Articles from the June 22, 2022 edition

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 By Larry Persily    News    June 22, 2022

Borough takes ownership of 6 Mile mill property

After finding a solution to a contractor lien against the property owner, the borough this week completed the purchase to take over ownership of the former sawmill property at 6 Mile. “The intent is not to hold on to the property,” Mayor Steve...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    June 22, 2022

SEARHC could receive vaccines for children this week

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium has placed its order with the state for COVID-19 vaccination doses for children as young as 6 months old, and could start distributing them to its facilities across the region this week. The U.S....

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    June 22, 2022

J&W's owners add innkeepers to job title in taking over lodge

Most will recognize Joshua and Clarissa Young as the owners and operators of the popular lunchtime spot J&W's Fast Food. Now the couple are tackling another business: Innkeepers. Most will recognize...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    June 22, 2022

Family band delivers Powers-full performance at first Music in the Parks concert

A babbling creek and screeching eagles weren't the only music that could be heard among the swaying trees at Shoemaker Bay. The first Music in the Parks concert was held at Shoemaker Park last...

 

The Way We Were

June 22, 1922 Wrangell now has an exclusive permit for water power development on Mill Creek, at Virginia Lake on the mainland across from Wrangell Island. The application made by the town was in conflict with an application made by J. G. Galvin....

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    June 22, 2022

Chugach Ranger will be unwrapped for viewing over the Fourth

Plans to make the almost-century-old U.S. Forest Service Chugach Ranger workboat a permanent display at the Nolan Center are slowly moving forward, but until then the 62-foot wooden vessel will be tem...

 

Alaska ferry service returns to Prince Rupert this week

Alaska state ferry service between Ketchikan and Prince Rupert, British Columbia, resumed on Monday afternoon. The last state ferry voyage to the Canadian port city was in late fall 2019. The Matanuska made a quick round trip Monday and is scheduled...

 

Losing money is a lesson worth remembering

Legislators, the governor, members of the public — and most certainly candidates in this year’s state elections — should be paying attention to stocks, bonds, real estate and other investments. Energy prices are fueling high inflation; stock ma...

 

Borough is checking off long-standing to-do list

The borough is making progress on its long and expensive to-do list. The decisions are not easy and several are costly. Many have been around a long time. That’s not because anyone did anything wrong. Rather, it takes time to confront hard decision...

 

Pies needed for annual teddy bear fundraiser

Did you know that when a child goes to the emergency room at our hospital or their family suffers a house fire or a boating accident, that they can be given a beautiful, comforting teddy bear to snuggle with? These bears are provided by the Beta...

 

Friends of the Library seeking help to continue history project

The Friends of the Library recently received a $950 donation from the Juneau Community Foundation toward our ongoing effort to digitize every page of the Wrangell Sentinel, 1902 to present. The plan is to put the easily viewed images online for...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    June 22, 2022

Lifelong resident finds healing through Facebook history page

August Schultz Jr. was born June 23, 1960, in a hospital that's now an apartment building in Wrangell. He grew up in a house up behind that hospital, surrounded by family. Schultz, known to friends...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    June 22, 2022

Borough buys new garbage truck; delivery could take a year

Garbage trucks are no different than all the other things consumers order but have to wait an extra-long time to arrive. The borough is spending almost $300,000 on a new garbage can and dumpster picker-upper and trash-hauling truck. The company told...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    June 22, 2022

Eric Halstead leads salmon derby at 43.4 pounds

Eric Halstead was at the top of the Wrangell King Salmon Derby scoreboard with a 43.4-pound catch as of Sunday evening, five days into the competition. The derby runs through July 3, with $7,900 in cash prizes. As of Sunday evening, 27 salmon had...

 

Volunteer fireman Robert Wickman dies at 76

Robert "Bob" Wickman, 76, of Wrangell, passed away on Jan. 13. A celebration of life and potluck picnic will be held at 11 a.m. July 6 at Shoemaker Park. Bob was born in Ketchikan to Robert Wickman... Full story

 

Former Wrangell minister Terry Whittlesey dies at 81

Terry Whittlesey, 81, "a man of great faith, was called home to be with his Lord and Savior" on June 6 in Spanaway, Washington. He had served as pastor at Harbor Light Church in Wrangell from 1979 to... Full story

 

Services July 6 for Rosemary Pagano (Kalkins)

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. July 6 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church for Rosemary Pagano (Kalkins), who passed away at the age of 87 on Nov. 7, 2021, in Anchorage, leaving behind two... Full story

 
 By Alaska Beacon    News    June 22, 2022

Former Anchorage legislator will stand trial for voter misconduct

A state Superior Court judge signed a scheduling order on June 7 that will put former Anchorage Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux on trial later this summer for voter misconduct. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 12. The trial is expected to last 10 da...

 

Casting about for family fun

Gavia Delabrue, and her mom, Corree Delabrue, fish at Pats Lake during Family Fishing Day last Saturday. The day started in 2010 as part of a Boy Scouts event. This year's fishing landed about 16...

 

Juneau summer program serves floor sealant to kids by mistake

A dozen children and two adults were served floor sealant instead of milk at a day care summer program at a Juneau elementary school last week after workers poured from the wrong container. Several students complained of burning sensations in their...

 
 By Garland Kennedy    News    June 22, 2022

Sitka direct-to-consumer seafood seller closes processing plant

Though sales boomed for Sitka Salmon Shares during the pandemic, the direct-to-consumer fish seller and processor has been unable to continue that success into 2022 and shut down its Sitka processing plant on June 6, laying off 40 workers. Company...

 

COVID testing company will shut down its last sites in Alaska

One of Alaska’s largest private COVID-19 testing providers plans to close its public testing sites in the state by the end of June. The decision by the private company will not affect SEARHC’s continuation of testing services in Wrangell. The dec...

 

Advocates question high ballot rejection rate among Native voters

As election officials count votes in Alaska’s first-ever statewide election by mail, they have rejected thousands of submitted ballots, including one in six from a Western Alaska state House district, causing concern from observers who say the...

 
 By Nathaniel Herz    News    June 22, 2022

Governor names new Permanent Fund trustee to replace Ketchikan banker

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has appointed a philanthropist-businesswoman to the six-member board of trustees of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp., which manages the $79 billion investment account that pays for a huge share of public services and the annual...

 

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