Articles from the October 4, 2023 edition

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 By Larry Persily    News    October 4, 2023

International tribunal accepts petition against mining in transboundary rivers watersheds

Almost five years after the original petition was filed, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has ruled that the complaints against mining activity in British Columbia warrant fact-finding and further analysis, which could result in a...


Good turns in resignation as borough manager, effective Jan. 1

Borough Manager Jeff Good submitted his resignation on Sept. 27 after nearly two years of service. He has accepted a civil engineering job with the Bureau of Indian Affairs which will allow him to live in Wrangell and also spend more time with...

 By Larry Persily    News    October 4, 2023

Stikine Sportsmen put up $2,500 reward in illegal moose kill

The Stikine Sportsmen Association is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the conviction of whoever illegally killed a cow moose and left the carcass to rot in the woods south of town. A hiker discovered the kill and reported it Sept....


Boys cross-country team wins Southeast championship again

The Wrangell Wolves boys cross-country team won the Division III Southeast championship meet in Juneau on Saturday, Sept. 30, and are headed to the state competition in Palmer this weekend. Though...


The Way We Were

Oct. 4, 1923 For the past 20 years, big game hunters have been going into British Columbia’s Cassiar and coming out with wonderful trophies as evidence of their prowess as hunters. However, it remained for D. W. Bell of West Port, Pa., to get the w...


Borough to negotiate Mount Dewey trail work to fit budget

The effort to extend the Mount Dewey trail has hit an unexpected bump in the road. The only company that bid on the project, Ketchikan Ready-Mix, asked over half a million dollars more than the borough had budgeted to improve the trail’s accessibilit...


Simple test strip can help save lives

There isn’t any proof that fentanyl has made its way to Wrangell, but Police Chief Tom Radke has no doubt that the drug is present in the community. “I’m sure it’s here,” he says. “It would be foolish to say it’s not.” It also would be foolish for...


Reverse deductibles may be the answer

Most everyone is familiar with how insurance deductibles work: You cover the first dollars out of pocket and then, when the expenses reach the threshold under your policy, the insurance kicks in and pays the bills. The thresholds vary by policy and...


High school students map glacier with GPS, sonar technology

For the first time since the pandemic, Wrangell High School students traveled to Shakes Glacier to survey the area and measure the rate that the glacier is receding. Students have been recording the...

 By Larry Persily    News    October 4, 2023

Nonprofit donates new boats for Virginia Lake, Middle Ridge cabins

A couple of Wrangell-area U.S. Forest Service cabins will have new 16-foot aluminum boats next year, courtesy of a national nonprofit organization. The new boats will go to two of the most popular cabins in the area: Middle Ridge, accessible by...


Cross training helps wrestlers prepare for new season

As high school wrestling coach Jack Carney prepares for the season, many of his wrestlers are wrapping up competing in another sport. "Most of my kids are on cross-country (running). They're looking...

 By Larry Persily    News    October 4, 2023

School board will discuss team travel funding with community

The school district is looking at how to cover the bills for sports team travel to state competition last year, this year and in future years, and will hear from the community at a work session Oct. 16. The state travel budget is about $39,000 in the...

 By Anna Laffrey    News    October 4, 2023

Hydroponic farm thrives in shipping containers in Ketchikan

Every Monday morning, Jenn Tucker harvests 3,600 living plants from one of the shipping containers that serves as a hydroponic farm and fills piles of crates for delivery across Ketchikan. Tucker is t...

 By Larry Persily    News    October 4, 2023

New school activities director has strong ties to town

Mike Hoyt, who started work as the school district's activities director on Sept. 22, is no stranger to Wrangell. His mother, Diane Comer, graduated high school here. His father, Mike Hoyt, was born...


Delivery service urges online shoppers to provide complete shipping info

As the holiday season approaches and online shopping continues to rise, Wrangell's delivery service faces challenges getting its job done in a timely fashion as it contends with missing address...


WCA distributes fentanyl test strips to reduce chances of overdose deaths

The Wrangell Cooperative Association is taking steps to reduce the harm caused by fentanyl, opiates and other illegal drugs by providing free resources to community members experiencing addiction. As of Sept. 26, fentanyl test strips are available...

 By Larry Persily    News    October 4, 2023

SEARHC schedules flu and COVID-19 vaccination clinics

The SEARHC Wrangell Medical Center wants to help the community prepare for the respiratory illness season and will offer flu and COVID-19 vaccination clinics this fall and also provide RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) vaccine shots as soon as they...


Police report

Monday, Sept. 25 Courtesy transport. Tuesday, Sept. 26 Agency assist: Ambulance. Citizen assist. Traffic stop: Warning given for driving habits. Wednesday, Sept. 27 Agency assist: Harassment. Thursday, Sept. 28 Burglary alarm. Traffic stop: Citation...

 By Yereth Rosen    News    October 4, 2023

Alaska's ranked-choice voting system attracts national attention

Alaska’s ranked-choice voting system, which was in place for victories last year by the state’s first Democratic U.S. House member in half a century and the reelection of one of the last remaining moderate Republican U.S. senators, has become a test... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    October 4, 2023

Permanent Fund earnings fall short of investment goal

The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp.’s investment earnings were again less than withdrawals in the 12 months ending in June, according to preliminary data scheduled to be released at the corporation’s annual meeting this week in Anchorage. The cor... Full story


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 By Zaz Hollander    News    October 4, 2023

Report says Peltola's plane carrying heavy load when it crashed

The plane that crashed last month in Southwest Alaska, killing Eugene “Buzzy” Peltola Jr., was loaded down with about 520 pounds of moose meat and antlers, according to the first report on the crash released Thursday, Sept. 28, by the National Tra...

 By Yereth Rosen    News    October 4, 2023

Alaska No. 1 in per capita funding under the federal infrastructure law

Alaska has gotten more money per capita from the federal infrastructure law passed in 2021 than any other state, according to participants at a news conference where the latest injection of funds for the state was announced. Alaska’s member of the U... Full story

 By Sentinel staff    News    October 4, 2023

DeRuyter wins school board seat

First-time candidate John DeRuyter defeated incumbent school board member Esther Aaltséen Reese in Tuesday’s municipal election. DeRuyter was ahead 115-76 after election-day ballots were counted. Borough officials will tally absentee and early vo... Full story


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