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 By Marc Lutz    News    February 8, 2023 

Former Sentinel reporter produces podcast about life 'Before Me'

As most journalists will tell you, it can sometimes take a while to earn a person's trust. But what if that person is your mom? For six years, Lisa Phu, a Wrangell Sentinel reporter from 2005 to...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    February 8, 2023 

WCA tribal council candidates share their views on serving

Wrangell Cooperative Association members will vote later this month to fill four seats on the eight-member tribal council, which oversees decisions for the tribe. Council members must be members of th...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    February 8, 2023 

Chamber seeking royalty candidates for annual July 4 fundraising

It’s still early but the chamber of commerce is wasting no time in finding candidates for its annual royalty competition. Each year, candidates sell tickets through door-to-door sales or at food booths to raise money to fund the following year’s...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    February 8, 2023 

High school boys sweep Craig, while girls teams struggle

Coordinated plays, three-pointers galore, solid defense and near misses defined Wrangell High School basketball teams’ games against Craig High School last Friday and Saturday. The boys varsity and junior varsity teams each won both of their games...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    February 8, 2023 

Senior puts laser focus on project to raise money for shop class

The high school shop class shapes more than wood, metal and other materials for a myriad of uses. It also shapes young minds and abilities to invest in the future. Kyle Hommel is a good example of...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    February 8, 2023 

Coast Guard makes special delivery to help communities

The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Pike went on a BRAVE mission last Wednesday. Though the vessel is often engaged in patrolling the waters around Wrangell and Petersburg and performing search and rescue...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    February 1, 2023

Elective middle school class engages students with others around the world

When sixth grade teacher Laura Davies pitched the idea for a project and leadership elective class at Stikine Middle School, she had no idea what it would look like or what it would become. She only k...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    February 1, 2023

WCA starts small with compost pickup service; would like to grow bigger

Organizers hope a new program will generate as much compost as interest to reduce the amount of waste Wrangell ships out each month. The Wrangell Cooperative Association's IGAP department launched a c...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    February 1, 2023

Free AARP tax service applies to all ages, not just seniors

No matter your age, AARP has you covered, at least as far as tax return preparation is concerned. Each Saturday starting this week and going through April 15, the American Association of Retired Persons will provide free tax return services to...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    February 1, 2023

Senior's project will find funds to benefit St. Frances Animal Shelter

"I have always had a passion for animals," said senior Rylee Chelette. "When I was younger, I had cats, I had dogs, I had fish and I had hermit crabs I loved to play with. And I begged my mom to let m...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    February 1, 2023

Wrangell manages one win out of six games against Metlakatla

Boys and girls varsity and junior varsity teams knew they would face some of the toughest teams in Southeast last Friday and Saturday as Metlakatla came to Wrangell for high school basketball. And...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    January 25, 2023

School district draft budget draws on reserves to balance revenues and spending

If not for drawing on its fund balance, the Wrangell School District’s 2023-2024 budget would come up short. However, by drawing $112,000 from its general fund balance, the first draft of the budget matches revenues with expenditures. Tammy...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    January 25, 2023

Friends wrangle words in new community Scrabble group

Wordsmiths, fans of crossword puzzles, word nerds and casual spellers alike now have a place to test their knowledge and battle it out with friendly competition. A new community Scrabble group...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    January 25, 2023

Business manager and IT director resign from school district

The Wrangell school district’s business manager and information technology director have both resigned from their positions. Bob Russell, the IT director, will finish out his contract and leave the district at the end of the school year. Tammy...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    January 25, 2023

Teens use project to help preserve cultural heritage

Five benches on Shakes Island that have been there possibly more than 50 years are showing signs of their age. Thanks to two Wrangell teens, the benches will soon be replaced with all new ones....

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    January 25, 2023

Wrangell nets more wins than losses in Petersburg homecoming weekend

It may have been Petersburg's homecoming weekend but two of Wrangell High School's basketball teams were the ones coming home with wins. In two days of tough competition last Friday and Saturday,...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    January 25, 2023

WCA needs dancers and storytellers for tourism season

The steady drumbeat and voices singing in unison, mixed with formline artwork regalia are unmistakable as Tlingit storytellers and dancers share their Native culture while curious visitors look on. It’s a way to share the past and keep tribal tradi...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Opinion    January 18, 2023

Career talk leads to reflection on life in journalism

An old Staples printer paper box sat in front of me, spewing forth its contents. Instead of reams of 8.5-by-11 copy paper, old lifestyle sections, visitor guides, comics, real estate sections and business pages laid inside and scattered around the bo...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    January 18, 2023

Wolves lose one, win one against Glacier Bears on the road

From the start of the game, the Wrangell High School boys basketball team had their work cut out for them against Haines. The energy from both the Wolves and the Glacier Bears was evident from tipoff...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    January 18, 2023

Lady Wolves lose two in a row to Haines in away games

Bad luck on Friday the 13th bled into Saturday the 14th for the Lady Wolves as they traveled to Haines to take on the Glacier Bears last weekend. In the first competition of the new year, the...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    January 18, 2023

Senior turns passion for game into project for school

Basketball and Jacen Hay go together like 3-point baskets and, well, Jacen Hay. It's no surprise then that the student-athlete chose to integrate basketball into his senior project, helping to coach...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    January 11, 2023

Holland America schedules two stops in Wrangell in 2024

As the old saying goes, “Variety is the spice of life,” and Wrangell must have made a good impression for Holland America to change its menu for 2024. The cruise line made a late-scheduled stop near the end of the 2022 season, bringing more than...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    January 11, 2023

Schools drop COVID testing requirement for traveling athletes

As part of its ongoing review and update of the schools’ mitigation plan, the Wrangell School District has dropped the COVID-19 testing requirement for athletes traveling for games. The requirement was dropped at the start of the year. Schools...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    January 11, 2023

High school senior believes his survey data could help improve the community

It's an ambitious senior project that doesn't involve building something, volunteering, painting or reading to the sick or elderly. But it could help make Wrangell a better place to live. Will...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    January 11, 2023

Job training program teaches work and life skills to special education students

Keely Good excitedly showed her friend Carter Hammer around the thrift store, pointing out where various items could be found. After that, she showed him how to ring up customers with the cash...

 

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