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 By Brian O Connor    News    May 22, 2014

Candidate Sullivan visits Wrangell

Lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Dan Sullivan stopped in Wrangell May 15, part of a wider campaign swing through Southeast Sullivan is the current Republican mayor of Anchorage and says he wants to...

 By Brian O Connor    News    May 22, 2014

Wrangell hat slated for auction block

A ceremonial hat from the Wrangell Kiks.ádi tribe was set to go before the auction gavel in New York Wednesday. The potential auction of a priceless heirloom has galvanized tribal leaders, who say...

 By Brian O Connor    News    May 15, 2014

Stokes resigns from assembly for medical reasons

By Brian O'Connor Sentinel writer Wilma Stokes resigned from the borough assembly Tuesday. Stokes, 84, has suffered from macular degeneration, making it difficult for her to read, she said. In her... Full story

 By Brian O Connor    News    May 15, 2014

New boat lift arrives in Wrangell

It stands 48 feet, seven inches tall, instantly placing it among the tallest man-made structures in Wrangell. From strap-to-strap, it measures 65 feet, nine inches long, with a slight overhang from th... Full story

 By Brian O Connor    News    May 15, 2014

Zoning commission discusses future for chickens

A rooster heralded a sprawling and at-times unruly conversation about rural identity at the May 8 Planning and Zoning commission meeting. The rooster in question lives in a neighborhood along Zimovia Highway. Its crows have disturbed at least one... Full story

 By Brian O Connor    News    May 15, 2014

RAC votes to continue funding to birding, bear festivals

The Forest Service's Resource Advisory Committee voted unanimously May 9 to recommend continued funding for two prominent Wrangell events. The Stikine River Birding Festival received a recommendation for $24,000 to fund travel, printing educational...

 By Brian O Connor    News    May 15, 2014

Gym and pool to change hours

Parks officials will move ahead with hours changes for the community gym and pool facility. A sparsely attended May 7 public hearing drew only a Sentinel reporter, though officials say they have received mostly positive feedback on the proposed hours...

 By Brian O Connor    News    May 15, 2014

Borough assembly votes to move ahead with TBPA negotiations

The borough assembly voted 5-0 in favor of a motion authorizing negotiations over the Tyee Lake power facility. The vote was taken on May 7 in open session after a roughly two-hour closed-door executive session with borough attorney Bob Blasco....


Rooney returns from Ethiopia

Among the questions Alice Rooney faced from Evergreen Elementary first-graders Monday: Do they have slides in Ethiopia? Rooney recently returned from a roughly three-month volunteer-teaching trip in...

 By Brian O Connor    News    May 15, 2014

Senior projects teach value of community contribution

This year's senior projects are a varied bunch. They range from a documentary movie on the Chief Shakes House rededication to middle-school wrestling programs. Whatever the subject of the senior project, whatever the personal interest of the student...

 By Brian O Connor    News    May 15, 2014

Ceremony pushes to raise veteran awareness

Veterans, spouses, and family members congregated at Wrangell High School Monday evening for a ceremony that was one part commemorative and one part functional. The commemoration came first. Veterans...

 By Brian O Connor    News    May 8, 2014

Local legislators emphasize pension boost, education

Local legislators were circumspect about their accomplishments in the 95-day second legislative session, gaveled out April 25. State Sen. Bert Stedman (R – Sitka) and State Rep. Sam Kito (D – Juneau) both cited a $3 billion contribution to the Pu... Full story

 By Brian O Connor    News    May 8, 2014

WPC approves memorial, discusses Meyers Chuck dock

The Wrangell ports commission voted 4-0 Thursday to approve a final draft for the Mariners Memorial. The draft plan represents features compiled from among three options presented to the commission by... Full story

 By Brian O Connor    News    May 8, 2014

Ordinance review committee discusses animal rules

The ordinance review committee took up the issue of animal control in Wrangell Thursday afternoon. Discussion focused around revising ordinances related to animal control, and touched only briefly on...

 By Brian O Connor    Dockside    May 8, 2014

Salmon derby to open Saturday

The scale needle tipped at 74.4 pounds in summer 1955, and it’s stayed there ever since. Local and visiting anglers will have their chance at unseating Doris Iverson’s record Salmon Derby catch – still on display at the Wrangell Museum ...

 By Brian O Connor    News    May 8, 2014

Ceremony will honor local veterans

A ceremony set for May 12 will draw guest speakers from federal and state veterans’ agencies to the Wrangell High School gymnasium. Monday’s planned ceremony will honor veterans of all stripes, according to Rhonda Christian who organized the...

 By Brian O Connor    News    May 8, 2014

Stikine teacher wins statewide recognition

Students and teachers feted Bob Davis's Teacher of Excellence Award Friday with pizza, a short break from classes at the end of the day, and an error-riddled sign. The errors were intentional, a...

 By Brian O Connor    News    May 8, 2014

Science fair exhibits touch on variety of topics

If you wanted an answer to an unexpected question, Thursday was a great time to be at Stikine Middle School. Among the questions posed (and answers attempted) at the annual sixth grade science fair we...

 By Brian O Connor    News    May 1, 2014

Wilson will not seek re-election

State Rep. Peggy Wilson will no longer represent the Wrangell area to the state legislature, starting with the election of her successor. Wilson announced her plans Friday during a floor session of the state legislature, citing a desire to spend... Full story

 By Brian O Connor    News    May 1, 2014

State dismisses Brock gambling charges

The State of Alaska dismissed charges against Lavina “Lovey” Brock April 22. Brock, 67, of Wrangell, had faced four Class A misdemeanor counts of promoting illegal gambling according to a criminal complaint filed Feb. 5. The complaint preceded...

 By Brian O Connor    News    May 1, 2014

SEALASKA seeks accounts of 1869 bombardment

It started as a domestic dispute brought on by a rowdy Christmas party at a nearby American fort in 1869, according to Tlingit witnesses. Eventually, it spiraled into the full-scale artillery bombardment of native villages around Wrangell, and...

 By Brian O Connor    News    May 1, 2014

New boat lift expected Tuesday

A mix-up with the new 300-ton boat lift meant the five shipping containers with the unassembled lift were sent to Anchorage instead of Wrangell this week. The error apparently occurred sometime after the containers were off-loaded in Tacoma. Instead...

 By Brian O Connor    News    May 1, 2014

Wrangell nets $4.6 million in infrastructure funding

$4.6 million is definitely better than zero. The state’s proposed capital budget would set aside more than $1.6 million for Wrangell-based projects, up from nothing in Gov. Sean Parnell’s proposed capital budget announced Dec. 12. An additional...

 By Brian O Connor    News    May 1, 2014

Festival caters to birders of a feather

Hummingbirds are jerks. That was among the messages, meditations, stories and sights shared at the 2014 Stikine River Birding Festival last week. The annual festival caters to those – like guest... Full story

 By Brian O Connor    News    May 1, 2014

Ordinance review committee to discuss canine conundrum

Discussion from the April 22 borough assembly meeting could lead to potential changes for some furry best friends in Wrangell. Hiring a part-time ordinance enforcement officer to handle a surplus of dog feces in public parks has been discussed since...


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