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Articles from the November 4, 2021 edition

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 By Larry Persily    News    November 4, 2021

Vaccinations for children could be available next week

With approval from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vaccinations against COVID-19 for children ages 5 through 11 could be available in Wrangell next week. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week approved the vaccine for...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    November 4, 2021

Interim borough manager started work Monday

Jeffrey Good, who moved to Wrangell after retiring from the U.S. Coast Guard, started work Monday as interim borough manager, replacing Lisa Von Bargen until the assembly can make a permanent hire....

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    November 4, 2021

Animal shelter receives $10,000 donation with matching pledge

A private donation to St. Frances Animal Rescue has made it possible for the nonprofit shelter to keep operating after a difficult year. The shelter recently received a promise from a private donor...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    November 4, 2021

Alaska Airlines works toward full staffing, flight schedule by end of the year

Alaska Airlines would like to be back to 2019 staffing levels and flight schedules by the end of the year. "That's our goal," Tim Thompson, company spokesman in Anchorage, said Monday. From the worst of the pandemic-induced collapse in air travel in...

 

The Way We Were

Nov. 3, 1921 Miss Liberty Worden gave a Halloween party Monday night in the school room of the post office building for her Saturday afternoon girls sewing club. The decorations and dainty refreshments and favors were all in keeping with the...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    November 4, 2021

Library celebrates a century as a place to get lost in a book

For lovers of the written word, one might argue that walking into a library is like a family reunion, of the senses at least. The smell of paper and ink pulls memories of curling up with a book, no...

 
 By Danelle Kelly    News    November 4, 2021

New domestic violence shelter opens in former Ketchikan juvenile jail

Women In Safe Homes has transformed a former youth detention center in Ketchikan into a safe haven for domestic and sexual abuse survivors. The new shelter opened Oct. 23, and serves residents of southern Southeast, including Wrangell. “We have...

 

CORRECTION

The Sentinel on Oct. 28 incorrectly reported on the dedication of a bench at the Wrangell Mariners’ Memorial to Ryan Miller, who died in a 2005 commercial fishing accident. The three memorial benches were a 2017 Wrangell High School senior...

 

Anchorage is a lousy role model

As the state’s largest city, Anchorage should be a leader, a role model for the rest of Alaska. The city of almost 290,000 people, about 40% of the state’s population, should be a wise, steadying influence — much like a big brother or big...

 

Supply chain shortages make me nutty

It’s OK with me if there are few cars to buy. My VW Beetle is more than 15 years old, but only has 72,000 miles on it, so I’m in no hurry. Besides, I like the stick shift and the CD player. And I am particularly fond of the “check engine...

 

Be aware that the internet monetizes your opinions

The internet is first and foremost a business platform. Content (books, videos, articles) is now created only AFTER it can be verified that people are searching for it. “Monetization” drives a person or business to create content, making it...

 

Brock family thankful for community support

The family of Al and Lovey Brock would like to thank the community of Wrangell for all of the support we have received since Al has been sick. We were showered with many delicious meals, air mattresses, a vehicle to use, thoughts, prayers and love....

 

Mariners' Memorial deserves praise

Kudos to the Wrangell Mariners’ Memorial Committee. Your years of meetings, emails, fundraisers and hiring “smart hands” have resulted in a stunning project. I hope you realize the impact, and recognize that your time has been well-invested....

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    November 4, 2021

Power plant generator needs $500,000 in repairs

Rod Rhoades has a sick generator. It's down for the count after mechanical issues this summer, said the superintendent at Wrangell Municipal Light & Power. The generator is one of five that...

 

Southeast pink salmon harvest 6 times last year's catch

This year’s overall Southeast Alaska salmon harvest is headed toward 58 million fish, with pink salmon leading the tally at 48.2 million — more than 40% above the 10-year average for pinks. This summer’s pink catch was six times last year’s...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    November 4, 2021

Bob Russell takes helm as schools' tech director

Bob Russell recently returned to Alaska to continue his career pursuits in the technology arena. He started the next leg of his journey on July 2 as the school district's tech director, overseeing...

 

State waiting for federal review of mortgage relief program

The state has submitted for review its plan to spend $50 million in federal funds to help homeowners financially strained during the pandemic by loss of income to pay their mortgages. The U.S. Treasury Department is reviewing Alaska’s plan, along...

 

Russian catamaran crew plans return voyage from Sitka next year

By Garland Kennedy Sitka Sentinel staff writer Two years ago, a Russian-flagged inflatable catamaran sailed into Sitka, concluding a multi-year voyage from central Russia, through the Siberian river...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    November 4, 2021

Three swimmers advance to state tourney

Three swimmers on the high school team will travel to Anchorage this weekend for the state championship after placing first in their events at regionals last weekend in Ketchikan. Renée Roberts and N...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    November 4, 2021

Borough's new finance director clears up accounting

The borough finance department has “found” $2 million to add to its ledger of cash, cash equivalents and long- and short-term investments, boosting the total to closer to $38 million. The money wasn’t lost as much as left off a ledger. Joyce...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    November 4, 2021

Senior center seeks state grant for new bus

The Wrangell Senior Center wants to buy another bus for moving people around town, adding a four-wheel-drive vehicle to its operation, but it could be 2024 before the bus gets to town. The senior center already operates two buses, one for people and...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    November 4, 2021

Assembly approves funds for water treatment upgrade

The borough assembly has approved $75,600 to begin upgrades to the community’s water treatment plant. Assembly members on Oct. 26 agreed with the administration’s recommendation to move forward with the first phase in a multi-part solution to...

 

Lester Schultz celebration of life Nov. 14

Long-time Wrangell resident Lester Allan Schultz, 60, died Oct. 23 at the Wrangell Medical Center. A memorial service and celebration of life is planned for 1 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Elks. The event is a... Full story

 

Donors help Kenai library after city council asks to see list of book purchases

KENAI (AP) — An impromptu fundraiser to allow a Kenai library to purchase books amid accusations of censorship has twice surpassed its goal. The fund was established after the Kenai City Council delayed accepting a federal grant until the library d...

 

Alaska, 17 other states file lawsuits to block vaccination mandate

Alaska and 17 other states filed three separate lawsuits last Friday to block President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate for federal contractors, arguing that the requirement violates federal law. Attorneys general from Alaska, Arkansas,...

 

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