Articles from the June 19, 2024 edition

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  • Assembly moving toward vote on mandatory boat insurance

    Becca Clark, Wrangell Sentinel|Jun 19, 2024

    The borough assembly has set a public hearing for June 25 on an ordinance that would require boat owners to show proof of marine insurance or pay a monthly surcharge on their moorage fees. If approved by the assembly, the insurance requirements likely would not be applied until next year, Borough Manager Mason Villarma said in an interview June 12. The port commission has recommended the assembly require marine insurance to protect the borough from damages caused by boat fires and to ensure payment of any cleanup or salvage expenses. The...

  • Trident plans for up to 180 workers processing salmon

    Larry Persily, Wrangell Sentinel|Jun 19, 2024

    Trident Seafoods’ plan for its Wrangell plant this summer “is to run hard,” with as many as 180 workers on the processing lines, packing headed-and-gutted pinks and chum salmon for the fresh-frozen market. “You’ve got to get them out of the water and into the freezer” to have the best fish for consumers, said Jeff Welbourn, senior vice president of Alaska operations. It’s all about time and temperature, he said of producing a quality product. The company has added a new fish oil plant to its Wrangell operations for this summer, he said. “We...

  • Planning nearly complete as Fourth just two weeks away

    Larry Persily, Wrangell Sentinel|Jun 19, 2024

    They can't do anything about the weather, but organizers of Wrangell's Fourth of July events are preparing for the wettest and hoping for the warmest. They have made room at the covered downtown pavilion for musical groups to perform in the afternoon and evening of the Fourth. The bands need electricity, which doesn't mix very safely with rain, said Tommy Wells, executive director of the chamber of commerce, which organizes the annual holiday celebration in town. The events start with a golf tou...

  • Food sales fund the Fourth

    Jun 19, 2024

  • Researcher delivers 3,000-year-old bone fragment to tribe

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Jun 19, 2024

    A large audience turned out to hear an evolutionary biologist explain the connection between a dime-size piece of 3,000-year-old human bone found in a cave near Wrangell and present-day Alaska Natives, who welcomed the opportunity to return a distant ancestor to her final resting place. Charlotte Lindqvist, a professor in the department of biological sciences at the University of Buffalo in New York, gave the presentation June 13 at the Nolan Center. The event focused on a bone fragment...

  • The Way We Were

    Amber Armstrong-Hillberry, Wrangell Sentinel|Jun 19, 2024

    June 19, 1924 President J. Hooper, of the Affiliated Societies, who went up the Stikine River with the Barrington Transportation Co.’s boat, returned on Monday after a week inland. He reports a fine trip, scenery incomparable, a veritable panorama, a moving picture of miles of glaciers and ice-clad mountains, such as no other part of the world affords. He said: “The trip was not only pleasant but had enough thrills to make me feel that it was the big time of the whole tour. We saw some big game, including grizzly and large black bear, and if...

  • Community Calendar

    Jun 19, 2024

    PATS LAKE FAMILY FISHING DAY, sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service and WCA Earth Branch, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22. Free outdoor fun for the family, including fishing, games and crafts. Lunch and prizes courtesy of Stikine Sportsmen Association. Some fishing gear and personal flotation jackets may be available for use onsite. NOLAN CENTER THEATER “Bad Boys: Ride or Die” rated PG, at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 21-22. The film is an action adventure comedy that runs 1 hour and 55 minutes; tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for chi...

  • Time to bait the hooks for Family Fishing Day on Saturday

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Jun 19, 2024

    Once again, it’s that time of year to catch some fish at the lake and net some fun for the whole family. The annual Family Fishing Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at Pats Lake. The event promises to have something for everyone, including casting practice and even a free lunch. The U.S. Forest Service Wrangell District and WCA Earth Branch are sponsoring the event, along with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Corree Delabrue, with the Forest Service, confirmed that special youth fishing regulations by Fish and G...

  • Borough to allow tax payments by credit card but will charge fee

    Becca Clark, Wrangell Sentinel|Jun 19, 2024

    The borough will allow people to pay sales and property taxes online by credit card, though they will be charged a credit card processing fee of 2.75%. The assembly approved the credit card option and fee on a unanimous vote at its June 11 meeting. Utility customers already are allowed to pay their bills with a credit card, with no fee. The new option for tax payments will take effect July 1. Property tax bills will go out by July 1 and payments are due by Oct. 15. Businesses generally pay sales taxes quarterly, with the next round of returns...

  • Salmon derby underway, continues to June 30

    Jun 19, 2024

  • Borough right to charge credit card fee on taxes

    Wrangell Sentinel|Jun 19, 2024

    People in Wrangell, just like the rest of Alaska and the country, love earning airline miles by using their credit cards. It’s not paying bills that they love so much, it’s the benefit of adding miles to their accounts for free travel. It’s understandable, considering the cost of flying in and out of Alaska and the fun of seeing friends and family outside the state. Another incentive is the fact that Alaska Airlines offers one of the more generous mileage plans among U.S. air carriers. In 2023, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members redeemed mile...

  • Governor, please pay more attention to Alaskans

    Larry Persily Publisher|Jun 19, 2024

    Gov. Mike Dunleavy, his attorney general and others in the administration are spending a lot of time and state money defending Alaska against its perceived political enemies, fighting the U.S. government at every turn of the river, protecting Alaskans from the latest federal regulations and standing up for conservative values. The list includes picking fights with private banks that want to move away from oil and gas lending, egging on fights over library books, supporting the state of Texas in its fight to string razor wire along the border...

  • Market conditions continue to pressure seafood processors and fishermen

    Larry Persily, Wrangell Sentinel|Jun 19, 2024

    Consumers think of seafood as a premium purchase, which is not a good image when household budgets are tight and shoppers are worried about inflation. “The problem is not the fish,” said Jeremy Woodrow, executive director of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. “The challenge is in the global marketplace.” Woodrow in February called the 2023 market for Alaska salmon “rock bottom” with low prices and weak demand, though maybe the industry was coming off that rocky bottom, he said then. Now, as the season is getting underway this summer, “a lo...

  • Wrangell readers turn to 'romantasy' and a lot of other books

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Jun 19, 2024

    As the weather warms, residents of all ages will indulge in some leisure reading over the summer. At the Irene Ingle Public Library, librarian Sarah Scambler doesn’t keep track of the titles checked out by patrons but noted people read a wide variety of different subjects. “We have a pretty eclectic group of readers here at the library.” She noted one popular title on the shelves that’s been on the bestseller list for the past 10 weeks is a novel called “The Women” by Kristin Hannah, based on the true experiences of female nurses during the...

  • Touch-a-Truck split into noisy and quiet sessions on Sunday

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Jun 19, 2024

    Kids of all ages will have a chance to check out some big rigs at the popular Touch-a-Truck event, from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 23, at the parking lot by Volunteer Park. Attendees will get to see many kinds of work vehicles, including fire trucks, police cars, bulldozers, dump trucks and more. This is the seventh such event held in Wrangell, with one year staged as a parade due to COVID restrictions. While it’s normally held on a Saturday, Parks and Recreation Coordinator Devyn Johnson said she wanted kids to be able to come to this event a...

  • Seiners face uncertain market for pinks after last summer's collapse

    Anna Laffrey, Ketchikan Daily News|Jun 19, 2024

    Southeast commercial purse seine fishermen are preparing for a summer season with no confidence they will earn a good price for the pink and chum they catch. The Southeast seine fishery opened with a one-day pink salmon fishing opportunity on Sunday in areas near Sitka, with more widespread openings to come. The Department of Fish and Game has forecast a “traditional” fishery harvest of 19.2 million pink salmon by commercial seiners this year, not counting the fish netted in terminal harvest areas near hatchery release sites. That would be an...

  • Invasive European green crab found less than 10 miles from Ketchikan

    Scott Bowlen, Ketchikan Daily News|Jun 19, 2024

    The anticipated movement of invasive European green crab farther into Southeast Alaska was verified June 13 when 11 carapaces of the shellfish were collected on the shore of Gravina Island’s Bostwick Inlet, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The inlet, less than 10 miles southwest of downtown Ketchikan, is a popular local spot for harvesting Dungeness crab. The molted green crab carapaces were found by members of the Metlakatla Indian Community Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Alaska Sea Grant program, who were c...

  • Pacific salmon head north to Arctic Canada from Alaska as ocean conditions allow

    Yereth Rosen, Alaska Beacon|Jun 19, 2024

    As the climate warms, more Pacific salmon from Alaska are showing up in the Western Arctic waters of Canada. But residents in those Arctic Canadian communities are not catching salmon every year, which led them to ask why. Now a study by scientists from Canada and Alaska has described the ocean gateway that must open to bring salmon from the Bering Sea to those far-north sites. Conditions must line up over vast stretches of ocean for salmon to make the journey through the Bering Strait, across the Chukchi Sea and into the Canadian Beaufort Sea... Full story

  • Northwest tribes making progress in quest to restore Columbia salmon runs

    Alex Baumhardt, Oregon Chronicle Capital|Jun 19, 2024

    Three Northwest tribes and federal agencies are getting closer to understanding how to revive chinook and sockeye salmon runs on the upper Columbia River that were once among the most abundant in the world but were decimated by dams over the past century. Leaders from the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and the Spokane Tribe of Indians met with leaders from three federal agencies and the Northwest Power and Conservation Council in Portland on May 22 to discuss progress on their historic agreement from l... Full story

  • State limits sportfishing in Wrangell Narrows to protect hatchery kings

    Becca Clark, Wrangell Sentinel|Jun 19, 2024

    The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has tightened the sport fishing limits for Wrangell Narrows and Blind Slough Terminal Harvest Area where hatchery kings return. The new limits were put in place due to poor returns of king salmon in the area, and will be in effect Saturday, June 15, through July 31. In the Wrangell Narrows, south of Matinsens’s dock and north and east of the northern tip of Woewodski Island at the southern entrance to the narrows, the new bag and possession limit for all anglers is one king salmon. Nonresident annual l...

  • Washington state tribe wins federal waiver for whale hunt

    Gene Johnson, Associated Press|Jun 19, 2024

    SEATTLE — The U.S. granted the Makah Indian Tribe in Washington state a long-sought waiver Thursday, June 13, that helps clear the way for the tribe’s first sanctioned whale hunts in a quarter-century. The Makah, a tribe of 1,500 people on the northwestern tip of the Olympic Peninsula, is the only Native American tribe with a treaty that specifically mentions a right to hunt whales. But it has faced more than two decades of court challenges, bureaucratic hearings and scientific review as it seeks to resume hunting for gray whales. The dec...

  • Celebration of life July 12 for longtime resident John Church

    Jun 19, 2024

    Longtime Wrangell resident John Church, 72, "skipper of the mighty Corvus, lover of music, birds, elaborate knots and puzzles, dear friend to so many with his kind heart, sharp intellect and dry humor," died peacefully from prostate cancer surrounded by loved ones and banjo music on May 5, 2024, in Port Townsend, Washington. There will be a memorial and celebration of life for John from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 12, at Shoemaker Bay picnic shelter, with a potluck, grilling, music, singing and sha... Full story

  • Police report

    Jun 19, 2024

    Monday, June 10 Agency assist: Wells Fargo. Hit and run. Traffic stop. Agency assist: U.S. Forest Service. Agency assist: Municipal line crew. Dead deer. Tuesday, June 11 Suspicious circumstance. Summons service. Traffic stop: Citation issued for expired vehicle registration. Alcohol permit. Wednesday, June 12 Animal complaint. Paper service. Thursday, June 13 Lost medication. Found property. Found property. Citizen assist. Friday, June 14 Criminal history. Parking complaint: Citation issued for time-limit parking. Objectionable animal. Dog...

  • Classified ads

    Jun 19, 2024

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  • Cruise lines agree to daily passenger limit in Juneau

    Becky Bohrer, Associated Press|Jun 19, 2024

    A new agreement between Alaska’s capital city and major cruise lines seeks to cap the daily number of cruise ship passengers arriving in Juneau starting in 2026, though a prominent critic of the cruise industry said the planned limits do not do enough. The agreement, finalized late last month, seeks a daily limit of 16,000 cruise passengers Sundays through Fridays and 12,000 on Saturdays. However, officials said that doesn’t necessarily mean there will be that many people every day. Cruise passengers numbers ramped up rapidly after two pan...

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