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Articles from the February 4, 2021 edition

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Fully vaccinated count reaches 325; almost 300 more with first dose

More than 600 Wrangell residents had received their first COVID-19 vaccination shot, and more than half of those had received their second dose, too, as of Tuesday. Meanwhile, the community's health...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    February 4, 2021

Governor wants summer advisory vote on PFD

Gov. Mike Dunleavy is asking legislators for $2 million in state funds to hold a special election this summer, to ask voters their opinion of a Permanent Fund dividend that would average $2,400 a...

 

Community market returns this Saturday

After a seven-week absence, Wrangell's community markets will return this Saturday at the Nolan Center. "We're really excited to have it back," Nolan Center Director Cyni Crary said of the event,...

 

The Way We Were

Feb. 4, 1921 Complimentary to the young ladies who gave the leap year party at New Year’s, a number of young men entertained last Saturday night at the home of Julius Mason. The young men had spared no effort to make the affair a great success and...

 

Pandemic doesn't deter first-time pizza maker

Being creative with food, and providing meals for people, is a passion for Nic Martin. It came from his mother, he said, and further developed during this time on fishing boats. As a kid, his mother...

 

Letter to the Editor

The recall group has been portrayed as people who are upset with the mask mandate. This is not the fact. We are a group of citizens who feel strongly about following the laws as set out in our...

 

FROM THE PUBLISHER: Tell us what you're doing

Just because I don't use Facebook doesn't mean I don't see its value in spreading the word about community events online. Even better, people like it because it's free. But the Sentinel also does that...

 

Governor needs a plan, not a poker face

The governor had a chance to talk honestly about taxes when he announced his 10-year budget plan last month. He had a second chance Jan. 28 with his State of the State speech. Sadly, he failed both...

 

Borough goal of fiscal stability will be challenging

Fiscal stability, infrastructure and land development are among Wrangell's priorities for the near future. But it will not be easy. "I'm certain that this involves us purchasing a printing press and...

 

Homecoming King and Queen

Senior Thien Khuong and senior Robyn Booker were crowned homecoming king and queen for 2021 during halftime of the Wolves basketball home game last Saturday. COVID-19 precautions required the...

 

BRAVE wants to get back to work

The Wrangell community group BRAVE (Building Respect and Valuing Everyone) has embarked on a "revival mode" after slowing down last year for the pandemic. BRAVE, which was founded in 2017, has as its...

 

Tight games for Wolves season-opener split

With one win and one loss, both narrow, the Wrangell Wolves had a hard-fought opening to their high school basketball season. Wrangell High School hosted the Petersburg Vikings last weekend to start t...

 

Eighth graders excited for new challenges with Lady Wolves

Due to a shortage of players this season, the Lady Wolves received a waiver from the state school sports association and accepted two eighth graders into the team. Adeline Andrews and Aubrey Wynne att...

 

Anti-tobacco message a winner in both communities

Anti-tobacco advocates thought a little friendly competition between Wrangell and Petersburg might draw attention to their message. "It's been a challenge to reach people because we're not having...

 

SEARHC educator makes case for tax on tobacco products

A local tax on tobacco products would be a "win-win-win" for Wrangell, a health educator said. Promoting public health is a win, as is reducing smoking among teens - plus the borough could gain a new...

 

Town's latest COVID case not travel related

The city announced a new case of COVID-19 in Wrangell on Saturday morning. It was not related to any travel. This latest case, the 29th for the community, was reported as a local resident infected...

 

Fish Factor: Southeast gets small boost in halibut catch limit

Pacific halibut harvesters received some rare good news last week: Increased catches in 2021, along with a longer fishing season. At its annual meeting that ended Jan. 25, the International Pacific...

 

Police report

Monday, Jan. 25 Welfare check: Person is fine. Tuesday, Jan. 26 Agency assist: Ambulance. Traffic stop: Citation issued for speed over 20 mph in school zone. Summons service. Agency assist: Ambulance. Domestic disturbance. Wednesday, Jan. 27 Agency...

 

Couple faces fines for 'jumping the vaccine line' with charter flight to Yukon

VANCOUVER, BC (AP) - Public condemnation has grown over a wealthy Vancouver couple who allegedly flew to a remote Indigenous community in Canada’s Yukon Territory to get vaccinated for the coronavirus. Marc Miller, Canada’s federal Indigenous...

 

Juneau has lost 1,300 residents since 2015

JUNEAU (AP) - More people are leaving the city of Juneau than arriving because of state budget cuts and declining state jobs, labor officials said. The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development estimates more than 1,300 people have moved o...

 

Southeast State Fair back on this year

After missing 2020 due to the pandemic, the Southeast Alaska State Fair in Haines plans to return this year. The board voted unanimously last month to put together some version of the annual event, according to the Chilkat Valley News in Haines. But...

 

Juneau working to prevent 'Zoom bombing'

JUNEAU (AP) - Officials in Alaska’s capital city are working on measures to prevent disruptions of online public meetings that have included verbal abuse of at least one assembly member. The use of videoconferences allows the public to continue...

 

Fewer Alaskans had cancer screenings in 2020

ANCHORAGE (AP) - Fewer Alaska residents had routine cancer screenings in 2020 than in the year before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, doctors said. There were 330 fewer mammograms and 28 fewer lung cancer screenings last year than there...

 

Alaska gets its first case of U.K. coronavirus variant

JUNEAU (AP) - Alaska has detected the state’s first known case of the coronavirus variant identified last year in the United Kingdom, officials said Jan. 26. The infected person is an Anchorage resident who had traveled to a state where the...

 

Child abuse cases increase during pandemic

ANCHORAGE (AP) - Severe child abuse cases in Alaska have increased significantly at times during the coronavirus pandemic, experts said. As students return to classrooms, child welfare advocates are assessing the impact of the pandemic on child...

 

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