Articles from the December 1, 2022 edition


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  • South Harbor dredging pushed to December start date

    Chris Basinger|Dec 1, 2022

    The South Harbor dredging project is set to ramp up in the coming weeks as people and equipment begin arriving in Petersburg according to Harbormaster Glo Wollen. The project will see the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and contractor Western Marine work in collaboration with the borough to help make the harbor more accessible by dredging an estimated 83,000 cubic yards of material. They had previously hoped to start the work in October beginning with the inside area of the 400 row, but have been...

  • Holiday season kicks off with parade and tree lighting ceremony

    Dec 1, 2022

  • Moose burger bank donates 1,748 pounds to local groups

    Chris Basinger|Dec 1, 2022

    Volunteers rallied at the Community Cold Storage on Nov. 21 to distribute 1,748 pounds of moose burger meat to local organizations. According to Desi Burrell, recipients of the meat included the Petersburg Indian Association, Alaska Native Brotherhood/Alaska Native Sisterhood, Petersburg School District, the Catholic Church soup kitchen, the Baptist Church Wednesday night meals, Monday night meals, Humanity In Progress, Petersburg Children's Center, Mountain View Manor Assisted Living, Mountain...

  • Police chief sues borough, claims defamation and false light

    Chris Basinger|Dec 1, 2022

    Petersburg Police Department Chief Jim Kerr has filed a lawsuit against the Petersburg Borough. The suit, filed Nov. 3 with the Juneau Civil Superior Court, alleges that the borough defamed Kerr and portrayed him in a false light, according to court records obtained by the Pilot. On June 27, 2022 the borough responded to a public records request filed by KFSK with a statement saying the borough's HR department had received a complaint in the form of a timeline from Kerr alleging that he had... Full story

  • Yesterday's News News from 25-50-75-100 years ago

    Dec 1, 2022

    December 1, 1922 – “I love them all – their father saved my life,” rejoiced Mrs. A. W. Thomas, widely known Alaska sportswoman, as she surveyed a family of eight spitz puppies in the basement of the Savoy Hotel yesterday. When Mrs. Thomas, the wife of an Alaskan canneryman, arrived in Seattle from Kodiak two days ago and brought with her Lady Queen, a pedigreed Spitz. Lady Queen celebrated her arrival here by bringing into the world a litter of eight pups. “Their father is Carlo, one of the best hunting dogs in Alaska,” explained Mrs. Thomas...

  • To the Editor

    Dec 1, 2022

    Dear Petersburg To the Editor: About three years ago we decided to move our family back to Petersburg after both being away since graduating from high school. We made the decision to come home for many reasons — great schools, a small close-knit community, a simpler lifestyle, and the chance to share more time with our family and friends. It’s been amazing to watch our children grow up so close to family and to follow in our footsteps, playing on the same playgrounds and fishing the same dolly hotspots in the harbor as we did thirty years ago...

  • Guest Editorial:

    Larry Persily, Wrangell Sentinel Publisher|Dec 1, 2022

    More people moved out of Alaska than moved in every year between 2015 and 2021. If not for a healthy birth rate, the state population would have shrunk even more than it did. Wrangell has steadily lost population over the past 20 years, with the decline projected to continue. These are not good statistics. Even worse, these are self-fulfilling projections of future economic troubles. Fewer residents means fewer available workers, which means labor shortages for the goods and services people need. Business across the state already suffer from a...

  • Police report

    Dec 1, 2022

    November 22 – An alarm activated at pump station #5. Water Wastewater (W/WW) was notified and responded. A warning was posted on a vehicle abandoned by the Lumber Street snow dump. If it is not moved by its owner it will be impounded. A warning was posted on a vehicle abandoned on Haugen Drive. If it is not moved by its owner it will be impounded. An officer conducted a welfare check and provided a courtesy transport to an individual in need of assistance. An officer conducted foot patrols downtown. An officer responded to a report of c...

  • SEALink submarine cable system connects Prince of Wales to Petersburg, Juneau, and beyond

    Dec 1, 2022

    Alaska Power & Telephone Wireless completed the installation of the 214-mile SEALink submarine fiber optic cable system on Oct. 31, providing Prince of Wales Island with its first ever fiber optic link to continental North America and the world according to a press release from the company. The SEALink cable runs from Coffman Cove to Mitkof Island where it makes landfall at the South Ferry Terminal and connects to a newly constructed terrestrial transport fiber installed alongside Mitkof...

  • New high school dance team debuts

    Lizzie Thompson|Dec 1, 2022

    Mitkof Dance Troupe teacher Kelsey Lambe realized a long held dream this fall when she created a new opportunity for high school athletes: the High School Performance Team. "I love teaching dance at MDT, but I was on a dance team all through high school and I've really missed that unique dance team culture. I've wanted to provide that for our kids, so I approached the board about it and they were super supportive," she says. This year five dancers auditioned for and made the team: Lakell...

  • Salvation Army's season of charity

    Chris Basinger|Dec 1, 2022

    The Salvation Army Petersburg Corps is getting into the season of giving this year with multiple charitable opportunities coming up on the calendar. They kicked things off last week with their annual Thanksgiving food box distribution where 126 people, including 55 families, were served according to Capt. KV Saengthasy. The Lutheran Church donated 69 turkeys and St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church donated 10 turkeys along with other food items and baskets. The U.S. Forest Service also...

  • Fisherman, artist to celebrate book release in Petersburg

    Lizzie Thompson|Dec 1, 2022

    Commercial fisherman and artist Tom Crestodina will be signing copies of his new book, "Working Boats: An Inside Look at Ten Amazing Watercraft," tomorrow night at Sing Lee Alley Books from 5 - 7 p.m. The book is filled with detailed and whimsical "cut-away" drawings of working boats – from a little log bronc with a wheelhouse the size of a phonebooth to a Puget Sound double-ended ferry, with many of the familiar working boats of the Pacific Northwest in between. Descriptions of how each boat an...

  • School districts hope for more state funding next year

    Larry Persily, Wrangell Sentinel writer|Dec 1, 2022

    WRANGELL — School districts statewide be looking to the Legislature next year for an increase in state funding, but any boost in the state’s per-pupil formula likely will depend in large part on oil revenues and also Permanent Fund earnings. And neither looks good this month, less than seven weeks before lawmakers are scheduled to convene in Juneau. The state funding formula for K-12 education hadn’t moved in about five years before this year’s 0.5% mini-nudge upward. Meanwhile, districts statewide are facing budget deficits and program...

  • Winter wind

    Dec 1, 2022

    The northern end of Mitkof Island caught its share of strong winds Tuesday, with overnight gusts of 35 mph observed by the National Weather Service. The wind tore panels off the large commemorative mural on the side of Hammer & Wikan Hardware. A blown down tree damaged a Sandy Beach home’s utility connection. And, along Wrangell Avenue, two tall trees uprooted by the wind narrowly missed several homes; though one took a bite out of the Riemer’s garage roof and left Dave Riemer’s pickup truck...

  • The Mitkof Mummers Theater Co. presents Dorothy in Wonderland

    Dec 1, 2022

  • SE pink salmon 2023 forecast comes in at significantly lower harvest

    Ketchikan Daily News and Wrangell Sentinel|Dec 1, 2022

    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 this month’s announcement from the federal NOAA Fisheries and Alaska Department of Fish and Game. A 19-million fish harvest would be at the high end of the “weak” range (11 million to 19 million fish), according to the announcement, which added that a harvest of that size would be only about 39% of the av...

  • Obituary

    Dec 1, 2022

    Darlene Joy Candee, 90, of Lake Havasu City, Arizona passed away peacefully on November 13, 2022 with her family by her side. Darlene was born on November 6, 1932 to Bernard V. and Grace E. Cuff Morrison in Tacoma, Washington. She graduated from Rathdrum High School with honors, then attended Kinman's Business University where she took secretarial and bookkeeping courses. In 1950 she married her high school sweetheart, James W. (Pat) Briggs and settled in Olney, Montana where their children... Full story

  • Obituary: Thomas "Tom" McKeown Jr., 63

    Dec 1, 2022

    We are heartbroken to announce the death of Thomas "Tom" McKeown Jr., 63. Tom was born on March 22, 1959 in Orange County, California. He was the fourth child of Thomas Nealy McKeown, Sr. and Mae Jean "Mickey" McKeown, joining his sisters Gail (Sawyer), Carolyn (Hurtt), and Barb (Herbert). He passed away peacefully on November 24, 2022 surrounded by his family. Tom worked as a mechanic and could fix anything. After retiring, he enjoyed working in his shop, playing dice with his grandchildren,... Full story

  • One safe and one missing after boat accident near Point Baker

    Caroleine James, Wrangell Sentinel reporter|Dec 1, 2022

    Former Wrangell residents Kelsey Leak and Arne Dahl were involved in a boating accident late Sunday afternoon. By mid- afternoon Monday, Leak had been picked up by a nearby fishing vessel. As of Tuesday morning, Dahl had not been found. The couple was boating near Point Baker and Point Protection, roughly 40 nautical miles west of Wrangell. Leak, who survived the accident, spent Sunday night on one of the West Rocks, in the area around Point Baker and Point Protection. “That was a feat by itself,” said Wrangell Fire Department Chief Tim Bun...

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