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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.

Otter hide sewing is first class held in Wrangell’s carving facility

sewing otter skinWrangell’s new carving facility hosted its first Alaska Native craft class last weekend, and about 20 residents signed up to learn the basics of sewing otter skins.

USFS proposes floating dock at Anan Observatory

anan trailThe U.S. Forest Service is taking public comments on a proposal to build a floating dock at the Anan Wildlife Observatory, with the goal of improving safety for visitors.

Southeast championships feature Alaska’s first girls’ wrestling meet

wrestlingHigh school girls competed in Alaska’s first-ever girls’ wrestling meet during the Southeast Region championship Saturday. Unlike past tournaments, where girls competed with boys, the region finals alternated girls’ and boys’ spotlight matches.

WHS wrestlers win Southeast Region championship

wrestlersThe Wrangell High School wrestling team took first place for 2A schools at the Southeast Region Five Championships in Wrangell Saturday. Ten of Wrangell’s 11 wrestlers qualified for the state championships.

Wrangell assembly to intervene in two more timber lawsuits

big thorneThe Wrangell Borough Assembly voted Wednesday to intervene in two more lawsuits supporting the Big Thorne timber sale on Prince of Wales Island.

Wrangell hospital project closes contracts, starts fresh

The City and Borough of Wrangell and the Wrangell Medical Center closed a settlement this month with a company formerly contracted to help finance a new hospital building. After the hospital project stalled in 2012 with more than a million dollars spent on contracts, city and hospital officials are hoping for a fresh start.

KSM mine critics target investors, B.C. officials

The KSM project's operational phase mine site layout includes pits to access ore, rock storage, a dam and a water treatment plant. (Courtesy KSM environmental assessment certificate application)Transboundary mine critics are trying a new tactic in their opposition to the KSM mine. They’re telling investors it's a bad place to put their money.

General election 2014 preliminary results

IMG_0920.JPGPreliminary election results with 94% of precincts reporting. Updated 12:15 a.m. Wednesday.

Wrangell doctor pleads ‘not guilty’ to child porn charges

greg salardA jury trial is set for January for a Wrangell doctor accused of distributing and viewing child pornography. A not guilty plea was entered for Dr. Greg Salard during his arraignment in U.S. District Court in Juneau on Tuesday.