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Articles from the August 5, 2021 edition

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 By Larry Persily    News    August 5, 2021

Schools will reopen August 30 with masks on

The Wrangell School District plans to start classes Aug. 30 with face masks required when staff and students are indoors — same as last year. The district is working under its COVID-19 mitigation plan, released in June, and will adapt it as...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 5, 2021

School sign-up opens next week

Registration for the new school year will open online Wednesday. In-person registration will be offered 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 17 at the high school gym. Classes start Aug. 30. Teachers start back at work Aug. 25. Families registering their kids for...

 

A bear-sized hug

Marina Fitzgerald gives Smokey a hug as the furry bruin made a special appearance at the public library Friday morning for the Bearfest festival's Read With a Ranger event. Kids and grown-ups were...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    August 5, 2021

Murkowski, Young urge vaccinations amid rising COVID-19 cases statewide

Face masks are going back on in several communities across Alaska as health officials continue urging people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The state reported more than 1,000 new cases of the coronavirus Friday through Tuesday, and almost 4,000...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    August 5, 2021

Wrangell tells all unvaccinated travelers to get tested on arrival

The Wrangell Borough has returned to requiring COVID-19 testing of unvaccinated travelers — locals and visitors — who arrive from out of state. The requirement had expired in June. The assembly approved the immediate reinstatement of testing at...

 

The Way We Were

Aug. 4, 1921 The Eagle boat, Bothwell, arrived from Craig on Thursday evening with Chief Deputy Collector of Customs Charles D. Garfield aboard. Mr. Garfield is making a tour of inspection of Southeast Alaska sub-ports and remained here until...

 

Bearfest runners

Heading out from the start in front of the Nolan Center, Patrick Howell (center, dark T-shirt, dark shorts, gray cap) took first place in the Bearfest marathon on Sunday with a time of 3:38:08. It...

 
 By Sentinel Staff    News    August 5, 2021

Candidate filing open for borough election

Candidacy filing is open for the municipal election, with nine seats on the ballot for borough assembly, port commission and school board — three seats each. The filing deadline is Aug. 31. The declaration of candidacy form is available weekdays...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    August 5, 2021

Community survey will help schools determine student needs

Wrangell’s new schools superintendent wants to provide students as many choices as possible for learning, though he acknowledges it’s hard for the small district to provide in-person teaching for every subject students may want. Over time, that m...

 

From the publisher: Donate to a nonprofit, not national politics

As if national campaigns haven't turned nasty enough in recent years, the billions of dollars at stake in political fundraising is making it worse. Yes, billions. Estimates are that spending...

 

Editorial: Run for something, not against something

The filing period opened this week for nine seats on the borough assembly, school board and port commission. Which means it's time for people to think about what they want for the community's future a...

 

Letters to the Editor

Summer camp focused on learning about virtues The six-day Virtues Summer Camp held at the Community Center has come to a close, with 14 children participating locally. New ideas were explored in one-h...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 5, 2021

It's a dog's world at Jessie's Pantry

"I was trying to think of what to do while finishing up college virtually, here in Wrangell," Alex Angerman said. "My family and I were brainstorming, and it was actually my dad who thought of the...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 5, 2021

Rally for Cancer Care fundraiser tees off this weekend

As the COVID-19 pandemic winds through its second year, many aspects of normal life are returning, including the annual Rally for Cancer Care golf tournament this weekend in Wrangell. The rally is a big fundraising event put on by the WMC...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    August 5, 2021

State has sent more than $162,000 to Wrangell applicants for housing aid

Using federal pandemic relief funds, the state has paid more than $162,000 toward past-due and future rent and utility bills in Wrangell, part of $85.2 million paid out on behalf of tenants across Alaska since early April. Of the 99 Wrangell househol...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 5, 2021

Equipment delays slow down trash baler project

Progress on transitioning from moving Wrangell’s trash in open-top containers aboard barges to bales of shredded and compressed waste in closed containers is moving slower than expected due to equipment delivery delays, said Capital Facilities...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    August 5, 2021

Work almost finished on replacement undersea power line

The marine work is done and all that remains are the final shoreside connections and testing, and a new undersea power cable between Woronkofski and Vank islands will be ready to carry electricity....

 
 By Larry Persily    News    August 5, 2021

Court upholds penalty in 2014 illegal fishing case

The Alaska Supreme Court has upheld the $20,000 fine imposed on a Metlakatla commercial fisherman who took coho salmon in 2014 in a closed area, without a state fisheries permit. In a 4-0 ruling, the justices rejected the appeal filed by the...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    August 5, 2021

State closes king fishing to nonresidents

In an effort to stay within the sportfishing catch allocation, the state has ordered that nonresidents may not take king salmon anywhere in Southeast Alaska this month. The catch limit for residents will remain at generally one king in possession....

 

Clayton Wyatt Smalley

Clayton died suddenly in his home of 45+ years in Coffman Cove, Alaska. He was born in Santa Barbara, CA, and shortly after birth moved to Alaska when his mother, Marcella Smalley "Opheim," returned h... Full story

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 5, 2021

Photographer shares advice during Bearfest workshop

Robert Johnson has made a living as a professional photographer for about 20 years, and found time again this year to share tips at a workshop as part of Wrangell's annual Bearfest. He advised people...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    August 5, 2021

Oregon bidder takes armory for $110,000

The borough received just one bid for the unused National Guard armory on Second Avenue. It had set an asking price of $110,000 for the 1,200-square-foot structure, and that was the amount offered by the only bidder: Tim Gardner, of Oregon. Bids...

 

Police report

Monday, July 26 Dog complaint. Criminal mischief. Agency assist: Hoonah Police Department. Theft. Counterfeit money. Deer complaint. Tuesday, July 27 Suspicious circumstance. Noise complaint. Gunshots. Wednesday, July 28 Agency assist: Line...

 

Correction

The Wrangell Sentinel in its July 29 issue misspelled the name of Brittani Robbins, the new executive director of the Wrangell Chamber of Commerce....

 

Special legislative session delayed to Aug. 16

JUNEAU (AP) - Gov. Mike Dunleavy has delayed until Aug. 16 the start of the next special session of the Legislature, following a request by legislative leaders for more time to find a compromise on the state’s fiscal future. The special session...

 

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