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Articles from the February 11, 2021 edition

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Loss of cruise travelers 'another year of hardship'

A month ago, the draft cruise ship schedule for Wrangell showed 50 stops in town, with the two largest vessels able to accommodate 1,100 and 1,300 passengers and crew. But now, there's not much the...

 

Bundle Up!

Temperatures dropped and snow fell in Wrangell last week, so much so that even the trees were apparently cold. At least this tree along the Volunteer Park trail bundled up in a scarf on Feb....

 

Federal relief equals half of school-year budget deficit

It helps, but it doesn't solve the problem. The latest round of federal relief aid is equal to about half of this year's school budget deficit. The $900 billion relief bill passed by Congress and sign...

 

Chief medical officer explains basics of COVID-19 vaccines

As part of ongoing efforts to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, the chief medical officer of the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium stood in front of a Wrangell audience -...

 

Legislators more willing to talk about taxes this year

Maybe Alaskans just needed more time to get used to the idea of paying taxes, or maybe the risk of losing their Permanent Fund dividend woke them up to the state's dire fiscal situation. Whatever the...

 

The Way We Were

Feb. 10, 1921 The American Legion will give a dance in honor of Lincoln’s birthday on Saturday evening. It will be an all-evening dance, as there will be no show. Harry Coulter, Loyal Binkley, George Sylvester, Louis Paul and Leonard Campbell have...

 

FROM THE PUBLISHER: Sentinel cuts prices for ads in visitors guide

It is going to be another rough year for Southeast Alaska communities. The closure of Canadian waters to cruise ships on their way to and from Alaska is going to mean a lot fewer visitors to towns up...

 

Editorial: No, it's not fair

It wasn't supposed to happen. This summer was expected to be better for Wrangell, for the rest of Southeast and for the entire state of Alaska. It was supposed to be the summer of recovery, or at...

 

Guest Commentary: Alaska needs federal help - and a lot of advertising

By Frank Murkowski The Canadian government recently announced that cruise ship arrivals and departures from Canadian ports will be cancelled until February 2022 - the news is a shock to our entire...

 

City seeking new finance director

Wrangell Finance Director Joyce Mason will leave the job near the end of the month, according to the city. Mason has served as finance director since August 2019. Borough Manager Lisa Von Bargen said...

 

Mayoral recall application refiled

After their first application was too early, a group of 10 Wrangell residents on Monday refiled an application to recall Mayor Steve Prysunka after waiting the legally required 120 days into his...

 

Wolves defeat Panthers in first conference games

The Wrangell Wolves claimed two victories against the Craig Panthers in their first regular conference games of the season this year. The high school boys basketball team hosted Craig for a set of...

 

Lady Wolves claim two wins in season openers

The Wrangell Lady Wolves scored two victories in their season openers last Friday and Saturday. The girls basketball team hosted the Craig Lady Panthers for the first conference games of the season....

 

Police report

Monday, Feb. 1 Disturbance. Agency assist: U.S. Forest Service. Emotionally disturbed person: Woman yelling at children. Tuesday, Feb. 2 Disabled vehicle. Traffic stop. Citizen assist. Eviction service. Parking complaint. Agency assist: Hoonah. Dog...

 

Wrangell not listed in governor's proposed bond issue

Gov. Mike Dunleavy is asking lawmakers to put before voters this summer a $356 million bond issue for projects across the state. The governor wants a special election - rather than waiting until the n...

 

Strong growth in sales as U.S. shoppers bought more seafood in 2020

Seafood sales are hot in America’s supermarkets, and one king salmon from Southeast Alaska was worth the same as two barrels of oil: $116.16 for a troll-caught winter king averaging 11 pounds at the docks versus $115.48 for two barrels of oil at...

 

State proposes federal funding for gas pipeline project

JUNEAU - A state corporation is seeking almost $4.5 billion in federal funding to help build a $5.9 billion pipeline to move North Slope natural gas to Fairbanks. The project is being promoted as the first phase of the state-sponsored $38 billion...

 

Owners close century-old Ketchikan store damaged in rockslide

KETCHIKAN (AP) - The owners of a Ketchikan supermarket that was severely damaged by a rockslide plan to permanently close the business. Tatsuda’s Supermarket CEO Katherine Tatsuda announced the closure of the store on Feb. 1. “It is with sadness...

 

Native rights attorney named to top federal post

ANCHORAGE (AP) - A former attorney at the Native American Rights Fund in Alaska and member of the Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma will become a top official in the U.S. Department of the Interior, the agency said in a statement Feb. 3. Natalie Landreth...

 

Palmer woman's decision to feed moose led to its death

ANCHORAGE (AP) - Alaska Wildlife Troopers have killed a moose after a woman posted a video on social media showing herself feeding and petting the animal. Troopers said the juvenile male moose had become comfortable around people and subsequently pos...

 

Anchorage Pioneer Home reopens after 11-month lockdown

ANCHORAGE (AP) – The state-operated Anchorage Pioneer Home for older Alaskans has reopened its doors to family members and others eager to see residents after a lockdown of 11 months. The building welcomed back visitors beginning Feb. 3. The...

 

Legislation would protect graves of displaced Natives

JUNEAU (AP) – Proposed state legislation would protect the graves of Native Alaskans forcibly displaced from the Aleutian Islands by adding land to a state park on Admiralty Island in Southeast. The bill would increase the land within Funter Bay...

 

Two new COVID cases reported

Two new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Wrangell on Wednesday afternoon. According to the city, these latest cases are Wrangell residents who recently traveled together out of state. They both tested positive in travel-related testing, according... Full story

 

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