday Alaska Native and Canadian First Nations groups will mark the first anniversary of the Mount Polley tailings dam collapse in a ceremony on the Stikine River. On Aug. 4, 2014, a rupture in the tailings dam servicing the British...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 16, 2015

Agreement reached in Tongass land swap

The United States Forest Service (USFS) announced the next step has been taken in a land deal with Alaska Mental Health Trust (AMHT), after signing an Agreement to Initiate on June 30. The agreement as currently envisioned could see the transfer of... Full story

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 16, 2015

Bird strike downs power grid early Monday

Early birds and night owls may have noticed a lack of power during the early morning hours Monday, after service for Wrangell, Petersburg and Ketchikan went down for several hours. The grid went down at 2:48 a.m. after a mature bald eagle ran afoul...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 9, 2015

Report exculpates B.C. of Mt. Polley disclosure violations

An investigation conducted by a British Columbia commission found that the provincial government had not violated public disclosure laws by withholding information on Mount Polley mine prior to its tailings impoundment dam breach last summer. The...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 9, 2015

Museum presentation aims to identify WWII pictures

The Wrangell and Petersburg museums are teaming up in an attempt to identify several hundred individuals in a collection of photographs that dates back more than seven decades. The Clausen Museum in Petersburg is hoping to put names to the faces of...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 2, 2015

Ferry schedule changes proposed, some boats docked

Five of Alaska Marine Highway System’s 11 ferries will be laid up at some point next year under a draft vessel deployment plan released on June 24. The Taku will be held in layup status the whole year, while the Kennicott will be from October...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 2, 2015

SE tribes boycott FedEx over NFL mascot

Ahead of next month’s start to the football season, Alaska’s largest tribal group has made clear it will not be rooting for one of the National Football League’s 32 franchises by boycotting its primary sponsor. Central Council of the Tlingit...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    June 25, 2015

Canadian mine on Stikine fully operational

WRANGELL — The Red Chris mine in neighboring British Columbia passed its final bureaucratic hurdle, after the province’s Ministry of Energy and Mines issued a Mines Act permit amendment last Friday. The mine’s owning company, Imperial Metals,...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    June 25, 2015

Forest Service facts spawning salmon conversation

WRANGELL — The United States Forest Service this month released a new fact sheet regarding wild salmon populations in the Tongass National Forest, available online and at the agency’s various offices. “It’s to demonstrate to the public just h...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    June 25, 2015

Sanger to step down as hospital head

WRANGELL — Wrangell Medical Center interim CEO Marla Sanger last week announced her intention to conclude her contract on October 30. In a letter addressed to friends and colleagues, she explained the decision was a difficult one, but Sanger will...

 

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