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 By Larry Persily    News    June 24, 2021

Legislature, governor in dispute over budget

A budget debate has brought the state to within a week of the start of the new fiscal year and the risk that state agencies could close on July 1 if the governor and legislators cannot settle the dispute. The battle between the governor and...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    June 24, 2021

Forest Service looks toward several projects

Most of a half-mile of slippery boardwalk trail at the Anan Wildlife Observatory is being replaced with gravel this summer, but that's just one of several U.S. Forest Service projects planned and...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    June 24, 2021

Hot dog! 4th of July a week away

Actually, the hot dogs will be cold dogs. A new event at this year’s Wrangell Fourth of July celebration will be a wiener toss, planned for 8:30 p.m. July 3 on Front Street. Sponsored by radio station KSTK, the toss will offer prizes for unusual to...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    June 24, 2021

Better legislative year for ferries, pending governor's decisions

Coastal lawmakers say they made progress this year toward at least halting the deterioration of the state ferry system, with the intent of maintaining reliable service in the years ahead. Their hopes, however, will have to wait on the governor’s...

 

The Way We Were

June 23, 1921 Three tons of garnets in the rough from the garnet ledge near Wrangell were shipped to the Western Abrasive Paper Company, Victoria, British Columbia, Friday evening on the Royal. It will be used for the manufacture of abrasive paper....

 

Father's Day brats and burgers

Kevin Stutz works the grill at the Elks Father's Day Picnic at Muskeg Meadows last Sunday, assisted by Kathy St. Clair (left) and Frank Roppel (background). The Elks sponsor a 9-hole best-ball golf...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    June 24, 2021

Senior center resumes in-person lunches

It’s been more than 15 months since Wrangell’s seniors sat down and enjoyed lunch together at the senior center, but that’s about to end. The building will reopen for in-person lunches on Monday, though only for fully vaccinated individuals....

 

Editorial: Governor, please don't veto Wrangell positions

Gov. Mike Dunleavy will have multiple big decisions to make when the state budget lands on his desk and he decides which appropriations he likes and which he will veto. Alaska's governors have the pow...

 

Letters to the Editor

Landless Natives deserve support of communities The folks who are working on legislation in regard to the landless Natives need the support of our city councils and residents to allow the acquisition to occur. I am 80 years old and was born in Peters...

 

From the publisher: Alaskans share blame for state's fiscal mess

Blame legislators for overspending and underachieving at the underlying need for a long-term fiscal plan for the state - if it makes you feel better. They certainly have made some poor decisions. But...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 24, 2021

Wrangell's new wildlife trooper living the dream

"Since I was a kid, a 12-year-old kid, I just started hunting myself,"Trooper Chadd Yoder said. "My parents didn't hunt, so to start legally hunting I took my mom with me. I educated myself about...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 24, 2021

Assembly adopts budget, plans for future flexibility

Wrangell’s municipal government will operate in the black for another fiscal year, under the budget adopted by the borough assembly Tuesday evening. However, the assembly is prepared to make amendments during the fiscal year, which starts July 1, a...

 

Father's Day winner

Melissa Stolley brought in the biggest fish on Sunday, taking home the Wrangell King Salmon Derby Father's Day prize of $250 to go along with her 28.9-pound king. The derby runs through next...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    June 24, 2021

Juneau finds another way to accept $2 million donation

After the Juneau city and borough assembly declined to accept a $2 million donation from Norwegian Cruise Line — saying it could look improper to accept money from an industry it regulates — the company opted to give the money to the Juneau...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 24, 2021

KSTK sponsors Adult Prom at the golf course

A fun tradition for Wrangell’s grown-ups is returning this Saturday, with the 2021 Adult Prom. The party will start at 8 p.m. at Muskeg Meadows Golf Course. The prom is an opportunity for locals to get out, dress up and dance the night away, said...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    June 24, 2021

State cuts back on king salmon limits

Higher-than-expected sportfishing catch rates for Southeast king salmon have prompted the state to cut back on the catch limit for residents and non-residents. Without the reduction, the Southeast sport fishery was expected to have exceeded its...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 24, 2021

AP&T begins survey for new SE undersea fiber optic line

Alaska Power & Telephone has begun preparations for a 214-mile fiber optic cable that will run from Juneau down to Coffman Cove. The SEALink submarine cable project will bring faster broadband internet access to communities like Coffman Cove and Kasa...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 24, 2021

Southeast crabbers hope to cash in on higher prices

Crab has been one of the hottest commodities since the COVID-19 pandemic forced people in 2020 to buy and cook seafood at home — and demand is even higher this year. Crab is now perceived as being more affordable when compared to the cost enjoying...

 
 By Sentinel Staff    News    June 24, 2021

Oregon hunter fined for illegal black bear harvest

Daniel Titus, 55 of Oregon, on June 16 plead no contest to a charge of unlawful harvest of a black bear on Kupreanof Island on June 6. The court hearing was held in Wrangell because the city’s new state wildlife trooper, Chadd Yoder, had issued...

 

A new sign shows the way

Mark Armstrong (right) and Tom Gillen (left), along with other city employees, helped position the Nolan Center's new signpost into place Tuesday afternoon. Wrangell artist Denny Leak carved the...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    June 24, 2021

Trump endorses Murkowski challenger

Making good on previous threats, former President Donald Trump has endorsed Kelly Tshibaka, a former official in the Gov. Mike Dunleavy administration, in her challenge against Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski. “Lisa Murkowski is bad for Alaska,”Trump...

 

Canadian border remains closed to at least July 21

TORONTO (AP) – Canadian border restrictions on nonessential travel to and from the United States will be extended until at least July 21, officials said last Friday, as Canada works to get a higher percentage of its residents fully vaccinated...

 

COVID cases among crew delay first sailing in Florida

MIAMI (AP) - Royal Caribbean International is postponing for nearly a month one of the highly anticipated first sailings from the U.S. since the pandemic began because eight crew members tested...

 

Police report

Monday, June 14 Health and safety call. Theft from vehicle. Citation for dog at large. Agency assist: State troopers traffic stop. Agency assist: Ambulance. Citation for dog at large and license required. Agency assist: State troopers traffic stop....

 

Judge rules in favor of Florida's challenge over federal COVID rules for cruise ships

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge on June 18 ruled for Florida in the state’s lawsuit challenging a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pandemic order imposing standards before cruise ships can resume sailing. U.S. District...

 

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