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 By Marc Lutz    News    January 18, 2023

Senior turns passion for game into project for school

Basketball and Jacen Hay go together like 3-point baskets and, well, Jacen Hay. It's no surprise then that the student-athlete chose to integrate basketball into his senior project, helping to coach...

 

Draft summer ferry schedule similar to past year for Wrangell

The Alaska Marine Highway System has released its draft summer schedule for coastal communities, proposing a similar level of service to Wrangell as last year. The largest vessel in the fleet, the Columbia, coming out of a three-year tie-up, is sched...

 
 By Mark Thiessen    News    January 18, 2023

Federal disaster aid documents translated into Native languages were gibberish

ANCHORAGE (AP) — After tidal surges and high winds from the remnants of a rare typhoon caused extensive damage to homes along Alaska’s western coast in September, the federal government stepped in to help residents — largely Alaska Natives ...

 
 By James Brooks    News    January 18, 2023

State clears up backlog of untested sexual assault exam kits

Alaska’s backlog of untested sexual assault examination kits has all but disappeared after a five-year, multimillion-dollar effort, according to a report presented to the Alaska Legislature. The kits, also known as “rape kits,” are used to... Full story

 

Assembly approves funding for trash station loading dock project

Thanks in part to an influx of federal money, the borough’s sanitation department staff will soon be saved the treacherous task of hauling trash bales up and down a slippery, frozen ramp. The borough assembly accepted the terms of a $250,000 grant...

 

State director leaves job amid backlog of unanswered food stamp applications

A monthslong backlog in processing food stamps applications is now the responsibility of a new director. Shawnda O’Brien, who had served as director of Alaska’s Division of Public Assistance, departed with no explanation or indication of moving o...

 

Kingdom Worship Conference coming to town next month

It took several years after Abigail Armstrong first had the idea, but a three-day conference to train musicians, artists and others in sharing and spreading a religious message is planned for Feb. 3-5 in Wrangell. “It’s a Southeast-wide...

 

Sentinel and visitor bureau join together on annual guide

The Sentinel and the Wrangell Convention and Visitor Bureau are joining together to put out a more comprehensive booklet to help draw visitors to town, guide them when they are here, and help promote the community’s businesses. The Sentinel has...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    January 11, 2023

Holland America schedules two stops in Wrangell in 2024

As the old saying goes, “Variety is the spice of life,” and Wrangell must have made a good impression for Holland America to change its menu for 2024. The cruise line made a late-scheduled stop near the end of the 2022 season, bringing more than...

 
 By Sabine Poux    News    January 11, 2023

New federal law will allow halibut charter fleet to buy commercial quota shares

The halibut charter boat fleet in Southeast and the Gulf of Alaska will be able to collectively buy quota shares from commercial fishermen under a provision in the federal omnibus budget bill passed at the end of December. The program would be funded...

 

Community gym fires up workouts for cold winter months

Whether you want to incubate a godlike physique during the winter months, brush up on your weightlifting form or just enjoy an early morning sweat session with friends, the community gym's new...

 

2022 in review: The stories that captivated Wrangell

From impressive athletic successes and community celebrations to business closures and painful losses, Wrangell's 2022 was full of engaging stories, both triumphant and tragic. Last January was a mont...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    January 11, 2023

Schools drop COVID testing requirement for traveling athletes

As part of its ongoing review and update of the schools’ mitigation plan, the Wrangell School District has dropped the COVID-19 testing requirement for athletes traveling for games. The requirement was dropped at the start of the year. Schools...

 

Record rainfall recorded at Juneau last year, but nothing special about Wrangell's wetness

Juneau saw record-breaking levels of rainfall in 2022, but National Weather Service measurements and the observations of local amateur meteorologist Bill Messmer suggest that Wrangell was spared the w...

 

FedEx 'remote surcharge' applies to Wrangell, much of Alaska

Shoppers who have items shipped via FedEx can probably assume higher charges come the end of the month. On Jan. 30, a surcharge of $13.25 per package will be added to any delivery the company has deemed “remote.” The fee applies to FedEx Express...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    January 11, 2023

High school senior believes his survey data could help improve the community

It's an ambitious senior project that doesn't involve building something, volunteering, painting or reading to the sick or elderly. But it could help make Wrangell a better place to live. Will...

 

New area sportfish manager moved into job from commercial fisheries

Whether locals or visitors, newbies or experienced sportsmen, recreational fishers who cast their lines in the Petersburg-Wrangell management area have a new resource for all things sportfishing. After spending the past 18 years working in the...

 

Borough to absorb wholesale electric rate hike until rate reevaluation in spring

The Southeast Alaska Power Agency (SEAPA) has approved an electricity rate hike of a quarter of a cent per kilowatt hour. The additional charge went into effect for its three municipalities — Ketchikan, Wrangell and Petersburg — on Jan. 1, but...

 

Federal spending bill includes advance funding for Indian Health Service

Health care services for Native Americans and Alaska Natives will be bolstered by a provision included in the government spending bill approved by Congress in the final hours of the 2022 session. The measure provides more certainty for a federal...

 

Demonstration project pellet mill will go on Gravina Island, across from Ketchikan

A demonstration project wood-pellet mill is scheduled to be built on Gravina Island, across the Tongass Narrows from Ketchikan, in mid to late 2023 by the region’s economic development organization, the Southeast Conference. The nonprofit...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    January 11, 2023

Job training program teaches work and life skills to special education students

Keely Good excitedly showed her friend Carter Hammer around the thrift store, pointing out where various items could be found. After that, she showed him how to ring up customers with the cash...

 
 By Yereth Rosen    News    January 11, 2023

State Senate leader lists school funding, teacher retention as priorities

As the Alaska Legislature’s 2023 session approaches, a state Senate leader last Thursday highlighted the potential benefits of that body’s newly formed bipartisan majority coalition. Incoming Senate Majority Leader Cathy Giessel said the nine... Full story

 
 By James Brooks    News    January 11, 2023

Alaska House still without leadership coalition a week before session starts

As Americans watched the U.S. House struggle to elect a leader, Alaskans may soon see a similar situation develop in the state House of Representatives. “These proceedings back east, it’s a stark reminder to a lot of us that we could be going... Full story

 
 By James Brooks    News    January 11, 2023

Birth rate helps make up for loss of residents who left Alaska last year

Alaska’s population rose in 2022 according to new estimates released Jan. 5 by the Alaska Department of Labor, marking a second consecutive year of increases after four years of declines. The new Alaska population estimate, 736,556, is the highest... Full story

 

State forecasts continued jobs recovery in Southeast this year

Southeast Alaska saw a “stronger than expected” 6.5% increase in jobs in 2022 compared to the previous year, due to ongoing recovery from being one of the state’s hardest-hit regions during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Alaska Department...

 

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