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Articles from the April 16, 2020 edition

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 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 16, 2020

Assembly considers alternatives to "hollow legislation"

The Wrangell Borough Assembly convened electronically on last Monday, April 6, to consider a new emergency ordinance in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The final vote on Ordinance No. 977 w...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 16, 2020

Wrangellite highlighted in teleconference conservation town hall

Last March was Women's History Month. To recognize several women who have made contributions to the cause of protecting the environment, the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council hosted a...

 

Correction

In last week’s edition, we reported that families participating in Sunday’s “social distancing egg hunt” could expect to pick up plastic Easter eggs at Hannah’s Place after the event. Hannah’s Place decided not to pass out plastic eggs...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 16, 2020

Governor signs FY 2021 budget, cuts made to Wrangell programs

Governor Mike Dunleavy signed the Fiscal Year 2021 budget into law on Monday, April 6, according to an April 7 press release from the governor's office. The budget, as enacted "maintains spending acro...

 

Sport and personal use fishing remain open

There appears to be some confusion regarding an announcement the Department made recently regarding sport and personal use fishing. The Department understands the value of these activities to Alaskans and supports Alaskans having the opportunity to...

 

SEARHC introduces COVID-19 Rapid Testing

On Tuesday, April 7, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Incident Command System (ICS) announced the pending arrival of several COVID-19 rapid test machines from the medical...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 16, 2020

P&Z Commission gives final plat approval for land swap

The Wrangell Planning and Zoning Commission met remotely last Thursday evening, April 9, to give final plat approval of various land surveys for a proposed land swap between Alaska Mental Health and...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 16, 2020

Health safety discussed in meeting with seafood industry

Representatives of the City and Borough of Wrangell and the local seafood industry held a workshop on Tuesday, April 7, to discuss how public health can be protected with fishing season drawing near....

 

Wrangell seniors named to all-state teams

While basketball season is at an end, a bit abruptly thanks to the COVID-19 virus, the Association of Alaska Basketball Coaches released the names of players who made their all-state teams. The...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 16, 2020

Alaska Fish Factor: UFA aims to protect communities while fleets go fishing

How can fishermen be sure their vessels are clean of coronavirus contamination? Where can they find out about relief funds that are newly available for fishermen?  COVID-19 has Alaska’s seafood industry traveling in uncharted waters as more...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    April 16, 2020

Petersburg's Little Norway Festival cancelled

PETERSBURG – The Petersburg Chamber of Commerce has officially cancelled this year's Little Norway Festival due to uncertainties over how long state health mandates to shelter in place and...

 

State of Alaska to Launch Joint COVID-19 Website

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Governor Mike Dunleavy, Department of Health and Social Services, and Department of Military and Veterans Affairs are launching a new joint COVID-19 website. This new website will be a...

 

Birthday surprise for Loretta Rice

Last Friday, April 10, marked the 70th birthday for Wrangell resident Loretta Rice. To commemorate the special occasion, while also maintaining social distancing, community members organized a...

 

The Way We Were

April 15, 1920 A deal has been closed whereby Herbert Harvie, recently of Petersberg, becomes part owner of the Wrangell Machine Shop. Mr. Harvie has spent the greater portion of his life working at the machinist trade. He is a Sourdough and well...

 

Police report

April 6 Summons Service. Agency Assist: Harbor Dept. Suspicious Circumstance. April 7 Agency Assist: Fire Department. Fireworks. Domestic Disturbance. Agency Assist: Brush Fire. Harassment. Civil Matter. April 8 Nothing to report today. April 9...

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    April 16, 2020

Dan's Dispatch

House Bill 96, “Pioneers Home and Veterans Home Rates” passed the Legislature and is headed to the Governor’s desk for his signature. The goal of the bill is to adjust rates for our Pioneer Homes to reflect the level of service provided while...

 

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: As we grapple with Covid 19 and our Town Council considers more restrictions there are a number of things folks need to know. For the time being I don't see the need for further restric...

 

Safety first

Wrangell Sentinel employees Caleb Vierkant and Trisha Schwartz showing off their new newspaper themed face masks....

 

Happy Easter

A sign outside of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, wishing passers-by a happy Easter....

 

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