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Articles from the April 13, 2022 edition

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 By James Brooks    News    April 13, 2022

House approves budget with $2,600 payment for Alaskans

The Alaska House of Representatives voted Saturday to turn an oil-price surge into money for schools, repayment of tax credits the state has owed to oil explorers for years, and $2,600 payments for Alaska residents this fall. The House voted 25-14...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    April 13, 2022

New elementary school principal hired; search continues for high school

In a special session last Saturday, the school board approved the contract for a new elementary school principal. Board members unanimously accepted the contract for Ann Hilburn as Evergreen Elementary School principal beginning the 2022-23 school...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    April 13, 2022

Self-care at center of school health fair

Schools try to prepare students for life beyond the walls of academia and sometimes that requires more than classroom education. Last Tuesday, high school and middle school staff held a health fair...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    April 13, 2022

Their names bear repeating

If visitors read the bear-sighting sheet at Anan Wildlife Observatory, which the workers fill out every season, bear names would sound more like tax forms: 7-05-A, for the first bear spotted on the...

 

The Way We Were

April 13, 1922 The high school play, “Mary Jane’s Pa,” will be given in the Redmen’s Hall on Saturday, April 15. It is in three acts with a cast of 15 characters and will have two performances. At the afternoon performance, which is given so...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    April 13, 2022

House budget would send extra $143,000 to Wrangell schools

The state budget plan adopted by the House last weekend includes an additional $143,000 in one-time funding for Wrangell schools, almost a 5% boost from a state aid formula that has not changed in five years. The district has been relying heavily on...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    April 13, 2022

WCA provides another round of federal pandemic relief aid

Tribal members can apply for a fourth distribution of federal pandemic relief funds administered by the Wrangell Cooperative Association. This round of financial aid is limited to $2,000 per household. The application period closes May 16. Tribal...

 

Campaign finance disclosure good for the public

A big part of a well-functioning democracy is running for office or, if you don’t want your name on the ballot, backing a candidate, taking a position on a ballot issue, and writing checks for the campaigns you support. Writing those checks to...

 

Sentinel succeeds as a newspaper, which is what matters

Awards are always appreciated, and thank you to the chamber members who honored the Sentinel as the business of the year, announced at the annual dinner last Saturday. I’d like to dream that the award means everyone agrees with every opinion I have...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    April 13, 2022

Students strut their stuff with nationwide shoe art contest

Art students are decking out their deck shoes. Wrangell High School was one of 250 schools across the country picked to participate in the Vans Custom Culture art contest and could win up to $50,000....

 
 By Larry Persily    News    April 13, 2022

State ferry system silent on summer plans for Columbia

The Alaska Marine Highway System has been hoping since last August to bring back the Columbia to service this year after an almost three-year absence, but with the start of the summer schedule only weeks away the state has not announced a decision...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    April 13, 2022

Port commission wants owners of derelict vessels to pay for disposal

The Port and Harbors Department wants to strengthen municipal code to lessen the burden of paying for derelict and impounded vessels. It drains the department’s coffers when clunkers take on water or sink, leading port staff to foot the cleanup...

 

Alaska two senators split on Supreme Court confirmation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmed Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court last Thursday, shattering a historic barrier by securing her place as the first Black female justice. Cheers rang out in the Senate chamber as Jackson, a 51-year-old...

 

Former state senator Arlis Sturgulewski dies at 94

Longtime Anchorage civic activist and trailblazing politician Arliss Sturgulewski died last Thursday, her family said. She was 94. Raising a young son after her husband died in a plane crash, Sturgulewski became involved in Anchorage politics in the...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    April 13, 2022

Port and harbors will put in security camera system

The Port and Harbors Department plans to select a company this month to design a surveillance camera system for installation at Wrangell harbors by the end of the year. The department has about $407,000 from two federal grants — $148,000 in fall...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    April 13, 2022

More federal funding still possible in Southeast sustainability grants

An official with a U.S. Department of Agriculture program that has awarded more than $820,000 to the Wrangell borough, Forest Service and tribe said more could be on the way. The Wrangell Cooperative Association was awarded $620,000 from the...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    April 13, 2022

A 'servant's heart' sets tone for bell-ringing senior project

Picking a senior project was just like ringing a bell for Caleb Garcia. Since 2013, the 17-year-old has been involved with The Salvation Army, so being the volunteer coordinator of the nonprofit's...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    April 13, 2022

New shop class plasma torch doesn't cut into school budget

A new plasma torch purchased by the school district will provide shop class students with a more versatile way to cut and build metal projects - and it won't cost the district a penny of borough...

 

Wind farm operator pays $8 million fine for killing eagles

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A subsidiary of one of the largest U.S. providers of renewable energy pleaded guilty to criminal charges and was ordered to pay more than $8 million in fines and restitution after at least 150 eagles were killed at its wind...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    April 13, 2022

Middle school wrestlers wrap up season with plenty of pins and wins

Stikine Middle School wrestlers ended the season on a high note with the most pins made in the past four years. This year's squad consisted of 22 wrestlers. Each one was able to have at least one...

 
 By Peter Segall    News    April 13, 2022

Opponents organize against rewrite of state constitution

Concerned that a contentious, political rewrite of the state constitution could destabilize Alaska and jeopardize private investment, a new bipartisan group has launched a campaign to convince voters to reject a convention to change the state’s...

 
 By Mark Thiessen    News    April 13, 2022

Alaskan given 32 months in prison for threatening to kill senators

A Delta Junction man who threatened to assassinate both of Alaska’s U.S. senators in a series of profane messages left at their congressional offices was sentenced last Friday to 32 months in prison. Jay Allen Johnson was also fined $5,000,...

 
 By Peter Smith    News    April 13, 2022

Interior Department report on Native American boarding schools due this month

As Native Americans cautiously welcome Pope Francis’ historic apology for abuses at Catholic-run boarding schools for Indigenous children in Canada, U.S. churches are bracing for an unprecedented reckoning with their own legacies of operating such...

 

Interior secretary will make first trip to Alaska

JUNEAU (AP) — Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, the first Native American to serve as a cabinet secretary, plans to visit Alaska this month, with a planned visit to the community at the center of a long-running dispute over a proposed land exchange...

 

Police report

Monday, April 4 Theft: Unfounded. Dog at large. Trespass: Unfounded. Dog at large. Vehicle unlock. Traffic complaint. Parking complaint. Suspicious activity. Tuesday, April 5 Traffic complaint. Arrest: Violating conditions of release. Wednesday,...

 

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