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 By Marc Lutz    News    November 23, 2022

Silver Liningz to close next month after nearly six years

On Dec. 17, a downtown shop will turn off the open sign for good. Silver Liningz Boutique is closing after nearly six years in business, leaving customers to find their sassy fashions somewhere else....

 

Legislature may hear two renewable energy proposals in upcoming session

Renewable energy advocates will try again at next year’s legislative session to win approval for extending the life of the state’s Renewable Energy Fund and creating a “green bank” to help finance clean-energy projects. The Renewable Energy...

 
 By Yereth Rosen    News    November 23, 2022

Ongoing worker shortage drags down Alaska economy

Alaska’s economy shows signs of prosperity. But it’s also facing an emerging crisis. A veteran economist described these contradictory forces in a presentation Nov. 16 at an industry conference in Anchorage. “We have the strangest and weirdest... Full story

 

Annual Audubon Christmas bird count scheduled for mid-December

Though you might not find four calling birds, three french hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree in the rainforest ecosystems of the Tongass, there can be no doubt that counting birds is a quintessential Christmas activity. On Dec....

 
 By James Brooks    News    November 23, 2022

Dunleavy, Murkowski, Peltola headed to victory today

All three incumbents likely clinched victory in Alaska’s statewide elections when the Alaska Division of Elections updated vote count results on Friday with thousands of additional absentee, questioned and early ballots from this fall’s general... Full story

 
 By Iris Samuels    News    November 23, 2022

Palin first to sign petition to repeal ranked-choice voting

A new group has announced it will attempt to do away with ranked-choice voting in Alaska by ballot initiative, and former Gov. Sarah Palin was the first to sign the petition — before the outcome of her failed congressional bid ws final. Alaskans...

 

BIA accepts Juneau parcel to hold in trust for Tlingit and Haida

A tiny parking lot on a little-traveled downtown side street is now a landmark achievement for Alaska Natives in Juneau, with the federal government approving a “land-into-trust” application last Thursday that paves the way for a range of...

 

Washington state orders closure of last fish-farming pens

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state Department of Natural Resources said Nov. 14 it will not renew a fish-farming company’s last remaining leases on net pens in Puget Sound. Department officials said Cooke Aquaculture has until Dec. 14 to finish...

 

State euthanizes black bear cub infected with avian flu

JUNEAU (AP) — A black bear cub in Southeast Alaska was euthanized after it became ill with avian influenza, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said. It is believed that the cub, which was located in Bartlett Cove in Glacier Bay National Park...

 
 By Mark Sherman    News    November 23, 2022

Supreme Court hears case against American Indian, Native adoption law

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court appears likely to leave in place most of a federal law that gives preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings of Native...

 

Indian Health Service wants to 'reenergize' vaccination efforts

PHOENIX (AP) - The Indian Health Service announced last Thursday that all tribal members covered by the federal agency will be offered a vaccine at every appointment when appropriate, under a new vacc...

 

Longstanding problems led to banishment of village school principal

Leaders in the Western Alaska community of Kipnuk say the principal of nearly a decade bullied Native school staff members, put residents in jeopardy by ignoring COVID-19 restrictions and oversaw a decline in education quality. That’s why in Octobe...

 

Conoco wants to start work this winter on $8 billion North Slope project

A top official with ConocoPhillips said the company expects to start working early next year on the $8 billion Willow oil prospect in Alaska, an effort that could lead to more than 2,000 construction jobs in the coming years. The project is located i...

 

Federal agencies will resume study of restoring grizzlies to North Cascades

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Environmental groups have hailed a decision by the Biden administration to resume studying whether grizzly bears should be restored to the remote North Cascades mountains in Washington state. The National Park Service and the...

 

Borough looking hard for funding to cover Public Safety Building repairs

After Wrangell voters chose not to take on debt to finance repairs to the Public Safety Building last month, the facility’s future is uncertain. Borough officials are racing against time to identify alternative sources of funding before the...

 

Ethel Lund, advocate for Alaska Native health care, dies at 91

Ethel Aanwoogex' Lund, a pioneer of tribal health care, died in the early morning last Friday at the age of 91. She was instrumental in improving the quality of care for Alaska Native people and...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    November 16, 2022

Community navigator helping tribal citizens find their way to resources

X'atshaawditee Tammi Meissner has found a career that allows her to go home at the end of the day with a full heart. Since June, Meissner has worked for Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Trib...

 
 By Yereth Rosen    News    November 16, 2022

Murkowski, Peltola wait for final count, but both appear headed to re-election

Alaskans may have decided to re-elect Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Mary Peltola to Congress, but the final outcome will not be known until the last ballots are tallied next week and, in one or both races, ranked-choice voting is factored into the... Full story

 

WCA offers free Tlingit language classes for adults

On the second day of the Wrangell Cooperative Association's new Tlingit language program, instructor Virginia Oliver stood next to a whiteboard nearly twice her height, covered in Tlingit words and...

 

I Toowú Klatseen participants complete the program's final run

Last Thursday afternoon was dark and drizzly, but the children and parents of the I Toowú Klatseen running program braved the inauspicious weather to complete a 5K, demonstrating the program’s values of physical and spiritual strength. I Toowú Kl...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    November 16, 2022

Business owner brings creative approach to making products in Wrangell

One of the projects that Marina Backman is most proud of is a tumbler that looks like it's wrapped in the universe. It's indicative of her creative process and her business. Since opening Made in Wran...

 

Southeast pink salmon forecast for 2023 comes in at significantly lower harvest

State and federal fishery managers are forecasting a commercial harvest of about 19 million pink salmon in 2023 in Southeast Alaska, which would be a “significant drop” from the parent-year harvest of 48.5 million pinks in 2021, according to last...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    November 16, 2022

Trotters have annual chance to gobble up the fun

It's becoming a tradition in communities across the United States, and Wrangell is no exception. Every Thanksgiving Day morning, several hundred thousand walkers and runners across the country brave c...

 

Tickets to community production of 'Sound of Music' available online

World-renowned showtunes and brightly colored costumes, cute children dancing and Austrians romancing — if these are a few of your favorite things, then the Nolan Center’s upcoming production of “The Sound of Music” might be the perfect way...

 

Dunleavy, Tshibaka, Palin receive most votes in Wrangell

Wrangell voters cast their ballots to re-elect Gov. Mike Dunleavy and to toss out congressional incumbents Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Mary Peltola. While a majority of Alaskans also voted for Dunleavy, though by a slightly smaller margin than in...

 

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