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Articles from the August 31, 2022 edition

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Sharing Our Knowledge conference needs Wrangell to share housing

Beginning Sept. 7, the annual Sharing Our Knowledge conference of Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian tribes and clans will be held in Wrangell for the first time. This five-day event will take place at the Nolan Center and will feature a film festival, a p...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    August 31, 2022

Borough contracts for reassessment of all property in town

The borough followed through on discussions from earlier this summer and the assembly last week approved a contract for reassessment of the value of all commercial and residential properties in the community. The intent is not to raise revenue ...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    August 31, 2022

Benn Curtis hangs up his apron after 58 years at City Market

Another chapter closed in the long history of City Market last Saturday. Owner Rolland Benn-Ingles Curtis - or just Benn as most people know him - retired after 58 years of serving the community....

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    August 31, 2022

Foragers take new knowledge into forest to find fungi

With names like delicious milky, hawks wing, chaga, puffballs and fairy farts, mushrooms found throughout Southeast are diverse in shape, color and edibility. Some can be used as fabric dyes, and...

 

The Way We Were

Aug. 31, 1922 A call for a meeting for the purpose of organizing a rod and gun club was made two weeks ago, but there was such a small turnout that those present thought it better to defer the matter of organizing until there could be a more...

 

Hannah's Place offers education, clothing and supplies to parents and families

Hannah's Place is situated in a cheerful yellow house, filled with natural light and enough baby supplies to care for a small army of infants, which is exactly what the organization's executive...

 

Bond issues added to upcoming municipal election ballot

In less than five weeks, voters will decide whether the borough should borrow $12 million to repair the schools and Public Safety Building. On Aug. 23, the borough assembly unanimously approved placing two questions on the Oct. 4 municipal election...

 

Winner of U.S. House election will be announced Wednesday

Whether Alaskans and the other 434 members of the U.S. House will be addressing Rep. Sarah Palin or Rep. Mary Peltola likely will be announced late Wednesday. State elections officials plan to announce that day the final vote tally and election...

 

Property reassessment isn't about raising taxes

The borough assembly and staff spent a fair amount of time at last week’s assembly meeting, explaining the intent of a contract with an appraisal firm to reassess the value of all the property in town. Homes, businesses, industrial properties,...

 

Wrangell needs to think about its future

Given my aversion to long planning sessions, whiteboards with erasable markers and consensus building exercises, I can’t believe I am saying this: The town needs a plan for its economic future. A forum to start making that plan is a good...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Opinion    August 31, 2022

Cranky machines, inky fingers make the newspaper each week

What started as a sort of fact-finding trip to Petersburg turned into a deeper appreciation for something I've done for decades, and something many take for granted. Every Wednesday, the Sentinel is...

 

Community kindness and support shows it's 'truly a great place to live'

My voice is an echo. So many people write to the Sentinel to express their thanks and appreciation for the great work that the folks at the Wrangell Volunteer Fire Department and especially the EMT corps do for this community. I don’t have any...

 

All smiles on the first day

Top: Baylee Daugherty bounds up the stairs for the first day of classes at Evergreen Elementary School last Thursday. Middle: Jayden Mathieu gets some last-minute backpack help from grandmother...

 

Community chorale to return after two-year hiatus

After their last Christmas concert in December 2019, members of the community chorale packed up their music stands and filed away their songbooks, unaware that they would not be meeting again the next year. But now that two Christmases have gone by...

 

Ballot will ask voter approval to sell or lease 6-Mile mill property

On election day in five weeks, Wrangell will vote whether to give the borough permission to sell or lease all or part of the former 6-Mile sawmill property, which the borough purchased earlier this summer in hopes of spurring economic development in...

 

SEARHC's expanded long-term care unit to accept residents early next year

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium’s expansion of its long-term care unit at the Wrangell Medical Center remains on target for construction completion at the end of 2022. In June, SEARHC broke ground on an 1,800-square-foot addition...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    August 31, 2022

Huna Totem expands its cruise ship terminal business

After opening its successful Icy Strait Point development to cruise ships 18 years ago, the village corporation for Hoonah is expanding its interests in tourism, particularly new cruise ship terminals. Huna Totem Corp. last week said it will work to...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    August 31, 2022

Municipal ballot short of a full slate coming into final week of filing

At the start of the final week to file for borough assembly, school board or port commission, Wrangell was still short of candidates to fill half of the open seats. The deadline to file for the Oct. 4 municipal election is 4 p.m. Wednesday. As of...

 

SEARHC is switching food service contractors

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will switch its food service contractor for the Wrangell Medical Center from NANA Management Services (NMS) to Aramark Corp. The switch in providers, according to SEARHC marketing and communications...

 
 By Clarise Larson    News    August 31, 2022

Abandoned mine upriver of the Taku may be closer to cleanup

British Columbia may be able to move ahead with cleanup of the abandoned Tulsequah Chief mine just a few miles from the Taku River that flows into Alaska waters. Cleanup of the property just under 20 miles from the Canada-U.S. border, about 40 miles...

 

Another winning bidder gives up on ANWR oil lease

ANCHORAGE (AP) — An Alaska state corporation is the only remaining oil-and-gas leaseholder in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge after a second private company gave up its lease in the controversial area. Other than the state putting down...

 
 By Mark Sabbatini    News    August 31, 2022

Federal order opens more land to selection by Alaska Native Vietnam veterans

More than 50 years after many Alaska Natives were unable to apply for their rightful 160 acres of land because they were fighting in Vietnam, a solution is now in place that overcomes laws and regulations that stifled their efforts for decades....

 
 By Max Graham    News    August 31, 2022

Genetic testing confirms five young dogs in Haines are part wolf

Five dogs born in Haines in February were confirmed this month to be part wolf, according to Alaska Department of Fish and Game wildlife biologist Carl Koch. The state last month sent samples from six suspected wolfdogs to the University of...

 
 By Annie Berman    News    August 31, 2022

Children's vaccination rate in Alaska dropped sharply from 2018 to 2022

The percentage of Alaska children who are up to date on their routine vaccinations has fallen considerably since the beginning of the pandemic, prompting concern among health experts about the return of certain serious illnesses that had been all but...

 
 By James Brooks    News    August 31, 2022

Illegal firing lawsuit against Dunleavy will extend into 2023

A legal dispute that began when Gov. Mike Dunleavy took office in 2018 will not be resolved before this year’s gubernatorial election. Last week, a federal judge set a 2023 timeline for a trial to determine financial damages in a case involving...

 

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