Articles from the October 11, 2023 edition

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 By Larry Persily    News    October 11, 2023

Borough has a lot of decisions to make on next year's subdivision land sale

While ground work is underway at the Alder Top Village (Keishangita.’aan) subdivision upland from Shoemaker Bay, borough officials are at work researching options for how the residential lots — as many as 42 — will be sold. The sale is expec...

 

Boys cross-country team wins state championship; Loucks takes first

The Wrangell Wolves cross-country team braved near-freezing temperatures and stiff competition to take home their second state championship title in a row in Palmer on Saturday, Oct. 7. The boys team...

 

Borough discusses future of deteriorating barge ramp

As the downtown barge ramp nears the end of its useful life, the borough is weighing its options for replacing and possibly relocating this piece of critical infrastructure. Assembly members and borough staff discussed replacing the ramp in its...

 
 By Anna Laffrey    News    October 11, 2023

Killer whales freed after 6 weeks trapped in lake near Coffman Cove

A team in Coffman Cove helped set free two killer whales that had been trapped in Barnes Lake on northeast Prince of Wales Island since mid-August for six weeks, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The orcas presumably...

 

Gone until next summer

The last cruise ship of the season, the 650-foot Seabourn Odyssey, as seen from the Nolan Center, tied up at the City Dock on Sunday, Oct. 8. Wrangell was on the itinerary for more than 130 cruise...

 

The Way We Were

Oct. 11, 1923 Wrangell’s John Hanson has received letters of patent on two inventions that will greatly facilitate the business of trolling. One of Mr. Hanson’s inventions is a gaff hook, and the other a trolling swivel. The swivel relates to an app...

 

Kolarich promoted from district ranger to deputy forest supervisor

Clint Kolarich, who served as Wrangell's district ranger since June 2019, has moved to Ketchikan to work as one of the Tongass National Forest's two deputy forest supervisors. He officially stepped in...

 

James Leslie brews up plans for a bespoke beer flavor in Wrangell

Wrangell may soon be home to its own unique variety of beer. James Leslie of Alaska Waters has plans to open the town’s first brewery in a century, and though he still has plenty of permitting hurdles left to clear, the borough assembly had no o...

 

Look local first before looking online

Wrangell’s sales tax revenues from online commerce continue to climb as more residents shop for more things online, and as more sellers follow the law and collect sales tax and send the money to the borough. As much as that’s good news for the mun...

 

Congressional Republicans too selfish to govern

One of the many reasons — perhaps the biggest reason — that much of the public has lost confidence and even interest in Congress is that a shrinking number of the 535 House and Senate members bother to do their job anymore. They are too busy pos...

 

Wrangell needs to exercise more control over large cruise ships

The Sept. 20 article in the Wrangell Sentinel made it clear that the community of Wrangell has been infected with cancer. “Dam” cancer to be exact. That being the Nieuw Amsterdam and the Westerdam, along with accompanying disease names the Queen Eli...

 

Swimmers drop times in Ketchikan, prepare for Petersburg this weekend

The swim team continued to drop times and log personal bests at the Kayhi Meet in Ketchikan on Sept. 29. Wrangell's seven swimmers participated in 28 individual and four relay events. Together, they...

 

Rock slide knocks community's burn pit out of service

The community’s burn pit at the solid waste transfer station on the north end of the island is closed until further notice after a rockslide Friday morning, Oct. 6, destroyed the steel racks, I-beams and concrete blocks at the facility. “Due to con...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    October 11, 2023

Alaska Seaplanes will end service to Wrangell and Petersburg

Alaska Seaplanes has decided to shut down its Wrangell and Petersburg operations, citing poor economics. Its last flights to the communities are scheduled for Oct. 31. “Unfortunately, it wasn’t financially sustainable with the ridership,” Carl Ramse...

 

Community chorale begins rehearsals Oct. 16 for holiday concert

New voices are sought in addition to returning singers as the community chorale begins rehearsals for the 2023 Christmas concert on Monday, Oct. 16, in the high school music room. “I never know until we have our first rehearsal,” chorale dir...

 

American Legion preps for annual children's Christmas party

The American Legion’s Christmas party for children, now in its 13th year, came from a suggestion by Marilyn Mork’s daughter, Jenny, after they had attended a Christmas party for kids in town. “They had a party which was like, hot dogs and hot cocoa...

 

Federal fisheries agency conducts new analysis of king salmon harvest

Commercial trolling for king salmon in Southeast is back on the desk of the National Marine Fisheries Service, following on judicial rulings this past summer that saw the fishery shut down — and then reinstated — as a case brought by env...

 

DeRuyter wins school board seat; voter turnout down 64% from last year

First-time candidate John DeRuyter won a three-year term on the school board in the only contested race in the Oct. 3 municipal election, which drew the fewest number of voters to the polls in years. The turnout was down 64% from last year’s e...

 

Classified ads

HELP WANTED Wrangell Public Schools is accepting applications for the following positions for the 2023-2024 school year: - Paraprofessional: This is a part-time, 9-month classified position, working 5.75 hours per day. Salary placement is in Column... Full story

 

Police report

Monday, Oct. 2 Traffic stop: Citation issued for speeding. Traffic complaint. Tuesday, Oct. 3 Motor vehicle accident. Motor vehicle accident. Wednesday, Oct. 4 Traffic stop: Warning for no tail lights. Citizen assist: Abandoned vehicle. Traffic...

 

Tuna boat comes to town

Benny Johnson displays a frozen 29-pound tuna, one of many that he sold off the fishing vessel Castaway while at the Reliance Float on Oct. 3. He and his fishing partner, Joshua Moore, have been...

 
 By Yereth Rosen    News    October 11, 2023

State report says two-thirds of Alaska adults are overweight or obese

Alaskans have high rates of chronic health conditions that can lead to death, and they are failing to follow lifestyles that would keep those chronic conditions at bay, according to a newly released state report. Two-thirds of Alaska adults are... Full story

 
 By Annie Berman    News    October 11, 2023

State pauses cancellation of Medicaid due to missing paperwork

The Alaska Division of Public Assistance has temporarily stopped dropping people from Medicaid for paperwork-related reasons after thousands of low-income Alaskans — including families with children — lost health coverage that they may still be eli...

 

Mitchell "Mickey" Julius Prescott, May 24, 1940 - September 28, 2023

Mickey Prescott has gone fishing. Mitchell "Mickey" Julius Prescott was born on May 24, 1940, and died in Wrangell at his fish camp, Mickey's Fish Camp, on Sept. 28, 2023. He was 83 years old. Mickey... Full story

 

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