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Turkey Trot

Thanksgiving morning saw the ninth annual Turkey Trot. The event, hosted by Southeast Beasts, is Wrangell's yearly Thanksgiving fun run. This year's Turkey Trot served as a fundraiser for the middle...

 

Sentinel publishers sell to former Wrangell editor

Former Wrangell Sentinel owner Larry Persily has agreed to buy the weekly newspaper from Petersburg couple Ron and Anne Loesch, who have owned it for 17 years. Depending on the schedule for the...

 

25th COVID case announced

Monday evening, Nov. 30, the City and Borough of Wrangell announced the community's 25th confirmed case of COVID-19. According to their press release, the case is a Wrangell resident. They are...

 

Fallen trees knock out power around 11-mile

Due to stormy weather Wrangell saw through the night and morning of Monday and Tuesday, according to Wrangell Municipal Light & Power, some trees fell onto power lines out Zimovia Highway and...

 

Police report

November 23 Summons Service Summons Service November 24 Agency Assist: Wells Fargo Vehicle Unlock Summons Service Traffic Stop November 25 Agency Assist: Ambulance Theft Traffic Stop: Citation issued to Jeff Rooney, 50, Speed Parking Complaint:...

 

School board approves proposal for superintendent search

It was a short meeting for the Wrangell School Board last Monday evening, only about 10 minutes. There was a single item on their agenda that evening: A proposal from the Association of Alaska School...

 

Red Kettles returning to Wrangell

As the Christmas season draws closer, Wrangell Salvation Army is once again preparing for their red kettle fundraiser. The Salvation Army's red kettles date back to the 19th century, according to the...

 

Mask mandate, facility closures discussed in assembly workshop

The Wrangell Borough Assembly held a workshop Tuesday evening, Dec. 1, for discussion and possible direction on their recently passed mask mandate and ongoing closure of city buildings. The mask manda...

 

Midnight Madness this Friday

Midnight Madness, Wrangell’s annual welcoming of the Christmas season, is scheduled to take place this Friday, Dec. 4. Stephanie Cook, with the chamber of commerce, said that people can expect many of the usual traditions of Midnight Madness, but...

 

Rapids

A portion of rapids along the Rainbow Falls Trail, coming down from the waterfall and out to the ocean....

 
 By Brian Varela    News    December 3, 2020

Petersburg officer accused of sexual misconduct

Two Petersburg residents are facing charges after accusing a Petersburg Police Department officer of sexual misconduct. James R. Vick and Julie C. Ruhle claimed that Officer Louis Waechter allegedly t...

 

2021 Stikine and Taku Rivers Chinook salmon forecast

The 2021 preseason terminal run forecast for Stikine River large Chinook salmon is 9,900 fish. The forecast is below the lower end of the Escapement Goal Range (EGR) of 14,000 to 28,000 fish. The 2020 terminal run size was 11,750 large Chinook...

 

Juneau nonprofits awarded $860K virus homeless relief grant

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A group of four nonprofit organizations in Alaska’s capital have been awarded a grant of more than $860,000 to counter homelessness amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Juneau Empire reported Friday that the grant from the...

 

AK lab failed to report about 1,600 positive virus cases

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A lab in Alaska failed to report over 1,600 positive coronavirus tests to the state health department in the past month, according to a state official. Dr. Louisa Castrodale, an epidemiologist with the state, said Friday...

 

Virus vaccine doses could be distributed in Alaska in weeks

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – The first shipment of a COVID-19 vaccine could arrive in Alaska within a few weeks, state health officials said. Early batches of vaccine will be prioritized for essential workers in health care, assisted living and...

 

The Way We Were

­­­December 2, 1920 Miss Holland is somewhat disappointed at the fall-off in attendance of some of the nursing classes this week, especially in the night. The course will be finished by Christmas and as Miss Holland will travel over Alaska for...

 

Tree lighting ceremony postponed

Wrangell’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony has been postponed due to bad weather and ongoing efforts by the city’s electrical department to keep power running, according to the Wrangell Chamber of Commerce. In a Facebook post on Thursday, Dec.... Full story

 

New COVID case announced, two active in Wrangell

The City and Borough of Wrangell announced this afternoon, Dec. 5, a new confirmed case of COVID-19. The case, a Wrangell resident, is reportedly symptomatic and in isolation. At this time, according to the city’s press release, no further details... Full story

 

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