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Policy on births and deaths

As an official record of our community, the Chilkat Valley News strives to report the births and deaths of all residents. Obituaries are available in...

 

State defends its right to cut non-existent taxes

There is an inescapable irony to the fact that Alaska joined with a dozen other states in suing the federal government over their right to cut taxes....

 

Just as bad an idea now as it was last time

The Alaska Constitution requires that every 10 years voters consider whether it’s time to elect and convene a group of several dozen Alaskans to...

 

Bear Crisis

I believe biologists Carl Koch and Anthony Crupi created the 2020 brown bear crisis, combined with Chilkoot River bear viewing activities. Biologists...

 

Editor's Note

I’d like to add a caveat to Keri Eggleston’s letter to the editor this week. While I agree that parents should consider some of the facts she...

 

State psychiatric doctors are not political appointees

Editorial from this week’s Wrangell Sentinel Doctors at the Alaska Psychiatric Institute are there to help make people think and feel better about...

 

I have a dream...

One of the great speeches of my lifetime immortalized that phrase with deep meaning and symbolism that will stretch far into the future beyond our...

 

Don't be symbol-minded

Last week I quoted several parents who spoke to the school board in opposition to mask requirements for their children. A reader criticized me for...

 

If we're addressing our sales tax code, it's past time to exempt groceries

If the assembly wants to make sales tax changes that benefit borough coffers and people's bank...

 

Donate to a nonprofit, not national politics

As if national campaigns haven’t turned nasty enough in recent years, the billions of dollars at stake in political fundraising is making it worse....

 
 By Larry Persily    Opinion    July 29, 2021

Bad time to rewrite the state constitution

The list of escalating Alaska political divides is growing faster than skunk cabbage in a rainforest. And it smells just as bad. The line-up for the...

 
 By Larry Persily    Opinion    July 15, 2021

Alaskans need to hear real facts about budget

Could anything be more difficult than getting the Alaska Legislature to settle on a workable, affordable, sustainable fiscal plan for the state? Yes....

 

A fond farewell to the Henderson Garden Group

The Henderson Garden Group (HGG) originated when advancing age made it impossible for Bob Henderson to continue his garden without help. In 2009 he...

 

PFD does not belong in the constitution

Editorial from this week’s Wrangell Sentinel Alaskans have taken a collective leap over the embankment of common sense. We didn’t merely leave...

 
 By Larry Persily    Opinion    July 8, 2021

Governor is wrong to call legal help for domestic violence victims a subsidy

The governor’s office got it wrong when it referred to $400,000 in state funding for the Alaska Legal Services Corp. as a subsidy. Guess they had...

 
 By Larry Persily    Opinion    June 24, 2021

Alaska elections will be different this year

Yeah, I know, it’s 14 months from Alaska’s 2022 primary election for governor, legislative seats and two of the state’s three members of...

 
 By Larry Persily    Opinion    June 17, 2021

No secret that governor's math fails

Gov. Mike Dunleavy must have learned how to manage state finances from the same people who guard the world’s biggest secret recipes: Col....

 

Neighbor's complaints distract from Haines living

Dear Abby, Why do some neighbors insist on whining like indulged, petulant children, running to the Borough with complaints, wasting everyone’s...

 

Remembering Harold Beck

One learns grace when unjustly accused, and, in defending their dignity, loses their place and must pull at whatever scraps are offered to rebuild a l...

 

Haines Sheldon Museum in Jeopardy

I am confused. Once again I have read an odd article about the Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center, Inc. (Museum) in the paper concerning the sale of...

 
 By Larry Persily    Opinion    May 27, 2021

Changes to ferry system advisory board await governor's decision

Not a single legislator voted against the bill to reconfigure the public advisory board for the Alaska Marine Highway System, taking away from...

 
 By Sentinel Staff    Opinion    May 27, 2021

Lawmakers pass low number of bills

While the Alaska Legislature continues to work in special session this week on the state budget and deciding the amount of this year’s Permanent...

 
 By Larry Persily    Opinion    May 27, 2021

Legislators struggling to decide state budget, dividend

Alaska legislators are in the second week of a special session to finish work on the state budget for the fiscal year that starts in just five weeks,...

 

Constantine's Palmer Project: On Track with Facts

Constantine is committed to engaging with local communities and keeping communication open as the Palmer Project advances. With the ongoing COVID-19...

 
 By Larry Persily    Opinion    May 20, 2021

State sending out rental relief payments

As of this week, almost half of the 110 Haines applications for financial help with rent and utilities had been approved or were pending a final...

 

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