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Articles from the February 18, 2021 edition

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Tourism to focus on independent travelers and the small cruise ships

Independent travelers and passengers aboard small cruise ships are vital to Wrangell's tourism season, and they're exactly what the community is focusing on - regardless of Canada's decision to keep...

 

School year 100 days old

The Wrangell School District celebrated its 100th day of classes this school year on Feb. 11. Evergreen Elementary student Cameron Young (left) works on an art project to celebrate the day, and...

 

City general fund projected to end year in surplus

Thanks to the use of federal CARES Act funds to offset wages, and not as bleak a year as had been expected for sales tax revenue, the city general fund is projected to close out Fiscal Year 2021 in th...

 

Wrangell one of four school districts to stay open all year

Wrangell is one of four school districts in the state to remain open all year through the COVID-19 pandemic, according to school officials. On top of providing a quality education, Alaska's more than...

 

No pictures, please!

A raven stops its scavenging in the City Market parking lot to make a loud point last Friday....

 

Hospital completes move to new building

Just shy of 20 months after the groundbreaking ceremony, the new $30 million Wrangell Medical Center is fully operational. The final department to relocate from the old quarters - emergency services...

 

The Way We Were

Feb. 17, 1921 Another author has sprung up in our midst in the person of John L. Anderson, who is writing a real history, a dramatic combination of adventure, pleasure, courtship, love, horrors and tragedy, which will later be published and offered...

 

Statewide rental assistance program opens this week

Up to $200 million in federal funding is available to help Alaskans who are having trouble paying their rent due to a loss of income during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Alaska Housing Finance Corp., a...

 

Eagle's Nest takes off again

The Eagle's Nest, a weekly youth program hosted by Wrangell Bible Baptist Church, restarted last Friday, after it had been on hiatus for months "since COVID rocked the world," said organizer Tim...

 

Editorial: Rent assistance helps

The state housing corporation started up its new, federally funded assistance program for renters this week. Up to $200 million is available to help tenants across Alaska who are behind on their rent...

 

From the publisher: Sen. Murkowski did her job

Maybe you did not like her vote to convict former President Donald Trump in the Senate impeachment trial. Maybe you wanted her to stick with most Republicans who cast their ballot to acquit because...

 

Letters to the Editor

BRAVE fundraiser was a success To the editor: The overall mission of the BRAVE coalition is to help build and strengthen healthy relationships in Wrangell. The group is reforming after limited activit...

 

Travelers thankful to see a ferry, but would like to see more

Wally McDonald, who got off the southbound LeConte on Monday to check on his boat in Wrangell's harbor, said he was just thankful the ferry finally got him to town. It is challenging getting to and...

 

State disaster declaration ends, airport COVID testing now optional

Testing for COVID-19 will continue at the Wrangell airport, and at other airports throughout Alaska, even though the state pandemic disaster declaration expired Sunday. However, the testing will be...

 

Legislators will want a say in spending additional federal pandemic aid

More than $6.5 billion in federal funding for pandemic relief has already been authorized for individuals, communities, school districts, businesses, health-safety programs, government agencies, the...

 

Basketball in Metlakatla rescheduled to this weekend

Due to high winds last weekend, neither of Wrangell High School's basketball teams traveled to Metlakatla for their first away games of the season. However, the high school said the games are...

 

International floral display

Mya DeLong and Gary Buethe were busy preparing for Valentine's Day, cutting, arranging and wrapping 20 boxes of flowers that arrived at their shop Feb. 11. DeLong said flowers arrived at Groundswell...

 

Newest police officer moved from Hoonah

Wrangell's newest police officer started work last week. Yuriy Bezzubenko, formerly of Hoonah, North Carolina and Ukraine, said he joined the Wrangell Police Department in pursuit of new...

 

Food box distribution for second week Friday

The Wrangell Cooperative Association, Wrangell's tribal organization, and the Salvation Army collaborated last Friday to hand out 50 food boxes to people in need, with a second distribution planned...

 

Alaska Fish Factor: CDC order requires mask wearing aboard fishing boats

Fishermen must wear masks while they are underway, even while sleeping, and the Coast Guard intends to enforce it. That’s an edict issued as a public health emergency by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a Marine Safety Bulletin iss...

 

Police

Monday, Feb. 8 Civil standby. Tuesday, Feb. 9 Found property. Agency assist: Public Works. Agency assist: Ambulance. Citizen assist. Driving complaint. Wednesday, Feb. 10 Summons service. Thursday, Feb. 11 Security check. Agency assist: Public...

 

Driver says he was only joking about a bomb on state ferry

JUNEAU (AP) - A man in a pickup truck was arrested after the Alaska Transportation Department said he drove past boarding lines to get onto a state-run ferry at the dock in Juneau on Feb. 10 and was heard by crew “muttering about a bomb and firearm...

 

Small-ship operator sees strong demand for summer cruises

SITKA - With protocols for coronavirus mitigation and testing, as well as hope for a more expansive vaccine rollout, Sitka-based maritime tourism company Allen Marine plans to return to form this spring and summer, the company said last week....

 

Hawaii, Alaska senators lead Indian Affairs Committee

HONOLULU (AP) - Senators from Hawaii and Alaska on Feb. 11 were elected the chairperson and vice chairperson of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, a Democrat from Hawaii, will serve as chairperson. U.S. Sen. Lisa...

 

Hawaii governor cautious about loosening travel rules

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii’s governor has said he is cautious about loosening air travel restrictions for people who have received a coronavirus vaccine, while stressing that new virus variants are not widespread in the state. Democratic Gov. David...

 

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