Articles from the June 14, 2023 edition

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 By Caroleine James    News    June 14, 2023

Draft budget proposes 24% property tax rate decrease

The first draft of the borough budget for next year includes a 24% reduction in the property tax rate, authorizes nearly $7 million in general fund spending and reflects recent rate increases for water, sewage, power, trash pickup and harbor fees....

 By Nathaniel Herz    News    June 14, 2023

Lower 48 group plans to seek endangered listing for multiple Alaska king stocks

A Washington state-based conservation group whose actions have already caused the closure of the Southeast Alaska king salmon commercial troll fishery is now planning to ask the federal government to list several Alaska king salmon stocks under the... Full story

 By Caroleine James    News    June 14, 2023

Borough wants to renegotiate salary-sharing deal for state OCS caseworker

In 2022, after years of community advocacy for the position, the state Office of Children’s Services (OCS) put a caseworker in Wrangell. However, borough officials will reconsider covering half the cost of the state position, citing budgetary c...

 By Marc Lutz    News    June 14, 2023

WCA prepares for arrival of Polynesian vessel in late June

A nearly four-year sailing journey will launch on Thursday from Juneau - and Wrangell is part of the itinerary. The Polynesian Voyaging Society is setting sail in the Hōkūleʻa as part of its Mo...


The Way We Were

June 7, 1923 A much needed improvement at the school house is the storeroom that has been built in the basement, at the front of the building, by Supt. Gross. Since the re-arrangement of the interior of the building about five years ago, the school...

 By Caroleine James    News    June 14, 2023

Businesses continue dealing with ongoing staffing shortages

Summer presents an important economic opportunity for businesses as tourists and other visitors sweep through Wrangell. However, many businesses are struggling to find the staff they need to take advantage of the season’s full potential. Staff s...

 By Marc Lutz    News    June 14, 2023

Funds will aid in carving new totems, repairing old ones

Many of Wrangell's totems have fallen into disrepair and need rehab work or replacement. Thanks to a $20,000 donation from the Wrangell Tlingit and Haida Community Council, the Wrangell Cooperative...


The numbers are heading in the wrong direction

It’s impossible to miss the shortage of workers across Alaska, and certainly in Wrangell. Whether it’s the help wanted signs and advertisements, the social media posts or the cutback in hours and service, the staff shortages are obvious. And it...


Their defense is as offensive as the crime

The reactions by Alaska’s top elected leaders to former President Donald Trump’s indictment last week say a lot about what they think of the public. Two out of the three — our governor and junior U.S. senator — must think the public is politic...


Find an unknown salmon creek and earn $100

Up until last year, Southeast Alaska's Mitkof Island was home to a creek with some unique salmon: They only turned left. Officially, anyway. There is a fork in Ohmer Creek, on Mitkof Island. On the...

 By Marc Lutz    News    June 14, 2023

Tolleruds transferred to Fairbanks for next ministry

When Lt. Jon Tollerud gave his first sermon in Wrangell, there was one person in the congregation, and it was a newspaper reporter covering the story of the new pastor in town. Now, three and a half...

 By Sentinel staff    News    June 14, 2023

Borough gathers public opinions for use of 6-Mile property

The Department of Economic Development is conducting an online survey to learn more about what the community would like to see at the former 6-Mile sawmill property, which the borough purchased last summer for $2.5 million. “Can we narrow in on a...


Fishermen tell federal official loss of king troll season will be 'a disaster'

More than 100 salmon trollers packed a Sitka meeting on June 7 with sharp questions about the future of their fishery, facing what could be an unprecedented full shutdown of this year’s chinook trolling season. “I’m optimistic, but I’m also scared...

 By James Brooks    News    June 14, 2023

Alaska will remain in nationwide anti-voter fraud network

The state of Alaska will keep its membership in the Electronic Registration Information Center, a nonprofit network that helps states keep track of registered voters and reduce fraud, an official at the Alaska Division of Elections confirmed June 7.... Full story

 By Mark Sabbatini    News    June 14, 2023

Engine fire knocks small tour boat out of service

An engine room fire on a small cruise ship in Glacier Bay on June 5 resulted in nearly 70 passengers and crew being transferred to a much larger cruise ship nearby, according to the U.S. Coast Guard and the disabled boat’s owner. No significant i...

 By Marc Lutz    News    June 14, 2023

Tongass Toughman to test triathletes' tenacity

Competitors made of the toughest stuff have less than a month to train for the Tongass Toughman Triathlon in Wrangell. Triathletes put their endurance, strength and fortitude on display in a contest which covers a combined 72.2 miles of water,...

 By Marc Lutz    News    June 14, 2023

Shooting competition over the 4th puts gun safety first

Allen Rooney has been running the shooting competition during the Fourth of July festivities in Wrangell for eight years now. But for him, it’s more of a firearm safety activity than a shooting competition. The free event will take place on July 3 f...


Celebration of life for Gale Glass on Saturday

A celebration of life is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at Shoemaker Park in Wrangell. "Please bring a dish to share and if you were lucky enough to get a picture of him, please bring it," the... Full story

 By Sitka Sentinel    News    June 14, 2023

Investigation continues into deadly Sitka charter boat accident

The U.S. Coast Guard investigation is continuing into the May 28 charter fishing boat accident near Sitka that left four people dead and one still missing and presumed dead. The body of the Sitka-based boat captain was recovered June 8, leaving only...

 By Sentinel staff    News    June 14, 2023

Forest Service reminds public of unguided Anan permits

The U.S. Forest Service again this year is making available permits for unguided visits to the Anan Wildlife Observatory, limited to four per day. The permits must be requested in person at the Wrangell Ranger District office, up to one week in...


Police report

Monday, June 5 Agency assist: Alarm. Agency assist: Civil paper service. Suspicious circumstance. Dog complaint: Dog at large. Tuesday, June 6 Agency assist: Public Works Department. Dog at large: Citations issued for dog at large and license...


Seasonal 'postcards' tell stories of Southeast life and culture

This is a good time to introduce you to a project we have been working on this past year. We received a fellowship with the National Folklife Network to introduce the world to our rainforest life....


Classified ads

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT Wrangell Senior Center, Southeast Senior Services, a division of Catholic Community Service, is currently recruiting for a cook at $18/hour, 20 hours a week, and a driver/assistant cook at $17/hour, 25 hours a week. Apply online at... Full story


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