Articles from the March 12, 2020 edition


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  • Trident Seafoods plant to remain closed for salmon season

    Caleb Vierkant|Mar 12, 2020

    Trident Seafoods, one of the two main seafood processors in Wrangell, has decided not to operate during the upcoming salmon season. Stefanie Moreland, vice president of government relations, seafood sustainability, and corporate social responsibility with the Trident Seafoods Corporation, explained that this decision was made earlier this year. Predictions of a low abundance of salmon in Southeast Alaskan waters led them to the decision to not operate the Wrangell plant this season. However, Mor...

  • Unattended candle may have caused house fire

    Caleb Vierkant|Mar 12, 2020

    A Wrangell home caught fire last week, and firefighters suspect a candle is to blame. The fire occurred around 3:45 p.m. last Thursday. The residence, home to Jim "Bear" Jenkins and his son Josh Jenkins, is located on Second Street, next door to the Irene Ingle Public Library. The Wrangell Volunteer Fire Department responded to the call quickly, and had the fire put out shortly after 4 p.m. Nobody was home when the fire began however, the Jenkins' dog, Rowdy, was inside at the time....

  • Assembly holds workshop on school district budget, approves tax refund

    Caleb Vierkant|Mar 12, 2020

    Members of the Wrangell Borough Assembly and the Wrangell School District met Tuesday evening, March 10, to hold a work session on the district's newest budget. Both the borough and school district are going through their budget season. As the district is part of the borough, the borough regularly makes a contribution to the budget, and said budget comes before the borough for approval before being sent up to the state; both parties regularly collaborate on the project. This upcoming budget for...

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

    Mar 12, 2020

    March 11, 1920 A public meeting of the people of Wrangell is hereby called to convene in the Redmen’s lodge room, upstairs in the Redmen’s building, on the evening of Monday, March 15, at 8 o’clock, for the purpose of a public discussion of the question of whether the Town of Wrangell shall issue bonds in the manner prescribed in H.R. Bill No. 10746 which has passed the Senate and the House of Representatives and been duly signed by the Vice President and the Speaker of the House. This question will be submitted to the voters of Wrangell at a...

  • Police report

    Mar 12, 2020

    March 2 Trespass. Animal Complaint: Dead Deer. Citizen Assist. Welfare Check. Agency Assist. Domestic Violence Order Service. Citizen Assist. Stolen Bike. March 3 Agency Assist: Parks and Rec. Traffic Stop: Victoria Houser, 42, issued citations for failure to provide proof of insurance and expired registration. Violation of Condition of Release. Traffic Compliant. Noise Complaint: Unfounded. March 4 Noise Complaint. Found Property. Agency Assist: Hoonah Police Department. March 5 Paper Service. Agency Assist: Structure Fire. Citizen Assist:...

  • PFD public testimony

    Mar 12, 2020

    The House Finance Committee will be taking public testimony on House Bill 300 and 306, on Thursday, March 12th at 5:00 pm in the Legislative Information Office. The LIO is in the Kadin Building at the top of the stairs next to the Fish and Game Office. Public testimony will be limited to 2 minutes each. House Bill 300 is relating to deposits into the dividend fund and income of and appropriations from the earnings reserve account; relating to the community assistance program and House Bill 306...

  • Quilt Show at the Nolan Center

    Mar 12, 2020

  • Dan's Dispatch

    Dan Ortiz, Representative|Mar 12, 2020

    Earlier this week, the Alaska House of Representative passed the operating budget. It took the House 43 days of session to pass the budget, which is the fastest we have passed one since 1993. I am proud with how quickly, efficiently, and cooperatively we worked to get it done. The budget is $4.45 billion in Unrestricted General Funds (UGF), which reflects total state spending. It is a relatively flat budget that is similar to last year and within $10 million of the Governor’s proposal. Despite the limited spending, we were also able to add b...

  • Death notice

    Mar 12, 2020

    Ken Perry of Timber and Marine Supply in Ketchikan, Alaska passed away on March 4. Service will be in Ketchikan, April 4 at the Ted Ferry Center. Time of service to be determined later....

  • Wrangell man collects 35 years of rainfall data

    Caleb Vierkant|Mar 12, 2020

    As any resident of Southeast Alaska knows, rain is a common occurrence. This is no different for Wrangell. One Wrangell resident, Bill Messmer, has made a hobby out of tracking the amount of rainfall the island receives. He has now collected 35 years of data, showing trends and changes to rainfall Wrangell has seen. "Originally I worked for the Forest Service, and there was people that lived in different parts of Wrangell, and we had rain gauges out and there was a variety of varying...

  • Wrangell organizations collaborate in coronavirus preparedness

    Mar 12, 2020

    The City and Borough of Wrangell (CBW), the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) and local leadership met last Wednesday in the first weekly meeting to collaborate and prepare a local response to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The team, consisting of CBW, SEARHC, Wrangell Medical Center (WMC), Wrangell Volunteer Fire Dept., Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Wrangell Police Dept. and local port officials, is closely monitoring information of a potential outbreak in...

  • Canoe practice

    Mar 12, 2020

  • Policy Committee workshops budget policy, disposal procedures

    Caleb Vierkant|Mar 12, 2020

    Wrangell School District's policy committee met last Thursday afternoon, March 5, to review policies regarding the district's budget practices and disposal procedures. On the budget policy, many of the items reviewed in the workshop were in regards to simple formatting of the policy. The policy outlines, in short, that the superintendent is expected to prepare a budget plan for the school board in a timely manner during budget season, and that school staff and the public shall have...

  • Stikine Hoops Invitational

    Mar 12, 2020

    Wrangell hosted the Stikine Hoops Invitational last week, March 5 to 7. The tournament brought together AAU teams from several Southeast communities, including Sitka, Petersburg, and Juneau. "A" and "B" teams from each community competed through several days of games to get seeded in the final day's bracket. Wrangell's "A" team, the No. 3 seed, lost a game to Juneau, but came back to win their second game against Petersburg. They were finally kicked out of the bracket by Sitka. Wrangell's "B"...

  • Wrangell takes off for Regionals

    Caleb Vierkant|Mar 12, 2020

    The Wrangell Wolves and Lady Wolves boarded the morning flight to Juneau on Tuesday morning to head to Regionals. Basketball season is drawing to a close, and the regional tournament will decide who will be going to State this year. Both teams have fought hard this season, and both have some challenging games ahead of them in Juneau. The Lady Wolves have done well for themselves this season. They have won 11 of their 16 regular games, as well as their annual alumni game. The team has had some...

  • Port Commission continues workshopping cruise ship fee changes, jet boat fees

    Caleb Vierkant|Mar 12, 2020

    The Wrangell Port Commission continued its discussion of increasing the fees they gather from visiting cruise ships last week, March 5. This has been an ongoing topic of discussion for the commission for several months now. Harbor Master Greg Meissner has iterated in several meetings that the city needed more money for a variety of reasons. As things stood now, he said, the port is barely profitable. During their previous discussion back in February, he said they only bring in about $8,000 to...

  • Correction

    Mar 12, 2020

    The Sentinel was provided incorrect information from the United States District Court for the District of Alaska last week that led to the misspelling of a name in a story on page three of the March 5 issue of the Wrangell Sentinel. Christopher Manske’s name was incorrectly spelled as Christopher Mankse.... Full story

  • SEACAD intercepts package containing meth

    Brian Varela|Mar 12, 2020

    PETERSBURG ­– Lloyd Bennett, 51, was indicted by a Grand Jury on Tuesday on one count of misconduct involving a controlled substance in the third degree, which is a class B felony. On Monday, United States Postal Inspector Kevin Horne intercepted a priority mail package that was addressed to Bennett, according to a complaint filed at the Petersburg Courthouse. Inside the package, Horne found about 85 grams of methamphetamine. Later that day, the package was delivered to the Petersburg Post Of...

  • Second Alaska Wildlife Trooper comes to Petersburg

    Brian Varela|Mar 12, 2020

    PETERSBURG ­- The local Alaska Wildlife Trooper post held an open house on Saturday to welcome the community to their new location on Haugen Dr. and to introduce Petersburg's new wildlife trooper. Curtis Vik transferred to Petersburg from Eagle Rover, following Cody Litster's promotion to sergeant. Vik first joined the state troopers in 2002. Since then, he has worked with the Alaska Bureau of Investigation in Palmer tackling property crimes and major crimes. Then from 2010 to recently, he...

  • Alaska governor seeks to assert calm over virus concerns

    Becky Bohrer, Associated Press|Mar 12, 2020

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy, seeking to assert calm concerning the new coronavirus threat, said Monday he sees the fall in oil prices as a ``momentary issue’’ that with the stock market will work itself out. The virus has affected global energy prices, with North Slope oil prices around $45 a barrel at the end of last week. The state, which has struggled with a long-running deficit, relies on oil revenue and earnings from its oil-wealth fund, the Alaska Permanent Fund, to help pay for government. Alaska Permanent Fund Corp....

  • Alaska Fish Factor

    Laine Welch|Mar 12, 2020

    Alaska shellfish farmers and divers fear they won't be 'open for business' much longer if they're forced to pick up the tab for federally required lab tests as outlined in Governor Dunleavy's budget. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has proposed shifting the state cost to the harvesters which last year totaled almost a half million dollars. Geoduck clam divers in Southeast Alaska, for example, pay about $150,000 each year to collect samples that are sent to the single...

  • New location for Twisted Root Market

    Mar 12, 2020

  • Basketball state tournament postponed

    Mar 12, 2020

    The Alaska School Activities Association announced on Wednesday that Alaska's state high school basketball and cheer championships have been postponed until further notice due to concerns over the COVID-19 virus, according to a statement from ASAA. The decision on whether or not to cancel the basketball and cheer championships will be made sometime in the future, according to the statement. The State of Alaska has also issued an advisory to those planning on attending ASAA regional basketball... Full story

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