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 By Sarah Aslam    News    March 30, 2022

Assembly OKs 21% sewage rate hike, postpones water rate increase

A 21% increase in sewage rates will take effect in May, adding about $8.50 a month to a residential utility bill. The borough has not raised the rate since 2015 and anticipates costly upgrades will be needed to the community’s sewage treatment syst...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    March 30, 2022

Lack of substitutes keeps schools scrambling for coverage

Wrangell schools need substitute teachers, and they’re looking anywhere and everywhere. The substitute drought has been a problem for a few years, but it’s been made worse by COVID-19 and a lack of people willing to work. “Currently, we have...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    March 30, 2022

Invasion of Ukraine stirs memories for family who escaped Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia

A Wrangell couple that escaped Prague during the 1968 Soviet Union-led invasion of Czechoslovakia is finding parallels to the Russian invasion of Ukraine - and it is bringing back old memories of...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    March 30, 2022

Good named coach of the year; 3 players on all-state team

Hard work and dedication took the Wrangell High School girls basketball team all the way to the state championship game, and it earned recognition for the coach and honors for three players. Head...

 

The Way We Were

March 30, 1922 The best news in Wrangell in a long time came this week in the form of a letter from the Federal Power Commission, indicating a willingness to grant an exclusive permit to the town of Wrangell for the purpose of water power development...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    March 30, 2022

Hooligan brighten up the Stikine again

The hooligan are back. When the eagles disappear from town and the sea lions start hauling out on the beach at Lesnoi Island, it's a pretty sure bet hooligan season is upon the Stikine, said David...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    March 30, 2022

Wrangell had best year ever in sales tax revenues

The borough set a record last year for sales tax collections, exceeding budget estimates for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2021. And so far this year, sales tax receipts are continuing on another record pace. Multiple factors are leading to...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    March 30, 2022

PFD application deadline Thursday

The deadline to apply for this year’s Alaska Permanent Fund dividend is Thursday. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. Thursday, or mailed and postmarked that day. As of Tuesday afternoon, more than 570,000 Alaskans had applied for...

 

Schools need more students and funding

Wrangell schools are not short of dedicated staff, engaged students or supportive parents. But what the district is short of — and getting shorter — are students and funding. That is a bad combination, putting stress on the schools as management...

 

It's not that hard, just different

This year’s switch to ranked-choice voting in Alaska is something new, maybe even surprisingly new for those who missed or forgot about the 2020 statewide ballot initiative that put forth the change. But new, while exciting for some people, can be...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    March 30, 2022

Confessions of a recently converted sports junkie

High school basketball is over and withdrawals have sunk in. Hi, I’m Marc and I’m addicted to sports and sports coverage. Things weren’t always thus. When I accepted the position of editor with the Sentinel, one of the things I knew I’d have...

 

David Jack family says thank you for all the help

The family of David and Sue Jack would like to thank the staff at Wrangell Medical Center, especially the nursing staff, who attended to the needs of our parents while they were in the hospital. They were professional in every way, and made the best...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    March 30, 2022

Alaska will use larger jet on southbound flight this summer

Alaska Airlines will use a larger aircraft on southbound Flight 64 for a couple of months this summer, adding about three dozen more seats to the capacity of the daily flight that goes from Anchorage to Juneau, Petersburg, Wrangell, Ketchikan and...

 
 By Becky Bohrer    News    March 30, 2022

Special primary election June 11 to fill Don Young's seat

JUNEAU (AP) — State election officials on March 22 announced plans for a June 11 special primary and an Aug. 16 special election to fill the U.S. House seat left vacant with the death of Alaska Rep. Don Young. The winner would serve the remainder...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    March 30, 2022

Cybersecurity focuses on risk prevention and response

It only takes a fraction of a second for a school, health care center, municipality or others to be the victim of a cyberattack. It could take months or even years to recover, if at all. Brittani Robbins, executive director of the chamber of commerce...

 

Former U.S. Senate candidate announces for Young's seat

JUNEAU (AP) — Independent Al Gross announced plans Monday to run for Alaska’s U.S. House seat following the death earlier this month of Rep. Don Young. Gross’ campaign, in a statement, said he will file as a candidate to fill the remaining...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    March 30, 2022

Little League reaches out for more players, volunteers before batter up

More boys - and girls - of summer are needed. Sign-up for Wrangell Little League began a month ago and has been extended through Saturday. Organizers said there is room for more players and...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    Sports    March 30, 2022

Slow-pitch softball league opens to grown-ups

An adult slow-pitch softball league is in the works for this spring. Kassee Schlotzhauer, manager at Wells Fargo, is organizing the teams. She started a Facebook group, Wrangell Adult Softball, on March 15 and posted they have five teams in the...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    March 30, 2022

Volunteers needed for community garden setup effort

As the green of spring begins to replace the gray of winter, the Wrangell Community Garden crew wants to prepare its plots for planting. Volunteers are needed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 16 at the community garden site at 1.5 Mile to move soil,...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    March 30, 2022

Wrangell group participates in child abuse prevention month

The Wrangell nonprofit BRAVE (Building Respect and Valuing Everyone) will be busy in April, taking part in the statewide effort to promote National Child Abuse Prevention Month. A couple of high school students are recording public service...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    March 30, 2022

'Vintage pop' duo from Wisconsin coming to Wrangell

Sundae + Mr. Goessl, a husband-and-wife duo from Wisconsin that plays vintage pop, cowboy jazz and Americana will perform in Wrangell next week, sponsored by Bearfest. The concert is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, at the Nolan Center....

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    March 30, 2022

Museum staff learn artifact triage in case of disaster

Tyler Eagle, who started as museum coordinator at the Nolan Center and Wrangell Museum last August, is taking part in a state-run training program on what to do and which collections to save first in...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    March 30, 2022

New thrift store opening downtown

The owner of River's Mouth Trading Co. on Case Avenue is opening a thrift store at 106 Lynch St., in the spot vacated by Island Salon, next to Groundswell. Called River's Mouth Resale, owner Kelly...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    March 30, 2022

All signs of senior project point toward learning

The biggest lesson Darryl Smith has taken away from his high school senior project is the benefit of teaching others - even his teacher. Smith's project centers on creating signs for the U.S. Forest...

 
 By James Brooks    News    March 30, 2022

State Supreme Court says 2 Anchorage Senate districts unconstitutional

The Alaska Supreme Court ruled Friday that a new map of state Senate districts for Anchorage “constituted an unconstitutional political gerrymander violating equal protection under the Alaska Constitution” and must be redrawn before its use in th...

 

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