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Feds say Florida lawsuit threatens Alaska cruises

The Petersburg borough is offering $10,000 in prizes during June to encourage residents who are unvaccinated against COVID-19 to get the shot. The Sleeves Up Petersburg drawing is sponsored by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, with...

 
 News    June 10, 2021 

Royal Caribbean joins list that will require vaccinations

MIAMI (AP) - Royal Caribbean International said it will require vaccinations for passengers 16 and older on cruises to Alaska, and that crew members on all of its ships will be vaccinated against...

 
 News    June 10, 2021 

State offers free COVID vaccinations for visitors

JUNEAU (AP) – The state of Alaska has begun offering free COVID-19 vaccines at airports, a move that was planned a month ago for the start of the summer travel season as an additional enticement for visitors to come to Alaska. The state health depa...

 
 News    June 10, 2021 

Wasilla postal worker saves a wedding

WASILLA (AP) - An Alaska bride-to-be mailed out her wedding invitations last month and eagerly waited for friends and family to respond. And kept waiting. ``We were kind of wondering why we weren’t receiving any RSVPs, but we really didn’t think...

 
 By Sandy Poulson    News    June 10, 2021 

Piano tuner retires after 51 years traveling Alaska

Upright pianos in Skagway bars dating from the Gold Rush. Grand pianos worth tens of thousands of dollars in Anchorage and Sitka. Bob Hope's piano while he was on a USO tour in Alaska. Plus private,...

 
 By James Brooks    News    June 3, 2021

Former legislator, Sealaska president Albert Kookesh dies at 72

A former co-chair of the Alaska Federation of Natives, former board president of the Sealaska Corp. and a retired Democratic state legislator died last Friday at his home in Angoon. Albert Kookesh was 72. Kookesh was fighting prostate cancer. Alaska...

 

Power agency will replace submarine cable next month

The Southeast Alaska Power Agency plans to begin an eight-day process July 1 of removing a damaged submarine electrical cable and replacing it with a new line between Woronkofski and Vank islands, SEAPA CEO Trey Acteson told the Petersburg...

 
 By Rob Gillies    News    June 3, 2021

Canada says it will not hide from truth of residential school deaths

TORONTO - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday it's not an isolated incident that more than 200 children were found buried at a former residential school in British Columbia. Trudeau's comments...

 
 By Becky Bohrer    News    June 3, 2021

Administration defends earlier decision to allow North Slope Conoco oil project

Biden administration attorneys are defending a decision made during the Trump administration to approve a major oil project on Alaska’s North Slope. Critics say the action flies in the face of President Joe Biden’s pledges to address climate...

 

GCI settles, channels restored

ANCHORAGE (AP) - Telecommunications company GCI has resumed carrying three major TV channels after ending a months-long dispute with Alaska television network owners. An agreement was reached May 22-23 and the channel blackout was lifted for GCI...

 

Southeast cemetery bill awaits governor's signature

JUNEAU (AP) - A bill that protects the graves of Unangax people in Southeast Alaska awaits a signature from Gov. Mike Dunleavy after both chambers of the Alaska Legislature approved the measure. The Unangax cemetery holds more than 30 graves of peopl...

 
 By Mark Thiessen    News    June 3, 2021

Man places swastikas on windows of Jewish museum in Anchorage

A tall, thin man wearing a hood and a mask was caught on a security camera plastering Nazi stickers on a Jewish museum in Anchorage on May 25. He drove a scooter to the Alaska Jewish Museum, placed one sticker on the door and jumped to place three...

 
 By Caleb Jones    News    June 3, 2021

Researchers work to identify origins of 'ghost nets'

HONOLULU - "Ghost nets'' from unknown origins drift among the Pacific's currents, threatening sea creatures and littering shorelines with the entangled remains of what they kill. Lost or discarded at...

 

Google Earth app shows time-lapse images that illustrate climate change

SAN RAMON, California (AP) - The Google Earth app is adding a new video feature that draws upon nearly four decades of satellite imagery to vividly illustrate how climate change has affected glaciers, beaches, forests and other places around the...

 

Cruise ships return after Congress votes to waive required stop in Canada

Norwegian Cruise Line was the first operator to resume ticket sales for voyages to Alaska after Congress passed a bill that could help save the state’s annual summer pilgrimage of cruise ship visitors. Norwegian’s sailings will start the first...

 

Alaskans will be able to see vaccination records on mobile app

ANCHORAGE (AP) - Alaskans could soon access their vaccination records through their phones and other devices. The state health department is working to adopt technology that would give residents easy access to immunization records, which could also...

 

Alaska adds jobs, still down from a year ago

JUNEAU (AP) - Alaska had 19,100 more jobs in April than it did the same month in 2020, but the numbers still lagged what they were before the pandemic, the state labor department reported last Friday. There were an estimated 297,200 nonfarm jobs in...

 

State health department website offline after malware attack

JUNEAU (AP) - The state health department website was the target of a malware attack, officials said, weeks after a similar attack affected the state’s court system. The department in a statement May 18 said its website was taken offline the day...

 

Alaska will quit federal program that pays extra jobless benefits

JUNEAU (AP) - Alaska will stop participating next month in a federal program that provides an additional $300 a week in unemployment aid to thousands of people, the state labor commissioner announced last Friday, saying it’s “time to help people...

 

Governor calls special sessions for budget, larger PFDs, federal pandemic aid

uld begin this week, the day after the current regular session of the Legislature is scheduled to end, if lawmakers are unable to finish work on the state budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. He also called legislators back to work to...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    May 20, 2021

Ordinance would extend pot sales hours

The borough assembly will hold a public hearing at its May 25 meeting on a proposed ordinance that would extend the closing time for retail marijuana sales to 10 p.m. from the current limit of 6 p.m. The assembly was asked during recent public...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    May 20, 2021

Ketchikan cancels king salmon derby

Just three days after announcing the Ketchikan king salmon derby would return after a three-year absence, organizers reversed course and said there will be no derby next month. Organizers had planned for two weekends of derby fishing — June 18-20...

 

Ketchikan's high COVID count prompts season's first ship to cancel

Ketchikan's first cruise ship of the year canceled its visit due to a spike in COVID-19 infections in the community, UnCruise Adventures director of marketing and communications Liz Galloway said...

 

Legislature and Anchorage both lift face mask requirement

The Anchorage Assembly voted last Friday to immediately revoke the city’s mask mandate. On the same day, legislative leaders voted to make mask-wearing optional at the state Capitol — and then shed their own face coverings after the vote. The...

 
 By Katherine Rose    News    May 20, 2021

Sitka also faces deadline for safely shipping trash aboard barges

Sitka, just as Wrangell, has been told that open-top trash containers are a fire risk aboard barges and cannot be used to send the community's garbage south. The Sitka borough assembly last week heard...

 

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