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Wrangell adds 19 cases on Thursday, now at 137 COVID infections since the holidays

Updated Thursday evening, Jan. 20, 2022 With more 19 cases reported Thursday, Wrangell has now recorded 137 COVID-19 infections since Dec. 30, more than double the community's highest monthly count of the pandemic. The 137 cases represent about one... Full story

School enrollment shows decline; COVID-19, other factors to blame

The number of students enrolled in Wrangell Public Schools has dropped by nearly half in the past 30 years. According to data from the Alaska Department of Education, enrollment for the 1991-92 school year totaled 527. The 2021-22 school year...

Closure of outdoor program for at-risk teens hits Wrangell

SEARHC's announcement last week that it was shuttering the 21-year-old Alaska Crossings program in Wrangell, a wilderness therapy program for at-risk children that the health care provider took over...

Increased COVID-19 affects school, business and government operations

The uptick in COVID-19 cases after the holiday season has caused businesses to alter hours or close for days at a time, borough government to reinstate safety protocols, and schools to postpone...

Alaska ferry system in line for multi-year windfall of federal dollars

The state appears to be in prime position to capture well more than $1 billion in federal funding for its ferries that many Alaskans hope is the catalyst for long-sought change in the Alaska Marine Highway System. The $1 trillion Infrastructure...

State awards contract for crew quarters aboard Hubbard

The Alaska Department of Transportation on Jan. 14 announced it had awarded a $15 million contract to Vigor’s Ketchikan shipyard for installation of living quarters aboard the state ferry Hubbard, which will enable the ship to carry a change of...

State contracts for private ferry operator 'as needed'

The Alaska Department of Transportation is contracting with Allen Marine to run one of its vessels “as needed” between Ketchikan, Wrangell and Petersburg this winter, though no runs are scheduled and any operations likely would depend on...

Assembly drops 'interim' from borough manager's title; hires Jeff Good

After nearly three months, Jeff Good can drop "interim" from his title. On Friday, the assembly announced it had selected Good as borough manager. A committee took two days in executive session to...

Marine Service Center may need to raise rates in the future

Based on the current rate structure, Wrangell’s Marine Service Center could operate at a loss over the next five, 15 and 30 years. That’s according to a newly finished Marine Service Center business plan the port and harbors department will...

Schools adopt shorter isolation requirements in COVID plan

The school board on Monday approved changes to the district’s COVID-19 mitigation plan that would allow staff and students to return to school sooner after close contact with infected individuals or positive test results. Changes reflect the...

Permanent Fund board chair defends firing of executive director

Under questioning from a bipartisan legislative committee on Monday, the chairman of the Alaska Permanent Fund defended the board’s decision to fire former executive director Angela Rodell but declined to answer substantive questions about the...

Utility needs to boost line capacity out of power plant for future needs

Wrangell's generating plant has an eight-megawatt line out the door but needs to go up to 12 megawatts if it wants to fully serve the power needs of the community during shortages, according to the...

Borough continues to gain in online sales tax revenues

Since first beginning to collect sales tax on online orders sold by out-of-town merchants such as Amazon in 2020, the borough continues to see an increase in revenues. In fiscal year 2021, which ended last June 30, the borough collected $180,000 in...

Libraries working to put decades of Sentinels online

It’s taken a while to turn decades of Sentinel pages into digital images, easily accessible for online searches, but the state and Wrangell libraries are about halfway there. Issues of the Wrangell Sentinel from its founding in 1902 through 1956...

Forest service gets ready to hire for slew of positions

The U.S. Forest Service is hiring. Tory Houser, acting district ranger, is looking to hire for four positions at the Wrangell Ranger District. A recreation manager, a wilderness and recreation technician, an Anan Wildlife Observatory crew manager,...

The Way We Were

Jan. 19, 1922 Some excellent work is being done on the cemetery road this week by a number of public-spirited citizens. The road was badly in need of repair, and a number of citizens with picks and shovels have been on the job this week, with the...

Correction

Correction Ryleigh Rowan Crowley’s name was misspelled in a photo caption in the Jan. 13 issue of the...

Billie Foust known for her years on KSTK

Billie Foust, 65, died Jan. 14 in Ketchikan, where she had lived the past couple of years. She was born April 1956 in Arcata, California, to Ethel Miller and Bill Foust. Billie spent most of her... Full story

Police report

Monday, Jan. 10 Agency assist: Ambulance. Agency assist: Alaska State Troopers. Tuesday, Jan. 11 Paper service. Agency assist: Welfare check and paper service. Agency assist: Public works department. Wednesday, Jan. 12 Agency assist: Ambulance. Dog...

The assembly needs to be more careful

The borough assembly made a good choice in erasing the “interim” from Jeff Good’s title as borough manager. He has done a solid job since signing on Nov. 1 until the assembly could decide on a long-term hire. Stability and continuity are...

Write a letter, get a free Alaska calendar

Polite requests didn't work, so I'll try bribery. Not the illegal kind that infects corrupt nations and businesses, but the nice kind, sort of like how your parents offered you dessert if you...

Kodiak Tanner crabbers getting $8.10 per pound to start

Kodiak fishermen are getting an advance price of $8.10 per pound for Tanner crab in the fishery that opened Jan. 15. High crab prices have led all other seafoods during the COVID-19 pandemic as buyers grab all they can to fill demand at buffet...

Classified ads

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