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  • Alaska senators introduce salmon research legislation

    Laine Welch|Jan 6, 2022

    Legislation titled the Alaska Salmon Research Task Force Act was introduced in Congress last month by Alaska senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan that, if passed, could help scientists and fisheries managers gain a better understanding about the causes of salmon declines. Under the bill, a task force of up to 19 people would conduct a comprehensive review of salmon science and management in Alaska. The bill also would establish a working group specifically focused on salmon returns in the Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim region of Western and...

  • Petersburg assembly decides not to seek home mail delivery

    Chris Basinger, Petersburg Pilot|Jan 6, 2022

    The Petersburg Borough Assembly has decided not to request home mail delivery. Assembly members on Dec. 20 defeated a resolution that would have asked the U.S. Postal Service to send carriers around town delivering mail, giving residents and businesses an option instead of requiring everyone to pick up letters and parcels at the post office. The resolution had been presented as a possible solution to ongoing issues at the short-staffed post office, which has seen long wait times for package pickup and reduced hours at the customer service...

  • New state ferry advisory board nears full membership

    The Wrangell Sentinel|Jan 6, 2022

    The nine-member Alaska Marine Highway Operations Board, a new advisory panel created by the Legislature last year, has moved closer to full membership. State Senate President Peter Micciche last month appointed Paul Johnsen, of Petersburg, and David Arzt, of Homer, to the panel. Johnsen is the only board member so far from southern Southeast Alaska. He began his career in the Coast Guard, later going to work with the Alaska Marine Highway System. He retired from the state ferries in 2007 as a senior port and chief engineer. Arzt is an active...

  • Police report

    Jan 6, 2022

    Monday, Dec. 27 Civil issue. Disabled vehicle. Civil matter. Tuesday, Dec. 28 Secured premise. Welfare check. Agency assist: Fire Department. Disabled vehicle. Agency assist: Alarm. Wednesday, Dec. 29 Subpoena service. Paper service. Citizen assist. Subpoena service. Traffic stop. Traffic stop. Citizen assist. Thursday, Dec. 30 Theft unfounded. Friday, Dec. 31 Welfare check. Reckless driving. Agency assist: Hoonah Police Department. Saturday, Jan. 1 Lost property. Agency assist. Citizen assist. Agency assist: Public Works. Traffic stop....

  • Omicron spread prompts CDC to warn against cruise ship travel

    The Associated Press|Jan 6, 2022

    MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned people on Dec. 30 not to go on cruises, regardless of their vaccination status, because of onboard outbreaks fueled by the Omicron variant. The CDC said it has more than 90 cruise ships under investigation or observation as a result of COVID-19 cases. The agency did not disclose the number of infections. “The virus that causes COVID-19 spreads easily between people in close quarters on board ships, and the chance of getting COVID-19 on cruise ships is very high,” even...

  • Regional aquaculture association hires new manager

    Wrangell Sentinel|Jan 6, 2022

    Susan Doherty, who worked at the Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association from 1980 to 2017, will return to the hatchery operator as general manager starting Jan. 22. Ketchikan-based SSRAA operates seven salmon hatcheries in Southern Southeast, including the Burnett Inlet hatchery on Etolin Island, about 25 miles south of Wrangell. The facility incubates mostly chum salmon, along with a small number of coho, according to SSRAA’s website. Doherty will be the fifth general manager to run the association since it was created in 1976. S...

  • Sealaska Heritage receives $2.9 million grant for Juneau totem trail

    The Associated Press|Jan 6, 2022

    JUNEAU (AP) — An Alaska Native nonprofit cultural organization has received a $2.9 million grant to start building a totem pole trail along Juneau’s downtown waterfront. The Sealaska Heritage Institute said the grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will cover 10 poles, though the longer-term goal is to have 30 poles in place. “Our traditional poles historically dominated the shorelines of our ancestral homelands and told the world who we were,” said Rosita Worl, president of the institute. “It’s fitting that our totems will be one of the...

  • Washington governor proposes $187 million for salmon recovery

    The Associated Press|Jan 6, 2022

    BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has proposed investing $187 million in salmon recovery as part of his 2022 budget and policy proposals. The legislation, if approved by lawmakers, also would set new standards for salmon habitat protection and conservation efforts. Inslee said the legislation is the result of two years of discussions with tribes in the state. He announced his salmon proposals Dec. 14 at the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community reservation’s Swadabs Park. “Our fight is simple: to be able to practice our cultu...

  • Cutting down the pile

    Jan 6, 2022

    Mason Dingwall operates a tire cutter at the community's solid waste transfer station, working his way through the immense stack of tires that the borough hopes to dig into, chop up and ship out of town. Cutting up the tires makes it easier to fit the pieces into containers for the barge ride out of state. Wrangell is the first of the Southeast Alaska Solid Waste Authority members to get the $56,700 hydraulic shear, which was purchased by the Southeast Conference with a grant and is being...

  • Native leader Gilbert Gunderson dies at 91

    Jan 6, 2022

    Gilbert Gunderson passed away on Dec. 22, 2021. He was born June 24, 1930, in Wrangell on Shakes Island, as was his sister Nellie Torgramsen, to Margaret Shakes and Gunnar Gunderson. Their grandparents, Chief George and Mary Shakes, cared for Gilbert and Nellie until Gilbert was 5 years old, at which time Mary passed away. From there they were sent to Juneau, where their dad worked at the AJ Mine. There Gilbert started school, which didn't go well because he couldn't speak English, only Native...

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