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Sitka offers grants for businesses that open restrooms for tourists

As part of its plan to accommodate a large increase in cruise ship visitors this summer, Sitka is offering grants of $1,000 or more to businesses and other entities that will open their bathrooms to the public. The community is expecting ships with...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 30, 2022

Japanese market has collapsed for Alaska herring catch

The arrival of herring signals the start of Alaska’s spring fisheries and this year’s commercial catch limits from each of the three main areas are record breakers. But much of the catch will go unharvested — there is no market. Combined harves...

 

Responders stop fuel leak from grounded tug near Sitka

Salvage teams, the U.S. Coast Guard and state Department of Environmental Conservation reported last Thursday that fuel leaks from the grounded tug in Neva Strait 17 miles northwest of Sitka have been stopped. The state agency updated its situation...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    March 30, 2022

Scrap metal collection will start Friday

Juneau-based Channel Construction will resume accepting scrap metal at no charge — including vehicles — starting Friday at the former sawmill property at 6.3-Mile Zimovia Highway. The company, which brings its barge to communities throughout...

 

Former resident Mary Hoyt dies at 84 in Arizona

Former Wrangell resident Mary Delia Hoyt, 84, died Jan. 11, 2022, at her home in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. She was born March 19, 1937, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Sabina and John Weber, one of five children. “Mary met the love of her life, Herb H... Full story

 
 By Mark Thiessen    News    March 30, 2022

Nome pays $750,000 after failing to investigate sexual assault

ANCHORAGE (AP) — A former police dispatcher in the Bering Sea coastal community of Nome has settled with the city after officers failed to investigate her report of being sexually assaulted in 2017. Under terms of the agreement, Clarice “Bun” H...

 
 By Mark Thiessen    News    March 30, 2022

International researchers try to understand Fairbanks' dirty air

FAIRBANKS (AP) — In the pristine expanse of Alaska’s Interior lies a dirty secret: Some of the most polluted winter air in the United States can be found in and around Fairbanks. The Fairbanks North Star Borough, which includes Alaska’s...

 

Lone Democrat drops out of U.S. Senate race

JUNEAU (AP) — Anchorage Democrat Elvi Gray-Jackson said last Friday that she is ending her run for U.S. Senate in Alaska and instead will seek reelection to the state Senate, where she has served since 2019. Gray-Jackson, in a statement released...

 

State reports 54 COVID cases in Wrangell in past 14 days

Posted 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 1 The state health department website reported Friday that there have been 54 COVID-19 cases in Wrangell in the past 14 days, with 28 of those in the past seven days and nine in the past two days. The case counts... Full story

 

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HELP WANTED Wrangell Public Schools is accepting applications for a long-term Substitute Elementary School Teacher. This position is anticipated to begin Aug. 22 and run through Nov. 23, 2022. An Alaska Type A Teaching Certificate with the...

 

Pilots picket over contract impasse; Alaska cancels 9% of flights

Posted at noon Friday, April 1 Alaska Airlines canceled dozens of flights Friday — including the northbound jet through Wrangell — as pilots picketed over an impasse in contract negotiations that have lasted nearly three years. As of 8 a.m.... Full story

 

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