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The Way We Were

Oct. 20, 1921 A new record in riverboat building is being established in Wrangell this week. The builder is Charles Binkley and the boat, which was begun Monday morning, will leave on high tide tomorrow afternoon for Telegraph Creek, B.C., with...

 
 By Jacob Resneck    News    October 21, 2021

State spending almost $900,000 a year to keep Malaspina tied to the dock

The cost of keeping the idled state ferry Malaspina at the dock in Ketchikan is nearly twice as much as reported to the public and state lawmakers. That's according to internal emails obtained by...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 21, 2021

Tlingit culture, language lives on through heritage learners

It gets so heavy, sometimes you just want to put it down is how Virginia Oliver describes preserving the Tlingit language. "You want to cry," she said, "because it feels like your brain is going to...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    October 21, 2021

Supply chain disruptions trickle down to Wrangell stores

It's like nothing they've ever had to deal with in business. Supply chain disruptions stemming from the pandemic have made it harder and more expensive to get groceries, building supplies, appliances...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 21, 2021

Barges will use old sawmill dock while ramp under repair

A lifeline for food and supplies needs fixing - one of the flotation tanks beneath Wrangell's barge ramp has a hole. Port Director Steve Miller said harbor staff at the end of August noticed the ramp...

 

Police report

Monday, Oct. 11 Nothing to report. Tuesday, Oct. 12 Domestic violence order served. Extra patrols. Wednesday, Oct. 13 Dog complaint. Citizen assist. Reckless driving. State Office of Children’s Services: Referral. Theft. Civil standby. Traffic...

 

Classified ads

HELP WANTED Art studio production assistant. Part time, year-round, flexible hours. Pay depending on experience. Call 907-874-3508 or email brenda@marineartist.com to apply. WANTED Girl Scout Troop 26 is seeking donations or building materials to...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 21, 2021

Five apply for job as interim borough manager

The borough received five applications for the interim borough manager position: Jeff Good, of Wrangell; Gene Green, of Silverton, Oregon; Mark Lynch, of Stanford, Illinois; Darrell Maple, of Jacksonville, Oregon; and David Palmer, of Anacortes,...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    October 21, 2021

Area moose hunt tops 100 for eighth year in a row

Moose hunting season came to an end on Oct. 15, and the trend to top 100 kills in the region continued for the eighth year in a row. According to Frank Robbins, Alaska Department Fish and Game...

 

Students think about life and helping others

Rather than grumbling about face masks or grousing about politics, many of Wrangell’s students are working to improve the school, the community and the world. They are thinking about their life in the future and the life of others today. Good for...

 

A 100-foot track to nowhere is no railroad

Businesses have learned over the years how to steer around government rules, avoiding many of the requirements that will cost them money. Nothing necessarily illegal about that unless the company goes so far over the line that even the federal...

 

Letters to the editor

Mayor should conduct himself in a more professional manner I would like to personally thank Bob Lippert (letter to the editor, Oct. 7 Sentinel) for standing up for his belief, and the belief of others within this community and elsewhere. Thank you...

 

Forest Service money should go to ferry system

Former and current secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack, who was instrumental in reimposing the 2001 roadless rule on the Tongass National Forest in 2011 and is planning to reimpose it again before Nov. 1, has announced a...

 
 By Mike Swasey    News    October 21, 2021

Skagway will search grounds of former mission school

Skagway’s borough assembly has voted unanimously to work with the Skagway Traditional Council to authorize ground-penetrating radar — and some shovel work — at the former Pious X Mission School site, which operated from 1932 to 1959 and served...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    October 21, 2021

Wrangell working to coordinate Institute property search

The borough will be asking for “archaeological proposals” for a ground survey of the former Wrangell Institute property, consulting with state and federal agencies and the Wrangell Cooperative Association on the process before any work begins....

 

No northbound ferries until Dec. 10

Monday’s state ferry to Petersburg and Juneau was the last northbound sailing scheduled for Wrangell until Dec. 10. With the Matanuska pulled out of service for winter maintenance, the Alaska Marine Highway System will operate at a reduced...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    October 21, 2021

Four swimmers qualify for championship after Juneau meet

Fourteen personal bests, five first-place finishes and four qualifying performances highlighted last weekend's swim meet for Wrangell High School swimmers in Juneau. Senior Renée Roberts upped her game by finishing first in every one of her competit...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    October 21, 2021

After 35 years, high school elevator will be replaced

The borough is moving forward with a much-needed elevator project at the high school. After researching options, it was determined that the entire elevator needs to be replaced rather than repaired. S...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    October 21, 2021

Wrangell doing better at limiting COVID

Wrangell’s vaccination rate continues to improve, while just two new COVID-19 cases were reported in the first 19 days of the month and people continue asking the borough for free face masks. The community’s low numbers are much improved over...

 

Don Young urges Alaskans to get vaccinated

JUNEAU (AP) — The longest-serving Republican in the U.S. House is appearing in a new round of ads urging Alaskans to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Ads featuring Rep. Don Young are being paid for by the Conquer COVID Coalition, Young...

 

Fisherman want no salmon bycatch allowance for trawlers

Fishermen are calling for state and federal fisheries managers to make changes to salmon bycatch limits for trawlers as chinook salmon numbers plummet across Alaska. Chinook returns were dismal virtually everywhere in Alaska this year, from...

 

U.S. will open border to Canadians in early November

The U.S. will reopen its land borders to nonessential travel next month — including entry into Alaska from Canada — ending a 20-month freeze due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new rules will apply to all border crossing points, including the highw...

 

Community invited for library's 100th birthday

Wrangell’s public library is turning 100 years old. It was established in November 1921. The library is celebrating with an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28. Coffee, punch and birthday cake will be served. Irene Ingle Public Library...

 

Annual AFN convention moves online again

ANCHORAGE (AP) — The Alaska Federation of Natives annual convention, the largest gathering of Indigenous people in the state, will be all virtual again this year, organizers announced last Friday. The decision was made after federation leaders cons...

 

Sealaska still accepting relief payment applications

Sealaska Corp. is still accepting applications from shareholders for a one-time $500 relief payment, funded with federal pandemic aid. As of last week, payments had gone out to 70 shareholders in Wrangell, said Matt Carle, spokesman for the...

 

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