Articles from the June 7, 2023 edition

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 By Shannon Haugland    News    June 7, 2023

State says troll season will open July 1, but no chinook harvest

The Southeast Alaska summer commercial troll season for coho and chum salmon will open on July 1, but no chinook retention will be allowed, the state Department of Fish and Game announced May 30. The prohibition on troll-caught kings is due to the...

 

Holiday weekend charter boat accident near Sitka takes 5 lives

A fishing adventure turned tragic for a family when disaster struck one of the two Sitka boats they chartered over the Memorial Day weekend, leaving three people dead and two missing despite a search over hundreds of square miles of ocean. The...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    June 7, 2023

Water taxis continue to fill inter-island transportation needs

A few months ago, passengers on an Alaska Airlines flight trying to get to Wrangell were stranded in Petersburg due to a mechanical problem. Thanks to a local tour operator, the castaways were picked...

 
 By Caroleine James    News    June 7, 2023

Staff shortage forces Senior Center to stop hot lunches, cut back on rides

Due to funding cuts and a staffing shortage, the Senior Center has suspended its hot lunch service and limited the number of bus rides it can offer to elders. The changes will remain in effect until the center can hire two new employees — a cook a...

 

The Way We Were

May 31, 1923 The first aerial mail ever received through the Wrangell post office came from Lake Bay Wednesday morning, having been brought by the seaplane Northbird piloted by Roy Jones with Glen Day as engineer. Mr. Jones stated that the flight...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    June 7, 2023

Rucking adds weighty challenge to hiking Wrangell's trails

On a recent Saturday, Devyn Johnson brought her children and their friend to the Rainbow Falls trailhead at 5 Mile. They met with a curious hiker and prepared to trek up the path to the top, about six-tenths of a mile away. Before starting on the jou...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    June 7, 2023

Visitor bureau selects an app to put Wrangell on a 3D informational map

The Wrangell Convention and Visitor Bureau is converting the town to digital. On May 24, the WCVB board unanimously approved spending up to $12,000 with a mobile mapping app provider to aid and encourage travelers and increase data analytics for mark...

 

It's the little budget items that can make a difference

The biggest headline in the borough’s draft budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1 is the proposed 24% reduction in the property tax rate, though a substantial drop had been expected. This year’s comprehensive assessment review of every pie...

 

Governor needs to think before he hires

People are growing increasingly cynical about government: How money is spent, how hiring decisions are made, and how it seems there are few consequences for actions that hurt the public. Yet too many elected leaders continue making bad decisions...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Opinion    June 7, 2023

Measure of a man is how he treats others

On a recent Sunday, as I was heading to the store, my phone rang. I don’t get many calls these days unless it’s somebody trying to sell me something. To my surprise, the caller ID showed the name of someone I hadn’t seen in years. Was it coinc...

 

Serving up feasts fit for a king

Ander Edens celebrates the kickoff of his Fourth of July royalty campaign last Wednesday at the downtown pavilion. The teen has a full menu planned for the month of June, and raffle ticket sales...

 
 By Caroleine James    News    June 7, 2023

Calling all creatives: Talent and wearable art shows seek participants

Do you know any magic tricks? Can you juggle five bowling pins or burp the alphabet? Can you do a great Matthew McConaughey impression? Or even better, a terrible Matthew McConaughey impression? If so, you would be a perfect fit for Wrangell’s F...

 
 By Caroleine James    News    June 7, 2023

Dog owners to strut their mutts on the Fourth

Every dog may be a good boy, but which member of Wrangell's canine community is the best boy? Scratch that, it's an unanswerable question. And one that the Fourth of July dog show will not seek to...

 
 By Caroleine James    News    June 7, 2023

New business offers puzzle-solving prospecting adventure up the Stikine

Ever dreamed of being a hardened-but-hopeful gold prospector, heading up the Stikine in a steamship to strike it rich in the Klondike gold fields? Thanks to Wrangell's new escape room, you can...

 
 By Caroleine James    News    June 7, 2023

Parks and Rec to sculpt young minds with new summer art classes

Sharpen your pencils, dip your paintbrushes and don your smocks, because Parks and Recreation is offering art classes to youth this summer. There will be two art camps, one in June and one in July. Each will be held on Fridays from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    June 7, 2023

King salmon fishing derby dates set for mid-June

The annual Wrangell King Salmon Fishing Derby has been set for two weekends in June. Rather than have the competition run over a full two weeks from mid-June to the beginning of July, it is scheduled for June 16, 17 and 18 — Father’s Day weekend — a...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    June 7, 2023

Hannah's Place resource center closes doors after 12 years

Since its creation in 2011, Hannah's Place has provided resources for pregnant women and families, from clothing and newborn supplies to educational materials. Now, after 12 years of serving Wrangell,...

 
 By Yereth Rosen    News    June 7, 2023

Report finds most Alaska drowning victims were not wearing flotation jackets

Alaska has the nation’s highest rate of drowning deaths, and the rate was consistently high over the past six years, according to a new state report. A Division of Public Health epidemiology bulletin released on May 31 examines drowning deaths f... Full story

 

Police report

Monday, May 29 Agency assist: Ambulance. Agency assist: Ambulance. Agency assist: Municipal line crew. Violations of conditions of release. Arrest for assault and domestic violence. Tuesday, May 30 Motor vehicle accident. Agency assist: Hoonah...

 

Classified ads

HELP WANTED Wrangell Public Schools is accepting applications for the following positions: - Custodian: This is a full-time, year-round classified position with benefits, 7.5 hours per day. Salary placement is on Column B of the Classified Salary... Full story

 
 By Juneau Empire    News    June 7, 2023

Juneau police find 3 people dead aboard boat; drug use possible factor

Three people died within a three-day period aboard a vessel anchored offshore at Sandy Beach in Douglas, across Gastineau Channel from Juneau, with drug use a possible contributing factor to their deaths, the Juneau Police Department reported June...

 

Dunleavy's family policy adviser said rape 'pretty low on totem pole' of immorality

Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s adviser on “pro-family” policies resigned May 30 after revelations that he made incendiary and offensive statements on a podcast. A review of more than 100 hours of recordings found that Jeremy Cubas defended some... Full story

 
 By Zaz Hollander    News    June 7, 2023

Reward offered for information on sea lion killings near Cordova

Federal authorities say seven Steller sea lions were found shot to death in the surf near Cordova after the Copper River salmon fishing season got underway in mid-May. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on June 2 announced a reward...

 

Former Wrangell resident Myra Arlene Sarber dies age 80

Myra Arlene Sarber passed with her family by her side April 14 in Sunnyside, Oregon. Myra was born the sixth child of seven in Spokane, Washington, to Thelma Irene and Faber Sebastian Wondzell. In...

 

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