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 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 2, 2020 

Town hall meeting held on community policing

With recent national attention on the topics of racial bias and police brutality, the community of Wrangell met via web conference last Monday evening for a town hall meeting to discuss policing...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 2, 2020 

Plans announced for limited 4th of July celebration

While Wrangell is well known for its Fourth of July celebration, the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly altered the community's plans for Independence Day. While many popular and traditional events...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 2, 2020 

Latest cruise numbers at less than 2,000 capacity

The latest cruise ship schedule, provided by Economic Development Director Carol Rushmore on June 23, shows that Wrangell can expect a total of less than 2,000 cruise ship visitors this season. This...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 2, 2020 

Questions remain around former Wrangell police officer

In early June, the Wrangell Sentinel received several emails regarding one of the city's police officers, Paul Jay Huerta. One of these emails linked to a news article and video, alleging that Huerta...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 2, 2020 

SMART Start meeting continues workshopping for next semester

The Wrangell School District held another SMART Start meeting last Wednesday, June 24, to continue discussing ways the district can safely reopen and operate during the COVID-19 pandemic. The...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 2, 2020 

Tech department in good hands, says Matt Gore

Matt Gore has been with the Wrangell School District since 2011, and has been the technology director since 2015. In his time as technology director, Gore said he has worked to give the school...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 2, 2020 

Attorneys disagree on local Open Meetings Act question

As Wrangell residents may remember, the borough assembly held a vote early in June to appoint Ryan Howe to fill an empty assembly seat. There was some question about this vote and whether or not it...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 2, 2020 

COVID-19 daily update:

June 25 As of this date, there have been eight total cases of COVID-19 in Wrangell. Three are considered recovered, according to Captain Dorianne Sprehe. In a press release this afternoon, SEARHC... Full story

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 25, 2020

Fishermen volunteering at seafood processor

Several local fishermen have been volunteering their time and energy, more so than usual, at Wrangell's sole operating seafood processor. With the decision by Trident Seafoods to not operate this...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 25, 2020

Questions on COVID-19 answered in online town hall

City officials organized an online town hall meeting last Thursday evening, June 18, to try and answer some community questions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The town hall also saw some special...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 25, 2020

Eight total COVID cases in Wrangell

The number of COVID-19 cases in Wrangell has increased since last week's edition of the Wrangell Sentinel. As of Tuesday, June 23, there are eight total cases of the virus in town. The fourth case was...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 25, 2020

Assembly holds final budget workshop

The Wrangell Borough Assembly held one of their last budget work sessions last Wednesday evening, June 17, to finalize next year's budget for the city. For FY 2021, Wrangell is looking at revenues of...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 25, 2020

District holding Smart Start meetings to discuss safe reopening

Wrangell School District staff, school board members, and parents have been holding weekly meetings to discuss the safe reopening of Wrangell schools, under the new Smart Start outline provided by...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 25, 2020

Resignation, budget amendments, other projects covered in assembly meeting

The Wrangell Borough Assembly met Tuesday evening, June 23. While the adoption of the FY 2021 budget was the primary topic of discussion, and is covered in another article, there were several other...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 25, 2020

CVB puts finishing touches on marketing plan

The Wrangell Convention and Visitor Bureau met last Wednesday afternoon, June 17, to finish up a proposed marketing plan to bring before the borough assembly. In the time of COVID-19, the bureau was...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 25, 2020

Assembly adopts budget for FY 2021

After multiple workshops, rewrites, and edits, the borough assembly met Tuesday evening to finally adopt a budget for FY 2021. This budget, overall, barely breaks even between revenues and expenses. H...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 25, 2020

Wrangell Emergency Operations Center seeks increased testing

Members of Wrangell's Unified Command reconvened on June 17, through teleconference to consolidate the community COVID-19 response.  Talks were largely focused on recent efforts by the Emergency...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 25, 2020

Community shows support for Lewis Family

After suffering a stroke while on vacation, the community has joined to show their support for Wrangellite Dani Lewis and her family. Lewis and her family recently traveled to Florida for a family vacation with her father, according to a GoFundMe...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 18, 2020

Wrangell up to three total COVID cases, one recovered

After last week's announcement of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Wrangell, two other cases were confirmed shortly after. Wrangell now has three total cases of the virus. One case has been dec...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 18, 2020

Assembly gives direction on general fund deficit

In one of their final budget workshops for FY 2021, the borough assembly gave guidance to city administration to do as much as they can to close Wrangell's general fund deficit. According to the...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 18, 2020

Calls to protect funding for Chamber of Commerce, KSTK heard in public hearing

The Wrangell Borough Assembly hosted a public hearing on next year's budget Tuesday night, June 16. This was an opportunity for members of the public to voice their opinions and concerns regarding FY...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 18, 2020

Lover Bear Candle Co. taking off in Wrangell

Wrangell is home to many locally-owned businesses. One of the community's newest businesses, Lover Bear Candle Co., is really thriving in the locals-supporting-locals environment. "My husband and I...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 18, 2020

Planning and Zoning Commission hear request to purchase city land, discuss Institute rezoning

The Wrangell Planning and Zoning Commission met last Thursday, June 11. During this meeting, they heard a request to purchase city land, continued their ongoing discussion of rezoning the old Institut...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 18, 2020

EDC workshops local assistance applications

Wrangell's Economic Development Committee met Monday, June 15, to workshop various grant programs to assist Wrangell businesses. The EDC has put together three local grants that businesses could apply...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 18, 2020

City responds to Open Meetings Act question

During the June 9 meeting of the borough assembly, Wrangell resident Ryan Howe was appointed to fill a vacant position. A seat on the assembly was left empty after Drew Larrabee announced his...

 

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