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  • Wrangell apartment rents among lowest in the state

    Larry Persily, Wrangell Sentinel|Jul 17, 2024

    Though it may be of little solace to people who struggle to find available housing, Wrangell continues to rank among the lowest-cost communities in the state for apartment rents. This month’s Alaska Economic Trends magazine, published by the Alaska Department of Labor, shows the median monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment — utilities included — at $1,081 in Wrangell and Petersburg, which are lumped together for the annual survey. That’s the lowest of the 11 areas covered in the report. The Kodiak Island Borough topped the survey at $1,713...

  • Canoe journey to Celebration was about personal healing too

    Becca Clark and Colette Czarnecki, Wrangell Sentinel and KSTK|Jul 17, 2024

    When paddlers from around Southeast departed from Wrangell in canoes toward Juneau, they had not just a physical journey ahead of them, but a journey of personal healing too. They were heading to Juneau for Celebration, the biennial festival that honors Southeast Alaska Native culture and heritage. The week-long journey May 29 to June 4 was a time for many of the close to 70 people aboard six canoes to reflect on life and to heal from past traumas. "We're in this gorgeous bay, with the glacier... Full story

  • Cruise cancellations cut into visitor count this summer

    Becca Clark, Wrangell Sentinel|Jul 17, 2024

    Due to cruise ship cancellations, summer tourism numbers could come in slightly below last year. Matt Henson, the borough’s marketing and community development coordinator, said that based on the number of cruise ships scheduled, he now expects 21,000 to 23,000 visitors. Last year’s count totaled 23,000. Before the season started, Wrangell expected close to 30,000 cruise visitors, if all the berths were filled. The canceled stops have cut into that number. Jeanie Arnold, Nolan Center director, said revenue is down from last year. “The numbe...

  • Borough to consider options for former hospital property

    Becca Clark, Wrangell Sentinel|Jul 17, 2024

    After developer Wayne Johnson withdrew his offer last month to purchase the former hospital, the borough now is in the process of deciding how to move forward with the property. Mayor Patty Gilbert said in an interview July 10 that the assembly will discuss options at its next meeting, scheduled for July 23. The assembly will need to regroup and think about all the options, she said. Gilbert added that there are a few parties interested in the property, but said to her knowledge there have been no formal offers. The borough owns the 1.94-acre...

  • The Way We Were

    Amber Armstrong-Hillberry, Wrangell Sentinel|Jul 17, 2024

    July 17, 1924 The Wrangell Home Bakery announces the installation of a new phone, No. 61, and that they will deliver all orders. They call attention to their sandwich bread, fresh buns and french bread which cannot be excelled; rich pound cakes that don’t dry out; Devil’s Food; white layer cake fit for a queen; honey cream cakes; cupcakes and cookies of every kind. July 15, 1949 The Stikine River closed to gillnetting at 6 a.m. today until 6 p.m. Aug. 1, following one of the poorest runs of red salmon yet recorded for the river. Up to the wee...

  • Community Calendar

    Jul 17, 2024

    MUSKEG MEADOWS First Bank Golf Tournament 9-hole best-ball and special hole in one, Saturday and Sunday, July 20-21. Tournament play starts at 10 a.m., register by 9:30 a.m. DISNEY’S “BROTHER BEAR” movie, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 23. Free. The 2003 animated musical fantasy comedy movie is part of a free series of movies for children. COMMUNITY POTLUCK 6 p.m. Fridays through August at the sheltered site on Nemo Point Road. All are welcome. ROLL ON THE ROCK roller skating 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturdays at the TouchPoint Ministries rink on Benne... Full story

  • The start of a new totem pole

    Jul 17, 2024

  • Municipal election candidacy filing opens in 2 weeks

    Sentinel staff|Jul 17, 2024

    The candidacy filing period opens Aug. 2 for this year’s municipal elections for mayor, borough assembly, school board and port commission. Candidates will have until Aug. 30 to complete the declaration form, which will be available starting July 31 at the borough clerk’s office in City Hall. Mayor Patty Gilbert’s two-year term expires this fall and will be on the Oct. 1 election ballot, along with the assembly seats currently held by Bob Dalrymple and Jim DeBord. The assembly seats are for three-year terms. Gilbert, who is finishing her first...

  • School registration opens online Aug. 7

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Jul 17, 2024

    Wrangell schools online student registration will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 7, for grades K-12 at wrg.powerschool.com/public/. For those who need assistance, in-person registration will be held Monday, Aug. 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the elementary school gym. The first day of school for students is Thursday, Aug. 22, with teachers starting earlier in the week. This year’s holiday break will start after classes end on Friday, Dec. 20, with school reopening on Monday, Jan. 6. Student fees remain unchanged from last year and are due at the t...

  • Never too young to run for local office

    Wrangell Sentinel|Jul 17, 2024

    The age of presidential candidates is all over the national news, where the focus is on how old is too old. With the opening of the filing period for Wrangell municipal offices just two weeks away, the community’s focus should be on the opposite end of the age spectrum. The minimum age to serve as mayor or on the borough assembly is 18, same as the school board. Port commissioners must be at least 21 years old. Nothing against all the people in their 50s, 60s and 70s who have volunteered for public office in Wrangell — they’ve done solid work,...

  • Summer cruise ship numbers are like porridge

    Larry Persily Publisher|Jul 17, 2024

    Wrangell is in a Goldilocks situation when it comes to tourists. Too many is no good. It would leave the town feeling stuffed. Too few is what we have, leaving the town hungry to fill its economic bowl. Just enough more visitors to warm up the economy would be the right amount. Too bad it’s not as easy a choice as Goldilocks picking which porridge to bear down on. Wrangell is not a tourism-dominated community like Skagway or Juneau. Nor does it want to be. But a little more sales tax revenue would be a good thing, particularly if those sales t...

  • The world will be better if we love our neighbor

    Jul 17, 2024

    Both good and evil are the forces that we deal with each and every day. We start our day and we make choices that affect us and the people around us. Even the things we handle each day can be used for good or evil. It is up to us to determine how we handle each situation that we face. Let’s start with money, known as the root of all evils. Is that correct? It is up to us to determine which it will be. You can take a portion of your money and buy a child an ice cream cone. As the child eats it, a smile appears on their face and they are h...

  • Not ready to say goodbye to Wrangell

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Jul 17, 2024

    Changes are happening at the paper. As a result, I will no longer be working full-time at the Sentinel. It’s nobody’s fault; it’s the nature of this business. Since my arrival last October, people asked me now and then if I thought I might stick around, but I knew better than to commit to anything. Residents have seen a lot of reporters come and go through this newspaper, and my plan was to take this unique adventure one day at a time. Newfound friends expressed their sadness when I told them last month I would likely be leaving. And I was g...

  • State champs cross country team gets ready for new season

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Jul 17, 2024

    The Wrangell Wolves cross country boys team outran strong competition last year to take home their second state championship title in a row, and head coach Mason Villarma has high hopes for the runners returning for a new season. “I’m hoping to keep the culture alive,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of excellence in the program right now, particularly on the boys’ side.” Villarma is still working on building the girls’ program, and he hopes that the addition of middle school teacher Laura Davies as the team’s new assistant coach will help to attract...

  • Wells steps down as chamber of commerce director

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Jul 17, 2024

    Tommy Wells was taking down Fourth of July decorations downtown on July 11 as he talked of his decision to resign as chamber of commerce executive director, effective Aug. 1. He submitted his resignation late last month. His reason was very close to home. "My oldest son was in a car wreck about three years ago, left him paralyzed," he said, adding that, back in Texas, his son has been dealing with subsequent medical issues which have lately worsened and necessitated his being hospitalized for...

  • First Bank throws a party for its 100th anniversary

    Sentinel staff|Jul 17, 2024

    First Bank is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a special event for the community from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 19, at the Nolan Center. The public is invited. The Southeast Alaska bank’s board of directors and staff will host the event, one of several planned for communities where the financial institution operates. First Bank is headquartered in Ketchikan and is the only commercial bank headquartered in Southeast Alaska. It opened its doors in 1924. The locally owned bank has branches in Juneau, Sitka, Petersburg, Wrangell and Craig. T...

  • More results come in from Fourth of July events

    Sentinel staff|Jul 17, 2024

    The following list of winners was submitted to the Sentinel by the chamber of commerce and event organizers. Volunteers tried their best to get everyone's name correct. These winners are in addition to the names published in the July 10 Sentinel. Boat races Unlimited (head-to-head, at up to 99 mph on the course) First: Randy Easterly Second: Curtis Kautz Third: Gary Allen Jr. Limited (circular course, at 115-hp and under) First: David Gillen Second: Brett Abrahamson Third: Curtis Kautz Greased p...

  • King salmon derby prizes awarded

    Sentinel staff|Jul 17, 2024

    The chamber of commerce awarded prizes for last month’s king salmon derby at a ceremony July 11 at the Nolan Center. Charlie Webb, of Anchorage, won the $1,500 cash prize for the largest fish of the derby, at 43.5 pounds. Wrangell’s Diana Nore took second place, and $750, for her 38.1-pound catch. Mike Ramsey, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, won $500 for finishing third with his 37.3-pound salmon. The king derby — in its 69th year — ran June 15-30. Connor Blake won $100 for the largest salmon in the 12-and-younger age division with his 22.6-po...

  • Police report

    Jul 17, 2024

    Monday, July 8 Agency assist: Ambulance. Fraud. Tuesday, July 9 Threats. Wednesday, July 10 Letter served for removing a person from a licensed establishment. Agency assist: Wrangell Fire Department. Thursday, July 11 Agency assist: Petersburg Police Department. Agency assist: Public Works Department. Citizen assist. Friday, July 12 Harassment. Hit and run, and driving under the influence: Arrested. Saturday, July 13 Found property. Welfare check. Fireworks complaint. Traffic stop: Verbal warning for no headlights. Fireworks complaint. Sunday,...

  • Classified ads

    Jul 17, 2024

    HELP WANTED Wrangell Chamber of Commerce is accepting applicants for executive officer who plans, organizes, coordinates and directs chamber business as well as oversees the daily operation of the chamber. Posting open until filled. Full job description and applications are available by emailing Chamber President bburr@wrangellchamber.com. HELP WANTED Wrangell Public Schools is accepting applications for the following positions for the 2024-2025 school year: - Special Education Paraprofessional: This is a part-time, 9-month classified position,... Full story

  • Royalty duo sets a record with $145,082 for 4th of July

    Becca Clark, Wrangell Sentinel|Jul 10, 2024

    Alisha Armstrong won this year's Fourth of July royalty contest with a fundraising tally of $84,582, while Kayla Young raised $60,500 - setting a new record with their effort. The combined total of $145,082 more than doubled the numbers of the past couple of years - $53,704 in 2023 and $56,260 in 2022 - when only a single royalty candidate signed on for the annual fundraising effort to help pay for Wrangell's Fourth of July celebration. The totals were announced prior to the start of the talent...

  • Bearfest comes out of hibernation starting July 24

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Jul 10, 2024

    Bearfest is returning for its 15th year on July 24 – 28. The annual event is dedicated to bears and the surrounding environment, where attendees can enjoy symposiums, cultural and educational activities, art and photo workshops, fine dining, marathons, a bear safety session and more. In two of the workshops, kids and families are invited to create bear-themed ornaments to decorate the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree and smaller companion trees that will represent Alaska in Washington, D.C., this holiday season. The trees are coming from the T...

  • Mount Dewey trail extension nearly complete

    Becca Clark, Wrangell Sentinel|Jul 10, 2024

    The extension to the Mount Dewey trail is nearly complete and will connect the existing trail to a new trailhead on Bennett Street. Work began on the three-quarter-mile trail extension in December and is expected to be complete by the end of the month. It will provide a pathway from the backside of Mount Dewey, supplementing the longstanding route up the front from downtown. The borough worked with the Wrangell Cooperative Association to name the trail Sháchk Kináa Deiyí, which means “path over the muskeg.” The total project cost added up to...

  • It's not crazy if it floats

    Jul 10, 2024

  • The Way We Were

    Amber Armstrong-Hillberry, Wrangell Sentinel|Jul 10, 2024

    July 10, 1924 Dr. Diven is leaving Friday on the Haleyon to establish the Christian Endeavor Society’s camp at Anan Creek. This is the girls camp and will be directed by Mrs. Tozier, Mrs. Patterson and Miss Swanson. Dr. Diven, assisted by Homer Worden and Sidney Tozier, will attend to all the heavier work around the camp except the eating, in that the dozen girls of the camp have cheerfully agreed to take a full share. Some of the girls who are planning on the camping trip are the Misses Dorothy and Marjorie Johnson, Irene and Virginia T...

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