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Articles from the January 25, 2023 edition

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Potential investors present plan to turn old hospital into senior living center

The borough has been trying to get the old hospital property off its hands for the better part of a year. After a $360,000 price cut and months of languishing on a public surplus website, the property has attracted its first potential investors. Jim...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    January 25, 2023

School district draft budget draws on reserves to balance revenues and spending

If not for drawing on its fund balance, the Wrangell School District’s 2023-2024 budget would come up short. However, by drawing $112,000 from its general fund balance, the first draft of the budget matches revenues with expenditures. Tammy...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    January 25, 2023

Friends wrangle words in new community Scrabble group

Wordsmiths, fans of crossword puzzles, word nerds and casual spellers alike now have a place to test their knowledge and battle it out with friendly competition. A new community Scrabble group...

 

Federal legislation makes Wrangell eligible for final round of pandemic aid

Last September, the borough was excluded from the final round of federal pandemic aid, which distributed $27 million to Alaska communities through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. However, recent legislation will make funding available to...

 

The Way We Were

Jan. 25, 1923 The cost per capita of schools in incorporated towns and school districts in the territory last year was $97.31, and of schools outside of such towns and districts was $103.14 according to a recent statement made by Commissioner of...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    January 25, 2023

Business manager and IT director resign from school district

The Wrangell school district’s business manager and information technology director have both resigned from their positions. Bob Russell, the IT director, will finish out his contract and leave the district at the end of the school year. Tammy...

 

New podcast episode tells the morbid tale of Deadmans Island

When podcaster and historian Ronan Rooney came home from college in the summer, he got a job guiding tourists around Wrangell, showing them the island's sights and sharing its stories. When they'd...

 

There is hope for redeveloping hospital property

A group of developers has offered the borough $350,000 for the former hospital property, which is $120,000 less than the new asking price and $480,000 less than the old asking price of last year. But what’s really new is that anyone is offering...

 

School finances need long-term answer

The staff, faculty and students at Wrangell’s three public schools work hard and believe in the importance of education. Parents help out with volunteer work, and the overall community pitches in, too. The borough this year is contributing the...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    January 25, 2023

Teens use project to help preserve cultural heritage

Five benches on Shakes Island that have been there possibly more than 50 years are showing signs of their age. Thanks to two Wrangell teens, the benches will soon be replaced with all new ones....

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    January 25, 2023

Wrangell nets more wins than losses in Petersburg homecoming weekend

It may have been Petersburg's homecoming weekend but two of Wrangell High School's basketball teams were the ones coming home with wins. In two days of tough competition last Friday and Saturday,...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    January 25, 2023

Ferry system says it has enough crew to run summer schedule

Other than still needing crew if it is to put the Hubbard into service for the first time since it was built a few years ago, the Alaska Marine Highway System believes it has enough staff to operate the confirmed runs of its proposed summer schedule...

 
 By Yereth Rosen    News    January 25, 2023

NOAA work says fishing nets pose risk to Wrangell area porpoises

There are at least two distinct populations of harbor porpoises in Southeast Alaska waters, and one of them — which swims around Zarembo and Wrangell islands — appears to be particularly vulnerable to deaths from entanglements in commercial... Full story

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    January 25, 2023

WCA needs dancers and storytellers for tourism season

The steady drumbeat and voices singing in unison, mixed with formline artwork regalia are unmistakable as Tlingit storytellers and dancers share their Native culture while curious visitors look on. It’s a way to share the past and keep tribal tradi...

 

Library digitization project will make Sentinel's full archives accessible online

Armchair historians and amateur genealogists rejoice — the entire Sentinel archive will be digitized and easily searchable online. The Friends of the Library has received a $17,000 Rasmuson Foundation grant, which, combined with community...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    January 25, 2023

Anan bears photographer wins national award

Juneau photographer Mark Kelley has been to Anan Wildlife Observatory 13 times, which turned out to be a lucky number for his portfolio of bear photos. A collection of his 10 favorite Anan photos...

 
 By James Brooks    News    January 25, 2023

Governor names Sitka judge to Alaska Supreme Court

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has appointed Jude Pate of Sitka to the Alaska Supreme Court, making him the first justice to come directly from someplace other than Juneau, Anchorage or Fairbanks since 1960. Before Pate, the last justice who met those standards... Full story

 

State sues to stop transfer of Tlingit and Haida Juneau parcel into federal trust

What was described by a Southeast tribal leader as a benchmark achievement has led to what could become landmark litigation over Native lands. The state of Alaska filed a lawsuit Jan. 17 against the federal government over a small plot of land in...

 

Registration open for Alaska Native Traditional Games in Juneau

Long jumps, high kicks, feats of strength, epic displays of agility, balance and coordination — all this and more will be on display at the 2023 Traditional Games in Juneau. Registration is open for the Traditional Games, also known as the Alaska...

 
 By Lisa Phu    News    January 25, 2023

State sued over monthslong delays in issuing food stamps

Ten Alaskans are suing the state, saying it failed to provide food stamps within the time frames required by federal law. The complaint, filed Jan. 20 in Superior Court in Anchorage, said the state had failed to provide needed services and “has sub... Full story

 
 By KINY Juneau    News    January 25, 2023

Study shows kelp can remove carbon and nitrogen pollution

The water-filtering abilities of farmed kelp could help reduce marine pollution in coastal areas, according to a new University of Alaska Fairbanks-led study. The paper, published in the January issue of Aquaculture Journal, analyzed carbon and...

 

Republicans organize state House by including lawmakers from Native rural areas

JUNEAU — A newly formed House majority — comprised of 19 Republicans, two Democrats and two independents — finalized its membership last Thursday, signaling a rightward shift in the chamber after six years of bipartisan coalitions composed...

 

Police report

Monday, Jan. 16 Threats. Agency assist: Fire Department. Traffic stop: Verbal warning for no headlights. Disturbance: Cutting firewood too late at night. Tuesday, Jan. 17 Domestic. Summons service. Summons service. Arrest: Assault and misconduct invo...

 

Polar bear kills mother and son in Northwest Alaska village

A mother and her young son died Jan. 17 in an extremely rare attack by a polar bear in the Northwest Alaska village of Wales, the state’s first fatal polar bear mauling in more than 30 years. Alaska State Troopers identified the victims as 24-year-...

 

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