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 By Marc Lutz    News    May 18, 2022 

Foundation seeks to make new Friends through membership drive

Since the onslaught of COVID-19 two years ago, the Friends of the Museum lost more than half its membership due to various reasons and has struggled with bringing in needed donations. The nonprofit...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    May 18, 2022 

Columbia's return nowhere on the horizon

The largest of the state ferries, the 499-passenger Columbia, was still listed as inactive on the Transportation Department website as of Monday, with no indication it will go back to work this summer as was planned nine months ago. Last August, the...

 
 By Wrangell Sentinel    News    May 18, 2022 

Meet the class of 2022

As the Wrangell High School class of 2022 prepares to graduate on Friday, the Sentinel asked them to reflect on the past four years and how they would advise the class of 2023. Jimmy Baggen What are...

 
 By The Associated Press    News    May 18, 2022 

U.S. commercial fishing harvest fell 15% in value in 2020

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — America's commercial fishing industry fell 10% in catch volume and 15% in value during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, federal regulators said last Thursday. The 2020 haul of fish was 8.4 billion pounds, while the...

 

Carnival cruise ship pulls into Seattle with COVID outbreak

SEATTLE (AP) — Passengers on the Carnival cruise ship Spirit that docked May 3 in Seattle say more than 100 people aboard the ship tested positive for COVID-19 and the crew was overwhelmed. Multiple passengers said they were quarantined at...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    May 4, 2022

Paddle workshop connects crafters with Native culture

For as long as the Tlingit people have built canoes, they have carved paddles. Just as there are many different sizes and styles of canoes for various purposes, paddles are created to be just as...

 

The schools need more borough funding

Probably nothing is more important to the community than its school. Not just for educating students, but as a point of pride and center of activities, and a source of future workers needed to keep the town in business. Good schools also are an attra...

 
 By Annie Berman    News    May 4, 2022

End of federal COVID emergency could end Medicaid for thousands of Alaskans

Thousands of Alaskans could lose Medicaid benefits as soon as July, when the federal government’s COVID-19 health emergency is expected to end. Alaska’s state health officials face the daunting task of combing through pandemic-swollen Medicaid ro...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    April 27, 2022

Unfilled positions, lack of substitutes could push schools to distance learning

In a two-page letter to the community, Schools Superintendent Bill Burr on Friday cautioned that ongoing staffing shortages, particularly aides and substitute teachers, could push the schools into considering a move to distance learning in lieu of in...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    April 27, 2022

COVID cases on the rise; Alaska fourth-highest rate in nation

Just as other communities, Wrangell is enduring a springtime bloom of COVID-19 cases. As of April 20, the state health department reported 79 new cases in the community in the past 30 days. Most of those were reported to the state in late March and...

 

The time-out is not up for bad behavior

This isn’t about a time-out for misbehaving children; it’s about adults who behave as children, or worse. The federal law requiring face masks on airplanes is no longer in effect. That means big changes for flyers. For travelers who had grown tir...

 

Alaska joins airlines in dropping face mask requirement

Just hours after a federal court judge voided the federal face mask mandate for air travel and other public transportation, Alaska Airlines, United Airlines and American Airlines on Monday afternoon said masks would be optional on their flights....

 

Borough and tour operators get ready for visitor season

The community is short of public restrooms near the City Dock and could be short port security staff this summer if people don’t apply for the jobs soon. One is an immediate concern, while the restroom shortage requires a longer-term solution....

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    April 20, 2022

Mortgage relief program draws 10,737 applications in Alaska

A federally funded mortgage relief program to help homeowners hurt financially by the pandemic drew 10,737 applications in Alaska, with 43 from Wrangell. The state received $50 million in federal funds under a nationwide program to help homeowners...

 
 By Mike Swasey    News    April 20, 2022

White Pass Railroad will not run into Canada this summer

After two years of COVID-19 closure, an easing of restrictions at the border between Skagway and Yukon Territory will make it possible for tour companies to run cross-border excursions this summer. That’s good news for many Skagway tour operators...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    April 13, 2022

WCA provides another round of federal pandemic relief aid

Tribal members can apply for a fourth distribution of federal pandemic relief funds administered by the Wrangell Cooperative Association. This round of financial aid is limited to $2,000 per household. The application period closes May 16. Tribal...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    April 13, 2022

Middle school wrestlers wrap up season with plenty of pins and wins

Stikine Middle School wrestlers ended the season on a high note with the most pins made in the past four years. This year's squad consisted of 22 wrestlers. Each one was able to have at least one...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    April 6, 2022

Birding festival expands schedule, focuses on education

Just like migrating birds, the Stikine River Birding Festival is coming back to Wrangell. This year, instead of just one weekend, the festival is spreading its wings to three weekends in a row from...

 

Pilot shortage forces Alaska to cancel flights

A shortage of pilots amid a labor dispute has forced Alaska Airlines to cancel hundreds of flights since last Friday. Pickets went up Friday at airports in Seattle and elsewhere on the airline’s West Coast route system. Alaska reported it canceled...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    April 6, 2022

COVID 'still here, still making people sick,' says state chief medical officer

It’s been more than two years since “coronavirus” became a household word, and though case numbers have subsided from last summer’s surge and record highs this past winter, the disease is still in town. Wrangell recorded about 10% of its...

 

State House back at work after losing week to COVID dispute

The Alaska House went back to work on Monday after canceling floor sessions last week when several members refused to wear face masks amid an outbreak of COVID-19 among lawmakers and staff. At its worst last week, almost 10% of the 60 legislators...

 
 By David Koenig    News    April 6, 2022

CDC drops warning of cruise ship travel

Federal health officials are dropping the warning they have attached to cruising since the beginning of the pandemic, leaving it up to vacationers to decide whether they feel safe getting on a ship. Cruise-ship operators welcomed the announcement,...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    April 6, 2022

High school shop award given after 2-year hiatus

For 41 years, a Wrangell High School student was chosen as Shop Student of the Year. The honor was put on hold for two years but has been revived. Shop teacher Winston Davies decided to start giving o...

 

Alaska joins states suing to stop CDC face mask order on planes

Alaska is one of 21 states with Republican attorneys general that sued March 29 to halt the federal government’s requirement that people wear masks on planes, trains, ferries and other public transportation amid the coronavirus pandemic. The...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    April 6, 2022

Salon has new location, same focus on looking and feeling good

Island Salon has moved to a new location on Peninsula Street, but the mission remains the same: Keeping clients looking their best. The move was to combine the salon with Wrangell Fitness, so clients...

 

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