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Legislators pass $1,100 PFD; governor wants more

Not content with the $1,100 Permanent Fund dividend adopted on the final day of the special legislative session that ended Tuesday, Gov. Mike Dunleavy three hours later called lawmakers back for a fourth special session starting Oct. 1 to “get the...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    September 16, 2021

Demand exceeds tight supply in Wrangell housing market

Finding an apartment or home to rent or buy is difficult in Wrangell, leaving many scrambling for a place to live. “Wrangell is extremely tight, plain and simple,” said Bennett McGrath, owner of Anchor Properties in Petersburg. McGrath’s...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    September 16, 2021

Bakeberg selected as Mariners 'Ultimate Fan' for all Alaska

Judy Bakeberg loves baseball. Specifically, she loves the Seattle Mariners. She's been following the team since its inception in 1977, and she's been a fan of baseball since she was a child. Now the...

 

Strong finish

Devlyn Campbell, a junior at Wrangell High School, finishes the boys' 5-kilometer race, coming in 11th out of 69 runners. Teams from a dozen Southeast schools competed in cross country competition...

 

Statewide COVID case count the past 30 days triple pandemic daily average

Daily COVID-19 cases across Alaska over the past 30 days are about triple the average of the 18-month pandemic — more than quadruple on several days last week. The heavy caseload, particularly seriously ill unvaccinated individuals infected with...

 

The Way We Were

Sept. 15, 1921 Dick Howard and James Brison, well-known trappers who left here to spend the winter up the Iskut River hunting and trapping, returned to town this week having lost half their winter outfit last Friday on the way up. They had proceeded...

 

August was busy month for COVID testing in Wrangell

After the number of people taking COVID-19 tests in Wrangell slowed down earlier in the summer, the volume doubled in August as the community reacted to the surge of new infections in town. The borough reported 48 cases of COVID-19 in Wrangell in Aug...

 

From the publisher

The anti-vaccination politics rolling across the country - much like a pandemic - have gotten so bad that the Alaska state Senate could not even manage to pass a bill last Friday allowing more...

 

Editorial: Listen to a former president - no, not that one

Former President George W. Bush on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on our country showed Americans the difference between a statesman and a showman. In a speech at a memorial last...

 

Letters to the Editor

B.C. mining industry meets highest standards State Rep. Dan Ortiz's letter to the editor in the Sept. 2 Sentinel about British Columbia's mining regulations is misleading and largely inaccurate....

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    September 16, 2021

Schools keep face mask, distancing protocols in place

Social distancing and masking requirements will continue to stay in place at Wrangell public schools. At the school board meeting on Monday night, Superintendent Bill Burr updated board members on a change in some language in the district’s...

 

Murkowski sees opportunities for Wrangell in infrastructure funding

Though its passage is uncertain amid partisan battles in Congress and even disagreements among the majority-holding Democrats, the trillion-dollar infrastructure bill could be an opportunity for feder...

 

New legislative map puts Wrangell, Ketchikan, Petersburg together

Working to carve up Alaska into 40 legislative districts of approximately equal population, a state board has released its draft maps based on the 2020 U.S. Census that move Wrangell, Petersburg and Ketchikan into the same House district. Wrangell...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    September 16, 2021

Wolves take on 11 teams in first cross country meet of season

Despite intermittent downpours, the Wrangell High School boys' and girls' cross country teams took on several other runners in the first in-person meet of the season last Saturday. Forty-six girls...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    September 16, 2021

Boutique returns downtown after taking temporary break

Sometimes businesses can gain fresh insight with a new perspective. Just ask Terie Loomis, owner of Silver Liningz Boutique. In June, Loomis opened the doors on her Front Street shop down and across...

 

WCA will work on two-year study of seafood consumption

The Wrangell Cooperative Association will assist with a two-year research project into seafood consumption rates, intended to help state officials understand the importance of clean water and healthy seafood for the community’s Indigenous...

 

Police report

Monday, Aug. 30 Fraud: Identity theft. Summons service. Letter served for removing a person from a licensed establishment. Tuesday, Aug. 31 Subpoena service. Letter served for removing a person from a licensed establishment. Agency assist: Fire...

 

Cruisin' on a Sunday afternoon

The cruise ship Silver Muse made its final stop of the season in Wrangell last Sunday, carrying an estimated 250 passengers, just about one-third of the ship's capacity. The Silver Muse, at almost...

 

Bering Sea crabbers get bad news about red king, snow crab stocks

Alaska’s Bering Sea crabbers are reeling from the devastating news that all major crab stocks are down substantially, based on summer survey results, and the Bristol Bay red king crab fishery will be closed for the first time in more than 25 years....

 

Parks & Rec wants to help more kids with financial aid

The Wrangell Parks and Recreation Department wants to help more kids whose families who may not be able to afford the fees for activities. “The department believes that everyone should have the opportunity to participate in the scheduled...

 

Alaska asks for out-of-state help with COVID caseload

JUNEAU (AP) — Alaska officials have requested help from more than 470 out-of-state medical personnel in response to a surge in COVID-19 cases across Alaska, even as other states are coping with their own high case counts and hospitalizations....

 

Unable to fly, Eagle River legislator excused from Senate

JUNEAU (AP) – An Eagle River legislator banned from Alaska Airlines for refusing to follow federal law that requires a face mask has been excused from attending state Senate floor sessions until mid-January — at her request. However, Republican...

 

Ketchikan airport plans major renovations; airport work ongoing in Juneau

Travelers flying in or out of Wrangell on Alaska Airlines touch down in either Juneau or Ketchikan as they head north or south. The airports in both cities are set to look a lot different in coming years, amid tens of millions of dollars in planned...

 

Judge orders action to help salmon pass Oregon dams

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to take immediate action to improve fish passage at dams in Oregon’s Willamette Basin. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that in a final opinion and order issued last...

 

Alaska aid group will help resettle Afghan refugees

ANCHORAGE (AP) - Dozens of Afghan refugees will be resettled in Alaska over the next six months, a resettlement organization said Monday. Between 50 to 100 refugees will come to Alaska starting later in September, Catholic Social Services Refugee...

 

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