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Articles from the July 22, 2021 edition

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 By Larry Persily    News    July 22, 2021

Rising count of infections moves Alaska into high alert

As visitor travel to Alaska picks up strength, as residents participate in summer events, and as the pace of vaccinations slows down, the state’s COVID-19 case count is rising, prompting a return to high-alert status and warnings by health...

 

Time for bear feast and Bearfest

A black bear sow nurses her cub near the trail, about 25 or 30 yards short of the U.S. Forest Service viewing platforms at Anan Creek in this 2019 photo. The bears of Anan may have given their name...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 22, 2021

Wrangell scheduled for reduced ferry service October-November

Wrangell would see one northbound ferry every other week during October and November, and one southbound ferry the other weeks in October and November under the draft winter schedule released by the Alaska Marine Highway System. That’s down signifi...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 22, 2021

Borough will update cost estimate for water treatment plant

The borough assembly has directed the administration to pursue an updated cost estimate for solving Wrangell’s deficient water-treatment plant. Progress on replacing the treatment process has moved slowly since a 2017 cost estimate of nearly $10...

 

The Way We Were

July 21, 1921 Local strawberries of large size and delicious flavor have been on the market for nearly two weeks. Shipments of berries from Haines have also been received by local merchants. A beautiful Wrangell-raised geranium exhibited in a window...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    July 22, 2021

Bearfest starts 5-day run on Wednesday

Wrangell's annual Bearfest opens Wednesday and will feature symposiums by bear experts, art and photo workshops, children's games, pool time and more - even a demonstration by a Seattle sushi chef,...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 22, 2021

Cruise ship COVID case count climbs to 16

The COVID-19 case count among the 214 passengers and crew who were aboard the American Constellation’s Southeast Alaska cruise the second week of July has risen to 16, as the ship prepared this week to end its 10-day quarantine in Juneau and...

 

From the publisher

Newspapers report what happened. Sure, we also report some of what will or may happen in the days ahead, but most of the Sentinel tells you what occurred last week in the community that may affect or...

 

Editorial: Time to move ahead with water plant project

Looking around at all the boots, raingear and plastic tarps, it’s hard to imagine that Wrangell can’t handle a little water. The community can handle the rain alright. It’s collecting all that water, cleaning it and delivering it to our homes,...

 

Letters to the Editor

The Kalkins say thank you The family of Minnie (Larsen) Kalkins wishes to thank everyone for the outpouring of love. Mom was a special lady and would be overwhelmed to know how many people think so....

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 22, 2021

Wrangell hosts first Heart Walk with Petersburg

Dozens of people from Wrangell and Petersburg came together at the downtown pavilion Sunday morning for the first Heart Walk of their communities, organized as a fundraiser for the Children's Heart Fo...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 22, 2021

Baked for Breakfast plans to mix old and new

The decision to open a business just sort of happened, according to Bridgette Petticrew. She and Celsee Churchill were sitting with their kids at dinner one night, and had a spur-of-the-moment idea...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    July 22, 2021

Health insurance sign-up extended to August 15

This spring’s federal pandemic aid legislation included a provision that could reduce the cost of health insurance available under the Affordable Care Act, the decade-old program that has provided federally subsidized insurance to millions of...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 22, 2021

New jiu jitsu class starts next month

“I don’t know, somehow you kind of get addicted to it, I guess,” Matt Nore said. Nore, volunteering with the Parks and Recreation Department, will be hosting jiu jitsu classes starting next month. Nore has grown up enjoying combat sports, he...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 22, 2021

Wrangell short of foster homes for kids in need

Wrangell needs more foster homes for children. “A lot of people are afraid to even take that first step,” said Vena Talea Stough, a tribal family and youth services case worker in Wrangell with the Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes...

 

Pilot, boat captain Chuck Traylor dies at 86

Longtime Wrangell resident Chuck Traylor, 86, died July 13 at Wrangell Medical Center. As Chuck would say, he had a good run, his family wrote. He was born in Nebraska in 1934, and his family was in... Full story

 

Tugboat captain, carver Bill Churchill dies at 88

William Irving Churchill, "Uncle Bill," 88, passed away July 8 in Wrangell, where he was born in September 1932. Bill led a full and wonderful life, served in the U.S. Navy, was a member and... Full story

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 22, 2021

Coast Guard promotes formation of Wrangell auxiliary detachment

Liz Buness is working to reestablish a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary detachment in Wrangell, and she received some help last week when a retired vice admiral, a division commander and Alaska district chief of staff were in town to meet with community...

 

Police report

Monday, July 12 Vacation check. Disturbance. Vehicle unlock. Tuesday, July 13 Citizen assist. Agency assist: Alaska State Troopers. Citizen assist. Subpoena served. Letter served for removing person from licensed establishment. Citizen assist....

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 22, 2021

Salmon prices up across the state this summer

Early prices to Alaska salmon fishermen are trickling in and, as anticipated, they are up across the board. That will give a nice boost to the economic base of fishing communities and the state from fish taxes, fees and other assessments. About...

 

Fully vaccinated U.S. citizens can start driving into Canada Aug. 9

TORONTO (AP) - Canada announced Monday it will begin letting fully vaccinated U.S. citizens into the country on Aug. 9 — without a 14-day quarantine requirement and with no restrictions on the reason for traveling — and will allow travelers from...

 

Forest Service proclaims end to large-scale Tongass logging

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration said July 15 it is ending large-scale, old-growth timber sales on the nation’s largest national forest — the Tongass National Forest in Alaska — and will instead focus on forest restoration,...

 
 By Gillian Flaccus    News    July 22, 2021

Oregon rain forest no longer safe from wildfires

OTIS, Ore. (AP) - Wildfire smoke was thick when Tye and Melynda Small went to bed last Labor Day, but they weren't too concerned. After all, they live in a part of Oregon where ferns grow from tree tr...

 
 By Ragean Miller    News    July 22, 2021

Film school grad returns home to Ketchikan to make sci-fi short

While growing up in the First City, Emilio Torres always knew he was going to make a movie. A recent graduate of New York University's film school, Torres arrived back in Ketchikan early in July to...

 

Murkowski out-fundraises Senate challenger

JUNEAU (AP) - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski ended the latest quarter with a big cash-on-hand advantage over conservative Republican rival Kelly Tshibaka, according to fundraising reports released July 15. Murkowski, a Republican who has not officially...

 

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