Articles from the December 6, 2023 edition

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 By Larry Persily    News    December 6, 2023

Clearing work continues at slide; fundraising grows to help families

Response to the deadly landslide continues, with extensive clearing work to remove debris from along the highway to increase safety and with fundraising for families affected by the disaster,... Full story

 

It's a bright time of year

A crowd waited and then cheered as they watched the tree lighting downtown on Saturday, Dec. 2. It was a busy afternoon and evening for Christmas activities, with Santa greeting children at the Nolan...

 
 By Yereth Rosen    News    December 6, 2023

Changing climate expected to increase landslide risks in Alaska

As Wrangell continues to deal with the landslide that killed six people, Alaskans face a long-term challenge: How to prevent tragedies in the future as mountainous regions of the state become more unstable. “These landslides affecting Alaskans are... Full story

 

Elementary school students prepare for biannual art walk

For the past three years, the Evergreen Elementary School art walk has created a platform for students to share their artwork with the community. This season's walk, which is scheduled for Tuesday,...

 
 By Anna Laffrey    News    December 6, 2023

State Board of Fisheries votes down tighter regulation of sport chinook catch

The Alaska Board of Fisheries voted 4-2 against requiring in-season management to more effectively hold the sport fishery chinook catch within its harvest limit. The board voted on Friday, Dec. 1, at its meeting in Homer, which was primarily devoted...

 

The Way We Were

Dec. 6, 1923 The monthly report of the community nurse as given to the executive board of the Red Cross reveals the need of the nursing service for the community for as long a time as it can possibly be continued. The fact that a thoroughly...

 

Businesses stepped up -remember that

Wrangell has proven its boundless resilience, compassion and generosity the past two weeks. Individuals have donated, volunteered, hauled, organized and pitched in seemingly 24 hours a day since the deadly landslide tested the community’s faith...

 

Maybe our politicians could learn from AI

All this talk about artificial intelligence is a bit unsettling. Sure, in time, it will bring a lot of good to the world, particularly in medicines, finding and treating cancers, improving weather forecasting, eliminating boring and repetitive work,...

 

You can book on my special Christmas tree

The holidays are upon us once again. Streets, shops and homes are festooned with garlands, wreaths and twinkling multi-colored lights as festive music is playing. Hallmark and other TV channels are programming Yuletide-themed movies all day and night...

 
 By Lex Yelverton    News    December 6, 2023

Borough officials go to Washington to seek federal aid

Interim Borough Manager Mason Villarma and other local officials were in Washington, D.C., last week to ask for federal help for the community after its deadly landslide. “In terms of impact, the community is scared, I think, and rightfully so,...

 
 By Joaqlin Estus    News    December 6, 2023

National conservation group now supports landless Natives legislation

The Wilderness Society conservation group has changed its position and now supports a bill that would create five new Alaska Native corporations in Southeast Alaska. It historically has opposed the creation of the new corporations. Federal... Full story

 

Birders will flock together for annual count Dec. 16

During the upcoming bird count on Dec. 16, community members can acquaint themselves with Wrangell’s fine feathered friends and make meaningful contributions to a nationwide citizen science project. The island’s birding community participates in...

 

Lady Wolves place fourth in state tournament

An early loss against Chugiak's Birchwood Christian School at the state championship volleyball tournament threw the Lady Wolves off their game, and though they fought hard in the losers' bracket,...

 

Wolves take second in home tournament that draws over 160 wrestlers to the mats

The Wrangell Wolves hosted the Tom Sims Invitational Wrestling Tournament last weekend, coming away with 62 wins and 21 losses with 48 pins in the matches, including exhibitions. The wrestling team came in second to Ketchikan overall by just 2.5...

 

Elks Hoop Shoot offers burgers and free basketballs

The nationwide Elks Hoop Shoot has been around for more than 50 years, but it’s aimed at a much younger crowd than that. Contestants in the annual free-throw shooting event set for Saturday, Dec. 9, at the community gym can’t be older than 13....

 

New director wants to add exhibits, events at Nolan Center

Jeanie Arnold, who started work as the new director at the Nolan Center on Nov. 27, said she wants to "provide an overall sense of joy to the community of Wrangell through artistic exposure and...

 

Texas newspaperman returns to Alaska to run Wrangell chamber

The chamber of commerce board has chosen veteran media entrepreneur Tommy Wells as the organization's new executive director. "I'm excited about it. I think it's a great opportunity," Wells said in...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    December 6, 2023

Police advise to watch out for counterfeit bills

A few $100 and $20 bills have turned up in Wrangell, prompting police to caution businesses and everyone else to look for phonies. The fakes look real enough in design and color - except for the...

 
 By Anna Laffrey    News    December 6, 2023

State forecasts average pink salmon harvest in 2024

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced it expects Southeast Alaska commercial fishermen next year will harvest around 19 million pink salmon — close to an average number based on 63 years of commercial harvest data collected since Alaska...

 

Alaska Airlines agrees to buy Hawaiian Airlines

Alaska Airlines has agreed to buy Hawaiian Airlines in a $1.9 billion deal, putting it on track for a potential clash with the Biden administration that has shown wariness about consolidation in the airline industry. The combined company would keep...

 

Still seats open for holiday flights

Alaska Airlines looks at the calendar when it makes flight plans each year to accommodate Alaskans who want to fly out of state during the holiday break at schools. It’s not so much what day of the week Christmas and New Year’s fall on, but when...

 

Principal cautions parents to watch for risky social media trends

High school and middle school principal Jackie Hanson wants to alert parents about a disturbing new trend around the country in social media in which students are encouraging each other to engage in self-destructive acts. Hanson sent a memo to...

 

Police report

Monday, Nov. 27 Obstructing work zone: Citation issued for disregarding highway obstruction. Tuesday, Nov. 28 Theft. Obstructing work zone: Citation issued for disregarding highway obstruction. Wednesday, Nov. 29 Counterfeit money reported. Agency...

 

Ferry system reverses trend, hiring more crew than it lost

The state ferry system has hired more crew members than have left the agency over the past four months, Marine Director Craig Tornga told a public advisory board on Friday, Dec. 1, a rarity for the system which has been plagued by a net outflow of...

 

Classified ads

HELP WANTED Wrangell Public Schools is accepting applications for the following positions: - Paraprofessional: This is a part-time, 9-month classified position, working 5.75 hours per day. Salary placement is in Column A of the Classified Salary... Full story

 

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