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Articles from the May 6, 2021 edition

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 By Larry Persily    News    May 6, 2021

Matanuska back, but state 'considering alternatives'

After four breakdowns of the state ferry Matanuska in a little over two months, the Department of Transportation is considering its options to ensure more reliable service as the heavier summer travel season approaches. "In light of the mechanical...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    May 6, 2021

King salmon derby returns after missing past 3 years

The Wrangell Chamber of Commerce is making plans for the community’s 66th king salmon derby to open June 15. It’s not exactly the 66th annual, since the derby was canceled 2018-2020 due to weak runs, but after that three-year wait the 66th derby...

 

Picking up the trash at sea

Crews working in the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands last month gathered up 47 tons of marine plastic and abandoned fishing nets, including this haul brought in by Joao Garriques (left) and...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    May 6, 2021

Legislature could restore old state tax for education

Rich with oil dollars, the Alaska Legislature in 1980 abolished the state’s annual $10-per-person tax that went to help support schools. More 41 years later, with North Slope oil production at its lowest level since the giant Prudhoe Bay field...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    May 6, 2021

Transboundary river advocates call for more monitoring

Watershed-protection advocates told Alaska lawmakers that the three transboundary rivers crossing from Canada into Southeast need more protection from the risks created by mining operations in British Columbia, including more data on water quality. T...

 

The Way We Were

May 5, 1921 The ladies of the Presbyterian Aid Society have secured the Rex Theater for tomorrow (Friday) afternoon and evening, and will give a tea and goody sale from 3 to 5 p.m. and a program at 8 in the evening. The program includes a farce in...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    May 6, 2021

Volunteers needed to replant downtown gardens this weekend

A few volunteers and city parks and recreation staff have started the work, but the big push to clean up, restore and replant downtown garden beds -and generally spruce up Front Street - is this...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    May 6, 2021

Police chief will want public feedback on body camera policy

The police department wants to get public feedback before its officers start wearing body cameras. The borough assembly took a first look at a draft policy for using the sound and video recording devices at its meeting April 27. The policy is under...

 

From the publisher: Release the brake on state motor fuel tax rate

The last time Alaska changed the state tax on motor fuel, gasoline cost about 36 cents a gallon at a Lower 48 pump, the average home price in the United States was $24,000, and the average price of a...

 

Editorial: Ferry system needs Matanuska backup plan

The Matanuska is old, no question about it. Even after a $47 million rebuild in 2018-2019, it will continue to suffer from the ailments of age as a 58-year-old ship in salt water. But Alaskans should...

 

Letters to the Editor

Federal bailout does not build an economy The news story on Page 3 of the April 22 Wrangell Sentinel, “Federal aid helps Southeast second time in 25 years,” compares apples to oranges (comparing federal aid for the timber industry 25 years ago...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    Sports    May 6, 2021

Little League season begins

Despite rainy weather, Wrangell's Little League season opened Saturday morning. Players on the league's sole junior league team for 13 to 14 year olds, and two major league teams for 10 to 12 year...

 
 News    May 6, 2021

Sentinel wins second in sports photography

Wrangell Sentinel reporter/photographer Caleb Vierkant won second place for best sports photo in the 2020 Alaska Press Club competition. The photo in the March 5, 2020, Sentinel, “Wolves host Haines for last home games of the season,” features...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    May 6, 2021

May 22 run will be fun finale

Lucy Moline-Robinson is organizing her “finale” fun run for Southeast Beasts May 22. Robinson has been organizing events for Wrangell’s running group since 2012, she said, and it is time for her to step away from the work. “It’s been a...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    May 6, 2021

Filmmaker looking for Wrangell pictures of 1960s' Rasmuson

The producers of Magnetic North, a series of historical documentaries on interesting and important Alaskans, is calling on Wrangell for photos or home movies of the community and Ed Rasmuson, who managed the town’s only bank branch 1965 to 1967. Ra...

 

Bird feeders under construction

Sabrina Yoder and her 2-year-old daughter Addy are just starting on their bird feeder project, arranging the pre-cut pieces in a workshop held as part of the annual Stikine Birding Festival last...

 

The best at the hoop

The Wrangell Elks Lodge hosted a hamburger dinner last Thursday to award participants in the annual Hoop Shoot contest. Due to the pandemic, the Elks did not hold a regional or national Hoop Shoot...

 

Clinton Olds led 'positive, humorous and kind' life

Born to Les and Reita Olds in Tillamook, Oregon, on June 4, 1960, Clinton Thomas Olds was the youngest of three sons. Clint passed away on April 30, 2021, due to complications of pneumonia. He was... Full story

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 6, 2021

Fish and Game budget would restore Wrangell office

The state Commercial Fisheries Division budget is facing no cuts for the upcoming fiscal year that starts July 1, assuming the current numbers make it through the Legislature and any gubernatorial vetoes. The budget approved by the state House on...

 

Look what we found

Delilah Roane (left) and Maria Holder look over a hermit crab they caught in a tide pool at the Sea Day event last Friday at Shoemaker Park. The Wrangell Cooperative Association and the U.S. Forest...

 

Police report

Monday, April 26 Traffic stop: Verbal warning for driving habits and expired plates. Disorderly conduct/complaint from neighbor of loud music. Tuesday, April 27 Agency assist: Fire Department. Motor vehicle accident. Dog at large. Summons served....

 
 By Caleb Jones    News    May 6, 2021

Cleanup recovers 47 tons of nets and marine plastics from Hawaiian islands

HONOLULU - A crew returned from the northernmost islands in the Hawaiian archipelago last month with a boatload of marine plastic and abandoned fishing nets that threaten to entangle endangered Hawaii...

 
 News    May 6, 2021

Don Young running for reelection

JUNEAU (AP) - Alaska U.S. Rep. Don Young said he will seek reelection to the seat he has held since 1973. The Republican, in an April 28 statement announcing his reelection plans, said with the challenges facing Alaska, this is “not the time to...

 

Tribal recognition bill advances in state House

A bill moving through the state House would require state recognition of Alaska’s 229 federally recognized tribes. Supporters say the measure is needed to encourage better collaboration and consultation between the state and tribes; formally...

 
 News    May 6, 2021

FBI asks Homer couple about riot at U.S. Capitol

ANCHORAGE (AP) - Federal agents served a search warrant at a small resort in Homer last week, saying they were looking for a laptop stolen from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, one of the Homer Inn and...

 

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