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Reflections - Troubleshooting

It’s so frustrating to go through life and not know how to fix things. One of the greatest skills we can have is the ability to troubleshoot; to look at a problem, to discover why something isn’t working, and make the necessary repairs and...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: Recently you published an editorial in which you expressed your opinion about the proposed sale of KSTK to Coast Alaska. The members of the KSTK board, the Coast Alaska board, and yes, even the KFSK board, have spent a lot of time...

 

Editorial: KFSK should broadcast signal to Wrangell

Lack of support from KSTK public radio listeners and businesses in Wrangell may bring ownership changes to the station. A public notice published in last week’s Wrangell Sentinel foreshadows the transfer of radio station assets to CoastAlaska in...

 

Alaska Fish Factor: Aging of the fleet prompts recommendations for deckhand apprenticeships; $142,000 grant awarded to get more boots on deck statewide

The clamor of “take me fishing” is taking on new meaning in Alaska. Prospects for a deckhand apprenticeship program just got a big lift from a $142,000 national grant awarded to the Sitka-based Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association (ALFA), an...

 

Reflections: October in Alaska

Yes the winter is upon us and the summer fun is behind us, but we still have things to look forward too. Our children are back in school and by now very accustomed to their individual schedules. Maybe now they are thinking about trick or treating,...

 

Dan's Dispatch

Last Thursday, I hosted a town hall in Ketchikan to discuss the revenue options for the upcoming special session. Our primary topic was Governor Walker’s wage and self-employment tax bill that he submitted for the Legislature’s consideration. I...

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    October 5, 2017

Dan's Dispatch

The Alaska Marine Highway System needs forward funding. I don’t think I need to say it twice. If money is allocated to the AMHS for its future expenses, the AMHS can properly plan sailings which would: capture revenue from tourists (including...

 

Reflections

It is September 2017 and school has once again started. From my window in the Wrangell Senior Apartments I see the youngsters coming up the street to the elementary school; a rain coated brother looking less eager than his sister; here come two boys...

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    August 31, 2017

Dan's Dispatch

If legislators do not pass a budget within the regular legislative session, they should not receive legislative per diem during the subsequent special session. Alaskans for Integrity – a group founded by one independent lawmaker, one Democratic...

 

To the Editor

To the Editor: I’ve heard community leaders pose the question, “How can we make Wrangell a community that attracts and retains those in the younger generations?” With the dark economic cloud looming on Alaska’s horizon, the answers to this... Full story

 

Letter to The Editor

To the Editor: There were some things that need to be mentioned about the article “Rock Pit site selection at creek raises concerns” in the August 3, 2017 issue of the Wrangell Sentinel. The volume of lead-stabilized soil that will be hauled is...

 

Dan's Dispatch

As the fisheries industry continues to expand and Wrangell’s Marine Service Center’s services demand increases, I believe Wrangell’s economy has nowhere to go but up. However, to accommodate this growth, the state must maintain their services...

 

Reflections

Here we are well past July 4 and all the excitement of the celebration of our country’s birth. We had great times with ample food to eat, events to watch and participate in. A great day for us. It is fun to see friends and get caught up on their...

 

Letter to The Editor

To the Editor: Help prevent the destruction of another cabin by the U.S. Forest Service as early as August. Jens, Jake, and Carrie Hammer recently lost their father, Kenny Hammer. They inherited a cabin up Petersburg Creek that the Forest Service is...

 

Letter to the Editor

History of city negotiations I feel as a City employee, who is in the union, I must say something. Circa 2004, the employees approached the council with the issue of wages and the fact that they had not changed, plus the fact that we were behind some...

 

Letter to the Editor

The views I am about to express are of my own, and not representative of my employers or unions, past or present. I worked for the City and Borough of Wrangell for approximately six years, two as a Harbor Security/Maintenance, and four as a...

 

Dan's Dispatch

Southeast Alaska’s beautiful scenery, abundant recreation facilities and pristine wilderness make us proud to call this land our home. We know our lands need regular beach clean-ups, invasive species must be pulled, and trails should be maintained...

 

Letter to the Editor

In My Opinion I am the art teacher for Wrangell Middle and High School, and I’m very proud of that position. As an art teacher I try to get my students to see things differently; I encourage them to see outside the box. I want them to see themselve...

 

Dan's Dispatch

What are the priorities of Alaskans? Does our budget reflect those priorities? The Senate’s priority is loud and clear: oil companies. The Senate’s revision of HB 111, “Oil and Gas Production Tax,” works only for oil companies while leaving...

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    April 20, 2017

Dan's Dispatch

For those following the issues facing our state, it’s no surprise that Alaska’s $2.7 billion budget deficit is the biggest issue. For the last five years, Alaska has had a budget deficit. Those deficits have caused the state to burn through at...

 

Dan's Dispatch

As expected, it’s been a challenging legislative session, and from here on, the budget will be the forefront of every discussion. Both the House and the Senate are creating Alaska’s budget, but it’s clear that the bodies have differing...

 

Dan's Dispatch

In the last few weeks, folks have called and emailed to ask about our budget and what’s happening in the Capitol. There’s a lot of misinformation out there, and in this climate, where every Alaskan is worried about the future, it’s important...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: When it comes to a program that collects solid scientific data, and provides resources that lead to more sustainable approaches, look no further than Wrangell IGAP, administered by the Wrangell Cooperative Association. IGAP provides...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: I want to thank the Wrangell Sentinel for printing Ivan Simonek’s letter to the editor in the February 2 edition. The letter was well written and I think 100% right and needed to be said. Ivan was comparing Russian communism to what...

 

Dan's Dispatch

This session, I am honored to be serving as Chair of the House Finance Department of Education and Early Learning Budget Subcommittee, which reviews Alaska’s education budget. In this capacity I will closely examine Alaska’s school funding, and...

 

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