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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 13, 2021 

Seafood processor wants to take over Wrangell location

Tacoma-based Alaska Ice Seafoods, which specializes in geoducks, also markets crab under the Fathom Seafoods name, and it’s the crab and other seafood that is bringing the company to Wrangell. Alaska Ice Seafoods has asked the city to approve an...

 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 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 Larry Persily    News    April 22, 2021

Stikine Bird Fest runs through May 8

The annual Stikine River Birding Festival starts Friday and includes movies, a morning walk to identify birds, video presentations, virtual storytelling from the library, a session on how to build a b...

 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 Sentinel staff    News    April 15, 2021

City reports another COVID case

City officials reported a new COVID-19 case Tuesday afternoon, bringing to 17 the number of positive cases since April 8. The case "is due to community spread," the city's 5:30 p.m. announcement said. "This is the only information about the case at... Full story

 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

Summer cruise ship traveler numbers continue to slide

After no season last year, Wrangell started 2021 with hopes of as many as 20,000 tourists coming to town this summer aboard cruise ships of varying sizes, with capacity of between 40 and 700...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 15, 2021

Assembly adopts changes to liveaboard definition

The borough assembly adopted changes Tuesday night to the harbor's liveaboard fee policy to make it easier for collection. The assembly earlier had backed away from a plan to increase the liveaboard f...

 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

It will take time for Alaska economy to recover

The steep drop in visitors to Alaska last year because of pandemic travel restrictions showed up in air, sea and land numbers - and resulting job losses - across the state. Overall, the state lost...

 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 Larry Persily    News    April 8, 2021

City reports 3 more COVID cases; calls it an 'outbreak'

City officials reported three more COVID-19 cases late Wednesday afternoon, bringing to 12 the total number of new cases in town in the past seven days. "Wrangell is experiencing a COVID outbreak," said the statement issued by Wrangell's emergency op... Full story

 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 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...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 11, 2021

Wrangell could receive half million in additional federal COVID relief

Wrangell can anticipate receiving about $500,000 in direct federal aid as part of this month's COVID-19 relief package, according to the city's lobbyist in Washington, D.C., Sebastian O'Kelly. The...

 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

School board will meet Friday to interview superintendent candidates

The Juneau candidate for the Wrangell schools superintendent job dropped out, leaving a field of three to meet the community in a Zoom event last week. The school board is scheduled to interview the...


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