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The Way We Were

Dec. 8, 1921 The Catholic church now has a bell. The ceremony connected with its installation took place last week, the dedication being made by Rev. Father Gallant, of Skagway. The bell is one with a history. It was originally installed in Wrangell...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    December 9, 2021

'Forest confetti' are the fun ingredients in award-winning body care products

A Wrangell company that makes bath and body care products has nothing to do with fish, but that's OK because it won this year's beyond-the-plate award at the Alaska Symphony of Seafood competition....

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    December 9, 2021

Evergreen art walk brings sense of normalcy to students, families

The sounds of laughter and excited conversation filled the halls, while brightly colored pieces of art adorned the walls on Dec. 1. Evergreen Elementary held its first art walk, allowing students to...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    December 9, 2021

State extends Kennicott schedule to cover for delayed Matanuska

For the second time in the past 30 days, the state has to shift around the two other ferries serving Southeast to cover for the Matanuska, which will stay in the Ketchikan shipyard longer than expected for more steel repairs. The loss of the Matanusk...

 

Wrangell free to smile at Petersburg airport paid parking

Wrangell residents have long complained that Petersburg enjoys more than its share of perks - a Coast Guard station, more state and federal offices, more ferry service last winter. But now, Wrangell h...

 

Correction

Correction The Dec. 2 issue of the Wrangell Sentinel mistakenly identified Cindy Martin as a liaison with the Wrangell Burial Assistance program. Martin is a board member of Hospice of Wrangell....

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    December 9, 2021

Community came together after unexpected storm cut power

The aftermath of an unexpectedly strong Nov. 30 weather system affected life in Wrangell, postponing community events and unfurling an outpouring of support amid power outages. Community events including last Friday’s Midnight Madness and downtown...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    December 9, 2021

Wrangell takes stock of storm cleanup, possible disaster declaration

The borough is taking inventory of losses in the community to determine the total amount of damages for a possible disaster declaration after an unexpected windstorm on Nov. 30 knocked out power....

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    December 9, 2021

Burial Assistance gives mourners financial help, time to grieve

When Devyn Johnson unexpectedly lost her mom, Shannan Lee Phillips, on June 2, 2017, in Washington state at the age of 41, it wasn't until six months later that Johnson was able to sit in her grief...

 

What if Santa rode a state ferry instead of a sleigh

For the sake of this holiday political fable, let’s assume there is a Santa Claus and the all-knowing gift giver tracks your behavior 365 days a year, not just the month or so before Christmas — much like your phone, your web browsing history,...

 

No one knows tomorrow's price of oil

The state of Alaska has spent decades trying to predict, forecast and even guesstimate the price of oil in an ongoing effort to help the governor and legislators draft an annual spending plan. If state officials truly could know the price of crude a...

 

The community helped fulfill a young woman's dream

In fourth grade, my daughter, Dawson, said she wanted to be a doctor and I thought, “Oh, isn’t that cute.” She said it again when she was in eighth grade, and I thought, “Oh, that’s weird, she still thinks she wants to be a doctor.” Then...

 

State medical officer urges vaccinations

JUNEAU (AP) — State health officials are urging Alaskans to get vaccinated and to get their booster shot as the Omicron variant continues to spread across the nation. Alaska had no confirmed cases of the variant as of Tuesday, but officials want...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    December 9, 2021

Alaska continues distributing pandemic aid to renters

The Alaska Housing Finance Corp. is continuing its monthslong program of sending out rental and utility assistance payments — including almost $400,000 to Wrangell households as of last week — drawing on federal pandemic relief aid allocated to...

 

Most COVID victims had other medical condition

JUNEAU (AP) — Most of the people whose deaths were caused by or associated with COVID-19 in Alaska between January 2020 through September 2021 had at least one underlying medical condition, the state health department reported Dec. 1. The...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    December 9, 2021

Wrestlers ready for return of regionals to Wrangell

For the first time in 14 years, the Southeast regional wrestling championships are scheduled to be held in Wrangell from Dec. 10 to Dec. 11. And the Wolves are ready. According to head coach Jef...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    December 9, 2021

Wolves make strong showing at Juneau wrestling meet

Out of 10 high school wrestlers on the Wrangell team, eight made it to the finals and four won their brackets at the Pilot Invitational in Juneau last weekend. Liana Carney, Ethan Blatchley, Ryan...

 
 By Sean Maguire    News    December 9, 2021

State may contract for private operator to cover ferry gap in smaller communities

The Alaska Marine Highway System is looking for private companies to fill service gaps over the winter for small Northern Southeast communities. The LeConte is scheduled to go out of service in early January until the end of February for its annual...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    December 9, 2021

School photo contest focuses on values

Students at the middle and high schools have a new focus: Values. Students in grades six through 12 can take a photo they believe captures the essence of a value — like ethics, integrity or kindness — and enter it into a contest which could land...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    December 9, 2021

School district seeks full-time paraprofessional thanks to federal funds

The school district is hiring for a full-time paraprofessional position, which is a change from what it was able to offer a short time ago. Thanks to federal grant funds, the district was able to make the position full-time and offer benefits...

 

Police report

Monday, Nov. 29 Suspicious circumstance. Agency assist: U.S. Forest Service. Agency assist: Hoonah Police Department. Tuesday, Nov. 30 Agency assist: Department of Transportation Agency assist: Department of Transportation, line crew and borough...

 

Haines remembers 2 who died in December 2020 landslide

HAINES (AP) — Residents gathered in Haines to remember the two people killed by a landslide last year. The ceremony, held Saturday, honored kindergarten teacher Jenae Larson and David Simmons, who worked for the community’s economic development...

 

Sitka-based cruise operator wins travel magazine Top 10 ranking

Sitka-based Alaskan Dream Cruises has entered the rankings of the best small-ship cruise lines in the world, as voted by the readership of a popular travel magazine. Travel+Leisure, with about 4.8 million readers, announced Alaskan Dream Cruises as...

 

Mat-Su Borough first to sue over legislative redistricting

JUNEAU (AP) — The Matanuska-Susitna Borough is suing the Alaska Redistricting Board over recently drawn legislative boundaries that it says dilutes the votes of borough residents. The lawsuit was filed Dec. 2, said Stacey Stone, borough attorney. I...

 

Former state Senate president wants back at work

Former Alaska Senate President Cathy Giessel plans to run for the state Senate next year. Giessel, an Anchorage Republican, announced her plans Dec. 1 in the newsletter she has regularly distributed since leaving office earlier this year. Giessel...

 

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