Articles from the April 3, 2024 edition

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 By Mark C. Robinson    News    April 3, 2024

U.S. Capitol Christmas tree will come from Tongass

This year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas tree will come from the Tongass National Forest, only the second time an Alaska tree will light up the official spot. Known as “The People's Tree” (reflecting the nickname for the U.S. House of Repre...

 By Becca Clark    News    April 3, 2024

Plants will have to be homegrown this summer

It’s officially spring and almost gardening season in Wrangell, but Sentry Hardware and Marine won’t be able to provide the plants they usually do this year, nor will IGA. The stores’ supplier, Skagit Gardens, of Washington state, announced in Febru...

 By Becca Clark    News    April 3, 2024

Potentially prehistoric artifact found on land of former Wrangell Institute

A blue plastic baseball, part of a wooden clarinet, a glass Horlicks malted milk bottle, a 1938 Mercury dime and a net sinker made of slate, potentially from prehistoric times. All these items were di...

 By Mark C. Robinson    News    April 3, 2024

Fairbanks educator hired as middle/high school principal

An experienced Fairbanks educator who has dreamed of moving to Southeast for years will finally achieve his goal when he starts work in August as the new secondary school principal in Wrangell. Greg...


Community Calendar

BRAVE is hosting the I Toowú Klatseen (Strengthen Your Spirit) program from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through May 9, at the community center. The empowering, confidence-building program for grades 3-5 incorporates... Full story


The Way We Were

April 3, 1924 Joe Mahoney and Dick Nuckols killed a huge gray wolf at Smuggler’s Cove recently just as the animal was about to attack Mahoney. They had been at the Helm Bay Mining Company’s property and while on their way to town were forced to stop...


Comfortable bedtime reading

Headline: Comfortable bedtime reading Photo by Mark C. Robinson / Wrangell Sentinel Librarian Sarah Scambler hosted a pajama story time at the Irene Ingle Public Library on March 27 where kids and...

 By Becca Clark    News    April 3, 2024

Federal aid available to individuals who suffered losses from landslide

Federal financial aid made available by a presidential disaster declaration requested by the Wrangell Cooperative Association is now available for people who suffered economic damages from the Nov 20 landslide. The assistance includes grants for...

 By Larry Persily    News    April 3, 2024

Chamber calls for 4th of July royalty candidates

The Fourth of July is three months away, and the start of ticket sales for the annual fundraising raffle is still eight weeks away, but the chamber of commerce figures it’s not too early to start asking who wants to volunteer for this year’s roy...


Sen. Murkowski shows bravery with her honesty

Few Republicans are willing to publicly stand in front of the Donald Trump bandwagon as it speeds along toward the party’s nomination for a third run at the presidency. Many are too afraid of angering his passionate supporters and losing their n...


Stop serving up PFD as a sugary dessert

Alaska faces a seriously long list of long-term serious problems. Our population is aging, people are not moving here fast enough to replace those who leave, too many employers lack enough workers to fully staff their operations, and the state’s f...


Alaska fishing industry needs help from federal and state governments

The fishing industry has been a significant economic driver in the Southeast region for many years, and its importance has only grown over the past two decades. As a public official for the past decade, I have been working hard to support the industr...

 By Mark C. Robinson    News    April 3, 2024

Annual community cleanup sweeps into town April 20

The time is coming once again for residents to help clean up the town, with Wrangell’s annual community cleanup scheduled for Saturday, April 20. The spring cleanup includes volunteers picking up as much trash around town as possible. The event w...

 By Becca Clark    News    April 3, 2024

Chili cook-off promises to warm springtime appetites

Get out your crockpots, The Salvation Army is hosting a chili cook-off April 13 at the Nolan Center from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Anyone is welcome to register to compete with their favorite chili recipe. Chilis will be tasted by three judges and...

 By Becca Clark    News    April 3, 2024

Divers start underwater work to install anodes on harbor pilings

Work has begun to install 830 corrosion-preventing anodes on the pilings in Heritage Harbor and the Marine Service Center. The anodes are pieces of oxidizing metal that protect the steel pilings and piers from underwater corrosion. During a routine...

 By Iris Samuels    News    April 3, 2024

Murkowski reiterates she cannot get behind Trump for president

Alaska Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has made headlines again with comments on her unwillingness to vote for former president Donald Trump, which puts her in an ever-shrinking group of GOP members opposing the party’s presumptive nominee for pr...


Police report

Monday, March 25 Traffic stop: Citation issued for failure to stop at stop sign. Found property Citizen assist. Tuesday, March 26 Threats. Agency assist: Ambulance. Report of possible intoxicated driver. Order to show cause. Citizen assist. Traffic...

 By Alaska Beacon    News    April 3, 2024

House passes bill to make church vandalism a felony

Vandalism directed at a church or other property used by a religious organization would become a felony in Alaska if legislation passed by the state House of Representatives becomes law. The House voted 35-5 on March 20 to approve House Bill 238,... Full story

 By Becca Clark    News    April 3, 2024

Movie about Juneau's secret history coming to Wrangell

A video filmed of the award-winning play “Blue Ticket,” a historical fiction of dark pieces of Juneau history in the 1960s, will show at the Nolan Center at 6:30 p.m. April 15. The author of the play, Maureen “Mo” Longworth, will be present for a d...

 By Alex DeMarban    News    April 3, 2024

GCI decides not to eliminate email service

Alaska telecommunications company GCI no longer plans to end its longtime email service. The company had said last summer it would end the service and cancel and accounts sometime in mid-2024. It also launched a new fee for the...


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