Articles from the May 10, 2023 edition

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 By Gene Johnson    News    May 10, 2023

Judge's ruling could shut down summer troll king salmon season

SEATTLE (AP) — A ruling from a federal judge in Seattle could effectively shut down commercial king salmon trolling in Southeast Alaska — a valuable industry that supports some 1,500 fishermen — after a Washington state-based conservation group...

 By Marc Lutz    News    May 10, 2023

Field trip up Stikine teaches lifelong lessons for elementary students

A simple 30-minute trip by jet boat could be the outing of a lifetime for many Wrangell and Petersburg youths, and if they pay attention, it could mean extending that lifetime. On May 2, a mix of...

 By Marc Lutz    News    May 10, 2023

Wrangell lands on Flight Simulator map in new add-on

Want to fly in and out of Wrangell but don't feel like dealing with TSA, long lines and checking baggage? Now you can from the comfort of your home cockpit (aka, couch). Northern Sky Studio, a...

 By James Brooks    News    May 10, 2023

No budget deal on PFD as Legislature enters final week

With a week remaining in Alaska’s regular legislative session, leading lawmakers say they still haven’t reached agreement on a deal to finish the state budget and end the session on time. “We are meeting daily with the Senate … just working on find... Full story


The Way We Were

May 10, 1923 At the meeting of the town council last Thursday night, the application of J. K. Nevill for a telephone franchise came up for final action. The council voted unanimously to grant Mr. Nevill a franchise for the installation of a...

 By Caroleine James    News    May 10, 2023

Borough to assess school buildings, pursue state repair grant

At its special meeting May 1, the borough assembly unanimously approved $266,920 for engineers to assess the condition of Wrangell’s three school buildings, in hopes of making the list for millions of dollars in state funding to repair and r...

 By Caroleine James    News    May 10, 2023

Chamber brings raffle into compliance as it works on its finances

After the chamber of commerce received an anonymous tip two weeks ago that elements of its ongoing $10,000 raffle were against state law, the organization is taking steps to bring the fundraiser into compliance. The chamber held an emergency meeting...

 By Larry Persily    News    May 10, 2023

Borough installs new seasonal public restrooms downtown

The first cruise ship of the season is scheduled to tie up in Wrangell on Thursday, and borough crews have been working to get new restrooms ready for visitors — and locals — who need another option while walking around downtown. The borough has ins...


Ukrainian software developer lands at Wrangell airport

Virtually that is, not literally. But maybe someday for real Oleh Shevchenko, the boss of Northern Sky Studio, a software development company based in Kharkiv, Ukraine, and his team recently created a computer-generated Wrangell airport add-on for...


Can't hide tax owie under bandages

The great tax debate in Alaska sounds similar to the age-old question of whether it is less painful to yank off the bandage quickly or peel it off slowly and gently. I have found that it just doesn’t matter all that much how I pull off the bandage. N...


Beware of cruise visitors overrunning Southeast Alaska communities

Large cruise ship tourism is ruining Juneau. We will see up to six large ships at least one day a week this year. We expect 1.7 million tourists plus crew. In addition to that, smaller ships and air travel will bring in even more tourists. My...


Hardings say thank you, and welcome new owners of the Sourdough Lodge

After nearly 40 years and two generations of Hardings having a dream, building and operating that dream, the Sourdough Lodge now has a new generation of owners, the John and Zach Taylor families of Wrangell. We enjoyed every minute of our journey....

 By Marc Lutz    News    May 10, 2023

Seeing sites and crooning tunes are part of Close Up trip to D.C.

Learning about politics, visiting memorials and even singing for Sen. Lisa Murkowski were all part of a recent trip four Wrangell students took to Washington, D.C. The yearly Close Up program took...

 By Caroleine James    News    May 10, 2023

Tlingit & Haida distributes herring eggs to tribal citizens

Tribal citizens lined up outside the WCA carving shed on the sunny afternoon of May 2 to collect boxes of herring eggs from the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. The Tlingit and Haida Traditional Food Security program...

 By Marc Lutz    News    May 10, 2023

Senior center cuts back in-person meals, ride services to four days a week

On June 1, the Wrangell Senior Center will cut back its in-person meals and ride services after a loss of funding. Juneau-based Catholic Community Services, the organization that operates the senior center, announced on May 1 that there would no...

 By Caroleine James    News    May 10, 2023

New sweet shop opens downtown

As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, Wrangellites are gearing up for a fun-filled summer. And thanks to a new downtown business that will offer candy, inflatables, décor, custom...

 By Larry Persily    News    May 10, 2023

State senator proposes tax to help pay for school maintenance

State Sen. Click Bishop remembers his first paycheck as a teenager in Fairbanks in the early 1970s. His boss explained the $10 deduction for the state’s so-called school head tax. “That pays for your education,” the boss told his young emplo...

 By Larry Persily    News    May 10, 2023

Legislator proposes limiting income tax to amount of dividend

An Anchorage legislator has added another idea to the growing list of tax proposals before lawmakers who are struggling to cover the state’s revenue needs. Rep. Zack Fields has proposed a personal income tax limited to no more than the amount of e...

 By Anna Laffrey    News    May 10, 2023

Former Ketchikan shop owners plead guilty to selling fake Native artwork

A Washington state family has pleaded guilty in federal court to violating the federal Indian Arts and Crafts Act when they owned and operated several businesses in Ketchikan. They sold carvings and wood totem poles made by people in the...

 By Ashley Murray    News    May 10, 2023

Senate rejects Murkowski-sponsored measure to advance equal rights for women

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate failed to advance a symbolic measure to enshrine in the Constitution equal protection for women, a century after the idea began circulating among lawmakers. Senators on April 27 voted 51-47 to go forward with a bill t... Full story

 By Larry Persily    News    May 10, 2023

E-cigarette tax legislation caught up in cloud of questions

Legislation to impose a state tax on e-cigarettes and vaping devices appears headed to next year’s legislative work list. Lawmakers raised multiple questions about the bills at two committee hearings last week, and the Legislature faces a May 17 a...

 By Alaska Beacon    News    May 10, 2023

Legislature approves quality testing program for in-state lumber

The Legislature has passed and is sending to the governor a bill intended to reduce the cost of Alaska-made lumber for housing projects. After it is signed into law by Gov. Mike Dunleavy, the legislation would set up an in-state quality testing... Full story


Charter boat operator Bob Farrell dies at 79

Robert Paul "Bob" Farrell, 79, of Wrangell, passed away on March 21 in his home. He will be buried at Sitka National Cemetery on Thursday, May 11. Bob was born in Boston to Anna Elizabeth McGuigan... Full story

 By Sean Maguire    News    May 10, 2023

Legislature extends Medicaid coverage for new mothers

The Legislature passed a bill Friday extending Medicaid coverage from two months to 12 months for a couple thousand new mothers a year. Senate Bill 58, proposed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy, is intended to prevent gaps in health care coverage and to...

 By Sean Maguire    News    May 10, 2023

Lawsuit over food stamp delays on hold while state tries to improve service

Alaskans affected by monthslong food stamp delays have agreed to pause their class-action lawsuit against the state, with the Department of Health pledging to clear 50% of the backlog by mid-October. The lawsuit was filed in January on behalf of...


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