Articles from the November 8, 2023 edition

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Borough receives nearly half million dollars for mill site planning

The borough was awarded a $421,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on Friday, Nov. 3, which will go toward planning and engineering work for a deepwater port at the former sawmill site at 6-Mile. The grant covers an...

 

Community center prepares for dedication ceremony in March 2024

The building housing the community center is in its eighth decade and the center is into its fifth decade — with the Parks and Recreation Department looking to gather up remembrances for a dedication ceremony planned for March. In a letter posted o...

 

Trident program trains new generation of tradespeople

Trident Seafoods’ skilled-trades program was founded to address “the graying of the trades” — the shoreside counterpart to “the graying of the fleet.” The four-year course helps young people start careers in welding, electrical work, carpentry a...

 

Landmark Lingit-language children's book published

The title translates to "orphan" in English, but people celebrating the release of the Lingít-language children's book "Kuhaantí" emphasized the project is very much a multigenerational family e...

 

Creative woodwork

Recently retired dentist Dr. Charles Haubrich, known around town as "Dr. H.," explains a wooden spinning top to Kyle Lewis and his kid at the community market Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Nolan Center....

 

The Way We Were

Nov. 8, 1923 The returns of Tuesday’s special election show that the people of Wrangell are overwhelmingly in favor of a division of the territory. The vote of the Wrangell precinct stood 199 for and 7 against territorial division. There were 35 m...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    November 8, 2023

University fisheries program attracts more students, and not just from Alaska

Now in its 15th year, the applied fisheries program at the University of Alaska Southeast draws students from across the state and across the country. Not just ocean states like Florida, but the Great Lakes state of Wisconsin, and even landlocked...

 

Port Commission recommends 20% lightering rate increase

The Port Commission recommended a substantial boost in the borough’s cruise ship lightering rates at its Nov 2 meeting and the assembly will likely consider the rate increase on Dec. 12. If approved, the change will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2024. T...

 

New Parks and Rec program fosters community connections

Between the dark days, frigid breezes and slippery sidewalks, Southeast winters can be brutal. Sometimes, it feels easier to stay home alone than brave the elements. But thanks to Parks and...

 

Borough doing homework for important decisions

The public often gets frustrated at government planning, the pace of decision making and the meetings, reviews and studies that are part of the process. But making the right decisions takes time, and it sure beats hasty, ill-informed decisions....

 

Drug companies decide what our lives are worth

I’ve been reading more about prescription drug prices lately: How they are set; why they are so high, especially in the United States; and what can be done to reduce the costs. It’s not like I take a lot of drugs — just one prescription — but thi...

 

Wrangell sending two students to state music festival

Not only is Wrangell High School sending two vocalists to the state music festival in Anchorage for the first time in years, but they are brother and sister. It will be a repeat performance later this...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    November 8, 2023

Tlingit Haida household pandemic aid program ends this month

A pandemic aid program that provides one-time payments to tribal citizens is ending Nov. 30, though the Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska will continue to offer other federally funded assistance programs for its citizens...

 

Legion prepares holiday gift-giving for veterans and seniors

In addition to their children’s Christmas party, the American Legion Auxiliary is also preparing to provide gifts and treats for other groups in the community, starting with the Veterans Cookie Trade a week before Thanksgiving, as well as their Senio...

 

Roberts takes third in state swim championship

Senior Jack Roberts outswam athletes from much larger schools around Alaska at the state championship swim meet Nov. 3 and 4 in Juneau, placing third in the 100-yard freestyle at 47.95 seconds and...

 

Wolves wrestlers grapple through Anchorage tournament

Half of the dozen Wrangell wrestlers who traveled to Anchorage for a meet last weekend placed in the top six in their respective weight classes. The Wolves competed in a tournament at Mountain City...

 

Fun-filled Turkey Trot ready for 13th year on Thanksgiving Day

The Turkey Trot returns to Wrangell for its 13th year at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, at the Volunteer Park Nature Trail. Sign-ups begin at 8:45 a.m. at the covered basketball court behind Evergreen Elementary School. Sponsored by Parks and...

 
 By Yereth Rosen    News    November 8, 2023

Alaska seafood harvesting, processing jobs declined in 2022

Alaska fish-harvesting employment declined in 2022, a continuing yearslong slide caused by a variety of factors, according to an analysis by the state Department of Labor. Employment for people harvesting seafood dropped by about 25% from 2015 to... Full story

 
 By Yereth Rosen    News    November 8, 2023

Researchers find chum salmon spawning in Arctic Ocean rivers

Chum salmon are now reproducing farther north in some North Slope rivers, researchers have confirmed. A University of Alaska Fairbanks team this fall found about 100 chum salmon that were spawning or had just spawned in the Anaktuvuk and Itkillik... Full story

 
 By Alaska Beacon    News    November 8, 2023

State will hire contractor to compare public and private employee wages

The state has begun a sweeping analysis of its employees’ salaries to determine whether poor pay is contributing to ongoing hiring woes. The Alaska Department of Administration published a request for proposals, seeking a contractor to perform a c... Full story

 

Biggest year for wild Atlantic salmon returns to U.S. rivers since 2011

PORTLAND, Maine — The last wild Atlantic salmon that return to U.S. rivers have had their most productive year in more than a decade, raising hopes they may be weathering myriad ecological threats. Officials counted more than 1,500 salmon in the P...

 

Police report

Monday, Oct. 30 Civil matter. Deer complaint. Agency assist: Ambulance. Tuesday, Oct. 31 Parking complaint. Dog at large. Report of suspicion of driving under the influence. Wednesday, Nov. 1 Agency assist: Fire Department. Traffic stop: Verbal...

 
 By Becky Bohrer    News    November 8, 2023

Amount of the PFD has become an annual political battle

Nearly every Alaskan received a $1,312 payment last month, their annual share from the earnings of the state’s nest-egg oil fund. Some use the money for extras like vacations but others — particularly in high-cost rural Alaska where jobs and hou...

 
 By James Brooks    News    November 8, 2023

Last surviving signer of Alaska Constitution dies at 99

Vic Fischer, the last living signer of the Alaska Constitution and active in progressive state politics for seven decades, died Oct. 22 at age 99. His death came after several years of declining health and an extended stay in hospice care. Born May 4... Full story

 

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