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Wrangell adds another COVID case

Borough officials late Friday afternoon reported the community's seventh COVID-19 case in the past two weeks. "This individual is a Wrangell resident and is a close contact of a recent COVID positive case in Wrangell. It is unknown if this... Full story

COVID cases accelerate statewide

Wrangell’s half-dozen new COVID-19 cases July 15-27 are a small piece of a wave of infections spreading across Alaska, with more than 2,200 cases reported statewide during that same period. Most of the new cases are people who have not been...

Borough plans careful look at Institute grounds

The borough’s plans to subdivide the former Wrangell Institute Native boarding school property will wait until a thorough inspection of the site is conducted for cultural artifacts and remains. “We are working with both the Army Corps of...

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Junior entrepreneur at work with Lobtail Lemonade stand

"Mostly what I do, when I'm not busy, is I mostly sit inside and ... just think about what I'm going to do," Jonah Hurst said. Jonah, 8 years old, is the young entrepreneur behind Jonah's Lobtail...

Borough approves new Shoemaker cell tower

The borough assembly Tuesday evening approved a lease amendment for a new cell tower at the Shoemaker Harbor, which the developer said will bring improved cell service to the island. Action on a second agreement to lease borough land for a new...

Regional, economic divides hinder compromise 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 amount for this fall’s Permanent Fund dividend — say growing regional, political and economic...

Correction

The Sentinel on July 22 incorrectly reported that Baked for Breakfast plans to add something similar to “Diamond C hash browns” to its menu. The news story should have reported the dish would be similar to “Diamond C hash.” The Sentinel...

Salmon runs have been weak

Salmon harvests are coming in slowly in the Wrangell-Petersburg area, according to Sea Level Seafoods and the state fisheries biologist out of Petersburg. Though it’s too early for a lot of specific numbers, both report catches have been lower...

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Sculptor turns driftwood into life-size animals

Sigrid Vanek, driftwood sculptor, "raises wildlife" on her Wrangell beachfront property. This summer, a curious bear made an appearance for Bearfest, the annual event now underway in town. For...

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Postal Service releases Raven stamp this week

The U.S. Postal Service will officially release the "Raven Story" stamp at 11 a.m. Friday at the Sealaska Heritage Institute in Juneau. The stamp, designed by Juneau-based Rico Lanáat' Worl, a...

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New leader has plans for more chamber events in the community

There's some new leadership at the Wrangell Chamber of Commerce, but the organization's mission is still the same: To promote and support local businesses. To do so, said the new executive director...

Fundraiser underway for family that lost boat to fire

The Della G, a Wrangell fishing vessel owned and operated by the Churchill family, was lost to a fire in Juneau on July 13. Nobody was on board the 32-foot boat at the time of the fire, according to news reports in Juneau. The Wrangell community...

SEARHC encourages Alaskans to check out new options for low-cost health plans

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium has joined the list of health care providers encouraging Alaskans to participate in the potentially money-saving special enrollment period for insurance offered under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)....

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Disc golfers can take a toss for 18 baskets at Muskeg Meadows

Although the directional signs for each hole have not yet arrived, eager disc golf players are tossing their way through the 18-basket course at Muskeg Meadows. "People are playing, it's just not...

High school swim team starts practice Aug. 4

Practice starts next week for the Wrangell High School swim team, which had its season cut short last year by pandemic restrictions. After a month of five-day-a-week practice, the team’s first swim meet is tentatively planned for the first...

COVID-infected traveler skips isolation, flies home

Alaska Airlines said it was not aware that a passenger who boarded Flight 73 in Sitka the morning of July 20 had tested positive for COVID-19 a day earlier “We would never allow someone to travel that is COVID-positive, knowing they were...

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The "Raven Story" stamp

The "Raven Story" stamp, designed by Juneau-based Rico Lanáat' Worl, a Tlingit and Athabascan artist, will have its official release Friday at the Sealaska...

The Way We Were

July 28, 1921 An offer of several hundred books for Wrangell was received from the Juneau library this week. The books are from the Gastineau mine, which closed. The Juneau library is too crowded for them and many are duplicates of books already on...

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A waterfront tradition

Bella Ritchie, 12, and Ryder Ritchie, 10, operate a booth near City Dock, catering to visitors who want to take back a piece of Wrangell history. The Ritchie family creates custom jewelry using...

Police report

Monday, July 19 Suspicious circumstance. Speeding complaint. Citizen assist. Fireworks complaint. Fireworks complaint. Tuesday, July 20 Agency assist: Ambulance. Motor vehicle accident. Dog complaint. Wednesday, July 21 Criminal mischief. Domestic...

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From the publisher

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 political fight scorecard seems endless: Democrats...

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Editorial

Just look at the numbers. More than 2,200 new cases of COVID-19 in Alaska over July 15-25. More than 200 active cases in Sitka alone last week, winning the top spot for the worst outbreak in the...

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Opinion column

The Alaska Legislature already has been in session for almost six months this year and is scheduled for another special session on Aug. 2. Instead of arguing political ideology, let's concentrate on...

Alaska Fish Factor: Alaska company teams up with textile maker to use crab shells

Most people are unaware that the yarns and fabrics that make up our carpets, clothing, car seats, mattresses, even mop heads, are coated with chemicals and metals such as copper, silver and aluminum that act as fire retardants, odor preventors,...

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