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Tribal groups oppose state split of social services department

JUNEAU (AP) - A proposal to split the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services into two organizations has been criticized by health care workers, social service organizations and tribal governments. Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced the...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    January 21, 2021 

COVID-19 daily update:

December 17 Jamie Roberts, with the Wrangell EOC, reported that there are currently no active cases of COVID-19 in the community. Statewide, Alaska’s case count is 41,859 as of yesterday. This is... Full story

 

Wrangell loses as Windstar Cruises cancels summer sailings

Cruise ship companies serving Southeast Alaska are taking reservations for the summer season after losing all of last year to the pandemic - but not all cruise lines will return this year. Windstar...

 

Another year of state ferry budget stress

Between state budget cuts, a mainline vessel engine breakdown, a halt to port calls in Prince Rupert, B.C., and COVID-19 travel restrictions, the Alaska Marine Highway System has struggled the past...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    January 7, 2021

Year in review

January Jan. 2: Along with the lights, trees and carolers, the Salvation Army's red Christmas kettles are a common sight during the holiday season. Lt. Jon Tollerud, Wrangell's new corps officer,...

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    December 17, 2020

Dan's Dispatch

Last Friday, Governor Dunleavy released his proposed budget for the 2022 Fiscal Year (FY22). The budget, which includes all departments and services but not the PFD, totals $3.81 billion in Unrestricted General Funds. It is slightly less than this...

 

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...

 

Alaska to require masks and COVID-19 screens at Capitol

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Alaska Legislative Council approved a measure that requires lawmakers, employees and reporters to be screened for the coronavirus when entering the Capitol and to wear masks or face coverings in the building and other...

 

Parents voice concern over mask usage during sports

A meeting between school officials and concerned community members was held in the WHS commons last Thursday evening, Oct. 22 about a then-recent announcement by the Alaska School Activities...

 

Prysunkas provide COVID-19 update

The Prysunka family, Dr. Lynn and Mayor Steve, met with KSTK and Wrangell Sentinel reporters on the afternoon of Oct. 20 to talk about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Wrangell has seen a total of 20...

 

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: I am extremely concerned that the State has decided to cut ferry service over the winter months to the community of Wrangell. The Alaska Marine Highway has determined that Ketchikan...

 

Alaska reports six more COVID-19 deaths, 128 new cases

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska reported six more deaths from the coronavirus — the highest number of deaths in a single day since the pandemic began, according to the state Department of Health and Social Services. The state also reported 128...

 

Swim team, student travel discussed in school board meeting

The Wrangell School Board met Monday, Sept. 21. Two major topics of discussion during this meeting were the high school swim team, and whether or not students could travel for activities during the...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    July 9, 2020

AMHS limiting spread of virus on board ferries

The M/V Matanuska arrived in Wrangell Sunday evening during its first voyage of the season out of Bellingham, but that same day a passenger onboard the M/V Kennicott, which left Bellingham on June...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 2, 2020

SMART Start meeting continues workshopping for next semester

The Wrangell School District held another SMART Start meeting last Wednesday, June 24, to continue discussing ways the district can safely reopen and operate during the COVID-19 pandemic. The...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 25, 2020

Resignation, budget amendments, other projects covered in assembly meeting

The Wrangell Borough Assembly met Tuesday evening, June 23. While the adoption of the FY 2021 budget was the primary topic of discussion, and is covered in another article, there were several other...

 

Alaska child care providers to receive $10.5M in virus funds

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Alaska’s government has announced that child care providers will receive an additional $10.5 million from the state’s portion of federal coronavirus relief funds. State Department of Health and Social Services Commissio...

 

Leaders review commercial COVID testing, CBW resources

On Wednesday, May 27, members of the Wrangell Unified Command met via videoconference to consolidate pandemic information and response from respective local organizations. Wrangell Medical Center...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    May 21, 2020

School board told the district has a hostile work environment

The Wrangell School Board met via web conference last Monday, May 18 and heard of several unethical and potentially illegal things happening in the district. Another person said the district had a...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    May 14, 2020

Wrangell Command talks COVID-19 isolation plans, testing, community resources

Wrangell's Unified Command participated in their weekly conference call on Wednesday, May 6, to provide organizational updates on COVID-19 developments and changes in respective protocols. The City...

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    May 7, 2020

Dan's Dispatch

Happy Public Service Appreciation Week! Every year, PSA Week falls on the first full week of May, and its timing is uncanny this year. The past eight weeks have been a whirlwind for our public servants, and I cannot thank them enough. Information and...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 23, 2020

SEARHC begins releasing local test numbers

At the beginning of April the Wrangell Sentinel reported on Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium's organization-wide COVID-19 testing numbers, across all of their medical centers and clinics...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 16, 2020

Governor signs FY 2021 budget, cuts made to Wrangell programs

Governor Mike Dunleavy signed the Fiscal Year 2021 budget into law on Monday, April 6, according to an April 7 press release from the governor's office. The budget, as enacted "maintains spending acro...

 

State of Alaska to Launch Joint COVID-19 Website

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Governor Mike Dunleavy, Department of Health and Social Services, and Department of Military and Veterans Affairs are launching a new joint COVID-19 website. This new website will be a...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 2, 2020

SEARHC shares consortium-wide testing numbers, says community-only information too specific

The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, according to several members of Wrangell's local government, has been doing a very good job of communicating with them during the ongoing COVID-19...

 

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