Articles from the April 10, 2024 edition

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 By Becca Clark    News    April 10, 2024

Class teaches and preserves traditional Haida hat weaving

The WCA Cultural Center filled with the sweet aroma of cedar as students sat around tables, focused on their hats in progress in front of them. They dipped the strips of red and yellow cedar into...


High school students statewide protest inadequate state funding

Hundreds of high schoolers across Alaska participated in an organized walkout April 4 in protest of the Legislature’s recent failure to override Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s veto of an education funding bill. The bill would have included a historic inc...

 By Becca Clark    News    April 10, 2024

History podcast tells not all was golden in 1874 gold rush

One hundred and fifty years ago, the Stikine beckoned people to its rugged landscape with the promise of wealth. This was the Cassiar gold rush of 1874, a huge moment in Wrangell history, according...


Medical loan closet will need new home after property sale

The community's medical equipment loan closet that has been in a number of locations over the years will likely have to look for a new home once more. With the forthcoming sale of the former hospital...


Community calendar

FEDERAL DISASTER RECOVERY CENTER open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Friday, April 12, at the Nolan Center for Wrangell residents affected by the Nov. 20 landslides. Residents can register for federal assistance, check the status of their application, lear... Full story


The Way We Were

April 3, 1924 The regular monthly meeting of the PTA will be held in the high school building Thursday evening, April 10, at 8 o’clock. A number of interesting questions will come before the meeting for discussion. Dr. O. H. Whaley will give an addre...


Church uses grant to bring free movies to Nolan Center

The Island of Faith Lutheran Church will host a free monthly movie for their Faith and Film Ministry at the Nolan Center over the next two and a half years, thanks to a $3,000 grant from the Alaska Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America....


Past mistakes teach us how to treat people better

Society can learn from its mistakes. The more we know, the more likely we will get it right the next time. Learning about what society did wrong in the past is part of making for a better future. There are a couple such lessons in the Sentinel this m...


Alaska high schoolers are right to speak up

Who better to talk about education in Alaska than students. They could continue leaving it to school administrators, elected officials, their parents and teachers to speak for them, but that would be the easy way out. It’s also been unsuccessful. L...


Long-time Air Force facilities manager hired for schools job

Kevin McCallister is the new facilities and maintenance director for the school district. He arrived with his family on March 25 and started work April 1. Outgoing maintenance director Josh Blatchley...

 By Sentinel staff    News    April 10, 2024

Alaskans invited to make ornaments for U.S. Capitol Christmas tree

The U.S. Forest Service is calling on Alaskans to create handmade ornaments to decorate the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree and the smaller companion trees that will represent Alaska in Washington, D.C. The trees will come from the Tongass National...

 By Sentinel staff    News    April 10, 2024

Chamber still working on plans for salmon derby

The chamber of commerce would like to put on the community’s 69th king salmon derby this year but hasn’t figured out the details, as it takes into consideration the state’s efforts to limit fishing in the area to help preserve and rebuild retur...

 By Larry Persily    News    April 10, 2024

King salmon sportfishing restrictions same as recent years

Commercial trollers had a productive winter catching kings along the outside waters of Southeast, but area runs are still weak and sportfishing restrictions around Wrangell this summer are similar to recent years. District 8 in front of the Stikine...

 By Mark Thiessen    News    April 10, 2024

Researchers uncover fate of thousands of Alaskans sent to Oregon mental hospital

Lucy Pitka McCormick's relatives cooked salmon, moose, beaver and muskrat over an earthen firepit on the banks of the Chena River, just outside Fairbanks, as they honored her life. They whipped...


High school students travel for annual music festival in Sitka

Fourteen Wrangell High School students will participate in the annual three-day Southeast Regional Music Festival this week at Sitka High School. The event will feature morning and evening performances that will be livestreamed on the Sitka Fine...

 By Lex Treinen    News    April 10, 2024

Haines pays social media influencers to boost tourism

“Let me take you to one of my favorite places in Alaska that you’ve probably never heard of,” Danielle Marie Lister says in a recent Instagram video. Lister wears black bibs, a purple down jacket and thick white boots as she skips along the Haine...


Alaska among 11 states suing to block student loan debt relief

A group of Republican-led states, including Alaska, is suing the Biden administration to block a new student loan repayment plan that provides a faster path to cancellation and lower monthly payments for millions of borrowers. In a federal lawsuit...

 By Nathaniel Herz    News    April 10, 2024

Fishermen and communities in limbo as state-backed seafood company teeters

The fishing fleet in the Southwest Alaska town of King Cove would have been harvesting Pacific cod this winter. But they didn't: Skippers had nowhere to sell their catch. The enormous plant that... Full story

 By Nathaniel Herz    News    April 10, 2024

Lease of Peter Pan Seafoods plants doesn't help King Cove

A troubled, state-backed seafood processing company, Peter Pan Seafoods, has announced that it’s pursuing a deal to sell its plants to another business. But the news still leaves a key asset, the massive plant in the Alaska Peninsula village of K... Full story

 By Iris Samuels    News    April 10, 2024

State ferry system victim of aging vessels, lack of funding

The state ferry Tustumena is preparing for its 60th birthday party this summer. Over the years, the vessel has become a familiar and important part of life in communities between Homer and Dutch...


Former resident David Michael Saunders Sr. dies at 66

David Michael "Mike" Saunders Sr. was born to Lee and Marie Saunders in Stockton, California, on July 7, 1957. He passed peacefully on Oct. 9, 2023, in Olympia, Washington. The family appreciates the... Full story


Police report

Monday, April 1 Agency assist: Ambulance. Tuesday, April 2 Dog complaint: Chasing cars. Summons service. Wednesday, April 3 Agency assist: Ambulance. Dog at large: Returned to owner. Thursday, April 4 Suspicious person: Intoxicated. Dog complaint....

 By Yereth Rosen    News    April 10, 2024

Project works to compile glossary of Indigenous environmental terms

In the language of the Gwich’in people of northeastern Alaska, the word for month known in English as July is Łuk choo zhrii, meaning “the month of king salmon,” said Rochelle Adams, an Indigenous advocate who grew up in Beaver and Fort Yukon.... Full story


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