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To the Editor: As a long-time Southeast resident, I continue to be amazed by the resiliency and determination of our close-knit communities. The preparation that is happening in advance of COVID-19...

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    March 19, 2020

Dan's Dispatch

Last week, Alaska had its first case of the Coronavirus: a cargo pilot traveling through Anchorage. With the amount of travel that Alaskans have done over the last month, it is likely that there are more untested and unverified cases already here....

 

Wrangell organizations collaborate in coronavirus preparedness

The City and Borough of Wrangell (CBW), the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) and local leadership met last Wednesday in the first weekly meeting to collaborate and prepare a local...

 

Basketball state tournament postponed

The Alaska School Activities Association announced on Wednesday that Alaska's state high school basketball and cheer championships have been postponed until further notice due to concerns over the... Full story

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    March 5, 2020

Dan's Dispatch

Thank you to everyone who spoke up during public testimony on the budget in House Finance last week. I need to hear from you in order to do my job, and I was incredibly impressed with the straight-for...

 

SEARHC Taking Proactive Approach with Novel Coronavirus

While Alaska has yet to see any confirmed cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) is closely monitoring information being...

 

Calls for ferry service, OCS workers, local Fish and Game office heard in state finance committee testimony

The Alaska House Finance Committee received public testimony from people across the state on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21 and 22. The state is currently in its budget season again, and the finance...

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    February 27, 2020

Dan's Dispatch

Thank you to everyone who spoke up during public testimony on the budget in House Finance last week. I need to hear from you in order to do my job, and I was incredibly impressed with the straight-forward, intelligent, and passionate comments that...

 

Assembly hears from Rep. Ortiz, takes stance on Roadless Rule, discusses tax refund

The Borough assembly had a busy night during their meeting on Dec. 10. The meeting opened with a report from State Representative Dan Ortiz. Ortiz said he is going around to the communities he...

 

Over 13 pounds of cigarette butts collected ahead of Great American Smokeout

Earlier this month, on Nov. 5, several Wrangell High School cheerleaders helped SEARHC employee Tammi Meissner pick up cigarette butts on Front Street. In an email to the Sentinel, Meissner said that...

 

Suicide prevention training available this weekend

Community Roots, Wrangell’s LGBT support group, will be hosting suicide prevention training at the Stikine Middle School Commons this weekend. The training is designed by the QPR Institute, an organization dedicated to training people with...

 

Project HOPE fighting opioid epidemic with Narcan nasal spray kits

According to documents provided by Erin Michael, the public health nurse for Petersburg and Wrangell, opioids were involved in 42,000 deaths in the United States in 2016. In Alaska, in 2017, there were 108 opioid-related deaths. The National...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 9, 2018

A budding business: Happy Cannabis

Marijuana legalization is a hot topic of discussion across the country. Several states have legalized the drug. One such state is Alaska. In 2015 Ballot Measure 2 was passed, according to the Alaska...

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    August 9, 2018

Dan's Dispatch

During session, the Alaska State Legislature passed multiple bills that affect our senior citizens. It is the duty of the legislature to protect and serve all citizens. In my time in office, I have made it a priority to try to protect the interests o...

 

Childcare shake-up considered by state

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska childcare providers are concerned drastic changes could be coming to preschools throughout the state. A document outlining proposed changes from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Child Care Program...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 31, 2018

SEARHC-WMC deal looks promising, parties say

After a series of meetings and public presentations last week, a proposed acquisition of Wrangell Medical Center by a regional health group looks more probable. Southeast Alaska Rural Health...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 9, 2017

Assembly approves project grants, narrowly drops hospital housing bid

The City and Borough Assembly authorized a pair of grants to be applied for in its name while narrowly nixing a third. Meeting Tuesday, the first item the body considered was participation in the Community Development Block Grant program offered by...

 

Walker presents plan to address crime increase in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Alaska Gov. Bill Walker unveiled a plan Monday to address a rise in the state's crime rate and said a stable economic process would help. People training to put their lives on the line in state jobs connected to fighting...

 

SEARHC help office adds Saturday hours for health enrollment period

This year open enrollment in the state’s health insurance marketplace has been shortened to six weeks, beginning yesterday and running through December 15. Enabled through the Affordable Care Act, Americans meeting certain criteria can apply for...

 

Health insurance marketplace enrollment starts Nov. 1

The open enrollment period for obtaining or changing insurance plans through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace has been shortened this year to just six weeks, a regional health provider cautioned resident...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    October 5, 2017

Tribe receives grant for outmigration plan

The local Tribe has received a substantial grant from the Administration for Native Americans to address outmigration over much of the past several decades. Wrangell Cooperative Association began applying for the grant in April, putting forward a...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    July 27, 2017

New manager learning ins and outs, union raise extended to other workers

Wrangell’s new city manager sat in on her first meeting of the City and Borough Assembly Tuesday evening. Starting work last week, Lisa Von Bargen gave her first report to council members on the state of city departments. Offered the job back in...

 

A look back at 2016

For Wrangell, the past year was one mixed with successes and setbacks, shared tragedies and uplifting moments. Sales taxes collected over the spring and summer tour seasons neared all-time highs,...

 

Survey: Alaska teens drinking, smoking less

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A new state survey shows fewer Alaska teens are engaging in cigarette, alcohol and drug use. The Alaska Youth Risk Behavior Survey shows students across the state have reported declines in smoking, substance use, riding...

 

Alaska looks to boost employment with grant money

ANCHORAGE – The state of Alaska has received a $1 million grant to help bolster employment within the state’s health care and aviation industries. The U.S. Department of Labor grant will support apprenticeship programs, which the state hopes...

 

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