Articles from the June 8, 2022 edition

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 By Larry Persily    News    June 8, 2022

Wrangell may need to add disinfection to sewage treatment

Wrangell is one of nine Alaska communities operating under old federal permit waivers from costly secondary treatment for its sewage water discharge, and officials expect the upcoming permit reissuance will require the community to disinfect its...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    June 8, 2022

Malaspina will have new life as museum, employee housing and classroom

After 56 years of service in the Alaska Marine Highway System fleet and almost three years tied up at a Ketchikan dock, unused and in need of costly repairs, the Malaspina is headed to another career...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    June 8, 2022

Borough lists old hospital for auction

The borough has listed the former Wrangell Medical Center for sale to the highest bidder until June 30, at a minimum bid of $830,000, the value assigned by an April appraisal. The hospital has been va...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    June 8, 2022

Teen uses royalty competition to help community one last time

It was the fundraiser that almost wasn't until one ambitious teen decide to set another goal. Each year, the chamber of commerce uses the Fourth of July royalty contest to raise money to pay for the f...

 

The Way We Were

June 8, 1922 The town council held its regular monthly meeting last Thursday evening. The matter of water rates was discussed and on motion it was ordered that beginning with June 1 an extra charge of 25 cents per month be made to all families...

 
 By Lisa Phu    News    June 8, 2022

Unique 360-degree totem goes up at Sealaska Heritage in Juneau

A new totem pole in Juneau is 22 feet tall, almost 4 feet wide at the base and about 7 to 8 feet wide where Raven and Eagle are carved. You have to walk around it completely to see all of the...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    June 8, 2022

Borough purchase of old mill property delayed by lien against owner

Closing on the borough’s $2.6 million purchase of the 39-acre former sawmill property at 6 Mile has been delayed until June 20, Borough Manager Jeff Good said June 1, the day the sale was supposed to close. The sale is delayed until the seller can...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    June 8, 2022

Wrangell fishing derby casts off next week

Don’t let this be the one that got away. The Wrangell King Salmon Derby gets underway on June 15 and runs through July 3. At stake is $7,900 in cash prizes. The heaviest king salmon will get the biggest prize, as first place in the derby wins...

 

Political donations tell you something about candidates

It costs far too much to run a political campaign in this country and, sadly, Alaska is no exception. Donors contributed more than twice as much money to candidates in the race for U.S. Senate in Alaska in 2020 than bidders were willing to pay just...

 

A lot of different reporters write the news

Most of the bylines you read in the Sentinel each week are names you probably recognize. Marc Lutz and Sarah Aslam work out of the newspaper office on Front Street and attend meetings and events around town. Amber Armstrong manages the community...

 
 By Marc Lutz    About Town    June 8, 2022

Name the raven and be a part of comic strip history

If you're a regular reader who peruses the pages of the Sentinel each week, and if you're not a humorless sourpuss who avoids the comics, you've no doubt seen "Ritter's River," which debuted last...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    June 8, 2022

Fish and Game releases mobile app into wilds

Hunters no longer need to hunt the web or search for printed copies and anglers no longer need to fish for necessary information, especially when they're in the field. The Alaska Department of Fish...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    June 8, 2022

Forest Service Chief Shakes hot tub project delayed to next year

Work on an outdoor deck at Chief Shakes Hot Springs up the Stikine River has been delayed until next spring, after federal funds the Forest Service expected for the project have yet to arrive. The site, which consists of two hot tubs — one indoor...

 
 By Annie Berman    News    June 8, 2022

CDC report points to higher COVID death rate among Natives

A new report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides the most comprehensive look so far at the disproportionate toll COVID-19 is taking on Alaska Native and American Indian people living in Alaska. Overall, Alaska Native...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    June 8, 2022

Author's book characters are composites of real people in Southeast

When Christi Slaven's kids were tiny, she set her typewriter down on the breakfast bar in her parents' house and wrote a novel. She burned all 300 pages when she was done. "It was terrible," Slaven sa...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    June 8, 2022

Borough will charge credit card fee on tax payments

In a May 31 budget work session to consider borough finances for the fiscal year that starts July 1, Finance Director Mason Villarma advised the assembly that the borough is working toward accepting credit card payments for property and sales taxes...

 

Governor gives contract to former campaign manager

JUNEAU (AP) —Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s office has issued a consulting contract to a former Dunleavy campaign manager who later served as a staffer to the governor for up to $50,000 in part to advise the administration on what legal fights to pursue...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    June 8, 2022

State completes initial review of mortgage aid applications

All of the nearly 11,000 Alaska households that applied for financial aid under a state-administered, federally funded program — including 40 in Wrangell — will receive some level of assistance toward mortgage payments and utilities bills. The...

 

Candidate filings show large turnover in Legislature

About one-third of Alaska’s legislators could be new to their job next year as multiple incumbents have decided to retire or seek higher office. The candidate filing deadline for the Aug. 16 statewide primary election was June 1. In addition to...

 
 By Becky Bohrer    News    June 8, 2022

Voting ends Saturday in 48-candidate U.S. House primary

JUNEAU (AP) — Alaska voters are facing an election unlike any they have ever seen, with 48 candidates running to succeed the man who held the state’s only U.S. House seat for 49 years. While some of the candidates in this week’s special...

 

Winning bidder returns ANWR lease for a refund

ANCHORAGE (AP) — The only oil company to bid in last year’s controversial federal lease sale for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has canceled the lease it bought and asked for a refund of its almost $800,000 payment. Regenerate Alaska, a...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    June 8, 2022

The bigger the better

Devyn Johnson watches as her son, Nolan, 5, steps down from the cab of a Hitachi backhoe during the Touch a Truck event at Volunteer Park last Saturday. Johnson began the event a few years ago,...

 

Judge says Palin failed to present any evidence she was libeled

NEW YORK (AP) — The judge who presided over Sarah Palin’s libel case against The New York Times denied her request May 31 for a new trial, saying she failed to introduce “even a speck” of evidence necessary to prove actual malice by the...

 

Police report

Monday, May 30 Citizen assist: Vehicle unlock. Traffic stop: Verbal warning for driving habits. Traffic stop: Verbal warning for driving habits. Traffic stop: Verbal warning for no taillights. Disturbance. Tuesday, May 31 Agency assist: Ambulance...

 

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 Sched...

 

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