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Articles from the October 5, 2022 edition

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 By Larry Persily    News    October 5, 2022

Wrangell left off list for final federal pandemic assistance funds

“Not happy” was how Borough Manager Jeff Good described his mood last week when he received word that Wrangell was left off the list of Alaska communities sharing in $27 million in the final round of federal pandemic assistance funding. Wrangell...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    October 5, 2022

Dedication ceremony marks completion of mariners' memorial

No less than 100 people turned out on Sept. 26 right before sunset for the dedication of the Wrangell Mariners' Memorial at Heritage Harbor. What some said has been in the works for decades has...

 

Public Works urges residents and restaurants to dispose of grease properly

It is tempting to imagine that kitchen sinks, shower drains and toilets are domesticated black holes, transporting our waste to some mysterious nether region outside space and time, where it ceases to exist the moment it is out of sight. However,...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    October 5, 2022

Chess club captures student interest at elementary school

Josh Fish would like to see kids win at the game of life across the board rather than be pawns, so he took a gambit with a classic game. The first chess club will start after school next Monday at...

 

The Way We Were

Oct. 5, 1922 Better Homes Week is to be observed throughout America Oct. 9-14. Twenty-two governors are taking part in the movement. Gov. Scott C. Bone, who early gave his support to the movement, made the following statement today: “Alaska has...

 

Borough to negotiate short-term lease for scrap metal recycling at 6-Mile site

The borough assembly has granted Manager Jeff Good the authority to negotiate a short-term lease with Channel Construction to use a portion of the 6-Mile mill site for a scrap metal recycling operation. Juneau-based Channel Construction has been...

 

Borough sells first of former junkyard lots; 2 more to come on sale

The borough assembly unanimously approved the sale of 29,274 square feet of public lands to Helen and Robert Molinek for $45,000 at its meeting last Tuesday. The sale of a portion of the former Byford junkyard property is part of a longstanding...

 

Survey data shows Wrangell businesses more upbeat in 2022

After a dismal 2020 and cautiously optimistic 2021, the economic outlook in Wrangell is improving, according to survey data collected by the Southeast Conference. Economic director Carol Rushmore presented the data at the chamber of commerce’s...

 

Former hospital property not getting any healthier

It’s been almost three years since SEARHC started its move out of the borough-owned hospital building on Bennett Street into new quarters. It’s been almost five months since the borough embarked on multiple efforts to sell the unused property. Si...

 

The bigger problems are harder to solve

Wrangell is great at helping neighbors in need, at filling holiday food baskets and supporting student activities. The community excels at watching out for each other, watching over our elders and keeping watch over mariners. There are multiple...

 

Wrangell cross country runners impress worker at Juneau meet

Last Saturday, Sept. 24, I had the pleasure of helping work the finish line at the Capital City Invitational cross-country meet in Juneau. The previous night’s monsoon had passed, and the cool, damp air at the running field throbbed with the...

 

Ferry system 'headed for the rocks'

I urge your newspaper to raise hell about the fact that the new Alaska Marine Highway System winter ferry schedule provides no service between Juneau and Haines between Jan. 4 and Feb. 4. How are legislators to get their cars and trucks to Juneau...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    October 5, 2022

Forest Service seeks public input for spending $14.4 million on cabins project

A U.S. Forest Service project to build new public-use cabins and refurbish some existing cabins is moving into the next round of public comment. The agency expects to listen to the public in the coming weeks to find out which areas would be best for...

 

No injuries in Juneau tree / mudslide

A tree and landslide debris lie across Gastineau Avenue after falling between two homes and crushing a vehicle in downtown Juneau on Sept. 26. "It looks as though it's predominantly a tree fall, a...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    October 5, 2022

SEARHC to hold flu vaccine clinic on Oct. 22

Despite a global COVID-19 pandemic the past two and a half years, influenza — the flu — is still among us. To that end, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will hold a flu clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Wrangell Medical...

 

Alaska's senators want to rename Aleutians volcano for Don Young

WASHINGTON — Alaska’s U.S. senators want to rename an active volcano in the Aleutian Islands after the late U.S. Rep. Don Young. The longtime congressman’s former peers, Republican U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, say Young is a...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    October 5, 2022

Boys cross country team finishes first at regionals; Harrison wins top spot

The Wrangell High School boys cross country team came home from an eventful weekend in Sitka, taking many top spots at Southeast regionals. Once again, sophomore Daniel Harrison led his team, only this time he powered through to take first place out...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    October 5, 2022

Jack Roberts wins first place in 100-yard freestyle in Petersburg

The Wrangell High School swim team dove into the competition in Petersburg last Friday and Saturday, with junior Jack Roberts winning the top spot in the 100-yard freestyle event. Four of the swimmers had nine top 10 finishes at the meet, and three...

 

Borough turns 34 delinquent accounts over to collection agency

The borough assembly unanimously approved a motion to write off delinquent harbor and utilities accounts and forward them to a collection agency. The write-off includes a combined $8,197 in utilities fees from 30 different accounts and $50,048 in...

 

William Gregory Aalbertsberg dies at 74

William Gregory Aalbertsberg dies at 74 William "Will" Gregory Aalbertsberg, 74, passed away on July 30. He had lived in Wrangell since 2009. William was born on July 29, 1948, in Mt. Clemens,... Full story

 
 By Lisa Phu    News    October 5, 2022

Ketchikan assembly member Bynum challenges 4-term incumbent Ortiz for state House

A Republican Ketchikan Gateway Borough assembly member is challenging the four-term incumbent to represent Ketchikan, Wrangell, Metlakatla, Coffman Cove and other communities of southern Southeast...

 
 By James Brooks    News    October 5, 2022

Legislators advised not to block constitutents on social media

If Alaska’s state legislators remove constituents’ comments or block them on social media, they may forfeit state-paid legal protection, according to a new social media policy adopted last Friday. A House-Senate panel voted 8-3 in favor of...

 
 By Sean Maguire    News    October 5, 2022

Investigation finds Permanent Fund firing process 'deficient' but legal

JUNEAU — The Alaska Permanent Fund’s board of trustees used a “deficient” performance evaluation process to justify firing CEO Angela Rodell, who said her removal was “political retribution” for opposing Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget...

 

Police report

Monday, Sept. 26 Dog attack. Traffic stop: Verbal warning for driving habits. Paper service. Tuesday, Sept. 27 Harassment. Citizen assist. Welfare check. Sprinkler alarm. Subpoena service. Wednesday, Sept. 28 Citizen assist. Suspicious circumstance....

 

Grant helps pay to turn Sitka troller into hybrid electric vessel

As part of an effort to push Sitka’s fishing fleet away from carbon-emitting propulsion, a Sitka troller has received a $40,000 grant to add electric power to augment the diesel power of his classic wooden boat. The award came through the...

 

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