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 By Larry Persily    News    September 21, 2022 

Borough works to reduce need for property taxes to repay bonds

Officials believe the borough can cover the entire annual debt payment on $3.5 million in school maintenance bonds by taking advantage of strong sales tax revenues and higher federal aid payments — without turning to property taxes. State lease...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    September 21, 2022 

Wrangell to go without ferry service 3 weeks in January

Wrangell will be without ferry service from Jan. 10 to Feb. 3 under the fall/winter schedule released by the Alaska Marine Highway System last week. The rest of the seven months covered by the schedule includes a weekly stop in each direction in...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    September 21, 2022 

Retired teacher recalls a royal lunch with Queen Elizabeth II

A nine-course lunch in 1965 left an indelible mark on the memory of a young teacher from Denver. Queen Elizabeth II died on Sept. 8 at the age of 96, but she left an historical legacy that included a...

 
 By Eric Stone    News    September 21, 2022 

Court says Metlakatla tribe can fish outside reserve boundaries

A federal appeals court has ruled that Metlakatla tribal members shouldn’t need state permits to fish in waters they’ve traditionally relied on — even outside their reservation’s boundaries. The decision is a major victory in the tribe’s...

 

'Strengthen Your Spirit' program combines physical fitness and cultural values

Exuberant shouts resounded in the Evergreen Elementary gym last Thursday night as a group of nine young runners, between the third and fifth grades, bounded into the room for another session of I Toowú Klatseen, a running program for youth that...

 

Tanner Thomassen bags first moose after trying 15 years

Last Thursday afternoon, Tanner Thomassen, 27, shot Wrangell's first moose of the season on Andrew Island in the Stikine River. The moose is also Thomassen's first - he has been trying to bag one sinc...

 

Otter attacks Sitka swimmer, biting at his feet

As he neared the end of an ocean swim just south of Sitka earlier this month, Dean Orbison felt a pain in his foot and thought he’d kicked a rock. But when the pain recurred, he stopped to look around and was startled by what he saw. A river otter...

 

Researchers find 11,000-year-old fish weir off Prince of Wales Island

A team of scientists exploring an underwater region of southern Southeast Alaska has discovered what might be the oldest stone fish weir ever found in the world. The existence of the fish trap, which is thought to date to at least 11,100 years ago,...

 

Typhoon leaves behind extensive flooding in Western Alaska

The remnants of a massive Pacific typhoon that battered a thousand-mile stretch of Western Alaska dissipated Sunday morning, with floodwaters dropping and communities assessing damage from one of the worst storms on record. The storm left a trail of...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    September 21, 2022 

Parks and Recreation strengthens weight room options with new equipment

It's taken a few years of requests and planning, but the community center weight room finally has new equipment, freeing up valuable space and increasing safety. Two metal frames allow users to do...

 

Alex Angerman to push for day care, community outreach

Alex Angerman, CARES Act coordinator for the Wrangell Cooperative Association, is running for borough assembly to improve community outreach and foster youth engagement in municipal government. "The...

 

Robbins wants to encourage students and families to stay in Wrangell

Brittani Robbins is running for borough assembly to bolster Wrangell's economic development and stem the out-migration of families and youth from the island. Robbins, 37, is executive director of the...

 

Powell wants more borough land in private ownership

After seven years on the borough assembly, Bay Co. manager David Powell is running for another three-year term. Powell's desire to get land out of the borough's hands was what first motivated him to...

 

Senior Center foundation in need of repair

One of the foundational wooden beams under the Senior Center is rotting and will have to be repaired, according to Borough Manager Jeff Good. “There is no immediate threat to life and safety,” Good explained, but he hopes to address the problem...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    September 21, 2022 

Lawyer provides direction on estate planning, protecting assets

What to do with someone's property when they die can be a complicated task involving beneficiaries, a ton of paperwork and the court system. But it doesn't necessarily have to be. Liz Smith, a...

 
 By Mark Sabbatini    News    September 21, 2022 

U.S. Senate candidates shows their differences on issues

The three candidates for U.S. Senate in November’s general election shared familiar political stances on Southeast Alaska issues during an hour-long forum at the Southeast Conference in Ketchikan on Sept. 13. Incumbent U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a...

 
 By Mark Thiessen    News    September 21, 2022 

Fourth-place finisher for U.S. Senate drops out of the race

ANCHORAGE (AP) — A little-known candidate for the U.S. Senate race in Alaska has suspended his campaign, hoping not to divide the GOP vote during the general election by throwing his support to a fellow Republican backed by former President Donald...

 
 By Morgan Krakow    News    September 21, 2022 

Dunleavy opposes federal student loan forgiveness

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has joined a group of other Republican governors in signing a letter to President Joe Biden opposing a recent move to forgive some student loan debt to eligible Americans. Biden announced his administration would relieve $10,000...

 

Alaskans will start receiving $3,284 payout next week

Eligible Alaskans will receive a $3,284 check, which includes the annual Permanent Fund dividend and a one-time energy relief payment, starting Sept. 20. Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced the exact amount of the payments during a live stream last...

 

COVID boosters soon available through SEARHC

The Wrangell Medical Clinic expects to receive doses of the new COVID booster this week or next, according to Randi Yancey, medical office coordinator at the clinic. Both the Pfizer and Moderna boosters will be available once the shipment arrives....

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    September 14, 2022

Supply chain issues, high demand keep hunters scrambling to reload

Issues with lingering supply chain disruptions that started with the COVID-19 pandemic have put hunters and gun enthusiasts in a bind. Though there are signs that ammunition shortages are on the...

 

To encourage more young fishermen, look to farm programs as models, new study argues

Young Alaskans seeking to break into commercial fishing face a lot of the same barriers that confront young farmers in the Lower 48 states, but they have far fewer resources to help overcome those...

 

Homeschooling growing in Alaska, not as much for Wrangell students

Now that in-person school is available, the Wrangell homeschool community has shrunk to roughly pre-pandemic levels, though community awareness of alternative education options has increased. Homeschool education, which has been growing steadily...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    September 14, 2022

New Muddy Water 38-foot catamaran adds to tour boat fleet

A dream that started eight years ago smoothly sailed into reality in August. Last month, Muddy Water Adventures introduced the newest addition to its fleet: A 38-foot-long catamaran dubbed Island...

 

Cultural, climate stress can affect Native communities, speaker says

The blood-type diets and elaborate self-care routines of the wellness industry offer an individualized view of health, where sicknesses and cures begin and end within a single person’s body. However, for Meda DeWitt, Tlingit traditional healer,...

 

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