Articles from the July 5, 2023 edition

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 By Larry Persily    News    July 5, 2023

Limited southbound service to Wrangell for 6 weeks in draft winter ferry schedule

Wrangell will go without any southbound ferry service in alternating weeks from Oct. 1 to mid-November under the Alaska Marine Highway System’s draft fall/winter schedule. The town is on the schedule for its usual weekly northbound stop during t...

 
 By Caroleine James    News    July 5, 2023

Assembly to decide whether to fund OCS caseworker at lower cost

At its upcoming July 25 meeting, the borough assembly will decide whether to spend $25,000 per year to help keep a state Office of Children’s Services (OCS) caseworker in town or cut funding for the position. About a year ago, the borough e...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    July 5, 2023

Hōkūleʻa visit emphasizes culture and environmental stewardship

As tribal members lined the shore on the backside of Shakes Island, dressed in regalia from their respective clans, one of their voices rang out. "Where do these boats come from?" "We are the...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    July 5, 2023

Life in Wrangell captured in 139-year-old watercolor painting

As three days of cultural exchanges wrapped up in Wrangell with the departure of the visiting crew from the Polynesian Voyaging Society, another piece of Wrangell history came to light depicting...

 

The Way We Were

July 5, 1923 The boxing contest between Ralph Prescott and Kid Stokes at the rink on July 4 was the biggest sports attraction of the day. Six rounds were fought and the fight resulted in a draw. Stokes is a Juneau man. Prescott is a home boy. Stokes...

 
 By Caroleine James    News    July 5, 2023

Scambler enters next chapter of library career as new director

The Irene Ingle Public Library has been guided by a distinguished line of library directors, from Helen Hofstad, who ran the library when it opened in 1921, to Irene Ingle, Kay Jabusch and Margaret...

 
 By Caroleine James    News    July 5, 2023

Rooney's Wrangell history podcast receives national award

Every local knows that Wrangell has a fascinating, complex history, but people outside the island may not be aware of the community's many stories. Now that a Wrangell history podcast has received...

 

Independence Day a good time to think about taxes in Alaska

As Americans celebrate the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence this week, it’s good to remember that taxes helped drive the push to break away from the king’s control and the laws of Parliament. However, it wasn’t so much taxes themselves...

 

Getting old would be easier, if I could sleep

There are many joys of aging, such as discounts at stores and services, using it as a convenient excuse for being forgetful, and smiling that few thieves would know how to drive my stick shift VW Beetle. I can also stop obsessing about everything I...

 

Rep. Ortiz wants to hear public's opinions on vetoes

Gov. Mike Dunleavy last month announced his vetoes for the budget passed by the Legislature. After lawmakers had reached a bipartisan compromise, I was ultimately pleased with the final budget numbers that we passed. Therefore, I and a significant...

 
 By Caroleine James    News    July 5, 2023

Assembly adopts budget with minimal changes

The borough’s general fund operating budget for the fiscal year that started July 1 totals about $7.25 million, with the biggest pieces going to police services, the Public Works Department, and to pay expenses at the Nolan Center and Parks and R...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 5, 2023

Economic Development Board looks to fill empty seat

The borough’s Economic Development Board needs a new member to fill an open seat, and Kate Thomas, economic development director, hopes for “a creative, innovative type.” The board’s job is to come up with and review ideas to improve the town’s econo...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    July 5, 2023

School buildings undergoing fire alarm system upgrades

Wrangell High School and Stikine Middle School are going through an alarming upgrade, quite literally. Both buildings, including the high school gym and the Parks and Recreation's pool facility, are g...

 
 By Mark Sabbatini    News    July 5, 2023

Belated christening for state ferry Hubbard, five years after launch

Nearly a decade after construction started and a month after it was put into service, the 280-foot-long Hubbard was officially christened as the newest ferry in the Alaska Marine Highway System’s fleet on June 26 in Juneau. The Hubbard — first env...

 
 By Garland Kennedy    News    July 5, 2023

State sets commercial troll harvest limit at 74,800 kings

The Department of Fish and Game has announced that 74,800 “treaty” king salmon (non-hatchery fish) will be available for taking in the summer commercial troll season’s first opening, which started Saturday. The department released summer king salmo...

 

Justice Department steps up investigation of missing Native Americans

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The U.S. Department of Justice on June 28 announced it will be funneling more resources toward addressing the alarming rate of disappearances and killings among Native Americans. As part of a new outreach program, the agency w...

 
 By Sean Maguire    News    July 5, 2023

Legislative term-limit supporters try to get initiative on the Alaska ballot

A newly filed ballot measure would set term limits for lawmakers serving in the Alaska Legislature. State legislators would be restricted to serving a maximum of 12 years consecutively in the state House or Senate, and they then would be required to...

 
 By Alex DeMarban    News    July 5, 2023

U.S. surgeon general hears about shortage of youth mental health services in Alaska

The nation’s surgeon general heard from Alaska mental health care advocates on June 26 about the need for more resources to address what they say is a crisis that is leading to more suicides, eating disorders and depression among young Alaskans. D...

 
 By Sophia Carlisle    News    July 5, 2023

Unmanned vessels extend reach for undersea mapping efforts

Recent efforts are pushing the boundaries of ocean mapping in Alaska’s waters with the help of automated vessels and collaborative mapping efforts. Experts say these unmanned vessels and ambitious mapping missions can help create safer and more e... Full story

 
 By Claire Stremple    News    July 5, 2023

State's new task force hears child care shortage is getting worse

Alaskans are having a harder time accessing child care now than they were five years ago, an expert told a new task force charged by Gov. Mike Dunleavy with developing a plan to make child care in the state more available and affordable. The task for... Full story

 

Police report

Monday, June 26 Parking complaint. Lost property. Fraud. Parking complaint: Boat trailer. Agency assist: Hospital. Disturbance. Found bike. Noise complaint. Tuesday, June 27 Dog at large. Agency assist: Fire Department. Traffic stop: Citation issued...

 
 By Anna Laffrey    News    July 5, 2023

Tlingit food culture video series wins national awards

In the new online video series "Harvest" that recently won national television awards, residents of Prince of Wales Island show the entire process for harvesting and preparing beach greens, gumboots,...

 

Classified ads

HELP WANTED Johnson’s Building Supply is hiring for a yardman/customer service position. Responsibilities include retail sales, computer knowledge, receiving freight, stocking inventory, truck loading/unloading, deliveries and friendly customer s... Full story

 
 By Yereth Rosen    News    July 5, 2023

State surveillance finds new tick species moving into Alaska

More than 2,000 ticks collected over a decade in Alaska revealed a pattern: New tick species are being introduced to the state, often through dogs traveling from the south. They're joining the... Full story

 

Fourth of July photos

Jonah Hurst rejoices after defeating six competitors in the youth division of the pie eating contest on Saturday, July 1. The "pies" were composed of whipped cream and pudding, donated by City Market... Full story

 

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