Articles from the March 29, 2023 edition

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 By Caroleine James    News    March 29, 2023

Borough signs up contractor to take on long awaited pool concrete repairs

What was slated to be a month-long pool shutdown stretched to two months, then three, as the borough and Parks and Recreation struggled to find a contractor to make necessary repairs. But after a long winter with no relaxing lap swims or rejuvenating...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    March 29, 2023

Report says Wrangell needs more tours for growing visitor economy

Almost 33,000 visitors are expected to step off a ship or a plane this summer in Wrangell — more than in any year since 2005. But continuing that growth and building up the town’s tourism economy will require more side excursions and other...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    March 29, 2023

Student interest in spring sports goes deep; coaches hope it's enough to play ball

For the first time in more than a decade, it's possible that Wrangell High School could have not only a baseball team but a softball team as well. But the question remains as to whether umps will...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    March 29, 2023

SEARHC to hold first health fair since 2019

Busy lifestyles, reluctance and just old-fashion stubbornness can sometimes get in the way of addressing health care needs. The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium has the remedy for all the excuses. From 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the...

 

The Way We Were

March 29, 1923 Miss Durkee and Miss Elmer, both of whom have visited Wrangell before, left on the Mary after a short stay here. The visit was made in the interest of the garnet ledge property which has been leased again, it is reported, to a company...

 
 By Caroleine James    News    March 29, 2023

Borough invests in spare parts for water plant to better handle Trident's needs

Trident’s decision to reopen its Wrangell seafood processing plant after a three-year closure was welcome news for residents, thanks to the economic boost it will bring to town. However, since Trident is one of the community’s major water...

 
 By Caroleine James    News    March 29, 2023

Borough receives wetlands fill permit for Alder Top subdivision

The Alder Top Village subdivision is slated to bring 20 new residential lots to the community in its first phase, hopefully by 2024. Borough officials are optimistic that the additional lots will alleviate the community’s housing shortage. But the...

 

Cheer squad places 7th at state competition in Anchorage

The Wrangell High School cheer squad has finished their season of drills and RAH, RAH, RAH-ing with the conclusion of state competition last week. The squad of Brodie Gardner, Cassady Cowan, Alisha Armstrong, Lily Younce and Nate Rooney placed sevent...

 

Alaska should stay with nationwide voter list accuracy effort

Keeping voter rolls accurate is a good thing. Even more so in recent years as far too many candidates question election results for their own political gains and far too many citizens have climbed on the bandwagon of doubt and suspicion. Why then...

 

Losing billions gets Legislature's attention

It’s embarrassing that it took billions of dollars in losses for some legislators to acknowledge that the state’s fiscal house is leaking worse than a broken downspout on a Southeast Alaska roof. It’s too bad Gov. Mike Dunleavy acts like he...

 

U.S. needs Alaska oil as world transitions to new energy sources

Kudos to all who got behind ConocoPhillips’ effort to open up the Willow oil project on Alaska’s North Slope. The effort by our congressional delegation to present directly to President Joe Biden, and our record of responsible resource...

 

Community fun free-for-all

Players had fun testing their skills at a free fun day sponsored by The Salvation Army and Harbor Light Church - it's like four-square volleyball, but with nine squares above your head. The event...

 

David K. Hartung: July 3, 1951, to March 5, 2023

Dave Hartung, 71, of Wrangell, passed away March 5, 2023, in Portland, Oregon. He was surrounded by his family and loved ones. A celebration of life was held in Portland on March 26. Dave was born... Full story

 
 By Caroleine James    News    March 29, 2023

Nolan Center plans a full day of anime art, movies, workshops

Breathtaking visuals, gripping plot twists, fascinating history and fun collectibles - all this and more will be available at the Nolan Center's first ever anime fair next month, which aims to bring...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    March 29, 2023

Students and others could benefit from drill conductor boating safety course

Any commercial fisherman knows the risks that come with the job, and it’s an added benefit to have deckhands with safety course certification. To that end, the Wrangell School District migrant education program is covering the cost of an upcoming...

 
 By Caroleine James    News    March 29, 2023

New baby boutique will nestle into Wrangell this summer

A berry pink jumpsuit with pleated sleeves and a whimsical coral reef pattern; a sea-green onesie covered in cartoon octopuses, each of them unique; organic oils, teas and lotions for postpartum moms...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    March 29, 2023

Legislature moving toward school funding increase, but amount uncertain

Similar pieces of legislation to increase state funding for public schools are awaiting hearings in the House and Senate finance committees as lawmakers face a mid-May adjournment deadline and school districts make spending plans for the 2023-2024...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    March 29, 2023

Senior passes along basketball knowledge to next generation

In her childhood years, Trinity Faulkner benefited from the game of basketball and developed a lifelong appreciation of the sport. To help fulfill her high school graduation requirement and celebrate...

 

State charges 2 Klawock men for beating death prompted by Facebook post

JUNEAU (AP) — Two Southeast Alaska men face charges in the beating death of a man who was attacked because of a social media post, according to an investigator’s affidavit. Moses S. Blanchard, 22, and Blaise A. Dilts, 21, of Klawock, face...

 
 By Sean Maguire    News    March 29, 2023

House approves funding for more food stamp workers to clear applications backlog

The Alaska House advanced a targeted spending bill March 22, intended to address the state’s unprecedented backlog of unanswered applications for food stamp benefits and a shortage of public defenders in criminal cases. The budget bill is being...

 
 By James Brooks    News    March 29, 2023

Legislators introduce tax bills amid forecasts of long-term budget deficits

The Alaska Legislature is preparing to examine two new tax proposals after a state revenue forecast showed significant long-term budget deficits even with a sharply reduced Permanent Fund dividend. One proposal, introduced Friday by Anchorage... Full story

 
 By Sean Maguire    News    March 29, 2023

Lower oil prices cut deep hole into state revenues

JUNEAU — Falling oil prices are projected to slice $925 million from state revenues this year and next, bolstering the argument of legislators who support a smaller Permanent Fund dividend this fall and the years beyond. More immediately, lower...

 

Legislators will get 67% pay raise next year; 20% boost for governor

Alaska legislators will get a 67% pay raise next January — from $50,000 to $84,000 a year — and the governor and state department heads will receive a 20% boost effective July 1. The wage hikes come after Gov. Mike Dunleavy replaced an independen...

 

Police report

Monday, March 20 Theft. Agency assist: Ambulance. Tuesday, March 21 Agency assist: Ambulance. Suspicious circumstance. Unattended death. Dangerous play. Wednesday, March 22 Abandoned vehicle. Dog at large. Hazardous play. Animal bite: Dog. Thursday,...

 

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HELP WANTED Johnson’s Building Supply is hiring for a yardman/customer service position. Responsibilities include retail sales, computer knowledge, receiving freight, stocking inventory, truck loading/unloading, deliveries and friendly customer...

 

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