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 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...

 By Dan Rudy    News    June 18, 2015

SEAPA wraps up one year, looks to next

Despite dimming income over the past fiscal year, board members for Southeast Alaska Power Agency were informed the future is still a bright one. At its June 18 meeting in Ketchikan, CEO Trey Acteson reported SEAPA remains financially strong and...

 By Dan Rudy    News    June 11, 2015

University tech program sets up shop in Wrangell

WRANGELL - The next steps have been taken on an agreement between the University of Alaska Southeast and Wrangell Public School District, with the establishment of an office for the university's...

 By Dan Rudy    News    June 11, 2015

Thousand year old skull found on Stikine awaits interment

WRANGELL — A skull found by a hunter near the Stikine River almost three years ago has yet to be interred. Wrangell resident Vena Stough discovered the skull while at Government Slough on Oct. 5, 2012, and brought it to the local police...

 By Dan Rudy    News    June 4, 2015

Without budget, state could experience shutdown

As of Tuesday, the Alaska Legislature meeting in a special session in Anchorage had still not passed a budget for the new fiscal year, which begins July 1. On Sunday, the Senate Finance Committee rejected a compromise budget passed by the House the... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    Dockside    May 28, 2015

From supplements to textiles, creative uses for seafood byproduct on the rise

Public and private groups are looking at new ways to enhance the value of Alaska's seafood industry. The multibillion-dollar sector is of significant importance to the state's economy, and Southeast...

 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...


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