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 By Sentinel staff    News    September 28, 2022 

Alaska, Canada tribal members talk of shared interests in protecting rivers

Tribal members from both sides of the U.S.-Canada border — the headwaters and downstream region of the Stikine River — talked about strengthening their relationship when they met at the recent Sharing Our Knowledge conference in Wrangell. One of...

 

Boys cross country team finishes third in Juneau

The Wrangell High School boys cross country team ran into a third-place finish last Saturday in Juneau at the Capital City Invitational. Eight runners made up the group, with sophomore Daniel Harrison leading his team, finishing fifth out of 143...

 

Wrangell to go without ferry service 3 weeks in January

Wrangell will be without ferry service from Jan. 10 to Feb. 3 under the fall/winter schedule released by the Alaska Marine Highway System last week. The rest of the seven months covered by the schedule includes a weekly stop in each direction in...

 

Wrangell boys take second place at Ketchikan cross country meet

The Wrangell High School cross country boys team placed second at the Ketchikan Invitational at Ward Lake last Saturday. Sophomore Daniel Harrison once again led the Wolves, coming in fourth place...

 

First-place finish and personal bests highlight Ketchikan swim meet

The Wrangell High School swim team competed in two meets at the Ketchikan Invitational competition last weekend, with junior Jack Roberts leading the team with a first-, second- and fifth-place finish. Competing against eight other high schools from...

 

Ferry system will stop charging more when ships are full

Three years after adopting a pricing plan that adds a surcharge for passenger, vehicle and stateroom fares on popular sailings, the Alaska Marine Highway System has decided to suspend the program for its fall/winter schedule. The ferry system’s...

 

Portland Museum repatriates nine Tlingit items

Items 1-3: X’átgu S’aaxw/mudshark hat; X’átgu Koodás’/mudshark shirt; Ditlein X’oow/killer whale stranded on a rock robe. According to Portland Art Museum records, former Schools Superintendent Axel Rasmussen obtained the hat and shirt...

 

Winner of U.S. House election will be announced Wednesday

Whether Alaskans and the other 434 members of the U.S. House will be addressing Rep. Sarah Palin or Rep. Mary Peltola likely will be announced late Wednesday. State elections officials plan to announce that day the final vote tally and election...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    August 31, 2022

Municipal ballot short of a full slate coming into final week of filing

At the start of the final week to file for borough assembly, school board or port commission, Wrangell was still short of candidates to fill half of the open seats. The deadline to file for the Oct. 4 municipal election is 4 p.m. Wednesday. As of...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    August 24, 2022

Patty Gilbert files for mayor in municipal election

Patty Gilbert, who serves on the borough assembly and previously served on the school board, has filed her candidacy papers to run for mayor in the Oct. 4 municipal election. Steve Prysunka, in his sixth year as Wrangell mayor, has decided not to...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    August 24, 2022

Incumbent state legislators come out on top in primary

Wrangell’s two state legislators both received more votes than their challengers in last week’s primary election. With only two candidates in each race, the Aug. 16 primary was a preview of the Nov. 8 general election, when voters again will...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    August 17, 2022

School registration fees same as last year; bus schedule out next week

Online student registration began Monday at wrg.powerschool.com/public for elementary, middle and high schools. For those who need help registering, in-person registration will be held Wednesday at the high school commons from 10 a.m. to noon and...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    August 10, 2022

At-sea COVID cases drop back down to summer average

After a mid-July surge to 1,021 COVID-19 infections among tourists at sea in a single week, the state Health Department reports the case count the past two weeks fell to an average of 550 per week. The record number of infections among...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    August 10, 2022

Candidacy filing for municipal elections closes Aug. 31

There are three weeks remaining for candidates to file for election to the borough assembly, school board and port commission, and as of Monday no one had submitted their paperwork to run for office, with most incumbents reporting they were still...

 

Anchorage, Fairbanks school districts short of bus drivers

Students return to school soon, and Alaska’s larger districts are facing a shortage of school bus drivers. The Anchorage School District was short 75 bus drivers less than two weeks before classes begin on Aug. 18. The shortage could lead to some...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    August 3, 2022

Candidacy filing opens for municipal elections

Candidates have until 4 p.m. Aug. 31 to file their declaration and signature petition at City Hall for a spot on the Oct. 4 municipal election ballot. The offices of mayor, two borough assembly seats, three school board seats and two spots on the por...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    August 3, 2022

Sealaska Corp. endorses Walker and Murkowski

The Sealaska Corp. board of directors last Friday endorsed Bill Walker for governor and Sen. Lisa Murkowski in her reelection bid for U.S. Senate. The board also announced its opposition to the measure on the Nov. 8 statewide election ballot that...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    August 3, 2022

State parks ferry for 1 week due to lack of crew

The state ferry Tustumena was tied up in Homer for several days last week, lacking enough crew to operate. Due to crew shortages, the Tustumena’s sailings were canceled as of July 26, and were scheduled to resume seven days later on Tuesday,...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    July 27, 2022

BearFest promises full schedule of workshops, food, music and more

From Wednesday through Sunday, the schedule for BearFest is loaded with something for all ages, whether games and art workshops or food and educational symposiums. Since the event is focused on...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    July 20, 2022

Borough signs design contract for port and harbor surveillance cameras

The plan is to have surveillance cameras in operation at City Dock and the harbors sometime next year. The borough assembly last week approved a $90,983 design contract with Juneau-based RESPEC to prepare plans for the cameras, wiring and server...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    July 20, 2022

High COVID case count hits community

An additional 40 COVID-19 cases were recorded in Wrangell July 7-13, more than twice as many as in the previous three weeks, according to the Alaska Department of Health website. That’s almost as many cases as were reported in Ketchikan, 43,...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    July 20, 2022

Last-minute permits for Anan available through Forest Service office

Independent travelers and residents looking to visit Anan Wildlife Observatory apart from tour groups still have a chance to do so. The Forest Service Wrangell ranger district is making last-minute permits available through its office on a weekly...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    July 20, 2022

Entries due by July 29 in BearFest photo contest

The BearFest photo contest is wide open like an aperture on a starry night. That is, it’s time to click and submit entries focused on bear photos and videos. From now through 11:59 p.m. on July 29, photographers and videographers can post up to...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    July 13, 2022

Chamber will need to raise money for next year's Fourth

The chamber of commerce will work to raise money over the next nine months or so as it looks ahead to paying for next year’s Fourth of July fireworks and events. The annual royalty raffle is the chamber’s major fundraiser for the summer...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    July 13, 2022

Fourth of July is over, but winners keep coming in

The chainsaws are quiet. The laughter and cheers have subsided. The splashing has passed. The Fourth of July celebration and events may be over, but the memories, victories and bragging rights will...

 

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