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 By Larry Persily    News    September 16, 2021 

Legislators pass $1,100 PFD; governor wants more

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...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    September 16, 2021 

Demand exceeds tight supply in Wrangell housing market

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...

 
 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 

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

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...

 
 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...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    September 16, 2021 

Schools keep face mask, distancing protocols in place

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...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    September 16, 2021 

Murkowski sees opportunities for Wrangell in infrastructure funding

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 feder...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    September 16, 2021 

New legislative map puts Wrangell, Ketchikan, Petersburg together

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...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    September 16, 2021 

Boutique returns downtown after taking temporary break

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...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    September 16, 2021 

WCA will work on two-year study of seafood consumption

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...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    September 16, 2021 

Parks & Rec wants to help more kids with financial aid

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...

 

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

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....

 

Unable to fly, Eagle River legislator excused from Senate

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...

 
 By Abbey Collins    News    September 16, 2021 

Ketchikan airport plans major renovations; airport work ongoing in Juneau

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...

 

Judge orders action to help salmon pass Oregon dams

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...

 

Alaska aid group will help resettle Afghan refugees

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...

 

Dunleavy calls Biden's vaccination order 'divisive'

JUNEAU (AP) - Gov. Mike Dunleavy said President Joe Biden’s push to require millions of U.S. workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 is “ill conceived, divisive and un-American.” “At a time in which we are called to work together, forced...

 

Peter Pan Seafood will require its employees to be vaccinated

ANCHORAGE (AP) - A seafood processing company with multiple operations in Alaska and Washington state will require its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. “Our team often works in close quarters and in remote communities with limited...

 

Legislators, governor at odds on fiscal math

With less than a week to go before the deadline to finish this year’s third special session of the Legislature, not only are the governor and most legislators unable to agree on the amount of the Permanent Fund dividend, they also don’t agree on...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    September 9, 2021

Pastor credits strong spiritual walk for running after being quadriplegic

Brad Traxler is a walking miracle. One could go a step further and say he's a running miracle, literally. Ten years ago, at age 51, Traxler was in an auto collision near Belle Fourche, South Dakota,...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    September 9, 2021

Employers have trouble hiring; new programs respond to help

It's a familiar storefront sight throughout Wrangell: "Help Wanted" signs placed in business windows. For various reasons, employers are having trouble filling positions. "We couldn't find someone to...

 

Schools end first week at 262 students

Wrangell school enrollment numbers are a lot better than a year ago. As of last week, 262 students were enrolled in the elementary, middle and high schools. That’s far ahead of the enrollment low of the pandemic in fall 2020, when the student...

 

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...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    September 9, 2021

Southeast pink salmon catch far exceeds forecast

It’s looking to be a very good summer for pink salmon commercial fishing, much better than last year’s dismal catch. The pink harvest in Southeast was just over 44 million fish as of Sept. 3, over 50% more than the 28 million forecast issued...

 

State works toward restoring children's services position

The state is talking with the borough about restoring the Alaska Office of Children’s Services staff position in Wrangell, working through the details after the Legislature added funding for the job in this year’s budget. Legislators...

 

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