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WCA takes on multiple programs to help tribal citizens during pandemic

From building smokehouses and gardens to assisting with utility and food bills, the Wrangell Cooperative Association has been working to help its tribal citizens make it through the financial and...

 

Wrangell will receive additional $604,000 in pandemic aid

The borough expects to receive an additional $604,000 in federal pandemic relief aid through the state, and will move cautiously as it considers how best to use the money for the community’s benefit. The assembly will need to decide “what is the...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    September 23, 2021

­Issues with water delivery system need costly solutions

Wrangell's water supply has its troubles. From the source reservoirs to the end users, the system for filtering and delivering water to businesses and residences needs some major overhauls -and they...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    September 23, 2021

Growing number of produce farmers cropping up throughout the community

Wrangell is seeing some positive growth. The number of farming operations is on the rise throughout the community, and it's contributing to a healthier economy. There are two farms in Wrangell that...

 

The Way We Were

Sept. 22, 1921 Forest Examiner Kline has been a recent Wrangell visitor and while here made a trip up the river with Forest Ranger McKechnie to look over the trail that was put in from the garnet ledge several years ago. It has grown over since then...

 

Alaska COVID-19 case count highest per capita in the nation

While Wrangell did not report a single COVID-19 infection between Sept. 10 and 21, the state tracking website reported almost 8,000 new cases over that period. Alaska’s numbers are so bad lately that the state’s average rate of daily new...

 

Tlingit language class for adults will start this fall

Virginia Oliver has been teaching Tlingit at Wrangell schools since 2016, and this fall will expand her student body to include adults in a new twice-a-week program at the WCA Cultural Center on Front Street. The classes will include a monthly bingo...

 

From the publisher

There is no precise count but it looks like federal pandemic aid distributed or allocated over the past 18 months to Wrangell residents, businesses, the borough, school district, tribe and nonprofits...

 

Editorial

The math is simple. Take the 2020 Census for Alaska and divide by 40, so that each state House district represents the same number of residents - 18,335. But then nothing beyond the math is easy. It's...

 

Letter to the Editor

I used to believe that living on our island isolated us from all of the craziness of the Lower 48. I've often bragged about how in Wrangell we still lived the white-picket-fence, k...

 

Correction

A story in the Sept. 16 issue of the Sentinel incorrectly reported there is no real estate agent based in Wrangell. Kathleen Harding with MoveToWrangell.com is based here....

 

Ground search at former Institute property on hold

The borough is waiting on further guidance from the U.S. Department of the Interior on the agency’s nationwide initiative for researching and even searching the sites of former Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding schools, including the former...

 

Southeast visitor industry looks forward to 2022

About 200 people convened in Haines last week - in-person and virtually - for the annual Southeast Conference, and much of the discussion among municipal and chambers of commerce officials focused on the region's economy, in particular the tourism ou...

 

The senator sold garnets, too

It was a homecoming of sorts when Sen. Lisa Murkowski (second from left) and her sister, Carol Murkowski Sturgulewski (left), visited the Ritchie family garnet and jewelry stand near the city dock on...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    September 23, 2021

Tent City Days to become celebration of 'all things Wrangell'

Event organizer Jill Privett is looking to make a positive change with Tent City Days. In the past, the event celebrated the gold rush era, but Privett wants to focus more on “celebrating all things Wrangell, whether that be your love of the land,...

 

Borough to consider its own resolution on B.C. mining

Acknowledging it is a “polarizing and divisive issue in Canada,” the Wrangell borough assembly will proceed “somewhat cautiously” in drafting a resolution on mining in the Stikine River watershed, Borough Mayor Steve Prysunka said. “Of...

 

Police report

Monday, Sept. 13 Welfare check. Traffic stop. Tuesday, Sept. 14 Paper service: Domestic violence order. Property check. Summons service. Traffic stop: Verbal warning for defective headlights. Wednesday, Sept. 15 Criminal mischief. Agency assist:...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    September 23, 2021

Board candidates express frustration over school communications

Six candidates are vying for three seats on the Wrangell school board. Angela Allen, Alex Angerman, Brittani Robbins and Elizabeth Roundtree are running for two open three-year terms. The top two...

 

Powell wants to see more borough land in private ownership

One of the bigger issues that got David Powell interested in serving on the assembly several years ago was his belief that the borough needs to get out of the real estate business. He wanted Wrangell...

 

McConachie believes employee relations are a problem for borough

Don McConachie Sr. served on the assembly or as mayor between 1998 and when he resigned as mayor in 2013 for health reasons. He's ready now to get back to work at City Hall. McConachie, 75, who is...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    September 23, 2021

Renée Roberts places first in three events at Petersburg meet

The Wrangell High School swim and cross country teams competed in meets last weekend. The results were mixed, but a few athletes turned in personal bests and first-place finishes. Swimming The swim te...

 

State offers another business relief program

The state has opened up another round of federally funded pandemic aid for businesses, though this latest program is different from past assistance efforts: The money will be awarded based solely on financial need, not on the date of application....

 

Salmon catch tops 219 million fish; 15% above forecast

Alaska’s 2021 salmon catch has topped 219 million fish, which is 15% higher than the preseason forecast of 190 million. The two biggest money makers exceeded expectations the most. The sockeye haul came in at 54 million compared to the predicted...

 

Anchorage military base declares public health emergency

ANCHORAGE (AP) - Military leaders on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson have declared a public health emergency and encouraged all personnel to avoid places that do not require masks or social distancing in response to increasing COVID-19 cases in...

 

Idaho, Montana hospitals implement crisis controls

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - In another ominous sign about the spread of the delta variant, Idaho public health leaders on Sept. 16 expanded health care rationing statewide and individual hospital systems Montana have enacted similar crisis standards amid a...

 

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