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State psychiatric doctors are not political appointees

Editorial from this week’s Wrangell Sentinel Doctors at the Alaska Psychiatric Institute are there to help make people think and feel better about...

 

Haines amongst most pessimistic on future economic outlook

Haines business owners and managers who responded this past spring to a Southeast-wide economic outlook survey were among the most pessimistic in the...

 

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...

 

Southeast visitor industry looks forward to 2022

More than 150 officials convened in Haines this week for the annual Southeast Conference — with more participating online — and much of the...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    August 26, 2021

Columbia might come back for summer 2022 ferry service

The Alaska Marine Highway System has put out its summer 2022 draft schedule for public comment, with two potentially big changes from this year: the...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    August 26, 2021

State trying to solve ferry crew shortage

The Alaska Marine Highway System is not alone in trying to manage with a crew shortage, nor is it a new problem. But the fear of COVID-19 is making...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    August 19, 2021

Federal legislation could help state ferry system

The 2,700-page, trillion-dollar infrastructure bill that passed the U.S. Senate on Tuesday could provide tens of millions of dollars, maybe more, to...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    August 19, 2021

Governor says Alaskans need cash, OK to take it from Permanent Fund

By Larry Persily Sentinel writer As legislators meet in special session this week, Gov. Mike Dunleavy continues to push his plan for much larger...

 

Half of renters receive covid relief

Using federal pandemic relief funds, the state has paid more than $179,000 toward past-due and future rent and utility bills in Haines, part of $85.2...

 

Donate to a nonprofit, not national politics

As if national campaigns haven’t turned nasty enough in recent years, the billions of dollars at stake in political fundraising is making it worse....

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 29, 2021

Regional, economic divides hinder compomise on state's fiscal future

Some of the key players in legislative efforts to reach a compromise on a long-term fiscal plan for the state — in addition to settling on an...

 
 By Larry Persily    Opinion    July 29, 2021

Bad time to rewrite the state constitution

The list of escalating Alaska political divides is growing faster than skunk cabbage in a rainforest. And it smells just as bad. The line-up for the...

 

Cruise ship COVID-19 case count rises to 10

The COVID-19 case count among the 214 passengers and crew who were aboard the American Constellation’s Southeast Alaska cruise the second week of...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 15, 2021

Assembly schedules public interviews tonight of 2 finalists for borough manager

The borough assembly is scheduled to interview its two finalists for the manager job in a public meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. this evening. The...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 15, 2021

COVID cases climbing back up in Alaska

State officials say the highly contagious delta variant is likely driving the increase in COVID-19 cases reported in Alaska, plus the fact that more...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 15, 2021

Haines scheduled for one ferry a week January and February

Haines would see just one ferry a week in January and February under the draft winter schedule released Tuesday evening by the Alaska Marine Highway...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 15, 2021

COVID cases send ship into quarantine in Juneau

The first cruise ship to cancel runs through Southeast Alaska this summer due to COVID-19 cases on board is tied up in Juneau, waiting for a 10-day...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 15, 2021

PFD is the deadline as lawmakers work on a state fiscal plan

Alaska lawmakers are scheduled to reconvene in another special session in just over two weeks to consider a long-term fiscal plan for the state ...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 15, 2021

Legislators hear strong objections to ferry terminal at Cascade Point

The Alaska Department of Transportation has been working more than two years on the idea of building a new state ferry terminal at Cascade Point, almo...

 
 By Larry Persily    Opinion    July 15, 2021

Alaskans need to hear real facts about budget

Could anything be more difficult than getting the Alaska Legislature to settle on a workable, affordable, sustainable fiscal plan for the state? Yes....

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 8, 2021

Governor vetoes legislative attempt to bolster ferry budget

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has used his veto power to thwart a legislative effort to boost the state ferry system budget. The governor cut almost $8.5...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 8, 2021

Borough manager attracts 10 applicants

The borough has been without a permanent manager since last May, and the mayor is hoping the latest round of applications will produce a successful...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 8, 2021

SEARHC now requires all employees to be vaccinated

As of last week, employees, contractors and volunteers with the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, which operates in Haines and 18 other com...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 8, 2021

Haines recovery group focuses on raising money

“Getting people back into secure housing is costly,” said Sylvia Heinz, coordinator for the Haines Long Term Recovery Group, established soon...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 8, 2021

Work starts this week on Beach Road

Southeast Road Builders plans to start work Friday morning under a $166,760 borough contract to remove debris from the December landslide across...

 

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