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State will start issuing dividends Sept. 20

JUNEAU (AP) — The state plans to begin distributing this year’s oil-wealth dividend and a special energy relief payment to residents on Sept. 20. The timeline was announced last Friday by Gov. Mike Dunleavy and the state Department of Revenue....

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    July 20, 2022

Sculptor hopes to evoke joy with BearFest statue

What's the recipe for sculpting a bear? Add one part encouragement, one part planning, two parts materials, one part inspiration, ruminate for two years, then take three months to cut away everything...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    July 20, 2022

Borough signs design contract for port and harbor surveillance cameras

The plan is to have surveillance cameras in operation at City Dock and the harbors sometime next year. The borough assembly last week approved a $90,983 design contract with Juneau-based RESPEC to prepare plans for the cameras, wiring and server...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    July 20, 2022

Gardeners slug it out with pesky mollusks

Whether brown, yellow, black or spotted like a leopard, slugs all have one thing in common: They can devastate a garden. Growers in Wrangell have many suggestions on what works to control the slimy...

 

The Way We Were

July 20, 1922 Tuesday was a red-letter day in the lives of the children of Wrangell. The arrival of the “Kandy Kings” on the Spokane was like a midsummer visit from Santa Claus. The visitors were distributing samples of high-class confectionery...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    July 20, 2022

Family fiddle has legacy of Nordic music in eight strings

Larraine Jenson-Kagee has a physical connection to her family's origins in Snarum, Norway, that sat in a box gathering dust for the past 20 years. Last month, Jenson-Kagee's sister, Darlene, sent the...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    July 20, 2022

High COVID case count hits community

An additional 40 COVID-19 cases were recorded in Wrangell July 7-13, more than twice as many as in the previous three weeks, according to the Alaska Department of Health website. That’s almost as many cases as were reported in Ketchikan, 43,...

 
 By Carleigh Minor    News    July 20, 2022

Sharing Our Knowledge conference coming to Wrangell

For the first time in its almost 30-year history, Sharing Our Knowledge, a regional conference of Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian tribes and clans will be held in Wrangell. The conference is scheduled for Sept. 7-11 at the Nolan Center, with activities...

 

Property assessments worth a full review

Probably no one enjoys paying property taxes. It’s a big check, rather than a few dimes or dollars in sales taxes each time at the register. But it’s an essential part of the municipal budget, second only to sales taxes in bringing in revenue to...

 

Congress should extend health insurance subsidies

Some argue that the federal government paid out far too much money to too many people under the headline of “pandemic relief aid.” The list includes up to $3,200 per person in cash, expanded and extended unemployment and food stamp benefits, chil...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    July 20, 2022

Last-minute permits for Anan available through Forest Service office

Independent travelers and residents looking to visit Anan Wildlife Observatory apart from tour groups still have a chance to do so. The Forest Service Wrangell ranger district is making last-minute permits available through its office on a weekly...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 20, 2022

Wrangell seeks 50% state funding for $2.3 million Meyers Chuck float replacement

The borough is applying for a $1.166 million state grant to go toward replacing the harbor float at Meyers Chuck. The 400-foot-long float is 57 years old, supported by steel pilings almost 40 years old, according to information presented at the July...

 

Early voting opens Aug. 1 for special and primary elections

Early voting will open Aug. 1 for the Aug. 16 special election to fill the unexpired term of the late U.S. Rep. Don Young and the primary election, also Aug. 16, for governor, Legislature, U.S. Senate, and to select the top candidates for a full...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 20, 2022

Borough wants to undertake comprehensive review of property assessments

Looking to ensure that all property is taxed fairly and equitably, the borough is considering a reassessment of all residential and commercial properties for next year’s tax bills. The goal is for assessments to be consistent and “fair and...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    July 20, 2022

Entries due by July 29 in BearFest photo contest

The BearFest photo contest is wide open like an aperture on a starry night. That is, it’s time to click and submit entries focused on bear photos and videos. From now through 11:59 p.m. on July 29, photographers and videographers can post up to...

 

Peak budworm infestation eats its way through Southeast forest

Look around Southeast and you will see a lot of evergreen trees that aren't so green. Southeast Alaska's hemlock and spruce trees are fending off an assault by a number of pests and diseases, most...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 20, 2022

Wrangell businesses less optimistic about economy than Southeast neighbors

Nearly two-thirds of the 440 Southeast Alaska business leaders who responded to a spring survey said the region’s overall business climate is good, the highest positive rating since 2017. It’s a strong turnaround from last year’s survey when...

 
 By Ceri Godinez    News    July 20, 2022

Southeast towns look for answers to limited public restrooms

Most every town in Southeast faces a similar summer problem: Boatloads of visitors and not enough public toilets. Some communities have built additional restrooms, and Sitka this summer is paying downtown businesses willing to open their facilities...

 
 By Ceri Godinez    News    July 20, 2022

PFD donations don't change much with higher payout

This year, deposits of about $3,200 each will begin appearing in Alaskans’ bank accounts on Sept. 20, but so far the promise of a record-high combined Permanent Fund dividend and energy relief payment hasn’t translated to more charitable giving....

 
 By Lisa Phu    News    July 20, 2022

New 988 mental health crisis line starts up in Alaska

Alaskans who find themselves in a mental health crisis can now call or text 988 to access a trained crisis counselor. Support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to individuals of all ages. The three-digit number for suicide prevention...

 
 By James Brooks    News    July 20, 2022

Legislature works on new policy governing use of social media

With two of its members facing lawsuits for their social media practices, the Alaska Legislature is contemplating new advice and policies to cover its 60 members. The joint House-Senate Legislative Council unveiled its first draft of a new policy...

 
 By Max Graham    News    July 20, 2022

Policy review says mining impacts on Pacific Northwest salmon underestimated

A science and policy review concludes that mining risks to salmon habitat have been underestimated across the Pacific Northwest, including Alaska and British Columbia. The report discusses the limitations on governance of mining operations and calls...

 

Coast Guard heads out on annual North Pacific fisheries patrol

Multiple vessels were targeted with fines as a result of enforcement by the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf during an annual fisheries patrol last year. The announcement comes as the Coast Guard’s annual fisheries patrol, North Pacific Guard, is a...

 
 By Garland Kennedy    News    July 20, 2022

Humpback whale carcass washes up in Sitka Sound

A dead humpback whale that had been seen floating in northeastern Sitka Sound is probably the same one that washed ashore a few miles away in May, a marine mammal expert said July 12. Lauren Wild, applied fisheries assistant professor at the...

 
 By Mark Thiessen    News    July 20, 2022

NOAA will study habitat protections for North Pacific right whales

The U.S. government on July 11 agreed to a request from environmental groups to study increasing critical habitat designations in Alaska waters for North Pacific right whales, one of the rarest whale species in the world. The National Oceanic and Atm...

 

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