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Mount Polley disaster prompts new requirements for B.C. tailings dams

mount polleyThe British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office announced Thursday it's adding information requirements for mines undergoing environmental review to ensure the safety of new tailings facilities. The changes were prompted by last year’s tailings dam collapse at the Mount Polley mine, which spilled millions of gallons of mine waste into creeks and lakes.

UAS presence in Wrangell aims to expand Tech Prep Program

university of alaska southeastThe University of Alaska Southeast will have a full-time presence in Wrangell starting this spring. UAS will base a tech prep regional coordinator in the Wrangell Public School District, and officials hope the new arrangement will expand opportunities for students and adults.

School board approves agreement with UAS

The Wrangell school board voted unanimously Monday to approve an agreement with the University of Alaska Southeast to base a full-time UAS Tech Prep Regional Coordinator in the community. The coordinator would facilitate college credit opportunities for Wrangell students and assist them with planning for postsecondary education.

AICS opens new dental clinic

IMG_4123Alaska Island Community Services held the grand opening of its new dental clinic Thursday on the corner of Front Street and McKinnon Street in Wrangell.

Southeast summit looks at food security, development

Business, government and other regional leaders will meet in Juneau March 17-18 for the Southeast Conference’s Mid-Session Summit.

Wrangell assembly gives first-round approval for pot ordinance

marijuanaThe Wrangell Borough Assembly gave first-round approval Tuesday to an ordinance banning the public consumption of marijuana. But assembly members disagreed on the timing and language of the measure.

Rep. Ortiz responds to Wrangell’s budget concerns

dan ortizHouse District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz held his first teleconference Friday with Wrangell constituents. Ortiz said the big issue for the legislature has been trying to close the state’s $3.5 billion deficit.

Wrangell Wolves headed to state basketball tournament

wrangell wolves basketballThe Wrangell Wolves are headed to the state basketball tournament after winning two of three games at the Southeast Region V 2A tournament in Ketchikan last weekend.

Ferry, education cuts featured in Wrangell’s finance committee testimony

The ferry Aurora docks in Gustavus in 2010. Rough weather kept the ship from sailing its Lynn Canal routes twice this week. (Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities)Five Wrangell residents testified Wednesday at a House Finance Committee hearing on the state’s proposed operating budget. Several speakers expressed concerns about proposed cuts to the Alaska Marine Highway System and to educational programs.

Salard trial delayed until May

Salard102814bThe jury trial of Wrangell doctor Greg Salard, accused of possessing and distributing child pornography, has been delayed another three months. Assistant Federal Defender Cara McNamara requested more time to prepare her defense.