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Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: Does the Wrangell Hospital Auxiliary have a future? For nearly half a century, the group has existed to raise funds and otherwise support our local hospital, paying many thousands of dollars for equipment and items to improve the...

 

Reflections

You have a beautiful place here in Wrangell, in SE Alaska, right in the midst of God’s wonderful creation. I write this as a visiting pastor invited to minister to the Island of Faith Lutheran Church. The beauty of this part of God’s world is...

 

Guest Editorial: Why the Tongass National Forest should be totally exempt from the Roadless Rule

The 2001 Roadless Rule, covering 58 million acres of National Forest Land, including the Tongass and Chugach National Forests, was pushed through the entire national rulemaking and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) processes in 15 months. The...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: Proposition 1 on the City’s ballot October 2nd is one of the most important decisions the citizens of Wrangell will make for its future. Currently, Wrangell’s hospital and many independent hospitals like it are struggling to stay...

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    August 9, 2018

Dan's Dispatch

During session, the Alaska State Legislature passed multiple bills that affect our senior citizens. It is the duty of the legislature to protect and serve all citizens. In my time in office, I have made it a priority to try to protect the interests o...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: I recently visited Chuck Oliver at Prestige Care Center, 9100 Centennial Drive, Anchorage, Alaska 99504. We had a great visit, talking of the projects we worked on together in Wrangell. He is always quick to give credit to his crew...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: Thank you for the extra edition (User’s Guide, April 5, 2018). I was thrilled to open up the paper and find a photo of my grandfather, Lew Williams, in front of the small press. You should have seen him set type – upside down and...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: I’m a bit late but would like to thank the organizers of the 4th of July boat races for all their sincere efforts and success. I would also like to especially thank the young men participating in the event that helped me in many...

 

Reflections

The first of August I board the ferry to return to Washington State. I have spent two years in Wrangell, serving as the pastor of Island of Faith Lutheran Church. Before I leave, I appreciate the opportunity to share in print some of the memories I...

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    July 5, 2018

Dan's Dispatch

Recently, China announced that it will add an additional 25% tariff on seafood imports. China is Alaska’s top seafood customer, spending $1.3 billion on exports last year. This tariff increase will directly impact tens of thousands of fishermen,...

 

Dan's Dispatch

Legislative session has ended, and now that I’m back in the district, I’d like to give you a brief overview of this year’s legislative actions that will impact Wrangell.  As your state representative, I sponsored and passed three bills ...

 

Letter to The Editor

To the Editor: It is with a sad and heavy heart I write this. As much as it is horrible it does need to be shared in the community of Wrangell. The Presbyterian Church of Wrangell has been an open door, 24-7, sanctuary for all who come. For whatever...

 

Letter to The Editor

To the Editor: Donating a kidney to someone in need is simple… and yet complicated. The simple part is that we are each born with two kidneys, but can live long and healthy lives with only one. When someone’s kidneys fail, the gift of a healthy...

 

Letter to The Editor

Be courteous to everyone and pick up your dog feces, especially on the sidewalks in town. Debrah Johnson...

 

Reflections

Reflections from the Health Fair From an airplane (or on a map), the island of Wrangell looks like a bird in flight – some would say a “dove.” We all know that a bird needs two strong wings in order to fly. This image inspired the Baha’i...

 

Reflections

Jeremiah 31:21a “Set up for yourself road marks, Place for yourself guideposts; …” Guideposts are really necessary to see where you are going and where you have been. I wanted to see Rainbow Falls when it was frozen. A couple of months ago, a...

 

Editorial: Newsprint prices rise dramatically

Since June 2017 this newspaper has received three price increases totaling $167 metric/ton from our Canadian newsprint supplier. This newspaper, along with other Alaskan publishers, purchases their newsprint from Canadian manufacturers because there...

 

Dan's Dispatch

Last week, the Alaska State Legislature passed time-sensitive legislation to cover funding shortfalls for vital state services, including the Alaska Marine Highway System and Medicaid. The House voted for the “Fast-Track” Supplemental Budget, HB...

 

Letter to The Editor

To the Editor: Again, another slaughter of defenseless kids and teachers. Again, the same dialog, “outlaw assault rifles”——-“do better background checks”—-“stricter gun laws—-.“ It’s always the same outcry without a word about...

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    February 15, 2018

Dan's Dispatch

Funding for Alaska’s schools is one of the most important pieces of our state budget. Yet, each year, school funding gets caught in the crossfire of budget debates and ends up being one of the last measures passed by the Alaska Legislature. The...

 

Letter to The Editor

Letter to the Editor: In 1971 a friend took me out on his boat fishing for king salmon. From that day on I wanted to fish for kings. Starting out in my teens I spent most of my youth fishing after that. A few years later limited entry was created, I...

 

Letter to The Editor

To the Editor: The Board of Fish was created to protect our salmon, not just some of them, but all of them. The Stikine River fish count is in the thousands, it is what B.O.F is calling a concern. This concern has turned into an emergency closure bei...

 

Dan's Dispatch- Governor Walker's Budget Proposal

Governor Walker submitted a budget plan for the upcoming fiscal year. The proposed budget includes a direct increase of $34 million in Public Safety Investments, funding for Medicaid, health care reform strategies, and deferred maintenance projects...

 

Editorial: Important news wasn't aired

When ownership of a newspaper or broadcast outlet changes, it’s big news. It’s the lead story of the day. Everyone wants to know who the new owner is, and what changes will be made to the organization. In the case of KSTK, Wrangell’s public...

 

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...

 

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