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COVID presents lesson in health care jobs

Sometimes, connecting the dots is the best way to learn. The first set of dots cost $87 million in federal pandemic aid money. That’s the price of the contract the state signed with an Atlanta-based for-profit health care staffing firm to provide...

 

Judge blocks federal vaccination order for health care workers

A federal judge on Monday blocked President Joe Biden’s administration from enforcing a coronavirus vaccine mandate on thousands of health care workers in 10 states, including Alaska, that had brought the first legal challenge against the...

 

Almost 40% of eligible Wrangell teens fully vaccinated

As of Monday, 38% of Wrangell youth ages 12 through 17 had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, less than the statewide average of 48%, according to state health department statistics. The national rate is about 60%, according to the federal...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    November 18, 2021

Former resident leads interest from substance abuse detox center

A for-profit detox and recovery center business interested in purchasing the former hospital building planned a site visit for this week, and a former Wrangell resident who now works as a company representative led them to it. Casey Odell, the...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    November 10, 2021

Opioid, substance abuse recovery center looks at former hospital site

An addiction recovery center operator is interested in possibly buying the former hospital to open a residential and outpatient treatment center in Wrangell. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida-based Regard Recovery Centers planned to send a representative,...

 

SEARHC vaccination clinic for children Thursday

Wrangell’s first clinic for children ages 5 through 11 to get vaccinated against COVID-19 is set for Thursday at the Wrangell Medical Center. Additional clinics will be scheduled. Parents and guardians can register online at searhc.org, or call the...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    November 10, 2021

Federally funded program provides free health screenings for women

A free health screening program for women who are underinsured, uninsured or income-eligible has plenty of spots available. The Wisewoman Women's Health Program was created to establish a tradition...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    November 10, 2021

Obstacles remain in filling jobs, despite efforts

Wrangell has work, but the workforce is lacking. Since the end of September, the Wrangell Chamber of Commerce has been posting its members’ job openings to help get companies staffed and people working. In the five weeks, three people have come in...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    November 4, 2021

Vaccinations for children could be available next week

With approval from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vaccinations against COVID-19 for children ages 5 through 11 could be available in Wrangell next week. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week approved the vaccine for...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    November 4, 2021

Senior center seeks state grant for new bus

The Wrangell Senior Center wants to buy another bus for moving people around town, adding a four-wheel-drive vehicle to its operation, but it could be 2024 before the bus gets to town. The senior center already operates two buses, one for people and...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 28, 2021

Von Bargen proudest of hospital effort as manager

Lisa Von Bargen is leaving after a little more than four years as borough manager, but that will not stop her from thinking about Wrangell. For now, she needs to help take care of her mother in...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    October 28, 2021

SEARHC reports 100% compliance with vaccination policy

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium reports 100% compliance with its policy requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for all employees and contractors. “Very few have left employment due to the mandatory COVID-19 vaccine,” Maegan Bosak, a...

 

Resilience Fair a success, thank you

A steady stream of families came through the door at the BRAVE Resilience Fair on Oct. 16 at the Nolan Center. At least 125 people attended, with many informative conversations about scores of resources available to assist a wide range of needs and...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 21, 2021

Tlingit culture, language lives on through heritage learners

It gets so heavy, sometimes you just want to put it down is how Virginia Oliver describes preserving the Tlingit language. "You want to cry," she said, "because it feels like your brain is going to...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    October 21, 2021

Wrangell doing better at limiting COVID

Wrangell’s vaccination rate continues to improve, while just two new COVID-19 cases were reported in the first 19 days of the month and people continue asking the borough for free face masks. The community’s low numbers are much improved over...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    October 7, 2021

Out-of-state health workers help at Wrangell hospital

Wrangell Medical Center this week welcomed eight temporary out-of-state health care workers assigned to the hospital under a state-financed program to bring as many as 473 professionals to help relieve staffing pressures across Alaska. The state is s...

 
 By Marc Lutz    Sports    October 7, 2021

Cross country coach brings home Wrangell sports legacy

Kayla Rooney hated running when she started. Now she can't imagine her life without it. The four-time state placer returned to Wrangell specifically to coach the high school cross country team,...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    October 7, 2021

Borough continues voluntary travel testing requirement

The borough is continuing its voluntary requirement that unvaccinated individuals arriving from out of state whether by plane or boat must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours...

 

COVID testing moves from airport to hospital

The free testing station for individuals without COVID-19 symptoms but who what to get tested because they had recently traveled or just for peace of mind has moved from the airport to the hospital. “It’s more efficient here, we’re able to...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    September 30, 2021

Mass casualty drill postponed to spring

A mass casualty exercise planned for the Wrangell Medical Center has been postponed. The volunteers needed to play victims, friends, family members and news reporters in the drill originally planned for Oct. 5 have been notified that the drill has...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    September 30, 2021

Schools will administer COVID tests for student-athletes

A plan to start testing student-athletes for COVID-19 will produce faster results and make it possible to continue scheduled home and away games while keeping kids safe, school officials said. Athletes have to test twice a week, before and after...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    September 23, 2021

Board candidates express frustration over school communications

Six candidates are vying for three seats on the Wrangell school board. Angela Allen, Alex Angerman, Brittani Robbins and Elizabeth Roundtree are running for two open three-year terms. The top two...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    September 16, 2021

Demand exceeds tight supply in Wrangell housing market

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...

 

August was busy month for COVID testing in Wrangell

After the number of people taking COVID-19 tests in Wrangell slowed down earlier in the summer, the volume doubled in August as the community reacted to the surge of new infections in town. The borough reported 48 cases of COVID-19 in Wrangell in Aug...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    September 9, 2021

Employers have trouble hiring; new programs respond to help

It's a familiar storefront sight throughout Wrangell: "Help Wanted" signs placed in business windows. For various reasons, employers are having trouble filling positions. "We couldn't find someone to...

 

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