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It's beginning to look a lot like ...

Ofelia Santiago-Ballou, 4, can barely contain her excitement last Saturday night as she tells Santa Claus (Andrew Zeutzius) what she wants for Christmas. Ofelia was one of a couple hundred children...

 
 By Yereth Rosen    News    December 14, 2022

Lower 48 tribes join up with Alaska Natives to protect transboundary rivers

Alaska Native tribes seeking better protection from the environmental impacts of Canadian mines have enlisted allies in their flight: Lower 48 tribal governments with concerns of their own about transboundary mining impacts. A delegation of tribal... Full story

 

Inflation affects purchasing power during holiday shopping season

Between the holiday wreaths adorning Front Street shops and the tall tree next to Elks Lodge, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. But for some, the season may look a little leaner this year as residents and local businesses feel the...

 

Bardin-Siekawitch receives full college scholarship through national program

Every year on Dec. 1, the internet is flooded with variations on the same video - a high school senior sits at their laptop surrounded by a crowd of onlookers who are anxious to discover whether the...

 

The Way We Were

Dec. 14, 1922 Last Sunday evening, a service of more than common interest was held in the Presbyterian Church. Though erected 43 years ago and occupied continuously as a place of worship, the building had never been formally set apart as a house of...

 

Ornamental arts and crafts

Maria Smith, above, works intently on painting a salt dough ornament at the WCA cultural center last Friday. Children and their families were invited to come choose from a variety of ornaments to...

 

Students learn to cook under pressure - and enjoy it

From deadly toxins to dangerous explosions, the risks of pressure canning make this vital home skill sound like a stunt straight out of the "Mission: Impossible" franchise. But, armed with knowledge f...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    December 14, 2022

Easy to cut a Christmas tree; just follow Forest Service guidelines

Finding the perfect tree in Wrangell isn’t as easy as driving to the nearest lot and picking out a Christmas conifer. But, like many other pastimes in Alaska, one can be hunted down in the Tongass National Forest, as long as the rules are...

 

'Tis not the season to wait for online orders

No doubt Wrangell businesses do not stock everything on your holiday shopping list, but they probably have something on hand for most everyone on your list. It’s just a matter of being adaptive, like when the barge is late and you have to change...

 

It took me awhile to care about spelling

I was never a good student. I was easily distracted, especially in elementary and high school, and figured sentence construction, adverbs, adjectives and spelling were for the students who sat in the...

 

Wrangell schools should end COVID travel testing policy

I am the parent of an upcoming graduating senior at Wrangell High School. This May, I will have had two kids successfully complete their primary and secondary education through the Wrangell public schools. As I write this letter, I aim not to be too...

 

No confirmed sightings of giant northern hornets this year

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Citizen trapping of northern giant hornets in northwest Washington ended Nov. 30 without any confirmed sightings of the hornets this year, state officials said Dec. 6. The Washington State Department of Agriculture also...

 

Harvey Gross -- April 7, 1929, to Nov. 30, 2022

Lifelong resident Harvey Gross came to the end of the trail and met death on Nov. 30, 2022, at the Wrangell SEARHC medical hospital. Born in Wrangell on April 7, 1929, to his Tlingit mother Bessie... Full story

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    December 14, 2022

Wynne makes a slam dunk with school senior project

Leroy Wynne knows the value of volunteering and has experienced its rewards on the hardwood. Throughout October and into November, Wynne helped coach fourth and fifth graders in basketball, giving...

 

Schwartz-Yeager opens pop-up shop until Christmas

From the subtle shifts in an ocean current to the play of light and shadow on a snow-topped mountain, the work of Wrangell artist Brenda Schwartz-Yeager captures the ever-changing landscapes of...

 

Oh Christmas tree

Above: The Crayne family, Eric, holding Theo, and Aria, holding Laylynn, pose for a photo during the Christmas tree lighting event on Front Street last Saturday night. Right: Lights twinkle...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    December 14, 2022

Wrangell places second in Southeast; 7 wrestlers qualify for state

There was plenty of tough competition last Friday and Saturday as the Wrangell High School wrestling squad attended the Southeast Division II regional championship competition in Ketchikan. Head...

 

New tech repair business boots up in Wrangell

If your smartphone screen is cracked, your tablet is on the fritz or your laptop won’t stop generating pop-up windows after you clicked on a suspicious link, Tyler Riberio of Tydi Creek Tech might be able to help. His new tech repair service...

 

No deaths in Alaska commercial fishing industry for second year ever

For the second time ever, Alaska went a year without any fatalities in its commercial fishing industry. The U.S. Coast Guard reported that there were no operational fatalities from Oct. 1, 2021, to Sept. 30, 2022, in Alaska’s commercial fishing...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    December 14, 2022

Girls basketball team lacing up for new season

"Remember, ladies," head coach Christina Good yells to her players from across the high school gym, "stretch really good. Hammies. Quads." Good moves about the hardwood, keeping an eye on the...

 
 By James Brooks    News    December 14, 2022

Postal delay prevents vote counting in six rural villages

Ballots from six rural Alaska villages were not fully counted in Alaska’s November elections, the Division of Elections said. A division official said the U.S. Postal Service failed to deliver them to the state election headquarters before the... Full story

 

State elections director retires; boss says misinformation takes toll on workers

Alaska’s top elections administrator left her job and retired last week, after overseeing the state’s first ranked-choice elections. Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai, 60, has held the job since 2019, when she was appointed by former...

 

Recount does not change results in tight legislative races

JUNEAU (AP) — A recount of an Anchorage-area state Senate race reaffirmed Republican Cathy Giessel as the winner, while a recount of an Anchorage House race reaffirmed Republican Rep. Tom McKay as the winner. The Senate recount was conducted by...

 

Police report

Monday, Dec. 5 Agency assist: Harbor Department. Agency assist: Fire Department. Tuesday, Dec. 6 Agency assist: Public Facilities. Citizen assist. Trespass. Parking complaint. Violation condition of release: Driving while revoked. Wednesday, Dec. 7...

 

Alaska average wages slide down to 8th highest in nation

The high wages that once coaxed people to Alaska have continued to shrink compared to the rest of the U.S., due partly to a statewide recession before the pandemic and a slow recovery after it, according to a new report from the Alaska Department of...

 

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