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 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    July 5, 2018

Dan's Dispatch

Recently, China announced that it will add an additional 25% tariff on seafood imports. China is Alaska’s top seafood customer, spending $1.3 billion on exports last year. This tariff increase will directly impact tens of thousands of fishermen,...

 

Dan's Dispatch

Legislative session has ended, and now that I’m back in the district, I’d like to give you a brief overview of this year’s legislative actions that will impact Wrangell.  As your state representative, I sponsored and passed three bills ...

 

Letter to The Editor

To the Editor: It is with a sad and heavy heart I write this. As much as it is horrible it does need to be shared in the community of Wrangell. The Presbyterian Church of Wrangell has been an open door, 24-7, sanctuary for all who come. For whatever...

 

Letter to The Editor

To the Editor: Donating a kidney to someone in need is simple… and yet complicated. The simple part is that we are each born with two kidneys, but can live long and healthy lives with only one. When someone’s kidneys fail, the gift of a healthy...

 

Letter to The Editor

Be courteous to everyone and pick up your dog feces, especially on the sidewalks in town. Debrah Johnson...

 

Reflections

Reflections from the Health Fair From an airplane (or on a map), the island of Wrangell looks like a bird in flight – some would say a “dove.” We all know that a bird needs two strong wings in order to fly. This image inspired the Baha’i...

 

Reflections

Jeremiah 31:21a “Set up for yourself road marks, Place for yourself guideposts; …” Guideposts are really necessary to see where you are going and where you have been. I wanted to see Rainbow Falls when it was frozen. A couple of months ago, a...

 

Editorial: Newsprint prices rise dramatically

Since June 2017 this newspaper has received three price increases totaling $167 metric/ton from our Canadian newsprint supplier. This newspaper, along with other Alaskan publishers, purchases their newsprint from Canadian manufacturers because there...

 

Dan's Dispatch

Last week, the Alaska State Legislature passed time-sensitive legislation to cover funding shortfalls for vital state services, including the Alaska Marine Highway System and Medicaid. The House voted for the “Fast-Track” Supplemental Budget, HB...

 

Letter to The Editor

To the Editor: Again, another slaughter of defenseless kids and teachers. Again, the same dialog, “outlaw assault rifles”——-“do better background checks”—-“stricter gun laws—-.“ It’s always the same outcry without a word about...

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    February 15, 2018

Dan's Dispatch

Funding for Alaska’s schools is one of the most important pieces of our state budget. Yet, each year, school funding gets caught in the crossfire of budget debates and ends up being one of the last measures passed by the Alaska Legislature. The...

 

Letter to The Editor

Letter to the Editor: In 1971 a friend took me out on his boat fishing for king salmon. From that day on I wanted to fish for kings. Starting out in my teens I spent most of my youth fishing after that. A few years later limited entry was created, I...

 

Letter to The Editor

To the Editor: The Board of Fish was created to protect our salmon, not just some of them, but all of them. The Stikine River fish count is in the thousands, it is what B.O.F is calling a concern. This concern has turned into an emergency closure bei...

 

Dan's Dispatch- Governor Walker's Budget Proposal

Governor Walker submitted a budget plan for the upcoming fiscal year. The proposed budget includes a direct increase of $34 million in Public Safety Investments, funding for Medicaid, health care reform strategies, and deferred maintenance projects...

 

Editorial: Important news wasn't aired

When ownership of a newspaper or broadcast outlet changes, it’s big news. It’s the lead story of the day. Everyone wants to know who the new owner is, and what changes will be made to the organization. In the case of KSTK, Wrangell’s public...

 

Reflections - Troubleshooting

It’s so frustrating to go through life and not know how to fix things. One of the greatest skills we can have is the ability to troubleshoot; to look at a problem, to discover why something isn’t working, and make the necessary repairs and...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: Recently you published an editorial in which you expressed your opinion about the proposed sale of KSTK to Coast Alaska. The members of the KSTK board, the Coast Alaska board, and yes, even the KFSK board, have spent a lot of time...

 

Editorial: KFSK should broadcast signal to Wrangell

Lack of support from KSTK public radio listeners and businesses in Wrangell may bring ownership changes to the station. A public notice published in last week’s Wrangell Sentinel foreshadows the transfer of radio station assets to CoastAlaska in...

 

Alaska Fish Factor: Aging of the fleet prompts recommendations for deckhand apprenticeships; $142,000 grant awarded to get more boots on deck statewide

The clamor of “take me fishing” is taking on new meaning in Alaska. Prospects for a deckhand apprenticeship program just got a big lift from a $142,000 national grant awarded to the Sitka-based Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association (ALFA), an...

 

Reflections: October in Alaska

Yes the winter is upon us and the summer fun is behind us, but we still have things to look forward too. Our children are back in school and by now very accustomed to their individual schedules. Maybe now they are thinking about trick or treating,...

 

Dan's Dispatch

Last Thursday, I hosted a town hall in Ketchikan to discuss the revenue options for the upcoming special session. Our primary topic was Governor Walker’s wage and self-employment tax bill that he submitted for the Legislature’s consideration. I...

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    October 5, 2017

Dan's Dispatch

The Alaska Marine Highway System needs forward funding. I don’t think I need to say it twice. If money is allocated to the AMHS for its future expenses, the AMHS can properly plan sailings which would: capture revenue from tourists (including...

 

Reflections

It is September 2017 and school has once again started. From my window in the Wrangell Senior Apartments I see the youngsters coming up the street to the elementary school; a rain coated brother looking less eager than his sister; here come two boys...

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    August 31, 2017

Dan's Dispatch

If legislators do not pass a budget within the regular legislative session, they should not receive legislative per diem during the subsequent special session. Alaskans for Integrity – a group founded by one independent lawmaker, one Democratic...

 

To the Editor

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

 

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