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Governor's Southeast visits hampered by bad weather

Governor Mike Dunleavy's planned visits to two Southeast Alaska communities, Petersburg and Wrangell, have been cancelled due to bad weather. Cold temperatures plus snow and rain have made travel...

 

Plans for 2020 4th of July celebration discussed in community meeting

The Wrangell Chamber of Commerce and other city officials hosted a public meeting to discuss the upcoming 2020 Fourth of July celebration. Wrangell is well known for going all out with its week-long...

 

School hears community input on budget priorities, strategic plan

School officials held a community meeting Monday to learn more about what the public feels is important for the Wrangell School District. The district is currently undergoing its budgeting process...

 

The Way We Were In the Sentinel 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago.

February 5, 1920 A.L. Brown, a prominent West Coast merchant, is in Wrangell this week on a business trip. Mr. Brown says the people of the West Coast are looking forward to the fishing season of 1920 being even more successful than that of the past...

 

Assembly reviews mid-year financial report, approves legislative priorities

During their last meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 28, the Wrangell Borough Assembly got to take a look at their financial situation from the past six months. The current budget, for FY 2020, was adopted...

 

Police report

Jan. 27 Citizen Assist. Paper Service: Domestic Violence Order. Jan. 28 Vacation check. Traffic: Disabled Vehicle. Fire Alarm Testing. Agency Assist: Department of Transportation. Citizen Assist. Illegal Dumping. 86’d Letter. Injured Bird. Agency...

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    February 6, 2020

Dan's Dispatch- Standing up for Alaska's Pioneers

Last year, I cosponsored and voted for House Bill 96, which reverses massive rate increases at the Pioneer Homes. This bipartisan legislation passed the House 35-4 and now is being considered by the Senate. If the Senate passes HB 96, we can reverse...

 

Death Notice

Harriet Ann Bangs died on January 18, 2020 after a short illness. Her Celebration of Life service will be held in Wrangell, Alaska this coming spring. Details will be announced at a later date....

 

Obituary: Robert R. Armstrong, 68

Most obituaries began with death but this talks about how Robert R. Armstrong lived: A man known for his quick wit, steadfast sayings and dedication to work. Whether building a rock wall with the... Full story

 

Compensation study shows city wages fall short

The Wrangell Borough Assembly held a work session before their regular meeting, on Jan. 28, to review the preliminary results of a compensation study by JB Reward Systems. Borough Manager Lisa Von...

 

Cold weather causes sprinkler leak in public safety building

The evening of Saturday, Jan. 18, a pipe in the public safety building's sprinkler system broke and caused some flooding. Amber Al-Haddad, capital facilities director, explained that the building,...

 

Final decision on faulty SEAPA cable by March

Southeast Alaska Power Agency conducted a survey on a damaged cable running between Woronkofski and Vank islands and the board will make a final decision on whether to repair the cable or replace it b...

 

Study: Substance misuse cost Alaska about $3.5 billion

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Substance misuse in Alaska has cost the state about $3.5 billion in 2018 in resulting health care, productivity loss, criminal justice, traffic accidents and other services, a yearlong study said. The McDowell Group, contracte...

 

Lady Wolves dominate Lady Panthers

The Wrangell Lady Wolves and Craig Lady Panthers faced off this past weekend in a set of home games at Wrangell High School. The games were intense, with both teams clearly giving it their best effort...

 

Wolves add two more wins against Craig Panthers

The Wrangell Wolves continue to go undefeated against the Craig Panthers this year, after their most recent games this past week. It has been a difficult season for the Wolves, who have faced tough opponents and several hard-fought losses. Their only...

 

Statewide Deer Season Hunt Reports Due

The Sitka black-tailed deer hunting season is closed in Alaska. All hunters who obtained deer harvest tickets, even those who did not hunt or harvest a deer, must return completed hunt reports to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. If you...

 

Alaska Fish Factor

Alaska gets a good return on investment from its commercial fisheries. And surprise! Commercial fisheries expertise also sustains Alaska’s subsistence and most of the personal use fisheries. “This is probably not well-known,” said Sam Rabung,...

 

Groups give notice they will sue to protect beluga whales

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Two environmental groups gave formal notice Friday that they will sue to protect endangered Alaska beluga whales from problems caused by oil and gas operations. The...

 

ACLU urges Alaskans to contact governor for immigration help

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska has encouraged residents with immigration problems to contact Gov. Mike Dunleavy after he asked the president to aid his...

 

New thalattosaur species discovered near Kake

Scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks have identified a new species of thalattosaur, a marine reptile that lived more than 200 million years ago. The new species, Gunakadeit joseeae, is...

 

M/V Matanuska sailings canceled due to ongoing mechanical issue Vessel requires inspection and repair in shipyard before returning to service

(JUNEAU, Alaska) – The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) is cancelling sailings on the M/V Matanuska through Sunday, March 1. New issues with the reduction gear system have been identified and... Full story

 

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