Articles from the June 21, 2023 edition

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 By Caroleine James    News    June 21, 2023

Assembly contracts with real estate agent to sell hospital property

The borough-owned hospital property on Bennett Street has been vacant since March 2021 and on the market for about a year. Though the borough has received one development proposal for the land, it is contracting with a realtor to attract more buyers...

 By Marc Lutz    News    June 21, 2023

Welcoming events planned for Hōkūle'a, Hikianalia arrival

UPDATE: The vessels have been delayed in Angoon and their arrival in Wrangell is postponed. The new tentative arrival date is Tuesday, June 27. Next Monday, a nearly four-year journey continues when...

 By Marc Lutz    News    June 21, 2023

Sealaska Heritage Institute names Virginia Oliver 'distinguished educator'

Sealaska Heritage Institute has honored 10 educators from throughout Alaska and Washington for their culturally relevant lessons. Among those is Wrangell's Virginia Oliver, who teaches Tlingit...


U.S. Supreme Court upholds Native rights adoption law

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 15 rejected a challenge to a federal law aimed at keeping Native American children within the foster care system in Native American homes. The Supreme Court in a 7-2 decision upheld the 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act,... Full story


The Way We Were

June 21, 1923 At a meeting of the town council last week, consideration was given to the matter of entertaining the President Warren G. Harding during his brief visit in Wrangell on Sunday, July 8. After some discussion, it was decided that a...

 By Caroleine James    News    June 21, 2023

Borough to install harbor security cameras before winter

After an uptick in thefts at Wrangell harbors in recent years, the borough is moving to install security cameras and improve lighting at all the facilities to help keep users’ property safe. At its June 13 meeting, the borough assembly unanimously a...

 By Sentinel staff    News    June 21, 2023

Governor vetoes half of school funding increase

Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Monday vetoed half of the $175 million increase that legislators appropriated for school districts across Alaska — cutting back the first boost in state funding for K-12 public schools in more than six years. The Wrangell S... Full story

 By Mark Sabbatini    News    June 21, 2023

Tlingit artist semi-finalist in state license plate design contest

After launching salmon people into the skies, Crystal Kaakeeyáa Rose Demientieff Worl is hoping to fill Alaska's roads with whale tails. Worl, a Juneau artist who earned national fame for her...


Hopefully, there's a way to keep children's services job in town

It took the community several years of pushing, pleading and politics before it succeeded in convincing the state to restore the Office of Children’s Services caseworker position in town. The job had been eliminated more than a dozen years earlier b...


A good outcome, and a good lesson, too

All I did was supply a pen and a writing tablet. Other than that, I was useless. Everyone else did the real work that made a difference. A woman two rows ahead of me suffered a seizure on an Alaska Airlines flight to Anchorage last Saturday evening....


Permanent Fund needs to share more investment details

I congratulate the Permanent Fund trustees for adopting Resolution 23-01 at their April 12 meeting to limit additional investment in the in-state investment program in which Barings and McKinley Capital Management have each been given $100 million to...


Sentinel unfair in its criticisms of Trump

Wrangell Sentinel publisher Larry Persily’s reaction to former President Donald Trump’s latest indictment was as predictable as the rain in Wrangell. He always seems to have something negative to say about Trump, but when past accusations proved to...

 By Marc Lutz    News    June 21, 2023

Got goo? Bring it in Thursday for hazardous waste collection

Paint, used cooking oil, pesticides and more can be safely disposed of on Thursday. The borough is sponsoring a household hazardous waste event from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the transfer station on Evergreen Avenue on the north end of the island....

 By James Brooks    News    June 21, 2023

Alaska Native leaders praise court decision in adoptions case

Alaska Native leaders and the state of Alaska have hailed the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act. The ruling preserves a 35-year-old law intended to address the harm caused by the federal... Full story


Where do you want it moved?

Rooney Schafer, 6, sits in a Caterpillar TH83 Telehandler - a forklift with a 41-foot boom in back - at the Touch-a-Truck event last Saturday. Horns blared, sirens wailed, lights flashed and children...

 By Caroleine James    News    June 21, 2023

Historian Rooney to share story of St. Philip's back to 1903

St. Philip’s Episcopal Church may be a small building, but it played a large role in Wrangell’s history. Founded in 1903, the unassuming structure tells the story of the Klondike gold rush and the fight for Alaska Native rights. On June 29, his...

 By Sentinel staff    News    June 21, 2023

Alder Top subdivision groundwork out for bid

After a multiyear effort to develop the site of the former Wrangell Institute for residential lots, work is slated to start later this summer. Bids are due to the borough by June 27 for an estimated $700,000 to $750,000 in groundwork at the future...

 By Sentinel staff    News    June 21, 2023

Volunteers still needed for Fourth of July events

Volunteers are still being sought for Fourth of July events scheduled July 1 to 4. The chamber of commerce needs people to assist in setting up, running and taking down the 17 events that are set to take place over the celebratory weekend....

 By Caroleine James    News    June 21, 2023

Concert pianist to perform at Nolan Center on Sunday

For many, classical music evokes images of evening gowns, baroque concert halls and impassioned, white-gloved conductors. Its mood is reverent, its audiences are serious and ever-so-slightly snobbish. But concert pianist Roman Rudnytsky has set out...

 By Nat Herz    News    June 21, 2023

Governor's adviser called abortion supporters 'seemingly demonically possessed'

Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s office says it didn’t review an incendiary video address prepared by the adviser he had put in charge of the state’s new Office of Family & Life. In the video presented May 11 to the Alaska Family Council, Dunleavy’s then-pr... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    June 21, 2023

Group wants to place campaign limits initiative before voters

The group that brought ranked-choice voting to Alaska elections is now seeking to restrict big campaign donations after a federal appeals court erased the state’s prior limits. Alaskans for Better Elections submitted a proposed ballot measure to t... Full story

 By Riley Rogerson    News    June 21, 2023

U.S. Senate committee advances bill to investigate history of Indian boarding schools

WASHINGTON — The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has advanced a bill to establish a federal “truth and healing” commission to examine Indian boarding school policies. The bill is part of an effort to reckon with the United States’ history of gove...

 By Sean Maguire    News    June 21, 2023

Dunleavy, Sullivan criticize Trump indictment before reading it

Gov. Mike Dunleavy and Sen. Dan Sullivan, both Alaska Republicans, criticized the Biden administration for filing federal charges against former President Donald Trump. Dunleavy’s statement was issued before the indictment was unsealed June 9 by t...

 By James Brooks    News    June 21, 2023

Legislature approved lower than usual number of bills this session

Alaska’s legislative session ended last month, and Gov. Mike Dunleavy has yet to consider most of the 31 bills passed by both House and Senate this spring. The Legislature’s 31 bills are the third fewest of any first-year session since sta... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    June 21, 2023

State school board starts process to ban transgender girls from girls sports

Alaska’s state school board has voted almost unanimously to advance a proposed regulation that would bar transgender girls from playing on girls’ high school sports teams in the state. The vote opens a 30-day public comment period. After that per... Full story


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