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Articles from the February 9, 2022 edition

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The Way We Were

Feb. 9, 1922 Probably the most welcome news contained in this issue of the Sentinel is that the Wrangell sawmill will start up next week. During the next two months the mill will be busy on orders for Southeast Alaska customers. After that, there...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    February 9, 2022

State recruiting for children's services worker in Wrangell

After not having a state Office of Children’s Services caseworker in town for more than a decade, Wrangell could have a staffer here by spring. The Legislature last year added funding for the position to the budget and, unlike 2020, Gov. Mike...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    February 9, 2022

State 'hopeful' ferry service will return to Rupert on May 1

An Alaska state ferry hasn’t stopped in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, since fall 2019, but officials “remain hopeful” they can add back the Canadian port to Southeast Alaska runs on May 1. “The Alaska Marine Highway System continues to...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    February 9, 2022

High school students harvest grant to help with planting indoor garden

With a little digging and hard work, Wrangell High School students have unearthed a grant to help grow a project. Junior Rylee Chelette and sophomore Mia Wiederspohn used their grant-writing skills and were awarded funds to help special education...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    February 9, 2022

Tax season comes with unique challenges this year

Many may not know they can be taxed on their Permanent Fund dividend income. They may also not know their children can be taxed on theirs. Those are just a couple of the items that most people might not be aware of as they prepare to file their...

 

Gold medal swimmer gives clinic and shares advice in Sitka

Tokyo Summer Olympics swim team gold medalist Lydia Jacoby, a 17-year-old Seward High School senior, was in Sitka last month, sharing stories, offering advice - and talking about her goggles. She also...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    February 9, 2022

Proposal would increase subsistence moose hunt

A proposed rule change by the Federal Subsistence Board would allow for the harvest of an additional 20 moose in state Game Management Unit 3 on Kuiu and Kupreanof islands north of Wrangell. One group thinks it’s a bad idea. The Wrangell Fish and G...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    February 9, 2022

Harbors to install 24/7 credit card readers at dock hoists

The port and harbors department will purchase and install cashless meters that accept credit cards at dock hoists in Wrangell that will allow people to use them around-the-clock. The department is buying four credit card readers at a total cost of...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    February 9, 2022

School district starts work on next year's budget

The initial draft budget for the next school year shows a $370,000 deficit, which the school board will work to resolve over the next couple of months. The board met in a work session on Monday to review the draft, and will take public comment on...

 

Election-year kindness helps the ferry system

It sure seems the Alaska Marine Highway System is feeling a lot more love these days. Could it be a fundamental shift in the governor’s attitude toward the coastal communities that depend on the admittedly heavily state-subsidized ferries (same as...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    February 9, 2022

More at-home test kits on the way

The fire department is continuing to hand out free, at-home COVID-19 test kits as the community’s level of new cases declines after a record-breaking January. Starting Dec. 30 and continuing through Jan. 30, the borough reported 185 cases in the...

 

It's time more Republicans stood up to Trump

I don’t propose anyone take away the former president’s phones, his internet access, his rights to call outrageous press conferences or give loud speeches. I don’t suggest denying him the privilege to fleece supporters who want to click on his...

 

Dividend belongs in the state constitution

By Joe Geldhof and Juanita Cassellius Of the Permanent Fund Defenders For a long time, significant issues about our Permanent Fund have been bungled and avoided. How long? Too long, since 2016, when then-Gov. Bill Walker decided to ignore the...

 

Correction

The first sentence was incomplete in the Feb. 2 Sentinel news report on former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s lawsuit against The York Times. The first sentence should have read: “Unvaccinated former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin tested positive for...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    February 9, 2022

Legislature again considers taxing, restricting e-cigarettes

For the third year in a row, lawmakers are considering legislation that would impose a tax on e-cigarettes, such as vaping devices, intended to make it more expensive and harder on young people to buy the products. “This bill is about protecting ou...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    February 9, 2022

State contracts with search firm to help fill ferry system jobs

The state has contracted with an Anchorage-based search firm to help recruit and fill almost 50 job openings with the Alaska Marine Highway System, ranging from several onshore management positions to onboard crew. Alaska Executive Search was the...

 

State ferry Tazlina put into temporary service

The Alaska Marine Highway System has activated the dormant state ferry Tazlina for more than 30 sailings from Juneau to northern Southeast communities in February and March, filling in service gaps to Haines, Skagway, Hoonah, Angoon and Gustavus....

 

Sitka businessman pleads guilty to stealing electricity

A Sitka businessman indicted more than two years ago on charges that he stole electricity for his multiple properties has pleaded guilty and was ordered to pay restitution to the city utility of almost $150,000, plus interest. Richard A. Forst, 59,...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    February 9, 2022

Marshalls advise: Don't be mean but be honest

Robbie Marshall, 25, and Kiara Marshall, 22, have known each other since elementary school. Robbie actually took Kiara's sister to the prom. Kiara and Robbie both ended up in her sister's wedding...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    February 9, 2022

Roses are romantic, line dancing is dumb: Hommels celebrate 25 years

Joe Hommel in 1996 at age 24 used to swing by the meat department at IGA to visit his best friend. Then Charity, 18, started working there, too. "It started with saying 'Hi' to my friend. Then I start...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    February 9, 2022

Villarmas credit patience and forgiveness for 67 years of marriage

Verda Villarma remembers Felix Villarma winked at her from the bleachers at a high school football game in Idaho seven decades ago. She was a cheerleader. "She was a good looking gal," he said....

 
 By Becky Bohrer    News    February 9, 2022

State House drops proposal to remove Eastman from committees

Alaska House leaders last Friday backed away from a proposal to strip committee assignments from Wasilla Republican Rep. David Eastman, a member of the far-right organization Oath Keepers. For now, th...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    February 9, 2022

Undersea fiber optic cable work planned for fall

Timely environmental approval and a cable-laying ship available after finishing another job in Alaska waters will allow Alaska Power & Telephone to move ahead this fall with installation of a 214-mile undersea fiber optic cable from Prince of Wales...

 

Police report

Monday, Jan. 31 Civil issue. Parking complaint. Parking complaint: School bus loading zone. Tuesday, Feb. 1 Agency assist. Traffic stop: Citation issued for no proof of insurance and no valid driver’s license. Wednesday, Feb. 2 Agency assist....

 

State settles with doctors wrongfully fired when Dunleavy took office

JUNEAU (AP) — The state agreed to pay almost half-a-million dollars in public funds to settle with two psychiatrists who won their lawsuit against Gov. Mike Dunleavy when a federal judge ruled last fall they were wrongfully fired after...

 

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