Articles from the February 22, 2023 edition

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Assembly supports Alaska trollers in fight against lawsuit to stop chinook fishery

At its special meeting last Friday, the borough assembly unanimously approved a resolution supporting the Alaska Trollers Association in its fight against a lawsuit that could shut down the Southeast Alaska commercial troll fishery of chinook, or...

 By Marc Lutz    News    February 22, 2023

Self-employment report highlights Wrangell's do-it-yourself spirit

"Alaskans are such go-getters. If we don't have access to a service here, we either live without it, or make it happen," said Shawna Buness, co-owner of Sweet Tides Bakery. Buness and her partner...

 By Marc Lutz    News    February 22, 2023

Art class keeps kids turning pages on creativity

Bella Garcia-Rangel had a goal to teach kids everything they would need to know about making a book, and she went through the topic cover to cover. Last Saturday's class on creating a literary masterp...


Robinson steps up to become new Parks and Recreation director

For Lucy Robinson, the Parks and Recreation Department provides residents with far more than workouts, programs and professional development opportunities - it is the "lifeblood of a healthy...


The Way We Were

Feb. 22, 1923 The Wrangell High School basketball team, under the supervision of Superintendent W. L. Gross, will leave on the steamship Northwestern for a series of games in Puget Sound. The boys are very glad of course to have an opportunity to...


Assembly will consider opposing listing Alexander Archipelago wolf as endangered

Communities throughout Southeast have signed a petition to oppose listing the Alexander Archipelago wolf as an endangered species, due largely to the additional restrictions a listing could impose on wolf hunters and the potential risk to the deer po...

 By Yereth Rosen    News    February 22, 2023

Governor wants to eliminate college degree requirement for many state jobs

Alaskans will no longer need college degrees for most state jobs, under an administrative order issued Feb. 14 by Gov. Mike Dunleavy. The action is needed because of the labor shortage that affects Alaska and the nation, Dunleavy said in a... Full story


Governor's wise move to help fill vacant state jobs

Gov. Mike Dunleavy made a smart decision last week when he issued an administrative order directing state personnel officials to review and change job requirements where appropriate so that applicants could more easily substitute “practical e...


There is nothing wrong with change

The losers in last year’s elections in Alaska say change is bad. Of course they do. Political losers seldom blame themselves when voters fill in the oval next to someone else’s name. But whether last year’s change suits their own personal views...

 By Iris Samuels    News    February 22, 2023

Wrangell High School 1980 graduate named state elections director

Lt. Gov. Nancy Dahlstrom on Feb. 15 appointed a longtime state employee and Republican Party supporter to lead the Alaska Division of Elections. Carol Beecher, who led the state's child support...


Borough's Christian honored as state Wastewater Operator of the Year

When longtime Public Works Department employee Brian Christian was asked to attend the Feb. 14 borough assembly meeting by his supervisor, Tom Wetor, he thought that he would be asked to share his...

 By Sean Maguire    News    February 22, 2023

Budget deficit grows as governor proposes spending to fix problems

Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s amended budget unveiled Feb. 15 attempts to address crisis areas in state public services, with the additional spending driving the anticipated budget deficit past $400 million. The proposed budget for the next fiscal year is u...

 By James Brooks    News    February 22, 2023

Legislators start reviewing governor's proposal to profit from storing carbon dioxide underground

Alaska state lawmakers have begun examining a plan to set regulations and fees for companies that collect carbon dioxide and inject it deep underground. The governor has touted the potential for the state to make hundreds of millions of dollars over... Full story


Wrangell to host statewide recreation conference this fall

Wrangell is home to a passionate community of outdoor leaders and Parks and Recreation professionals, who are committed to uniting the town by developing public programs and maintaining public spaces. This fall, the Parks and Recreation Department wi...

 By Iris Samuels    News    February 22, 2023

Opponents of ranked-choice voting start gathering petition signatures

A group seeking to reverse Alaska’s 2020 election reform has begun gathering signatures to put the question before voters on the 2024 ballot. The ballot initiative is seeking to do away with open primaries and ranked-choice voting in general e...

 By Marc Lutz    News    February 22, 2023

Love of reading punctuates high school senior project

Kiara Harrison is closing the chapter on her high school life by promoting literacy in the community. For her senior project, Harrison helped organize and run the book fair at Evergreen Elementary...

 By Marc Lutz    Sports    February 22, 2023

Chiefs defend homecourt against visiting Wolves to win all four games

Learning to adapt and improvise can be a key strategy in basketball, which is what Wrangell’s basketball teams had to do last weekend against Metlakatla. However, it was not enough. The Wrangell High School varsity boys and girls teams traveled to p...


Middle school wrestlers win top spots at Juneau regionals

Stikine Middle School wrestlers traveled to Juneau last weekend for regionals, winning first- through eighth-place finishes. The girls squad showed up in force, taking first, second and third place in their weight classes. It was the first time a...


Longtime resident Luella Rae Davidson dies at 85

Longtime resident Luella Rae Davidson, known as "Grandma Lou," passed away Jan. 31 in Wrangell. A celebration of life will be held at Harbor Light Church at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, with a small... Full story


Charmaine Honey Benston dies at 63 in Klawock

Charmaine Honey Benston, 63, passed away on Feb. 1 in Klawock. She was born on Dec. 20, 1959, in Wrangell to Gladys and Gilbert Gunderson. She was the youngest member of the family. As a child she... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    February 22, 2023

Peltola promotes bipartisanship in address to Alaska Legislature

For the first time in 31 years, Alaska’s sitting U.S. representative addressed a joint session of the Alaska Legislature. Speaking in the state Capitol last Friday, Rep. Mary Sattler Peltola praised the bipartisan coalitions that control the state H... Full story

 By Becky Bohrer    News    February 22, 2023

Opposing sides continue debating proposed North Slope oil project

Alaska’s U.S. senators and several Alaska Native leaders on Feb. 14 urged the federal government to approve a major oil project on the petroleum-rich North Slope, casting the project as economically critical for Indigenous communities in the r...

 By Becky Bohrer    News    February 22, 2023

Governor's promotes carbon-storage plan as big moneymaker

Oil-dependent Alaska has long sought ways to fatten its coffers and move away from the fiscal whiplash of oil’s boom-and-bust cycles. The newest idea, promoted by Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy, would have the state capitalize on its oil and gas e...

 By James Brooks    News    February 22, 2023

Alaska donates 90,000 pounds of canned pinks to Ukraine relief effort

More than 90,000 pounds of canned Alaska pink salmon purchased and donated by the state of Alaska is being distributed as wartime relief in Ukraine. The cans were donated to the nonprofit World Central Kitchen and arrived in Ukraine this month after... Full story


Thank you

On behalf of myself and all the residents of Wrangell Senior Apartments, I want to thank Devyn Johnson and Shawna Buness for their generosity and thoughtful donations of pastries from Sweet Tides Bakery. You do an excellent job baking, and the...


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