Articles from the June 28, 2023 edition

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 By Nathaniel Herz    News    June 28, 2023

In 'major victory' for Southeast trollers, federal appeals panel reverses closure

A federal appeals panel issued a last-second ruling June 21 that will allow this summer’s Southeast Alaska troll chinook salmon fishery to open as scheduled Saturday — reversing a lower court ruling that would have kept the $85 million industry off... Full story

 By Caroleine James    News    June 28, 2023

Repaired and refilled pool to open by mid-July

Snap on your goggles and squirm into your spandex because the community pool is preparing to reopen after its seven-month closure. The exact opening date is still to be determined, but Parks and...

 By Marc Lutz    News    June 28, 2023

Governor's veto plus a deficit keep school district struggling to meet basic needs

Though the governor vetoed half of the legislatively approved increase in state funding for public schools, it will still be enough to erase the deficit in the budget adopted by the Wrangell school board last week. The budget for the 2023-2024...

 By Marc Lutz    News    June 28, 2023

Pizza place offers up a different kind of delivery

Commercial fishermen were a little surprised on Father's Day, June 18, when the Tongass eased alongside them, offering pizzas for sale. Nic Martin, owner of Nic's Pizza, and Brian Schwartz, pilot of...


The Way We Were

June 28, 1923 Wrangell now has an express office, having been duly established here this week with the mercantile firm of Walker & Russell as agents. For some time there has been an urgent need for an express office to take care of the town’s g...

 By Caroleine James    News    June 28, 2023

Fourth schedule packed with festivities, food and fun

From towering Christmas trees to black light Halloween parties, Wrangell goes hard for the holidays. With the community's most spectacular celebration - the Fourth of July - just around the corner,...

 By Caroleine James    News    June 28, 2023

Kem Haggard named Fourth parade grand marshal

Kem Haggard, pastor at Harbor Light Church, will lead the parade as grand marshal at this year's Fourth of July celebration. He received this honor for his extensive volunteer and fundraising work,...


The governor talks fiscal plan but has not followed through

More than two months ago, Gov. Mike Dunleavy told legislators he would introduce a state sales tax as part of a long-term, budget-balancing fiscal plan. Something is needed to end the annual budget battles that have dominated Alaska politics for the...


The Sentinel will pay you to know the news

Actually, more than just knowing the news, you need to know more of the news than your neighbors. And if you do, you can win. But this isn’t about gossip. It’s about the news that affects your community, news that tells you what your elected off...

 By Caroleine James    News    June 28, 2023

Chamber decides to stick with cash prizes for Fourth events

In past years, organizers of Fourth of July street games and other competitions handed out cash prizes to winners. After some temporary confusion about whether such prizes would be allowed this year or replaced with ribbons, trophies or other...

 By Larry Persily    News    June 28, 2023

State ferry system says it is unable to provide hiring numbers

The Alaska Marine Highway System, which five months ago embarked on improving its hiring process to address chronic crew shortages, is unable to say how many new employees it has hired since then. The push started after a consultant’s report in J...

 By Marc Lutz    News    June 28, 2023

Families come out for fishing fun on Pats Lake

The road along Pats Lake was lined with parked vehicles on Saturday, June 24, as parents, grandparents and kids of various ages turned out for Family Fishing Day. Staff from the U.S. Forest Service,...

 By Caroleine James    News    June 28, 2023

Papa's Cabins and Gifts carved out of love for woodworking

Each of local artist Scott Glaze's wooden creations - geometric cutting boards, engraved wall hangings, children's toys, holiday décor - is a labor of love. The owner of Papa's Cabins and Gifts...

 By Sentinel staff    News    June 28, 2023

John Fernen wins king salmon derby at 42.5 pounds

A total of just 15 salmon were caught and entered the past two weekends for Wrangell’s 68th King Salmon Derby. The top three adult entries won cash prizes, as did the top three kids ages 12 and under. In the adult category, John Fernen caught the b...

 By Sentinel staff    News    June 28, 2023

Community ready for Hōkūle'a visit after one-day delay

Delayed a day last week for COVID testing after leaving Juneau, the Polynesian Voyaging Society vessel Hōkūle’a was scheduled to arrive in Wrangell for a traditional Tlingit welcome and community reception on Tuesday, June 27. Wrangell Coo...

 By Larry Persily    News    June 28, 2023

Legislators disappointed but not surprised at governor's education funding veto

Southeast legislators said they were disappointed that Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoed half of the one-time increase in state money for K-12 public schools, but will try again next year to address education funding needs. “We heard from school districts a...

 By Clarise Larson    News    June 28, 2023

Tlingit and Haida Central Council buys Juneau seafood processor

The Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska is set to become the new owner of Juneau-based Alaska Seafood Co., the tribe’s president said. “We’re finalizing the deal right now and we will probably take ownership by the first...

 By Mark Thiessen    News    June 28, 2023

First U.S. deep-water Arctic port will cost $600 million in Nome

The cruise ship with about 1,000 passengers anchored off Nome, too big to squeeze into the city’s tiny port. Its well-heeled tourists had to shimmy into small boats for another ride to shore. It was 2016, and at the time, the cruise ship Serenity w...


Former long-time resident James Rinehart dies at 64

James Randolph Rinehart, 64, passed away April 23 after a prolonged illness in Yakima, Washington. James' remains will be returned to his immediate family in Alaska and a memorial is planned for a... Full story


Long-time resident Yvonne Matney-Case dies at 92

Yvonne Matney-Case passed away on June 3, 2023, in Wrangell. There will be a small service at a later date. Yvonne was born in Sacramento, California, on April 10, 1931, to Mary and Curt Curtis. She... Full story


Daisy Mae Lewis Callbreath dies at 89

Daisy Mae Lewis Callbreath passed away in Wrangell on May 29, 2023. No service is planned. The family will honor her passing privately. "Daisy spent her final days surrounded by family ones and... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    June 28, 2023

State and federal offices go after fake Native artwork and souvenirs

A Ketchikan man agreed to plead guilty earlier this month to federal charges in conjunction with a long-running scheme to sell fake Alaska Native souvenirs manufactured in the Philippines. Travis Lee... Full story

 By Sentinel staff    News    June 28, 2023

State ferry Columbia expected back at sea this week

The state ferry Columbia, after a week in the shop to repair leaky pipes and its bow thrusters, was expected back at work starting Wednesday, June 28, with its regularly scheduled run from Ketchikan to Bellingham, Washington. The vessel was pulled...

 By Yereth Rosen    News    June 28, 2023

Federal grant will pay for Alaska nurses training program

A federal grant of nearly $3 million over five years will enable Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage to vastly expand its nursing-education programs, the university announced. The grant, from the U.S. Department of Labor, was one of 25 given to... Full story

 By Claire Stremple    News    June 28, 2023

Angoon students launch first canoe in 140 years; named 'Unity'

Angoon students led a procession of regalia-clad residents down the village's Front Street on June 19. Elders and family members looked on as they sang and drummed Tlingit songs in the afternoon sun,... Full story


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