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 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 22, 2021 

Borough will update cost estimate for water treatment plant

The borough assembly has directed the administration to pursue an updated cost estimate for solving Wrangell’s deficient water-treatment plant. Progress on replacing the treatment process has moved slowly since a 2017 cost estimate of nearly $10...

 

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Newspapers report what happened. Sure, we also report some of what will or may happen in the days ahead, but most of the Sentinel tells you what occurred last week in the community that may affect or...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 22, 2021 

Wrangell hosts first Heart Walk with Petersburg

Dozens of people from Wrangell and Petersburg came together at the downtown pavilion Sunday morning for the first Heart Walk of their communities, organized as a fundraiser for the Children's Heart Fo...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 22, 2021 

Baked for Breakfast plans to mix old and new

The decision to open a business just sort of happened, according to Bridgette Petticrew. She and Celsee Churchill were sitting with their kids at dinner one night, and had a spur-of-the-moment idea...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 22, 2021 

New jiu jitsu class starts next month

“I don’t know, somehow you kind of get addicted to it, I guess,” Matt Nore said. Nore, volunteering with the Parks and Recreation Department, will be hosting jiu jitsu classes starting next month. Nore has grown up enjoying combat sports, he...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 22, 2021 

Coast Guard promotes formation of Wrangell auxiliary detachment

Liz Buness is working to reestablish a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary detachment in Wrangell, and she received some help last week when a retired vice admiral, a division commander and Alaska district chief of staff were in town to meet with community...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 15, 2021

Volunteers give Jason Gadd his own special 'Cars' room

The community came together last week to help make a wish come true for Jason Gadd, 16, with a parade in his honor and a bedroom makeover thanks to community volunteers and the Make-A-Wish...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 15, 2021

New superintendent works to boost enrollment

Even while Bill Burr, Wrangell's new schools superintendent, is still unpacking, he already is looking toward challenges the district will face in the coming school year. One area of improvement he...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 15, 2021

Borough will check soil for fuel leaks at power plant building

The borough assembly on Tuesday approved spending about $42,000 to find out how much diesel and other contaminants may have leaked into the soil around Wrangell Municipal Light and Power’s generator building on Case Avenue. The site assessment...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 15, 2021

Scoping underway for Mt. Dewey trail extension

With over $450,000 in promised federal funding, the city will spend the next few months scoping out a possible extension of the Mt. Dewey trail. “There are so many conditions or issues at play that affect our timeline,” Amber Al-Haddad, Wrangell...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 15, 2021

Rob Cross wins Tongass ToughMan

The third annual Tongass ToughMan triathlon drew 22 competitors to swim, bike and run through Wrangell, with Rob Cross logging the best solo time of 7 hours, 54 minutes and 40 seconds. After sparse turnout last year, the July 3 event this year...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 8, 2021

Yacht traffic recovering strongly from minimal 2020

After a long year of empty boat stalls and a diminished tourism industry, 2021 is motoring in the direction of normalcy for many Southeast communities, with several towns - Wrangell included - reporting an increase in yacht traffic. Wrangell saw only...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 8, 2021

Art Clark Scrap Fish Derby reels in a line of happy kids

"How long it's been going? Since I was a 3 year old, I think," said Jamie Stough, 38, one of the volunteers running the Art Clark Scrap Fish Derby. "My parents started it. They did it as a tribute to...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 8, 2021

Chuck Oliver Logging Show returns

Just like so many other events returned to Wrangell’s Fourth of July this year, the Chuck Oliver Logging Show was back after taking a COVID-19 year off. Oliver started the show in 1975, and he and...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 8, 2021

Salmon derby winner nets $3,000

Wrangell’s king salmon derby, back after a three-year hiatus, closed June 30, ahead of the Fourth of July celebration. The biggest fish of the derby went to Trevor Acker, who caught a 36.9-pound king salmon near Found Island on June 17, netting a...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 8, 2021

Royalty ticket sales come close to record

Emma Martinsen and Cassady Cowan came close to setting a record for Fourth of July fundraising raffle ticket sales this year, totaling $114,564. They were not much behind the 2016 record of $126,408...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 1, 2021

Wrangell B&Bs full with summer visitors

After a rough pandemic-closed year for the tourism industry nationwide, especially in visitor-dependent Alaska, businesses are starting to show signs of recovery. And that means guests filling up overnight accommodations in Wrangell after a dismal...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 1, 2021

Jason Rivers ties his love for fly-fishing into business

"Fly-fishing in general, I think, it's really hard to explain but everybody that I talk to about fly-fishing, that has fly-fished, they get it," Jason Rivers said. "It's really hard to explain to...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 1, 2021

Borough wants to sell unused armory

The borough is selling the unused National Guard armory at 101 Second Ave. The armory was built in 1982 on land leased from the city, and the building was turned over to the borough when the Guard shu...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 24, 2021

Wrangell's new wildlife trooper living the dream

"Since I was a kid, a 12-year-old kid, I just started hunting myself,"Trooper Chadd Yoder said. "My parents didn't hunt, so to start legally hunting I took my mom with me. I educated myself about...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 24, 2021

Assembly adopts budget, plans for future flexibility

Wrangell’s municipal government will operate in the black for another fiscal year, under the budget adopted by the borough assembly Tuesday evening. However, the assembly is prepared to make amendments during the fiscal year, which starts July 1, a...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 24, 2021

KSTK sponsors Adult Prom at the golf course

A fun tradition for Wrangell’s grown-ups is returning this Saturday, with the 2021 Adult Prom. The party will start at 8 p.m. at Muskeg Meadows Golf Course. The prom is an opportunity for locals to get out, dress up and dance the night away, said...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 24, 2021

AP&T begins survey for new SE undersea fiber optic line

Alaska Power & Telephone has begun preparations for a 214-mile fiber optic cable that will run from Juneau down to Coffman Cove. The SEALink submarine cable project will bring faster broadband internet access to communities like Coffman Cove and Kasa...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 17, 2021

Wrangell last stop in 43-day round-the-world flight

"If you have the dream, or hopes, just try that," Shinji Maeda said. "Put the effort to make that happen, not sit and complain about your life. That's the whole purpose of this flight." Maeda, 41, is...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 17, 2021

Borough approves permit for cell tower on north end

A conditional-use permit for construction of a new cell tower at the north end of town was approved by the planning and zoning commission last Thursday, after a consulting health physicist working for the developer testified that the tower’s radio...

 

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