Articles from the June 26, 2024 edition

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  • Hospital property developer now wants borough lots for free

    Becca Clark, Wrangell Sentinel|Jun 26, 2024

    The pending sale of the former hospital property to Wayne Johnson, a Georgia-based real estate developer, has been delayed due to further negotiations. Johnson still plans on purchasing the former hospital for $200,000, but now wants the additional six lots behind the building for free in exchange for demolishing the former hospital. The original purchase and sales agreement, which was set to close May 31, stated that Johnson would purchase the hospital property for $200,000 and the six lots for their appraised value of $316,800. The original...

  • Fourth events run Saturday through Thursday

    Larry Persily, Wrangell Sentinel|Jun 26, 2024

    With just days to go before the start of Fourth of July activities, organizers still are looking for more volunteers and sponsors — and, of course, hundreds of people ready to run, paddle, stuff their faces with pies, throw pies at public officials and everything else that goes into the holiday celebration. “You can never have too many volunteers,” said Tommy Wells, executive director of the chamber of commerce, which organizes the events calendar. As of Monday, the chamber still needed volunteers to run the log roll and greased pole event...

  • Mountain lion killed on island; first Southeast sighting since 1998

    Becca Clark, Wrangell Sentinel|Jun 26, 2024

    Mountain lions are not commonly spotted in Southeast Alaska, but earlier this month one was killed on the south end of Wrangell Island. Alaska Wildlife Troopers and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game were notified that a mountain lion had been shot and killed on June 3. They took possession of the carcass and are conducting an investigation. Troopers leading the investigation declined to comment. Riley Woodford, information officer with the Alaska Division of Wildlife Conservation in Juneau, said he knew of three other documented sightings...

  • Parks and Recreation will trim services to match budget reduction

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Jun 26, 2024

    Director Lucy Robinson has announced there will be changes to Parks and Recreation hours and services coming soon, due to a pending cut in borough funding for the department. Recreation Coordinator Devyn Johnson said last week the details were still being worked out. As proposed in the draft budget for the fiscal year starting July 1, the borough contribution to the Parks and Recreation Department would drop from $640,000 last year to $554,000. Borough funds cover more than 70% of the budget for the department’s programs and maintenance, i...

  • Never too young to learn

    Jun 26, 2024

  • The Way We Were

    Amber Armstrong-Hillberry, Wrangell Sentinel|Jun 26, 2024

    June 26, 1924 What enthusiasm and energy can accomplish was fully demonstrated last Thursday night when two bathhouses were built at the Wrangell bathing beach in a remarkably short space of time. The Civic Club’s recreation committee was responsible for this valuable acquisition to the joys of sea bathing. When the men whose services made the buildings possible arrived at the beach armed with tools, lumber and nails, on hand were the ladies of the party who had prepared a substantial supper. After the edible had disappeared, the builders, u...

  • Community Calendar

    Jun 26, 2024

    COMMUNITY POTLUCK 6 p.m. Fridays through August at the sheltered site on Nemo Point Road. All are welcome. ROLL ON THE ROCK roller skating 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturdays at the TouchPoint Ministries rink on Bennett Street. Children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Skaters must complete a registration form. $5 per person. MUSKEG MEADOWS Alaska Airlines Golf Tournament 9-hole best-ball, Saturday and Sunday, June 29-30. Special prizes, win a free airline ticket. Tournament play starts at 10 a.m., register by 9:30 a.m. NOLAN CENTER... Full story

  • Keeping it in the family

    Jun 26, 2024

  • Wrangell teens win first place in Bible Bowl competition

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Jun 26, 2024

    The Wrangell team brought home the national championship trophy from The Salvation Army Bible Bowl competition earlier this month in Pasadena, California — the first time ever for the town. The five Wrangell teens have been on a winning streak the past couple of years. They won the state title this year for the second time in a row and placed third at last year’s nationals in California. The Salvation Army’s website describes the question-and-answer contest as “an academic game where teens match knowledge about a designated portion of scriptu...

  • Historian tells story of controversial businessman

    Becca Clark, Wrangell Sentinel|Jun 26, 2024

    In his most recent work, historian Ronan Rooney published a blog post about Walter C. Waters, a man he calls the Walt Disney of Wrangell. Waters was a businessman brought to Wrangell during the gold rush, who opened a curio store in 1922 called the Bear Totem Store which sold Native artifacts and attracted tourists from far and wide. Rooney said this has been his most popular blog post yet, adding, “controversy is always popular.” Waters, Rooney explained, is a controversial figure. He was a successful businessman who did some great things for...

  • Hospital property developer wins Republican primary for U.S. Congress in Georgia

    Becca Clark, Wrangell Sentinel|Jun 26, 2024

    Wayne Johnson, the real estate developer planning to purchase the former Wrangell Medical Center property, won the GOP nomination for U.S. Congress in Georgia’s 2nd District on June 18. Johnson said in an interview on June 20 that his election campaign won’t affect his plans for building a condo development on the former hospital property. He is still committed to Wrangell, he said, adding that he hopes people will like the idea of having someone in Congress with a special interest in the community. With the campaign slogan “Stop the stupi...

  • Political cheats should pay the fine

    Wrangell Sentinel|Jun 26, 2024

    A state Superior Court judge last week upheld fines of more than $90,000 against a group that opposes ranked-choice voting in Alaska. The group wasn’t fined by the Alaska Public Offices Commission for its views on the new voting system, but for cheating and lying in its ongoing effort to overturn the voting system, which was approved by voters in 2020. Back in December 2022, the director of the anti-ranked-choice voting group Alaskans for Honest Elections and others established a tax-exempt church in Washington state “to promote Christian doc...

  • Crime pays a lot better than newspapers

    Larry Persily Publisher|Jun 26, 2024

    Most everything pays better than newspapers. A lemonade stand in the winter, a barber shop at a convention of bald men, dry cleaning services for Carhartts — even canned farmed pink salmon at an Alaska street fair — all could be more profitable than running a newspaper. I used to think that publishing a quality paper, full of accurate, informative and entertaining news, always taking care to spell everyone’s name correctly, would produce enough revenue to pay the bills. But after reading more about political campaign donations, I reali...

  • No change in fall and winter ferry schedule for Wrangell

    Sentinel staff|Jun 26, 2024

    The Alaska Marine Highway System allowed only one week for public comment on its proposed ferry schedule for the upcoming fall and winter, but the draft is pretty much a non-issue for Wrangell: The level of service would be the same as it’s been the past couple of years. The schedule for October through April shows one ferry a week northbound and one a week southbound, the same as this summer, last winter and the summer before that. The stops would be southbound on Mondays and northbound on Fridays. The state released the draft schedule on J...

  • Annual quilt display opens this week through July 10

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Jun 26, 2024

    The quilting guild Stikine Stitchers is putting on its annual Fourth of July Quilt Show. For two weeks, members will display their work at various businesses around town. Setup is Wednesday, June 26, and the show will come down July 10. About 12 to 15 residents will participate in the show, said organizer Joan Benjamin, displaying their quilts at Midnight Oil, Angerman's, Stikine Drug, Ottesen's Ace Hardware and more. "This is our 18th time putting on the show," she said. "It would've been 19...

  • Salmon derby catches come in strong; contest closes Sunday

    Sentinel staff|Jun 26, 2024

    With less than a week left until the 69th Wrangell king salmon derby closes on Sunday, June 30, more than 135 people had bought entry tickets and 18 kings had been weighed in as of Monday. The leader as of Monday was Charlie Webb. The Anchorage resident caught his 43.5-pound king near Point Warde while fishing with Alan Cummings of All In Charters on June 15, the first day of the derby. Webb’s king is the largest caught in the derby since Gary Smart, of Seqium, Washington, won the contest in 2017 with a 64.1 pounder. Smart’s fish was the lar...

  • Grant will help Southeast communities look for cheaper waste disposal options

    Becca Clark, Wrangell Sentinel|Jun 26, 2024

    The Southeast Alaska Solid Waste Authority, or SEASWA, an organization trying to reduce the cost of trash disposal in the region, has received a $500,000 grant from the federally funded Denali Commission to study more economical and efficient options for getting rid of waste. Waste disposal costs in the region have increased dramatically over the past few years, Wrangell Public Works Director Tom Wetor said. Increases could be due to a number of reasons like inflation, COVID disruptions or fuel and other costs charged by barge companies that...

  • New hobby business provides patrons with worlds of imagination

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Jun 26, 2024

    Nestled among the trees and neighboring houses, a two-story residence at 212 Second Ave. serves not just as the home of a growing family but also a growing business in fantasy games and collectibles. An outer staircase leads to the house's upper level, where Wesley Seward lives with his wife, state wildlife trooper Alisha Seward, and their sons Kaden and Ryder, ages 3 and 2, respectively. On the lower level, Wesley Seward has built a world of trading cards, role-playing games and figurines. A we...

  • Looking good for the Fourth

    Jun 26, 2024

  • Police report

    Jun 26, 2024

    Monday, June 17 Summons service. Agency assist: Hoonah Police Department. Agency assist: Transportation Security Administration. Tuesday, June 18 Domestic dispute. Citizen assist. Courtesy transport. Wednesday, June 19 Agency assist: Hoonah Police Department. Domestic disturbance. Thursday, June 20 Agency assist: Wrangell Medical Center. Traffic stop: Citation issued for expired registration and driving while license suspended. Found property. Parking complaint. Traffic stop: Verbal warning for driving habits. Friday, June 21 Agency assist: Amb...

  • Classified ads

    Jun 26, 2024

    HELP WANTED Wrangell Cooperative Association Transportation (WCAT) is seeking two road/trail maintenance laborers. Complete job descriptions and applications are available outside the Wrangell Cooperative Association office at 1002 Zimovia Highway. Positions are open until filled. Contact Lizzy Romane at 907-874-3077 with any questions. HELP WANTED Johnson’s Building Supply is accepting applications for the following position: Customer Service: Duties include counter sales, freight handling, customer deliveries, stocking and inventory. F... Full story

  • New training could help with violence and abuse care

    Becca Clark, Wrangell Sentinel|Jun 26, 2024

    The state of Alaska experiences some of the highest rates of domestic violence and sexual assault and abuse in the nation, yet most health care personnel are not trained to document and collect medical evidence crucial for aiding victims of assault and abuse. Creators of the Alaska Comprehensive Forensic Training Academy, who visited Wrangell last week, are trying to bridge the gap in training. ACFTA provides free training to nurses and health care providers that “teaches medical providers the correct way to collect forensic evidence from t...