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 By Dan Rudy    News    November 27, 2014 

Parks and Rec okays rate change rollout

Rate changes being adopted by Wrangell’s Parks and Recreation Department will be phased in over the next three years, its board members decided at their monthly meeting Nov. 19. Beginning in the new year, corporate-rate discounts for use of the... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 27, 2014 

Youth dancing group celebrates Native heritage

On Friday morning, students at Wrangell High School assembled in the gym to watch a special presentation by the Kaats'litaan Dancers, a K-12 group that is part of the local Johnson O'Malley program.... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 27, 2014 

Wrangell school board to expand computer use by students

In his monthly report to Wrangell Public School Board on Nov. 17, Superintendent Patrick Mayer said several projects are underway as the school progresses into its second academic quarter. The schools’ evaluation team recently previewed a webinar f... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 27, 2014 

Hospital committees address falls, emergency preparedness

A pair of staff committees met this past month at Wrangell Medical Center, formed to improve response to patient falls on site and improve emergency preparedness. At the monthly meeting of its board of trustees on Nov. 19, hospital head Marla Sanger...

 News    November 27, 2014 

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 By Dan Rudy    News    November 20, 2014

Assembly approves capital requests for next fiscal year

At its Nov. 12 meeting, the Wrangell City and Borough Assembly approved its list of capital project requests for the 2015-16 fiscal year. Assembled by city staff and Assembly members, the annual list... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 20, 2014

Political changes to follow as votes tallied

The definitions of Alaska's political landscape are soon to be settled following the 2014 midterm elections on Nov. 4. As the last votes are counted, concessions have begun coming in. Since Election... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 20, 2014

Wrangell hosts Drama, Debate and Forensics tournament

The high and middle school halls and commons at Wrangell were crawling Friday and Saturday as around 80 teens ran through lines, practiced their best voices and otherwise prepared themselves before... Full story

 News    November 20, 2014


On page one of last week’s issue of the Sentinel, part of the quotation highlighted in the Ports Commission story was misattributed. “You don’t get a parking spot with the stall,” was said by John Yeager, not Greg Meissner. We apologize for...

 By Mary Koppes    News    November 20, 2014

SEAPA receives clean audit; grant activity up in 2014

The Southeast Alaska Power Agency (SEAPA) board members met in Petersburg Nov. 13-14 to discuss the results of their annual audit and other business. Independent auditing company BDO performed this year’s audit, which followed both generally...

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 20, 2014

Lost ceremonial hat repatriated nearly home

The Oakland Museum of California recently returned a lost artifact to Tlingit Haida Central Council, a ceremonial clan hat belonging to the Khaach.ádi clan of Wrangell. The Xhixhch'i S'aaxhw, or Frog...

 News    November 20, 2014

Coast Guard Station Ketchikan gets new boats

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) – Two recently-acquired 45-foot boats will serve as the new “primary assets’’ for the U.S. Coast Guard's Station Ketchikan. The boats will be used for missions ranging from law and fisheries enforcement to recreational...

 News    November 20, 2014

Economics report finds Tongass in a funk

WASHINGTON – A new report from Headwaters Economics, a Bozeman, Mont.-based research firm, finds that the United States Forest Service is continuing to invest at a disproportionate rate into a flagging timber industry in southeast Alaska, while...

 News    November 20, 2014

Study: Polar bears disappearing from key region

WASHINGTON (AP) – A key polar bear population fell nearly by half in the past decade, a new U.S.-Canada study found, with scientists seeing a dramatic increase in young cubs starving and dying. Researchers chiefly blame shrinking sea ice from...

 News    November 20, 2014

New ferry travel rules delayed

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities announced Friday it will be delaying the implementation of its upcoming unaccompanied minor policy for Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) services. The new policy would no longer allow...

 News    November 20, 2014

Juneau service agency struggles to stay open

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A longtime Juneau service agency is in debt and struggling to remain open amid staff resignations and layoffs. The nonprofit Southeast Alaska Guidance Association is also in the process of moving from its main shop and...

 News    November 20, 2014

Juneau police establish University of Alaska Southeast office

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Juneau Police Department has unveiled a new substation at the University of Alaska Southeast. JPD debuted the new space a converted storage room near the Egan Library to the public Thursday afternoon during “Coffee with...

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 20, 2014

Lack of quorum further delays Planning and Zoning agenda

Wrangell’s Planning and Zoning Commission twice lacked a quorum at its scheduled evening meeting Nov. 13 and midday Monday rescheduling. Due to scheduling difficulties, Commission chair Terri Henson and Economic Development Coordinator Carol...

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 13, 2014

Maritime industry sees plan to strengthen

Wrangell seems to be in a fine position to prosper as attention in Alaska turns toward strengthening the region's various maritime industries. The Fishing, Seafood and Maritime Initiative (FSMI) has b... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 13, 2014

Memorial design unveiled, Ports discuss parking

Drawings for the future mariners' memorial at Heritage Harbor were unveiled at Wrangell's monthly Port Commission meeting on Nov. 6 in the City Hall Assembly Chambers. Drawn up by architect Christophe... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 13, 2014

Unusual buildup causes tri-borough power outage

Many residents in Wrangell woke up Thursday to discover a power outage, following damage caused by a storm to Ketchikan’s Bailey Substation the previous evening. Power across the entire transmission system was down, affecting Ketchikan and... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 13, 2014

State election officials begin tallying absentee, early votes

With a number of closely-contested initial results for the general elections on Nov. 4, voters and candidates alike may be holding their breath as Alaska’s Division of Elections began counting absentee and early votes Tuesday. The margins for...

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 13, 2014

Ministerial Association meting out meals for Thanksgiving

With November here and Thanksgiving quickly approaching, Wrangell Ministerial Association (WMA) is seeking support for its annual distribution of traditional dinner baskets. “This will be the twelfth year,” said Don Roher, who with his wife,...

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 13, 2014

Thomas Bay commission powers down for winter

Teleconferencing from the Wrangell and Petersburg assembly chambers last Thursday, members of the Thomas Bay Power Commission (TBPC) decided to call it a year. The TPBC was the acting body for the Thomas Bay Power Authority, operating Tyee...

 By Dan Rudy    News    November 13, 2014

Elks open alley to local youngsters

Children in Wrangell interested in getting a bit of bowling in this winter are invited to come to the Elks Lodge #1595 on Saturday afternoons. The Elks have been active in Wrangell for about 70 years, and the club’s bowling alley has been a...


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