Articles from the September 16, 2021 edition


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  • Legislators pass $1,100 PFD; governor wants more

    Larry Persily|Sep 16, 2021

    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 rest of this year’s PFD.” Dunleavy, who is running for reelection next year, has been promoting a dividend this year of more than double the $1,100 approved by legislators. The Department of Revenue has said it would send the payments to Alaskans about 30 days after the measure is signed into law,...

  • Demand exceeds tight supply in Wrangell housing market

    Marc Lutz|Sep 16, 2021

    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 business focuses on home sales in Wrangell, Petersburg and Sitka. Kathleen Harding with MoveToWrangell.com is the only agent based in Wrangell. A survey of landlords conducted by the state earlier this year showed no vacancies for one-bedroom apartments and homes in the Wrangell/Petersburg census area. In ad...

  • Bakeberg selected as Mariners 'Ultimate Fan' for all Alaska

    Marc Lutz|Sep 16, 2021

    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 Wrangellite has been chosen as the Mariners' 2021 Ultimate Fan for Alaska, a title that comes with lots of perks and bragging rights. On Oct. 1, Bakeberg and her daughter, Leslie Cummings, will be flown to Seattle and treated to a two-night stay and fan celebration in a box suite at T-Mobile Park....

  • Strong finish

    Sep 16, 2021

    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 last Saturday in Wrangell. Read the full story here....

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

    Larry Persily|Sep 16, 2021

    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 highly contagious Delta variant, has strained hospitals in the state’s population centers. Wrangell has fared better than much of the state, however, with just five cases reported in the first 14 days of September, a steep drop from the community’s record of 48 cases in August. State health offic...

  • The Way We Were

    Sep 16, 2021

    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 up the river to a point above the Quinn Glacier when they encountered a sweeper and their boat capsized. The guns and supplies that were lost in the accident amounted to about $200 and it was necessary to return to Wrangell to replace the lost articles. The men left town again Tuesday. Sept. 13,...

  • August was busy month for COVID testing in Wrangell

    Larry Persily|Sep 16, 2021

    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 August, the highest monthly total since the pandemic count started in March 2020 and more than one-third of all cases in the community since the coronavirus tally began. The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, which provides tests at the airport and the Wrangell Medical Center, administered 75...

  • From the publisher

    Larry Persily, Publisher|Sep 16, 2021

    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 telemedicine without lawmakers amending it into a debate over personal liberty. Much of the discussion had no connection whatsoever to patients and doctors working together online to diagnose and treat ailments often totally unrelated to COVID-19. The Senate amendments were targeted at blocking...

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

    The Wrangell Sentinel|Sep 16, 2021

    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 Saturday in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where one of the hijacked planes crashed, Bush honestly and strongly confronted the growing divisiveness, hostility and political battles that have consumed America: "A malign force seems at work in our common life that turns every disagreement into an...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Sep 16, 2021

    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. Continuous improvement is foundational to B.C.'s mining sector - in environmental management, community engagement, operational efficiency, innovation and more. The fact is B.C.'s mining industry meets some of the highest regulatory standards in the world for environmental assessment, operational...

  • Schools keep face mask, distancing protocols in place

    Marc Lutz|Sep 16, 2021

    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 COVID-19 mitigation plan, but students and staff will still be required to wear masks and stay apart. The board in August agreed to review the mitigation plan and masking requirement monthly. “There were a few additions we had to [the mitigation plan],” Burr said Monday, which will ease the testing requi...

  • Murkowski sees opportunities for Wrangell in infrastructure funding

    Larry Persily|Sep 16, 2021

    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 federal help with costly improvements to Wrangell's water system. However, all communities in Alaska "have to be honest in regard to timing," said Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who visited Wrangell last weekend. In addition to waiting on Congress to decide on the legislation, "we know what it means to bring a (bi...

  • New legislative map puts Wrangell, Ketchikan, Petersburg together

    Larry Persily|Sep 16, 2021

    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 has shared a district with Ketchikan the past decade, while Petersburg has been part of the Sitka district. Population shifts, particularly increases in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, forced the Alaska Redistricting Board to move boundaries across the state to keep legislative districts roughly equal...

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

    Marc Lutz|Sep 16, 2021

    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 and 69 boys from around Southeast competed in the soggy conditions, with Wrangell boys placing third as a team against 11 others, and the girls' team placing fifth out of nine in the 5-kilometer event. "The boys stuck together like we have been in practice, and they listened to me as I told them to...

  • Boutique returns downtown after taking temporary break

    Marc Lutz|Sep 16, 2021

    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 from where she'd been a few years earlier. On Labor Day, she was in the shop to gauge what traffic would be like on a day she's typically closed. Silver Liningz specializes strictly in women's apparel, carrying tops, jeans, dresses and intimate clothing, along with jewelry, accessories and other...

  • WCA will work on two-year study of seafood consumption

    Larry Persily|Sep 16, 2021

    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 population. The Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Tribal Climate Resilience Program has approved a $130,000 grant to the Southeast Alaska Indigenous Transboundary Commission, which will administer the program and work with WCA. The project will include a survey of current and past seafood consumption and its imp...

  • Police report

    Sep 16, 2021

    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 Department. Wednesday, Sept. 1 Agency assist: Harbor Department. Search and rescue. Thursday, Sept. 2 Agency assist: U.S. Forest Service. Citizen assist. Motor vehicle accident. Friday, Sept. 3 Alarm. Paper service. Traffic stop: Verbal warning for tail light out. Citizen report: Driving under the...

  • Cruisin' on a Sunday afternoon

    Sep 16, 2021

    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 700 feet long, was the largest ship to stop in Wrangell during this summer's abbreviated tourist season as cruise traffic was down substantially from last year. The ship, operated by Silversea Cruises, targets the luxury traveler....

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

    Laine Welch|Sep 16, 2021

    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. The state announced the closure Sept. 3. That stock has been on a steady decline for several years, and the 2020 harvest had dwindled to just 2.6 million pounds. Most shocking was the drastic turnaround for snow crab stocks, which in 2018 showed a 60% boost in market-sized male crabs (the only o...

  • Parks & Rec wants to help more kids with financial aid

    Sentinel staff|Sep 16, 2021

    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 activities, programs and classes.” The fee assistance also applies to punch cards for use of recreational facilities. The program is designed to provide financial assistance to youth 3 to 18 years old “who may not otherwise be able to participate,” with a limit of $150 per person for the fiscal year that st...

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

    Sep 16, 2021

    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. Alaska last week set multiple records for patients hospitalized with COVID-19, straining the health care system. The state has requested nurses, patient care technicians, respiratory therapists and other health care workers. There is no guarantee the state will get the personnel it is requesting, said s...

  • Unable to fly, Eagle River legislator excused from Senate

    Sep 16, 2021

    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 Sen. Lora Reinbold decided to stick around for the final days of legislative action anyway, leaving her no apparent option but to take a ferry out of Juneau and then drive through Canada to get home. Reinbold on Sept. 9 requested the excusal to Jan. 15. Her request was accepted by the Republican-led Sen...

  • Ketchikan airport plans major renovations; airport work ongoing in Juneau

    Abbey Collins|Sep 16, 2021

    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 and ongoing renovations and expansion. At the Ketchikan International Airport, there is a financial plan in place for new construction on the first and second floors, said airport manager Alex Puera. That includes more room for TSA screening, air taxi operations, changes to the concessions area, and...

  • Judge orders action to help salmon pass Oregon dams

    Sep 16, 2021

    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 week, U.S. District Judge Marco Hernandez said the Corps had for years failed to provide adequate passage for threatened chinook salmon and winter steelhead trout at dams it operates in the basin. “As evinced by the listed species’ continuing decline, the Corps’ failure to provide adequate fish pa...

  • Alaska aid group will help resettle Afghan refugees

    Sep 16, 2021

    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 Assistance and Immigration Services said in a statement. Resettlement will continue through March. Catholic Social Services Alaska CEO Lisa Aquino told The Associated Press it’s not known when the first refugees would arrive in the state, but they were ready for them when it does happen. The r...

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