Articles from the March 13, 2024 edition

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 By Becca Clark    News    March 13, 2024

Economic board recommends sale of former hospital property

The borough’s economic development board voted unanimously March 5 to recommend the assembly approve the sale of the former hospital property for $200,000 to Wayne Johnson, a Georgia-based real estate developer. Johnson is planning to demolish the b...

 

Wrangell boys defeat Metlakatla at regionals, earn a trip to state tournament

Despite a rocky start at the regional tournament, the Wrangell boys varsity basketball team defeated Metlakatla in their final game Saturday to take second place in Southeast, earning a spot at the...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    March 13, 2024

After cancellations, cruise season may not exceed last summer's numbers

With the loss of several cruise ship stops this summer, Wrangell may not exceed last year’s cruise visitor count as had been originally projected. Wrangell recently lost 14 stops from the cruise line American Queen Voyages, which filed for b...

 
 By James Brooks    News    March 13, 2024

Legislative leaders say state cannot afford governor's dividend proposal

Leading Alaska legislators said there is little appetite for spending from savings to pay a super-sized Permanent Fund dividend this year, likely killing a proposal from Gov. Mike Dunleavy. In December, the governor proposed spending almost $2.3 bill... Full story

 

The way we were

March 13, 1924 Work will begin about the first of the month on a third story for the Wrangell Hotel. E. G. W. Morris will have charge of the work. In addition to the work of adding a third story, there will be many improvements throughout the entire...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    March 13, 2024

Port commission, borough assembly discuss marine insurance requirements

After the borough assembly agreed last month that a port commission proposal to require boat owners to carry marine insurance needed a lot more work, the two elected bodies got together last week to workshop changes. The assembly and port commission...

 

Houser promoted to Forest Service Wrangell District ranger

After filling the job in the past in a temporary capacity, Tory Houser officially accepted the position as U.S. Forest Service Wrangell District ranger on March 4. "It feels great, and a lot of respon...

 

Fishing communities need state to cast a line for answers

No question last year was pretty miserable for Alaska’s commercial fishing industry — the people who catch and clean salmon; the processors that buy, prep and ship the fish; the communities that depend on the summer jobs and tax revenues. And no ques...

 

Russia's loss could be Alaska's financial gain

Even in winter, there are hot opportunities. And since the state’s prospects for economic well-being are in short supply these days — like being short of buyers for Alaska salmon, running short of energy for Southcentral residents and bus...

 

Writing in Wrangell will be a new adventure

I thought that moving to Wrangell from Vermont might provide slightly warmer weather, but during my first week here I've been proven wrong. I grew up and have lived most of my life in a town called...

 

Alaskans deserve better of Canadian mine cleanup

By Frank Rue It’s hard to believe that the abandoned Tulsequah Chief mine, just across the Alaska border in Canada, has been discharging toxic, acidic and metals-laden waste water into the Taku River watershed for almost 70 years. A kaleidoscope of C...

 

Wrangell should think about the negatives of too much tourism

Regarding the editorial that appeared in the Wrangell Sentinel on Feb. 28: As a lifelong resident of Southeast Alaska, I’ve experienced the growth of the mega tourist industry and, yes, some of it is good for the economy. Along with that comes n...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    March 13, 2024

Ferries needed elsewhere leave Wrangell with 2-week gap

Wrangell will go without state ferry service for the last week of March and first week of April as the ships are scheduled to meet other needs across coastal communities. There will be no northbound service to Wrangell between March 22 and April 10,...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    March 13, 2024

Borough working on solution to move 'Mount Tires' out of town

There’s a new solution in the works to deal with the large pile of tires at the solid waste transfer station, often referred to as “Mount Tires.” This new solution would include moving the tires to the former 6-Mile sawmill property and then shipp...

 
 By Yereth Rosen    News    March 13, 2024

Legislators look for answers to help beleaguered seafood industry

Russian fish flooding global markets and other economic forces beyond the state’s border have created dire conditions for Alaska’s seafood industry. Now key state legislators are seeking to establish a task force to come up with responses to the low... Full story

 

Student's senior project will replace weathered supermarket sign

High school senior Sean McDonald has a lot of history with the Wrangell IGA supermarket. "I've worked at the store since October of 2022," he said. "I'm really closely related with the owners. They...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    March 13, 2024

Trident close to deals for selling Petersburg and Ketchikan plants

Trident Seafoods reported last week it was “entering the final stages of closing deals for three of its Alaska shoreside plants,” including its operations in Ketchikan and Petersburg. The Seattle-based company — the largest seafood harvesting and p...

 

Early losses at Southeast end tough season for Lady Wolves

The Lady Wolves’ struggle through a difficult season ended at the Southeast basketball tournament at Sitka. The game last Wednesday was a tough loss to the Haines Lady Bears, 43-42. Then on Thursday, Wrangell lost to the Craig Lady Panthers, 3...

 

Middle schooler wins top spot at state wrestling tournament

Wrangell eighth grader Kourtney Barnes earned the top spot in her weight bracket for the second year in a row at the state's biggest middle school wrestling tournament. It was the third time in three...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    March 13, 2024

Parks and Rec moves from one challenge to the next

Just as soon as its indoor Winter Workout Challenge ended, the Parks and Recreation Department moved outdoors - literally. The Outdoor Challenge, which started March 1, is similar to the indoor...

 

Tongass Toughman offers new summer challenge with 100-mile run

Participants in last year’s Toughman Triathlon in Wrangell will have to step up their game if they want to join the challenge of running a 100-mile ultramarathon at the end of June. Former resident Nicholas Howell posted on the Wrangell Community Gro...

 
 By Nathaniel Herz    News    March 13, 2024

Researchers say high pink salmon numbers hurt sockeye returns

A new analysis of nearly 25,000 fish scales offers more evidence that the millions of pink salmon churned out by Alaska fish hatcheries could be harming wild sockeye salmon populations when they meet in the ocean, according to the scientists who... Full story

 

Police report

Monday, March 4 Parking complaint. Agency assist: Ambulance. Citizen assist. Tuesday, March 5 Agency assist: Ambulance. Wednesday, March 6 Agency assist: Hoonah Police Department. Thursday, March 7 Suspicious noise. Agency assists: Ambulance. Civil...

 
 By Becky Bohrer    News    March 13, 2024

State Supreme Court says police need warrant for airborne zoom lenses

Alaska law enforcement officers now must obtain a warrant before using aircraft to scope the area around a person’s home with binoculars or cameras with zoom lenses, the state’s highest court ruled in a decision released March 8. The Alaska Sup...

 

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