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  • Assembly postpones decision on police staffing level

    Becca Clark, Wrangell Sentinel|Jul 3, 2024

    The assembly’s June 25 meeting produced the largest turnout of community members at a meeting all year for the public hearing on the budget for the fiscal year that started July 1. The budget item that drew the most public testimony was the proposed layoffs at the police department, which had been in the draft budget prepared by the borough manager. Though the budget, as approved by the assembly, lacks enough money to fund the entire police force for the full fiscal year, there will be no change in staffing levels for a few months and the assem...

  • Parks and Recreation cuts out Tuesday and Thursday pool activities

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Jul 3, 2024

    Parks and Recreation Director Lucy Robinson has announced the elimination of several regular activities at the swimming pool, starting this month, to manage spending under a cut in the borough contribution for the department. In an email to the community on June 27, Robinson said the cutbacks at the pool will reduce spending on part-time employees. The cancellations include the open swim on Monday afternoons and all swim activities on Tuesdays and Thursdays, including lap/family swims and club/camp swims. “Please note that we have eliminated t...

  • Parks and Recreation will trim services to match budget reduction

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Jun 26, 2024

    Director Lucy Robinson has announced there will be changes to Parks and Recreation hours and services coming soon, due to a pending cut in borough funding for the department. Recreation Coordinator Devyn Johnson said last week the details were still being worked out. As proposed in the draft budget for the fiscal year starting July 1, the borough contribution to the Parks and Recreation Department would drop from $640,000 last year to $554,000. Borough funds cover more than 70% of the budget for the department’s programs and maintenance, i...

  • Touch-a-Truck split into noisy and quiet sessions on Sunday

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Jun 19, 2024

    Kids of all ages will have a chance to check out some big rigs at the popular Touch-a-Truck event, from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 23, at the parking lot by Volunteer Park. Attendees will get to see many kinds of work vehicles, including fire trucks, police cars, bulldozers, dump trucks and more. This is the seventh such event held in Wrangell, with one year staged as a parade due to COVID restrictions. While it’s normally held on a Saturday, Parks and Recreation Coordinator Devyn Johnson said she wanted kids to be able to come to this event a...

  • Manager tells assembly it's time to reduce spending

    Larry Persily, Wrangell Sentinel|Jun 12, 2024

    Sales tax revenues came in under projections for the first three months of the year, an indication of a weakening economy and a worrisome sign for the community, Borough Manager Mason Villarma said last week. “We’re at that point we’re going to have to trim things down,” he told the assembly at a budget work session Wednesday, June 5. Mayor Patty Gilbert called the manager’s draft spending plan “the leanest budget” she has seen. In addition to proposing laying off two of the police department’s seven-member force of certified officers, Villa...

  • Safety looks good

    Jun 12, 2024

  • Use your head and get a free bike helmet

    Wrangell Sentinel|May 8, 2024

    Wrangell kids will have a heads-up opportunity next month: Not only can they get free helmets to wear when riding bicycles and four-wheelers, but the offer also includes free paint, brushes and other supplies to decorate their new headgear. It’s a thoughtful giveaway to protect the center of kids’ thought process. Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL), which provides help and support services for people with disabilities, particularly brain injuries, will provide the helmets. Wrangell’s Parks and Recreation Department will put on the e...

  • SEARHC offers mobile kitchen class, plans other healthy cooking events

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|May 8, 2024

    The SEARHC community wellness team is using a mobile kitchen to hold classes on healthy cooking in Wrangell and around Southeast. A session is available to the public at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at the Wrangell Medical Center. Seating is limited. "It was bought to just be another resource to talk about health and wellness," department case manager Kathryn Nuckols said of the mobile kitchen. "A fun way to participate in some education (on healthy eating)." Over the past week, she has hosted...

  • Parks and Rec hosts bike mechanic from Petersburg

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|May 8, 2024

    With some coordinating help from Parks and Recreation, bike mechanic Pat Blair with Wheelhouse Bikes in Petersburg will be in Wrangell Monday through Wednesday, June 3-5. Anyone with a bicycle in need of repair needs to call Blair at 907-772-2453 in advance to schedule an appointment. Bikes should be dropped off before the scheduled time at the community center multipurpose room by entering via the ramp on the north side of the building; using the same entrance for pickup after the work is...

  • Roller rink reopens, with first public skate Friday

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|May 1, 2024

    The nondenominational TouchPoint Alaska Ministries has reopened the roller rink on Bennett Street, with the first public skate night set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, May 3. Georgianna and Richard Buhler, of TouchPoint, are focused on seeing how things go the first night, which they are calling "Roll on the Rock," but they hope to eventually have regularly scheduled skate nights every Friday and Saturday. "That's still the plan," Georgianna Buhler said. "Right now, we're starting small."...

  • Community Calendar

    Apr 24, 2024

    KSTK SPRING ON-AIR FUNDRAISER ends Friday, April 26. Help KSTK raise $21,000 for broadcast services. All donors are invited to KSTK Friday evening, April 26, for the spring grill-out, with burgers, hotdogs, side dishes and beverages. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT will host a pre-season tourism stakeholder meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 25, at City Hall. The meeting is intended for businesses and organizations that provide services to the tourism industry. For those unable to attend in person, a Zoom link is available. h...

  • Chamber hands out annual volunteer, business, educator and citizen awards

    Sentinel staff|Apr 17, 2024

    The chamber of commerce at its annual awards dinner last weekend honored several members of the community for their service, including the fire department and emergency medical services crew, municipal electric line crew and borough employees for their response to the deadly Nov. 20 landslide that hit Wrangell. “Nowhere was the ‘I can help’ spirit more evident than in November of last year when a tragic landslide befell our community. For weeks, volunteers and first responders showed just what an amazing place Wrangell is,” said Carolin...

  • Wrangell team places 2nd in middle school volleyball tournament

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

    One of Wrangell's two teams placed second in the Stikine Middle School Invitational Volleyball Tournament, losing to Klawock in the final, while a Petersburg team took first place in the other bracket after defeating a different squad from Klawock. The two-bracket competition of 13 teams from middle schools across Southeast was held at the Wrangell high school and community center gyms on Friday and Saturday, April 12-13. The teams included two from Wrangell, one from Craig, one from...

  • It's time to wake up downtown garden beds

    Wrangell Sentinel|Mar 27, 2024

    Wrangell has a lot to offer people who live here and those who visit. Certainly the river, Native history and culture, Petroglyph Beach, the museum and fishing are on the list. So, too, is an attractive downtown. It’s spring, which means it’s time for volunteers to pitch in with a rake, a shovel, pruning shears or weeding gloves to keep downtown looking good through the summer months — when everything looks better and greener than the recently departed winter. The Parks and Recreation Department is running an adopt-a-garden program again this y...

  • And time to clean up after dogs

    Wrangell Sentinel|Mar 27, 2024

    Just as the snow and ice have melted away from the bushes and shrubs in downtown garden beds, so too have they disappeared from the parks, trails and ballfields in town — exposing the winter deposits left by dogs. Or, more accurately, left by dog owners who don’t think enough of the mess that their pets leave behind for others to step in. Devyn Johnson of Parks and Recreation describes it as “one of the more gross times of the year.” That pretty much sums up how everyone else sees it. Department staff try to dig in and keep the recreat...

  • Green thumbs can help beautify Wrangell again this year

    Becca Clark, Wrangell Sentinel|Mar 27, 2024

    This is the second year that Wrangell’s Parks and Recreation Department will host an adopt-a-garden volunteer program to help beautify downtown. Though volunteers have maintained the garden beds in years past, last year was the first year that Parks and Rec organized the volunteer program and provided resources. The seasonal garden beds will be opened for work on April 6, when Parks and Rec will host a work party. That will include a meeting to discuss guidelines, available resources and a garden bed care schedule. Opening the garden beds e...

  • Parks and Rec converts racquetball court to expand weights/exercise area

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Mar 20, 2024

    The weights and exercise areas at the swimming pool and community recreation facility have expanded, with more equipment stationed in the converted racquetball court. Parks and Recreation Director Lucy Robinson said the facility has seen an increase in use of weight-lifting and cardio equipment like treadmills and stationary bikes over the past several years, so they wanted to expand to satisfy the demand and encourage people to keep coming back. "We've hustled our little tails off to make sure...

  • Parks and Rec moves from one challenge to the next

    Sentinel staff|Mar 13, 2024

    Just as soon as its indoor Winter Workout Challenge ended, the Parks and Recreation Department moved outdoors - literally. The Outdoor Challenge, which started March 1, is similar to the indoor event. Participants keep track of their activities, and the runners, walkers, bikers - or whatever their exercise - with the most points win prizes. "We are just encouraging people to get outside and move their bodies," said Devyn Johnson, recreation coordinator for the department. The goal is completing...

  • Wrangell firefighters step up for cancer research fundraiser

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Feb 28, 2024

    Wrangell firefighters will join the 33rd annual stairclimb competition in Seattle next month to raise money for the fight against leukemia and lymphoma. Clay Hammer, Dustin Johnson and Steve Prysunka are taking part in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Firefighter Stairclimb on Sunday, March 10. It’s the world’s largest such event where the climbers breathe through their airpacks. The contest will be held at Seattle’s tallest building, the Columbia Center. All 2,000 participants are career, volunteer or retired firefighters from all over th...

  • Repairs and improvements coming to borough parks and trails

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Feb 21, 2024

    The Parks and Recreation Department has a healthy list of work projects it wants to complete by June, including maintenance on the Mount Dewey trail, repairs to public restrooms and reinforcing the fire pit at City Park. Replacing more trash bins with new ones better able to withstand curious bears is also on the list as the department looks ahead to people using the parks, trails and green spaces come summer. The alder removal process is ongoing in various parks and trails, cutting back excess vegetation that encroach on fencing and other...

  • The Way We Were

    Amber Armstrong-Hillberry, Wrangell Sentinel|Jan 31, 2024

    Jan. 31, 1924 Arrangements have been made whereby the Wilson & Sylvester Mill Co. sawmill is to become a lumber manufacturing plant on a large scale. The present mill will resume operations next week, and at the same time work will begin on the installation of new and modern machinery in addition to that already in operation. Within a year the Wrangell mill will have a capacity of 100,000 board feet daily. New people have become financially interested in the mill, and as an indication that big things are not only planned but will be carried...

  • Parks and Recreation challenges people to winter exercise

    Charley Sutherland, For the Wrangell Sentinel|Jan 24, 2024

    At this time of year, when it's dark for nearly 16 hours a day and temperatures are often below freezing, it's difficult for many to get outside and exercise. Wrangell Parks and Recreation is trying to address that dilemma by encouraging people to exercise indoors. The Winter Workout Challenge is a friendly competition where people self-log their exercises on a board at the community center. Those who log the most exercises will receive prizes like free entry to Parks and Recreation facilities...

  • Clearing work continues at slide; fundraising grows to help families

    Larry Persily, Wrangell Sentinel|Dec 6, 2023

    Response to the deadly landslide continues, with extensive clearing work to remove debris from along the highway to increase safety and with fundraising for families affected by the disaster, particularly the Heller and Florschutz families that lost loved ones. More than $43,000 from 342 donations had been raised in a GoFundMe campaign for the two families as of Monday, Dec. 4. Almost $20,000 had been raised in another account to help families who were displaced or whose lives were disrupted by...

  • New director wants to add exhibits, events at Nolan Center

    Mark C. Robinson, Wrangell Sentinel|Dec 6, 2023

    Jeanie Arnold, who started work as the new director at the Nolan Center on Nov. 27, said she wants to "provide an overall sense of joy to the community of Wrangell through artistic exposure and historical storytelling." She replaces Cyni Crary, who is moving out of state. Crary had been in the job since July 2018. Arnold said some of her goals include broadening the scope of the center with new exhibits and events targeted at a wide variety of interests. She also hopes to collaborate with the...

  • Schools will celebrate holidays with concerts, art walk

    Caroleine James, Wrangell Sentinel|Nov 15, 2023

    The Wrangell School District has a packed schedule of events as it heads into the holiday season. On Friday, Nov. 17, Evergreen Elementary School will hold its annual “Friendsgiving” lunch, where students can invite an adult friend to share a meal with. Food is prepared and served by members of the Parent Teacher Community Club. Schools will be closed on Nov. 23 and 24 so that teachers and students can enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday. On Nov. 29, the elementary school will be transformed into an art gallery for the biannual “Art Walk,” where f...

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