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 By Sentinel staff    News    October 21, 2021 

Wrangell reports eight new COVID cases over the weekend

After just two COVID-19 cases in the first 22 days of October, the borough reported eight new cases over the weekend -- seven of which were considered community spread. Saturday's announcement said three of the new cases are Wrangell residents. In ad... Full story

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    October 21, 2021 

No northbound ferries until Dec. 10

Monday’s state ferry to Petersburg and Juneau was the last northbound sailing scheduled for Wrangell until Dec. 10. With the Matanuska pulled out of service for winter maintenance, the Alaska Marine Highway System will operate at a reduced...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    October 21, 2021 

Community invited for library's 100th birthday

Wrangell’s public library is turning 100 years old. It was established in November 1921. The library is celebrating with an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28. Coffee, punch and birthday cake will be served. Irene Ingle Public Library...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    October 21, 2021 

Sealaska still accepting relief payment applications

Sealaska Corp. is still accepting applications from shareholders for a one-time $500 relief payment, funded with federal pandemic aid. As of last week, payments had gone out to 70 shareholders in Wrangell, said Matt Carle, spokesman for the...

 

No close results in borough elections

None of the four contested races in last week’s municipal election were close, though the number of voters who cast ballots compared to last year was about as close as it can get. Last year’s municipal election tallied 485 voters. This year’s...

 

Tent City Days offer 20 events over 3 days

Wrangell’s Tent City Days start Friday and run through Sunday, with 20 events scheduled for the fall festivities that come a day before Alaska Day on Monday, which celebrates the U.S. purchase of the territory from Russia in 1867. In keeping with...

 

10-digit dialing required as of Oct. 24

Dialing a number within the 907 area code will soon require all 10 digits of a phone number — that’s the number along with the area code. Starting on Oct. 24, under a new federal requirement, it will be mandatory to dial all 10 numbers for calls...

 

Church adapts to preserve Alaska Day tradition

The Island of Faith Lutheran Church was unable to conduct its traditional Alaska Day event last year and didn’t want to miss it a second year in a row. But COVID-19 is still a concern. So instead of inviting senior citizens to lunch at the church,...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    October 7, 2021

Postal Service adds holiday surcharge to packages

There are no changes to moving first-class mail in and out of Wrangell — that will continue by air, according to a U.S. Postal Service official. But service out of state could be slower, depending on how far the mail is coming or going. And it...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    October 7, 2021

Borough continues voluntary travel testing requirement

The borough is continuing its voluntary requirement that unvaccinated individuals arriving from out of state whether by plane or boat must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours...

 

School bus-tracking app suspended

Tracking software that was going to be used this year for the school bus has been nixed. Zach Taylor, of Taylor Transportation, said the app, which would allow parents to track the school bus location in real-time, didn’t live up to the...

 

Dalrymple wants to continue public service

Bob Dalrymple currently serves on the borough assembly, the second time he has been appointed to temporarily fill a vacant seat. He is running for a three-year term in Tuesday's municipal election....

 

Martin says marine service facility a big draw for Wrangell

John Martin's first watercraft "would have been the canoe I got when I was 13." Now 72 years old, he has had "a number of boats" and a number of years on boards and councils in the community. Martin...

 

Roppel running first time for port commission

Frank Roppel has served the past year on the port commission, but this is the first time he is running for elected office. He was appointed last year to fill a vacant seat, and has decided to seek a...

 

Buness wants to see more boats using Wrangell's services

Chris Buness describes herself as a "self-propelled boater" - a kayaker and canoer - but that does not diminish her interest in providing services for motorized boaters and working to attract more of...

 

Borough Manager Von Bargen resigns

Borough Manager Lisa Von Bargen has resigned, effective Oct. 29. No reason was given in the City Hall announcement, issued shortly before 2 p.m. Wednesday. Von Bargen started as borough manager in July 2017. "The strain of the past year and a half... Full story

 

High winds expected to hit Southeast; residents urged to stay safe

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for the Southeast due to a storm moving through this weekend. The storm will be bringing winds from 24 to 45 miles per hour, with gusts up to 75 mph from 3 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. on Saturd... Full story

 

State offers another business relief program

The state has opened up another round of federally funded pandemic aid for businesses, though this latest program is different from past assistance efforts: The money will be awarded based solely on financial need, not on the date of application....

 

Wrangell adds two more COVID cases on Saturday

The borough Saturday afternoon reported a new COVID-19 case in the community, followed by a second case reported Saturday evening, raising to nine the number of known infections in the past three days. The afternoon case is a Wrangell resident and... Full story

 

Parks & Rec wants to help more kids with financial aid

The Wrangell Parks and Recreation Department wants to help more kids whose families who may not be able to afford the fees for activities. “The department believes that everyone should have the opportunity to participate in the scheduled...

 

State starting up second round of rental assistance

The state is opening a second round of federally funded pandemic financial assistance for renters who are not currently receiving help from the program that started this spring. The Alaska Housing Finance Corp., which is managing the aid program,...

 

Alaska Airlines says new workers must be vaccinated

Alaska Airlines, and its subsidiary Horizon Air, have joined the list of U.S. airlines taking steps to boost the COVID-19 vaccination rate among employees. Alaska announced last week that all new employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 before...

 

Text-to-911 service comes to Wrangell and Petersburg

It didn’t cost much, but adding text-to-911 service could be a big help in certain situations, said Wrangell Police Chief Tom Radke. The new text service could be particularly useful for boaters in trouble who may not have a strong enough cell...

 

Tlingit & Haida offers grants to small business owners

Small business owners of the Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska who have been economically hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible to apply for grants of up to $5,000 each. The grant program is funded under the tribal...

 

New editor starts work at Sentinel

Marc Lutz started work this week as editor at the Wrangell Sentinel, and the Central California transplant will be doing more than writing stories about the community. "Marc is an accomplished photogr...

 

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