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 By Larry Persily    News    July 15, 2021

Industrial subdivision in the works for 6-Mile mill site

The owner of the former sawmill property at 6-Mile Zimovia Highway has been working with the borough since last year on an application to develop the site into an industrial subdivision, offering more than 32 acres for sale as individual lots. The...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 15, 2021

COVID cases climb back up in Alaska

State officials say the highly contagious delta variant is likely driving the increase in COVID-19 cases reported in Alaska, plus the fact that more than 40% of Alaskans over the age of 12 still had not received at least their first vaccination shot...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 15, 2021

Volunteers give Jason Gadd his own special 'Cars' room

The community came together last week to help make a wish come true for Jason Gadd, 16, with a parade in his honor and a bedroom makeover thanks to community volunteers and the Make-A-Wish...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 15, 2021

New superintendent works to boost enrollment

Even while Bill Burr, Wrangell's new schools superintendent, is still unpacking, he already is looking toward challenges the district will face in the coming school year. One area of improvement he...

 

The Way We Were

July 14, 1921 The movement which began here late in May to ask for an open season on beaver and marten for Southeast Alaska is gaining momentum, and the city council is asking other cities and towns of Southeast to help in the matter. At a meeting...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 15, 2021

Borough will check soil for fuel leaks at power plant building

The borough assembly on Tuesday approved spending about $42,000 to find out how much diesel and other contaminants may have leaked into the soil around Wrangell Municipal Light and Power’s generator building on Case Avenue. The site assessment...

 

Correction

The Sentinel incorrectly identified Sean Gillen as Sean Thomas in the July 8 report on the men’s champions in the 3-on-3 basketball tournament held July 2....

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 15, 2021

COVID cases send cruise ship into quarantine

The first cruise ship to cancel runs through Southeast Alaska this summer due to COVID-19 cases on board is tied up in Juneau, waiting for the 10-day quarantine for the crew to end. The 267-foot American Constellation, which was carrying 162 passenge...

 

From the publisher

Could anything be more difficult than getting the Alaska Legislature to settle on a workable, affordable, sustainable fiscal plan for the state? Yes. Getting a clear majority of Alaskans to accept...

 

Editorial

Life is returning toward normal, but it isn't normal yet. COVID-19 is still infecting people, putting some in the hospital and killing Alaskans. The state reported four more deaths Thursday through Su...

 
 By Mickey Allen    Opinion    July 15, 2021

Former student says Institute was positive

Many things were said of Wrangell Institute - many bad words, but not in my storied experience. In 1950, I was sent to the Wrangell Institute when I was 8 years old. Prior to Wrangell, I had gone to...

 

Letters to the Editor

Stikine Stitchers say thanks Thank you to the businesses that participated in the Stikine Stitchers 4th of July quilt show. Joan Benjamin Island of Faith grateful for camp support The Island of Faith...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 15, 2021

Scoping underway for Mt. Dewey trail extension

With over $450,000 in promised federal funding, the city will spend the next few months scoping out a possible extension of the Mt. Dewey trail. “There are so many conditions or issues at play that affect our timeline,” Amber Al-Haddad, Wrangell...

 

Baha'i summer camp starts Monday

The Baha’is of Wrangell are offering a summer “virtues camp” for children ages 5 to 10, covering moderation, unity, beauty, speech, love and wonder. The six sessions will be held 11 a.m. to noon Mondays and Tuesdays, July 19 through Aug. 3, at...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    July 15, 2021

Easterlys take first place in 4th of July boat races

Randy Easterly took the top spot in the unlimited-horsepower competition in the Fourth of July boat races over the 1,800-foot-long course in front of the City Dock, with Wayne Easterly winning first...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 15, 2021

Rob Cross wins Tongass ToughMan

The third annual Tongass ToughMan triathlon drew 22 competitors to swim, bike and run through Wrangell, with Rob Cross logging the best solo time of 7 hours, 54 minutes and 40 seconds. After sparse turnout last year, the July 3 event this year...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    July 15, 2021

Big turnout for target competition

The Fourth of July target competition, held July 3 at the gun range, saw a big turnout. According to organizer Allen Rooney, 69 people came out to shoot and test their skills. The results of the...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    July 15, 2021

Library turns the page back toward normal

Though the library is not completely closing the book on pandemic protocols, the numbers are up and “the kids are coming in,” with 153 registered for the summer reading program, said Margaret Villarma, director at the Irene Ingle Public Library....

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 15, 2021

Lawmakers work on fiscal plan, but PFD is the deadline question

Alaska lawmakers are scheduled to reconvene in another special session in just over two weeks to consider a long-term fiscal plan for the state — and to set the amount of this fall’s Permanent Fund dividend. The Aug. 2 start date for the special...

 

Police report

Monday, July 5 Citizen assist. Theft. Burglary. Found property. Dog complaint. Search and rescue. Harassment: Fireworks. Motor vehicle accident. Found property. Attempted theft. Fireworks compliant. Agency assist: Ambulance. Agency assist:...

 

Service for Frank Teague on July 27

"It is with deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of Edward Franklin Teague, beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather who passed away in Bend, Oregon, surrounded by family, on June 6,... Full story

 

Bill Churchill dies at 88

William I. “Bill” Churchill Sr. died July 8 at the Wrangell Medical Center. The lifelong Wrangell resident was 88 years old. He had worked as a tugboat captain, and was well known for his carving and Native artwork. A memorial service is planned... Full story

 
 By Becky Bohrer    News    July 15, 2021

No new numbers from Dunleavy recall effort

A group seeking Gov. Mike Dunleavy's ouster has yet to gather enough signatures to force a recall election, nearly two years after getting started and with just over a year before the 2022 primary election. Recall Dunleavy Chair Meda DeWitt said the...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 15, 2021

Strong start to sockeye at Bristol Bay; Norton Sound chums a bust

“Unprecedented” is how fishery managers are describing sockeye catches at Bristol Bay, which topped one million fish for seven days straight at the Nushagak district last week and neared the two million mark on several days. By July 9,...

 

Tribes disagree on benefits versus harm of oil production

NEW TOWN, N.D. - On oil well pads carved from the wheat fields around Lake Sakakawea, North Dakota, hundreds of pump jacks slowly bob to extract 100 million barrels of crude annually from a...

 

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