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Articles from the February 2, 2022 edition

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The Way We Were

Feb. 2, 1922 Cliff Wood, of the Veterans’ Bureau, will be arriving on Saturday. Many perplexing questions have arisen about ex-servicemen concerning their status or rights. Are you one of the Legion boys who is in doubt at some point relating to yo...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    February 2, 2022

Hydroponics gives new meaning to watering the plants

A different style of growing plants is budding in Wrangell, though it might take a while to bloom. Hydroponics, a technique that doesn't require soil, only water and nutrients, could be a more...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    February 2, 2022

Hospital manages with staffing shortage amid surge in COVID cases

Wrangell Medical Center has experienced staffing shortages due to the recent jump in COVID-19 cases, but it has not led to delays in procedures or rescheduling, said Carly Allen, hospital administrator. “We have been able to maintain full...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    February 2, 2022

Legislature considers restoring, raising sportfishing guide and operator fees

A bill that would restore the state licensing fee on sportfishing guides and operators — which expired in 2018 — is slowly working its way through the Legislature. An amendment in the House last year to charge nonresidents twice the annual fee...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    February 2, 2022

Schools energize efforts to turn negative behaviors into positives

Middle schoolers move in a circle while a woman beats a Tlingit drum, while just outside other students engage in a fierce and fun battle of warrior ball. Behaviors leading to suspension and other dis...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    February 2, 2022

State has money left over to help businesses hurt by pandemic

The state is working through a couple of challenges in its plan to distribute tens of millions of dollars of federal relief funds to municipalities and businesses. Applications for grants to local governments far exceeded the available funds, while...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    February 2, 2022

Artist preserves Southeast beauty in resin jewelry and crafts

Mad Hesler has always noticed the tiny stuff. The Wrangell artist and business owner of Tongass Resin grew up in northern New Hampshire in the White Mountains, and first came to Alaska in 2015 for a s...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    February 2, 2022

Finance director proposes beefing up borough savings account

Finance Director Mason Villarma has been on the job for about five months and is proposing changes to the borough assembly that he believes could bolster Wrangell’s financial health. At a work session Jan. 25, Villarma said the borough’s assets...

 

Ranked-choice voting rankles the right people

Those who don’t like Alaska’s new voting system have a couple of choices. They can go about their divisive path, appealing only to the far sides of issues, and hope that someday they can convince most voters that their way is the only way to...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    February 2, 2022

State asks Wrangell if it wants in on request for vehicle charging station

The state energy office is nominating corridors along Alaska’s roadways for electric vehicle charging station funding, including possibly in rural communities, using Federal Highway Administration money. It’s reached out to ask if Wrangell wants...

 

Pick a number, any number - just don't bet on it being right

Alaskans have been anguishing over the price of oil ever since 1977, when the first barrel of crude flowed down the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. That was the same year Elvis Presley died. And just as people have been speculating ever since about Elvis...

 

Correction

Chamber of commerce assistant Luana Wellons’ last name was misspelled in the Jan. 20 issue of the Sentinel....

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    February 2, 2022

Forest Service expects Anan rebuilding will be done in time for viewing season

After a delay pushed work on the Anan Wildlife Observatory to this spring from last fall, the Forest Service said the project timeline is still holding steady. The upper observation deck is set to be torn down this spring and reconstructed in time...

 

Alaska joins another lawsuit against vaccination mandate

JUNEAU (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy has joined Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in seeking to block the U.S. Department of Defense from mandating COVID-19 vaccines for National Guard members who are under state command. The Pentagon has required...

 
 By Becky Bohrer    News    February 2, 2022

Ranked-choice voting a big change for Alaska this year

Alaska elections will be held for the first time this year under a unique new system that scraps party primaries and uses ranked-choice voting in general elections. The Alaska Supreme Court has upheld...

 

State Supreme Court rejects lawsuit over climate change

ANCHORAGE (AP) — The state Supreme Court on Friday narrowly upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by 16 young Alaskans who claimed the long-term effects of climate change will devastate Alaska and interfere with their fundamental constitutional r...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    February 2, 2022

Borough seeks NRA grant for next phase of skeet range rebuild

Gone are the encroaching shrubbery and ramshackle structures. The first phase of a project to improve the Wrangell skeet range has been completed, and steps are being taken to fund the second phase. I...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    February 2, 2022

Assembly approves borough manager's contract

The assembly has approved a 3½-year contract for Borough Manager Jeff Good, at a starting salary of $126,000 a year. The assembly approved the contract Jan. 25, after offering the job to Good on Jan. 14. He has been working as interim manager since...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    February 2, 2022

Lady Wolves win one, lose one against Miss Chiefs

Two close games led to one loss and one win by the Lady Wolves in Metlakatla last Friday and Saturday. Wrangell High School’s girls basketball team played the Miss Chiefs in highly competitive matches that left them with a 4-1 record so far this...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    February 2, 2022

Chiefs defeat Wolves in two games last weekend

Last weekend’s games started with fouls and ended in near misses. The Wrangell High School boys basketball team traveled to Metlakatla for games Friday and Saturday in perhaps their toughest matchup yet, losing both games. Senior Ryan Rooney was...

 

Legislature rejects pay raise linked with cut to living expenses

JUNEAU (AP) — The Alaska Legislature last Thursday rejected a proposal that called for higher annual salaries for lawmakers but an even larger reduction and restrictions on the daily allowance they could receive for living expenses during sessions...

 

Palin's COVID infection delays her trial against newspaper - she then goes out to dinner

NEW YORK (AP) — Unvaccinated former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin tested positive for COVID-19 on Jan. 24, forcing postponement of the trial in her libel lawsuit against The New York Times. While waiting for the trial to start, Palin on Jan. 26 went...

 

Legislators investigate firing of Permanent Fund director

JUNEAU (AP) — A state legislative committee is hiring a law firm to investigate the controversial firing of the head of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. Angela Rodell was fired by the corporation board in December, after the $82 billion savings...

 

Supporters of tribal relations initiative turn in signatures

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Supporters of a proposed initiative that seeks to formalize government-to-government relationships between the state and federally recognized tribes in Alaska have submitted signatures aimed at getting the measure on this year’s...

 

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