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 By Marc Lutz    News    September 21, 2022 

Retired teacher recalls a royal lunch with Queen Elizabeth II

A nine-course lunch in 1965 left an indelible mark on the memory of a young teacher from Denver. Queen Elizabeth II died on Sept. 8 at the age of 96, but she left an historical legacy that included a...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    September 21, 2022 

Parks and Recreation strengthens weight room options with new equipment

It's taken a few years of requests and planning, but the community center weight room finally has new equipment, freeing up valuable space and increasing safety. Two metal frames allow users to do...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    September 21, 2022 

Lawyer provides direction on estate planning, protecting assets

What to do with someone's property when they die can be a complicated task involving beneficiaries, a ton of paperwork and the court system. But it doesn't necessarily have to be. Liz Smith, a...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    September 14, 2022

Supply chain issues, high demand keep hunters scrambling to reload

Issues with lingering supply chain disruptions that started with the COVID-19 pandemic have put hunters and gun enthusiasts in a bind. Though there are signs that ammunition shortages are on the...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    September 14, 2022

New Muddy Water 38-foot catamaran adds to tour boat fleet

A dream that started eight years ago smoothly sailed into reality in August. Last month, Muddy Water Adventures introduced the newest addition to its fleet: A 38-foot-long catamaran dubbed Island...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    September 14, 2022

Harbor Department takes apart and sends 5 derelict boats to landfill

It only took one week in mid-August to demolish five vessels that were impounded by the harbormaster over the course of 10 years. Typically, the number of impounded vessels to be destroyed and shipped out isn’t so high, but the demolition funds...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    September 14, 2022

Basketball camp preps players for coming season

Wrangell High School's basketball season is still a couple months away but coaches and players are already sharpening their skills. Last Thursday through Saturday, a coaching representative with...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    September 14, 2022

Volleyball team setting up to serve competitive season

With 14 players on the roster, this season's high school girls volleyball team is one of the largest that Alyssa Allen has led in the four years she's been head coach. A few key players were lost...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    September 14, 2022

Cross country team splits up to cover more ground

The Wrangell High School cross country team attended two different competitions last Saturday by sending five runners to Palmer and five to Petersburg. Five boys attended the George Plumley Cross...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    September 7, 2022

Shop Groundswell to close down after five years in business

Vibrant laughter and fresh scents emanating from the shop on Lynch Street let visitors know this wasn't just a place for cookie-cutter souvenirs and run-of-the-mill art prints. For five and a half...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    August 31, 2022

Benn Curtis hangs up his apron after 58 years at City Market

Another chapter closed in the long history of City Market last Saturday. Owner Rolland Benn-Ingles Curtis - or just Benn as most people know him - retired after 58 years of serving the community....

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    August 31, 2022

Foragers take new knowledge into forest to find fungi

With names like delicious milky, hawks wing, chaga, puffballs and fairy farts, mushrooms found throughout Southeast are diverse in shape, color and edibility. Some can be used as fabric dyes, and...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Opinion    August 31, 2022

Cranky machines, inky fingers make the newspaper each week

What started as a sort of fact-finding trip to Petersburg turned into a deeper appreciation for something I've done for decades, and something many take for granted. Every Wednesday, the Sentinel is...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    August 24, 2022

All three schools get new secretaries - the 'face of the district'

Perhaps no school staff member has as much contact with parents and the public as do secretaries. And the public and parents have three new secretaries to get to know as the school year starts Thursda...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    August 24, 2022

Zak's Café serves up donations for vandalized Head Start playground

When there's trouble in Wrangell, it doesn't take long for the community to show up and pitch in. Such was the case when vandalism was discovered at the Head Start school on Aug. 12. Staff was shocked...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    August 24, 2022

New second grade teacher returns from Thorne Bay to put down roots

Aly Howell has patiently waited like a student watching the clock for recess. After eight years working on Prince of Wales Island, she has returned to Wrangell to teach. On Thursday, second graders...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    August 24, 2022

District updates COVID mitigation plan ahead of first day of school

A change to the school district’s COVID-19 mitigation plan calls for a reduction in testing and an increased focus on students and staff staying “symptom-free.” During the school board meeting Aug. 15, Schools Superintendent Bill Burr detailed...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    August 17, 2022

Bird's eye crew

An eye in the sky is helping Wrangell teens keep an eye on their future. Five students from the Upward Bound and T3 Alliance programs presented the results thus far of their ongoing work to make the...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    August 17, 2022

GCI will close Wrangell store, blames reduced walk-in business

Internet, cable television and cell service provider GCI will be closing its Wrangell store on Oct. 28 after “many years,” a company spokesman said. Citing a “significant reduction in foot traffic,” the company decided to close the store on...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    August 17, 2022

New school counselor looks to help students plan for future

Julie Williams believes life is a "limited time offer," and that opportunities should be taken where they can. The new school counselor is invested in helping Wrangell's high school and middle school...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    August 17, 2022

Athletes dive into new season of high school swimming

The competitive high school swimming season has only just begun and already the athletes are being challenged. Coach Jamie Roberts so far has four returning swimmers and two new swimmers, but she's wa...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    August 17, 2022

Teen podcaster awarded scholarship for 'heroic' community impact

A "hero" walks among us. Junior Mia Wiederspohn has been selected as one of six Alaska teenagers to receive a scholarship through the Summer of Heroes program. The program each year recognizes teens w...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    August 10, 2022

New staff among biggest changes at schools as classes set to begin

With the first classes just over two weeks away, students are getting ready to return to their education-filled days. Before that can happen, administrative and teaching staff are prepping classrooms, curriculum and registrations to welcome back...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    August 10, 2022

Good deed uncovers stone stairs built in early 1900s

Uncovering historical items can have its ups and downs. In some cases, that's the literal truth. Somewhere around 1915, a set of stairs was built that saw a lot of use over the next 80 years. But...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    August 10, 2022

New principals preparing for start of school year

As students start school on Aug. 25, two new administrators will be joining them. Ann Hilburn is the new principal for Evergreen Elementary and Bob Burkhart is new the principal for Wrangell High and...

 

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