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Articles from the August 19, 2021 edition

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 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 19, 2021

Schools will review mask requirement after first two weeks

The school board has decided to continue with its COVID-19 mitigation plan that requires students, staff and visitors to wear face masks in the buildings, though the policy will be reviewed again two weeks after classes begin. The plan approved at...

 

Luck of the draw

Brittani Robbins, chamber of commerce executive director, spun the drum and announced the winners Monday of the business group's back-to-school shopping event. Ben Howe won the children's drawing,...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    August 19, 2021

Census shows 10% drop in Wrangell population

The U.S. Census Bureau says Wrangell lost 242 residents between 2010 and 2020 — about 10% of the community’s population. The borough doesn’t believe it. “We’re very concerned that the numbers are inaccurate,” Carol Rushmore, Wrangell’s...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    August 19, 2021

Governor says Alaskans need cash; OK to take it from the Permanent Fund

As legislators meet in special session this week, Gov. Mike Dunleavy continues to push his plan for much larger Permanent Fund dividends, saying “cash is the ultimate program” to help Alaskans. “Cash in the form of the Permanent Fund dividend...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    August 19, 2021

COVID outbreak hits Wrangell, rest of Southeast

Statewide COVID-19 case counts continued climbing early this week, with Southeast communities some of the hardest hit — including Wrangell, with 11 new cases reported Monday and Tuesday. Because of the high case counts, state public health...

 

The Way We Were In the Sentinel

Aug. 25, 1921 The Wrangell Pulp and Paper Co., composed of local people with eastern connections, is busy with plans for the establishment of a pulp and paper mill in the Wrangell District. This company has made application to the Federal Power...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    August 19, 2021

Mask policies differ among Alaska school districts

Petersburg schools will open Aug. 31 with face masks required for at least the first two weeks of the semester, reviewing the policy at the next school board meeting on Sept. 14. Based on the high count of active COVID-19 cases in Ketchikan, schools...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    August 19, 2021

Ferry sailing canceled last week due to crew shortage

The Alaska Marine Highway System has been advertising statewide since June in a concerted effort to recruit new crewmembers for the vessels, though help did not arrive in time when the LeConte had to cancel its northbound sailing out of Juneau on Aug...

 

From the publisher

Just over 20 years ago, half of the Alaska House of Representatives banded together - Democrats and Republicans, urban and rural - in a concerted push to balance the budget, raise new revenues and...

 

Editorial

For years, critics of state finances have said government should run more like a business. OK, let's see how that works. When companies are short of revenue, they first look at how to boost sales. Mak...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 19, 2021

Borough approves cell tower lease at landfill

After a two-week delay due to an incomplete property appraisal, the borough assembly has approved the lease for a new cell tower. The first tenant of the new tower near the city landfill will be Verizon Wireless, though additional carriers could be...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    August 19, 2021

Shoemaker will get new net repair float

The borough has awarded contracts for a new 75-foot-long net repair float at Shoemaker Bay, which will be 99% covered by federal and state funds. The float used by fishermen at the harbor has been in terrible shape for some time, Mayor Steve Prysunka...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    August 19, 2021

Jade Balansag encourages students to look for opportunities

Wrangell High School graduate Jade Balansag is getting her opportunity to start classes Aug. 30 at George Washington University in the nation's capital. And she is doing it with yet another honor, nam...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 19, 2021

Assembly takes first step to add deputy manager

Acknowledging that it’s not easy to run the borough as more projects are added to the borough manager’s work list, the assembly has decided it may be time to add a deputy manager at city hall. The assembly at a workshop Aug. 11 directed Manager...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    August 19, 2021

State resumes rural power subsidy after judge rules against governor

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has decided not to appeal after a judge ruled against his interpretation of state law that would have stopped assistance payments toward utility bills in almost 200 small communities across Alaska. A state court judge on Aug. 11...

 

Cross-country team gets ready for season

Most of last year's runners are back for the high school cross-country team, with some freshmen joining the squad too, the coach said. Practice is underway and the first meet will be sometime in...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    August 19, 2021

Planning underway for Family Resilience Fair Sept. 11

The community group BRAVE (Building Respect and Valuing Everyone) is making plans for its fourth annual Family Resilience Fair, scheduled for noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Nolan Center. The intent of the event “is to make people aware of the resou...

 

Lucille Merrill, 'always the explorer,' dies at 85

Lucille Margaret Merrill, age 85, passed away at Providence Hospital in Anchorage on July 21. Lucille was born in Tacoma, Washington, in 1935. It wasn't long before her adventurous family took on a pr... Full story

 

Alaska Fish Factor

Bycatch gives Alaska’s otherwise stellar fisheries management its biggest black eye. The term refers to unwanted sea creatures taken in trawls, pots, lines and nets when boats are going after other targeted catches. Bycatch is the bane of...

 

Laughs and lunches

Michael Cook (from left), Alexis Easterly, Jenna Eastaugh, Hailey Cook and Gavin Hunt enjoy Monday afternoon, relishing the sun as they catch up during their last days of summer break before classes...

 

Crews retrieve plane crash wreckage

ANCHORAGE (AP) - Improved weather conditions Aug. 11 allowed crews to access the site where a sightseeing plane crashed last week near Ketchikan, killing six people. Clint Johnson, head of the National Transportation Safety Board’s Alaska...

 

Police report

Monday, Aug. 9 Disorderly conduct. Suspicious circumstance. Disorderly conduct. Tuesday, Aug. 10 Disturbance: Unfounded. Dog at large: Citation issued. Vehicle unlock. Welfare check. Wednesday, Aug. 11 Domestic disturbance: Unfounded. Found...

 

Former governor Walker wants the job back

JUNEAU (AP) - Former governor Bill Walker announced plans Tuesday to run for the job again in 2022 and said his former labor commissioner, Heidi Drygas, would be his running mate. Walker dropped his 2018 reelection bid just weeks before the November...

 

Canada will require vaccinations of all air travelers

TORONTO (AP) — The Canadian government will soon require all air travelers and passengers on interprovincial trains to be vaccinated against COVID-19. That includes all commercial air travelers, passengers on trains between provinces and cruise...

 

Teen breaks 43-year-old record for largest chinook in Michigan

LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) - Louis Martinez will never have to embellish the proverbial fish story after confirmation that he set a new state record for the largest chinook salmon ever caught in...

 

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