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 By Sarah Aslam    News    June 8, 2022

Borough lists old hospital for auction

The borough has listed the former Wrangell Medical Center for sale to the highest bidder until June 30, at a minimum bid of $830,000, the value assigned by an April appraisal. The hospital has been va...

 By Sarah Aslam    News    June 1, 2022

Property tax rate unchanged from last year

At the assembly’s May 24 meeting, members unanimously approved a resolution setting the property tax levy for this year at 12.75 mills, which is $1,275 on every $100,000 in assessed value, the same rate as last year. The tax rate is 4 mills for...

 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 25, 2022

SEARHC, borough settle on 10 years of annual $45,000 payments

The borough assembly and SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium have come to an agreement of voluntary payments by SEARHC of $45,000 per year for 10 years on property owned by the nonprofit health care provider in town. In negotiations that...

 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 25, 2022

SEARHC to add four rooms at long-term care facility

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium plans to break ground in June on a four-room expansion to the 14-bed long-term care facility at Wrangell Medical Center. The 1,800-square-foot expansion was prompted by the community’s need for...

 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 18, 2022

Borough will auction off former hospital

The borough assembly on May 10 approved a resolution to put the former hospital building up for auction, with the borough running the sale rather than turning it over to an online surplus property vendor and paying a 5% commission. Assemblymember...

 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 18, 2022

SEARHC negotiated payments in lieu of property taxes back on assembly agenda

The borough assembly was scheduled to hold a special meeting Tuesday evening to consider an agreement for the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium to make voluntary payments on tax-exempt property it owns in town. A draft agreement had been on...

 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 11, 2022

Borough, SEARHC negotiating payment in lieu of property taxes

The borough assembly on Tuesday was to consider a draft agreement for the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium to make voluntary payments of $45,000 per year for 10 years on property owned by the nonprofit health care provider in town. The...

 By Sentinel staff    News    April 27, 2022

SEARHC plans nursing assistant class for June

SEARHC plans to offer a paid, six-week, on-the-job training program in Wrangell in June for certified nursing assistants (CNAs). After successful completion of the program, a student is eligible to sit for the state certification exam. As of last...

 By Sarah Aslam    News    March 16, 2022

Borough contracts for appraisal of former hospital building

Regard Recovery Centers, a Fort Lauderdale-based for-profit substance abuse treatment chain that has expressed interest in the former Wrangell hospital, has been waiting on a commercial appraisal of the building — and last week the borough said...

 By Sarah Aslam    News    March 9, 2022

Borough, SEARHC negotiating voluntary tax payment agreement

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium and the borough are negotiating another year of voluntary payment in lieu of taxes on the nonprofit’s property in town. SEARHC paid property taxes when the clinic and hospital were under construction,...

 By Sarah Aslam    News    February 16, 2022

SEARHC and fire department both providing free COVID-19 self-test kits

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is providing free COVID-19 at-home test kits on a first come, first served basis. A Feb. 7 post on SEARHC's Facebook page said it is providing two...

 By Sarah Aslam    News    February 9, 2022

More at-home test kits on the way

The fire department is continuing to hand out free, at-home COVID-19 test kits as the community’s level of new cases declines after a record-breaking January. Starting Dec. 30 and continuing through Jan. 30, the borough reported 185 cases in the...

 By Sarah Aslam    News    January 20, 2022

Closure of outdoor program for at-risk teens hits Wrangell

SEARHC's announcement last week that it was shuttering the 21-year-old Alaska Crossings program in Wrangell, a wilderness therapy program for at-risk children that the health care provider took over...

 By Larry Persily    News    January 13, 2022

SEARHC closes Crossings in Wrangell, expands operation in Sitka

Posted Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 12 Alaska Crossings, a program that helps at-risk teens and takes them on guided wilderness expeditions throughout Southeast, is closing its Wrangell base of operations and moving to Sitka. Crossings has been based... Full story

 By Larry Persily    News    January 6, 2022

State will stop paying for walk-up COVID testing at end of month

The state has decided to stop offering walk-up COVID-19 testing at Alaska’s larger airports, and to stop paying for similar free testing operations in communities statewide, including Wrangell, effective Jan. 31. The SouthEast Alaska Regional Healt...

 By Sarah Aslam    News    December 23, 2021

Health care providers prescribe recreation; SEARHC helps pay the bill

Eat your fruits and veggies, move around plenty and drink lots of water – a combination of these recommendations have come from health care providers for generations. Doctors have always told patien...


The Way We Were

Nov. 24, 1921 Mayor Grant this week circulated a petition to the governor setting forth that on account of the great destruction of deer by wolves in Southeast Alaska, more drastic methods of wolf extermination should be employed at once. The petitio...

 By Marc Lutz    News    November 24, 2021

Increased demand could lead to delayed deliveries during holidays

It's commonplace in most communities to see a big, brown delivery van lumbering down the street, or parked curbside with its hazard lights blinking. In Wrangell, the familiar UPS brand is replaced by...

 By Marc Lutz    News    November 18, 2021

Lack of child care sends parents in search of solutions

Nicole Hammer is faced with a child care conundrum that has no easy solutions. As her unemployment benefits run out, she needs to find a job. But finding someone to watch her son is proving to be...


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    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...


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