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 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 1, 2020

City responding to HAA5 levels in water

In last week's assembly meeting, Borough Manager Lisa Von Bargen reported that the city had recently been informed by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation that they had surpassed...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    October 1, 2020

Wet summer overflows Swan Lake

During Southeast Alaska's record breaking rainfall this summer, the Swan Lake hydroelectric facility reached its full capacity for the first time since the project was upgraded three years ago, accord...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 1, 2020

Wildlife Trooper Kyle Freeberg and family moving south

The Freeberg family moved to Wrangell in April of 2019. Kyle Freeberg moved here to take a position as the town's state wildlife trooper. He has a total of three years of experience as a state...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 1, 2020

Update on Mariners' Memorial construction

Construction on the Wrangell Mariners' Memorial is coming along well, according to Mariners' Memorial Board Treasurer Jeff Jabusch. The steel for the memorial's walls themselves has been ordered, he s...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 1, 2020

New hospital nearing completion

The new Wrangell Medical Center is nearing completion, according to a press release from SEARHC. Several crews are on-site working on siding, concrete, drywall, and other aspects of the construction...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 1, 2020

"Pups In Parks" contest open until Oct. 15

Wrangell Parks and Rec announced a new photo contest for the public to participate in last Tuesday, Sept. 22. The "Pups In Parks" contest will give Wrangell dog owners a chance to go enjoy the great...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 1, 2020

Structural instability detected in courthouse

The Public Safety Building has been a topic of much discussion and concern to city government. The building, which houses Wrangell’s police department, fire department, court, and DMV, is in disrepair. It was first constructed in 1987, according to...

 

Alaska reports six more COVID-19 deaths, 128 new cases

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska reported six more deaths from the coronavirus — the highest number of deaths in a single day since the pandemic began, according to the state Department of Health and Social Services. The state also reported 128...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 1, 2020

Human error causes blackout

A contractor at Southeast Alaska Power Agency’s Tyee Lake hydroelectric facility accidentally entered an incorrect control system input, resulting in a power outage in Wrangell and Petersburg Saturday morning, said SEAPA CEO Trey Acteson. SEAPA...

 

The Way We Were In the Sentinel 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago.

Sept. 30, 1920 The school benefit entertainment and dance given in the Redmen’s hall Friday evening was a huge success, both socially and financially. Hon. P.C. McCormack, treasurer of the school board, acted as chairman for the occasion, and his...

 

Police report

Monday, Sept. 21 Agency Assist: Alarm. Illegal Parking: Vehicle parked in front of fire hydrant by middle school. Tuesday, Sept. 22 Threats. Driving Complaint. Dog Complaint: Barking. VCOR: Arrest, for Violation Conditions of Release. Wednesday,...

 

Editorial

The Aspen Daily News in Aspen, Colorado runs a statement every day on their front page Flag that states: “If you don’t want it printed, don’t let it happen.” It’s a bit brash for our taste, but the words apply to this newspaper when it...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: My dad lived in Wrangell from 1944-1949. There was a gentleman who worked at the power house and handmade boats. He gave my dad one and it is amazing. My dad, now 85, was wondering if anyone knows his name and if his family is still...

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    October 1, 2020

Dan's Dispatch

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the online Southeast Conference Annual Meeting. The organization has a long history of advocating for our region’s people and economy. Did you know that it originally started as a group to promote the...

 

Swim team holds first virtual meet

Wrangell's high school swim team held their first meet of the season last Friday and Saturday. Coach Jamie Roberts said this was a virtual meet, with Wrangell swimmers competing in their own pool agai...

 

WHS competes in second cross country meet

Wrangell's cross country team competed in their second meet of the season Saturday, Sept. 28. Like their first meet of the season, on Sept. 12, it was a virtual meet against several other competing...

 

Absentee ballot lawsuit will not be heard before election

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal appeals court will not hear an Alaska absentee ballot lawsuit before the Nov. 3 general election. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request Tuesday for an emergency order ahead of the election. The decision...

 

Alaska Fish Factor

Some surprising results are revealed in the first of a series of briefing papers showing how Alaska’s seafood industry has been affected by the pandemic from dock to dinner plates. The updates, compiled by the McDowell Group for the Alaska Seafood...

 

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