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Articles from the December 7, 2022 edition

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Borough moves toward price cut for former hospital property

The borough assembly is moving toward lowering the asking price for the former Wrangell hospital by almost half and hiring a real estate agent to sell the property. The assembly at its Nov. 22 meeting accepted an ordinance to reduce the asking price...


Point Baker resident survives 24 hours on rock after boating accident

After a boating accident near Point Baker last week, former Wrangell resident Kelsey Leak spent 24 hours on West Rock before being rescued by a fishing boat. Her boyfriend, 27-year-old Arne Dahl has n...

 By Marc Lutz    Sports    December 7, 2022

Wrangell's attempt to net state volleyball title spiked in third match

An incredible run of wins took the Wrangell High School girls volleyball team all the way to the state championship playoffs at Palmer High School last Thursday and Friday. Even with their signature ability to come back from losses and overcome the...

 By Marc Lutz    News    December 7, 2022

WCA member households eligible for $2,000 in pandemic aid

Tribal members of the Wrangell Cooperative Association are eligible to receive funding from another round of COVID-19 federal pandemic relief under the American Rescue Plan Act. The WCA is accepting applications through Dec. 16 to distribute $2,000...


The Way We Were

Dec. 7, 1922 A local business change took place Tuesday when F.E. Gingrass retired from the Wrangell Machine Shop, having sold his interest to W.R. Nevill. Mr. Gingrass had been with the business for the past 11 years. In April, 1920, Bert Harvie,...

 By Marc Lutz    News    December 7, 2022

Senior repairs the bears from all the wear and tear

Cassady Cowan had a grand plan for her senior project to bring some vibrancy to Wrangell. Although her original plan didn't float, her backup plan bears repeating. When Cowan, 17, was trying to...


Federal money will help expand tribal broadband network in Southeast

Next year, Wrangell will become the first community with access to Tidal Network, the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska’s new broadband internet service. And thanks to a recent influx of federal funding, other...


Borough wants your ideas for former mill property

The borough has scheduled a public forum for 5:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Nolan Center to discuss a $2.5 million question: What would the community like to see done with the 6-Mile sawmill property which the borough purchased this summer? Sell the 39...


Alaska needs to accept that the world is changing

The world will continue to need liquid fuels refined from crude oil for decades. But it likely will need less in the decades ahead as it transitions to renewable energy sources in hopes of stemming the damages caused by a warming planet. Which means...

 By Larry Persily    News    December 7, 2022

Transboundary river protectors seek recognition by British Columbia

A Southeast advocacy group dedicated to protecting the transboundary rivers that flow from Canada through Alaska to the sea want the British Columbia government to work with Alaska Indigenous people on mine permits the same as tribal members on the...


No congressional earmarks proposed for Wrangell in federal budget

Sen. Lisa Murkowski has requested $490 million for more than 130 Alaska projects in congressional appropriations bills under consideration in Congress. None of the money would be headed to Wrangell, though the community could benefit indirectly from...

 By Marc Lutz    Sports    December 7, 2022

Boys basketball hitting the hardwood for new season

This year could look very different for the Wrangell High School boys basketball team. Already, the team is comprised of anywhere from 17 to 20 players, allowing coaches to modify their training...

 By Marc Lutz    Sports    December 7, 2022

Wrangell wrestlers face plenty of competition in Petersburg

Grapplers from all over Southeast traveled to Petersburg over the weekend to compete in the Viking Rumble tournament. Eleven different schools met on the mat, but incomplete round robins made it hard...


Organizers bring back holiday potluck after pandemic hiatus

Residents will gather for a “Christ-moose” potluck at the Nolan Center at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 18 to celebrate the holiday season through food and fellowship. All are welcome to the free event, which will feature moose meat prepared by Jake Harris of...

 By Zaz Hollander    News    December 7, 2022

Federal report recommends new safety regulations for Ketchikan flightseeing tours

The National Transportation Safety Board is calling for new federal regulations to safeguard Ketchikan flightseeing tours following years of deadly crashes, several of them involving cruise ship passengers and bad weather. Seven flightseeing crashes...

 By Mark Thiessen    News    December 7, 2022

EPA proposes veto of any Pebble mine plans; governor threatens lawsuit

ANCHORAGE (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Dec. 1 proposed restrictions that would block plans for a copper and gold mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region that is home to the world’s largest sockeye salmon run. A statement from...

 By Matthew Brown    News    December 7, 2022

Increasing federal effort helps return bison to tribal lands

BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, S.D. - Perched atop a fence at Badlands National Park, Troy Heinert peered from beneath his wide-brimmed hat into a corral where 100 wild bison awaited transfer to the Rosebud...

 By James Brooks    News    December 7, 2022

Alaska's two senators vote to protect same-sex marriages

Alaska’s two U.S. senators joined 10 other Republicans on Nov. 29 in voting to advance legal protections for same-sex and interracial marriages. The Respect for Marriage Act, which passed the Senate in a 61-36 vote, now goes to the House, which... Full story


Alaska Native corporations in court over resource revenue sharing

A new lawsuit threatens to upend a landmark, four-decade-old revenue-sharing pact that has guided the distribution of more than $2.5 billion among Alaska’s Native corporations. The litigation stems from the 121-page, 1982 settlement agreement that... Full story


Police report

Monday, Nov. 28 Found property. Welfare check. Civil issue. Welfare check. Tuesday, Nov. 29 Welfare check. Agency assist: Pretrial. Agency assist: Pretrial. Agency assist: Hoonah Police Department. Criminal mischief. Suspicious person. Wednesday,...

 By Max Graham    News    December 7, 2022

Biggest salmon processor in Haines will not operate for third year in a row

The biggest fish processing plant in the Haines borough will stay closed next summer for the third straight season, OBI Seafoods’ Excursion Inlet plant manager Tom Marshall said last week, citing a low pink salmon forecast and the company’s...

 By Becky Bohrer    News    December 7, 2022

Will Palin become 'old news' or find new role?

JUNEAU (AP) — Republican Sarah Palin re-emerged in Alaska politics over a decade after resigning as governor with hopes of winning the state’s U.S. House seat. She had a lot going for her: unbeatable name recognition, the backing of former...

 By Alena Naiden    News    December 7, 2022

Rescuers carry moose out after it fell through a window and into Soldotna home basement

Rescuing a moose that fell into a Soldotna basement was not something that Kenai Peninsula firefighter Gunnar Romatz expected on his shift Nov. 20. Nonetheless, that’s just where Romatz found himself — helping extract a young moose from the... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    December 7, 2022

Permanent Fund holds small exposure to cryptocurrency traders

On Nov. 28, the cryptocurrency bank BlockFi filed for bankruptcy, the announcement coming less than three weeks after the financial implosion of FTX, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges. The collapse of free-wheeling and... Full story


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