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 By Caleb Vierkant    News    May 14, 2020

Scholarships awarded to three Wrangell graduates

Three Wrangell High School graduates will be heading off to college a little more financially secure, thanks to the awarding of some scholarships this past week. Laura Helgeson, Kaylyn Easterly, and...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    May 14, 2020

Hospital construction continues with COVID protections in place

Construction of Wrangell's new hospital is continuing, despite some impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. According to an update supplied by Sondra Forrester, with SEARHC, the project has suffered from...

 

The Way We Were In the Sentinel 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago.

May 13, 1920 Two reels of marvelous pictures of the La Conte glacier and the Dease Lake country filmed by Richard Suratt were shown at the Rex Theatre last night, so that the crowd of visitors in town might have a better understanding of the scenic...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    May 14, 2020

Port Commission approves request to relocate submarine cable

It was a relatively light meeting of the Wrangell Port Commission last Thursday evening, May 7. There was only one agenda item for the commission to consider, a request by GCI to relocate the landing...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    May 14, 2020

Wrangell Command talks COVID-19 isolation plans, testing, community resources

Wrangell's Unified Command participated in their weekly conference call on Wednesday, May 6, to provide organizational updates on COVID-19 developments and changes in respective protocols. The City...

 

Police report

May 4 Traffic Accident. Summons Service. Bike Complaint. May 5 Parking Complaint/Disorderly Conduct. Agency Assist: Hoonah P.D. Two Subpoena Services. Traffic Stop/Verbal warning for expired plates. May 6 Two Agency Assists: Airport. May 7 Welfare...

 

SEARHC hospital staff receive COVID-19 tests

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) recently administered COVID-19 tests on all staff at Mt. Edgecumbe Medical Center (MEMC) and Wrangell Medical Center (WMC). Both hospitals...

 

Reflections

Wrangell is a city where boats are an essential part of life. Even if you don’t personally own one, your life is impacted by a boat. The barge, a ferry, cruise ships, they all have a way of impacting lives here in Wrangell. One of the most...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    May 14, 2020

Reopen Wrangell Task Force holds first in-person meeting

The Reopen Wrangell Task Force met last Monday afternoon to discuss ways the group can help local businesses make it through the COVID-19 pandemic. This was the first "in person" meeting of the task...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 14, 2020

Alaska Fish Factor: Alaska halibut gets battered by foreign imports; Salmon starts; Get Mugged 

Sales of Alaska’s most popular seafoods are being hit hard by markets upended by the coronavirus, but perhaps none is getting battered worse than halibut. Along with the big losses in the lucrative restaurant trade, Pacific halibut also is facing...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    May 14, 2020

Economic Development Committee brainstorm ways to meet community needs

Wrangell's Economic Development Committee met last Wednesday, May 6, to hold a brainstorming session on how to best meet the needs of the community through the COVID-19 pandemic. There are several...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    May 14, 2020

Assembly makes amendments to budget, rescinds local emergency orders

The Wrangell Borough Assembly met Tuesday evening, May 12, to adopt some amendments to the FY 2020 budget. The city recently received both its Secure Rural Schools funding, as well as a grant for COVI...

 

Alaska school board postpones decision on banned books

PALMER, Alaska (AP) – An Alaska school board postponed a vote over rescinding a ban on selected English course books after taking public testimony on the issue that attracted national attention when a Grammy-winning rock group pledged to purchase...

 

Alaska fisheries to get $50M in federal aid amid pandemic

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska will receive $50 million in federal coronavirus aid for fisheries, the U.S. Department of Commerce has announced, about half what state officials had expected. Alaska is home to large stocks of pollock, an inexpensive...

 

Face coverings not required on state-run Alaska ferries

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska’s state-run ferry system is not requiring that passengers and crew wear face coverings in response to COVID-19 concerns, with a spokesperson saying rider numbers are low and social distancing on board is ‘’easily...

 

Alaska campers fight wildfire until emergency crews arrive

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Firefighters were able to contain an Alaska wildfire that was initially fought by campers who first spotted the blaze, the U.S. Forest Service said. Several groups were camping at Boy Scout Beach in Juneau when some of them...

 

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