Articles from the March 18, 2021 edition

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 By Larry Persily    News    March 18, 2021

Legislators, governor differ on ferry system advisory board

Gov. Mike Dunleavy wants to create a new state ferry system advisory board with one state official and 10 public members to replace an existing advisory panel, similar to a separate proposal from...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 18, 2021

SEARHC calls on younger people to get vaccine shot

SEARHC had more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine than people registered to get the shot as of Tuesday, and is looking for younger people to sign up. While the state just last week dropped its...

 

Alaska Republicans don't want Murkowski as candidate next year

ANCHORAGE (AP) - The Alaska Republican Party, which already had censured Sen. Lisa Murkowski for voting to convict former President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial, now doesn’t want her to identity as a GOP candidate in next year’s...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 18, 2021

Renovation less than half the cost of new Public Safety Building

Faced with a choice of spending $30.53 million to replace the Public Safety Building or a renovation estimated at $12.87 million, the city administration is recommending the less costly project for...

 

The Way We Were In the Sentinel 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago.

March 17, 1921 The peak of high prices has not been reached in printing materials. In December the Sentinel laid in a supply of certificate bond paper at 32 cents a pound. This same paper is quoted on the Seattle market today at 37 cents a pound....

 

Eagle River, Wasilla lawmakers resist Legislature's rule requiring face masks

Though Eagle River Republican Sen. Lora Reinbold made peace with legislative leadership and wore a face mask for the Senate floor session on Monday, Wasilla Republican Rep. Christopher Kurka removed h...

 

Editorial

Almost half of Wrangell residents have received at least their first COVID-19 vaccine shot. Close to 30% of all Alaskans have too, and the state has opened vaccination eligibility to everyone over the...

 

From the publisher

Journalism schools teach reporters to quote accurately; to add "he said" or "she said" at the end of every statement; to fully report what people say at public events and in interviews. All of that wo...

 

Letters to the Editor

Survey respondents favor higher oil taxes, not income or sales tax Thank you to everyone who has taken the Commonwealth North budget survey. I decided to use their comprehensive budget survey in lieu...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    March 18, 2021

State sells fast ferries to Spanish operator

After spending almost $1.1 million to keep the vessels out of service to save money and safely tied up the past several years, the state last week sold its two fast ferries - built at a combined cost...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    March 18, 2021

Electronic waste collection Saturday

Here's your chance to get rid of the old computers, monitors and printers stacked in the corner. The Wrangell Cooperative Association's Indian General Assistance Program will host a free e-waste...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 18, 2021

Tribal voters reelect three council members, one new member

According to unofficial election results, three incumbents were reelected to the Wrangell Cooperative Association tribal council last week and one new candidate was chosen by voters. Tribal citizens...

 

Basketball teams prepare for first games in more than a month

After several weeks without games due to bad weather or spikes in COVID-19 cases in other towns, the Wrangell High School boys and girls basketball teams are eager for scheduled games against...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 18, 2021

City to apply for COVID-19 grant funds

The City and Borough of Wrangell will apply for $125,000 in COVID-19 grant funding from the state Department of Health and Social Services, after the assembly approved the action at a special meeting...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 18, 2021

Island of Faith welcomes new pastor back to Southeast

After an extended period of lay leadership, Island of Faith Lutheran Church has welcomed its new pastor, Sue Bahleda. She and her husband, Bill, arrived in Wrangell about a month ago and have settled...

 

High school will honor military service members

The high school is creating a permanent display to honor “the sacrifices made by our military service members,” the school announced last week. The display will include a large wooden American flag, plaques for each branch of the military, and...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    March 18, 2021

Almost 100 Wrangell households apply for help paying rent, utilities

Almost 100 Wrangell households have applied for financial aid to help pay their rent and/or utilities under a state-managed program funded with federal pandemic-relief dollars. The program closed to...

 

More cases of COVID variant in Alaska

ANCHORAGE (AP) - Four additional cases of a coronavirus variant first detected in Brazil have been found in Alaska, state health officials said. Two of the cases were from Anchorage and two from Eagle River, health officials announced March 10. One...

 

Genetic test unites Petersburg woman with biological brother

JUNEAU (AP) – A Petersburg woman who was adopted found her biological brother through the genetic testing company 23andMe. Sara Hadad-Dembs received a Facebook message recently from a man in Illinois that read, “Hi, I know this is super out of...

 

State raffles hunting permits to raise money

ANCHORAGE (AP) - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has begun to raffle permits for some of its most desirable hunts to help raise money toward covering a nearly $2 million revenue loss due to the coronavirus pandemic. It’s called “Alaska’s...

 

Governor drops plan to split largest department

JUNEAU (AP) - The governor sent a one-sentence letter to legislative leaders last week, notifying lawmakers that he has withdrawn his request to split the Department of Health and Social Services into two departments. Multiple groups had questioned...

 

Neiman Marcus settles lawsuit over its misuse of Native design

JUNEAU (AP) – The Sealaska Heritage Institute and luxury department store Neiman Marcus have settled a lawsuit over the sale of a coat with a copyrighted, geometric design borrowed from Indigenous c...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 18, 2021

Alaska Fish Factor

Alaska’s salmon harvest for 2021 is projected to be a big one, with total catches producing a haul that could be 61% higher than last year, due mostly to an expected surge of pinks. Fishery managers are predicting a statewide catch topping 190...

 

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