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 By Dan Rudy and Dani Palmer    News    April 9, 2015

TSA & TWIC credentials available in Wrangell

As the summer season nears its start, residents interested in seeking work with the Alaska Marine Highway System or various other marine-related occupations may need to make sure they have the proper credentials first. Among these is the Transportati...

 By Dan Rudy    News    April 2, 2015

Wrangell prepares for this year's Artfest

WRANGELL — The high school is getting ready to sponsor a bit of culture, as it comes Wrangell’s turn to host this year’s Southeast Alaska Regional Artfest next week. Sixty students and 15 teachers from schools around the region will be...

 By Dan Rudy    News    April 2, 2015

Swan Lake bond sale moves ahead

A project to improve storage capacity at Southeast Alaska Power Agency’s (SEAPA) Swan Lake hydropower facility continues along with efforts to finance it with up to $11.36 million in bond sales. Over the past month, SEAPA’s executive director...

 By Dan Rudy    News    April 2, 2015

Conservation groups appeal Big Thorne timber ruling

Environmental organization Earthjustice announced last Friday groups it is representing in a trio of lawsuits opposed to U.S. Forest Service’s Big Thorne timber sale have filed two notices of appeal with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals,...

 By Dan Rudy    News    April 2, 2015

Legislators look at budget cuts, Medicaid expansion

WRANGELL — Wrangell residents and other Alaskans from around the state were given more opportunity to voice concerns over impending cuts to state programming during a public hearing held Monday evening for the draft of next year’s budget being...

 By Dan Rudy and Mary Koppes    News    March 26, 2015

Petersburg residents featured in film about Stikine River

The Inside Passage Waterkeeper organization premiered their "Water is Life" film to a Petersburg audience of about 50 at the public library on Friday. The ten-minute video follows the Stikine River...

 By Dan Rudy    News    February 19, 2015

Bell Island geothermal a possibility for SEAPA

During their regular meeting held on Feb. 4 and 5, members of the Southeast Alaska Power Agency board approved taking the next steps toward diversifying the power provider’s energy portfolio. In particular, SEAPA could begin looking into the...

 By Dan Rudy    News    February 12, 2015

SEAPA: Intertie, Swan expansion still proceeding

Board members for Southeast Alaska Power Agency sat down in Ketchikan last week for their two-day regular meeting, examining the regional power provider’s current financial position as well as looking ahead at its future projects. “It went...

 By Dan Rudy    News    January 29, 2015

Board of Fish votes to keep Dungeness management plan

Meeting in Wrangell last week, the Alaska Board of Fisheries elected to maintain the current Southeast Alaska Area Dungeness Crab Fisheries Management Plan. A trio of policy proposals would have repealed the plan and its early closure thresholds,...

 By Dan Rudy    News    January 29, 2015

Wrangell to go without wildlife trooper for foreseeable future

WRANGELL — The Wrangell area will be without an Alaska Wildlife Trooper for the foreseeable future, according to the state agency’s Juneau office. The vacancy was created by the transfer of Trooper Scott Bjork to the Juneau area earlier this...

 By Dan Rudy    Dockside    December 25, 2014

Finfish proposals reviewed by ADFG committee

On Dec. 18 Wrangell’s advisory committee to Alaska Department of Fish and Game held the last and lengthiest of its public meetings to discuss Board of Fisheries proposals for the 2014-15 meeting cycle. This 12-person committee let the public...

 By Dan Rudy    News    December 18, 2014

Advisory committee discusses shrimp, shellfish policies

WRANGELL — Wrangell's advisory committee to Alaska Department of Fish and Game held the second of several public meetings at the Fire Hall Dec. 11, to discuss Board of Fisheries proposals for the 2014-15 meeting cycle. This committee provides a...

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 20, 2014

Alaska voter turnout higher than national average for midterm elections

The definitions of Alaska's political landscape are soon to be settled following the 2014 midterm elections on Nov. 4. As the last votes are counted, concessions have begun coming in. Since Election...

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 20, 2014

New ferry travel rules delayed

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities announced Friday it will be delaying the implementation of its upcoming unaccompanied minor policy for Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) services. The new policy would no longer allow...

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 13, 2014

Unusual buildup causes tri-borough power outage

Many residents in Petersburg woke up on Nov. 6 to discover a power outage, following damage caused by a storm to Ketchikan’s Bailey Substation the previous evening. Power across the entire transmission system was down, affecting Ketchikan and...

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 13, 2014

TBPC powers down for winter

Teleconferencing from the Wrangell and Petersburg assembly chambers last Thursday, members of the Thomas Bay Power Commission (TBPC) decided to call it a year. The TPBC was the acting body for the Thomas Bay Power Authority, operating Tyee...

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 13, 2014

State election officials begin tallying absentee, early votes

With a number of closely-contested initial results for the general elections on Nov. 4, voters and candidates alike may be holding their breath as Alaska's Division of Elections began counting absentee and early votes Tuesday. The margins for...

 By Dan Rudy    News    October 30, 2014

Measuring up next week's ballot

After Nov. 4 the last of the political adverts will finally hibernate for the year, marking the end of a particularly clamorous electoral season. But before Alaska voters cross that final hurdle and... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    Dockside    October 30, 2014

Changes recommended to Stikine River fishery

wrangell — Some changes to the federally-administered subsistence fisheries were recommended by the Southeast Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council (RAC) at its three day meeting at Wrangell’s Nolan Center last week. Alaska Department of...

 By Dan Rudy    News    October 30, 2014

Southeast timberlands exchange in the works

An agreement is currently being worked out between the Alaska Mental Health Trust (AMHT) and the United States Forest Service (USFS) that could see the transfer of between 18,000 and 20,900 acres of...

 By Dan Rudy    News    October 23, 2014

Wrangell doctor charged in child porn case

WRANGELL - On the morning of Oct. 15, Wrangell physician Greg Salard was arrested for the alleged receipt, possession and distribution of child pornography following a search of his home by law...

 By Dan Rudy    About Town    October 16, 2014

Bountiful moose harvest reported as season wraps up

It appears to have been a successful month for moose hunters as the season came to an end yesterday. As of Tuesday morning, Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) biologist Rich Lowell reported it...

 By Dan Rudy    Dockside    October 9, 2014

Week three moose totals comparable to last year

As the third week of this year’s moose hunt came to a close this past Sunday, the current harvest is still slightly ahead of last year’s numbers. According to Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Rich Lowell, a total of 72 moose were...

 By Dan Rudy    News    September 25, 2014

Forest Service still seeks Anan comments

WRANGELL — Though the comment period officially ended Sept. 15, the Wrangell Ranger District of the United States Forestry Service is still seeking public input for an upcoming dock project in Anan Bay. “To me it’s kind of an open process,”...

 By Dan Rudy    News    September 18, 2014

Southeast Conference annual report highlights demographic, economic trends

By the time the fog finally dissipated Tuesday afternoon, the 56th annual Southeast Conference (SEC) was already underway at Wrangell's Nolan Center. Poor visibility prevented the appearance of the conference's opening speaker, Alaska Governor Sean...


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