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Articles from the April 1, 2021 edition

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 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 1, 2021

Assembly doesn't like the thought of state sales tax

Wrangell assembly members do not like the idea of a state sales tax, even if may be the only tax that state lawmakers are willing to consider. Despite their objection, members agreed they should stay...

 

State says sinking Malaspina could save money long term

Alaska state transportation officials are contemplating sinking a ferry to save money. The Department of Transportation has considered turning the Malaspina into an artificial reef. The ship is one...

 

Ravens head to where the food is – at an Anchorage Costco parking lot

ANCHORAGE (AP) - Some Alaska Costco shoppers said they've had their groceries stolen by ravens in the store parking lot. Matt Lewallen said he was packing his groceries into his car in the parking...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 1, 2021

Long-married couple reunited after a pandemic year apart

"I think it was '52 that we got married, I met her just before," Elmer Mork said about his wife Patricia. "She was the 1950 queen, Fourth of July Queen. The first one. I'm kind of lucky to find a...

 

The Way We Were

March 31, 1921 It is with genuine pleasure that we add to our exchange list the Wrangell (Alaska) Sentinel, the Sultan (Washington) Star announced. “The Sentinel is a neatly printed, newsy well-edited paper, and apparently has the generous support...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 1, 2021

Johnson & Johnson vaccine available in Wrangell

The one-shot COVID-19 vaccine produced by Johnson & Johnson recently became available in the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium's network and is now in Wrangell. Carly Allen, clinic...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 1, 2021

Assembly backs away from boost in liveaboard fees

The borough assembly could decide to adopt a new definition for harbor liveaboards at its April 13 meeting, clarifying that the residential user fee would not be charged if people don't overnight...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    April 1, 2021

Legislators continue work on ferry system advisory board

State House and Senate committees continue to work on competing bills that would change the membership of the state ferry system advisory board. The Senate Transportation Committee on Tuesday heard...

 

From the publisher

The federal money that will flow into our state from the American Rescue Plan - the latest round of pandemic aid from Washington, D.C. - is the proverbial once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Alaskans...

 

Editorial: It doesn't look good

GCI, the largest telecommunications provider in the state, is closing down its call center jobs in Anchorage and moving the work to a contractor in the Philippines. It joins a growing list of U.S. com...

 

Letters to the Editor

Recall effort not based on facts and was not positive The past year has been difficult for everyone. My family has been acutely aware of the issues surrounding COVID-19, and Lynn and I have lived every day knowing that our actions have a direct impac...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    April 1, 2021

Matanuska out of service third time in two months

The 58-year-old Matanuska, the oldest operating vessel in the state ferry fleet, has had troubles operating the past two months. The Alaska Marine Highway System took it out of service last week to...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 1, 2021

Wrestling season starts in Juneau this weekend

High school wrestling season will kick off for Wrangell this Friday and Saturday, as the Wolves head to Juneau for their first meet of the year. Wrangell did not compete in any 2020 season, due to the...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    April 1, 2021

State plans to reduce rockfall hazards along highway

The state Transportation Department is asking for public comments on its plan to reduce the hazards along a stretch of Wrangell's Zimovia Highway frequently hit by rocks coming down from the...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 1, 2021

City moving forward with tourism best practices management plan

A cohesive document outlining guidelines for the tourism industry in Wrangell is slowly coming together. During a workshop last Friday, the Wrangell Convention and Visitor Bureau looked over a draft...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 1, 2021

Visitor bureau holds Wrangell photo contest

The Wrangell Convention and Visitor Bureau launched the first of a series of photo and video contests earlier this month to help replenish its stock of images for marketing efforts. "The Best of...

 

Students return to classes for a short week

Wrangell's secondary schools returned to in-person class Monday after a four-day move to distance learning when a staff member tested positive for COVID-19 last week. Back in the classroom for...

 

State may provide COVID vaccinations at 4 airports

JUNEAU (AP) - The state health department is floating the idea of providing COVID-19 vaccinations to travelers at Alaska's busiest airports with the summer tourism and fishing seasons looming. The...

 

State and others file in support of roadless rule exemption for Tongass

JUNEAU (AP) - The state of Alaska and several other groups have filed to defend the Tongass National Forest’s 5-month-old exemption from a nationwide rule that limits development on federal land. The filing fights back against a group of tribal, en...

 

Alaska had 22,300 fewer jobs in February than a year go

JUNEAU (AP) - Alaska had 22,300 fewer jobs last month than it did in February 2020, the state labor department reported last Friday, citing the ongoing economic toll from the COVID-19 pandemic. The biggest job losses were in the leisure and...

 

Czech Republic's richest man dies in Alaska helicopter crash

ANCHORAGE (AP) - A contracted helicopter carrying guides and guests from a lodge on a heli-skiing trip in Alaska's backcountry crashed on Saturday, killing the pilot and four others, including the...

 

Legislators may look at parole for juveniles

ANCHORAGE (AP) - A proposal by the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission could provide juveniles sentenced to lengthy prison sentences an opportunity for parole after serving 15 years. The commission recommended state lawmakers pass a “second look...

 

COVID leads to serious inflammatory syndrome for eight Alaska youth

ANCHORAGE (AP) - Eight Alaska youths have developed a serious inflammatory syndrome from previous coronavirus infections, state health officials said in a report. The report, released March 26, said some of the eight youths ended up in the pediatric...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 1, 2021

Shoppers harvested 30% more canned salmon during pandemic

It’s “back to the future” for Alaska canned salmon as more Americans choose it for its health benefits and as an easy-to-use ingredient for sandwiches, salads and more. Salmon canning in Alaska started in the 1870s, and by the early 20th...

 

Sentencing set for June in killing aboard cruise ship

JUNEAU (AP) - Sentencing has been set for June for a man who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the beating death of his wife during a 2017 family cruise to Alaska. Kenneth Manzanares, who is from Utah, signed a plea agreement in the case in...

 

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