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Another year of state ferry budget stress

Between state budget cuts, a mainline vessel engine breakdown, a halt to port calls in Prince Rupert, B.C., and COVID-19 travel restrictions, the Alaska Marine Highway System has struggled the past...

 

The best views in Anan

Juneau photographer Mark Kelley first visited Wrangell more than 40 years ago as a judge in the Sentinel's annual photo contest. Later, he discovered Anan Creek and its bears, and had been there 11...

 

The Way We Were

Jan. 5, 1921 Suratt to film scenes at Sitka To film the completion of the big naval wireless towers at Sitka and to make arrangements for filming an Alaska play dealing with what is known as the “Breaking of the Fur Trust,” Richard J. Suratt, of...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    January 7, 2021

Deputy Magistrate Nash retiring after 22 years

After two decades at the Wrangell court, Deputy Magistrate Leanna Nash will retire Jan. 30. Nash first accepted a position in the court back in 1999, she said. Twenty-two years later, she felt that...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    January 7, 2021

Wrangell starts 2021 with cautious optimism for the economy

While many are thankful 2020 has come to an end, it does not necessarily mean an end to 2020's problems. Wrangell, like many other communities around the world, has struggled through the COVID-19...

 

FROM THE PUBLISHER: It's good to be back

Walking around Wrangell the days before Christmas, it felt much the same as when I first arrived in town in May 1976. People said hello, starting as soon as I stepped out of the airport terminal....

 

Editorial: Alaska needs to do better for ferry system

Predictability and dependability. More than anything else, that's what the communities served by the Alaska Marine Highway System need. The communities need to know the schedules further in advance...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    January 7, 2021

Light & Power solves wiring issue with generator

Early last week, Wrangell Municipal Light & Power repaired an issue involving one of its newer diesel generators. Light & Power Director Rod Rhoades said a computer controlling the...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    January 7, 2021

Swim club takes over can recycling

The aluminum can recycling bins next to Wrangell IGA are under new management. Kim Wickman, with the Wrangell Cooperative Association's IGAP department, said the Wrangell Swim Club will handle the...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    January 7, 2021

Year in review

January Jan. 2: Along with the lights, trees and carolers, the Salvation Army's red Christmas kettles are a common sight during the holiday season. Lt. Jon Tollerud, Wrangell's new corps officer,...

 

Fish picks and pans for 2020

This year marks the 30th year that the weekly Fish Factor column has appeared in newspapers across Alaska and nationally. Every year it features "picks and pans" for Alaska's seafood industry - a...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    January 7, 2021

Students back in class after winter break

Wrangell Public Schools reopened their doors Tuesday at the end of winter break, sitting down students back in the classroom. "I love school," said second grader Hailey Bartlett as she stood outside...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 7, 2021

Anchorage retiree remembers kindness and repays Haines

Wally Smith, 83, a retired industrial arts teacher in Anchorage, donated $1,000 to Haines disaster relief efforts last month because he “had a kindness to repay to those who were kind to me” during a trip to the Southeast community in 1964....

 

Letters to the Editor

Thanks to all who helped with Polar Plunge and Dip Thanks to all who participated in the 2021 Polar Plunge and Dip. Also, a big thank you to all the folks who came out to help and donate, including...

 

Police report

Monday, Dec. 27 Citizen assist. Reckless driving. Tuesday, Dec. 28 Traffic stop: Verbal warning for no tail lights. Wednesday, Dec. 29 Subpoena service. Subpoena service. Illegal parking. Arrest: Domestic violence assault / criminal mischief....

 

U.S. Rep. Young calls for bipartisanship in Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. Rep. Don Young of Alaska issued a call for bipartisanship among his congressional colleagues while giving the oath of office to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Jan. 3. As the longest-serving member, Young, a Republican, is...

 

Trump vetoes ban on large-mesh drift gillnets off California

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump vetoed a bill Jan. 1 that would have gradually ended the use of large-mesh drift gillnets deployed exclusively in federal waters off the coast of California, saying such legislation would increase reliance on...

 

Legislature will require masks in Capitol

JUNEAU (AP) - The Alaska Legislature has required all lawmakers and staff to wear masks during the upcoming session in a bid to stop the coronavirus from spreading. The Legislative Council passed the mandate 11-1 in a virtual meeting the last week...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    January 7, 2021

Truck drives into Heritage Harbor

A few minutes before 1:30 p.m. Saturday, an 87-year-old driver pressed the gas pedal instead of the brake on his truck and launched from the parking lot into the water of Heritage Harbor. The driver was helped from the truck and did not appear... Full story

 

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