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City issues shelter in place order, effective immediately

The City and Borough of Wrangell held a special meeting via teleconference last Sunday afternoon, March 22, to issue an emergency "shelter in place" order. The assembly recently granted the mayor and...

State releases two new health mandates in response to COVID-19 spread

Governor Mike Dunleavy announced two new statewide health mandates Monday, March 23, in response to the ongoing spread of COVID-19 in Alaska. These are the ninth and tenth health mandates the state...

Census packets delayed by COVID-19, responses still expected

While many events have been postponed or cancelled in response to the spread of COVID-19, in Alaska and across the world, Economic Development Director Carol Rushmore said that a high response rate...

Senior Center temporarily stopping congregate meals, continuing necessary services

As many readers are aware, the COVID-19 virus is continuing to spread around the globe. A relative handful of cases have been confirmed in Alaska, but many people and organizations around the state...

SEARHC Introduces Alternative Testing Sites in Five Communities

To expedite the COVID-19 testing process and eliminate unnecessary contamination of primary care clinics, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) recently opened alternative testing...

Planning and Zoning Commission holds four public hearings

Wrangell's Planning and Zoning Commission met last Tuesday evening, March 17, to hold a series of public hearings on several permit requests and agreement modifications. The first hearing was on a...

School district taking steps to provide education during closure

Due to the spread of COVID-19 through Alaska, many people and organizations have had to suddenly alter their schedules and day-to-day operations. The Wrangell School District, for example, is looking...

Hospital construction nears end of first year of work

Despite concerns of COVID-19, construction of the new Wrangell Medical Center has continued largely unhindered. Work on the new hospital began back in April of 2019, with an official groundbreaking...

The Way We Were In the Sentinel 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago.

March 25, 1920 W.E. Parrott received a letter yesterday from A. Everson of Telegraph Creek. Mr. Everson states that he had the misfortune of getting burned out on January 22 when the temperature was 34 below zero. He reports that his wife and...

WHS/SMS School Lunches: General Guidelines

• Order your school lunch online as usual through the WPSD School Website at wpsd.us • Orders are due online by 8:30 AM. The following guidelines are for the pick up of lunches: Mondays-City...

Vehicle fire at City Park

Last Tuesday evening, March 17, the Wrangell Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire by City Park. Dorianne Sprehe, with the fire department, said that the call came in around 6:59 p.m. that...

Obituary: Janet Lee Teague, 83

Janet Lee Teague passed away in Wrangell, Alaska on March 15, 2020. She was born on January 31, 1937 in Portland, Oregon to Russell and Dorothy Weaver. She and her parents were some of the early...

Police report

CORRECTION: In the March 19 edition of the Sentinel, we printed the police log supplied by the Wrangell Police Department which was a year old. Two weeks of the police log appear below. March 09 Citizen Assist. Animal Complaint: Injured doe. March...

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: As a long-time Southeast resident, I continue to be amazed by the resiliency and determination of our close-knit communities. The preparation that is happening in advance of COVID-19...

Dan's Dispatch

The State of Alaska has been operating at a deficit. This is nothing new and has been the primary challenge for the Legislature over the past five years. However, this year, some new wrenches were thrown into the equation: decreasing oil prices and...

Guest Commentary

Where were you when the pandemic came to Alaska? Future generations will demand an answer from each of us. Did we change our habits to protect the vulnerable? Did we make sure our elderly neighbors had everything they needed? Long after the virus...

Alaska Fish Factor

The Pacific halibut fishery opened on March 14 amid little fanfare and flattened markets. The first fish of the eight month season typically attracts the highest prices and is rushed fresh to high-end buyers, especially during the Lenten season....

Court report

March 10: A bail hearing was held for Duke Aitken, charged with assault in the fourth degree and violating conditions of release. The court agreed to re-issue his conditions of release to allow for visitation with his children. March 17: A calendar...

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