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  • Native American translations being added to more road signs

    Michael Casey, Associated Press|May 1, 2024

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A few years back, Sage Brook Carbone was attending a powwow at the Mashantucket Western Pequot reservation in Connecticut when she noticed signs in the Pequot language. Carbone, a citizen of the Northern Narragansett Indian Tribe of Rhode Island, thought back to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she has lived for much of her life. She never saw any street signs honoring Native Americans, nor any featuring Indigenous languages. She submitted to city officials the idea of adding Native American translations to city street s...

  • Alaska governor would like to send state Guard troops to Texas

    James Brooks, Alaska Beacon|Feb 14, 2024

    Gov. Mike Dunleavy told reporters on Feb. 7 that he’d like to answer Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s request for National Guard soldiers to support a state-run effort along the Mexico border, but he’s not sure the Alaska Legislature will approve the cost. “To send the Guard down will cost us about — according to Adjutant General Saxe — about a million dollars a month for 100 folks. We’ll test the waters with the Legislature to see if they’re willing to fund that, and I wouldn’t mind helping Texas with their issue on the border,” Dunleavy said. The...

  • New director wants to add exhibits, events at Nolan Center

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Dec 6, 2023

    Jeanie Arnold, who started work as the new director at the Nolan Center on Nov. 27, said she wants to "provide an overall sense of joy to the community of Wrangell through artistic exposure and historical storytelling." She replaces Cyni Crary, who is moving out of state. Crary had been in the job since July 2018. Arnold said some of her goals include broadening the scope of the center with new exhibits and events targeted at a wide variety of interests. She also hopes to collaborate with the...

  • Alaska will receive $44 million in federal aid to replace fish culverts

    Jeff McMurray, Associated Press|Aug 23, 2023

    Alaska will receive $44 million in federal aid to replace fish culverts By Jeff McMurray, Associated Press The U.S. Department of Transportation on Aug. 16 announced nearly $200 million in federal grants to upgrade culverts — the tunnels that carry streams beneath roads but can be deadly to fish that get stuck trying to pass through. More than $44 million of the money will go to Alaska projects, including replacement culverts under roadways on Prince of Wales Island and in Metlakatla and Yakutat. About one-quarter of the money is going to t...

  • Wrangell students share their See Stories statewide

    Marc Lutz, Wrangell Sentinel|May 24, 2023

    Look out, Martin Scorsese You've got some up-and-coming competition on your hands. Stikine Middle School students spent the past two weeks recording video footage and conducting interviews as part of the See Stories project, which creates documentaries to tell the stories of Alaska. What began 10 years ago as a way to tell Alaska's diverse stories through videos and podcasts from a youth perspective has grown into an award-winning program that has produced 150 short documentaries and podcasts by...

  • Robinson steps up to become new Parks and Recreation director

    Caroleine James, Wrangell Sentinel|Feb 22, 2023

    For Lucy Robinson, the Parks and Recreation Department provides residents with far more than workouts, programs and professional development opportunities - it is the "lifeblood of a healthy community," a space where Wrangellites of all ages and from all walks of life can come together to chat, sweat and enjoy their shared love for recreation. After attending open swim as a child, lifeguarding as a teen and working as recreation coordinator as an adult, Robinson is ready to take charge of the...

  • Trident reopening welcome news for town

    Wrangell Sentinel|Feb 8, 2023

    Wrangell has come up short in good economic news in recent years, what with business closures, the loss of Alaska Crossings a year ago, not-so-great salmon runs and crab harvests, rising consumer prices and worker shortages. So it was especially welcome news when Trident Seafoods announced it will open its Wrangell plant this summer after a three-year shutdown. The company plans to start work at the downtown waterfront plant within the month, getting it ready for the summer season to handle pinks and chums for the fresh-frozen market. The...

  • 2022 in review: The stories that captivated Wrangell

    Caroleine James, Wrangell Sentinel|Jan 11, 2023

    From impressive athletic successes and community celebrations to business closures and painful losses, Wrangell's 2022 was full of engaging stories, both triumphant and tragic. Last January was a month of new beginnings. Issabella and Tawney Crowley welcomed Wrangell's first baby of the year, Ryleigh Rowan Crowley, into the world on Jan. 4 at the Ketchikan Medical Center. The Decker family established a memorial scholarship fund to honor Sig and Helen Decker, two former Wrangell residents who di...

  • Economic report says Wrangell's future could go either way

    Larry Persily, Wrangell Sentinel|Nov 30, 2022

    Readers can find both an optimistic view and gloomy numbers in the borough’s annual economic conditions report, issued last month. “With some of the lowest electrical rates in Alaska, the highest school district test scores, the potential to grow its visitor industry, the lowest unemployment rate on record, and a high level of entrepreneurship (more than a quarter of all workers are self-employed), Wrangell has potential to improve its prospects,” says the report, prepared by Juneau-based consulting firm Rain Coast Data. However, the repor...

  • New second grade teacher returns from Thorne Bay to put down roots

    Marc Lutz, Wrangell Sentinel|Aug 24, 2022

    Aly Howell has patiently waited like a student watching the clock for recess. After eight years working on Prince of Wales Island, she has returned to Wrangell to teach. On Thursday, second graders at Evergreen Elementary will be greeted by their new teacher, who is settling in to help shape young minds and raise her family. Her journey to get here was nothing short of adventurous. Howell graduated from college in 2011 with a degree in Christian studies. Her intent was to become a youth pastor....

  • Wrangell businesses in the running for $25,000 start-up prize

    Marc Lutz, Wrangell Sentinel|Jul 27, 2022

    Two businesses based in Wrangell and one looking to be based here are among a dozen Southeast finalists for a pair of $25,000 cash prizes. Path to Prosperity, a competition for small businesses and start-ups in Southeast, announced 12 finalists, two of which have a chance to win $25,000 to help grow their business and “assist Southeast Alaska entrepreneurs in contributing to a sustainable and regenerative tourism industry in the region that is community-led and locally owned,” according to a statement issued by Spruce Root, the Jun...

  • Loss of construction, Crossings and Trident jobs adds up for Wrangell

    Larry Persily, Wrangell Sentinel|Jun 29, 2022

    Two key economic indicators are falling in Wrangell—the unemployment rate, and the number of people in the labor force. Combined, the two datapoints help explain the ongoing worker shortage in the community, stressing out business owners who have to manage as best as they can with too few employees. The unemployment rate for May was 5.1%, down from 5.5% in April, down from 7.2% a year ago, and the lowest in at least the past 12 years, according to state Labor Department statistics. It’s probably the lowest rate going back 20 years or so, but...

  • SEARHC continues to expand behavioral health services in Sitka

    Shannon Haugland, Sitka Sentinel|Jun 29, 2022

    SEARHC is continuing to expand its behavioral health services in Sitka and also to serve residents of other Southeast communities, an official of the health care provider has told the Sitka borough assembly. “I wanted to bring your attention to some of the changes, the evolution of the behavioral health service line at SEARHC,” said Dr. Elliot Bruhl, senior vice president and chief medical officer at the Sitka-based SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium. He called behavioral health “one of our number of areas of emphasis in terms of our c...

  • Office of Children's Services caseworker transfers to Wrangell

    Sarah Aslam|Mar 23, 2022

    For the first time in more than a decade, Wrangell has a state child protection services caseworker. Jennifer Ridgeway was the Office of Children's Services worker in Petersburg from October 2021 until February, when she transferred to Wrangell. She first visited Wrangell from Tennessee in July 2018 to officiate and attend her daughter's wedding, according to a release from the state. She had no plans to move but loved the area and moved to Wrangell that fall. "Southeast Alaska offers so much...

  • Borough smart to think long-term

    Wrangell Sentinel|Mar 2, 2022

    Sometimes, governments just have to take a chance. They need to ensure the pieces are in place for economic development of their community, even if that means spending money on the potential — not a guarantee — of building jobs in the future. In Wrangell’s case, the almost 40-acre waterfront industrial property at the former 6-Mile sawmill site is one of those pieces. The borough assembly decision to buy the property is smart, long-term thinking. It’s about preserving the site intact for possible future use, rather than see it subdivi...

  • Alaska truckers show support for Canadians protesting vaccine mandates

    The Associated Press|Feb 9, 2022

    Alaska truck drivers have rallied in support of their counterparts in Canada who oppose COVID-19 vaccine mandates. More than 100 truck drivers on Sunday drove the 10 miles from Anchorage to Eagle River to support truckers in Canada who have been loudly protesting in Ottawa against the mandates. Truck drivers and other service providers since Jan. 15 can only enter Canada if they are fully vaccinated. A week later, the U.S. started requiring vaccinations from essential non-resident travelers at highway border crossings, including truckers. “We h...

  • Artist preserves Southeast beauty in resin jewelry and crafts

    Sarah Aslam|Feb 2, 2022

    Mad Hesler has always noticed the tiny stuff. The Wrangell artist and business owner of Tongass Resin grew up in northern New Hampshire in the White Mountains, and first came to Alaska in 2015 for a summer job as a camp counselor in Cooper Landing on the Kenai Peninsula when she was a junior at Plymouth State University, majoring in outdoor education. She had to return to New Hampshire for college, but Hesler, 27, said she "had this huge sense of, 'This is where I'm supposed to be.'" Hesler grad...

  • Nothing can change all the good that came from Crossings

    Feb 2, 2022

    By Valerie Massie Have you ever been awake? Have you ever seen up close the blue in ravens’ wings, the green between waves, the lightness at the end of a hard-lived day? Have you ever let the world just be around you? Have you ever heard the clicker-clack of rocks on the beach in the dark when no one else is awake? When your heart is pounding in your throat as you fumble for the warm headlamp against your neck and the cold canister by your sleeping bag? Have you ever tried to harness the ocean with two slim paddles, rain lashing sideways and w...

  • Correction

    Jan 27, 2022

    The Sentinel incorrectly reported in the Jan. 20 issue that Lindsay Pomeroy worked at Alaska Crossings. Only her husband, Sebastian, worked at Crossings. She works at the elementary school....

  • Closure of outdoor program for at-risk teens hits Wrangell

    Sarah Aslam|Jan 20, 2022

    SEARHC's announcement last week that it was shuttering the 21-year-old Alaska Crossings program in Wrangell, a wilderness therapy program for at-risk children that the health care provider took over in 2017, disappointed much of the community. The news release cited rising costs. Spokesperson Maegan Bosak, senior director of lands and property management at SEARHC offices in Sitka, said Friday she didn't have an operating cost for Crossings but would ask the finance department for the...

  • SEARHC closes Crossings in Wrangell, expands operation in Sitka

    Larry Persily|Jan 13, 2022

    Posted Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 12 Alaska Crossings, a program that helps at-risk teens and takes them on guided wilderness expeditions throughout Southeast, is closing its Wrangell base of operations and moving to Sitka. Crossings has been based in Wrangell since it was founded in 2001. The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium took over the program in 2017. SEARHC announced in a press release Wednesday it would permanently shut down Crossings in Wrangell. “SEARHC made the extremely difficult decision to permanently close Crossings i...

  • Wrangell offers winter fitness options, motivation to keep moving

    Sarah Aslam|Oct 14, 2021

    Devyn Johnson grew up playing sports in Wrangell. She didn't think about fitness until she was an adult – who, like a lot of people, gained the "Freshman 15" after high school, that bit of extra weight which comes after college starts, the responsibilities of adulthood creep in and high school gym class and sports are in the rearview mirror. So, she started to jog. A half mile at first, and then it stretched out from there into longer distances. Jogging turned into a love of working out. "I l...

  • Growing number of produce farmers cropping up throughout the community

    Marc Lutz|Sep 23, 2021

    Wrangell is seeing some positive growth. The number of farming operations is on the rise throughout the community, and it's contributing to a healthier economy. There are two farms in Wrangell that grow a variety of fruits and vegetables and sell to residents and businesses, no less than nine residents that grow for their own consumption, and even Evergreen Elementary has a small farm. According to the Alaska Farmland Trust, the number of farms in the state increased by 30% from 2012 to 2017,...

  • Demand exceeds tight supply in Wrangell housing market

    Marc Lutz|Sep 16, 2021

    Finding an apartment or home to rent or buy is difficult in Wrangell, leaving many scrambling for a place to live. “Wrangell is extremely tight, plain and simple,” said Bennett McGrath, owner of Anchor Properties in Petersburg. McGrath’s business focuses on home sales in Wrangell, Petersburg and Sitka. Kathleen Harding with MoveToWrangell.com is the only agent based in Wrangell. A survey of landlords conducted by the state earlier this year showed no vacancies for one-bedroom apartments and homes in the Wrangell/Petersburg census area. In ad...

  • Jul 1, 2021

    Friday, July 2 3-on-3 Basketball: Start at 10 a.m. At the covered play area behind Evergreen Elementary School. Chairperson: Christie Good Art Clark Scrap Fish Derby: 11 a.m. City Dock Summer Float Two age categories: 6-9 and 10-13 Rules: No parents allowed on floats unless they are one of the volunteers. All children must wear a life jacket at all times. Hand lines only; no rods or reels. One hook per line; one line per person. Contestants must bait their own hook. Any kind of bait can be...

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