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 By Sentinel staff    News    May 13, 2021 

High school grads will walk the dock May 21

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it an unusual last year for Wrangell High School seniors, and that will culminate with a unique graduation ceremony stretched out on the city dock May 21. That assumes decent weather. The backup plan is back to the...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    May 13, 2021 

Wrangell profits from strong stock market

Wrangell, just like most other investors, profited from stock market gains of the past year, adding about $1.5 million to the value of the municipal permanent fund over the past 15 months as the Dow Jones Industrial Average reached record highs. The...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    May 6, 2021

Police chief will want public feedback on body camera policy

The police department wants to get public feedback before its officers start wearing body cameras. The borough assembly took a first look at a draft policy for using the sound and video recording devices at its meeting April 27. The policy is under...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 29, 2021

Trident will not reopen this summer, cites low chum numbers

Trident Seafoods has notified city officials the company will not reopen its Wrangell plant this summer. Plant manager Nick Ohmer called on Tuesday with the expected news, Borough Manager Lisa Von Bar...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 22, 2021

Budget built on lower student count, cuts one teacher

The school district assumes more students will return to classrooms in the fall — though the count would still be down 25% from its pre-pandemic level — with the enrollment drop and tight budget...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    April 22, 2021

Wrangell under face mask ordinance through April 30

The community is under a face mask order for all indoor public spaces until 11:59 p.m. April 30, though the borough assembly removed any penalties from the ordinance. The April 8-16 outbreak of 16...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 22, 2021

City approves funding for trash baler

Wrangell is getting a machine to cut, mash and bundle up its trash into compact bales for the ride out of town. The borough assembly on April 13 approved spending more than $600,000 to buy and...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 22, 2021

City will fill Nolan Center position, but still wants to save money

The Nolan Center, Wrangell's movie theater, museum and community center, is understaffed. Leaving the facility manager position vacant this fiscal year has been too much of a strain on the remaining s...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 15, 2021

Federal aid provides $700,000 boost to school budget

The latest Wrangell School District draft budget for the next school year includes an estimated $700,000 in additional federal relief aid, but board members expressed concern that the money, while...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 15, 2021

City extends declaration to protect any relief funding

To ensure the city qualifies for federal and state disaster relief funding, the borough assembly has voted to extend Wrangell's emergency declaration for the COVID-19 pandemic. In the same meeting...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    April 15, 2021

Wrangell back under face mask ordinance through April 30

Face masks are required in all indoor public spaces until 11:59 p.m. April 30 under an emergency ordinance approved unanimously by the borough assembly Saturday morning as the city responds to the COVID-19 breakout in town. The community tallied 16... Full story

 
 By Larry Persily    News    April 8, 2021

Legislature waits on federal rules for pandemic funds

While Alaska legislators await federal rules for how the state can spend the almost $1.2 billion in federal pandemic relief funds headed this way, communities are waiting to see their allocations...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 8, 2021

City looks to bale out of shipping its trash in open-top containers

The borough assembly will consider the purchase of a trash baler so that it can stop shipping the community's garbage out of town in open-top containers. The purchase, estimated at $600,000, will be...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 1, 2021

Assembly doesn't like the thought of state sales tax

Wrangell assembly members do not like the idea of a state sales tax, even if may be the only tax that state lawmakers are willing to consider. Despite their objection, members agreed they should stay...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 1, 2021

Assembly backs away from boost in liveaboard fees

The borough assembly could decide to adopt a new definition for harbor liveaboards at its April 13 meeting, clarifying that the residential user fee would not be charged if people don't overnight...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 25, 2021

City drops mask mandate, eases distancing rules for fully vaccinated travelers

Wrangell's mask mandate was rescinded at Tuesday's borough assembly meeting, while testing rules for travelers were reaffirmed with some minor changes. Both the mask mandate and traveler rules were ad...

 
 By Zaz Hollander    News    March 25, 2021

Anchorage worries about high COVID counts in Mat-Su Borough

PALMER — Health officials in Anchorage say they’re worried about a COVID-19 transmission source that could delay efforts to move past the pandemic’s human toll and crippling economic effects. That source is the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, the...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 18, 2021

Renovation less than half the cost of new Public Safety Building

Faced with a choice of spending $30.53 million to replace the Public Safety Building or a renovation estimated at $12.87 million, the city administration is recommending the less costly project for...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 18, 2021

City to apply for COVID-19 grant funds

The City and Borough of Wrangell will apply for $125,000 in COVID-19 grant funding from the state Department of Health and Social Services, after the assembly approved the action at a special meeting...

 

Juneau eases COVID testing rules for travelers

JUNEAU (AP) – In a move intended in part to encourage a COVID-conscious visitors to Juneau, city leaders have approved changes to local testing requirements for travelers. Those include waiving a $250 COVID-19 testing fee for non-resident...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 4, 2021

Assembly passes emergency mask, travel ordinances

In response to new COVID-19 cases in town, and with 85 reported cases in Petersburg in the past two weeks, the Wrangell Borough Assembly adopted three emergency ordinances by wide margins Tuesday nigh...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 4, 2021

Landless Natives campaign proposes Wrangell area parcels

The Alaska Natives Without Land campaign, working to win congressional approval of a Native corporation for Wrangell, has proposed several parcels near the community for transfer, including 2,146...

 

Assembly prepares for return to limited in-person meetings

The Borough Assembly will hold in-person meetings in the near future, with limits on people in the room to account for the COVID-19 pandemic. During their meeting Tuesday night, the assembly adopted...

 

City rejects mayoral recall application

The city has rejected an application to begin the recall process against Mayor Steve Prysunka. Borough Clerk Kim Lane, in a Feb. 17 letter, said the petitioners' list of grievances against the mayor...

 

Tourism to focus on independent travelers and the small cruise ships

Independent travelers and passengers aboard small cruise ships are vital to Wrangell's tourism season, and they're exactly what the community is focusing on - regardless of Canada's decision to keep...

 

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