By Larry Persily
Wrangell Sentinel 

Columbia's return nowhere on the horizon


The largest of the state ferries, the 499-passenger Columbia, was still listed as inactive on the Transportation Department website as of Monday, with no indication it will go back to work this summer as was planned nine months ago.

Last August, the department’s draft summer 2022 schedule included the ship “penciled in” to run May 11 through Sept. 14, with weekly sailings to Southeast from Bellingham, Washington, “pending crew availability.” The run would have included weekly stops in Wrangell.

After months of nationwide advertising for crew, including contracting with an Anchorag...

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