Articles from the October 25, 2023 edition

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 By Larry Persily    News    October 25, 2023

School district may use reserves to cover state travel deficit

School district administrators have recommended using a collection of unspent accounts and general fund reserves to cover the $44,000 deficit in the travel account from past state competition, while...

 

Little Lakes top priority for new Forest Service cabin

After a yearlong public process, the U.S. Forest Service has announced eight potential cabin sites in the Petersburg and Wrangell Ranger Districts. After considering the environmental impacts and...

 

WCA seeks new location for putting up greenhouse

The Wrangell Cooperative Association’s Tl’átk - Earth Branch is looking for a place to build a greenhouse after tribal citizens objected to putting one near the community garden, due to the area’s proximity to Indigenous gravesites. The...

 
 By Casey Smith    News    October 25, 2023

Indiana fish farm produces genetically modified salmon

As demand for seafood grows, including across Indiana, a remote farm is harvesting thousands of pounds of salmon every year — on land. But the genetically modified fish teeming in the Albany, Indiana, tanks are continuing to draw pushback from... Full story

 

The Way We Were

Oct. 25, 1923 Volume 1, Number 1, Buy 1, of the School News of the Wrangell Public School is off the mimeograph. The publication is brim full of interesting reading pertaining to school life in general and the Wrangell school in particular. The...

 

A cake walk for snacks

(From left) Wilder Harding and Zeplyn Stutz participate in an Alaska Day cake walk at Muskeg Meadows on Saturday, Oct. 21. The event, which was sponsored by the high school class of 2025, featured...

 

Mariculture industry starting to take root in Wrangell

Alaska is seeking to turn mariculture — a form of marine farming that includes oysters and kelp — into a $100 million industry in the next 20 years. With two kelp farm permit holders and an operating oyster farm near town, Wrangell is home to a...

 

Borough refines marketing plan to bolster tourism industry

Economic Development Department staff met Oct. 18 with the Wrangell Convention and Visitor Bureau to review the borough’s travel marketing strategy and prepare it for final bureau approval in November. The group discussed industry trends, the borou...

 

Community excels at giving and sharing

While it seems holiday advertising starts earlier and earlier (and earlier) every year — even further in advance than election campaign advertising, which is annoying enough — it’s not too early for the community to think about sharing this hol...

 

Alaska's gas line dream is out of alignment

Alaska officials who say the stars are aligned for the long-dreamt, long-on-the-odds multibillion-dollar North Slope natural gas project are confusing shiny stars with black holes. Like the black hole the state already has poured close to a billion...

 

Moving barge ramp to 6-Mile would allow growth in tourism

I want to share my thoughts about the development of Wrangell’s waterfront properties. My opinions are based on the unique experience our family has enjoyed from residing in many Southeast communities. Raised and schooled in Ketchikan, serving in...

 

New Sentinel staffer looks forward to Alaska adventure

"Why would you want to move to a small town in Alaska?" That was the question put to me by the Sentinel's publisher, Larry Persily, when I applied for the position of editor. My answer? I was looking...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    October 25, 2023

WCA nears completion of Transportation Department building

The Wrangell Cooperative Association is nearing completion of its 5,000-square-foot maintenance and warehouse building on Zimovia Highway. The facility is in its second year of construction, though planning for the project started about a decade ago....

 
 By Larry Persily    News    October 25, 2023

Tribe working with Tlingit Haida to put up rental duplex in town

No question housing is tight in town, and the Wrangell Cooperative Association is trying to help. WCA already has used federal funds to build two single-family homes, which it sold to tribal members, and now is partnering with the Tlingit Haida...

 

Lady Wolves win 3, lose 3 at first volleyball tournament of the season

The Lady Wolves volleyball team started their season with three big wins and three tough losses in the Klawock seeding tournament Oct. 19-21. After winning their first match against Skagway 3-0, the team played “a really tough match” against...

 

Swim team prepares for regionals in Sitka

The high school swim team continued refining its skills and building its endurance at the invitational in Petersburg Oct. 13 and 14. The team competed in 20 individual and four relay events and the six athletes earned a combined 10 personal bests....

 

Wrestlers earn top spots in Juneau Southeast Showdown

Wrangell wrestlers excelled on the mat at the Southeast Showdown at Thunder Mountain High School in Juneau. "We went 34 wins, 15 losses and 30 pins," said coach Jack Carney. "Four of the losses were...

 

Starry, starry art

Retired troller John Church has found a new use for the "miles of troll line" left over from his fishing days. He makes "Kostick Stars," named for the artist who created the geometric wire pieces...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    October 25, 2023

Wrangell's death rate has exceeded births since 2017

Though fewer Wrangell residents died in 2022 than in 2021, and more babies were born last year to Wrangell moms than the year before, the longer-term numbers continue to show more deaths than births for the community, matching the downward trend in t...

 

Mariners' Memorial accepting applications through January to add names to plaques

The board of the Mariners’ Memorial is accepting applications from community members who would like to see their loved ones featured on one of the memorial’s plaques. Each application should include the name of the deceased, a brief tribute that...

 

District will install air quality monitors in schools

The school district plans to install three air quality sensors to monitor temperature, humidity, noise, carbon dioxide, pollution — and even vape smoke. The district can use the data it collects from the monitors in its request for state funding...

 

Salvation Army accepting sign-ups for Thanksgiving, Christmas baskets

People in need are invited to take part in The Salvation Army’s assistance programs this holiday season, said Capt. Chase Green. They are offering food boxes for Thanksgiving and Christmas based on family size, as well as a Christmas toy-giving...

 
 By Olivia Rose    News    October 25, 2023

Troopers euthanize cub that wandered into Petersburg grocery store

Bystanders watched through the windows of Petersburg IGA as wildlife troopers and police captured a young bear inside the grocery store on Oct. 17. Authorities later killed the orphaned bear, which they said was unlikely to survive the winter....

 

WCA requests land at former school site to build a memorial

As the borough is developing a portion of the former Wrangell Institute property near Shoemaker Bay for a residential subdivision — Alder Top Village (Keishangita.’aan) — the Wrangell Cooperative Association has asked for two adjoining parcels...

 

Police report

Monday, Oct. 16 Motor vehicle accident. Bear complaint. Agency assist: Harbor Department. Tuesday, Oct. 17 Dog Impound: Dog returned to owner. Letter served to remove a person from a licensed establishment. Domestic violence order served. Wednesday,...

 

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