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Howe sentenced to eight months

State of Alaska Superior Court Judge Kevin Miller sentenced James Howe, 42, to serve eight months in jail at his July 14 hearing. Howe was convicted by a Wrangell jury last month on two counts relating to a domestic disturbance. According to a compla... Full story


Fourth of July festivities begin

The light slanted low across Shoemaker Bay, and the parking lot at Shoemaker Park was almost full Tuesday. Music was playing on the speakers, hamburgers and hot dogs sizzled on the grill. Hugs,... Full story

 By Brian OConnor    News    July 3, 2014

TBPA: Nicholls and Christian respond

Hammer and Wrangell Clerk Kim Lane, accompanied by Wrangell Police Chief Doug McCloskey arrived at the TBPA office headquarters about 3 p.m., when a Wrangell Sentinel reporter was interviewing... Full story

 By Brian OConnor    News    July 3, 2014

Jury finds Howe guilty of assault

A Wrangell jury convicted James Howe, 42, on two counts June 25. Police had charged Howe with Assault in the Third Degree, a class C Felony, and Interfering with reporting of Domestic Violence, a class A misdemeanor. According to a complaint filed...

 By Brian OConnor    News    July 3, 2014

School board approves food services contract, grant

The Wrangell school board voted 3-0 June 23 to award a food services contract to Nana Management Services (NMS). The cost of the contract is estimated at $63,453 for 174 serving days, and it replaces the school-run program, though all personnel...

 By Brian OConnor    News    July 3, 2014

Code committee animal statute review ongoing

Borough officials continued a review of borough animal codes June 26. The meeting focused on extensive additions to definitions and enforcement while past meetings had focused on issues of licensure for dogs. Under the draft ordinance reviewed at...

 By Brian OConnor    News    July 3, 2014

Annual Ottesen's golf tournaments held

Golfers braved clouds of rain and mosquitoes to participate in the annual Ottesen's golf tournaments this weekend. In the four-person best shot tournament held Saturday, Brian Smith, Jane Bliss, Tammy...

 By Brian OConnor    News    July 3, 2014

Federal government, borough, WCA collaborate on Weber

The final touches on the Weber Street project concluded this week. For the Wrangell Cooperative Association (WCA), the repaving and sidewalk work on the formerly two-way street in the middle of a...

 By Brian OConnor    News    July 3, 2014

Author with Wrangell connection to visit on book tour

Blood may be thicker than water, but water has its own unique bond. Dave Olson has written a quasi-memoir, "Bonded By Water," about his family's multi-generational bond to Southeast. The Olson family...

 By Brian OConnor    News    April 24, 2014

School board hears bullying testimony

An Evergreen Elementary school student has faced intimidation from older students after being wrongly accused of bullying, his mother told the school board. The intimidation stemmed at least partially from a Sentinel story published April 3, in... Full story

 By Brian OConnor    News    April 24, 2014

Assembly discusses future of Thomas Bay Power Authority

The future of the Thomas Bay Power Authority and the commission governing it took center stage at Tuesday’s borough assembly meeting. The heart of the matter focused on the role the Thomas Bay Power Commission will play in future negotiations... Full story



Alivia Haggard, 5, Becca Haney, and Roger Williams work together dyeing eggs Saturday at the Wrangell Medical Center. The event was held for Long Term Care residents and their grandchildren and...


100 and counting

Nondas Haux kisses the hand of husband Ted Haux Satuday at Wrangell Medical Center. Nondas will turn 100 Monday. The two of them have traveled across the country 42 times for missionary work,...

 By Brian OConnor    News    April 24, 2014

3D printer arrives at Wrangell High School

Wrangell vocational and technical students could soon have a hands-on glimpse of the manufacturing future. A 3D printer arrived at the high school shop last week, part of a Department of... Full story

 By Brian OConnor    News    April 24, 2014

School board hires Mayer for superintendent job

The school board voted 4-0 Wednesday night to offer the top administrative position to Patrick Mayer. Mayer was one of two finalists who interviewed for the position and participated in a public... Full story


Wrangell turns into birders' paradise

The more visible aspects of the Stikine River Birding festival start this evening, but festival elements had already started Monday. Guest artist Elizabeth Kunibe has been teaching students in Wrangell about art using bird cutouts and paints. Their w...


TBPA resolution unanimously approved

The council voted 5-0 to approve a resolution that would begin the process of moving the Thomas Bay Power Authority-run Tyee Lake facility over to the Southeast Alaska Power Agency. The resolution reflects a draft resolution approved at the Dec. 3... Full story


Local educator to retire after 24 years

When bachelor science teacher Monty Buness started working at Stikine Middle School in the fall of 1989, a British scientist had just invented the world wide web, but it wouldn't be widely available... Full story


State ruling to change medevac insurance plans

An Alaska Division of Insurance ruling will effectively cancel a widely used medical evacuation membership plan across Southeast. The ruling, issued in a letter of judgment Nov. 12, effectively invalidates the Airlift Northwest’s Alaska AirCare...


Marshall acquitted of murder solicitation

A Ketchikan jury took less than an hour to acquit Steve Marshall of a murder solicitation Thursday, officials and family members said. The trial – held before Superior Court Judge William Carey in the First Judicial District at Ketchikan – hinged...


Obamacare site improves but hurdles remain

While major improvements to the flagship website of healthcare reform have been made, parts of the reform law remain a work in progress, a representative of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium said. The troubled healthcare.gov website has...


Five wrestlers bound for state

Five Wolves qualified outright for state, and a sixth is an alternate after the Southeast Region V tournament last weekend. Freshman Sig Decker, sophomores Roger Miller and Chet Armstrong, junior... Full story


Volleyball team's season ends at Klawock

The Lady Wolves came within a game and five points of the State tournament last weekend. In the fourth game of the set against Klawock, the Wrangell High volleyball team was only five points down....


USFS urges public comment on cabins

A representative from the U.S. Forest Service urged members of the borough’s economic development committee to comment on the service’s environmental assessment. At the Dec. 5 meeting, Austin O’Brien told committee members the public comment...


Bell ringers seek volunteers

The Salvation Army's annual bell-ringing campaign has begun, and organizers could use some folks willing to brave the cold. The perennial tinkle of the bell can be heard outside the City Market and...


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