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Articles from the August 12, 2021 edition

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 By Larry Persily    News    August 12, 2021

Governor willing to support sales tax to pay larger PFD

The governor’s Revenue commissioner has presented legislators with several revenue-raising options so that the state could afford a significantly larger Permanent Fund dividend and still balance its budget. A statewide sales tax is among the...

 

Summer camp science for Scouts

Mariah Carney (from left), Claire Rooney and Sienna Kiesler worked on a science project at the Girl Scouts summer camp last Friday at Shoemaker Park. The campers learned about how the surface tension...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 12, 2021

Masks required, new tracking system in place for school buses

Wrangell’s school bus operator is reminding parents and children that riders must wear a face mask, same as last year. But what will be new this school year is a software tool that will tell parents in real time the location of their children’s...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    August 12, 2021

Alaska health care employers require vaccination

As the Delta variant spreads and as COVID-19 case counts climb throughout Alaska, more health care providers in the state are requiring that their workers get vaccinated. Full vaccination also will be required of students living in on-campus housing...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    August 12, 2021

Federal legislation could help Alaska ferry system

The 2,700-page, trillion-dollar infrastructure bill that passed the U.S. Senate on Tuesday could provide tens of millions of dollars, maybe more, to help the ailing Alaska Marine Highway System. How t...

 

The Way We Were

Aug. 11, 1921 Some time ago a committee of Wrangell men, interested in marking the graves of unknown sailors and soldiers buried here, applied to the government for the necessary markers. Delegate Sutherland was asked to take the matter up with the...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    August 12, 2021

Alaska falls far behind national vaccination rate

After leading the nation in vaccination rates earlier this year, Alaska has slipped to the bottom third among the 50 states. Alaska’s rate has not moved up much in the past couple of weeks, despite an increasing number of COVID-19 cases and...

 

From the publisher: There is no secret formula to the news

Maybe you're curious how we decide which stories go into the Sentinel each week. Maybe not, but please read this anyway. Since you are turning the pages of the Sentinel at the moment, or reading it on...

 

Editorial: A lot more at stake than just the dividend

Yes, the amount of this year’s Alaska Permanent Fund dividend will be at stake when legislators convene in another special session on Monday. And while the PFD is important, legislators — and Alaskans — should not let the political fights over...

 

Correction

The Sentinel incorrectly reported Aug. 5 that two of the borough assembly seats on the Oct. 5 municipal election ballot are two-year terms. They are three-year terms. A third seat on the ballot is for a one-year term....

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 12, 2021

Nolan Center needs more staff to cover theater and museum

The Nolan Center, Wrangell’s museum, movie theater and community center, is suffering from a staffing shortage. The center has received some help from volunteers, but director Cyni Crary said they hope to hire for various new positions. “We’re...

 

Getting ready for the season to start

Tyson Messmer was among the high school swim team members practicing Friday in their first week of preparation for the season, which will start next month. Meets are tentatively planned for...

 

Bill Churchill services set for Saturday

Services for William I. Churchill will be held Saturday. Churchill, 88, a lifelong Wrangell resident, died July 8. Graveside services are planned for 2 p.m. Saturday at the old cemetery, with a memorial potluck to follow at 3 p.m. at the American... Full story

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 12, 2021

State trooper gives advice to keep bears out of trash

The number of bears getting into trash and having close encounters with people or their pets is increasing, said Chadd Yoder, Wrangell’s state wildlife trooper. And it’s likely to get worse before it gets better, he said, as bears try to fatten...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    August 12, 2021

Tent City needs more events and volunteers

Wrangell’s Tent City Days is still a couple of months away, but organizers need volunteers to step up with event ideas so they can start putting together a schedule. The tentative dates are Oct. 14-17. Though the event, which started about 40...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    August 12, 2021

School district seeks volunteers for committees

As the new school year gets closer, the Wrangell School District is looking for community volunteers to serve on several committees to help inform and guide school leadership. The district is seeking applicants for seven committees: Budget/finance,...

 

Police report

Monday, Aug. 2 Agency assist: Wildlife trooper. Health and safety. Tuesday, Aug. 3 Found property. Agency assist: U.S. Forest Service. Agency assist: Ambulance Wednesday, Aug. 4 Citizen assist. Agency assist: State troopers wildlife office. Health...

 

Fish Factor: Southeast halfway to projected pink salmon catch

Alaska’s salmon landings have passed the season’s midpoint and by Aug. 7 the statewide catch had topped 116 million fish. State managers are calling for a projected total 2021 harvest of 190 million salmon, a 61% increase over 2020. Most of the...

 

Canadian border reopens to U.S. travelers

Canada on Monday is lifting its prohibition on Americans crossing the border to shop, vacation or visit, but the United States is keeping similar restrictions in place for Canadians, part of a bumpy return to normalcy from COVID-19 travel bans. U.S....

 

Recovery efforts continue at crash site near Ketchikan

JUNEAU (AP) - Efforts to recover the wreckage of a sightseeing plane that crashed in Southeast Alaska last week, killing six people, were stymied again Monday by poor weather conditions, a National Transportation Safety Board official said. Clint...

 

Judge blocks law that prohibited cruise lines from requiring vaccinations

MIAMI (AP) - A federal judge has temporarily blocked a Florida law that prevents cruise lines from requiring passengers to prove they’re vaccinated against COVID-19, saying the law appears unconstitutional and won’t likely hold up in court. The ...

 

First cruise ship docks at new Ward Cove terminal

The 1,094-foot-long Norwegian Encore made history on Aug. 4 as it emerged from a cloudy curtain of rain to tie up in Ward Cove, about a 7-mile drive north of Ketchikan's downtown cruise ship dock....

 
 By Peter Fairley    News    August 12, 2021

Buried line in Columbia River would move power to urban areas

Can slicing a 100-mile trench into the bed of the Columbia River be good for the environment? The answer is a big yes, says a team of energy developers that proposes submerging power cables in the riverbed. The developers say the cables could...

 

Federal agency will conduct new review of ANWR leases

JUNEAU (AP) - The federal Bureau of Land Management announced Aug. 3 it is moving ahead with a new environmental review of oil and gas leasing in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge after the Interior secretary said she found “multiple...

 

Governor urges Alaskans to get vaccinated

ANCHORAGE (AP) - Gov. Mike Dunleavy has urged Alaskans to get vaccinated, amid a spike in COVID-19 cases driven by the Delta variant. “There is a safe, free and widely available tool to put COVID-19 in the rearview mirror,” Dunleavy said in a...

 

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