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 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...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    September 16, 2021 

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...

 

COVID hospitalizations 20% above last winter

The state reported 186 people hospitalized around Alaska on Monday, 20% more than at the worst of COVID-19 admissions last December. Almost two dozen patients were on ventilators, the state health website reported Tuesday. However, in perhaps a...

 

COVID hospitalization count continues climbing

The borough Thursday afternoon reported the town's second COVID-19 case in two days. It's only the fifth new case in the community over the first nine days of the month after Wrangell recorded 48 cases in August, almost 40% of all the COVID cases... Full story

 

Editorial

Discussions and medical decisions about the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 should be based on facts, not scientifically untested and unproven rumors spread on social media. And certainly not on...

 

Dunleavy says 'people aren't stupid,' and can make their own vaccination decisions

ANCHORAGE (AP) - Alaska last week reported its highest daily number of resident COVID-19 cases so far this year as health officials struggle to keep pace with testing and contact tracing and hospitals juggle a surge in patients amid staff shortages....

 

From the publisher

Forget politics, rumors, social media, accusations from all sides and everything else that has turned the vaccination debate into a circus — but without the fun, excitement and cotton candy. Too many Alaskans are getting sick (about 5,800 cases... Full story

 
 By Larry Persily    News    August 26, 2021

State trying hard to solve crew shortage on ferries

The Alaska Marine Highway System is not alone in trying to manage with a crew shortage, nor is it a new problem. But the fear of COVID-19 is making it worse. “We’ve had a slow progression of loss of crew over the years,” John Falvey, the...

 

Washington state orders mask mandate

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A universal mask mandate for indoor public spaces regardless of vaccination status went into effect in Washington state on Monday. Gov. Jay Inslee announced the expanded mask mandate last week. He also expanded the state’s...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 

Canadian border reopens to U.S. travelers

Canada on Monday is lifting its prohibition on Americans crossing the border to shop, vacation or visit, but the United States is keeping similar restrictions in place for Canadians, part of a bumpy return to normalcy from COVID-19 travel bans. U.S....

 

First cruise ship docks at new Ward Cove terminal

The 1,094-foot-long Norwegian Encore made history on Aug. 4 as it emerged from a cloudy curtain of rain to tie up in Ward Cove, about a 7-mile drive north of Ketchikan's downtown cruise ship dock....

 
 By Larry Persily    News    August 5, 2021

Murkowski, Young urge vaccinations amid rising COVID-19 cases statewide

Face masks are going back on in several communities across Alaska as health officials continue urging people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The state reported more than 1,000 new cases of the coronavirus Friday through Tuesday, and almost 4,000...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 29, 2021

COVID cases accelerate statewide

Wrangell’s half-dozen new COVID-19 cases July 15-27 are a small piece of a wave of infections spreading across Alaska, with more than 2,200 cases reported statewide during that same period. Most of the new cases are people who have not been...

 

Editorial

Just look at the numbers. More than 2,200 new cases of COVID-19 in Alaska over July 15-25. More than 200 active cases in Sitka alone last week, winning the top spot for the worst outbreak in the...

 
 By Shannon Haugland    News    July 29, 2021

COVID-infected traveler skips isolation, flies home

Alaska Airlines said it was not aware that a passenger who boarded Flight 73 in Sitka the morning of July 20 had tested positive for COVID-19 a day earlier “We would never allow someone to travel that is COVID-positive, knowing they were...

 
 By Ragean Miller    News    July 22, 2021

Film school grad returns home to Ketchikan to make sci-fi short

While growing up in the First City, Emilio Torres always knew he was going to make a movie. A recent graduate of New York University's film school, Torres arrived back in Ketchikan early in July to...

 

Editorial

Life is returning toward normal, but it isn't normal yet. COVID-19 is still infecting people, putting some in the hospital and killing Alaskans. The state reported four more deaths Thursday through Su...

 

Maui is stressed, and mayor asks airlines to bring fewer tourists

HONOLULU (AP) — For nearly a year, Maui residents had their tropical oasis virtually to themselves. Then the visitors all came flooding back. “Over-tourism” has long been a complaint of locals on the Hawaiian island that is among the world’s...

 
 By Jessica Gresko    News    July 1, 2021

Alaska Native corporations win access to CARES Act funds

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled June 25 that Alaska Native corporations should benefit from hundreds of millions of dollars in disputed coronavirus relief funds, rather than be denied access and the money instead spread among Native American t...

 

Judge rules in favor of Florida's challenge over federal COVID rules for cruise ships

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge on June 18 ruled for Florida in the state’s lawsuit challenging a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pandemic order imposing standards before cruise ships can resume sailing. U.S. District...

 

Anchorage asks people to be careful what they flush

ANCHORAGE (AP) - Officials in Anchorage have reported that the city’s sewer system is clogging up because people are flushing wipes and other items — a problem worsened by the pandemic as people continue to spend more time at home. Anchorage...

 

Editorial: COVID is still here, especially for unvaccinated

Just a couple weeks ago, Ketchikan reported 20 new COVID-19 cases in a single day and had more than 100 active cases in the borough. A week ago, the community still had more than 80 active cases and...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    May 20, 2021

U.S. Senate votes to allow cruise ships back in Alaska

The U.S. House is the next stop for legislation granting a temporary waiver of federal law so that large cruise ships could come to Alaska this summer, avoiding a Canadian COVID-related ban on the ships stopping in that country’s ports along the...

 

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