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Articles from the November 23, 2022 edition

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School districts hope for more state funding next year

School districts statewide, including Wrangell, will be looking to the Legislature next year for an increase in state funding, but any boost in the state’s per-pupil formula likely will depend in large part on oil revenues and also Permanent Fund...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    November 23, 2022

Girls volleyball team wins first at regionals, will head to state

From the first-place seed going into regionals to a first-place finish, the Wrangell High School girls volleyball team saw their winning streak interrupted only once in Klawock. The Lady Wolves faced...

 

Borough will install additional public restrooms downtown next spring

Next year, Wrangell will be home to a hot new tourist attraction — public restrooms. Portable facilities will appear downtown in the late spring to meet tourist demand and to reduce the strain on area businesses. “We’re looking at doing some...

 

Alaska at or near bottom in measures of economic health nationally

For the past seven years, the Alaska economy has performed “at or near the bottom” nationally in four key measures of economic health, according to a report released Nov. 17 by the University of Alaska Center for Economic Development. Taken...

 

The Way We Were

Nov. 23, 1922 J. Stockley Ligon, who was sent to Alaska by the U.S. Biological Survey to investigate wolf attacks, came to town this week, having caught six wolves – four on Kupreanof and two on Zarembo. Ligon is not so much concerned in actual...

 

Borough to seek community input on 6-Mile mill site development

In the Oct. 4 municipal election, Wrangell voters authorized the borough to sell or lease the 6-Mile mill site, a 39-acre parcel of land on Zimovia Highway. As they explore options for developing the land, borough officials will seek community...

 

Rushmore to retire as borough economic development director

Soon after Carol Rushmore stepped into her role as economic development director in 1993, Wrangell’s economic landscape changed forever. The sawmill, which had been the borough’s economic mainstay since the mid-1950s, shut down, setting off a...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    November 23, 2022

Silver Liningz to close next month after nearly six years

On Dec. 17, a downtown shop will turn off the open sign for good. Silver Liningz Boutique is closing after nearly six years in business, leaving customers to find their sassy fashions somewhere else....

 

Borough smart to cut asking price for hospital

When you’re trying to sell an unlivable house that needs an awful lot of expensive work — a fixer-upper, as it’s politely called — you keep dropping the price until someone comes along who wants the property and can afford to completely...

 

Palin can't win, that's why she lost

Former governor, former vice presidential candidate and perpetual self-promoter Sarah Palin now believes the old ways are the best ways when it comes to elections. She was the first Alaskan to sign a petition last week to put a repeal of...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Opinion    November 23, 2022

Getting active in community makes a difference in everybody's life

Back in March, I wrote a column about being a converted sports junkie. It detailed my appreciation for high school sports, and I believe it’s what spurred me to get more involved in the community since people still remark on it nearly nine months...

 

Legislature may hear two renewable energy proposals in upcoming session

Renewable energy advocates will try again at next year’s legislative session to win approval for extending the life of the state’s Renewable Energy Fund and creating a “green bank” to help finance clean-energy projects. The Renewable Energy...

 
 By Yereth Rosen    News    November 23, 2022

Ongoing worker shortage drags down Alaska economy

Alaska’s economy shows signs of prosperity. But it’s also facing an emerging crisis. A veteran economist described these contradictory forces in a presentation Nov. 16 at an industry conference in Anchorage. “We have the strangest and weirdest... Full story

 

Annual Audubon Christmas bird count scheduled for mid-December

Though you might not find four calling birds, three french hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree in the rainforest ecosystems of the Tongass, there can be no doubt that counting birds is a quintessential Christmas activity. On Dec....

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    November 23, 2022

Wrestlers take on their teammates in exhibition matches

A tournament that originally pitted the Wrangell High School wrestling squad against Petersburg and Sitka ended with the Wolves grappling the Wolves. Two rounds of wrestling, with a pause for senior...

 
 By James Brooks    News    November 23, 2022

Dunleavy, Murkowski, Peltola headed to victory today

All three incumbents likely clinched victory in Alaska’s statewide elections when the Alaska Division of Elections updated vote count results on Friday with thousands of additional absentee, questioned and early ballots from this fall’s general... Full story

 
 By Iris Samuels    News    November 23, 2022

Palin first to sign petition to repeal ranked-choice voting

A new group has announced it will attempt to do away with ranked-choice voting in Alaska by ballot initiative, and former Gov. Sarah Palin was the first to sign the petition — before the outcome of her failed congressional bid ws final. Alaskans...

 

BIA accepts Juneau parcel to hold in trust for Tlingit and Haida

A tiny parking lot on a little-traveled downtown side street is now a landmark achievement for Alaska Natives in Juneau, with the federal government approving a “land-into-trust” application last Thursday that paves the way for a range of...

 

Washington state orders closure of last fish-farming pens

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state Department of Natural Resources said Nov. 14 it will not renew a fish-farming company’s last remaining leases on net pens in Puget Sound. Department officials said Cooke Aquaculture has until Dec. 14 to finish...

 

State euthanizes black bear cub infected with avian flu

JUNEAU (AP) — A black bear cub in Southeast Alaska was euthanized after it became ill with avian influenza, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said. It is believed that the cub, which was located in Bartlett Cove in Glacier Bay National Park...

 
 By Mark Sherman    News    November 23, 2022

Supreme Court hears case against American Indian, Native adoption law

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court appears likely to leave in place most of a federal law that gives preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings of Native...

 

Indian Health Service wants to 'reenergize' vaccination efforts

PHOENIX (AP) - The Indian Health Service announced last Thursday that all tribal members covered by the federal agency will be offered a vaccine at every appointment when appropriate, under a new vacc...

 

Police report

Monday, Nov. 14 Parental matter. Welfare check. Traffic stop. Traffic stop. Tuesday, Nov. 15 Dog at large. Wednesday, Nov. 16 Theft. Parking complaint. Welfare check. Thursday, Nov. 17 Citizen assist: Vehicle unlock. Violating conditions of release:...

 

Longstanding problems led to banishment of village school principal

Leaders in the Western Alaska community of Kipnuk say the principal of nearly a decade bullied Native school staff members, put residents in jeopardy by ignoring COVID-19 restrictions and oversaw a decline in education quality. That’s why in Octobe...

 

Classified ads

HELP WANTED Wrangell Elks is looking for a full-time bartender to work 30 to 40 hours per week. Applicants need to be flexible with shifts and willing to work with employees and volunteers as a team. Pay scale is between $14 to $16 an hour, plus...

 

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