Articles from the June 15, 2022 edition

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 By Lisa Phu    News    June 15, 2022

Wrangell dancers lead the way at Celebration

Wrangell's 10-year-old Quinn Davies was "super nervous" to dance for the first time at Celebration - a biennial dance-and-culture festival of Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian cultures, held in Juneau last...

 
 By Bob Hicks    News    June 15, 2022

Portland museum returns Tlingit artifacts to Wrangell clan

Culturally significant objects formerly in collections of the Portland Art Museum arrived in Juneau on June 8 on their way back to Wrangell, whose Tlingit artisans had fashioned them. After years of...

 
 By Elwood Brehmer    News    June 15, 2022

Borough considers $1 million in pool, rec center work

The borough is proposing almost $1 million worth of repair, rehab and upgrades to the community pool and recreation center building in next year’s budget. State grant funds would cover the costs. The projects include upgrading the heating and...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    June 15, 2022

Beach Explorers program turns outdoors into summer classroom

A group of 6-, 7- and 8-year-old kids poured over the rocky beach near City Park on June 8 like a bunch of young Indiana Joneses, looking for artifacts. But this group, unlike Dr. Jones, was looking...

 

The Way We Were

June 15, 1922 One of the oldest totems in Alaska has been erected on the dock near the bonded warehouse. This rare totem was originally erected by the Natives in the old town of Howkan which was deserted years ago. This totem was transferred by the...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    June 15, 2022

Talent show to combine with wearable art in showcase of creativity

Imagine clothes made of plastic bags, playing cards or crab shells. Now imagine pulling a rabbit out of a tinfoil hat or yodeling while wearing a shirt of decoupage or any of the materials mentioned....

 

Palin top vote-getter in special primary election to fill Young's seat

If early results hold up in Alaska’s 48-candidate special primary election for U.S. House, the August general election to fill the last months of the late Rep. Don Young’s term will provide voters the choice between two Republicans, an independen...

 

If not more ferries, at least more information

The Alaska Department of Transportation works hard to serve the public that uses the state’s airports and roads, but it is running at half-speed with public information about the ferry system. Management needs to steer itself toward a more open cha...

 

Alaska cannot afford its expensive dreams

The weekend headline in Anchorage said an Alaska North Slope natural gas pipeline project “could be closer than ever, Alaska politicians say.” The first clue was “Alaska politicians say.” No offense, but pinning your hopes on what...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    June 15, 2022

Endurance races run through Wrangell at start and end of July

Fitness buffs looking to challenge themselves in Wrangell don't have far to go to go far. Two different events in July will test the mettle of endurance athletes seeking to swim, bike, run and run...

 

Chamber needs volunteers for July 4th events

From log rolling to similarly shaped but much smaller and lighter wiener tossing — and everything in between, whether moving or not — the events over the long July 4th weekend are going to be plentiful. However, the chamber of commerce needs...

 

Alaska's unemployment rate continues downward trend, stressing employers

Alaska’s unemployment rate reached its lowest level ever for April, two years after it hit a record high during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dipped to 4.9% in April — the latest data...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    June 15, 2022

Hospital conducts casualty drill to test itself and learn

A mass casualty exercise June 7 was the first one held at the Wrangell Medical Center in its 16-month-old facility. The drill, which simulated a plane crash, was used to see where improvements could...

 
 By Danelle Kelly    News    June 15, 2022

Boaters start 750-mile race Port Townsend to Ketchikan

The Race to Alaska launched a flotilla north to Ketchikan from Port Townsend, Washington, on Monday. The 750-mile wind- and human-powered race has two starts: 5 a.m. Monday for the first leg, which organizers call the “The Proving Ground,” and...

 
 By James Brooks    News    June 15, 2022

Court considers whether Alaska lawmakers can ban people from their Facebook page

An Anchorage Superior Court judge is considering when and if it is legal for a state legislator to ban a constituent from the lawmaker’s legislative Facebook page. On June 8, Judge Thomas Matthews heard oral arguments in a lawsuit brought by an Eag...

 

State will end COVID-19 health emergency order

The state’s COVID-19 public health emergency order put in place 15 months ago will be rescinded on July 1, announced Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum. “The COVID situation has mellowed out to where our system...

 
 By Shannon Haugland    News    June 15, 2022

Repairs to Sitka cruise ship terminal now estimated at $2 million

Repairs to damaged mooring dolphins at the Sitka Sound Cruise Terminal will take longer and cost more than originally expected, now estimated at over $2 million, dock officials said. Until repairs are made, only one ship, not two, can use the dock...

 

Another legislative leader drops reelection bid

JUNEAU (AP) — Alaska House Majority Leader Chris Tuck said he will not seek reelection this year, citing a redistricting map that put him in House and Senate districts where he would have had to run against friends and fellow Democratic lawmakers....

 
 By Alex DeMarban    News    June 15, 2022

Princess Cruises closes Alaska lodge due to staffing shortage

Just as Alaska’s tourism season heats up, Princess Cruises said it will close one of its five lodges in the state this summer because of staffing shortages. The Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge will close this Friday, according to a...

 

Ketchikan assembly rejects mayor's veto of LGBTQ+ grant

KETCHIKAN (AP) — The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly has overwhelmingly reversed the mayor’s veto of grant funding to a group that provides support to the LGBTQ+ community. The assembly voted 6-1 on June 6 to override Mayor Rodney Dial’s...

 

Police report

Monday, June 6 Found property. Agency assist: Harbor Department. Threats. Dog complaint. Harassment. Violations of conditions of release. Tuesday, June 7 Dog at large. Subpoena service. Wednesday, June 8 Illegal parking. 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...

 
 By Dave Kiffer    News    June 15, 2022

Malaspina leaves behind a lot of stories in the wake of its retirement

The recent news that the longtime Alaska Marine Highway System ferry Malaspina will be officially retired and will remain in Ketchikan's Ward Cove as a privately owned and operated museum and a...

 
 By Garland Kennedy    News    June 15, 2022

Scientists install seismic sensors on Mount Edgecumbe

After a swarm of small earthquakes beneath Mount Edgecumbe caught the attention of the Alaska Volcano Observatory in April, a crew of scientists has installed seismic and GPS sensors on the mountain to monitor any further activity. While the Alaska...

 

Navy F-18s stop in Ketchikan to refuel

On a sunny afternoon, Ketchikan International Airport got a surprise visit from some unusual guests. At about noon on June 7, five U.S. Navy F-18 Super Hornets touched down at the airport for about two hours to refuel on their way north to Eielson...

 

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