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Articles from the May 18, 2022 edition

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 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 18, 2022

Assembly approves $1.6 million for schools; max allowed under state law

The assembly on May 10 unanimously approved $1.617 million as the borough contribution to the school budget for the 2022-2023 academic year, more than $300,000 higher than this year's local funding...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    May 18, 2022

Legislature in final steps before adjournment

The borough and Wrangell schools could receive about $4.5 million in state funds, and individuals could receive a fall dividend at least more than double the amount of last year’s payment as the Legislature is in the final day of its regular...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 18, 2022

Borough will auction off former hospital

The borough assembly on May 10 approved a resolution to put the former hospital building up for auction, with the borough running the sale rather than turning it over to an online surplus property vendor and paying a 5% commission. Assemblymember...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    May 18, 2022

Water study highlights importance of cleaning up after pets

A group of high school students delved into scientific research while earning college credits as part of the Rural Alaska Students in One-Health Research (RASOR) program. The University of Alaska...

 

The Way We Were

May 18, 1922 Judge Charles E. Bunnell, president of the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines, arrived on the Jefferson on Saturday and called on Miss Rees, school superintendent. He also met members of the school board and Parent-Teacher...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 18, 2022

Wrangell receives $1 million toward domestic violence prevention

A Ketchikan nonprofit has helped the Wrangell tribal council secure a $1 million federal grant toward domestic violence and sexual abuse prevention, and advocacy for survivors. Agnes Moran, executive...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    May 18, 2022

Foundation seeks to make new Friends through membership drive

Since the onslaught of COVID-19 two years ago, the Friends of the Museum lost more than half its membership due to various reasons and has struggled with bringing in needed donations. The nonprofit...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    May 18, 2022

Motor fuel tax holiday bill could die in state Senate

It’s up to the Senate in the final days of the legislative session whether Alaskans will get a year of gasoline and diesel at the pump without the state tax of eight cents a gallon. The House by a 36-2 margin on May 4 passed the measure — which...

 

Share your dividend wealth

The amount of this year’s Alaska Permanent Fund dividend was uncertain as of the Sentinel’s printing deadline Monday evening, but it is certain that the payments will total more than $1 billion above last year’s checks, maybe a lot more,...

 

Candidates should talk about the real issues

The community’s future depends on adequate, affordable housing, and the same for child care services. Without both, Wrangell will find it difficult to keep the businesses, jobs, school enrollment and services it has, much less grow. You could say...

 

Alaska can help solve nation's energy crisis

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s dreams almost came true. Over the past few years, the Russian government has promoted development of the vast natural gas resources of the Russian high Arctic to Germany, Poland, and other eastern European...

 

Thankful for EMT volunteers and caring hospital staff

A heartfelt thank you to the highly professional volunteer ambulance crew and EMTs for their quick response to our call and for caringly and safely carrying me down our 27 steps for my recent trip to the hospital. And thank you soooooo much for your...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 18, 2022

SEARHC negotiated payments in lieu of property taxes back on assembly agenda

The borough assembly was scheduled to hold a special meeting Tuesday evening to consider an agreement for the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium to make voluntary payments on tax-exempt property it owns in town. A draft agreement had been on...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    May 18, 2022

Volunteers aid in effort to keep downtown looking good

Volunteers cleaned up 14 garden beds along Front Street, from the Stikine Inn down to Rayme's Bar, last Saturday to keep downtown looking nicer for tourists and residents alike. The annual cleanup...

 

Alaska Airlines says flight disruptions will continue until June

SEATTLE (AP) — In a message to Alaska Airlines employees last Thursday evening, and later sent to customers, CEO Ben Minicucci said the high level of flight cancellations since April will continue throughout May but that stability should return to...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    May 18, 2022

Columbia's return nowhere on the horizon

The largest of the state ferries, the 499-passenger Columbia, was still listed as inactive on the Transportation Department website as of Monday, with no indication it will go back to work this summer as was planned nine months ago. Last August, the...

 
 By Wrangell Sentinel    News    May 18, 2022

Meet the class of 2022

As the Wrangell High School class of 2022 prepares to graduate on Friday, the Sentinel asked them to reflect on the past four years and how they would advise the class of 2023. Jimmy Baggen What are...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    May 18, 2022

Award ceremony highlights student achievements, scholarships

Plenty of foot stomping, hand clapping and cheering punctuated the accolades bestowed on Wrangell High School students last Friday, making the auditorium a celebratory club for an hour. Eighth through 12th graders gathered along with community...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    May 18, 2022

Library reading program for children starts June 1

Summer is more than just playing outdoors for children — it can be about reading books and winning prizes, including a pool and pizza party. The Irene Ingle Public Library’s summer reading program is open to children entering kindergarten...

 
 By Becky Bohrer    News    May 18, 2022

Legislature closer to passing tribal recognition bill

JUNEAU (AP) — The state Senate passed legislation last Friday to formally recognize tribes in Alaska, which supporters say is an overdue step that would create opportunities for the state and tribes to work together. The measure passed 15-0 and...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    May 18, 2022

Chamber picks July 4th logo design winner; still looking for royalty candidates

When Kitty Angerman caught wind of the chamber of commerce logo design contest for the Fourth of July, she smelled inspiration right away. That inspiration - the scent of the Stikine River - won her...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    May 18, 2022

Salvation Army offers summer lunches for children

The Salvation Army is working with Wrangell businesses and community donations to provide free weekday lunches for 50 children again this summer. The program starts June 1 and will run through July 29, Lt. Jon Tollerud of The Salvation Army said...

 
 By Felicia Fonseca    News    May 18, 2022

Interior Department report says there were over 400 Native boarding schools

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A first-of-its-kind federal study of Native American boarding schools that for over a century sought to assimilate Indigenous children into white society has identified more than 400 such schools that were supported by the...

 
 By Peter Smith    News    May 18, 2022

Report details collaboration in boarding schools between government and churches

A new Interior Department report on the legacy of boarding schools for Native Americans underscores how closely the U.S. government collaborated with churches to Christianize them as part of a project to sever them from their culture, their...

 

Police report

Monday, May 9 Speeding complaint. Child in need. Civil issue. Traffic stop: Verbal warning for not having available seats for everyone. Found bike. Tuesday, May 10 Vandalism. Agency assist: Hoonah Police Department. Motor vehicle accident. Traffic...

 

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