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 By Larry Persily    News    July 13, 2022

Senior tax exemption covers 25% of Wrangell's residential property

As Wrangell’s population continues to age, an increasing number of homes in town qualify for the state-mandated exemption from property taxes. About 25% of the assessed value of residential property in Wrangell is senior-owned and exempt from taxes...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    July 13, 2022

Car owners left with few mechanic options after DC Auto closes shop

DC Auto, the only automotive mechanic shop in Wrangell, closed its doors for good last Friday, after being in business for about seven years. The closure leaves a void in auto services with not many options to get a vehicle repaired, oil changed or...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    July 13, 2022

Festival returns for 13th year with bear necessities

BearFest is coming out of hibernation and is planned for July 27 through July 31 throughout Wrangell. The popular event, in its 13th year, will offer pie contests, live music, art and music...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    July 13, 2022

Chamber will need to raise money for next year's Fourth

The chamber of commerce will work to raise money over the next nine months or so as it looks ahead to paying for next year’s Fourth of July fireworks and events. The annual royalty raffle is the chamber’s major fundraiser for the summer...

 

The Way We Were

July 6, 1922 The U.S. Secretary of Commerce has approved an amendment to the general rules which requires that no candidate for original license as master, mate, pilot or engineer shall be examined unless he has completed a course of instruction in...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    July 13, 2022

New program focuses on reducing student injuries through strength training

A new Parks and Recreation Department program focuses on keeping student athletes stronger, more flexible and injury-free to keep team rosters healthy and full this coming school year. From July 18...

 
 By Ceri Godinez    News    July 13, 2022

Reduction in food stamp benefits will hit Wrangell households

More than 100 Wrangell households will see their food stamp payments reduced beginning in September as a result of the official rescinding of the state’s public health emergency order on July 1. As of May, 125 Wrangell households were...

 

Wrangell has recorded 20% of COVID cases in past 3 months

Of Wrangell’s 667 COVID-19 cases reported to state health authorities since the count started in March 2020, almost 20% — 128 infections — have been recorded in just the past three months. That is double the statewide average, which shows...

 

Take elections seriously and vote next month

Alaskans in less than five weeks will elect the state’s first new member of the U.S. House in almost 50 years. Literally, this could be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to choose who will represent the state as its lone member in the chamber. Voters on...

 

Bouncy year ahead for state revenues

“Bouncy” sounds less dramatic than “volatile,” and certainly less depressing than “money-losing.” And it’s not nearly as scary as “billion-dollar bust.” But bouncy is an appropriate word for forecasting state earnings this year....

 

Juneau resident warns: Be wary of too many cruise ships

Be careful what you wish for. I hope the large cruise ship operations never “discover” Wrangell. Downtown Juneau is like New Orleans’ Bourbon Street. Crowded and noisy, indiscriminate COVID spreaders. My downtown neighborhood is overrun by...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    July 13, 2022

Summer reading program heads into final chapter

It's summer break, but some kids are only taking a break from the writin' and 'rithmetic portions of school. There are 158 who are immersed in the readin'. The Irene Ingle Public Library summer...

 
 By James Brooks    News    July 13, 2022

Trump calls Murkowski 'by far the worst' at Anchorage rally

In front of more than 5,000 cheering supporters in Anchorage on Saturday, former President Donald Trump fulfilled a year-old promise to campaign in Alaska against incumbent U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski,...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    July 13, 2022

Fourth of July is over, but winners keep coming in

The chainsaws are quiet. The laughter and cheers have subsided. The splashing has passed. The Fourth of July celebration and events may be over, but the memories, victories and bragging rights will...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 13, 2022

Wrangell gets an extra-large, extra cruise ship visit in September

The 1,918-passenger Holland America Noordam has added Wrangell to its end-of-season itinerary, with a stop scheduled for Sept. 21. The 935-foot-long ship will be on its final Alaska summer-season voyage, a 14-day trip from Vancouver, British Columbia...

 
 By Mark Sabbatini    News    July 13, 2022

Poll shows election wins for Murkowski, Dunleavy, Begich

Gov. Mike Dunleavy and U.S. House hopeful Nick Begich III are poised for dominant victories during this year’s special and general elections, according to an online Alaska Survey Research poll of 1,201 likely voters conducted between July 2-5. The...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    July 13, 2022

Summer lunch program still has open slots

Families with children in first through sixth grade still have time to sign up for The Salvation Army’s summer lunch program. The program, which began in June, runs through July 29. Ten spots are still available and there is no deadline to sign...

 

Director of state Democrats arrested for driving under the influence

The executive director of the Alaska Democratic Party was arrested for driving under the influence early July 2 near Soldotna, according to law enforcement. Lindsay Kavanaugh, 42, faces three misdemeanor charges for driving under the influence of a...

 

Fireworks kill 19-year-old in Gustavus

A 19-year-old from Wyoming died in Gustavus when he was struck by fireworks he had lit, according to Alaska State Troopers. Benjamin Jorgensen of Green River, Wyoming, was reported dead late July 4 to the Gustavus Fire Department, troopers said....

 

Blind, lost dog reunited with Sitka owners after 3 weeks

SITKA (AP) - The family had given up hope of finding their blind, elderly golden retriever who wandered away from their Sitka home three weeks ago, but a construction crew found Lulu in salmonberry...

 

Skagway merchants oppose cruise line digital payment system on local purchases

Princess Cruises will not add any additional Southeast businesses to its MedallionPay program this summer, taking time after the season ends to better explain to merchants the digital payment system that can be used by passengers to buy goods and ser...

 

Study finds southern killer whales at risk for lack of salmon

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Southern Resident killer whales of the U.S. and Canadian West Coast have not had enough food for several years, which could affect their already small numbers, according to a study by the University of British Columbia....

 
 By Lisa Phu    News    July 13, 2022

Historian traces lineage of Chilkat weavers back to 1850s

It's called Between Worlds. And it features a diving whale. "Peering through the bones of this diving whale pattern is this ancestor with her face and hands pressed against the veil between worlds," A...

 
 By Rob Gillies    News    July 13, 2022

Pope will make limited stops on apology tour to Canada

TORONTO (AP) — Indigenous leaders met with Canadian bishops and were told Pope Francis will not add any more stops – despite their request – during his trip to Canada this month, when he will apologize in person for the abuse suffered by Indige...

 
 By Zaz Hollander    News    July 13, 2022

Troller crew rescued as boat sinks off Chichagof Island

Howard Starbard knew he had a problem when the pumps couldn’t keep up with the water pouring into his 37-foot commercial fishing boat, Miss Amy. The 63-year-old retired Alaska State Troopers commander couldn’t know he was about to spend 45...

 

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