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How ferry shutdown impacts school districts


February 27, 2020

Caleb Vierkant / Wrangell Sentinel

Members of the Petersburg Vikings basketball team boarding Breakaway Adventures' Ocean Pro, at Banana Point, to travel to Wrangell. Wrangell High School celebrated homecoming this past weekend, and played against their rivals in Petersburg in a series of basketball games. Wrangell resident Eric Yancey, of Breakaway Adventures, said he has been in business since the late '70s. Making runs between Wrangell and Petersburg is almost a daily occurrence for him, he said, as is transporting high school sports teams around the region. Yancey added that he has not noticed any particular uptick in business since the Alaska Marine Highway System shut down. From left to right: Kyle Biggers, Julian Cumps, Aiden Luhr and Tausani Ieremia.

The shutdown of ferry service in Southeast Alaska has impacted many aspects of day-to-day life in communities across the region. In previous reporting by the Wrangell Sentinel and Petersburg Pilot, peoples' travel plans have been disrupted, businesses have been impacted, and cultural events like Celebration 2020 could potentially see decreased turnout.

Another aspect of Southeast communities that is facing disruption from the lack of ferries are school districts. The schools of Wrangell and Petersburg are trying to find ways to deal with the sudden loss of one of their means of transportat...

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