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  • Researcher delivers 3,000-year-old bone fragment to tribe

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Jun 19, 2024

    A large audience turned out to hear an evolutionary biologist explain the connection between a dime-size piece of 3,000-year-old human bone found in a cave near Wrangell and present-day Alaska Natives, who welcomed the opportunity to return a distant ancestor to her final resting place. Charlotte Lindqvist, a professor in the department of biological sciences at the University of Buffalo in New York, gave the presentation June 13 at the Nolan Center. The event focused on a bone fragment...

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    Jun 19, 2024

    FOR SALE 1967 pistol, left-hand gun with case. Browning semi-automatic. Medalist XXX189T7. Never fired. $1,000. 253-854-7523. FOR SALE Southeast hand troll permit. $7,500. 253-854-7523. HELP WANTED Wrangell Cooperative Association Transportation (WCAT) is seeking two road/trail maintenance laborers. Complete job descriptions and applications are available outside the Wrangell Cooperative Association office at 1002 Zimovia Highway. Positions are open until filled. Contact Lizzy Romane at 907-874-3077 with any questions. HELP WANTED Johnson’s Bui...

  • Biologist will explain Alaska Natives' connection with prehistoric bone fragments

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Jun 12, 2024

    A University at Buffalo, New York, professor will talk about the genetic connection between human remains thousands of years old discovered in a cave near Wrangell and Alaska Natives in the area today. The presentation, sponsored by the Wrangell Cooperative Association and the U.S. Forest Service, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at the Nolan Center. The event will be free to the public. Evolutionary biologist Charlotte Lindqvist of the university’s department of biological sciences is coming to Wrangell for the presentation. “I wil...

  • Assembly may stop donations to radio, chamber, senior center

    Larry Persily, Wrangell Sentinel|Jun 12, 2024

    In addition to focusing on big-dollar issues, assembly members at last week’s budget work session discussed a collective $50,000 question: Whether the borough should contribute money to KSTK radio, the chamber of commerce and the senior center. The issue of improving playgrounds also came up toward the end of the meeting. Unlike recent years when the borough assembly appropriated cash for the radio station, chamber and senior center, the draft budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1 does not include any such direct payments. Borough M...

  • EPA pushes state to update fish consumption data and water quality rules

    James Brooks, Alaska Beacon|Jun 12, 2024

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is prodding the state of Alaska over its failure to update water pollution rules. On Thursday, June 6, the EPA issued a formal determination that the state should update pollution limits that are based in part on the amount of fish consumed by individuals. Under federal law, those limits are supposed to be reviewed every three years, but Alaska has not updated its limits since 2003. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has been working since 2013 on an updated list of water quality...

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    Jun 12, 2024

    FOR SALE 1967 pistol, left-hand gun with case. Browning semi-automatic. Medalist XXX189T7. Never fired. $1,000. 253-854-7523. FOR SALE Southeast hand troll permit. $7,500. 253-854-7523. FOR SALE 2008 Honda motorcycle XR65OL. Excellent condition. Dual sport. Very low mileage. Large custom fuel tank. Custom exhaust. $4,500. Call 907-874-3676. HELP WANTED Tongass FCU is looking for someone to join our team as a Member Service Representative in our Wrangell branch. If you want to make an impact, learn and grow, apply online at tongassfcu.com or sto...

  • Assembly sets property tax rate at same as last year

    Larry Persily, Wrangell Sentinel|Jun 5, 2024

    As Wrangell’s population continues to age, the total value of senior citizen-owned homes exempt from property taxes continues to grow. About 27% of Wrangell’s population was 65 years or older last year (551 of 2,039 residents), according to Alaska Department of Labor statistics. That’s up from just under 23% in 2020 (482 of 2,127) and 19% in 2015 when the town’s population was much larger at 2,442. State law requires municipalities to exempt from property taxes the first $150,000 in assessed value on homes owned by senior citizens and disable...

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    Jun 5, 2024

    FOR SALE 2008 Honda motorcycle XR65OL. Excellent condition. Dual sport. Very low mileage. Large custom fuel tank. Custom exhaust. $4,500. Call 907-874-3676. HELP WANTED Wrangell Cooperative Association Transportation (WCAT) is seeking two road/trail maintenance laborers. Complete job descriptions and applications are available outside the Wrangell Cooperative Association office at 1002 Zimovia Highway. Positions are open until filled. Contact Lizzy Romane at 907-874-3077 with any questions. HELP WANTED Johnson’s Building Supply is accepting a...

  • Elevated toxin levels found in shellfish at City Park and Shoemaker

    Becca Clark, Wrangell Sentinel|May 29, 2024

    Wrangell Cooperative Association’s most recent test for paralytic shellfish toxins in blue mussels at two sites in town showed unhealthy levels. “Paralytic shellfish toxins (PST) levels are above the FDA regulatory limit. … PSTs cause paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP), and eating wild shellfish from these sites may increase the risk of PSP,” WCA published in a report May 17 after tests from shellfish at City Park and Shoemaker helipad came back with elevated levels of toxins. The toxins are caused by Alexandrium, a type of phytopl...

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    May 29, 2024

    HELP WANTED Wrangell Cooperative Association Transportation (WCAT) is seeking two road/trail maintenance laborers. Complete job descriptions and applications are available outside the Wrangell Cooperative Association office at 1002 Zimovia Highway. Positions are open until filled. Contact Lizzy Romane at 907-874-3077 with any questions. HELP WANTED Johnson’s Building Supply is accepting applications for the following positions: Customer Service: Duties include counter sales, freight handling, customer deliveries, stocking and inventory. F...

  • WCA hires Ed Caum as tourism coordinator

    Becca Clark, Wrangell Sentinel|May 22, 2024

    Cruise ships have started to make their appearances at the City Dock, and the Wrangell Cooperative Association has geared up for the season by hiring Ed Caum as tourism coordinator. Caum, known by some in town as "Fast Eddy" from his rock and roll radio shows on KSTK in the '70s, started the position at the beginning of May. The tourism branch of WCA is set up to grow exponentially, Caum said. Economic development and bringing new money into town are two of his goals. He emphasized that the...

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    May 22, 2024

    HELP WANTED Wrangell Public Schools is accepting applications for a K-12 Intervention Teacher. This grant-funded position works in the Migrant/Title I programs to provide reading and math intervention for grades K-12. An Alaska Type A Teaching Certificate with the appropriate endorsements is required. Contact the district office at 874-2347 for more information. The anticipated start date is Aug. 19, 2024. For more information and detailed job description, please contact the District Office at 907-874-2347. This position is open until filled....

  • New museum display highlights clan items returned to Wrangell

    Becca Clark, Wrangell Sentinel|May 15, 2024

    The Nolan Center is unveiling a new display this weekend featuring repatriated clan items that were returned to Wrangell last fall. Objects in the display include xóots shákee.át, a bear headdress; tsax l'axhk'eit, a marmot mask; kéet shakee.át s'áaxhw, a killer whale hat (a replica); and gunakadeit s'eikdaakeit, a sea monster tobacco pipe. The items were returned to Wrangell from the Thomas Burke Memorial Museum at the University of Washington. Though most historical details of the objec...

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    May 15, 2024

    HELP WANTED Wrangell Cooperative Association Transportation (WCAT) is seeking two road/trail maintenance laborers. Complete job descriptions and applications are available outside the Wrangell Cooperative Association office at 1002 Zimovia Highway. Positions are open until filled. Contact Lizzy Romane at 907-874-3077 with any questions. HELP WANTED Johnson’s Building Supply is accepting applications for the following positions: Customer Service: Duties include counter sales, freight handling, customer deliveries, stocking and inventory. Full-ti...

  • Workshop this weekend will teach sea otter pelt sewing

    Becca Clark, Wrangell Sentinel|May 8, 2024

    "Wear sea otter, save a crab!" says Jeremiah James. James will teach a sea otter skin sewing class in Wrangell Thursday through Sunday, May 9-12, at the Wrangell Cooperative Association cultural center. The workshop, put on by Sealaska Heritage Institute, will teach about 15 students to hand sew a pattern of their choosing, including garments like hats, scarves, headbands and pillows. James, who lives in Yakutat and Juneau, got into sea otter sewing in 2011 after taking a beginner sewing class...

  • Prize-winning reporter will talk about rural public safety at remembrance day event

    Becca Clark, Wrangell Sentinel|May 1, 2024

    Kyle Hopkins, an award-winning journalist for his reporting work on sexual assault in Alaska, will be the keynote speaker at an event for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP) Awareness Day at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at Shakes Tribal House. Hopkins was the lead reporter on the 2020 Pulitzer Prize-winning “Lawless” series published by the Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica. The project explored sexual assault in Alaska and why the problem was getting worse. Though his work is not focused directly on MMIP, he hopes to share the parts of...

  • Borough receives federal reimbursement for landslide expenses

    Becca Clark, Wrangell Sentinel|Apr 24, 2024

    The borough will be reimbursed for roughly $900,000 it spent on debris removal, restoring downed power lines, overtime pay and other expenses after the deadly landslide in November. The borough’s request for federal disaster assistance for the Nov. 20 landslide was approved April 8. The federal money will reimburse the borough for its costs in dealing with the landslide, which Borough Manager Mason Villarma estimates at about $900,000. The work included installing new power poles and transmission lines; the power was out for about a week for r...

  • WCA awarded federal funds to develop climate change response plan

    Becca Clark, Wrangell Sentinel|Apr 24, 2024

    Wrangell Cooperative Association’s Tl’átḵ - Earth Branch was awarded over $200,000 from the Bureau of Indian Affairs for its climate action and adaptation plan to help respond to the growing concerns and risks of climate change. In surveys conducted last spring, WCA learned that tribal and community members have observed warmer winters and cooler summers, earlier and weaker salmon runs, less game on the island and an increased presence of invasive species, said Alex Angerman, Earth Branch coordinator. The climate action and adaptation plan w...

  • Medical loan closet will need new home after property sale

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Apr 10, 2024

    The community's medical equipment loan closet that has been in a number of locations over the years will likely have to look for a new home once more. With the forthcoming sale of the former hospital next to Evergreen Elementary School later this month to Georgia-based real estate developer Wayne Johnson, the Wrangell Community Loan Closet will have to move its reserve of medical equipment to a new location. Don McConachie Sr., who runs the service, talked on April 4 with borough manager Mason...

  • Potentially prehistoric artifact found on land of former Wrangell Institute

    Becca Clark, Wrangell Sentinel|Apr 3, 2024

    A blue plastic baseball, part of a wooden clarinet, a glass Horlicks malted milk bottle, a 1938 Mercury dime and a net sinker made of slate, potentially from prehistoric times. All these items were discovered on the property of the former Wrangell Institute during archaeological monitoring completed last fall. The borough is developing the property of the former Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding school into the Alder Top Village (Keishangita.'aan) subdivision and plans to offer 20 residential lo...

  • Federal aid available to individuals who suffered losses from landslide

    Becca Clark, Wrangell Sentinel|Apr 3, 2024

    Federal financial aid made available by a presidential disaster declaration requested by the Wrangell Cooperative Association is now available for people who suffered economic damages from the Nov 20 landslide. The assistance includes grants for home or vehicle repairs, temporary rental assistance, replacing essential personal property and loss of subsistence foods, as well as medical, dental and funeral expenses. The assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency is not available for damages covered by insurance, state disaster...

  • Annual community cleanup sweeps into town April 20

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Apr 3, 2024

    The time is coming once again for residents to help clean up the town, with Wrangell’s annual community cleanup scheduled for Saturday, April 20. The spring cleanup includes volunteers picking up as much trash around town as possible. The event will start at the Evergreen Elementary gym at 8 a.m. and continue until noon, when there will be a free lunch. Free trash bags and disposable gloves will be provided and there will be drawings and cash prizes for volunteers. After the bags and gloves are handed out, volunteers can head out and clean u...

  • Presidential disaster declaration will provide WCA with funds to clean landslide tidelands

    Becca Clark, Wrangell Sentinel|Mar 27, 2024

    Presidential approval of a disaster declaration for the Wrangell Cooperative Association will make more than half-a-million dollars available for the tribe to remove hazardous material from the beach covered in debris by the 11-Mile landslide on Nov. 20. WCA is the first tribe in Alaska to receive a federal disaster declaration, and the fourth in the nation to provide individual assistance under the program, said Esther Aaltséen Reese, WCA tribal administrator. President Joe Biden signed the declaration on March 15. The funding will cover the...

  • WCA hires domestic violence prevention specialist

    Becca Clark, Wrangell Sentinel|Mar 20, 2024

    Kevin Gadsey, hired last month by the Wrangell Cooperative Association to work on domestic violence prevention, said the problem is more traumatic in smaller communities like Wrangell, where survivors often must leave town for support and treatment. Alaska has some of the highest domestic violence rates in the country, especially among Native communities. While more support and resources for survivors of domestic violence are needed, a key piece of the equation is prevention, Gadsey noted. The...

  • Advocates hope seafood consumption survey leads to higher water quality standards

    Becca Clark, Wrangell Sentinel|Mar 20, 2024

    Clean water advocates believe a seafood consumption survey among Wrangell residents might help in their push for higher water quality standards. Together, the Wrangell Cooperative Association and the Southeast Alaska Indigenous Transboundary Commission will conduct a survey in Wrangell to determine the quantity and types of seafood community members consume. The goal of the survey is to update the region’s outdated fish consumption rate, said Esther Aaltséen Reese, WCA tribal administrator. The metric is used by the U.S. Environmental Pr...

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