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EPA tells Wrangell it needs to disinfect its sewage discharge

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that its updated permit for the Wrangell wastewater treatment plant will contain stricter limits on the amounts of bacteria the facility can discharge into Zimovia Strait. Wrangell will need to...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    November 2, 2022

Schools want to include community to help prevent bullying

Name calling. Spreading rumors. Shoving, tripping. Excluding. Those are just a few of the ways bullying can be perpetrated, and staff at Wrangell schools are working to prevent it and the damage and lasting trauma that can stem from it. About 20% of...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    November 2, 2022

Water therapy provides relief from arthritis aches and pains

At first glance, the water therapy class in the Parks and Recreation swimming pool might look like a group of people just standing around in the water. But, like ducks on a pond, there's much more...

 

Ministries start working to provide holiday meals and gifts to families

The Salvation Army and its companions in the Wrangell Ministerial Association are preparing to roll out their annual holiday programs, providing meals, clothes and gifts to members of the community. For Jon Tollerud, a Salvation Army Corps officer,...

 

The Way We Were

Nov. 2, 1922 The Civic Club held its monthly meeting last Saturday at the library and went on record in favor of legislation giving women the right to serve as jurors. All women voters of Wrangell are urged to go to the polls at the coming election...

 

Firearms safety class moves from classroom to shooting range

After two months of book work, lectures and practice with plastic replicas, Winston Davies' sixth grade Alaska Skills class headed to the shooting range last week to continue their training in hunter...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    November 2, 2022

Funding would be needed to bring back Inter-Island Ferry

Restoration of Inter-Island Ferry Authority service from Coffman Cove on Prince of Wales Island to Wrangell and Petersburg would take money. The service ended in 2008, and the two communities will talk about what it would take to bring back the run,...

 

Accuracy matters in communication

For the second time in my life, I almost walked into a women’s restroom. The first time was almost a decade ago. I was between flights at the Amsterdam airport. Tired after 10 hours nonstop in the air, a little disoriented and confused, and...

 

Dunleavy does not deserve another term

Gov. Mike Dunleavy cares about Alaska and wants good things for its citizens. But that doesn’t change the fact that he has done serious and likely permanent damage to the state ferry system; that he has not supported adequate school funding; that...

 

Ortiz does a good job

Four-term state House member Dan Ortiz deserves another two years representing Wrangell, Ketchikan and Prince of Wales Island communities. He knows the district, knows the issues and has been persistent in his work in Juneau to ensure that his...

 

No on constitutional convention

Alaska’s constitution doesn’t need an overhaul, a new transmission or rewiring. It could use a tune-up to restrict campaign contributions from rich people, corporations and political action committees, and a new set of mud flaps to protect the...

 

Rep. Ortiz an effective advocate for his Southeast House district

I was perplexed by the recent comments shared by District 1 House Candidate Jeremy Bynum in his opening remarks while debating Rep. Dan Ortiz on Oct. 13 in Ketchikan. In referring to the leadership style of Ortiz, Bynum stated, “We’re not going...

 

State House candidate Bynum asks for voter support on Nov. 8

I am Jeremy Bynum and I am a candidate for state House District 1. I want to encourage you to ensure that your voice is heard loud and clear by voting on Nov. 8. I would like to take a moment to introduce myself and respectfully ask for the honor of...

 

State Senate candidate favors conservative policies, supports paying full PFD

My name is Mike Sheldon and I am running against Sen. Bert Stedman in the Nov. 8 general election. We can vote for a bloated government in electing moderate Stedman or choose my conservative approach. My policies include: Stand with the U.S....

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    November 2, 2022

Wrangell only district in Alaska awarded electric school bus grant

The wheels on the bus go round and round, but you might not hear them. Wrangell was the only school district in Alaska to be awarded with a $395,000 grant last month to purchase an electric school bus through the Environmental Protection Agency’s...

 

After burglary, boat owner calls on harbor, assembly to strengthen port security

When Matthew Gore arrived in Wrangell on the evening of Oct. 21, he took his dogs for a walk in the park before getting on his boat, the Andromeda, which he had been storing at the Reliance Float since late June 2021. Immediately, something “felt...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    November 2, 2022

Tlingit & Haida offers small business relief and start-up grants to tribal citizens

The coronavirus led to many business closures in 2020. Of those that were able to adapt and weather the financial storm caused by the pandemic, many are still struggling to recover. To that end, the Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of...

 

Forest insect outbreak likely to abate in coming years, says state entomologist

Since 2018, an ongoing insect outbreak has been killing the foliage of hemlock and Stika spruce in the Tongass. The Wrangell area is among the most affected. Though residents have expressed concern...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    November 2, 2022

Wrestlers slam competition in Sitka over weekend

The Wrangell High School wrestlers traveled last weekend to compete in the Sitka Slam, with many team members placing high and turning in fast pin times. Although team scores weren’t kept at the tournament, the number of pins were tracked, with...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    November 2, 2022

Jack Roberts wins regional swim championship, earns spot in state competition

The Wrangell High School swim team returned from Juneau last weekend with plenty of personal bests and one regional champion heading to state. Junior Jack Roberts won the regional championship in the 100-yard freestyle and will be heading to the...

 

Angoon celebrates first new dugout canoe since naval bombardment in 1882

Dozens of hands small and large held a firm grip on the 30-foot-long dugout canoe they pushed down Angoon's Front Street despite their shoes slipping on the rain-soaked road. Neither the potholes on...

 
 By Becky Bohrer    News    November 2, 2022

Report accuses Pebble mine boss of misleading U.S. House panel

Backers of a proposed copper and gold mine in Southwest Alaska “tried to trick regulators by pretending to pursue a smaller project with the intention of expanding” after the project was approved, a report released Oct. 28 by a U.S. House panel...

 
 By James Brooks    News    November 2, 2022

Governor, Peltola request federal aid for crab industry hit by shutdown

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has requested a federal disaster declaration and U.S. Rep. Mary Peltola has requested $250 million in relief funding after the failure of this year’s Bering Sea snow crab and Bristol Bay red king crab fisheries. Last week,... Full story

 
 By James Brooks    News    November 2, 2022

Alaska's minimum wage will go up to $10.85 an hour in 2023

Alaska’s minimum wage will rise 51 cents, to $10.85 per hour, starting next year. The adjustment, announced last month by the Alaska Department of Labor, is intended to compensate for a 5% rise in the cost of living in Anchorage. Alaska law... Full story

 
 By Sean Maguire    News    November 2, 2022

Constitutional convention supporters say it's about dividend and abortion

With Election Day less than a week away, the leading group encouraging Alaskans to vote no on a constitutional convention has raised much more money than its opponents after attracting a broad bipartisan group of supporters and a growing list of...

 

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