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 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 19, 2020

Assembly cancels nonessential meetings, declares emergency in special meeting

The Wrangell Borough Assembly held a special meeting on Tuesday afternoon, March 17. In response to the global spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), which recently reached Alaska, the assembly...

 

Coronavirus update:

Two new cases of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been identified in Fairbanks, bringing the total known cases in Alaska to three. Conditions and guidance regarding COVID-19 is changing by the...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 19, 2020

Recall effort gathers 66 signatures in Wrangell

The Recall Dunleavy movement, an ongoing effort to oust Governor Mike Dunleavy from office, has entered into its second round of signature gathering. The group successfully gathered about 49,000 signa...

 

Bill requiring coverage of telehealth services signed into law

JUNEAU – Today, a bill that requires state regulated private health insurers to cover telehealth services was signed into law by the governor. Rep. Ivy Spohnholz (D-Anchorage) sponsored House Bill...

 

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

March 18, 1920 A depredation was committed Sunday night when some miscreant tore down the Poodle Dog Cafe’s sign and also capsized the pails containing small trees in front of the building. If the depredator is apprehended he will learn that such...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 19, 2020

Basics of budgeting covered by Salvation Army and TFCU

The Salvation Army and Tongass Federal Credit Union have partnered together to host a series of financial workshops. These monthly programs are scheduled to cover the basics of finances, from...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 19, 2020

Wrangell takes precautionary steps for coronavirus

With the ongoing spread of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, many communities across the nation are doing their best to be prepared. This is also true in Alaska. There are only a few confirmed...

 

Court report

March 2: Duke Aitken was arraigned on charges of assault in the fourth degree and violating conditions of release. He was released on a $200 performance cash bond. A bail hearing was scheduled for March 10, and a calendar call was scheduled for...

 

Police report

March 9 Agency Assist: Public Works. Welfare Check. Welfare Check. March 10 Traffic Stop: Verbal warning for failure to use turn signals. Courtesy Transport. Citizen Assist. March 11 Domestic Violence Assault: Charged: Corey Torgramsen, 53. Theft....

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    March 19, 2020

Dan's Dispatch

Last week, Alaska had its first case of the Coronavirus: a cargo pilot traveling through Anchorage. With the amount of travel that Alaskans have done over the last month, it is likely that there are more untested and unverified cases already here....

 

Guest Commentary

As our nation and the world experiences the life-altering impacts of the novel coronavirus pandemic, I wanted to take a moment to speak to you directly. If you’ve followed our many press conferences this week, you know that Alaska is rapidly...

 

Death notice

Janet Teague died on March 15, 2020. The place and time of a service will be determined later....

 

Celebration of Life

The Celebration of Life for Randy Ferdinand scheduled for Saturday, March 21 has been postponed due to the COVID-19/Coronavirus closures of public facilities. It will be rescheduled for a later date.... Full story

 

Obituary: Jordan Marsh Birchell

It is with deepest sorrow to say that on Jan. 2nd ,2020, Jordan Marsh Birchell, beloved son, husband, father and brother passed away suddenly... -Anyone that knew Jordan, even just a little, lost a... Full story

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: There will be no public celebration of Mass across the Diocese of Juneau or other large gatherings effective through Friday, March 27. This includes all public Liturgies, Masses, Benedictions, Stations of the Cross, faith formation...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 19, 2020

School board adopts budget, approves transportation contract and resignation incentives

The Wrangell School board held a somewhat unique meeting Monday evening, March 16. Due to concerns about the coronavirus, though there have been no confirmed cases in Southeast Alaska as of this...

 

Basketball and cheer championships cancelled

The Alaska School Activities Association had announced the cancellation of the 2020 State Basketball and Cheer Championships. The purpose of the postponement and mandate is to reduce the possibility for spreading Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)....

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 19, 2020

Gardening tips shared at first chautauqua of the season

Local gardeners met at the Nolan Center Thursday evening, March 12, to share advice in Wrangell's first chautauqua event of the season. The name "chautauqua" comes from a movement that began in the...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 19, 2020

Alaska Fish Factor

 Genetically tweaked salmon that grows three times faster than normal fish…fillets grown in labs from fish cells…now plant-based seafoods such as “vegan shrimp,” or “Toona” are gaining footholds in the marketplace - and confusing custome...

 

Wrangell court change

Effective immediately and until further notice to limit exposure to and spread of COVID-19, the Wrangell court is taking the following steps effective immediately and until further notice. All attorneys, parties and witnesses are allowed to appear...

 

Lady Wolves end season on high note, says coach

With one loss, two wins, and one forfeit, the Wrangell Lady Wolves ended their season at Regionals this past week. The Lady Wolves went into Regionals with a second place seed, after a strong...

 

Another season ends for Wrangell Wolves

The Wrangell Wolves basketball team has returned from regionals in Juneau, another season completed. Much like their season this year, regionals saw both wins and hard-fought losses for the team. While they did not reach the championship or...

 

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