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Articles from the January 18, 2023 edition

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 By Larry Persily    News    January 18, 2023

Matanuska out of service; Columbia coming back; no ferry until Feb. 17

The state ferry Matanuska will not return to service from its winter overhaul as scheduled next month and will require millions of dollars more of steel replacement work if it is ever to get back to work. In its place, the Alaska Marine Highway...

 

New borough community development staffer to bolster tourism sector

With its gorgeous landscapes and wide array of recreational opportunities, Wrangell offers a wealth of attractions to would-be tourists. However, due to the day-to-day demands of municipal government, borough officials have been unable to devote as...

 

Bird flu scrambles egg supplies

Check in on your omelet-loving friends and comfort your quiche-consuming relatives because the global egg shortage has reached Wrangell stores. An outbreak of avian flu has affected poultry around...

 

Stikine Stitchers quilt their way to a pattern of fun activities

In a room decorated with bright, quilted wall hangings and filled with stacks of quilting pattern books, the Stikine Stitchers discussed upcoming projects, swapped tricks of the trade and displayed...

 

Governor believes state can make millions storing global-warming carbon emissions

For decades, Alaska’s economy has depended on the harvest of natural resources — industries like pumping oil out of the ground and cutting timber. Now, Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy wants the state to make money by leaving trees standing, and by...

 

The Way We Were

Jan. 18, 1923 A two-story building more than 100 feet in length is to be erected on Front Street this spring by Tom Fugita, owner of the Wrangell Restaurant and Wrangell Bakery properties. The new building will be located between the Starland...

 

Wrangell can use the year to prepare

A pair of Holland America cruise ships — each with capacity for more than 2,700 passengers and crew — are scheduled to call on Wrangell in 2024. Each will make one visit. Each visit will more than double the community’s population for the day....

 

Governor's plan to unlock wealth could be a mirage

Gov. Mike Dunleavy, who has made a political career out of promising more than the state can afford while never supporting taxes to pay the bills, has a new, almost magical plan to help cover his budget deficits. It’s all about collecting so much...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Opinion    January 18, 2023

Career talk leads to reflection on life in journalism

An old Staples printer paper box sat in front of me, spewing forth its contents. Instead of reams of 8.5-by-11 copy paper, old lifestyle sections, visitor guides, comics, real estate sections and business pages laid inside and scattered around the bo...

 

Federal aid can help the ferries, if the state uses it wisely

It’s past time for Southeast and coastal Alaska communities to be heard regarding the collapse of our ferry system. It’s time to more forcefully make our needs known by energizing the Southeast Conference, the Southeast Conference of Mayors and o...

 

Alaska author Paul Greci shares his work with young readers

During his presentation to young readers at the Irene Ingle Public Library on Jan. 14, Alaska author Paul Greci shared the formula that helped him produce his first novel, "Surviving Bear Island" - ex...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    January 18, 2023

Wolves lose one, win one against Glacier Bears on the road

From the start of the game, the Wrangell High School boys basketball team had their work cut out for them against Haines. The energy from both the Wolves and the Glacier Bears was evident from tipoff...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    January 18, 2023

Lady Wolves lose two in a row to Haines in away games

Bad luck on Friday the 13th bled into Saturday the 14th for the Lady Wolves as they traveled to Haines to take on the Glacier Bears last weekend. In the first competition of the new year, the...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    January 18, 2023

Senior turns passion for game into project for school

Basketball and Jacen Hay go together like 3-point baskets and, well, Jacen Hay. It's no surprise then that the student-athlete chose to integrate basketball into his senior project, helping to coach...

 

Christine Jenkins

Christine Jenkins passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on January 4, 2023, at the age of 94. She was a lifelong Wrangell resident and a much-loved and respected member of the Wrangell... Full story

 

Draft summer ferry schedule similar to past year for Wrangell

The Alaska Marine Highway System has released its draft summer schedule for coastal communities, proposing a similar level of service to Wrangell as last year. The largest vessel in the fleet, the Columbia, coming out of a three-year tie-up, is sched...

 
 By Mark Thiessen    News    January 18, 2023

Federal disaster aid documents translated into Native languages were gibberish

ANCHORAGE (AP) — After tidal surges and high winds from the remnants of a rare typhoon caused extensive damage to homes along Alaska’s western coast in September, the federal government stepped in to help residents — largely Alaska Natives ...

 
 By James Brooks    News    January 18, 2023

State clears up backlog of untested sexual assault exam kits

Alaska’s backlog of untested sexual assault examination kits has all but disappeared after a five-year, multimillion-dollar effort, according to a report presented to the Alaska Legislature. The kits, also known as “rape kits,” are used to... Full story

 

Assembly approves funding for trash station loading dock project

Thanks in part to an influx of federal money, the borough’s sanitation department staff will soon be saved the treacherous task of hauling trash bales up and down a slippery, frozen ramp. The borough assembly accepted the terms of a $250,000 grant...

 

State director leaves job amid backlog of unanswered food stamp applications

A monthslong backlog in processing food stamps applications is now the responsibility of a new director. Shawnda O’Brien, who had served as director of Alaska’s Division of Public Assistance, departed with no explanation or indication of moving o...

 

Kingdom Worship Conference coming to town next month

It took several years after Abigail Armstrong first had the idea, but a three-day conference to train musicians, artists and others in sharing and spreading a religious message is planned for Feb. 3-5 in Wrangell. “It’s a Southeast-wide...

 

Police report

Monday, Jan. 9 Traffic stop: Expired tabs; person put on the correct ones while officer was there. Agency assist: Bank alarm. Agency assist: State Office of Children’s Services. Traffic stop: Verbal warning for driving without headlights on....

 

Sentinel and visitor bureau join together on annual guide

The Sentinel and the Wrangell Convention and Visitor Bureau are joining together to put out a more comprehensive booklet to help draw visitors to town, guide them when they are here, and help promote the community’s businesses. The Sentinel has...

 

Classified ads

HELP WANTED Wrangell Public Schools is accepting applications for the following position for the 2022-2023 school year: Paraprofessionals: These are part-time positions working with students in Grades Pre-K-12, 5.75 hours per day in the Special...

 

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