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Years of flat state funding create budget stress for Alaska schools

Years of flat state funding create budget stress for schools across Alaska By James Brooks and Lisa Phu Alaska Beacon The Anchorage School District, which is considering the closure of six elementary schools amid a projected $68 million budget... Full story

 

State plans for batteries aboard Tustumena replacement ferry

As the state ferry system ages, the Alaska Department of Transportation is turning to new technologies to update its fleet. The department is implementing diesel-electric hybrid power on its upcoming Tustumena replacement vessel, which is slated to...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    October 26, 2022

Closures and openings highlight changing face of small business

For about four and a half years, Twisted Root supplied Wrangell residents with organic and natural foods which could be difficult to find in larger grocery stores. That came to an end when the shop...

 

Hunters take 116 moose in Wrangell area this season

Not every year can be a record-breaker, and after an exceptional 2021 yield, the 2022 Wrangell moose harvest has returned to average levels. Hunters took 116 moose in the region, according to Frank...

 

The Way We Were

Oct. 17, 1922 Mrs. Thomas Ukas has opened a home bakery on Front Street in the building owned by J.G. Grant across from the Electric Light Plant, and has on sale delicious and wholesome homemade bread and pastries of all kinds. In a short time, Mrs....

 

Santa's freight helpers hand out holiday advice

The holidays are a time for tasty food, corny films and family fun. But, as every Wrangellite knows, shipping delays and unexpected freight fees have a way of impeding the festive spirit of the season, leaving gift givers scrambling to stuff...

 

Economic development committee explores regenerative tourism options

Tourists often have fraught relationships with the communities they visit. In Costa Rica, tourists may swell the country’s gross domestic product, but when beaches are covered in suntanned travelers, sea turtles can’t access their nesting grounds...

 

Murkowski best choice to represent Alaska in Senate

Lisa Murkowski has represented Alaska in the U.S. Senate since December 2002. She has done it well and deserves another term. The fact that Murkowski, a lifelong Republican, has disagreed with her party at times, been at odds with former President...

 

A voting lesson from 100 years ago

Alaskans will elect a U.S. senator, a member of the U.S. House, a governor and several dozen state legislators on Nov. 8. It’s an important vote, with real consequences for the nation, the state’s future, school funding, the ferry system, civil l...

 

Sentinel publisher's column shows bias against political conservatives

Referring to the publisher’s column in the Oct. 12 Sentinel, from the past editorials it is obvious to me that the editorials are very biased toward conservatives. I have yet to read anything that says a good word about Republicans or a bad word...

 

Doctor praises health care votes, endorses Rep. Ortiz for reelection

As a small town doctor in Alaska for the past 25 years, I have witnessed many changes to the health care system. We have had to weather many storms and at times health care funding and access can be a very uphill battle for Southeast residents. One...

 

Ortiz deserves support for ability to work across political party lines

The upcoming Alaska election will be critical to the future of our state. As retired financial planners with 25 and 43 years in Ketchikan, we have always taken a broad and long-term view of how to solve problems and plan for a prosperous future. It...

 

Family Resilience Fair to raise awareness about community resources

The entire Wrangell family — consisting of parents, kids, siblings, elders, community members and more — is invited to the Family Resilience Fair at the Nolan Center next month. BRAVE, a domestic violence prevention organization whose name...

 

Early voting in state election open through Nov. 7 at City Hall

Wrangell registered voters have the option to cast their ballots early if they will be out of town on election day Nov. 8 or would prefer to get it out of the way in advance. Early voting opened Monday and is available 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    October 26, 2022

Wrestlers bring techniques to the mat in Juneau meet

"Guys! Stop real quick! We need to make one adjustment because I'm seeing people get behind them," Jack Carney broadcasts to the room as he weaves about the grapplers engaged in practicing moves. He...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    October 26, 2022

Wrangell volleyballers win every match at local tournament to take first

The Lady Wolves are howling with excitement over their multiple victories last week. Over the course of three days last week, the Wrangell High School girls volleyball team beat five teams in five...

 

Candidate for governor named in another harassment complaint

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Republican candidate for governor, Charlie Pierce, faces a lawsuit alleging that he sexually harassed a former assistant while he was mayor of the Kenai Peninsula Borough. The lawsuit filed in state Superior Court on Friday...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    October 26, 2022

Wrangell projects could qualify for grants from Norwegian cruise line foundation

Because the hybrid cruise ship Roald Amundsen started coming to Wrangell this summer, projects based in town are now eligible for grant funds through the cruise line parent company’s nonprofit foundation. Norway-based Hurtigruten Group has been...

 

Murkowski says she will vote for Democrat Peltola for Congress

Alaska’s Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she plans on ranking Democratic U.S. Rep. Mary Peltola first in the U.S. House race on the Nov. 8 ballot, where Murkowski’s own name will also appear as she runs for a fourth term. Murkowski...

 
 By Sean Maguire    News    October 26, 2022

Mail-in ballots require a second postage stamp

Alaskans voting by mail will need to put 84 cents worth of postage on their ballot envelopes to send them back by post to the state Division of Elections. One Forever stamp is currently worth 60 cents, meaning a second stamp would be needed to mail...

 
 By Alex DeMarban    News    October 26, 2022

Alaska Federation of Natives comes out against constitutional convention

The state’s largest Alaska Native organization declared its opposition to a constitutional convention on Saturday, saying rural Alaska could have the most to lose if a convention is called. The Alaska Federation of Natives also called for a...

 

Skagway approves $3.2 million plan to protect cruise ship dock from rockslides

The Skagway borough assembly has unanimously approved spending almost $3.2 million for a temporary solution to protect cruise ships, their passengers and the dock itself from frequent rockslides. Several slides have come down this year, hitting the...

 

Police report

Monday, Oct. 17 Intoxicated person. Agency assist: Harbor Department. Tuesday, Oct. 18 Abandoned vehicles. Wednesday, Oct. 19 Found property. Paper service. Paper service. Found property. Dog complaint. Agency assist: State troopers. Agency assist:...

 

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