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 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...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    September 16, 2021 

Statewide COVID case count the past 30 days triple pandemic daily average

Daily COVID-19 cases across Alaska over the past 30 days are about triple the average of the 18-month pandemic — more than quadruple on several days last week. The heavy caseload, particularly seriously ill unvaccinated individuals infected with...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    September 16, 2021 

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...

 

COVID hospitalizations 20% above last winter

The state reported 186 people hospitalized around Alaska on Monday, 20% more than at the worst of COVID-19 admissions last December. Almost two dozen patients were on ventilators, the state health website reported Tuesday. However, in perhaps a...

 

Editorial

Discussions and medical decisions about the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 should be based on facts, not scientifically untested and unproven rumors spread on social media. And certainly not on...

 

Assembly focuses on two options for Public Safety Building

The assembly has directed borough staff to get two estimates for possibly resolving the longstanding deliberations over repairs to the rot-damaged Public Safety Building and the future of the former hospital building. One estimate would be for a...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    August 26, 2021

Vaccination rate inches higher as COVID surge hits Alaska

After starting July at 56%, then moving to 58% on Aug. 1, the rate of eligible Alaskans getting at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine has now climbed to 60%. Though the rate is improving, Alaska is still far behind the national average of...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    August 26, 2021

SEARHC seeks volunteers for Oct. 5 disaster drill

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is seeking volunteers to play victims, friends and family members, even news reporters in a mass casualty exercise Oct. 5. The drill is planned for 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Wrangell Medical Center,...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    August 12, 2021

Alaska health care employers require vaccination

As the Delta variant spreads and as COVID-19 case counts climb throughout Alaska, more health care providers in the state are requiring that their workers get vaccinated. Full vaccination also will be required of students living in on-campus housing...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    August 5, 2021

Murkowski, Young urge vaccinations amid rising COVID-19 cases statewide

Face masks are going back on in several communities across Alaska as health officials continue urging people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The state reported more than 1,000 new cases of the coronavirus Friday through Tuesday, and almost 4,000...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 5, 2021

Rally for Cancer Care fundraiser tees off this weekend

As the COVID-19 pandemic winds through its second year, many aspects of normal life are returning, including the annual Rally for Cancer Care golf tournament this weekend in Wrangell. The rally is a big fundraising event put on by the WMC...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 22, 2021

Cruise ship COVID case count climbs to 16

The COVID-19 case count among the 214 passengers and crew who were aboard the American Constellation’s Southeast Alaska cruise the second week of July has risen to 16, as the ship prepared this week to end its 10-day quarantine in Juneau and...

 

Pilot, boat captain Chuck Traylor dies at 86

Longtime Wrangell resident Chuck Traylor, 86, died July 13 at Wrangell Medical Center. As Chuck would say, he had a good run, his family wrote. He was born in Nebraska in 1934, and his family was in... Full story

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 15, 2021

COVID cases send cruise ship into quarantine

The first cruise ship to cancel runs through Southeast Alaska this summer due to COVID-19 cases on board is tied up in Juneau, waiting for the 10-day quarantine for the crew to end. The 267-foot American Constellation, which was carrying 162 passenge...

 

Bill Churchill dies at 88

William I. “Bill” Churchill Sr. died July 8 at the Wrangell Medical Center. The lifelong Wrangell resident was 88 years old. He had worked as a tugboat captain, and was well known for his carving and Native artwork. A memorial service is planned... Full story

 

Police report

Monday, June 7 Welfare check. Noise complaint: Unfounded. Agency assist: Ambulance. Tuesday, June 8 Citizen assist. Motor vehicle accident. Agency assist: Fire. Wednesday, June 9 Intoxicated person. Welfare check. Speeding complaint. Agency assist:...

 

Feds say Florida lawsuit threatens Alaska cruises

The Petersburg borough is offering $10,000 in prizes during June to encourage residents who are unvaccinated against COVID-19 to get the shot. The Sleeves Up Petersburg drawing is sponsored by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, with...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    June 10, 2021

Petersburg offers cash-prize drawings for vaccinations

The Petersburg borough is offering $10,000 in prizes during June to encourage residents who are unvaccinated against COVID-19 to get the shot. The Sleeves Up Petersburg drawing is sponsored by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services,...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    May 27, 2021

There's hope for more cruise ship visits this summer

Congressional action exempting large cruise ships from having to stop in Canada on their summer voyages to Alaska will provide a boost to heavily tourism-dependent Southeast communities. Although Wrangell was never on the itineraries of the largest...

 

Letters to the Editor

We need to preserve the biggest of the kings Tyee is a Native word that has several meanings. The Big One is the one that describes a 30-pound or bigger king salmon. At the south end of Wrangell...

 

Joanne Roberts 'lived a colorful life'

Joanne J. Roberts, a 27-year Wrangell resident, died May 13 at the SouthEast Regional Health Consortium's Mt. Edgecumbe Medical Center. She was 74, and died of pulmonary disease, her family said.... Full story

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    May 20, 2021

Graduates earn almost $175,000 in scholarships

Wrangell graduating seniors received scholarships that could total almost $175,000, with many extending through four years of college. The scholarships were announced at the high school awards ceremon...

 

Clinton Olds led 'positive, humorous and kind' life

Born to Les and Reita Olds in Tillamook, Oregon, on June 4, 1960, Clinton Thomas Olds was the youngest of three sons. Clint passed away on April 30, 2021, due to complications of pneumonia. He was... Full story

 
 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...

 

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