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 By Caleb Vierkant    News    September 20, 2018 

"Paper Tigers" shown at high school last week

Residents of Wrangell were invited to attend a viewing of “Paper Tigers” at the high school last Tuesday. BRAVE, a local organization advocating for building healthy relationships in the community, put the event together. BRAVE member Kay Larson...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    September 20, 2018 

SEARHC and Swedish Medical Center to expand specialty services in SE Alaska

Beginning this fall, according to a press release from the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, specialty services in Southeast Alaska will be expanded thanks to collaboration between SEARHC and Swedish Medical Center. The press release...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    September 20, 2018 

School board recognizes Tammy Groshong and Darian Gerald during meeting

The Wrangell school board met Monday evening. The board recently began a new program where “pages” from different classrooms would attend the board meetings to lead everyone in the pledge of allegiance, and a reading of the district’s mission a...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    September 20, 2018 

Write-in candidate seeks election to borough assembly

Dale Parkinson fell in love with Wrangell about 13 years ago, he said, after he won an Alaskan cruise from the university radio in Long Beach, California. Eight years ago he and his family visited...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    September 20, 2018 

Alaska Supreme Court gives opinion on local property dispute

On Aug. 31, the Supreme Court of Alaska gave on opinion on a property dispute between two Wrangell residents, DeWayne Tomal and Jeannette Anderson. The opinion came down after a trial in superior court between the two Wrangellites, after their...

 

Cross country team prepares for Juneau regional

The Wrangell High School cross country team has had an eventful season. They have run against other Southeast Alaska schools in Sitka, Metlakatla, Petersburg, and Ketchikan. This Sat., Sept. 22, they...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    September 20, 2018 

Project HOPE fighting opioid epidemic with Narcan nasal spray kits

According to documents provided by Erin Michael, the public health nurse for Petersburg and Wrangell, opioids were involved in 42,000 deaths in the United States in 2016. In Alaska, in 2017, there were 108 opioid-related deaths. The National...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    September 20, 2018 

Assembly holds special meeting to approve Church Street paving, other upgrades

The city and borough assembly of Wrangell held a special meeting Monday night to approve various renovations and upgrades to city infrastructure. The first item was a contract with SECON for paving repairs to Church Street, in the amount of $29,827....

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    September 20, 2018 

Annual Sip & Shop last Saturday

Many stores around Wrangell stayed open late last Saturday evening to participate in the annual Sip & Shop. Alicia Holder, with the chamber of commerce, said that the Sip & Shop was a fun way...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    September 20, 2018 

Wold Architects hold meeting at the Nolan Center to give update on new hospital

The Nolan Center was packed Monday night as Wold Architects held a meeting to update the community on plans for the new hospital. Members of the city government, SEARHC, the Wrangell Medical Center, and many residents came to hear the update....

 

Forest Service holds meeting on Central Tongass Project

The Nolan Center was littered with maps of the Tongass National Forest Sept. 5. Members of the Wrangell and Petersburg Ranger districts came by to hold a public meeting on the Central Tongass Project,...

 

Darian Gerald shares story for suicide prevention day

Wrangell High School held an assembly last Monday afternoon for a special guest. September 10 is "Suicide Prevention Day," and the entire month of September is dedicated to suicide prevention. Darian...

 

Candidate roundup for local election

The city and borough of Wrangell will be holding an election on Oct 2. There are several positions needing to be filled, and there are many people seeking to fill them with 13 people running for office. The Wrangell Sentinel has created a roundup of...

 

Parks and Rec Department prepares for another season of youth basketball

The youth basketball program hosted by the Wrangell Parks and Recreation Department has been a part of the community for many years, according to Lucy Robinson, who played from fourth through sixth...

 

Borough Assembly holds workshop with federal lobbyist

Sebastian O’Kelly, a federal lobbyist, is a consultant with Robertson, Monagle & Eastaugh. As a federal lobbyist he represents several communities across Southeast Alaska, working to ensure issues pertaining to the area reach the ears of the right...

 

Coho derby comes to a close

With Labor Day come and gone, Wrangell's coho salmon derby has come to a close. According to Alicia Holder, with the chamber of commerce, 106 coho were weighed in over the four weekends of the derby....

 

Byford Junkyard soil relocation 1/3 complete

Ongoing efforts to remove contaminated soil from the site of the Byford junkyard are about a third of the way complete, according to Sally Schlichting with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. The soil is being packed into large bags...

 

BRAVE to show "Paper Tigers" at high school

Kay Larson said that the purpose of her organization is not to "combat" issues in Wrangell. Rather, she said, they want to educate and advocate. BRAVE, or Building Respect and Valuing Everyone, wants...

 

Alaska Sprouts to kick off teen night this September

"Alaska Sprouts – Seeds of Change" is a new group in the city of Wrangell, recently funded through grant money received by the Wrangell Cooperative Association. Their goal, according to the...

 

Grand Exalted Ruler Luhr visits Elks lodge

Petersburg native Michael Luhr has been a part of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks since 1977, when he was initiated into Petersburg Lodge No. 1615. He said that he has lived in Petersburg...

 

Library prepares for fall story time

The Irene Ingle Library has a lot to offer people in Wrangell. Books, movies, computers, meeting rooms, and from October to December, it also offers story time for preschoolers. Story time runs in...

 

Swim team makes several personal bests in first meet

The Wrangell High School Swim Team went to Petersburg on Aug. 31 for their first meet of the season. According to Coach Jamie Roberts, the team competed against over a hundred other swimmers from six...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 30, 2018

Planning & Zoning Commission discusses nuisance code

The Wrangell Planning and Zoning Commission met last Thursday evening to discuss potential changes to the city's code regarding nuisance activities. Specifically, they looked at the parts of the code...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 30, 2018

Wrangell Public School district welcomes new teachers

The sounds of finding classrooms, opening lockers, and seeing friends filled the middle school and high school in Wrangell last Thursday morning. Another school year has started and both students and...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 30, 2018

2018 Primary unofficial election results posted online

After voting on Aug. 21, the results of the Alaska primary election have started to come in. Unofficial election results have been posted online at the Alaska Division of Elections’ website. According to the election results, it was a low turnout...

 

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