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Wolves send Coach Stokes into retirement

Wrangell’s boys’ basketball faced the Metlakatla Chiefs at home while the Lady Wolves were away for the weekend. The community crowded the gym Friday to send off Varsity Coach Ray Stokes.  Stokes plans to retire at the end of the season. Long-time friend and referee Jeff Jabusch made opening remarks about Stokes’ 30-year career with the Wolves. “I remember that in December of 1994, the sawmill closed down. People were out of work, and it was a depressing time in Wrangell’s history. A month later in January of 1995, our boys basketball team won the state championship,” Jabsuch recalled....

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Ortiz pushes for transboundary river monitoring

House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz introduced a resolution Monday pushing for water monitoring on several transboundary rivers in Southeast Alaska. House Joint Resolution Nine is different from a similar measure Ortiz pushed for in 2015, asking for involvement from the International Joint Commission. That’s a U.S.-Canada panel that addresses transboundary water issues. Ortiz’s current resolution only asks that the two federal governments work together. “That was done for a couple of reasons. One is that the federal delegation has already made that request of the State Department,” Ortiz explained. “Also, by stating directly the IJC, we felt like we were eliminating potential other avenues where we could pursue cooperation, other agreements through the state of Alaska [and] the B.C. province on the issue.” Ortiz added monitoring efforts could also take shape within the state’s recent memorandum of understanding with British Columbia. The agreement, signed in October, does include water monitoring efforts, but it’s not clear what those will look like. Ortiz cited pollution leaking from the Tulsequah Chief Mine into the Taku River near Juneau as one of the many reasons to stay on top of water quality. Minister of Mines Bill Bennett announced the province will work to clean up the Tulsequah in January. Southeast representatives Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkis, Stika, and Justin Parish, Juneau, are cosponsoring the resolution. House Majority leader Chris Tuck and Rep. Geran Tarr are...

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Port Commission approves first step in Stikine expansion

Wrangell’s Port Commission approved the first step in the sale of city property and tidelands near the Stikine Inn. Owners of the hotel and restaurant, Bill and Cheryl Goodale, have been working to expand the hotel for a couple of years. “The purpose of this is to expand our operation. We’re hoping for 30 rooms plus retail space on the lower floor where the visitor shed sits now,” said bill Goodale. The hotel currently has 34 rooms.  The Goodales offered about $64,500 for the property, significantly less than the appraised value of $101,200. They plan to fill about 55...

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Wrangell may see uptick in cruise ship passengers this year

Wrangell is set to see an increase in calls from larger cruise ships this coming tourism season. More passengers are likely to come off those ships, potentially giving a boost to tour operators and retail stores. For the 2017 season, Wrangell’s cruise ship dock is scheduled to see 61 calls total, only five more than 2016. But, the number of vessels with 100 or more passengers will jump by eight. Eleven of those ships have a lower-berth capacity of 400 or more and 10 can accommodate more than 600 passengers. If those ships are filled to capacity, about 2,700...

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