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Assembly passes emergency mask, travel ordinances

In response to new COVID-19 cases in town, and with 85 reported cases in Petersburg in the past two weeks, the Wrangell Borough Assembly adopted three emergency ordinances by wide margins Tuesday...

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COVID-19 daily update:

December 17 Jamie Roberts, with the Wrangell EOC, reported that there are currently no active cases of COVID-19 in the community. Statewide, Alaska’s case count is 41,859 as of yesterday. This is... Full story

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Dogs passed near Wrangell on their way south 10,000 years ago

It was an international effort that started on a long journey about 10,000 years ago through what is now a cave on the mainland, across Blake Channel from Wrangell Island. A bone chip smaller than a...

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Draft school budget cuts almost 12% from last year

The school district's draft budget for next year proposes $660,000 in total reductions in teacher payroll, funding for special education instruction, supplies and materials for the classroom,...

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School board will meet Friday to interview superintendent candidates

The Juneau candidate for the Wrangell schools superintendent job dropped out, leaving a field of three to meet the community in a Zoom event last week. The school board is scheduled to interview the...

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Legislature looks at size of PFDs and new revenues

The state is not going to fill its billion-dollar fiscal pothole with additional deep budget cuts, said two veteran legislative finance committee members. The hole is too deep, and years of cuts to...

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Friday night deadline to apply for rental assistance

The deadline is 11:59 p.m. Friday to apply for assistance with rent and/or utilities under a federally funded pandemic aid program in Alaska. As of last Friday, 65 Wrangell residents submitted...

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Petersburg hit by 85 COVID cases in 13 days

Petersburg remained in its red high-risk level as of Tuesday after 85 COVID-19 cases were reported in the community over the past 13 days. As of Tuesday evening, 65 coronavirus cases were still...

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Over 600 fully vaccinated in Wrangell

More than 600 people in Wrangell have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium. SEARHC's COVID-19 website reported Tuesday morning...

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Landless Natives campaign proposes Wrangell area parcels

The Alaska Natives Without Land campaign, working to win congressional approval of a Native corporation for Wrangell, has proposed several parcels near the community for transfer, including 2,146...

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Students learn more than boatbuilding in class

While shop classes are common in schools across the country, not many offer students a chance to build their own boats. The marine fabrication class at Wrangell High School had decades of history,...

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Jehovah's Witnesses video provides COVID guidance

The Jehovah's Witnesses, which has a congregation in Wrangell and meets via Zoom twice a week during the pandemic, has posted a short video on its international website, "Virus Outbreaks - What You...

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Ferry schedule open for reservations

By Sentinel staff As proposed in the draft schedule a month ago Wrangell will see two ferries a week, one southbound and one northbound, under the Alaska Marine Highway System summer schedule, which...

State closer to handing out federal pandemic aid for fisheries

The federal government has approved Alaska’s plan to distribute almost $50 million in pandemic relief payments to the state’s fishing industry. The decision came after two major revisions to the plan and more than 200 public comments from every...

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One of Wrangell's many attractions

Just as ice floats from Shakes Glacier into the Stikine River every year, so too will visitors return to Wrangell this summer. The Sentinel wants to help the community get ready and visitors to know...

The Way We Were

March 3, 1921 About 160 feet of the dock, which is being built by Donald Sinclair for the convenience of fisherman and other boatmen who are patrons of the City Store, have been completed and the balance of the 200 feet, which will be the length of...

Police report

Monday, Feb. 22 Traffic complaint. Traffic stop citation and failure to provide proof of insurance. Agency assist: Hoonah Police Department. Welfare check. Probation violation. Tuesday, Feb., 23 Trespassing. Wednesday, Feb. 24 Dog at large. Citizen...

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Letters to the Editor

Murkowski has failed as a faithful defender of conservative values To The Editor: Referring to Larry Persily's opinion column, "Sen. Murkowski did her job" (Wrangell Sentinel, Feb.18), I agree we...

Editorial: We can't afford any more mistakes

In the past 17 years and at a cost of almost $200 million, the Alaska Marine Highway System took ownership of two ferries it could not afford to run and two that it could not run everywhere they are needed. That is painful. The state is selling the...

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From the publisher: Why tell everyone what you think all the time

Though it's a little far afield from life in Wrangell, there is a life lesson in the controversy over President Joe Biden's choice to run the federal Office of Management and Budget. A lesson to keep...

Alaska Fish Factor: It could be better year for halibut catches and prices

The Pacific halibut fishery opens March 6, and increased catch limits combined with a cautiously optimistic outlook for the near future have fanned interest in buying quota shares of the popular fish. The International Pacific Halibut Commission in...

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