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 By Caleb Vierkant    News    December 12, 2019 

City looking into sudden rise in electric bills

The City and Borough of Wrangell released a statement last Friday, Dec. 6, in response to several complaints about residents' electric bills suddenly increasing. A Facebook post by Edward Rilatos on...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    December 12, 2019 

Assembly hears from Rep. Ortiz, takes stance on Roadless Rule, discusses tax refund

The Borough assembly had a busy night during their meeting on Dec. 10. The meeting opened with a report from State Representative Dan Ortiz. Ortiz said he is going around to the communities he...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    December 12, 2019 

Evergreen Elementary receives national recognition

School officials recently announced that Evergreen Elementary is one of two Alaskan schools to receive national recognition from the ESEA Distinguished Schools Recognition Program. Evergreen is being...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    December 12, 2019 

Port commission discusses completed Shoemaker work

The Wrangell Port Commission met last Thursday, Dec. 5, for a relatively brief meeting. A workshop was held beforehand to continue ongoing discussions on the cruise industry in Wrangell, and...

 

New record for Hoop Shoot

The Wrangell Elks Lodge hosted its annual Hoop Shoot free throw contest last Saturday, Dec. 7. The contest is held by Elks lodges across the country, open to children from 8 to 13-years-old. Jeff...

 

Wolves fight hard at Viking Mix and Match

The Wrangell Wolves wrestling team made a short trip north to Petersburg for the Viking Mix and Match this past weekend. They went up against wrestlers from Petersburg, Craig, Thorne Bay and Thunder...

 

Mayor Prysunka goes to Washington last week

Mayor Steve Prysunka travelled to Washington D.C. last week to speak before the Senate Committee on Energy and National Resources. He was invited to speak on behalf of the National Association of...

 

Over 13 pounds of cigarette butts collected ahead of Great American Smokeout

Earlier this month, on Nov. 5, several Wrangell High School cheerleaders helped SEARHC employee Tammi Meissner pick up cigarette butts on Front Street. In an email to the Sentinel, Meissner said that...

 

Plans to subdivide old mill property

Plans are in motion to subdivide the old mill property around 6.5 mile Zimovia Highway, according to Terri Wenger with Anchor Properties. The property, currently owned by Betty Buhler, has been on...

 

Former Wrangellite goes into business with "instant hatchery"

Some Wrangell residents may remember Tod Jones. He was a Wrangell resident for about 20 years, from the '70s to the '90s. He first moved to the area to help start a fish hatchery in the Burnett Inlet...

 

Hospital construction still on track for 2021 opening

Construction of the new Wrangell Medical Center remains on schedule and on budget, according to SEARHC Vice President and Hospital Administrator Leatha Merculieff. The future hospital will be about...

 

Library to digitize archive of Wrangell publications

Past microfilms of the Stikine River Journal, the Fort Wrangell News and the Wrangell Sentinel will be digitally archived using a $8,250 grant that Wrangell Cooperative Association applied for and...

 

Wolves take third at Sitka tournament

The Wrangell Wolves wrestling team travelled to Sitka this past weekend for a tournament at Mt. Edgecumbe High School. With 150 accumulated points, the team walked away with a third place win, behind Ketchikan in first and Mt. Edgecumbe in second....

 

Basketball season just around the corner

Basketball season opens Dec. 4 for Wrangell's boys and girls basketball teams. While the teams are yet to meet for practice, both head coaches are optimistic about the coming season. A common theme...

 

Lady Wolves end season at Regionals

The Lady Wolves' volleyball season came to a close last week. Wrangell was host to the regional tournament this year, seeing players from all over Southeast Alaska compete. While the team fell in Regi...

 

Wrangell by the numbers: Visitor industry continues to show growth

Rain Coast Data, on behalf of the Wrangell Convention and Visitors Bureau, recently released a document examining the economic impacts of the tourism industry on the community. "Wrangell Visitor Indus...

 

Shoemaker renovations extended to boarding float, parking lot

Shoemaker Bay Harbor has been undergoing renovations since the summer of 2018. First built in 1977, according to Harbor Master Greg Meissner in a previous interview with the Sentinel, it has grown...

 

Seniors recognized in weekend games against Petersburg

The Wrangell Lady Wolves volleyball team held their first home games of the season against the Petersburg Lady Vikings last week, on Nov. 15. It was senior night, meaning that the team recognized...

 

Wrangell Salvation Army receives new corps officer

After a nearly 29-year career, Salvation Army Majors Michael and Jennifer Bates recently announced their intentions to retire. The Bates have been the corps officers of the Salvation Army in Wrangell...

 

Policies on volunteers, sex offenders, and tobacco use covered in school committee meeting

Wrangell Public School's policy committee met last Thursday afternoon to review several proposed policies for the school district. One such policy refers to volunteers helping out around the school....

 

Planning and Zoning Commission elects officers, approves permit for warehouse by the Stikine Inn

The Wrangell Planning and Zoning Commission met last Thursday evening, Nov. 14. The first thing they covered was the election of commission officers. This was not originally on the meeting's agenda,...

 

Wrangell considers three police chief candidates

Wrangell residents had the opportunity last week to meet three people who are interested in the position of Wrangell Chief of Police. The job has been open since former chief Doug McCloskey retired...

 

"Parlor in the Round" performing Friday

What feels like dinner theater, sounds like a house concert, and looks like improv comedy? The answer will be performing at the Nolan Center tomorrow evening, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. Parlor in the Round...

 

Swim club goes to November Rain meet

The Wrangell Swim Club travelled to Petersburg this past weekend for the annual November Rain swim meet. Coach Jamie Roberts, also coach of the high school swim team, said she and junior coaches Wade...

 

Diverse opinions voiced at Roadless Rule meeting

The Forest Service has been hosting numerous public meetings across Southeast Alaska, recently, to share information on proposed changes to the Roadless Rule and to take comments from the public. One...

 

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