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 By Larry Persily    News    August 24, 2022

Fall/winter ferry schedule shows one stop each direction per week

Wrangell would get pretty much the same service it has in recent years under the draft fall/winter state ferry schedule released last week — one stop in each direction per week, October through April. Fortunately, unlike the past two years, when...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    August 24, 2022

School district cuts spending to cope with reduced state funding

Faced with a $474,000 reduction in state funding from last year, the Wrangell School District found several ways to cut the budget for the 2022-2023 school year. State funding is based on enrollment, and Wrangell’s count is down about 50 students ...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    August 24, 2022

All three schools get new secretaries - the 'face of the district'

Perhaps no school staff member has as much contact with parents and the public as do secretaries. And the public and parents have three new secretaries to get to know as the school year starts Thursda...

 

Chamber plans community forum on town's economic future

At noon on Sept. 30, business-minded residents will gather in the Nolan Center classroom to discuss the economic future of Wrangell. The chamber of commerce will host the economic forum, where speakers will present research on the challenges facing...

 

The Way We Were

Aug. 24, 1922 One of the largest single shipments of lumber ever by the Willson & Sylvester Mill Co. was made Wednesday afternoon when Barge No. 29 of the Foss Launch & Tug Co. was towed away from the mill dock with almost half a million feet of lumb...

 

Recycling guide points the way to 'better choices'

Every year, the Wrangell Cooperative Association reminds the community about the recycling and waste disposal options available in town. The initiative, said Kim Wickman, who coordinates the effort, i...

 

Chamber needs to raise money for next year's Fourth fireworks

While the twinkling lights, bright colors and resounding explosions of the Fourth of July fireworks put the community in a celebratory mood last month, they have also put a dent in the pockets of the chamber of commerce. Though chamber Executive...

 
 By Danelle Kelly    News    August 24, 2022

City of Ketchikan changes to different seasonal sales tax rates

The Ketchikan City Council on Aug. 18 voted to adopt a seasonal sales tax rate structure. The current 4% rate within the city limits will increase to 5.5% from April 1 through Sept. 30, and will drop to 3% from Oct. 1 through March 31 each year. The...

 

Oil companies plan $2.6 billion North Slope investment

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Two oil and gas companies have announced plans to invest $2.6 billion into developing a major oil field on Alaska’s North Slope. Australia-based Santos and Spain-based Repsol made the announcement, which was lauded by Alaska...

 

Denying election results doesn't help the country

The 2020 presidential election is over. Multiple judges in multiple federal and state courts have ruled multiple times against frivolous claims of voter fraud, conspiracy, computer hacking and criminal intent. Courts, prosecutors, most members of...

 

Ferries should mean more to voters than PFD

People vote their pocketbook, or so the old adage says. And certainly more so in this year of high inflation, painful gas prices at the pump and fears of a global recession. It’s understandable that Wrangell voters will think about their household...

 

Forest Service should allow logging of bug-infested trees

It is ironic and absurd to the point of tears. We are told by the 2016 Tongass National Forest Plan, the Biden administration through Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and, of course, by local and national environmental groups that...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    August 24, 2022

Zak's Café serves up donations for vandalized Head Start playground

When there's trouble in Wrangell, it doesn't take long for the community to show up and pitch in. Such was the case when vandalism was discovered at the Head Start school on Aug. 12. Staff was shocked...

 

Classes start Thursday

Shannon Lindley, left, gets registration assistance from Evergreen Elementary secretary Kendra McDougall, while high school secretary Marsha McCay and IT Director Bob Russell assist Eleanor Knecht...

 

Kids line up early for favorite back-to-school backpacks

A line of parents and students stretched across the Wrangell Cooperative Association parking lot last Friday, waiting for the doors to open at 10 a.m. Some families arrived a half hour in advance to...

 

Fisherman John Paul Feller Jr. dies at 73

John Paul Feller Jr. passed into the "happy hunting grounds" on Aug. 10 in Wrangell after a hard battle with cancer, his family wrote. "He will be greatly missed." A celebration of life will be held... Full story

 

Air Force veteran Ron Winters dies at 81

Ron Winters, 81, of Wrangell, passed away peacefully on Aug. 14 from complications of diabetes and heart disease. He was born in Astoria, Oregon, in 1940 and went to high school in Forest Grove. He... Full story

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    August 24, 2022

New second grade teacher returns from Thorne Bay to put down roots

Aly Howell has patiently waited like a student watching the clock for recess. After eight years working on Prince of Wales Island, she has returned to Wrangell to teach. On Thursday, second graders...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    August 24, 2022

District updates COVID mitigation plan ahead of first day of school

A change to the school district’s COVID-19 mitigation plan calls for a reduction in testing and an increased focus on students and staff staying “symptom-free.” During the school board meeting Aug. 15, Schools Superintendent Bill Burr detailed...

 

Wrangell voters report few problems with first try at ranked-choice voting

Election day went smoothly in Wrangell on Aug. 16 despite the transition to ranked-choice ballots. Voters interviewed left the polling place with a largely positive impression of the new system. This was the first election in Alaska with the new...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    August 24, 2022

Patty Gilbert files for mayor in municipal election

Patty Gilbert, who serves on the borough assembly and previously served on the school board, has filed her candidacy papers to run for mayor in the Oct. 4 municipal election. Steve Prysunka, in his sixth year as Wrangell mayor, has decided not to...

 
 By Lisa Phu    News    August 24, 2022

Murkowski outpolls Tshibaka in primary race to retain Senate seat

As election day results came in late night Aug. 16 and into early the next morning, Alaska’s senior U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s slight lead over Trump-backed Republican challenger Kelly Tshibaka widened. By the afternoon of Aug. 17, with 395 of...

 
 By James Brooks    News    August 24, 2022

Democrat Peltola leads in voting for U.S. House, but Palin close

Democrat Mary Peltola is leading Alaska's special election for U.S. House, but the state's new ranked-choice voting system may leave Republican candidate and former governor Sarah Palin the ultimate...

 

Dunleavy outpolls Walker almost 2-1 in primary election

Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy received nearly twice as many votes as his nearest rival in last week’s primary election for governor. The incumbent received 64,676 votes as of Aug, 17 to 34,248 for former Gov. Bill Walker, running as an...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    August 24, 2022

Incumbent state legislators come out on top in primary

Wrangell’s two state legislators both received more votes than their challengers in last week’s primary election. With only two candidates in each race, the Aug. 16 primary was a preview of the Nov. 8 general election, when voters again will...

 

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