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Alaskans will start receiving $3,284 payout next week

Eligible Alaskans will receive a $3,284 check, which includes the annual Permanent Fund dividend and a one-time energy relief payment, starting Sept. 20. Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced the exact amount of the payments during a live stream last...

 

COVID boosters soon available through SEARHC

The Wrangell Medical Clinic expects to receive doses of the new COVID booster this week or next, according to Randi Yancey, medical office coordinator at the clinic. Both the Pfizer and Moderna boosters will be available once the shipment arrives....

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    September 14, 2022

Supply chain issues, high demand keep hunters scrambling to reload

Issues with lingering supply chain disruptions that started with the COVID-19 pandemic have put hunters and gun enthusiasts in a bind. Though there are signs that ammunition shortages are on the...

 

To encourage more young fishermen, look to farm programs as models, new study argues

Young Alaskans seeking to break into commercial fishing face a lot of the same barriers that confront young farmers in the Lower 48 states, but they have far fewer resources to help overcome those...

 

The Way We Were

Sept. 14, 1922 At the Wrangell Commercial Club weekly luncheon at the Wrangell Hotel last Monday, officers of the Civic Improvement Club were present as guests. A number of worthy projects were...

 

Homeschooling growing in Alaska, not as much for Wrangell students

Now that in-person school is available, the Wrangell homeschool community has shrunk to roughly pre-pandemic levels, though community awareness of alternative education options has increased. Homeschool education, which has been growing steadily...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    September 14, 2022

New Muddy Water 38-foot catamaran adds to tour boat fleet

A dream that started eight years ago smoothly sailed into reality in August. Last month, Muddy Water Adventures introduced the newest addition to its fleet: A 38-foot-long catamaran dubbed Island...

 

Big state payout depends on oil prices

Alaskans this week will start receiving their $3,284 payout from the state treasury, a combination of a large Permanent Fund dividend ($2,622) and a one-time bonus ($662) to help people pay higher energy costs. The payment is almost triple the size o...

 

My job with the Sentinel will not change

Starting this week, I will be working as a policy adviser to Mary Peltola, Alaska’s newly elected congresswoman. I hadn’t planned on it, but she asked and I accepted. Fortunately, I saved my suits from when I worked in Washington, D.C., for the...

 

Rewriting state constitution could impede economic development

As a conservative, I subscribe to the principle to leave alone things in government that are working well. We have enough important things that need to change, like high inflation, the Biden administration’s efforts to close down ANWR and reimpose...

 

MAGA supporters came too close in their effort to overturn election

The first time I saw one of those red MAGA hats. a friend of mine was wearing it. I was surprised that a fellow honorably discharged vet would see America as no longer great. I chalked it up to his deep-seated hatred of Obama. We have watched the...

 

Cultural, climate stress can affect Native communities, speaker says

The blood-type diets and elaborate self-care routines of the wellness industry offer an individualized view of health, where sicknesses and cures begin and end within a single person’s body. However, for Meda DeWitt, Tlingit traditional healer,...

 

Master carver shares knowledge of totem poles' history and art

When Steve Brown, researcher and master carver, looks at totem poles, he sees details: the quality of the formline design, the subtle curves around a jaw, lip or eyelid, the amount and placement of any weathering or decay, the tiny, intricate...

 

Boarding school panelists talk of maintaining cultural strengths

Last Saturday at the Sharing Our Knowledge Conference, a “Break the Silence” panel discussion highlighted a wide range of perspectives on and experiences with Alaska Native boarding schools. Some panelists identified with the term “boarding...

 

Ferry system will stop charging more when ships are full

Three years after adopting a pricing plan that adds a surcharge for passenger, vehicle and stateroom fares on popular sailings, the Alaska Marine Highway System has decided to suspend the program for its fall/winter schedule. The ferry system’s...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    September 14, 2022

Harbor Department takes apart and sends 5 derelict boats to landfill

It only took one week in mid-August to demolish five vessels that were impounded by the harbormaster over the course of 10 years. Typically, the number of impounded vessels to be destroyed and shipped out isn’t so high, but the demolition funds...

 

Former resident Dylan Wyatt Kirschner dies at 26

Dylan Wyatt Kirschner, 26, passed away on Aug. 26 "after a brief but courageous battle with cancer," his family wrote. Dylan was born on Feb. 16, 1996, in Wrangell and moved to the Yakima, Washington,... Full story

 

Karen Martin-Webster dies at 69

Karen Martin-Webster "Bubbles," 69, passed away on Aug. 26. Karen was born March 11, 1953. She moved to Wrangell in the late 1970s and lived there through the 1980s, when she decided to move to... Full story

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    September 14, 2022

Basketball camp preps players for coming season

Wrangell High School's basketball season is still a couple months away but coaches and players are already sharpening their skills. Last Thursday through Saturday, a coaching representative with...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    September 14, 2022

Volleyball team setting up to serve competitive season

With 14 players on the roster, this season's high school girls volleyball team is one of the largest that Alyssa Allen has led in the four years she's been head coach. A few key players were lost...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    September 14, 2022

Cross country team splits up to cover more ground

The Wrangell High School cross country team attended two different competitions last Saturday by sending five runners to Palmer and five to Petersburg. Five boys attended the George Plumley Cross...

 

Interior Department removes derogatory name from 26 places in Alaska

Twenty-six places in Alaska received a new name Sept. 8 as part of the Interior Department’s initiative to remove a derogatory word for Indigenous women — a change that affects more than 650 sites and geographic features across the country. Of...

 
 By Lisa Phu    News    September 14, 2022

Dunleavy vetoes bill to impose tax on electronic smoking products

Gov. Mike Dunleavy last Friday vetoed a bill that would have raised the minimum age to purchase and legally possess tobacco products from 19 to 21 years old. The bill also included a tax on electronic smoking products that contain nicotine, which is...

 

Police report

Monday, Sept. 5 Abandoned vehicle. Agency assist: Ambulance. Tuesday, Sept. 6 Agency assist: Fire Department. Medevac plane had mechanical issues. Summons service. Summons service. Wednesday, Sept. 7 Agency assist: Municipal Light and Power. Dog at...

 

Community auditions next week for 'Sound of Music'

It’s been more than 60 years since “The Sound of Music” debuted on Broadway and more than 20 years since Wrangell staged a community play, and organizers hope that the years have not diminished the appeal of either. Auditions for a community...

 

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