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Articles from the November 30, 2022 edition

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Economic report says Wrangell's future could go either way

Readers can find both an optimistic view and gloomy numbers in the borough’s annual economic conditions report, issued last month. “With some of the lowest electrical rates in Alaska, the highest school district test scores, the potential to...

 

One safe and one missing after boat accident near Point Baker

Former Wrangell residents Kelsey Leak and Arne Dahl were involved in a boating accident late Sunday afternoon. By mid-afternoon Monday, Leak had been picked up by a nearby fishing vessel. As of... Full story

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    November 30, 2022

Wrangell students score higher than state average on assessment tests

Statewide assessment test scores have been released by the Alaska Department of Education, and the results are not good. In English language arts, 70% of students tested were not proficient. In math, 77% were not proficient. In science, 62% were not...

 

WCA to offer free food preservation classes in early December

Next month, Sarah Lewis of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Extension Service will help Wrangell residents develop the skills they need to ride out the dark winter days, from preserving delicious foods to reducing those shocking seasonal energy...

 

The Way We Were

Nov. 30, 1922 J.G. Galvin arrived in town Saturday after being out with engineers for the past several weeks. Mr. Galvin stated that John P. Van Orsdel of the J.D. Lacy Co. is preparing a report on timber conditions in the vicinity of Wrangell. The...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    November 30, 2022

Trip energizes T3 Alliance students to make a difference at home and across the country

Three students traveled to Boise, Idaho, earlier this month for a gathering of young minds that could shape not only their futures but the future of Wrangell and beyond. Members of the Teaching...

 

SEARHC plans COVID booster vaccination clinics for Dec. 9 and 16

Residents are invited to reserve a spot at the Wrangell Medical Center’s COVID-19 booster vaccination clinics planned for Dec. 9 and 16. Though infection rates in Wrangell and across Alaska have declined this fall, health officials are advising...

 

It's all about welcoming visitors

Wrangell wants more visitors and the money they bring to town. But to compete against all the other Southeast ports that also want more tourism dollars to flow into their economy, Wrangell needs to provide accommodations and activities to help make...

 

Smaller and local is better

The borough assembly said it was willing to discuss the issue when the Petersburg assembly suggested it’s time for the two communities to consider helping pay for restoring the Inter-Island Ferry Authority for runs between the towns. But there is...

 

Alaska needs to do more to attract new residents

More people moved out of Alaska than moved in every year between 2015 and 2021. If not for a healthy birth rate, the state population would have shrunk even more than it did. Wrangell has steadily lost population over the past 20 years, with the...

 

Local vessel operators willing to contract with borough for shuttle service

Wrangell vessel owners who already shuttle passengers and freight around southern Southeast said they would be willing to contract with the borough for service to Petersburg and Coffman Cove, rather than see the borough subsidize a return of the more...

 

Audit suggests borough adopt rate evaluation plan for future utility expenses

Despite recent rate hikes, the borough’s user fees are still insufficient to fully cover future big-ticket infrastructure costs, according to the audit of last year’s municipal finances. At a Nov. 15 assembly work session, Finance Director Mason...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    November 30, 2022

District launches STOPit reporting system to combat bullying

The Wrangell School District has taken another step toward curbing harassment by using modern technology. Earlier this month, the district installed the STOPit system on electronic devices to make it easier for students and staff to anonymously...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    November 30, 2022

Students create ornaments for downtown Christmas tree

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, thanks to Evergreen Elementary School students. Last Wednesday, students in every grade level had an opportunity to create ornaments for this year's commun...

 

Native artifacts return to Kake after 100-year absence

Nearing the end of his flight from Seattle to Juneau, Frank Hughes looked out his plane window to the ground below where the outline of the Kake slowly appeared beneath him. An excitement built in him, one that he said made him feel like his heart...

 

Southeast pink salmon harvest came in at 53% of 10-year average

The 2022 Southeast Alaska salmon harvest is estimated at 29.6 million fish, mostly comprised of 17.6 million wild stock pink salmon, according to Troy Thynes, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's regional management coordinator for commercial...

 

Swim club attends November Rain meet for first time in three years

The Wrangell Swim Club traveled to Petersburg to compete in the November Rain swim meet on Nov. 11 to 13. It was the first time since 2019 the club has competed in the meet. Club coach Jamie Roberts...

 

Theater returns

Top photo, from left: Kastle Powers, Silje Morse, Brogan Booker, Alana Harrison, Clara Carney, Amura Roaher and Mariah Carney, as the Von Trapp children, listen to Sarah Scambler, playing Maria, as...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    November 30, 2022

Schools fielding surveys about starting a track team

It’s been seven years since Wrangell had a spring sports offering for high school students. Baseball was canceled in 2015 due to a lack of participation, but now a proposed track program might be in the works. At the Nov. 21 school board meeting, M...

 

Alaska among top recipients of federal infrastructure spending

WASHINGTON — A year after Congress passed the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, Alaska has been allotted over $2.6 billion, making the state one of the top recipients per capita in the country. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs...

 

Police report

Monday, Nov. 21 Agency assist: Ambulance. Traffic control. Agency assist: Ambulance. Citizen assist: Vehicle unlock. Traffic stop. Tuesday, Nov. 22 Subpoena service. Agency assist: Honnah Police Department. Agency assist: Public Works Department....

 

The fun before the feast

Rolland Wimberley has a bear of a time running the Wrangell Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day. Wimberley, along with many others, ran and walked the Volunteer Park Nature Trail loop three times to...

 

Longtime resident Ron Kagee dies at 86

Ronald D. Kagee passed away Nov. 17 at the Wrangell Medical Center. Burial is planned for 1 p.m. on Dec. 6 at the Sunset Gardens Cemetery. No reception is planned. Ron was born to Bill and Toney Kagee... Full story

 
 By Yereth Rosen    News    November 30, 2022

Republican and Democratic state senators organize in coalition

Seventeen of Alaska’s 20 state senators and senator-elects have banded together to form a bipartisan majority coalition that members promise will be moderate and consensus-focused. Gary Stevens, a Kodiak Republican and veteran lawmaker known as a m... Full story

 

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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