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Articles from the October 19, 2022 edition

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Fecal bacteria count at Shoemaker exceeds state standard for commercial shellfish

Recreational clam harvesters should take extra caution while preparing and cooking shellfish collected from Shoemaker Bay due to high fecal bacteria levels in those waters, according to Carol Brady of the state Department of Environmental Conservatio...

 

Tillie Paul Tamaree's historic act of civil disobedience remembered 100 years later

A century ago on Nov. 7, 1922, Tlingit translator and civil rights advocate Tillie Paul Tamaree helped Charlie Jones, the seventh Chief Shakes, vote in a Wrangell municipal election. Her actions led...

 

It's no trick, the Jabusch home is a Halloween treat again this year

Calling all candy lovers - a year after a blaze destroyed the Jabusch garage, the family's renowned Halloween decorations are back from the dead, with enough inflatable monsters and spooky skeletons t...

 

State House candidates make their pitch to voters

Alaska House District 1 candidates Dan Ortiz and Jeremy Bynum took turns at a Ketchikan community forum on Oct. 13 promoting why they deserve to win the Nov. 8 election for the district that...

 

The Way We Were

Oct. 19, 1922 The regular monthly meeting of the Parent-Teachers Association was held last Thursday evening at the schoolhouse. H. W. Gartley spoke forcibly and to the point regarding the need for a playground for children, aside from the playshed on...

 

Mt. Dewey trail extension enters next design phase

Outdoor enthusiasts can look forward to a new and improved trail system next summer, with increased accessibility, slip-resistant tread and locally sourced materials on the upcoming Mt. Dewey trail extension. Last Thursday, borough Capital...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    October 19, 2022

School district will spend up to $385,900 for building condition surveys

With voter approval of a $3.5 million bond issue, the Wrangell School District wasted no time in moving ahead with its plan to go after a state grant as it works to fully fund needed repairs at its buildings. But before the district starts any work,...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    October 19, 2022

School enrollment moves up slightly to 266 students

School enrollment is heading in the right direction, but just slightly. After counting 257 students during the state-mandated annual tally last year, this year’s Wrangell enrollment count was at 266 as of last week, said Schools Superintendent...

 

David Wilson will serve as school board president

David Wilson will serve as school board president for a second year. He was selected by board members at their Oct. 10 meeting. Wilson has served on the board since 2017. He ran unopposed for the board in the Oct. 4 municipal election. Members...

 

Legislature and governor need to boost school funding

The Wrangell School District could face a financial squeeze in the next several years, forcing hard decisions over which programs get cut, what classes go away and how much staff is left. It’s not that the administration or staff did anything...

 

Dividend politics not music to the ear

Regardless whether you like harp music, it’s soothing, relaxing, even peaceful. Which leads me to apologize for continuing to harp on Alaska’s Permanent Fund dividend politics, which are anything but musical. They’re more akin to the wordless...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Opinion    October 19, 2022

Former publisher had a passion for community journalism

I stood on the deck of my aunt’s house in Edmonds, Washington, last week while on vacation, overlooking Puget Sound. Whidbey Island could be seen off to the right through the haze of wildfire smoke on an otherwise uncharacteristically sunny day....

 

Chamber of commerce should recognize businesses that close

As some of you may have already heard, Wrangell is losing yet another downtown storefront business. Twisted Root Market has announced its closure. Twisted Root was dedicated to providing Wrangell with fresh, organic produce. Its mission was to keep...

 

Democrats are hypocrites when it comes to election challenges

Referring to Larry Persily’s opinion piece, “Republican election deniers threaten democracy” (Oct. 12 Sentinel), I wonder if a double standard is part of the new “improved democracy.” It remains to be said that there were also many...

 

Wrong time to experiment with changing state constitution

I can think of a number of issues we Alaskans should address and then deal with that would make this wonderful place we call home a better place to live. A constitutional convention doesn’t make my “to do” list, and if you think about what we...

 

School assembly honors the champs

The state champs Wrangell High School cross country running team was honored last Friday at an assembly in the school gym. From left: Randy Churchill III, Ethan Blatchley, Ian Nelson, Daniel...

 

Swimmers finish with personal-best times in Sitka meet

The Wrangell High School swim team traveled to Sitka last Friday and Saturday to compete in the town’s invitational swim meet, turning in three personal bests, four season bests and eight top 10 finishes. Head coach Jamie Roberts said the team has...

 

Borough extends its lease with Trident Seafoods

The borough assembly unanimously approved a resolution to amend Trident Seafoods’ lease of the borough-owned cold storage facility. The new five-year lease establishes building maintenance guidelines and raises the rental rate from $1,370 to...

 

Borough assembly approves contract for new school fire alarms

The borough assembly unanimously approved a $574,000 contract with Sitka Electric to install new fire alarm systems at the middle and high schools. The majority of the project will be funded through state Community Development Block Grants, though...

 

Pumpkin Patch will pop up at downtown pavilion

The chamber of commerce’s annual Pumpkin Patch event will start at 11 a.m. Saturday at the downtown pavilion. In addition to orange, white, blue and pink pumpkins for people to pick up and take home, the event will include a bake sale, chili feed...

 

'Sound of Music' will need a few extras and dancers

As of last week, “The Sound of Music” cast was short just one male actor and will need some extras, partygoers and dancers as it gets closer to the Dec. 2 and 3 stage performance. “It’s hard to find male actors in town,” Cyni Crary, one of...

 
 By James Brooks    News    October 19, 2022

Candidates for governor differ on how to pay the Permanent Fund dividend

Since 2016, no issue has divided Alaska state lawmakers more than the issue of the Permanent Fund dividend. The annual struggle over the amount given to state residents has repeatedly driven the Legislature into impasses that have brought the state... Full story

 

Dunleavy supports constitutional convention; Walker and Gara do not

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy has indicated that he will vote in favor of calling a convention to consider amending the state constitution. Candidates for governor at an Alaska Resource Development Council forum on Oct. 11 were...

 
 By Raegan Miller    News    October 19, 2022

Catch of invasive green crabs continues to grow; record 62 in one day

Wildlife officials in Metlakatla continue to trap record-setting numbers of the invasive crab species that threaten local subsistence food sources and fish habitat. The tribe's Department of Fish and...

 
 By Yereth Rosen    News    October 19, 2022

Metlakatla working to prevent spread of invasive green crabs

Natalie Bennett was walking surveying a beach on Annette Island as part of a team trying to defend Southeast Alaska from marine invaders when she made a major but ominous discovery: the state’s first documented shell of an invasive European green... Full story

 

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