Articles from the July 19, 2023 edition

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 By Caroleine James    News    July 19, 2023

Chamber finances much improved after Fourth of July

After cutting costs and taking on event sponsors, the chamber of commerce’s financial struggles have substantially decreased after putting on the Fourth of July celebration. The chamber had requested an additional $25,000 from the borough in May...

 By Larry Persily    News    July 19, 2023

'Scary at first,' but boating accident ends with only bent prop

"It could have been a whole lot worse," Scott Brown said of running his 27-foot Tollycraft on to a rock in Circle Bay on the south side of Woronkofski Island last week. No one was hurt, the boat didn'...

 By Larry Persily    News    July 19, 2023

Ferry system breaks even on hiring first six months of year

After the past few years when resignations and retirements far outpaced new hires, the Alaska Marine Highway System was able to hire as many new onboard crew as it lost in the first six months of this year. It showed a net gain of two workers,...

 By Sean Maguire    News    July 19, 2023

Smaller school districts bemoan lack of funding for new reading requirements

Alaska’s smaller school districts, including Wrangell, are concerned about how they can implement a major state education overhaul with limited resources. The Legislature passed the Alaska Reads Act last year, intended to improve student literacy....


Wrestling Camp

Visiting coach Mike Bundy demonstrates a move on incoming freshman Jackson Carney at Wrangell Wrestling Camp on July 13. The camp was sponsored by Parks and Recreation and backed by grant funding....


The Way Were Were

July 19, 1923 Ray Ready, a former Wrangell boy, who was connected with the Sentinel in 1917, is now operating a Linotype machine in the composing room of the Derrick Publishing Co. at Oil City, Pennsylvania. He says that a news dispatch from...

 By Caroleine James    News    July 19, 2023

Driving without insurance 'a big deal,' and can be costly

Wrangell experienced an uptick in the number of people cited for driving without insurance in late June and early July. Though the bump in citations may or may not indicate a trend, driving without insurance is “a big deal,” said Police Chief...

 By Claire Stremple    News    July 19, 2023

Governor's budget veto hits Head Start programs statewide, including Wrangell

Only a third of Alaska children meet the state’s goals to be ready for kindergarten. But the state’s share of funding for Head Start, a mostly federally funded child care and health program that promotes school readiness specifically for... Full story


Giving away hospital property may be best for the borough

The borough assembly is making another attempt at selling the former hospital property. It contracted last month with a real estate agent who will search near, far and wide for a buyer willing to pay the asking price of $470,000 — or anything...


Change could make it more permanent

The Alaska Permanent Fund has prospered for almost half a century, growing ever more important for the state’s future. What started as a source of pride and prudence — showing the naysayers going back to statehood that Alaska can manage its...


Canceled ferry sailing costs tourist $1,000, says governor should support a new ship

Last year, I wanted to visit a few small towns in Alaska, traveling aboard the state ferries. I liked it very much and even though catching a ferry at 4 a.m. was inconvenient, I loved traveling with the locals. I met so many wonderful people,...

 By Caroleine James    News    July 19, 2023

Pool reopening postponed pending improvements

For the first time since its November 2022 closure, the pool is full of water again and lifeguards are being trained to protect swimmers. However, though the facility is showing signs of life, don’t grab your floaties and strap on your goggles...

 By Caroleine James    News    July 19, 2023

Borough to consider enforcement options for derelict vehicles

In recent months, the borough has been getting a higher number of complaints about derelict vehicles sitting idle in the community's yards. The outcry has motivated officials to take a look at their...

 By James Brooks    News    July 19, 2023

Crew shortage could shut down Hubbard for a week

The Alaska Marine Highway System may have to cancel some Lynn Canal sailings this week as the state ferry system’s hiring woes continue through the peak summer travel season, its top official said Friday, July 14. “We’re at risk of shutting... Full story

 By Caroleine James    News    July 19, 2023

Quilt show bears witness to Wrangell's artistic talent

From formidable black bears to cuddly teddy bears, from luxurious queen-sized bedspreads to tiny, hand-pieced landscapes, the Stikine Stitchers' BearFest quilt show - "Bears in July" - displays the...

 By Sitka Sentinel    News    July 19, 2023

Southeast commercial king salmon harvest closed July 12

The Southeast Alaska commercial troll fishery closed to the retention of chinook salmon at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, July 12. That’s when the Alaska Department of Fish and Game expected that the target of 77,100 chinook for the summer’s first...


Fourth of July boat race winners announced

This was the sixth year for the Fourth of July boat races since the competition restarted in 2017 (minus one year for the pandemic cancellation). The event is sponsored by the Stikine River Rats Racing Club. Limited, 115-hp and under, on a circular...

 By Petersburg Pilot    News    July 19, 2023

Exterior maintenance work started Petersburg church fire

An investigation into the July 6 fire that destroyed most of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Petersburg determined that the blaze started with maintenance work outside the building. Petersburg Fire Marshal Ryan Welde said in a statement...

 By Claire Stremple    News    July 19, 2023

New program will train volunteers to provide free legal aid services

Alaska’s Supreme Court, with support from the state bar association, approved a waiver at the end of last year that will allow specially trained nonlawyers to represent Alaskans in court on some issues. Nikole Nelson, Alaska Legal Services... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    July 19, 2023

Nick Begich announces 2024 run against Peltola for U.S. Congress

Nick Begich III, a Republican candidate who lost to Democratic Rep. Mary Peltola in last year’s races for Alaska’s lone U.S. House seat, said Thursday, July 13, that he will run against Peltola again in 2024. Peltola hasn’t announced a... Full story

 By Annie Berman    News    July 19, 2023

Alaska's food stamp backlog cut tens of thousands out of program last year

Alaska saw a drop in the number of food stamp recipients over the past year far larger than any other state as processing delays caused low-income households to miss out on their benefits. While more than half of states actually had an increase in...

 By Yereth Rosen    News    July 19, 2023

State proposes repeal of unused regulations for aboveground fuel tanks

Thousands of aboveground tanks that store diesel fuel and other petroleum products would no longer be regulated by the state, under a proposal from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. The proposal is to repeal regulation of what are... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    July 19, 2023

Permanent Fund could run out of spendable money in three years

The spendable portion of the Alaska Permanent Fund is dwindling and could be exhausted entirely within three years, fund leaders were told during a regular quarterly meeting on Wednesday, July 12, in Anchorage. Deven Mitchell, CEO of the Alaska... Full story


Police report

Monday, July 10 Criminal mischief. Citizen assist. Tuesday, July 11 Agency assist: Hoonah Police Department. Violation of condition of release. Wednesday, July 12 Violation of condition of release: Arrested. Traffic stop: Citation issued for...


Classified ads

HELP WANTED Wrangell Public Schools is accepting applications for the following positions: - Secondary School Secretary: This is a full-time, 10-month position with benefits working in the middle and high school. Salary placement is Column D on the... Full story


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