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To the Editor: I’ve heard community leaders pose the question, “How can we make Wrangell a community that attracts and retains those in the younger generations?” With the dark economic cloud looming on Alaska’s horizon, the answers to this... Full story

 

Letter to The Editor

To the Editor: There were some things that need to be mentioned about the article “Rock Pit site selection at creek raises concerns” in the August 3, 2017 issue of the Wrangell Sentinel. The volume of lead-stabilized soil that will be hauled is...

 

Dan's Dispatch

As the fisheries industry continues to expand and Wrangell’s Marine Service Center’s services demand increases, I believe Wrangell’s economy has nowhere to go but up. However, to accommodate this growth, the state must maintain their services...

 

Reflections

Here we are well past July 4 and all the excitement of the celebration of our country’s birth. We had great times with ample food to eat, events to watch and participate in. A great day for us. It is fun to see friends and get caught up on their...

 

Letter to The Editor

To the Editor: Help prevent the destruction of another cabin by the U.S. Forest Service as early as August. Jens, Jake, and Carrie Hammer recently lost their father, Kenny Hammer. They inherited a cabin up Petersburg Creek that the Forest Service is...

 

Letter to the Editor

History of city negotiations I feel as a City employee, who is in the union, I must say something. Circa 2004, the employees approached the council with the issue of wages and the fact that they had not changed, plus the fact that we were behind some...

 

Letter to the Editor

The views I am about to express are of my own, and not representative of my employers or unions, past or present. I worked for the City and Borough of Wrangell for approximately six years, two as a Harbor Security/Maintenance, and four as a...

 

Dan's Dispatch

Southeast Alaska’s beautiful scenery, abundant recreation facilities and pristine wilderness make us proud to call this land our home. We know our lands need regular beach clean-ups, invasive species must be pulled, and trails should be maintained...

 

Letter to the Editor

In My Opinion I am the art teacher for Wrangell Middle and High School, and I’m very proud of that position. As an art teacher I try to get my students to see things differently; I encourage them to see outside the box. I want them to see themselve...

 

Dan's Dispatch

What are the priorities of Alaskans? Does our budget reflect those priorities? The Senate’s priority is loud and clear: oil companies. The Senate’s revision of HB 111, “Oil and Gas Production Tax,” works only for oil companies while leaving...

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    April 20, 2017

Dan's Dispatch

For those following the issues facing our state, it’s no surprise that Alaska’s $2.7 billion budget deficit is the biggest issue. For the last five years, Alaska has had a budget deficit. Those deficits have caused the state to burn through at...

 

Dan's Dispatch

As expected, it’s been a challenging legislative session, and from here on, the budget will be the forefront of every discussion. Both the House and the Senate are creating Alaska’s budget, but it’s clear that the bodies have differing...

 

Dan's Dispatch

In the last few weeks, folks have called and emailed to ask about our budget and what’s happening in the Capitol. There’s a lot of misinformation out there, and in this climate, where every Alaskan is worried about the future, it’s important...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: When it comes to a program that collects solid scientific data, and provides resources that lead to more sustainable approaches, look no further than Wrangell IGAP, administered by the Wrangell Cooperative Association. IGAP provides...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: I want to thank the Wrangell Sentinel for printing Ivan Simonek’s letter to the editor in the February 2 edition. The letter was well written and I think 100% right and needed to be said. Ivan was comparing Russian communism to what...

 

Dan's Dispatch

This session, I am honored to be serving as Chair of the House Finance Department of Education and Early Learning Budget Subcommittee, which reviews Alaska’s education budget. In this capacity I will closely examine Alaska’s school funding, and...

 

Obituary: Gary James Stevens, 75

Gary James Stevens, 75, passed away Feb. 12, 2017, just days after his birthday. He was born on Feb. 10, 1942 to James C. Stevens and Patricia Younes, one of five children born to them. Gary spent... Full story

 

To the Editor

To the Editor: Hospice of Wrangell awards Kim Covalt, Tammy Davidson, David McQueen, Nancy McQueen, Ron “Butch” Merritt, and Cori Robinson “Hospice Hearts” for their wonderful help with our 2016 activities.   Wrangell First Presbyterian...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: It may be time to check and see if any pigs are flying by, I agree with Ivan Simonek. I too believe that Trump deserves the same “chance” that he and the Republican leadership in Congress gave President Obama after his landslide...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: When my wife and I had arrived to Wrangell 48 years ago (as fresh refugees from communist Czechoslovakia) we had only a very faint idea about democracy. I admit it took us some time to get over the inherited fear of being arrested...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: When my wife and I had arrived to Wrangell 48 years ago (as fresh refugees from communist Czechoslovakia) we had only a very faint idea about democracy. I admit it took us some time to get over the inherited fear of being arrested...

 

Dan's Dispatch

By Representative Dan Ortiz Governor Walker submitted a budget plan for the upcoming fiscal year, which includes three primary items: cuts in government spending, increased revenue, and the use of some Permanent Fund earnings, which is a separate fun...

 

Letter to the Editor

“House boats” To the Editor: I’ve been following the Stikine River houseboat dilemma for some time now with interest. I did moose patrols for the Fish and Wildlife Service on the river in 1957, 58 and 59. I also ran the river in the 70 and 80s...

 

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: Watch out. It did happen here. Several years ago I filled out carefully all the documents I was told would direct those in medical care to know how to meet my wishes in case of a medical emergency. I felt secure in the assurance that...

 

Reflections

Thanks… 1.Thessalonians 5:18 says “In all things give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you all.” The dictionary states… Thankful ADJECTIVE pleased and relieved: synonyms: grateful · appreciative · filled with...

 

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