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Articles from the February 16, 2022 edition

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 By Sarah Aslam    News    February 16, 2022

Federal grants will help Southeast mariculture efforts

A state and federally designated economic development organization for Southeast Alaska has received $1 million in two grants to build up mariculture in the region, with half the money to go toward applying for an even larger grant and the other...

 

Lack of crew could keep Columbia tied to the dock

Unless the Alaska Marine Highway System can recruit enough workers by March 1 to restaff the unused Columbia, officials said the largest vessel in the fleet would remain tied to the dock for a third summer in a row. “Management is doing everything...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    February 16, 2022

Tlingit & Haida orders wireless towers to set up internet network this fall

The temporary, pop-up mobile towers have been ordered for the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska's pilot project that will provide wireless internet service in Wrangell,...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    February 16, 2022

SEARHC and fire department both providing free COVID-19 self-test kits

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is providing free COVID-19 at-home test kits on a first come, first served basis. A Feb. 7 post on SEARHC's Facebook page said it is providing two...

 

The Way We Were

Feb. 16, 1922 The recommendation of the Board of Engineers to Congress for an appropriation of $50,000 for a breakwater for the protection of Wrangell harbor is as welcome as it was unexpected. Just a short time ago the board had publicly announced...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    February 16, 2022

School district plans return to school principals

The school district has a plan to help close next year’s budget gap: It will use federal funds from last year’s American Rescue Plan Act to cover the salaries of new elementary school and middle/high school principals rather than continue the...

 

Ferry system may reconsider charging more when ships are fuller

State ferry management said they are working to be more responsive to community and passenger concerns, including reconsidering the use of “dynamic pricing,” where fares increase as ships fill up on popular sailings. No one likes dynamic...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    February 16, 2022

Students focus on values to win school photography contest

Three photos won top honors for depicting values like friendship and goals in a themed photography contest held by the Wrangell middle and high schools. Little interest was shown in the contest when...

 

Students learn benefits of grant writing

Grant writing skills can be almost as useful to learn in school these days as reading and writing, and certainly are invaluable for the arithmetic of classroom and community programs. Funding is available from multiple foundations, government agencie...

 

Help yourself to tests

The fire department and SEARHC are helping residents to stay healthy — or at least know when they are not healthy and should stay home for the protection of others in the community. Both are handing out free at-home COVID-19 test kits, as long as...

 

Consider yourself lucky you only lost one tire

If at first you don’t succeed, it’s not always better that you try, try again. But try, try again is what we do well in Alaska. Well, not so successfully, but we are consistent in trying the patience of common sense and fiscal restraint. For...

 

Ketchikan looks forward to seeing Prince Rupert again

The Feb. 9 edition of the Ketchikan Daily News contains a Wrangell Sentinel story about the potential return of Alaska state ferries to Prince Rupert, British Columbia — as soon as May 1. The story details the issues that officials on both sides...

 

St. Frances Animal Rescue appreciates community support

The board and members of St. Frances Animal Rescue would like to thank the many generous members of the Wrangell community for their support. Your donations have helped us sustain the efforts of the rescue to take in stray and surrendered kitties,...

 

'Hospice Hearts' awards event Feb. 21

It takes a village to raise a child. It also takes a village to support the activities of an organization such as Hospice of Wrangell. Our members sincerely appreciate the community's involvement and support. We want to recognize some folks who have...

 

Reader praises Wrangell reporters

I would like to concur with Alice Rooney about the high quality of the Wrangell Sentinel. You are doing a fine job. Glad to have you back, Larry. I cannot leave out our fine reporter at KSTK, Sage Smiley. She is among the best radio reporters that...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    February 16, 2022

Tribe requesting to rebuild, relocate bridge to Chief Shakes Island

The Wrangell Cooperative Association wants to move the Chief Shakes Island footbridge to allow better access for buses coming to the popular site and possibly setting aside an area for selling Native crafts. The plan would be to move the bridge...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    February 16, 2022

Garbage masher suffers growing pains to shrink down trash

A trash masher installed inside the garage at the borough's garbage transfer station has had some teething issues. The baler, which the borough started up in late October, began having problems after...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    February 16, 2022

Senior project helps Liana Carney give back to community

To say senior Liana Carney has a full plate is an understatement. Along with finishing her school sports career and keeping her grades up to remain the valedictorian, Carney also needs to put the...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    February 16, 2022

Wrangell commemorates Elizabeth Peratrovich Day

Elizabeth Peratrovich Day is Feb. 16, honoring Native rights activist Elizabeth Wanamaker Peratrovich of the Tlingit Nation who championed equal rights and whose testimony paved the way for the Alaska Anti-Discrimination Act passed by the territorial...

 

Community garden begins building committee

Five people attended a meeting for the Wrangell community garden last Wednesday, three in person and two via phone, along with project leaders Valerie Massie and Kim Wickman. The meeting was held to begin selecting committee members and discuss an ac...

 

Coast Guard looks to step up recruitment amid pandemic constraints

Closed schools and mitigation protocols have complicated recruitment for the U.S. Coast Guard over the two years of the pandemic, officers said. “We are definitely, in comparison to pre-COVID numbers, we are not doing as well,” said Cmdr. Andrea...

 

Iditarod sled dog race loses its headquarters hotel in Anchorage

ANCHORAGE (AP) — The hotel that has served for nearly three decades as the Anchorage-based headquarters for the world’s most famous sled dog race will end its association with the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race next year. The Lakefront Anchorage...

 
 By James Brooks    News    February 16, 2022

State charges Anchorage business owners with 'Made in Alaska' fraud

The state is accusing the owners of an Anchorage souvenir-making business of consumer fraud, saying in documents filed with Anchorage Superior Court that their “Made in Alaska” products are actually made in the Philippines. Robert Merry,...

 

Ketchikan schools apologize for 'cultural insensitivity'

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District said it is investigating allegations of racist behavior during a high school basketball game, where some students dressed in Western attire, such as cowboy hats, as their boys basketball...

 

Grandmother and grandkids on a winning run

The families are on a streak. Evi Fennimore hasn’t missed a game all season, and the Nevada high school basketball team where two of her grandchildren play hasn’t lost a game so far all season. Jake Penney, a senior, and Nate Penney, a junior,...

 

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