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 By Larry Persily    News    August 17, 2022

Borough will seek voter approval for sale or lease of 6 Mile mill property

Hopeful that the borough will be able to strike a deal for private development of the former sawmill property at 6 Mile Zimovia Highway, the assembly will hold a public hearing Aug. 23 on an ordinance that would ask voter approval to sell or lease th...

 

Applications open for second round of pandemic relief aid for fishing industry

Applications are due by Oct. 31 for more than $39 million in the second round of federal relief funds for those in Alaska’s fishing industry who incurred a greater than 35% income loss in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The state was...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    August 17, 2022

Bird's eye crew

An eye in the sky is helping Wrangell teens keep an eye on their future. Five students from the Upward Bound and T3 Alliance programs presented the results thus far of their ongoing work to make the...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    August 17, 2022

GCI will close Wrangell store, blames reduced walk-in business

Internet, cable television and cell service provider GCI will be closing its Wrangell store on Oct. 28 after “many years,” a company spokesman said. Citing a “significant reduction in foot traffic,” the company decided to close the store on...

 

The Way We Were

Aug. 17, 1922 A number of matters affecting game conditions in this region have been brought to the attention of the Wrangell Commercial Club. While the club is willing to give its moral support to any movement in the interest of better game conditio...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    August 17, 2022

Borough scales back building repairs to reduce bond issue cost

The borough assembly has set a public hearing for its Aug. 23 meeting to consider two ordinances that would seek voter approval to borrow $3.5 million for repairs to school buildings and $8.5 million for rebuild and repairs to the Public Safety...

 

Popularity powers up for electric bikes and scooters

For those looking to explore or just zip around town, a few businesses in Wrangell are offering a new way to take a ride - e-bikes and e-scooters. E-bikes are powered by rechargeable batteries that...

 

Housing shortage will not fix itself

Wrangell residents, particularly new and would-be residents, are well familiar with the lack of housing options in town. Few homes for sale, few apartments for rent, and even fewer lots to build on. Sometimes, it feels like people would have better l...

 

Wrong reasons to rewrite the constitution

Lust for a supersize Alaska Permanent Fund dividend and giving the government a larger role in dictating personal choices are about as miserable a pair of reasons for rewriting the state constitution as imaginable. Problem is, they are not imagined,...

 

Passion for writing brings new reporter to town

Correct spelling is the law for newspapers. Especially for unusual names. And especially for my first week on the job as the Sentinel's new reporter. I grew up in Salt Lake City, a fact which...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    August 17, 2022

State will not receive as much federal money for ferry system as expected

The state will receive about $36 million less in federal funding than expected for this year’s Alaska Marine Highway System operating budget, requiring the use of state dollars to cover the gap. No reduction in service is expected because of the...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    August 17, 2022

New school counselor looks to help students plan for future

Julie Williams believes life is a "limited time offer," and that opportunities should be taken where they can. The new school counselor is invested in helping Wrangell's high school and middle school...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    August 17, 2022

Athletes dive into new season of high school swimming

The competitive high school swimming season has only just begun and already the athletes are being challenged. Coach Jamie Roberts so far has four returning swimmers and two new swimmers, but she's wa...

 
 By Morgan Krakow    News    August 17, 2022

School bus driver shortage forces Anchorage, Mat-Su to reduce service

The Anchorage School District is dealing with such a severe bus driver shortage that nearly all students will be without bus service for weeks at a time, officials announced last week. There are only enough drivers to serve 7,000 of the district’s...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    August 17, 2022

Teen podcaster awarded scholarship for 'heroic' community impact

A "hero" walks among us. Junior Mia Wiederspohn has been selected as one of six Alaska teenagers to receive a scholarship through the Summer of Heroes program. The program each year recognizes teens w...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    August 17, 2022

School registration fees same as last year; bus schedule out next week

Online student registration began Monday at wrg.powerschool.com/public for elementary, middle and high schools. For those who need help registering, in-person registration will be held Wednesday at the high school commons from 10 a.m. to noon and...

 

Mt. Edgecumbe school short of housing for new teachers

With the start of the school year just around the corner, staff members at Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka are scrambling to find housing for new teachers. The search has consumed much of the summer for Miranda Bacha, who took over as principal...

 
 By Gene Johnson    News    August 17, 2022

Court ruling could cut into king harvest by Southeast trollers

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal court ruling last week has thrown into doubt the future of a valuable commercial king salmon fishery in Southeast Alaska, after a conservation group challenged the government’s approval of the harvest as a threat to...

 
 By James Brooks    News    August 17, 2022

Group of conservative Alaskans organize in support of constitutional rewrite

A group of conservative Alaskans, headed by a leading member of the Alaska Republican Party, has formed a new campaign organization intended to encourage Alaskans to call a constitutional convention and allow sweeping changes in the way Alaska runs...

 
 By James Brooks    News    August 17, 2022

Investigation of Permanent Fund firing costs more money

A committee of the Alaska Legislature voted unanimously on Aug. 10 to spend an additional $50,000 on its investigation into the firing of Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. director Angela Rodell, bringing the investigation’s total budget to $150,000....

 
 By Ariadne Will    News    August 17, 2022

Online landslide-warning system starts up in Sitka

After several years of research, Sitka’s new online landslide-warning system is now live. But the site — which uses data from the National Weather Service alongside historical data to determine the level of landslide risk in Sitka — is only a...

 

Federal review will look at hydro dams and endangered Atlantic salmon

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government is conducting a review of four hydroelectric dams on a Maine river that could result in a lifeline for the last wild Atlantic salmon in the United States. The last of the wild salmon live in a group of...

 

Police report

Monday, Aug. 8 Nothing to report. Tuesday, Aug. 9 Agency assist: Petersburg Police Department. Noise complaint. Oil spill. Agency assist: Harbor Department. Agency assist: Hoonah Police Department. Traffic. Subpoena service. Wednesday, Aug. 10 Noise...

 

Classified ads

HELP WANTED Wrangell Public Schools is accepting applications for the following positions for the 2022-2023 school year: Middle School Secretary: This is a 10-month position that may be up to full time, supporting the principal and completing all...

 
 By Tess Williams    News    August 17, 2022

Skagway loses cruise ship visits as landslides limit dock use

Several landslides have closed the cruise ship dock in Skagway for the rest of the summer, causing what’s expected to be at least three dozen vessels to skip the tourism-dependent port by the end of summer. The municipality issued an emergency...

 

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