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 By Larry Persily    News    September 21, 2022 

Borough works to reduce need for property taxes to repay bonds

Officials believe the borough can cover the entire annual debt payment on $3.5 million in school maintenance bonds by taking advantage of strong sales tax revenues and higher federal aid payments — without turning to property taxes. State lease...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    September 21, 2022 

Wrangell to go without ferry service 3 weeks in January

Wrangell will be without ferry service from Jan. 10 to Feb. 3 under the fall/winter schedule released by the Alaska Marine Highway System last week. The rest of the seven months covered by the schedule includes a weekly stop in each direction in...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    September 21, 2022 

Retired teacher recalls a royal lunch with Queen Elizabeth II

A nine-course lunch in 1965 left an indelible mark on the memory of a young teacher from Denver. Queen Elizabeth II died on Sept. 8 at the age of 96, but she left an historical legacy that included a...

 

The Way We Were

Sept. 21, 1922 The Wrangell Parent-Teacher Association held its first meeting for the school year last Thursday night. There was a good attendance. Several matters pertaining to the welfare of the...

 

'Strengthen Your Spirit' program combines physical fitness and cultural values

Exuberant shouts resounded in the Evergreen Elementary gym last Thursday night as a group of nine young runners, between the third and fifth grades, bounded into the room for another session of I Toowú Klatseen, a running program for youth that...

 

Tanner Thomassen bags first moose after trying 15 years

Last Thursday afternoon, Tanner Thomassen, 27, shot Wrangell's first moose of the season on Andrew Island in the Stikine River. The moose is also Thomassen's first - he has been trying to bag one sinc...

 

Vote yes on mill property

Wrangell should vote yes on Oct. 4, giving the borough permission to sell or lease the former 6-Mile sawmill property — if a private developer steps forward. This isn’t a final vote on a development plan, and any sale or lease would require...

 

Good move on ferry pricing

The Sentinel often criticizes state ferry system management for bad decisions. But now it’s time to praise them for a good decision. Dropping the “dynamic pricing” structure for ferry service this fall and winter, October through April, is the...

 

Vote no on bond issues, use borough staff to start repair work

At the current time, I am opposed to the bond measures and associated tax increase that are on the municipal election ballot. We could and should spend at least a year applying our current workforce to doing maintenance and repair to see what we can...

 

Sharing Our Knowledge conference was a success with community help

The members of the Sharing Our Knowledge organizing committee extend our gratitude to all those in Wrangell who helped us in the production of a conference that exceeded our fondest hopes. This was the 11th Sharing Our Knowledge conference since...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    September 21, 2022 

Parks and Recreation strengthens weight room options with new equipment

It's taken a few years of requests and planning, but the community center weight room finally has new equipment, freeing up valuable space and increasing safety. Two metal frames allow users to do...

 

Wrangell boys take second place at Ketchikan cross country meet

The Wrangell High School cross country boys team placed second at the Ketchikan Invitational at Ward Lake last Saturday. Sophomore Daniel Harrison once again led the Wolves, coming in fourth place...

 

First-place finish and personal bests highlight Ketchikan swim meet

The Wrangell High School swim team competed in two meets at the Ketchikan Invitational competition last weekend, with junior Jack Roberts leading the team with a first-, second- and fifth-place finish. Competing against eight other high schools from...

 

Alex Angerman to push for day care, community outreach

Alex Angerman, CARES Act coordinator for the Wrangell Cooperative Association, is running for borough assembly to improve community outreach and foster youth engagement in municipal government. "The...

 

Robbins wants to encourage students and families to stay in Wrangell

Brittani Robbins is running for borough assembly to bolster Wrangell's economic development and stem the out-migration of families and youth from the island. Robbins, 37, is executive director of the...

 

Powell wants more borough land in private ownership

After seven years on the borough assembly, Bay Co. manager David Powell is running for another three-year term. Powell's desire to get land out of the borough's hands was what first motivated him to...

 

Senior Center foundation in need of repair

One of the foundational wooden beams under the Senior Center is rotting and will have to be repaired, according to Borough Manager Jeff Good. “There is no immediate threat to life and safety,” Good explained, but he hopes to address the problem...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    September 21, 2022 

Lawyer provides direction on estate planning, protecting assets

What to do with someone's property when they die can be a complicated task involving beneficiaries, a ton of paperwork and the court system. But it doesn't necessarily have to be. Liz Smith, a...

 

Classified ads

HELP WANTED Wrangell Public Schools is accepting applications for the following extracurricular positions: - High School Head Wrestling Coach - Middle School Boys’ Assistant Basketball Coach - Middle School Assistant Volleyball Coach - Freshmen...

 
 By Mark Sabbatini    News    September 21, 2022 

U.S. Senate candidates shows their differences on issues

The three candidates for U.S. Senate in November’s general election shared familiar political stances on Southeast Alaska issues during an hour-long forum at the Southeast Conference in Ketchikan on Sept. 13. Incumbent U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a...

 

COVID boosters soon available through SEARHC

The Wrangell Medical Clinic expects to receive doses of the new COVID booster this week or next, according to Randi Yancey, medical office coordinator at the clinic. Both the Pfizer and Moderna boosters will be available once the shipment arrives....

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    September 14, 2022

Supply chain issues, high demand keep hunters scrambling to reload

Issues with lingering supply chain disruptions that started with the COVID-19 pandemic have put hunters and gun enthusiasts in a bind. Though there are signs that ammunition shortages are on the...

 

To encourage more young fishermen, look to farm programs as models, new study argues

Young Alaskans seeking to break into commercial fishing face a lot of the same barriers that confront young farmers in the Lower 48 states, but they have far fewer resources to help overcome those...

 

The Way We Were

Sept. 14, 1922 At the Wrangell Commercial Club weekly luncheon at the Wrangell Hotel last Monday, officers of the Civic Improvement Club were present as guests. A number of worthy projects were...

 

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