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Articles from the November 16, 2022 edition

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Borough looking hard for funding to cover Public Safety Building repairs

After Wrangell voters chose not to take on debt to finance repairs to the Public Safety Building last month, the facility’s future is uncertain. Borough officials are racing against time to identify alternative sources of funding before the...

 

Ethel Lund, advocate for Alaska Native health care, dies at 91

Ethel Aanwoogex' Lund, a pioneer of tribal health care, died in the early morning last Friday at the age of 91. She was instrumental in improving the quality of care for Alaska Native people and...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    November 16, 2022

Community navigator helping tribal citizens find their way to resources

X'atshaawditee Tammi Meissner has found a career that allows her to go home at the end of the day with a full heart. Since June, Meissner has worked for Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Trib...

 
 By Yereth Rosen    News    November 16, 2022

Murkowski, Peltola wait for final count, but both appear headed to re-election

Alaskans may have decided to re-elect Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Mary Peltola to Congress, but the final outcome will not be known until the last ballots are tallied next week and, in one or both races, ranked-choice voting is factored into the... Full story

 

The Way We Were

Nov. 16, 1922 The PTA committee on playgrounds, appointed at the last meeting, reported having visited two tracts of land close in. One was the tract back of the residence of the Salvation Army captain near Church Street. It was stated that this land...

 

WCA offers free Tlingit language classes for adults

On the second day of the Wrangell Cooperative Association's new Tlingit language program, instructor Virginia Oliver stood next to a whiteboard nearly twice her height, covered in Tlingit words and...

 

I Toowú Klatseen participants complete the program's final run

Last Thursday afternoon was dark and drizzly, but the children and parents of the I Toowú Klatseen running program braved the inauspicious weather to complete a 5K, demonstrating the program’s values of physical and spiritual strength. I Toowú Kl...

 

Building repairs did not go away after voters said no

The almost-four-decade-old Wrangell Public Safety Building still needs millions of dollars of repairs due to water damage, rot and aging equipment. The fact that voters defeated a municipal bond issue last month to pay for those repairs doesn’t in...

 

More to election numbers than just winners

The numbers are not final — that will not happen until the last votes are tallied and ranked-choice tabulations kick in Nov. 23 — but it appears that incumbent elected officials representing Alaska, and Wrangell, will stay on the job for another...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    November 16, 2022

Business owner brings creative approach to making products in Wrangell

One of the projects that Marina Backman is most proud of is a tumbler that looks like it's wrapped in the universe. It's indicative of her creative process and her business. Since opening Made in Wran...

 

Southeast pink salmon forecast for 2023 comes in at significantly lower harvest

State and federal fishery managers are forecasting a commercial harvest of about 19 million pink salmon in 2023 in Southeast Alaska, which would be a “significant drop” from the parent-year harvest of 48.5 million pinks in 2021, according to last...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    November 16, 2022

Volleyball team nets No. 1 seed for regionals; wrestlers take down competition in Ketchikan

Volleyball The Wrangell High School girls volleyball team left on Wednesday for the Southeast regionals in Klawock, having earned the No. 1 seed. The squad beat every team in four days of competition...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    November 16, 2022

Trotters have annual chance to gobble up the fun

It's becoming a tradition in communities across the United States, and Wrangell is no exception. Every Thanksgiving Day morning, several hundred thousand walkers and runners across the country brave c...

 

Tickets to community production of 'Sound of Music' available online

World-renowned showtunes and brightly colored costumes, cute children dancing and Austrians romancing — if these are a few of your favorite things, then the Nolan Center’s upcoming production of “The Sound of Music” might be the perfect way...

 

Dunleavy, Tshibaka, Palin receive most votes in Wrangell

Wrangell voters cast their ballots to re-elect Gov. Mike Dunleavy and to toss out congressional incumbents Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Mary Peltola. While a majority of Alaskans also voted for Dunleavy, though by a slightly smaller margin than in...

 
 By James Brooks    News    November 16, 2022

Alaska attorney general listed as director of political advocacy group

Fairbanks Democratic Sen. Scott Kawasaki does not live in his mother’s basement. She doesn’t even have one. And yet, in the final days of his closely fought re-election race against Republican Jim Matherly, Kawasaki had to defend himself and answ... Full story

 

Dunleavy headed to re-election win as governor

Gov. Mike Dunleavy appears on pace for re-election to a second four-year term, based on preliminary numbers from last week’s election. Dunleavy, a Republican, held a substantial lead over challengers Democrat Les Gara, independent Bill Walker and... Full story

 
 By James Brooks    News    November 16, 2022

Republicans win more seats, but may not control Alaska Legislature

Republicans almost certainly will win a majority of the 60 seats in the Alaska Legislature after the Nov. 8 election results are certified later this month. But whether they will control the state House and Senate will come down to which Republicans... Full story

 
 By Iris Samuels    News    November 16, 2022

Tshibaka says election might come down to 'recounts and lawsuits'

In the days following last Tuesday’s election, U.S. Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka joined other Trump-endorsed Republican candidates around the country casting unfounded doubt on election results, despite the fact that Alaska election officials...

 

Police report

Monday, Nov. 7 Agency assist: U.S. Forest Service. Vehicle unlock. Summons service. Paper service. Tuesday, Nov. 8 Theft. Wednesday, Nov. 9 Traffic stop: Citation issued for failure to stop at stop sign. Parking complaint: Vehicle parked in school...

 

Justice Department election monitors visit Sitka as part of nationwide check

The U.S. Department of Justice dispatched officials to 64 election jurisdictions in 24 states to ensure compliance with federal voting rights laws in last week’s midterm elections — including Sitka, Bethel, Dillingham and the Kusilvak Census...

 

Classified ads

HELP WANTED Wrangell Public Schools is accepting applications for the following position for the 2022-2023 school year: This is a part-time position working with students in Grades Pre-K-5, 5.75 hours per day in the Special Education Program at...

 

Alaska voters overwhelmingly defeat constitutional convention

As they’ve done every 10 years since 1972, Alaska voters on Nov. 8 again overwhelmingly rejected the ballot measure to convene a convention to rewrite the state’s founding document. Advocates on both sides had expected the outcome to be closer...

 

Alaska Native veterans attend dedication of new memorial in Washington

WASHINGTON — William Smith, of Valdez, an Alaska Native veteran who served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, joined hundreds of veterans from around the country in Washington, D.C., last Friday to attend the dedication ceremony for the...

 

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