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Volleyball girls take second at State

With a stellar conclusion to its 2017 season, the Wrangell High School volleyball team finished second at the State 2A Championships on Saturday. The team headed up early last Tuesday, practicing the ...

Assembly to seek consultant for hospital future

At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Borough Assembly approved moving ahead with seeking a consultant on the hospital’s future, while members also learned city computers had been targeted by a hacking attack. A letter recommending hiring a...

City sets priorities for 2018 legislative agenda, bumps ANSEP

Before the Assembly’s regularly-scheduled meeting Tuesday, members met to discuss legislative priorities for the coming year. City manager Lisa Von Bargen had prepared a draft list of items for their consideration, a summary of considerations and...

Concert auction to raise cash for art materials

Creative programs at the high and middle schools will be putting their works under the hammer Monday evening in an effort to raise money for supplies. As with the schools’ four previous auctions, this year’s will precede their annual Christmas...

Wrangell timber sale to be scaled back, decision expected next week

A final decision on the Wrangell Island timber sale is expected out next week, wrapping up years of deliberation and planning. Citing objections to the economics and ecological impacts of its preferred plan, the United States Forest Service has...

Bad berry harvest blamed for bear sightings

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) – Several Kodiak residents have reported seeing bears in town throughout the past few weeks, and at least one area expert believes that’s because of a lackluster berry crop this year. Although the state Department of Fish...

Study on hatchery-raised red crab nears conclusion

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) – An Alaska program is in its final year of an experiment to determine whether hatchery-raised red king crab can increase wild stock. The Alaska King Crab Research, Rehabilitation and Biology Program started its work in 2009...

Senators tout cruise break in new tax bill

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The cruise industry has dodged a tax increase after Alaska’s U.S. senators helped strike the provision from the tax bill that passed the Senate. The bill approved early Saturday includes other provisions that Alaska...

Bidder backs out of deal to turn Taku into hotel

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The bidder who planned to purchase Alaska’s ferry Taku and turn it into a waterfront hotel and restaurant in Oregon has backed out of the deal. The sale of the 352-foot surplus vessel was expected to close in early...

Lots of silver finishes in Edgecumbe tourney

A group of Wrangell’s wrestlers were able to make it over to Sitka over the weekend, finishing with several high placements and an injury. “It went well,” said Jeff Rooney, the team’s coach. After taking a weekend off to recuperate from...

The Way We Were

December 13, 1917: Nicholas Nussbaumer writes the publisher of the Sentinel that he arrived in Washington, D.C., on Thanksgiving Day in time for a good turkey dinner. Following is an excerpt from his letter: “Some of my boy-hood friends are in my...

Fish Factor: Tough year ahead for many Alaska fishermen

It’s going to be a tough year for many Alaska fishermen. Following on the heels of announcements of a massive drop in cod stocks, the industry learned last week that Pacific halibut catches are likely to drop by 20 percent next year, and the...

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