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 By Dan Rudy    News    November 24, 2016

Wrangell boats rocked by thefts in harbor

WRANGELL – Several Wrangell boat owners learned they had been burgled early Saturday morning. Wrangell Police Department received a call concerning Heritage Harbor, where it appeared three boats moored there had been entered, one forcibly. Owners...

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 24, 2016

State issues letters to unauthorized float house users

WRANGELL – A number of Petersburg and Wrangell residents have been receiving letters from the state, informing them their float houses anchored along the Stikine River need to be permitted or else move. Since the late 1970s, the placement of float...

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 17, 2016

Swan Lake dam project holding water

WRANGELL – Primary construction work at Swan Lake wrapped up last week, leaving full capacity for its hydroelectric dam 15 feet higher than it was at the year's start. The $10,000,000 project was...

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 17, 2016

Sightseers to be barred from boatyard

WRANGELL - At its regular meeting last week, members of the Wrangell Port Commission decided against allowing casual traffic through the Marine Service Center yard. Effective immediately, access to the boatyard has been restricted with entry limited...

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 3, 2016

Wrangell pot shop applications submitted

WRANGELL - Two license applications for a prospective marijuana retailer have been submitted to the state Marijuana Control Board for consideration. The applications – for retail and cultivation – were submitted October 24 on behalf of Happy...

 By Dan Rudy    News    October 27, 2016

Wrangell focusing on removing junk vehicles

WRANGELL – The city is currently working on ways to reduce the number of autos, boats and other items abandoned or else improperly stored around the island. Chief Doug McCloskey with the Wrangell Police Department explained there currently are...

 By Dan Rudy    News    October 20, 2016

Despite stikine slowdown, moose total highest on record

Area hunters brought in a bumper harvest this fall, with 112 moose reported at the end of the month-long 2016 season on Saturday. The total ended up being the largest on record, besting the 109 harves...

 By Dan Rudy    News    October 20, 2016

Legislative hearing highlights transboundary mining concerns

WRANGELL – Wrangell Cooperative Association added its voice to the chorus of people concerned about Canadian mining concerns developing upstream of shared rivers. The forum was a hearing held by the Alaska House Fisheries Special Committee in...

 By Dan Rudy    News    October 6, 2016

Court orders arbitration stay in IBEW workers dispute

WRANGELL – A judge ruled last week that the city will not have to enter arbitration with its public workers union during an ongoing labor grievance, pending further decision. After hearing oral arguments on Sept. 21, Superior Court Judge Trevor...

 By Dan Rudy    News    September 15, 2016

Boaters injured in Farm Island accident

WRANGELL - Emergency assistance was dispatched from Wrangell early Sunday evening, after a private boat struck a log near Farm Island. Fire Department Chief Tim Buness said emergency dispatch received a 911 call from one of the boat”s passengers... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    September 15, 2016

Tyee PERS liability larger than expected, Swan nears completion

WRANGELL – Costs for the transition of operations at the Tyee Lake hydroelectric facility may be higher than first expected. Board members for Southeast Alaska Power Agency learned at their... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    September 15, 2016

Wrangell canoer joins protest in North Dakota

WRANGELL ­– A former Wrangell resident joined an Alaska canoe group in supporting a North Dakota tribe protesting construction of an oil pipeline across sacred lands. Earlier this month Ken Hoyt...

 By Dan Rudy and jess Field    News    September 15, 2016

Earthquake simulator demonstrates seismic risks

A state outreach program designed to shake some sense into Alaskans, with the help of a mobile earthquake simulator worth over $100,000, stopped by Petersburg last week. Each year the state...

 By Jess Field and Dan Rudy    Sports    September 8, 2016

Swimmers hit pool in Sitka

The PHS swim teams traveled to Sitka last weekend for the first meet of the year. The meet offered two days of events and showed the strongest events for the Vikings so far would be anything... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    September 8, 2016

Airline to phase out 737-400 Combi aircraft

WRANGELL  – Local air travelers were invited to the airport for a question-and-answer session August 25. A delegation of managers with Alaska Airlines fired up a grill out front, fielding questions people may have about the phasing out of the...

 By Dan Rudy    News    September 8, 2016

Moose hunting season set to start, numbers good

The month long moose hunting season is ready to begin next week, opening on September 15 and lasting until October 15. For the Wrangell, Petersburg and Kake game unit, last year’s moose season turned out being the third best on record according to...

 By Dan Rudy and jess Field    News    September 1, 2016

Disappointing salmon harvest winds season down early

With the seasonal peak behind it, Alaska’s commercial fishing industry is expecting one of the worst shortfalls for salmon in recent memory. As of last Tuesday, Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s in-season blue sheet summary estimated just... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    September 1, 2016

Water plant test shows promise

WRANGELL – A pilot study currently underway seems to be bearing good news for Wrangells water worries. In mid-July the city declared a state of emergency as its water treatment plant struggled to...

 By Dan Rudy    News    September 1, 2016

City proposes new home for M/V Chugach

tWRANGELL – The City of Wrangell is applying to the United States Forest Service to give a historic boat a new home. The M/V Chugach was one of 11 ranger boats operating in the state during the first half of the 20th century. Built at the Lake...

 By Dan Rudy    News    August 25, 2016

PSP detected in Shoemaker Bay clams

WRANGELL – Local shellfish gatherers are advised to steer clear of the beach near Shoemaker Bay, after specimens tested positive for paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP). The alert was posted to the Southeast Alaska Tribal Ocean Research website at...

 By Dan Rudy    News    August 18, 2016

Cabin on Zarembo now open to public

WRANGELL – Last week a new public cabin was added to Wrangell Ranger District’s list, with the U.S. Forest Service’s administrative camp at Deep Bay converted into a two-building recreational site. The cabin will be the district’s 23rd, and...

 By Dan Rudy    Sports    August 18, 2016

Cancer care tourney pencils in $6,000 over weekend

WRANGELL – Area golfers raised close to $6,000 over the weekend during the annual Rally for Cancer Care and Blue Tees Tournament. Money raised from the two-part tournament go to support Wrangell...

 By Dan Rudy    News    August 11, 2016

Septic break releases 20,000 gallons of sewage

WRANGELL – A sewer main broke early Monday morning, necessitating a temporary shutdown of nearby pump stations and causing an overflow of untreated water into Inner Harbor. The main line connecting town to the sewage treatment plant ruptured near...

 By Dan Rudy    News    July 28, 2016

Bearfest bringing chef in addition to researchers

WRANGELL – 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...

 By Dan Rudy    News    July 28, 2016

Water tanks full, state of crisis continues

WRANGEL – Though a crisis in the local water supply has subsided, Wrangell remains in a state of conservation through most of the rest of summer. The City and Borough Assembly formally declared a state of disaster in a special meeting held July...


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