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Take that takedown

Wrangell's Rowen Wiederspohn (right) competes against Thunder Mountain's Sage Richards at the Brandon Pilot Invitational held Saturday at Thunder Mountain High School in Juneau. Click here for more...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    April 8, 2021

House tries again to bring back two Wrangell state jobs

State department operating budgets before the House Finance Committee this week for the fiscal year that starts July 1 include funding to restore the commercial fisheries position in Wrangell and...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    April 8, 2021

It will take time for Alaska economy to recover

The steep drop in visitors to Alaska last year because of pandemic travel restrictions showed up in air, sea and land numbers - and resulting job losses - across the state. Overall, the state lost...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    April 8, 2021

Legislature waits on federal rules for pandemic funds

While Alaska legislators await federal rules for how the state can spend the almost $1.2 billion in federal pandemic relief funds headed this way, communities are waiting to see their allocations...

 

The Way We Were

April 7, 1921 The skating party given at the rink last Thursday night for the benefit of the tennis court was a great success and added a considerable amount to the fund which is being raised for its improvement. Sixteen dollars were netted from the...

 

Your ride is here

The tugboat Edith Olson pulls a barge past the heavy-lift vessel Red Zed I in the Tongass Narrows near Ketchikan during a heavy snowfall last Friday. The 712-foot-long heavy-lift vessel was expected...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    April 8, 2021

Head Start helps feed kids each week

While they have not been able to meet in person due to the pandemic, the Head Start preschool program is still working to make sure Wrangell's kids get the help they need. Besides hosting their...

 

From the publisher

The Canadian border has been closed for more than a year and, judging from last week's news, it's not likely to reopen in the late-spring future or even the early-summer future. British Columbia...

 

Editorial: Wrangell needs to pay attention to state tax debate

No, a state sales tax would not be good for Wrangell, Ketchikan, Sitka or the 100 other cities and boroughs in Alaska that rely on their local sales tax to fund schools, roads, police and other...

 

Letters to the Editor

House working to add Wrangell fisheries and children's services jobs The Alaska Legislature is more than halfway through session, and I am happy to report a few successes in the legislative budget...

 

Straight shooters

Adam Sprehe (left) and Nick Allen concentrate on their targets 25 yards away in the community center gym, while Quinton Davies watches intently from behind, waiting for his turn to shoot in the...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 8, 2021

City looks to bale out of shipping its trash in open-top containers

The borough assembly will consider the purchase of a trash baler so that it can stop shipping the community's garbage out of town in open-top containers. The purchase, estimated at $600,000, will be...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    April 8, 2021

'Big shift' from oil to investment state, lawmaker says

Back when the North Slope was pumping 2 million barrels of crude a day at its peak in 1988, and even for years after, oil provided upward of 90% of state general fund revenues in good years. But that...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    Sports    April 8, 2021

Wrangell wrestlers take second in season opener

The Wrangell Wolves High School wrestling team took second place in their first match of the season. The team traveled to Juneau to compete Friday and Saturday in the Brandon Pilot Invitational at...

 

U.S. cruises could resume in July, but Canadian waters still closed

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued new operating guidance for cruise lines, with at least one company just three days later submitting its plan to possibly resume sailings in Ju...

 

All smiles for free hot dogs at the library

Members of the Ritchie family enjoy their drive-through lunch at Irene Ingle Public Library (left to right): Bonnie, Chad and Bo. The library hosted a hot dog lunch for the public Tuesday afternoon,...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    April 8, 2021

Wrangell police warn about scam calls

The Wrangell Police Department is warning the public about phone calls from scammers pretending to be with the Social Security Administration. The callers tell people the government has a warrant for...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 8, 2021

Chugach Ranger moved to new home

The Chugach Ranger, the last wooden boat in the U.S. Forest Service fleet, was relocated to its new home beside the Nolan Center on March 31. The city museum and visitor center has been advocating the...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    April 8, 2021

Get ready to start using 907 for all phone calls in Alaska

Beginning April 24, Alaskans should start getting used to dialing the 907 area code when calling in state. For the next six months, callers can dial the old way - with just seven digits - or the new...

 

Group promotes awareness of child abuse

The Wrangell community group BRAVE, Building Respect and Valuing Everyone, is handing out materials at the elementary school and around town this week to increase awareness that April is Child Abuse P...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 8, 2021

Fish Factor: U.S. senators want Coast Guard to drop face mask requirement

Alaska’s two U.S. senators are trying to get the face mask requirement aboard fishing vessels removed. A Coast Guard Marine Safety Information Bulletin issued March 22 recites its authority to restrict vessel access to ports and at-sea operations...

 

Chili bowls bowl over a chilly day

Jillian Privett prepares to fill a bowl to go at KSTK's chili feed last Saturday afternoon. The fundraising event featured winning dishes from previous chili cooking contests the radio station has...

 

Police report

Monday, March 29 Unsecured premise. Traffic stop. Parking complaint. Citizen assist. Burglary. Tuesday, March 30 Runaway. Summons service. DUI: Unfounded. Traffic stop. Wednesday, March 31 Abandoned vehicle. Citizen assist: Child custody. Thursday,...

 

Look what I found

Mason Rushmore shows off an Easter egg he found along the Volunteer Park nature trail on Saturday. Eggs were hidden along the trail the first few days of April by Marilyn Mork, with the American...

 

St. Paul reports first COVID case

ANCHORAGE (AP) - The island community of St. Paul, in the middle of the Bering Sea, has issued an emergency stay-at-home ordinance after its first case of the coronavirus. An essential worker tested positive on the island, the Anchorage Daily...

 

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