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 By Marc Lutz    News    November 30, 2022 

Wrangell students score higher than state average on assessment tests

Statewide assessment test scores have been released by the Alaska Department of Education, and the results are not good. In English language arts, 70% of students tested were not proficient. In math, 77% were not proficient. In science, 62% were not...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    November 30, 2022 

Trip energizes T3 Alliance students to make a difference at home and across the country

Three students traveled to Boise, Idaho, earlier this month for a gathering of young minds that could shape not only their futures but the future of Wrangell and beyond. Members of the Teaching...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    November 30, 2022 

District launches STOPit reporting system to combat bullying

The Wrangell School District has taken another step toward curbing harassment by using modern technology. Earlier this month, the district installed the STOPit system on electronic devices to make it easier for students and staff to anonymously...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    November 30, 2022 

Students create ornaments for downtown Christmas tree

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, thanks to Evergreen Elementary School students. Last Wednesday, students in every grade level had an opportunity to create ornaments for this year's commun...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    November 30, 2022 

Schools fielding surveys about starting a track team

It’s been seven years since Wrangell had a spring sports offering for high school students. Baseball was canceled in 2015 due to a lack of participation, but now a proposed track program might be in the works. At the Nov. 21 school board meeting, M...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    November 23, 2022

Girls volleyball team wins first at regionals, will head to state

From the first-place seed going into regionals to a first-place finish, the Wrangell High School girls volleyball team saw their winning streak interrupted only once in Klawock. The Lady Wolves faced...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    November 23, 2022

Silver Liningz to close next month after nearly six years

On Dec. 17, a downtown shop will turn off the open sign for good. Silver Liningz Boutique is closing after nearly six years in business, leaving customers to find their sassy fashions somewhere else....

 
 By Marc Lutz    Opinion    November 23, 2022

Getting active in community makes a difference in everybody's life

Back in March, I wrote a column about being a converted sports junkie. It detailed my appreciation for high school sports, and I believe it’s what spurred me to get more involved in the community since people still remark on it nearly nine months...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    November 23, 2022

Wrestlers take on their teammates in exhibition matches

A tournament that originally pitted the Wrangell High School wrestling squad against Petersburg and Sitka ended with the Wolves grappling the Wolves. Two rounds of wrestling, with a pause for senior...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    November 16, 2022

Community navigator helping tribal citizens find their way to resources

X'atshaawditee Tammi Meissner has found a career that allows her to go home at the end of the day with a full heart. Since June, Meissner has worked for Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Trib...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    November 16, 2022

Business owner brings creative approach to making products in Wrangell

One of the projects that Marina Backman is most proud of is a tumbler that looks like it's wrapped in the universe. It's indicative of her creative process and her business. Since opening Made in Wran...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    November 16, 2022

Volleyball team nets No. 1 seed for regionals; wrestlers take down competition in Ketchikan

Volleyball The Wrangell High School girls volleyball team left on Wednesday for the Southeast regionals in Klawock, having earned the No. 1 seed. The squad beat every team in four days of competition...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    November 16, 2022

Trotters have annual chance to gobble up the fun

It's becoming a tradition in communities across the United States, and Wrangell is no exception. Every Thanksgiving Day morning, several hundred thousand walkers and runners across the country brave c...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    November 9, 2022

BASE students weigh in on bullying and how they can help

Student involvement is integral to solving the problem of bullying at school. Building a Supportive Environment, a student group better known as BASE, will be a main ingredient toward implementing a...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    November 9, 2022

Music student sings his way into state festival

Ander Edens was quite vocal about landing a spot in the state music festival. Literally. The Wrangell High School sophomore submitted a singing audition to the Alaska All-State Music Festival with...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    November 9, 2022

Evergreen art teacher designs logo to celebrate Alaska sciences

An art teacher has created art for teachers. Tawney Crowley, the art teacher for Evergreen Elementary School, embarked on a logo design project over the summer for the Alaska Science Teachers...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    November 9, 2022

Wrestlers Churchill, Blatchley win first place at Anchorage tournament

Brother and sister wrestlers Della and Randy Churchill expressed excitement last Friday as the siblings prepared to leave for a meet in Anchorage. That excitement translated to fierce grappling and...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    November 9, 2022

Roberts finishes 7th in state swim competition with personal best time

Junior Jack Roberts was the lone Wrangell High School swimmer to compete at the state meet in Anchorage over the weekend, coming off a first-place win in regionals. Roberts gave his best effort in the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    November 2, 2022

Schools want to include community to help prevent bullying

Name calling. Spreading rumors. Shoving, tripping. Excluding. Those are just a few of the ways bullying can be perpetrated, and staff at Wrangell schools are working to prevent it and the damage and lasting trauma that can stem from it. About 20% of...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    November 2, 2022

Water therapy provides relief from arthritis aches and pains

At first glance, the water therapy class in the Parks and Recreation swimming pool might look like a group of people just standing around in the water. But, like ducks on a pond, there's much more...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    November 2, 2022

Wrangell only district in Alaska awarded electric school bus grant

The wheels on the bus go round and round, but you might not hear them. Wrangell was the only school district in Alaska to be awarded with a $395,000 grant last month to purchase an electric school bus through the Environmental Protection Agency’s...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    November 2, 2022

Tlingit & Haida offers small business relief and start-up grants to tribal citizens

The coronavirus led to many business closures in 2020. Of those that were able to adapt and weather the financial storm caused by the pandemic, many are still struggling to recover. To that end, the Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    November 2, 2022

Wrestlers slam competition in Sitka over weekend

The Wrangell High School wrestlers traveled last weekend to compete in the Sitka Slam, with many team members placing high and turning in fast pin times. Although team scores weren’t kept at the tournament, the number of pins were tracked, with...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    November 2, 2022

Jack Roberts wins regional swim championship, earns spot in state competition

The Wrangell High School swim team returned from Juneau last weekend with plenty of personal bests and one regional champion heading to state. Junior Jack Roberts won the regional championship in the 100-yard freestyle and will be heading to the...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    October 26, 2022

Closures and openings highlight changing face of small business

For about four and a half years, Twisted Root supplied Wrangell residents with organic and natural foods which could be difficult to find in larger grocery stores. That came to an end when the shop...

 

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