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 By Dan Rudy    News    January 19, 2017 

Mariculture task force preparing statewide plan

WRANGELL – A state task force set up to further develop a sustainable mariculture industry is setting up several advisory committees as part of that process. The Alaska Mariculture Task Force was set up by Gov. Bill Walker following recommendatio...

 By Dan Rudy    News    January 19, 2017 

Legislative battle over budget set for new session

WRANGELL – Alaska’s 30th Legislature convened for its new session on Tuesday, with the state’s finances presenting a daunting challenge for the next 90 days. The spending deficit is projected at around $3.1 billion this year if the budget is...

 By Dan Rudy    News    January 19, 2017 

Wrangell city manager search winnows field to three

WRANGELL – Wrangell has narrowed the field for its new borough manager, with city staff and members of the Borough Assembly holding a teleconference with five candidates during a closed-door...


Floathouse removal still at standstill

The state has so far not received any applications from a number of floathouse owners contacted last autumn. Since October, the Department of Natural Resources has been reaching out to identified owners of floating facilities anchored along the...

 By Dan Rudy    News    January 5, 2017

Fisherman celebrates 100th birthday

WRANGELL – A lifelong Wrangell resident, Lawrence Bahovec, celebrated his 100th birthday this week. Asked how he felt about reaching the milestone, he joked: "It makes me feel old." He was born...

 By Dan Rudy    News    January 5, 2017

Sourdough Lodge sold, to become assisted care center

WRANGELL  – Wrangell's second-largest travel lodging has been sold, and will be repurposed as a senior housing and assisted living center this spring. The owners of the Sourdough Lodge sold the...

 By Dan Rudy    News    December 29, 2016

Klein named as SSE Senate delegation representative

WRANGELL – Alaska's two senators jointly welcomed a new addition to their Southeast team. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan issued statements December 22 congratulating Chere Klein to serve at...

 By Dan Rudy    News    December 29, 2016

Bilateral work group to improve AK-BC mining oversight

WRANGELL – The governments of Alaska and neighboring province British Columbia initiated their first bilateral working group on transboundary mining and water quality concerns earlier this month. In a statement from his office released last week,...

 By Dan Rudy    News    December 22, 2016

Settlement conference set in city-union dispute

WRANGELL – Representa-tives between the city and its public employees union met in court in Ketchikan Tuesday for a scheduled settlement conference, as part of an ongoing arbitration dispute between Wrangell and the International Brotherhood of...

 By Dan Rudy    News    December 22, 2016

Shoemaker money in governor's budget draft

WRANGELL – Things are looking up for possible project financing needed to replace float facilities at Shoemaker Bay Harbor. In a budget draft released by Gov. Bill Walker last week, the Department of Transportation and Public Facility’s harbor...

 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...


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...


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...


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