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 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 7, 2021

Powell, Robbins, Allen, Whitaker all likely to win

Though 87 absentee and early votes and questioned ballots will not be tallied until Thursday, the leaders after Tuesday’s municipal election appear likely to win on the final count. Borough assembly candidate David Powell led Don McConachie Sr. by...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 7, 2021

Tire cutter will help break down problem to smaller size

Wrangell will share a tire cutter with other Southeast communities, intending to cut down on the thousands of tires stacked at the dump by making it easier to ship out the smaller pieces. The borough...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    October 7, 2021

Club goes beyond tech to teach life skills

The first rule of Tech Club is talk about Tech Club. Science teacher Heather Howe wants the students who attend Wrangell High's newly formed program to share what they're learning and doing to interes...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    October 7, 2021

Out-of-state health workers help at Wrangell hospital

Wrangell Medical Center this week welcomed eight temporary out-of-state health care workers assigned to the hospital under a state-financed program to bring as many as 473 professionals to help relieve staffing pressures across Alaska. The state is s...

 

The Way We Were

Oct. 6, 1921 The Town Council on Aug. 4 passed an order removing the extra charge of 2.5 cents per kilowatt hour, which the council has permitted Mr. Palmer to charge since May 1, 1920. A few days ago, Mr. Palmer and the Town Council had a...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 7, 2021

Search begins for new borough manager after Von Bargen resigns

Wrangell has begun its search for a new borough manager. On Friday, the assembly accepted the resignation of Lisa Von Bargen from the post, effective Oct. 29. “It is with sadness I submit my letter of resignation as borough manager for this...

 

State activates emergency order allowing hospitals to ration care

The state has activated emergency crisis protocols that allow 20 hospitals to ration care if needed as Alaska reports among the nation’s worst COVID-19 infection rates of recent weeks, straining the state’s limited health care system. The declara...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    October 7, 2021

Postal Service adds holiday surcharge to packages

There are no changes to moving first-class mail in and out of Wrangell — that will continue by air, according to a U.S. Postal Service official. But service out of state could be slower, depending on how far the mail is coming or going. And it...

 

Corrections

A story in the Sept. 23 issue of the Sentinel incorrectly reported that Ivy Patch Produce sells its goods to the Stikine Inn. Owner Katherine Ivy said she only sells to Zak’s Cafe and individual consumers. A story in the Sept. 30 Sentinel reported...

 

Fantasy dividend a waste of everyone's time

Once again, Alaska legislators have gaveled back into special session because Gov. Mike Dunleavy wants to show his constituents that he believes in one thing above all else: The largest Permanent Fund dividend in state history. He’s like a...

 

COVID-19 will be with us a long time

Maybe someday COVID-19 will be like the flu, which kills an average of 36,000 Americans a year, rather than the coronavirus which has killed more than 700,000 people in the country over past 18 months. Maybe vaccines will become even more effective,...

 
 By Bob Davis    Opinion    October 7, 2021

Wrangell, so far, has avoided the worst of TikTok challenges

The Lower 48 TikTok craziness continues. September’s challenge was to vandalize school bathrooms. Wrangell schools got off lightly — a few messes in the bathrooms and small items like soap dispensers and toilet paper were stolen. Overall,...

 

Sullivan should stand by Army officer who spoke his mind

I served in the U.S. Army from mid-1966 to mid-1968 and I have written Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan to let him know that I find the Marine Corps. putting Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller in the brig for his two Facebook comments about the way the U.S. handled it...

 
 By Bob Lippert    Opinion    October 7, 2021

Mayor wrong to call unvaccinated 'idiots'

Recently, in a social media post, the mayor of Wrangell called persons who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine “idiots.” I would like to appeal to the mayor's less arrogant self to remind him that unvaxxed people are unvaxxed for many...

 

Interior secretary should let ANWR leases proceed

As a former governor of Alaska (2002-2006) and a U.S. senator (1980-2002), I am appalled at the secretary of the Department of the Interior’s cavalier action challenging the legitimacy of recent sales of leases in the Arctic National Wildlife...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    October 7, 2021

Creative pursuit leads to unique boutique focused on Wrangell

Tracy Churchill believes in "Keeping it Authentic." That's the tagline the graphic designer uses to celebrate the uniqueness of Wrangell, the community that inspired her Compass Line brand and led to...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    October 7, 2021

Legislative redistricting board wants Wrangell's opinions

Most of the six proposed legislative redistricting maps under consideration would keep Wrangell and Ketchikan in the same district, but one proposal would separate Wrangell from its longstanding share with Ketchikan and move it into a state House...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 7, 2021

History major finds a home at the museum

The new coordinator of the Nolan Center and Wrangell Museum wasn't a fan of the big city. So, Tyler Eagle left Spokane, Washington, right after graduating in 2018 from Gonzaga University and came...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    October 7, 2021

Record prices, heavy Dungeness catch in Wrangell, Petersburg

The Wrangell and Petersburg region took the top spot for Southeast commercial crab catches this past summer season, according to the Department of Fish and Game. Even better, it was a record year for prices. From June 15 to Aug. 15, 680,000 pounds...

 

Police report

Monday, Sept. 27 Gun shots: Unable to locate. Reckless driving. Agency assist: Probation. Subpoena service. Vandalism. Tuesday, Sept. 28 Noise complaint. Dead deer. Found property. Wednesday, Sept. 29 Suspicious circumstance. Agency assist:...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 7, 2021

Hot tubs, bears and trails: Forest Service gives update on projects

The U.S. Forest Service got to most of its Wrangell-area work projects this past summer, with one big job pushed into next spring. The Anan Wildlife Observatory- which has reached the end of "its...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    October 7, 2021

Wrangell wrestlers prepped to pin wins to mat

"Low, guys! Heads up, elbows in! Tap that floor a couple times," said Jack Carney, assistant coach of the high school wrestling team. His direction is met with a resounding THUMP! as the squad of 14...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    October 7, 2021

Cross country coach brings home Wrangell sports legacy

Kayla Rooney hated running when she started. Now she can't imagine her life without it. The four-time state placer returned to Wrangell specifically to coach the high school cross country team,...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    October 7, 2021

Two runners qualify for state despite delayed race

Even though high winds canceled last Friday's flight to Ketchikan, Wrangell runners were able to travel there and clock their times on Sunday, the day after the Southeast regional championship meet...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 7, 2021

Borough approves study to examine shipping rates over past decade

The borough is taking a closer look at the cost of shipping goods by barge to Wrangell. The assembly last Tuesday approved a $7,300 study by Rain Coast Data, prompted, in part, after Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski raised “the very serious issue of...

 

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