Articles from the July 26, 2023 edition

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 By Larry Persily    News    July 26, 2023

Washington State Ferries system suffers same problems as Alaska

The Washington State Ferries system still has not returned to its full pre-pandemic schedule, coming up short due to fewer riders, an inability to recruit, hire and train onboard crew, high rates of retirements and resignations, and a “lack of vessel...

 By Marc Lutz    News    July 26, 2023

Budworm outbreak shows signs of ebbing throughout Tongass

Scientists and staff with the U.S. Forest Service are hopeful that the blackheaded budworm outbreak that began three years ago throughout the Tongass National Forest is beginning to decline. Data coll...

 By Caroleine James    News    July 26, 2023

The fun has BEARly begun - BearFest kicks off this week

From mouthwatering berry pies and plant-based ice creams to Appalachian bluegrass songs and visual arts workshops, Wrangell’s BearFest will be a feast for all the senses. This annual celebration of one of Alaska’s most beloved mammals will offer a m...

 By Caroleine James    News    July 26, 2023

WCA Earth Branch seeks volunteers for first fix-it clinic

When a beloved pair of jeans rips or a wooden chair gets wobbly, it’s tempting to go shopping or log on to Amazon and order a replacement. However, mending and repairing old items is a cheaper and more sustainable alternative to buying them new. T...


The Way We Were

July 26, 1923 The water has been so low in the city reservoir the past week as to be a serious matter. On this account, the linotype machine and printing presses in the Sentinel office, which are run by water power, have been shut down the entire...

 By Marc Lutz    News    July 26, 2023

Downtown beautification project seeks volunteers to adopt garden beds

Whether you have a green thumb or are all thumbs around greenery doesn't matter. If you want to help beautify downtown, the Parks and Recreation Department is looking for you. And your thumbs. Six...

 By Caroleine James    News    July 26, 2023

Women's 'fun and frolic' golf to raise money for Cancer Care

Want to golf for a good cause? The WMC Foundation and SEARHC are offering the women of the community an opportunity to do just that at the Rally for Cancer Care fundraiser at Muskeg Meadows on Aug. 5. The event will feature a luncheon, beverages,...


If it's broken, someone will know how to fix it

If there ever was a town well suited to a fix-it clinic, it’s Wrangell. The community’s residents pride themselves on adapting, making do with what is available, repairing and reusing and repurposing most anything and everything that can find a secon...


Time to stop being afraid for no good reason

Like many kids, I grew up afraid of lots of things. Maybe I had a longer list than many, but I’m sure they all made sense at the time: Dentists, needles, bees, snakes, putting my head underwater, roller coasters, heights, fastballs thrown anywhere n...

 By Marc Lutz    News    July 26, 2023

Pizza run brings slice of reality to residents of Port Protection

When people choose to live in a remote area, they give up certain things like grocery stores, movie theaters and, probably most importantly, pizza deliveries. That's why residents of Port Protection...

 By Marc Lutz    Sports    July 26, 2023

Cross country team prepares to run down goals

This year’s Wrangell High School cross country team has some big running shoes to fill. Last year, the boys team placed first at regionals and first at state, which was a first-ever accomplishment for the team. Some of those runners are returning a...

 By Chris Bieri    News    July 26, 2023

Whale Pass 10-year-old wins medals at national taekwondo tournament

Whale Pass youngster Jesse Dempsey started practicing taekwondo as a kindergartner with a very simple goal: to help control his temper. In the past five years, Jesse has made strides toward that...

 By Becky Bohrer    News    July 26, 2023

Helmet camera films Juneau man's drowning in Mendenhall Lake

A Juneau man inadvertently filmed his own drowning on Mendenhall Lake with a GoPro camera mounted on his helmet, but authorities who recovered the camera have not yet found his body, officials said July 18. Alaska State Troopers said teams would...

 By Caroleine James    News    July 26, 2023

Assembly, school board, port commission candidacy filing to open

At the upcoming municipal election on Oct. 3, the community will head to the polls to share its vision for Wrangell’s future. But before that can happen, engaged community members need to declare their intention to run for elected office. Starting o...

 By Alaska Beacon    News    July 26, 2023

State loses lawsuit over contaminated lands given to Native corporations

A federal judge on July 18 dismissed a year-old lawsuit by the state against the federal government over liability for contaminated land given to Alaska Native corporations under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971. No Alaska Native corpo... Full story

 By Lex Treinen    News    July 26, 2023

Canadian wildlife smoke makes brief appearance over Southeast

Canada`s worst-ever wildfire season has choked much of North America with dangerous smoke for months, coupling with deadly heat around the globe in a summer that`s focusing the world`s attention on the perils of climate change. By last week, some...


Former resident Clint Miller was on 1952 state championship team

Former Wrangell resident Clint Owen Miller, 87, died April 27 in Sitka. He was born on Nov. 16, 1935, in Hutton Valley, Missouri, to Stanton Miller and Eva (Williams) Miller. His family lived in... Full story

 By Annie Berman    News    July 26, 2023

Alaska leads nation in error rate for determining food stamp benefits

Recently published federal data shows that Alaska’s payment error rate for administering food stamp benefits was the highest of any state during the past fiscal year. Between October 2021 and September 2022, the Alaska Division of Public A...

 By Heidi Ekstrand    News    July 26, 2023

Pair of former Ketchikan legislators complete 925-mile row from Seattle

Working together in long, tandem strokes, Terry Gardiner and John Sund rowed beneath looming cruise ships along Ketchikan's waterfront on July 10, then turned into Bar Harbor to meet a couple dozen...

 By James Brooks    News    July 26, 2023

Alaska signs Republican letter opposing federal rule to protect medical records

Alaska Attorney General Treg Taylor joined 18 other Republican attorneys general last month in a letter calling on the federal government to preserve state governments’ access to private medical records. That access could be used to restrict access t... Full story


Police report

Monday, July 17 Welfare check: Person was fine. Tuesday, July 18 Summons service. Agency assist: Hoonah Police Department. Agency assist: Warrant. Lost property. Wednesday, July 19 Theft. Agency assist: Department of Transportation. Agency assist:...

 By Caroleine James    News    July 26, 2023

Medical student comes to town through rural health care program

A medical student is visiting the Wrangell Medical Center for a month this summer to learn more about rural medicine and prepare herself for a future as a physician in Alaska. Christine Richter, who...


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Harvesting beach plants can teach healthy lessons for life

We're harvesting goose tongue to dry for distribution to local elders. I'm also going to experiment with pickling it. Goose tongue is a beach plant called suktéitl' in the Lingít language, h... Full story


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