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 By Sarah Aslam    News    March 9, 2022

Forest Service increases Anan permits in overbook strategy to meet capacity

The Forest Service is bulking up how many permits it issues to the Anan Wildlife Observatory in order to allow as many visitors to the site as people and bears can handle, while also protecting the habitat. And it has a mid-March start date for a con...

 
 By Gillian Flaccus    News    March 9, 2022

Scientists warn of tougher drought conditions in Oregon and Idaho

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Climate scientists in the U.S. Pacific Northwest warned March 3 that much of Oregon and parts of Idaho can expect even tougher drought conditions this summer than in the...

 

Government will build $187 million Alaska Highway border station

TOK (AP) — A new border station estimated to cost $187 million will be built on Alaska’s eastern boundary with Canada, the U.S. government announced last Friday. The Alaska Highway border crossing is about 50 miles east of Northway Junction, the...

 

The Way We Were

March 2, 1922 The representative of the Alaska Native Brotherhood, W.L. Paul, favors a bill prohibiting fish traps in any bay or channel less than three miles wide, one mile from creeks and one mile from the entrance to bays. Mr. Paul said the...

 

Federal grant funds development of warning systems in Southeast

The Sitka Sound Science Center and several regional and national partners have received a five-year, $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop natural hazard monitoring and warning systems in tribal communities throughout...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    February 16, 2022

Federal grants will help Southeast mariculture efforts

A state and federally designated economic development organization for Southeast Alaska has received $1 million in two grants to build up mariculture in the region, with half the money to go toward applying for an even larger grant and the other...

 

The Way We Were

Feb. 9, 1922 Probably the most welcome news contained in this issue of the Sentinel is that the Wrangell sawmill will start up next week. During the next two months the mill will be busy on orders for Southeast Alaska customers. After that, there...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    February 2, 2022

Hydroponics gives new meaning to watering the plants

A different style of growing plants is budding in Wrangell, though it might take a while to bloom. Hydroponics, a technique that doesn't require soil, only water and nutrients, could be a more...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    February 2, 2022

Schools energize efforts to turn negative behaviors into positives

Middle schoolers move in a circle while a woman beats a Tlingit drum, while just outside other students engage in a fierce and fun battle of warrior ball. Behaviors leading to suspension and other dis...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    February 2, 2022

Forest Service expects Anan rebuilding will be done in time for viewing season

After a delay pushed work on the Anan Wildlife Observatory to this spring from last fall, the Forest Service said the project timeline is still holding steady. The upper observation deck is set to be torn down this spring and reconstructed in time...

 

The Way We Were

Jan. 26, 1922 The high school English I class had a first introduction to debating last Friday. The question was, “Resolved, that the Petersburg basketball team has a chance of winning over the Wrangell High School team next Saturday.” The...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    January 27, 2022

Cruise ships could carry as many as 17,000 passengers to Wrangell this summer

The borough’s convention and visitor bureau has released its draft cruise ship schedule, painting an updated picture of how many passengers might fill the streets of Wrangell, take in the sights and charter local fishing and sightseeing guides...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    January 27, 2022

Harbor paid $21,000 to lift derelict tug that sank in snowstorm

Earlier this month, a derelict tug boat, the Bee, went down in Shoemaker Bay, and five other vessels almost did, after heavy snow loads and single-digit temperatures weighted down Wrangell. The...

 
 By Danelle Kelly    News    January 27, 2022

Fisheries Board will reconsider moving meeting out of Southeast

The Alaska Board of Fisheries, which had planned to hold its Southeast and Yakutat shellfish and finfish regulations meeting in Ketchikan this month before a surge in COVID-19 cases and winter-weather travel problems forced its cancellation, has...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    January 20, 2022

Increased COVID-19 affects school, business and government operations

The uptick in COVID-19 cases after the holiday season has caused businesses to alter hours or close for days at a time, borough government to reinstate safety protocols, and schools to postpone sporti...

 

Kodiak Tanner crabbers getting $8.10 per pound to start

Kodiak fishermen are getting an advance price of $8.10 per pound for Tanner crab in the fishery that opened Jan. 15. High crab prices have led all other seafoods during the COVID-19 pandemic as buyers grab all they can to fill demand at buffet tables...

 

The Way We Were

Jan. 12, 1922 Mr. Henderson's talk to the high school on Monday afternoon was mostly about the Southeast Alaska school meet to be held at Juneau the latter part of March. Contests will be held in basketball, indoor track, debating, declamatory and...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    January 13, 2022

Warmer, wetter weather creates its own set of problems

With this week's warmer weather, the snow shovels may get set aside but the higher temperatures and rain can create their own set of winter problems. Last week's single-digit temperatures gave way to...

 

Moose don't like winter any more than we do

The deep snow and strong winds are making the moose in Alaska’s Interior cranky. Who can blame them. More than four feet of snow fell in Fairbanks in December, with over six feet in Denali National Park. Moose have long, strong legs, but those...

 

Pacific Halibut Commission will set catch later this month

Pacific halibut catches for 2022 will be announced at the annual International Pacific Halibut Commission meeting held online Jan. 24-28, and fishermen are hoping for another year of increased catches when the fishery opens in early March. Last...

 

It's been a wintery start to the new year statewide

High winds, deep snow, below-zero temperatures, frozen pipes, canceled flights and ice-covered everything - it was not a merry Christmas or a happy new year for many Alaskans. Ketchikan endured its...

 

Board of Fisheries postpones Southeast meeting due to COVID, travel weather

Citing COVID-19 concerns and weather-related transportation worries, the state has postponed the 12-day Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting that was scheduled to have started Tuesday at the civic center in Ketchikan. The meeting to consider more than...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    January 6, 2022

GCI internet service spotty since Nov. 30 windstorm

Internet service provided by GCI was knocked out when Wrangell was pummeled by a gusty storm on Nov. 30, and three weeks later residents were still reporting outages. Technicians were able to restore service to customers by Dec. 3, but there were...

 

Senate Finance co-chair says governor's budget not balanced

State Sen. Bert Stedman, who represents Sitka and central and southern Southeast, including Wrangell, is in his 20th year in the Senate, serving much of that time as co-chair of the budget-writing Finance Committee. As lawmakers prepare to resume...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    January 6, 2022

Discarded harbor floats present a cleanup headache

Pieces of rigid foam — polystyrene — broken away from harbor floats installed in the 1970s and 1980s are bobbing along Wrangell’s waters and washing up on beaches along Zimovia Strait. Holdovers from the Shoemaker Bay harbor float replacement...

 

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