Articles from the February 7, 2024 edition

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 By Larry Persily    News    February 7, 2024

Proposed ordinances take aim at illegal dumping in harbor trash bins

The dumpsters at Wrangell’s public harbors are for boat owners only and for their household trash only — but that hasn’t stopped people from tossing in waste oil, fishing nets, appliances and even a Volkswagen Beetle cut into pieces. “It’s been bad f...

 
 By Joaqlin Estus    News    February 7, 2024

Southeast tribes seek formal recognition in Canadian mine review process

A group of Southeast Alaska tribes has petitioned Canada to recognize their right to have a voice in how transboundary lands and waters are treated — they’re asking to be recognized as participating Indigenous nations in Canada’s review proce... Full story

 
 By James Brooks    News    February 7, 2024

Scientists wire up Mount Edgecumbe to measure volcanic activity

Sitka’s Mount Edgecumbe volcano is wired. On Jan. 26, the Alaska Volcano Observatory announced the completion of a new instrument network intended to measure the activity of a volcano that could be awakening after a period of dormancy. The network i... Full story

 
 By Amy Bushatz    News    February 7, 2024

Mat-Su borough assembly advises residents to arm themselves for protection

A new Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly resolution urges residents to own weapons and ammunition to compensate for limited local law enforcement in Alaska’s fastest-growing region. The action, which doesn’t have the power of law, reflects ong...

 

The Way We Were

Feb. 7, 1924 Wrangell’s Town Team triumphed over their rivals, the American Legion, in a fast and rough game at the rink on Tuesday night, 25-12. The basketball game was played as a benefit for the high school team which was leaving the next day f...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    February 7, 2024

Peratrovich Day event planned for Feb. 16 at Nolan Center

The Tlingit & Haida Community Council and Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp No. 1 are co-hosting an event to commemorate Elizabeth Peratrovich Day on Friday, Feb. 16, at the Nolan Center. It’s been several years since a communitywide event was held in Wr...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    February 7, 2024

Borough will proceed with $25 million grant application for harbors rebuild

Though the initial estimates have come in higher than the maximum grant amount, the borough will proceed with seeking $25 million in federal money to rebuild the Inner Harbor, Reliance and Standard Oil floats. The cost estimates for the entire...

 

Governor honors Wrangell in State of the State speech

Gov. Mike Dunleavy invited Mayor Patty Gilbert to attend his State of the State speech at the Capitol on Jan. 30, introducing her during his annual address to a joint session of the Alaska...

 

National group works with Forest Service for new cabins

Alaskans often like to complain — a lot, and loudly — about national groups sticking their noses and opinions into the workings of the 49th state. So, it’s only fair to extend a “thank you” when a national group puts up its money and time into doin...

 

Alaska's attorney general working for the wrong state

The U.S.-Mexico border is a humanitarian disaster, with U.S. Border Patrol agents taking custody of upwards of 200,000 people a month trying to cross a line in the sand, river, desert shrubs or razor wire in search of a better life. The numbers are...

 

Assembly should address utilities billings for new accessory dwelling units

The question for the Wrangell borough assembly is how many utilities will be free to owners of accessory dwelling units. The ordinance is not clear on what utilities will be billed. The recently passed accessory dwelling unit ordinance does not...

 

TK's Mini Mart now offers U-Haul trucks for rental

TK's Mini Mart, located near the Wrangell Medical Center, now has two 15-foot U-Haul trucks for rent. Owner Alesa McHolland said she had been approached by a U-Haul sales representative who wanted to...

 
 By Sean Maguire    News    February 7, 2024

Bill would tighten resident definition for fish and game licenses

A bill before the House Resources Committee would tighten residency requirements for Alaska sportfishing, hunting and trapping licenses. Community groups have raised concerns that a gap in state law allows people who don’t live year-round in A...

 

Singing is allowed in the library

Head librarian Sarah Scambler invites kids and parents to sing along as she performs "Baby Beluga" during story time at the Irene Ingle Public Library on Friday, Feb. 2. The morning story time...

 

Teen will strip and repaint weathered mural wall for his senior project

In 2017, two high school seniors worked together to help create outdoor artwork meant to educate and forge a lasting bond with participating younger students. Now, almost seven years later, another...

 

Alaska back at risk of losing federal money for food stamp program

Alaska’s Department of Health risks losing federal funding for its food stamp program, warned a letter from the United States Department of Agriculture on Jan. 30. It said the department is out of compliance with federal standards for the S... Full story

 

Lady Wolves lose two at home to Haines

The girls varsity basketball team lost twice at home to Haines on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 1-2. The Lady Bears beat the Lady Wolves in a tight game on Thursday, 46-39, and then Haines came back even...

 

Boys varsity scores double victory at home against Haines

The Wolves' varsity boys basketball team won two games at home against the Haines Glacier Bears despite losing their star player to injury halfway through the first game. Starting a day earlier than...

 

Employee takes over gift shop business from owner

Described on their website as "a small, woman-owned gift shop and handmade bath and body store," ownership of River's Mouth Trading Co. recently changed hands. One of its employees, Elizabeth...

 
 By James Brooks    News    February 7, 2024

Dunleavy supports Texas in battle over border razor wire

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy has joined 24 other Republican governors in support of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to ignore a U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing federal agents to remove razor wire installed by Abbott’s administration along the... Full story

 

Police report

Monday, Jan. 29 Disturbance: Verbal. Agency assist: Department of Transportation. Agency assist: Borough line crew and Public Works. Agency assist: AP&T. Agency assist: Road debris. Stolen property. Tuesday, Jan. 30 Agency assist: Ambulance....

 

Classified ads

HELP WANTED Wrangell Public Schools is accepting applications for the following positions: - Secondary School Principal for the 2024-2025 school year: The principal will provide leadership to ensure high standards are met and oversee compliance with...

 

State employee drops candidacy for Southeast seat in Legislature

Robb Arnold has withdrawn his candidacy to represent Ketchikan, Wrangell and Metlakatla in the state House. Arnold wrote in a statement to the Ketchikan Daily News on Thursday, Feb. 1, that he had ended his campaign. Under state law, Arnold could...

 

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