Articles from the November 22, 2023 edition

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Lady Wolves take regional championship, prepare for state

After a dominant showing in the regional volleyball tournament Nov. 15-17 in Petersburg, the Lady Wolves won the Southeast high school championship for the second year running and will head to state...

 

Borough proposes auction, lottery system for Alder Top land sale

Borough staff presented their plan for selling the first 20 lots of the Alder Top Village (Keishangita.'aan) subdivision to the Economic Development Board and members of the public at a work session N...

 

Borough accepts grant to update street address system

A nearly $90,000 state grant will help the borough reinvent the community’s address system so that first responders, internet providers and residents are on the same page — or in this case, the same street. At present, Wrangell’s homes and...

 

Angerman to serve on National Environmental Youth Advisory Council

Alexandra Angerman of the Wrangell Cooperative Association is one of 16 young people who will serve on a nationwide committee advising the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on environmental...

 

The Way We Were

Nov. 22, 1923 Today at noon at the Wrangel Hotel the accommodations were taxed to capacity by an unusually large group that attended the regular weekday luncheon. Commissioner L.D. Henderson told of the progress of the educational movement and the gr...

 

Students gather with their favorite adults for Friendsgiving lunch

Tables and seats were organized for students and guests along the walls of the elementary school gym, with "Happy Friendsgiving 2023" coloring pages scattered on the tables, ready for crayons. The...

 

'Cinderella' ready to put best foot forward Dec. 9-10

As the Nolan Center community theater production of “Cinderella” prepares for shows the weekend of Dec. 9 and 10, director Haley Reeves has been delighted with the performance of cast and crew since rehearsals first began. “We’re miles from...

 

A 50-50 split good answer for land sale

Often, the best decisions are a compromise. Which is exactly what borough staff is proposing for the sale of 20 lots next year at the Alder Top Village (Keishangita.’aan) subdivision at the site of the former Wrangell Institute boarding school....

 

Annual PFD debate is similar to a food fight

I can be sentimental. Not often, but I’m working on it. I just need to figure out how to increase my sentimentality without decreasing my cynicism. Nostalgia is my favorite form of sentimentality. I enjoy recalling the more pleasant times before...

 

Walking is better for my health, as is the view

In my 20s and 30s, in addition to relying on public transportation to get around, I did a lot of walking. I briefly owned a couple of cars at different times, but they were, for the most part, older and often in disrepair. Plus, I mostly worked in...

 

Please everyone, pick up after your dog in the park and ballfield

I like to think of myself as a responsible dog owner. I have traveled with my dogs for the past eight years to Washington, Oregon, California and Idaho. We have visited many dog parks where I found the dog owners to be extremely responsible in...

 

Public needs more information on Permanent Fund's Alaska investments

The governor or Legislature, or both, need to conduct an audit available to the public or engage in serious oversight of the Permanent Fund’s recent erratic decisions. There is a growing threat to the Permanent Fund, and it is coming from the trust...

 

It's time to get back to things that matter

By Pastor Sue Bahleda Island of Faith Lutheran Church I like words with opposite meanings, like “trim.” One meaning is about eliminating unnecessary bits, like trimming fat from a steak. An opposite meaning is to decorate, like trimming a...

 

Wrapping up the town

Dwight Yancey works from the line crew bucket to hang holiday decorations on Front Street light poles on Friday, Nov. 17. David McHolland was helping out at street level in the annual preparations...

 

Small rental units near final step of approval process

Residents may soon be allowed to build small apartments on their properties for family members or to use as rentals. The assembly gave its initial approval to an ordinance that would let residents add rental units to their properties at its Nov. 14...

 

Unoccupied floathouse keels over at Inner Harbor

A vacant floathouse moored behind the Marine Bar at the Inner Harbor keeled over Nov. 14, around noon. An old boat tied up nearby also partially sank. Both belonged to an elderly resident who died...

 

Businesses look at working together to bring more shoppers downtown

Several store owners and managers are talking about the need to form a business association of some kind to work toward drawing more locals to shop downtown. Wrangell residents are spending an increasing amount of their dollars online, ordering from...

 

Borough adjusts Mount Dewey project to fit within budget

Borough officials successfully negotiated down the cost of the Mount Dewey trail extension with the project’s only bidder to keep the work within budget. The assembly approved the contract at its Nov. 14 meeting after staff and the contractor cut...

 

SEARHC provides sign-up help with Affordable Care Act insurance

A SEARHC patient benefits staffer will be in Wrangell Monday through Thursday, Nov. 27-30, to assist people who have questions about health insurance and need help signing up for low-cost coverage through the Affordable Care Act federally operated...

 

Hospice organizes pair of annual holiday events

Groups and individuals can bring their decorated holiday trees to the Nolan Center this weekend for the Hospice of Wrangell annual Christmas Tree Lane fundraiser. The only rules are no real trees — only artificial ones to avoid any fire risk at...

 

Coast Guard crew rescued from crash near Petersburg

The U.S. Coast Guard said two of four crew members injured in a helicopter crash near Petersburg during a search and rescue mission late at night Nov. 13 have been released from the hospital. The...

 

Sitka assembly uses sales tax revenues to give $300 to every utility customer

The Sitka assembly has approved a one-time payment of $300 to all residential utility customers, spending more than $1 million of the city’s higher-than-expected sales tax haul this past fiscal year. The ordinance passed on a 5-2 vote on Nov. 14....

 
 By Iris Samuels    News    November 22, 2023

Lt. Gov. Dahlstrom running for U.S. House against Peltola

Alaska Lt. Gov. Nancy Dahlstrom is running for Alaska’s lone seat in the U.S. House, challenging Democratic Rep. Mary Peltola in the 2024 election. In her campaign announcement on Nov. 14, Dahlstrom dubbed herself “a conservative Republican, law...

 

Police report

Monday, Nov. 13 Agency assist: U.S. Forest Service. Summons service. Tuesday, Nov. 14 Motor vehicle accident. Impersonating a public servant. Theft. Traffic stop. Wednesday, Nov. 15 Summons service. Thursday, Nov. 16 Traffic stop: Citation issued...

 
 By Yereth Rosen    News    November 22, 2023

Alaska's minimum wage will go to $11.73 on Jan. 1

Alaska’s minimum wage will increase on Jan. 1 from $10.85 to $11.73 an hour, in accordance with a law put in place by a 2014 citizen initiative, the state Department of Labor announced. The law mandates regular increases in the minimum wage to... Full story

 

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