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 By Marc Lutz    News    January 20, 2022 

School enrollment shows decline; COVID-19, other factors to blame

The number of students enrolled in Wrangell Public Schools has dropped by nearly half in the past 30 years. According to data from the Alaska Department of Education, enrollment for the 1991-92 school year totaled 527. The 2021-22 school year...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    January 20, 2022 

Increased COVID-19 affects school, business and government operations

The uptick in COVID-19 cases after the holiday season has caused businesses to alter hours or close for days at a time, borough government to reinstate safety protocols, and schools to postpone sporti...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    January 20, 2022 

Schools adopt shorter isolation requirements in COVID plan

The school board on Monday approved changes to the district’s COVID-19 mitigation plan that would allow staff and students to return to school sooner after close contact with infected individuals or positive test results. Changes reflect the...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    January 20, 2022 

Library extends hours, hires assistant with help of grant

Patrons of the Irene Ingle Public Library will now have more time to peruse the aisles, take advantage of the free Wi-Fi and checkout their favorite books. Thanks to a grant through the American...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    January 13, 2022

First baby of new year born to Crowleys

Issabella and Tawney Crowley welcomed their first child - and the first baby born to a Wrangell family in 2022 - last week. Ryleigh Rowan Crowley was born at 3:30 a.m. on Jan. 4 at the PeaceHealth...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    January 13, 2022

Siekawitch becomes U.S. citizen after 18 years in Wrangell

It took nearly two decades, but Larissa Siekawitch is now an American citizen. On Jan. 4, Siekawitch took a test in Anchorage that lasted an hour and included an interview, reading, writing and answer...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    January 13, 2022

Warmer, wetter weather creates its own set of problems

With this week's warmer weather, the snow shovels may get set aside but the higher temperatures and rain can create their own set of winter problems. Last week's single-digit temperatures gave way to...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    January 13, 2022

School district hires new business manager to work remotely

After about 10 candidates applied for the position of business manager with Wrangell Public Schools, a hiring committee chose Tammy Stromberg, of Anchorage, to fill the job. Citing the scarcity of...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    January 13, 2022

Art program seeks to raise confidence, bolster curriculum through creativity

A schoolwide art program at Evergreen Elementary began at the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year by drawing out confidence in the student body. Developed over the summer by Tawney Crowley, the soc...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    January 13, 2022

Garbage baler could take time to show savings

In order to stay compliant with shipping requirements, Wrangell Public Works began using a trash baler last October. The machine also could save money for the borough. Because open-top trash containers with lose garbage are being phased out by...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    January 13, 2022

Lady Wolves lose to alumni in hard fought game

From the start, the Wrangell High School girls basketball game against alumni players was fierce. It was evident from the moment the starting buzzer sounded last Friday that the alumni team came...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    January 6, 2022

Annual icy dip draws brave crowd to Shoemaker Harbor

For about 20 years on New Year's Day, some of the bravest in the community gather to prove their mettle by wading into the frigid water of Shoemaker Harbor for the aptly named Polar Plunge. This year...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    January 6, 2022

GCI internet service spotty since Nov. 30 windstorm

Internet service provided by GCI was knocked out when Wrangell was pummeled by a gusty storm on Nov. 30, and three weeks later residents were still reporting outages. Technicians were able to restore service to customers by Dec. 3, but there were...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    January 6, 2022

A look back at 2021's top news stories in Wrangell

There were about 1,000 stories in the Wrangell Sentinel last year, covering state and local budgets, the ailing state ferry system, ongoing pandemic and more — including a new owner for the Sentinel. On Jan. 1, Larry Persily bought the newspaper...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    January 6, 2022

Wrangell Wolves lose to alumni in annual matchup

Basketball players get older, but it doesn't seem to hinder their performance. High school alumni competed against the current squad of Wrangell Wolves in an annual exhibition game Dec. 28, giving...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    January 6, 2022

State changes road rules for ATVs; Wrangell 'essentially the same'

As of Jan. 1, Wrangell’s roadways won’t look much different after a new state regulation adopted by Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration took effect. Alaskans are now allowed to drive their ATVs on most roadways where the speed limit is 45 mph...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    December 23, 2021

Wrangell receives 200 at-home COVID test kits, with promise of more

Two hundred at-home COVID-19 test kits were delivered to Wrangell’s emergency operations center last Friday, and more will soon be on the way. Capt. Dorianne Sprehe, of the EOC, said the fire department received the kits via SEARHC, and is making...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    December 23, 2021

Community supports organizations helping others

Fundraising efforts are a year-round task for most organizations, but during the holidays those efforts are increased. People in Wrangell are willing to give their time, energy and money to support...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    December 23, 2021

Wrestlers return with two state champions

The Wolves returned to Wrangell a pack victorious. Two state champions added another title to their high school wrestling careers and others chalked up second- and third-place wins after last...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    December 23, 2021

Boys' basketball ready to take on competition

The squeak of shoes on hardwood. The familiar thump thump thump of a ball on the court. The swish of the net. All of it signals the return of boys' basketball season to Wrangell. And these guys are...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    December 23, 2021

GCI internet service spotty; technicians working on fix

Internet service provided by GCI was knocked out when Wrangell was pummeled by a gusty storm on Nov. 30. Technicians were able to restore service to customers by Dec. 3, however, there have been complaints in recent days that the service comes and... Full story

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    December 16, 2021

GCI replacing cable with Yukon TV streaming app

Like eight-track, cassette tapes and VCRs, cable TV will soon be a piece of entertainment nostalgia — in Alaska anyway. GCI announced a year ago that it would cease providing cable television service, and has introduced its streaming app, Yukon...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    December 16, 2021

Community garden begins to take root

Wrangell's community garden has a chance to grow once more. On Dec. 8, eight people gathered in the community gym classroom to discuss forming a committee to oversee the direction the project will...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    December 16, 2021

Assistant principal Bob Davis will retire at end of school year

Bob Davis, assistant principal of Wrangell’s high school and middle school, has submitted his resignation and plans to retire at the end of the school year. The resignation was on the agenda for Monday’s school board meeting and will take effect...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    December 16, 2021

Lady Wolves confident in return to basketball court

A new year, a new coach and new attitudes are propelling the high school girls' basketball team into the new season. After just four games, last season was cut short due to COVID-19. But the players...

 

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