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 By Dan Rudy    News    December 14, 2017

Boat parade lines up for return

By popular demand, the Chamber of Commerce will be bringing the holiday spirit back to Wrangell's shores next week with its annual boat parade. Once a tradition every Christmas season, mariners of...

 By Dan Rudy    News    December 14, 2017

CVB building new website to showcase community

Board members on the Wrangell Convention and Visitor Bureau last week approved funding site construction for a new web page showcasing the community to potential visitors. The borough’s current page for tourists, WrangellAlaska.org, has proven a...

 By Dan Rudy    News    December 14, 2017

Wrangell Island sale announced, fraction of expectation

The regional forest supervisor with the United States Forest Service issued a final decision on the Wrangell Island timber sale project on Monday. Addressing a number of objections to the project as it was proposed last year, the scope of the sale...

 By Dan Rudy    News    December 14, 2017

Support group to hold public reading for transgender youth

A Wrangell organization will this evening hold a storybook reading along with other communities across the country, to support transgender and non-binary youth. The book is I Am Jazz, a children's boo...

 By Dan Rudy    Sports    December 14, 2017

Wrestlers taking all hands to State this weekend

Wrangell’s wrestlers took third at Region V in Ketchikan over the weekend, and will be sending all seven of its students to state-level competition in Anchorage this weekend. The team brought six boys and one girl for the tournament, and between...

 By Dan Rudy    Sports    December 14, 2017

Basketball bouncing into action for new season

After volleyball's silver-place showing at State last month and as the wrestling team wraps its own season, Wrangell High School's basketball program is already practicing for its new year. After...

 By Dan Rudy    News    December 14, 2017

Chinook outlook not so good for 2018

A preseason forecast for next year's king salmon return to the Stikine River has come up worryingly short, boding ill for local fisheries. Released last week by Alaska Department of Fish and Game,...

 By Dan Rudy    News    December 14, 2017

Wrangell swimmers make December meet in Ketchikan

A dozen members of Wrangell Swim Club joined swimmers from six other clubs around the region in Ketchikan earlier this month. Entering its second year of competitive swimming, the Wrangell group saw...

 By Dan Rudy    News    December 14, 2017

City still scrapping for fight over yard debris

In an effort to curb roadside eyesores around town, Wrangell Public Works announced at last week’s meeting of the Borough Assembly its intention to allow people to dispose of their excess scrap metal for free through the end of December. The...

 By Dan Rudy    News    December 7, 2017

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...

 By Dan Rudy    News    December 7, 2017

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...

 By Dan Rudy    News    December 7, 2017

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...

 By Dan Rudy    News    December 7, 2017

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...

 By Dan Rudy    News    December 7, 2017

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...

 By Dan Rudy    Sports    December 7, 2017

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 some...

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 30, 2017

Wrangell welcomes back Filipino family after visa reshuffle

After being kept away for most of the year while a petition for residency was processed, the Balansag family returned to Wrangell earlier this month. The Balansags – Vincent, wife Lynn, and...

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 30, 2017

Sales revenues suggest slight slump

Sales tax data made available this month suggest a slight dip in local consumer spending. The news comes at a time when the region's economy appears to be fragile. Earlier this fall, Southeast...

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 30, 2017

New programs teaching students tech basics, encouraging mindful behavior

The learning experience for Wrangell students continues to get more technological, with new devices and programs hitting local schools this year. Technology director Matt Gore gave the Sentinel a run-through of some of these developments Tuesday. It...

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 30, 2017

Lots to be thankful for at elementary feast

Hundreds of students, faculty members and special guests dined together at Evergreen Elementary School last week ahead of the holiday. Held November 22, this year's Primary Thanksgiving Feast was the...

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 30, 2017

Special session leaves huge deficit for January session

Legislators wrapped up their fourth special session called for the year last week, passing a crime reform bill but failing to take up any new revenue measures. Passing both chambers, Senate Bill 54 revises the criminal justice reform package passed u...

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 30, 2017

Wrangell singer participates in state-level concert

A Wrangell freshman was invited to join the state-level treble choir this year, at the All-State Music Festival in Anchorage. Held between November 16 and 18 at the Bartlett and West Anchorage high...

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 30, 2017

GCI-FOX spat sidelines Sunday football broadcasts

Sports fans and other television viewers subscribing to General Communication Inc. have likely noticed that its FOX programming has been absent for most of the month. Since November 8 the...

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 23, 2017

Wrangell court temporarily closed over air concerns

Until further notice is given, the clerical offices and courtroom at the Wrangell Public Safety Building have been closed down temporarily. The closure began Monday morning, with the Alaska Court...

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 23, 2017

Hospital submits letter to assembly on partnership

Following talks earlier this month with the city, the hospital board drafted a letter requesting that it move forward with finding a third party partnership. At their November 15 meeting, Wrangell Medical Center governing board members discussed the...


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