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 By Larry Persily    News    May 11, 2022

Trident will keep Wrangell plant closed another year

Seattle-based Trident Seafoods will not open its Wrangell processing plant this summer, the third year in a row the operation has been closed. As in the past two years, the company cited weak chum salmon returns for its decision not to run the...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 11, 2022

Borough, SEARHC negotiating payment in lieu of property taxes

The borough assembly on Tuesday was to consider a draft agreement for the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium to make voluntary payments of $45,000 per year for 10 years on property owned by the nonprofit health care provider in town. The...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    May 11, 2022

Vans contest entry in top 5; art program guaranteed $15,000

Wrangell High School's art program is closer than ever to a $50,000 prize. Teacher Tasha Morse was notified on Monday that the shoes her class entered in the Vans Custom Culture art contest had won a...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    May 11, 2022

Teen broadcasts love of learning to ensure survival of Tlingit language, culture

It's not uncommon for high school students to learn a second language. It's a bit rarer for them to take what they've learned and teach it to others. That's exactly what sophomore Mia Wiederspohn has...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    May 11, 2022

Wrangell could receive $4 to $5 million state aid for water treatment plant

Wrangell is moving closer to receiving at least a $4.1 million state grant to add to $11 million in federal funds for construction of a new $15.4 million water treatment plant. The House Finance Committee version of the state capital spending bill...

 

The Way We Were

May 11, 1922 The high school students appreciate the aid and cooperation they received from the citizens, merchants and teachers in staging their play. A great part of its success was due to the interest shown by the people of Wrangell. Mr. Palmer...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 11, 2022

Wrangell readies for arrival of Ocean Victory cruise ship

The chamber of commerce is planning a welcome ceremony for the first ship on Wrangell's official cruise calendar, which also happens to be a brand new vessel making its inaugural sailing to...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    May 11, 2022

Community garden springs forward in efforts to get growing

What started as the seed of an idea has germinated into a full-grown program to help the community get involved in gardening. Over the past couple months, the Wrangell Community Garden board has been...

 

Wrangell benefits from high oil prices

It’s looking increasingly hopeful that Wrangell will receive $4.1 million as a state grant toward a new water treatment plant. While not exactly a gift from heaven, it feels like a blessing nonetheless. Without the state funding for the...

 

State budget as much about saving as spending

The Legislature is working toward the largest capital budget in a long time. Municipalities are hearing “yes” instead of years of “no” to some of their public works funding requests. In addition, more state money is headed to schools. And Ala...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    May 11, 2022

Legislature moves closer to suspending motor fuel tax for 1 year

The state House has passed legislation that would suspend Alaska’s 8-cents-a-gallon motor fuel tax for a year to help consumers pinched by high prices at the pump. The bill was scheduled for its first committee hearing in the Senate this week as la...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 11, 2022

Woodstove fire destroys fabric-covered hut at Svendsen Marine

A workshop at a Wrangell boat-building company on Case Avenue caught fire and was destroyed in the early morning hours of May 3. A firefighter was hurt in the response to Svendsen Marine at 3:18 a.m....

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 11, 2022

Tidal Network internet tower delivery delayed

A pair of mobile towers on wheels that were anticipated to arrive this month in Wrangell for a pilot broadband network have been delayed until around September. Chris Cropley, network architect at Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    May 11, 2022

D.C. trip helps teens get Close Up to nation's political process

Six teens returned to Wrangell on May 2 after nine days in Washington, D.C., and New York City. The trip is part of the national Close Up program which aims to get kids more engaged in the political...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    May 11, 2022

Legislation would allow online raffle sales to continue

Unless the Legislature acts, Alaska nonprofits will have to stop selling raffle tickets online June 30. The state has allowed online sales by registered nonprofits since early summer 2020, as the pandemic shut down or made difficult group events and...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 11, 2022

New thrift store moving into bigger space

After less than a month in operation, the River's Mouth Resale thrift store is moving into a new space twice as large. They need more room "due to overwhelming support," owner Kelly Ellis said Thursda...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    May 11, 2022

Sentinel receives 4 Alaska Press Club awards

The Wrangell Sentinel received four awards in this year’s Alaska Press Club contest, including third place for best weekly newspaper in the state. The Nome Nugget was judged the best weekly in the state. The awards were announced April 30, based on...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    May 11, 2022

Organizers rev up interest in Fourth of July car show

It's time to dust off that Duster and shine up that Chevelle. Proud owners of anything from classic cars and clunkers to tricked-out trikes and awesome ATVs will have a chance to cruise into infamy...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    May 11, 2022

Borough raises rates to help pay for cemetery expansion

The assembly has raised rates for cemetery plots and other fees to help pay for the expansion of Sunset Gardens. The fee for a full-casket cemetery plot went up by $670 to $1,000, effective April 26. Previously, a grave plot cost $330 and plots for...

 

Carnival cruise ship pulls into Seattle with COVID outbreak

SEATTLE (AP) — Passengers on the Carnival cruise ship Spirit that docked May 3 in Seattle say more than 100 people aboard the ship tested positive for COVID-19 and the crew was overwhelmed. Multiple passengers said they were quarantined at...

 
 By Chris Basinger    News    May 11, 2022

Petersburg assembly opposes 'landless Natives' legislation

The Petersburg Borough Assembly has voted to write a letter opposing federal legislation that would transfer federal land to new Native corporations proposed for Petersburg, Wrangell, Haines, Ketchikan and Tenakee Springs. The assembly action was...

 
 By Mark Sabbatini    News    May 11, 2022

Juneau may drop sales tax on food in exchange for higher summer tax rate

Juneau voters will likely be asked this fall if they’re willing to increase the city’s 5% sales tax to 6% during the summer in exchange for exempting food from sales tax year-round. The Juneau Assembly, meeting as the Committee of the Whole,...

 

Federal panel to focus on murdered and missing Native Americans

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Nearly 40 law enforcement officials, tribal leaders, social workers and survivors of violence have been named to a federal commission tasked with helping improve how the...

 

Police report

Monday, May 2 Theft/fraud: Under investigation. Agency assist: Fire Department. Subpoena service. Tuesday, May 3 Agency assist: Fire Department. Traffic stop: Verbal warning for not stopping at stop sign. Wednesday, May 4 Citizen assist. Dog...

 

Capitol rally held in support of investigating missing Alaska Natives

Adorned with red handprints across their mouths and carrying signs bearing the faces of the missing, hundreds gathered last Thursday at the Capitol in Juneau. Elected officials and Alaska Native dignitaries spoke before a solemn crowd amid flags bear...

 

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