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 By Brian O Connor    News    April 17, 2014 

City officials plan cemetery clean-up

A complaint over the status of the two public Wrangell cemeteries will lead to a drive to remove decorations this spring. Memorial Cemetery – known about town as the "old cemetery" – and Sunset... Full story

 By Brian O Connor    News    April 17, 2014 

Parks and Recreation recommends ordinance, hours change

The Wrangell Parks and Recreation committee unanimously recommended two measures to the borough assembly at Wednesday’s meeting. The first vote recommended the assembly change the hours of operation for the pool and workout facility. A second vote... Full story

 By Brian O Connor    News    April 17, 2014 

Prospective superintendent withdraws from contract

Jay Thomas will not be the superintendent of Wrangell Schools next year. Thomas has asked out of his contract for the 2014-15 school year for personal reasons, according to a school district statement issued Tuesday morning. The school board held a... Full story

 By Brian O Connor    News    April 17, 2014 

Borough to consider part-time ordinance officer

The borough assembly was set to consider hiring a part-time ordinance enforcement officer after a Facebook conversation. Discussion about the matter came up briefly during the April 8 assembly meeting. Assembly member Daniel Blake told the assembly...

 By Brian O Connor    News    April 17, 2014 

New secondary principal in town

Future Wrangell schools secondary principal Colter Barnes was in town this weekend to see the community and look for housing. Barnes will replace retiring secondary principal and athletic director...

 News    April 17, 2014 

Alaska's largest daily newspaper sold for $34M

ANCHORAGE, (AP)– An online competitor announced plans Tuesday to buy Alaska's largest daily newspaper. Alaska Dispatch Publishing LLC, the parent company of the online newspaper the Alaska Dispatch, will purchase the Anchorage Daily News from The...

 News    April 17, 2014 

UAF injections probe may include ex-students

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – Students in the medical assistant program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks may have been practicing injections with an unauthorized solution as far back as 2010, according to a school investigation. The university...

 News    April 17, 2014 

Close Up group returns from DC, New York

The Wrangell High School Close Up group returned Monday from a student government trip to Washington DC and New York. The group – which included 13 students and two adults – spent six days in Wash...

 News    April 17, 2014 

Divided Alaska House passes minimum wage bill

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) _ A divided Alaska House on Sunday voted to raise the state minimum wage, amid suspicions of lawmakers' motives. Supporters of HB384 sought to allay fears, saying they had no intent to revisit the issue for at least two years,...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 17, 2014 

Continued hatchery plans moving speedily, official says

PETERSBURG – Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Production Manger Bill Gass said he’s impressed by how fast State officials are moving forward with plans to reconstruct Petersburg’s Crystal Lake Hatchery incubation facility that was...

 By Brian O Connor    News    April 17, 2014 

Planning and Zoning approves final plat, zoning variance

The Wrangell Planning and Zoning Commission approved a final plat for a replat of the tidelands in Wrangell’s inner harbor. The board unanimously approved the plat, part of a land deal for Dave Svendsen that has been in the works for months, and...

 By Brian O Connor    News    April 17, 2014 

Diesel run slated for this month

City officials are urging Wrangell residents to take steps to conserve energy through mid- May. After a diesel-free winter, Tyee Lake went down for maintenance work Monday. While Tyee will be off-line until May 12— meaning the city will run on...

 By Brian O Connor    News    April 10, 2014

Garnett Grit Betties bring the pain, fun

By about three-quarters of the way through Saturday night's roller derby bout, the Wrangell team had too many points. The Garnett Grit Betties hosted their first-ever home bout, known as the The... Full story

 By Brian O Connor    News    April 10, 2014

TBPC president orders halt to Tyee negotiations

The president of the Thomas Bay Power Commission sent a letter this week to the chairman of the Southeast Alaska Power Agency ordering an end to negotiations for SEAPA to take over operations at the Tyee Lake Hydroelectric Project. The letter claims... Full story

 By Brian O Connor    News    April 10, 2014

Ports workshop builds consensus for memorial option

Members of the public told port commissioners they preferred the second of three options for the proposed Mariners Memorial. At a second public workshop Thursday evening, a clear consensus emerged... Full story

 By Brian O Connor    News    April 10, 2014

Assembly adds TBPA letter to next meeting's agenda

In an unusual procedural move Tuesday, a passing vote was taken back. Assembly members initially voted 4-2 in favor of adding a cease-and-desist letter from Thomas Bay Power Commission President and borough assembly member James Stough to the New...

 By Brian O Connor    News    April 10, 2014

Health fair attendance steady this year

While attendance figures for Saturday's health fair may not be available for some time, organizers said attendance was steady this year. The fair is a perennial draw, in part because of reduced rates...

 News    April 10, 2014


In the April 3, 2014 story “Seal hunt yields unusual harvest for Wrangell,” quotes and a photo caption incorrectly identified the speaker, who was Paul Marks of Kake, and not Casey Crayne, of Wrangell. The Sentinel regrets the...

 By Brian O Connor    News    April 10, 2014

Officials: New lift possible in April

A long-discussed lift doubling the capacity of the Wrangell boatyard could arrive by the end of the month, officials said. The lift, which Harbormaster Greg Meissner plans for the harbor to use in...

 By Brian O Connor    News    April 10, 2014

Stikine Middle School student takes second in national poetry contest

For an eighth grade student, Kayla Hay chooses her words very carefully. "In Mr. Davis's class we're all assigned certain writing ..." she said, and paused, searching for a synonym to describe work in...

 By Brian O Connor    News    April 10, 2014

Ports commission discusses insurance options

After two winter sinkings in the Wrangell area, port commissioners and the harbormaster said the time has come to discuss a possible insurance requirement. The subject has been on the commission’s agenda since the previous meeting in March....

 By Brian O Connor    News    April 3, 2014

Administrators work to resolve behavior issue

One day earlier in the school year, a mother said her unidentified Evergreen Elementary School student came home with a concussion, a bloody nose, a split lip, and a sprained ankle. He had been bullied by older students off school grounds, he told... Full story

 By Brian O Connor    News    April 3, 2014

Seal hunt yields unusual harvest for Wrangell

The seals' death circulated via text message, phone, and word of mouth the minute they touched the shore of Shakes Island Friday. Alaskan Native Wrangellites had hunted, killed, butchered - and would... Full story

 News    April 3, 2014


The March 27 story “Wrangell team scores second place at Juneau gold medal tourney” incorrectly named Keith Appleman the assistant basketball coach at Mt. Edgecumbe High School. Appleman is the assistant coach for the Thunderbirds gold medal...

 By Brian O Connor    News    April 3, 2014

Legislature revenue changes could affect budget

A planned $10-million cut in state contributions to employee retirements could affect budgets here, officials said. Legislators in both the Alaska House and Senate have trimmed $10 million from the previous year’s contribution to the Public...


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