Articles from the September 27, 2023 edition

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School district looks at team accounts to cover travel overspending

The school district overspent its student travel budget the past two years and is considering filling the gap with money from team fundraising accounts — the cash that athletes, their parents and supporters raise for equipment, uniforms and other e...

 

Record number of Anan permits used this year

A record number of people visited Anan Wildlife Observatory this season - the largest amount since 2004, when the permit system was implemented. Of the 2,905 visitors who came through the observatory...

 

PFD set at $1,312; direct deposit Oct. 5

The 2023 Permanent Fund dividend will be $1,312. Disbursement of the annual payments to Alaskans will begin Oct. 5 and continue over the following weeks, the Department of Revenue said Sept. 21. Applicants who filed electronically and selected...

 

Alaskans could see $500 bonus payment next year

High oil prices could provide an additional $500 for Alaskans a year from now. As part of the end-of-session budget deal put together by legislative leaders, particularly in the Senate, lawmakers in May adopted a provision in the fiscal year 2024...

 

The Way We Were

Sept. 27, 1923 Little Beatrice Palmer added several dollars to the Red Cross fund Monday when the Alaska was in port. Mrs. Stephen Grant, the community nurse, and Mrs. Shurick hastily set up a Red Cross booth outside the Wrangell Hotel when the boat...

 

Library encourages readers to check out new book club

The Irene Ingle Public Library already offers robust programming to support literacy for children, from weekly story times to the summer reading program. But thanks to a new book club geared toward adults, kids won’t be the only ones reaping the...

 

A good jam to get into

James Stough selects from frozen containers of jam at the Wrangell Cooperative Association cultural center on Sept. 20. The jams, along with packages of spruce tips, dried goose tongue seasoning and...

 

School district reserves are a better answer this time

The expense of sending student athletes to state competition the past couple of years exceeded the amount in the Wrangell school district budget. Auditors this summer discovered that the state travel account was overdrawn by about $36,000. The...

 

Smartphone users need Rules of the Road

Some people walk about and enjoy the scenery, the sights and sounds of the world around them, focusing on what makes them feel happy. Good for them. As much as I try to do the same, when I walk around I can’t help but notice people doing dumb...

 

Ferry system needs to focus on restarting service to Prince Rupert

We’re all happy to have the administration’s winter schedule for the Southeast ferry system. However, there are a few downsides. The first is the exception noted in the Columbia’s schedule, which leaves several communities without service in...

 

Report shows area economy is improving, but still work to do to boost Southeast

I had the opportunity last week to attend my 10th Southeast Conference, hosted this year by Sitka. Attending the conference has always been a very efficient and effective way for me to communicate with a large cross-section of business and...

 

Girls volleyball team getting ready for season opener in October

After taking first place at regionals last year, the girls volleyball team is setting up for another competitive season. With seven out of 11 players returning and a roster of strong hitters,...

 

Swim team breaks personal records at Juneau meet

The Juneau Invitational Sept. 15 and 16 was a weekend full of progress and personal bests for the Wrangell swim team. The team participated in 27 individual and four relay events during the two-day event, which was hosted by Thunder Mountain High...

 

Runners continue to improve times in advance of Southeast regionals

At the last cross-country meet before regionals, the Ketchikan Invitational, the Wrangell Wolves continued to shave seconds - and in some cases, minutes - off their times as they prepare for the end...

 

Baler will tie up aluminum cans in a neater package

The process for recycling aluminum cans is about to get easier in the coming months. The Wrangell Cooperative Association’s Tl’átk - Earth Branch was awarded a $40,000 grant through the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium in July to purchase...

 

Sitka voters may get chance to vote on limiting cruise ship traffic

A ballot initiative in Sitka aimed at capping cruise visitators at an interim level of 240,000 starting in 2024 — less than half this summer’s count — may be headed for a special election this winter. “Win or lose, it’s going to get some go...

 

Legislators say higher oil revenues will enable more spending on public needs

With high oil prices driving up state revenues, Southeast legislators say to expect a larger capital budget next year for public works projects, more money for deferred maintenance and another attempt to boost state funding for public schools....

 

Southeast economy continues to recover but housing and child care in short supply

Wages rose and job opportunities increased across much of Southeast through 2022, but problems such as the lack of affordable housing and child care remain persistent throughout the region, an economic consultant told the annual gathering of the Sout...

 

Absentee voting underway for Oct. 3 municipal election

Residents who will not be in town on election day Tuesday, Oct. 3, or simply would prefer to vote early can come to City Hall between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays through Monday, Oct. 2, to cast an absentee ballot. Election day voting will run from 8...

 

State plans to send Matanuska into shipyard for full-hull scan

The state wants to send the Matanuska, the oldest vessel in the Alaska Marine Highway System fleet, into a shipyard for the equivalent of a full-body scan. Management wants to find out just how much of the ship’s steel has rusted, and how far the...

 

Alaska Airlines wants to find answer to relieve terminal crowding

Alaska Airlines would like to improve passenger flow at its Wrangell and Petersburg airport terminals. The idea of making any changes to the buildings was put on hold during the pandemic. “We’ve got to find a way to improve the passenger flow in...

 

State considers eliminating renewal stickers on license plate

The Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles is considering whether to eliminate the month and year registration renewal stickers that owners are required to put on state license plates. In a request for information published early in September, the divisio... Full story

 

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Police report

Monday, Sept. 18 Domestic. Theft unfounded: Citizen assist. Citizen report of driving under the influence: Arrested. Tuesday, Sept. 19 Criminal trespass: Unlawful contact. Vacation check. Motor vehicle accident: Deer. Summons service. Wednesday,...

 

Initiative signature drives will start for campaign limits, higher minimum wage

Lt. Gov. Nancy Dahlstrom has approved signature gathering for two ballot measures and disqualified a third from advancing to that next phase. The two measures — if they gather enough petition signatures for a spot on the ballot and then win voter... Full story

 

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