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 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 4, 2018

Von Bargen named to Southeast Conference Board

Lisa Von Bargen, Wrangell's city manager, has recently been elected to sit on the board of directors of Southeast Conference. Southeast Conference was originally founded in 1958 as a network of...

 

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

October 7, 1918 Fred Watson, a recent arrival from the West Coast but well known in Wrangell, had a very narrow escape from a watery grave last Saturday. Mr. Watson has recently purchased a boat from G. H. Tozier and while walking along its side...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 4, 2018

Preliminary election results

With polls closing at 8 p.m. Tuesday night, preliminary results for Wrangell’s city election have come in. The election saw seats open for the positions of mayor, the borough assembly, school board, port commission, and hospital board. Also on the...

 

Court report

September 20 – Scott M. Hall was accused of reckless driving and vehicle theft. However, the case has been dismissed by prosecution. September 25 – Justin Barker pleaded guilty to theft between the values of $1,000 and $24,999. He has been...

 

Police report

September 24, 2018 Illegal parking: Officer made contact with person. Agency assist: AST. Domestic-verbal: Unfounded. Traffic stop: Verbal warning for failure to maintain lane of traffic. Citation issued: Jim Fenton, 16. Failure to stop. September...

 

Guest Editorial: Why the Tongass National Forest should be totally exempt from the Roadless Rule

The 2001 Roadless Rule, covering 58 million acres of National Forest Land, including the Tongass and Chugach National Forests, was pushed through the entire national rulemaking and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) processes in 15 months. The...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 4, 2018

A Piece of Kake:

Southeast Conference held its 60th annual meeting last month in Ketchikan. The conference is a gathering of municipalities, businesses, nonprofits, and other interests across Southeast Alaska for the...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    October 4, 2018

Petersburg post office reopens following week long shut down

PETERSBURG ­– After mercury leaked out of a package at the Petersburg Post Office and closed the facility for just over a week, the post office reopened September 28. "[Post office staff] handled it great and they adapted to the changes as...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 4, 2018

Nolan Center takes on new facility manager

Jennie Ridgeway said she fell in love with Wrangell when she came to town while visiting her daughter, who moved to the area. She came up here from Knoxville, Tennessee, where she had lived since 1992...

 

Wrestling team hits the mat for a new season

The Wrangell High School wrestling team has begun training for another season. The team’s first tournament will be in Petersburg on Oct. 12 and 13. According to Assistant Coach Jack Carney, this year’s team is younger but very experienced....

 
 By Brian Varela    News    October 4, 2018

Petersburg hospital board votes to invest up to $1.5 million

PETERSBURG – The Petersburg Medical Center board of directors passed a motion on Sept. 19 to invest up to $1.5 million at the CFO and CEO’s discretion in bonds and treasuries. The decision came at the suggestion of hospital CFO Doran Hammett. He...

 

Juneau airport awarded $10M federal grant for improvements

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP)– The Juneau International Airport will receive nearly $10 million in federal transportation grant money that it will use to address “serious life safety hazards.’’ KTOO-FM reports the Juneau airport was one of the 37...

 

Alaska Fish Factor: October proclaimed Alaska Seafood Month

Salmon that begin their lives in Alaska hatcheries often save the day for thousands of fishermen when returns of wild stocks are a bust. This year was a prime example, when pinks and chums that originated in hatcheries made up for record shortfalls...

 

Cross country season comes to close, Wrangell student competes in state

Liana Carney, Wrangell High School freshman and member of the cross country team, went to run in the state competition at Bartlett High School this past Saturday. Carney qualified for state in the...

 

Swim team passes milestones in Juneau event, looks towards regionals

The Wrangell High School swim team was in Juneau this past weekend for an invitational tournament. Wrangell was one of seven schools represented at Juneau. According to the team’s coach, Jamie Roberts, it was an eventful meet. Team member Renee...

 

Volleyball team takes third in season opening tournament

The Wrangell High School volleyball team travelled to Tok this weekend for their first tournament of the season. Coach Jessica Whitaker said that she decided to take her team beyond Southeast Alaska this year to play against teams they otherwise...

 

Bear, cubs kill an Alaska worker at remote silver mine

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A female bear and her two cubs mauled and killed a young man working at a remote mine site on a southeast Alaska island with one of the highest bear densities in the state,...

 

State wants lawsuit challenging bonding proposal dismissed

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A judge said Monday he wants both sides to submit additional briefs before deciding whether to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Gov. Bill Walker’s plan to pay Alaska’s oil and gas tax credit...

 

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