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Alaska seafood shippers say they are being railroaded

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A customs dispute at the U.S.-Canada border in Maine is threatening America’s supply of Alaska pollock used for popular products such as fish sticks and fast-food sandwiches. The pollock has a complicated supply chain....

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 14, 2021 

Borough approves tidelands lease for oyster farm to set up at 4 Mile

The borough assembly approved a one-acre tidelands lease to Canoe Lagoon Oysters at its Tuesday night meeting. Co-owner Brian Herman said the business would use the intertidal area in front of the former airplane pullout at 4 Mile Zimovia Highway to...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    October 14, 2021 

No close results in borough elections

None of the four contested races in last week’s municipal election were close, though the number of voters who cast ballots compared to last year was about as close as it can get. Last year’s municipal election tallied 485 voters. This year’s...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    October 14, 2021 

Assembly members say Wrangell and Petersburg a poor legislative match

By the time they are done touring the state on Nov. 1, the Alaska Redistricting Board will have visited 24 communities to gather public comments on six proposed maps for redrawing boundaries of every legislative district in the state. On Oct. 7,...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    October 14, 2021 

Tent City Days offer 20 events over 3 days

Wrangell’s Tent City Days start Friday and run through Sunday, with 20 events scheduled for the fall festivities that come a day before Alaska Day on Monday, which celebrates the U.S. purchase of the territory from Russia in 1867. In keeping with...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    October 14, 2021 

10-digit dialing required as of Oct. 24

Dialing a number within the 907 area code will soon require all 10 digits of a phone number — that’s the number along with the area code. Starting on Oct. 24, under a new federal requirement, it will be mandatory to dial all 10 numbers for calls...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 14, 2021 

Wrangell offers winter fitness options, motivation to keep moving

Devyn Johnson grew up playing sports in Wrangell. She didn't think about fitness until she was an adult – who, like a lot of people, gained the "Freshman 15" after high school, that bit of extra...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 14, 2021 

Oklahoma nurse finds herself helping out in Wrangell

Melissa Curttright has been a registered nurse for 16 years - the past two weeks in Wrangell. Like so many other hospital workers, the pandemic changed her plans. The 52-year-old RN from Oklahoma...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    October 14, 2021 

COVID case count starts heading down in Alaska

Cases are starting to come down in Alaska after weeks of record-setting COVID-19 infections across the state. After averaging almost 1,250 new cases a day Sept. 21-27 — far above the numbers of the previous record of last December — the...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 14, 2021 

High school students learn to converse in sign language

Ann Hilburn began learning American Sign Language for an elective course in college, thinking it would benefit her aspirations of becoming a nurse. That class led her to change her career field...

 
 By Mark Thiessen    News    October 14, 2021 

Delta Junction man charged with threatening to kill Alaska senators

A Delta Junction resident upset over the impeachment of former President Donald Trump, illegal immigration and the direction he thinks the country is headed is accused of threatening the lives of Alaska’s two U.S. senators in a series of...

 

State Senate reports two members have COVID

JUNEAU (AP) — Two Alaska state senators have tested positive for COVID-19 and a third was not feeling well, Senate President Peter Micciche said Tuesday. The senators who tested positive are Republicans David Wilson, of Wasilla, and Lora Reinbold,...

 

'Into the Wild' bus on display at university during preservation work

FAIRBANKS (AP) — A bus that people sometimes embarked on deadly pilgrimages to Alaska’s backcountry to visit can now safely be viewed at the University of Alaska Fairbanks while it undergoes preservation work. The bus was moved to the...

 

Legislators want easier access to unproven COVID treatment

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Several Republican state lawmakers are urging easier access for Alaskans to ivermectin amid the pandemic, though ivermectin is not authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for preventing or treating COVID-19. Senate...

 

Judge says state firings were political and illegal

JUNEAU (AP) — A federal judge last Friday sided with two psychiatrists who said they were wrongfully fired for political reasons when Gov. Mike Dunleavy took office in 2018. Anthony Blanford and John Bellville, who worked at the Alaska Psychiatric...

 
 By Jamie Hale    News    October 14, 2021 

Oregon tribes have plans to develop old paper mill property

By Jamie Hale The Oregonian/OregonLive After a private blessing and a prayer, the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde invited gathered media to watch as an excavator tore into a wall of the old, abandoned paper mill at Willamette Falls, Oregon, that t...

 

Anchorage schools see increase in bad behavior

There’s been an increase in rude, violent behavior in Anchorage schools, and the superintendent wants parents to help address it with their children. The bad behavior has included a fight at a high school that prompted a large police response,...

 
 By Raegan Miller    News    October 14, 2021 

Hydroponic farm grows in a shipping container in Ketchikan

As one of the rainiest cities in America, Ketchikan has learned to live with constant wet. A young couple is turning some of that water into a growing business. Literally. Ketchikan Ever Greens, run...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    October 14, 2021 

Church adapts to preserve Alaska Day tradition

The Island of Faith Lutheran Church was unable to conduct its traditional Alaska Day event last year and didn’t want to miss it a second year in a row. But COVID-19 is still a concern. So instead of inviting senior citizens to lunch at the church,...

 
 By Don Thompson    News    October 14, 2021 

Debate heats up over tree thinning to slow wildfires

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters and numerous studies credit intensive forest thinning projects with helping save communities like those recently threatened near Lake Tahoe in California and...

 

First cruise ship returns to San Francisco since March 2020

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Cruise ships are returning to San Francisco after a 19-month hiatus brought on by the pandemic in what's sure to be a boost to the city's economy, the mayor announced last Friday. The Majestic Princess sailed into the port of...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 7, 2021

Powell, Robbins, Allen, Whitaker all likely to win

Though 87 absentee and early votes and questioned ballots will not be tallied until Thursday, the leaders after Tuesday’s municipal election appear likely to win on the final count. Borough assembly candidate David Powell led Don McConachie Sr. by...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 7, 2021

Tire cutter will help break down problem to smaller size

Wrangell will share a tire cutter with other Southeast communities, intending to cut down on the thousands of tires stacked at the dump by making it easier to ship out the smaller pieces. The borough...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    October 7, 2021

Club goes beyond tech to teach life skills

The first rule of Tech Club is talk about Tech Club. Science teacher Heather Howe wants the students who attend Wrangell High's newly formed program to share what they're learning and doing to interes...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    October 7, 2021

Out-of-state health workers help at Wrangell hospital

Wrangell Medical Center this week welcomed eight temporary out-of-state health care workers assigned to the hospital under a state-financed program to bring as many as 473 professionals to help relieve staffing pressures across Alaska. The state is s...

 

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