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 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    July 30, 2020 

Dan's Dispatch

The implementation of the CARES Act, which are the funds provided by the federal government to states to combat COVID-19, is constantly evolving. Earlier this month, after three Alaska House Labor and Commerce Committee meetings and hours of public...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 30, 2020 

COVID-19 daily update:

July 29 As of today’s date, there are 12 total cases of COVID-19 in Wrangell. Only three are considered active. Jamie Roberts with the EOC, said that there are 2,797 resident cases across the state... Full story

 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    July 2, 2020

Dan's Dispatch

Happy Fourth of July! This year, we are celebrating 244 years as an independent nation. In 1776, our representatives from all 13 colonies declared our independence from the British monarch. The vote for freedom actually happened on July 2nd, and in t...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 25, 2020

Questions on COVID-19 answered in online town hall

City officials organized an online town hall meeting last Thursday evening, June 18, to try and answer some community questions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The town hall also saw some special...

 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    June 18, 2020

Dan's Dispatch

Thank you to everyone who participated in the public testimony meeting last week hosted by the University of Alaska Board of Regents. As many of you are already aware, the University is considering merging the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS)...

 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    June 4, 2020

Dan's Dispatch

The COVID-19 pandemic has dominated our lives, and it has been the focus of Alaska leaders in an effort to slow the spread. However, I also want to begin focusing on what we will face once the pandemic subsides. Alaska has challenges different and...

 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    May 28, 2020

Dan's Dispatch

Earlier this week, the Alaska Legislature met to appropriate COVID-19 relief funds. The State of Alaska received over $1 billion from the Federal Government through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Governor Dunleavy...

 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    May 7, 2020

Dan's Dispatch

Happy Public Service Appreciation Week! Every year, PSA Week falls on the first full week of May, and its timing is uncanny this year. The past eight weeks have been a whirlwind for our public servants, and I cannot thank them enough. Information and...

 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    April 30, 2020

Dan's Dispatch

This past weekend, I hosted a Facebook Live event to catch up with District 36 while still social distancing. I was happy to see a lot of participation; there were great questions and comments! Thank you to everyone who listened in and offered...

 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    April 23, 2020

Dan's Dispatch

Wow the folks are getting it done! I have been so impressed with the Coronavirus response here in Southern Southeast Alaska. At every level - from each individual to businesses to local governments - we have worked together diligently to flatten the...

 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    April 16, 2020

Dan's Dispatch

House Bill 96, “Pioneers Home and Veterans Home Rates” passed the Legislature and is headed to the Governor’s desk for his signature. The goal of the bill is to adjust rates for our Pioneer Homes to reflect the level of service provided while...

 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    March 26, 2020

Dan's Dispatch

The State of Alaska has been operating at a deficit. This is nothing new and has been the primary challenge for the Legislature over the past five years. However, this year, some new wrenches were thrown into the equation: decreasing oil prices and...

 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    March 19, 2020

Dan's Dispatch

Last week, Alaska had its first case of the Coronavirus: a cargo pilot traveling through Anchorage. With the amount of travel that Alaskans have done over the last month, it is likely that there are more untested and unverified cases already here....

 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    March 12, 2020

Dan's Dispatch

Earlier this week, the Alaska House of Representative passed the operating budget. It took the House 43 days of session to pass the budget, which is the fastest we have passed one since 1993. I am proud with how quickly, efficiently, and...

 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    March 5, 2020

Dan's Dispatch

Thank you to everyone who spoke up during public testimony on the budget in House Finance last week. I need to hear from you in order to do my job, and I was incredibly impressed with the straight-for...

 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    February 27, 2020

Dan's Dispatch

Thank you to everyone who spoke up during public testimony on the budget in House Finance last week. I need to hear from you in order to do my job, and I was incredibly impressed with the straight-forward, intelligent, and passionate comments that...


New nonprofit recognized, citizens of the year named at chamber of commerce dinner

The Wrangell Chamber of Commerce held its annual dinner last Saturday evening. Community members from all over town came to the dinner, including several out-of-town guests such as Representative Dan...

 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    February 20, 2020

Dan's Dispatch

Each session, the Legislature’s biggest responsibility is to pass a budget for the State of Alaska. The House Budget Subcommittees - which examine the details of each department budget - have finished their budget recommendations. I serve as Chair...

 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    February 13, 2020

Dan's Dispatch

Let’s talk about the prospects of this year’s legislative session and budget deliberations as they relate to the AMHS. Our ferry system has been at the forefront of many legislative conversations: On the very first day of the Alaska State...

 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    February 6, 2020

Dan's Dispatch- Standing up for Alaska's Pioneers

Last year, I cosponsored and voted for House Bill 96, which reverses massive rate increases at the Pioneer Homes. This bipartisan legislation passed the House 35-4 and now is being considered by the Senate. If the Senate passes HB 96, we can reverse...

 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    January 30, 2020

Dan's Dispatch

The Alaska State Legislature began its 2020 session on January 21st. Last Friday, the Legislature held a joint session to vote on overriding two of Governor Dunleavy’s vetoes of House Bill 2001 from August of 2019. The Legislature had five days onc...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    January 9, 2020

2019: A year in review Part 2, July - December

Below is the second half of The Wrangell Sentinel's review of 2019, covering the months of July to December: July July 4 - Wrangell Police Chief Doug McCloskey was recognized for his service to the...


New state budget sees potential closure of Wrangell F&G office

Governor Mike Dunleavy's administration released a proposed budget for FY 2021 on Dec. 11. Total revenues for the state of Alaska would be about $8.77 million, and expenditures at $10.18 million. A...


Assembly hears from Rep. Ortiz, takes stance on Roadless Rule, discusses tax refund

The Borough assembly had a busy night during their meeting on Dec. 10. The meeting opened with a report from State Representative Dan Ortiz. Ortiz said he is going around to the communities he...

 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    November 14, 2019

Dan's Dispatch - State Legislature Year in Review

As the House Representative for District 36, I’m writing to update you on some of the issues currently before the Alaska State Legislature. The 2019 legislative sessions were challenging – we continued to grapple with creating the budget,...


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