Articles from the March 1, 2023 edition

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 By Larry Persily    News    March 1, 2023

Ferry system lacks crew to operate the Kennicott this summer

In a change of plans from just a few weeks ago, the Alaska Marine Highway System reports it lacks enough crew to operate the Kennicott this summer. The loss of the Kennicott from the schedule likely would mean dropping service to Prince Rupert, Briti...

 By Caroleine James    News    March 1, 2023

Community unites to support Churchill family after fatal accident

Community members showed their support for the Churchill family last week after Randy Churchill Jr., 39, was killed by a falling tree in an accident Feb. 22. Parks and Recreation Coordinator Lucy Robinson organized a community walk last Sunday to...

 By Marc Lutz    News    March 1, 2023

School district contracts for business manager services in lieu of full-time staffer

The Wrangell school board voted unanimously Feb. 20 to approve a contract for business manager services with a private company based in La Center, Washington. K12 Business Services will fill the role...

 By Marc Lutz    News    March 1, 2023

Shaky data collection helping students learn about seismology

How much does Wrangell shake, rattle and roll? Shake Club wants to find out. Four students from grades seven through 12 have been involved with the seismic data-collection program since last fall and...


The Way We Were

March 1, 1923 As a means of stimulating interest and learning the sentiment of the community in regard to the proposed new playground for the school, the PTA is offering four worthwhile prizes to pupils for essays on the subject, “Will the proposed...

 By Marc Lutz    News    March 1, 2023

Forest Service cabin at Anan destroyed by fallen tree

One of the U.S. Forest Service's most popular recreational cabins in the area has met an untimely demise. The cabin at Anan Bay was demolished sometime before Feb. 18 by a fallen tree which was most...

 By Caroleine James    News    March 1, 2023

Fentanyl continues its spread through Southeast communities

Pills laced with fentanyl are spreading through Southeast Alaska, and Wrangell authorities are doing what they can to address the health hazard and danger. “The buzzword right now is fentanyl,” said Police Chief Tom Radke. “The quantity that th...

 By Caroleine James    News    March 1, 2023

Parks and Rec stretches into new class - yoga on Saturdays

With its controlled movements, deep stretches and emphasis on mental awareness and breath, yoga is a low-impact activity whose benefits can be enjoyed by all. Under a new program, yoga classes will be available to Parks and Recreation members at leas...


Our two legislators put schools first

Wrangell is fortunate its two state legislators know that a good education pays years more dividends for Alaskans than the short-term gain a larger PFD provides. They are on the long-term, good-thinking side of what is shaping up as a monumental...


Sen. Murkowski is in the right lane

Alaska’s senior U.S. senator — and former state legislator — Lisa Murkowski addressed a joint session of the Legislature last week, covering the usual issues of oil and gas, economic development and lots of federal dollars for local projects....


Supersized dividend would crowd out funding that our schools need

The Alaska House Education Committee on Feb. 20 heard House Bill 65, which would increase the base student allocation. It was a brief hearing, acting solely as an introduction, but it was an essential first step during this legislative session in the...

 By Caroleine James    News    March 1, 2023

Team Hollywood brings superheroes to town

The lights dimmed and a hush fell over the packed Wrangell High gymnasium, where the school had gathered to watch Team Hollywood celebrity streetball perform on Feb. 21. Orchestral music filled the...

 By James Brooks    News    March 1, 2023

Murkowski tells legislators to focus on much more than just the dividend

In her annual address to the Alaska Legislature, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski urged state lawmakers to avoid spending too much time on the amount of this year’s Permanent Fund dividend and to focus on problems causing people to move out of the state.... Full story

 By Caroleine James    News    March 1, 2023

Sen. Sullivan takes questions about fishing, Tongass and more during Wrangell visit

Last Wednesday afternoon, Alaska’s junior U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan visited Wrangell to learn more about the community’s priorities and concerns. After meeting with municipal and tribal leadership and touring the island, Sullivan held a public...

 By Marc Lutz    Sports    March 1, 2023

Boys team splits with Petersburg, girls win both games at homecoming

At times, the cheers for the Petersburg Vikings were almost as loud as the cheers for the Wrangell Wolves. And the cheers for the Wolves were almost deafening. The Wrangell High School gym was alive...

 By Marc Lutz    News    March 1, 2023

Cordova trip energizes students in pursuit of efficiency project

A trip that was almost scrapped because of scheduling conflicts received a jolt of inspiration to help out a Cordova business owner. Ten students in the Upward Bound and Teaching Through Technology (T3) Alliance programs, including two students from...

 By Marc Lutz    News    March 1, 2023

Senior on track to complete project for graduation

When it comes to reaching the finish line for graduating, Devlyn Campbell's ambition is definitely not running on empty. Campbell's senior project is starting a high school track program to give...

 By Anna Laffrey    News    March 1, 2023

Search continues for invasive green crab around Annette Island

No invasive green crabs have been found outside the area on Annette Island where they were discovered last summer, though experts are working against a potential population explosion in Southeast Alaska. Barb Lake, with the National Oceanic and...

 By Becky Bohrer    News    March 1, 2023

State House censures member for child abuse comments

JUNEAU (AP) - An Alaska lawmaker with a history of incendiary remarks was censured by the state House on Feb. 22 after he said it has been argued that cases of fatal child abuse can be a "cost...

 By James Brooks    News    March 1, 2023

State court system will take down online posting of some marijuana convictions

On May 1, the Alaska Court System will remove the marijuana possession convictions of about 750 Alaskans from Courtview, the state’s online database of court cases. The Alaska Supreme Court announced the move in an order signed Jan. 31 by the court... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    March 1, 2023

Permanent Fund reveals its in-state investments, including a grocery store chain

A multimillion-dollar share of the Alaska grocery store chain Three Bears is one of the latest additions to the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp.’s $200 million in-state investment program — a small slice of the $76 billion state savings account. The... Full story

 By Chris Basinger    News    March 1, 2023

Wrangell IGA owners buy Trading Union grocery store in Petersburg

It was a week of change for a 100-year-old Petersburg institution: The Trading Union was officially renamed Petersburg IGA on Feb. 20, as new owners Mike Ward, his daughter Caroline Bangs and her husband Travis Bangs took over the grocery store....


Police report

Monday, Feb. 20 Security check. Tuesday, Feb. 21 Agency assist: Petersburg Police Department. Traffic stop: Citation issued for failure to provide proof of insurance and verbal warning for speed. Criminal trespass. Curfew warning. Wednesday, Feb. 22...

 By James Brooks    News    March 1, 2023

State could be short money this year as oil prices lower than expected

Alaska oil production and prices are below last year’s estimates, and the state could run out of money before the end of the fiscal year in June, members of the Senate Finance Committee were told Feb. 21. “It’s a bit of a nail-biter,” said... Full story

 By Adam Beam    News    March 1, 2023

California governor starts another battle over water and salmon

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Weeks after powerful storms dumped 32 trillion gallons of rain and snow on California, state officials and environmental groups in the drought-ravaged state are grappling with what to do with all of that water. State...


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