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 By Sentinel staff    News    June 10, 2021 

Wrangell now at 4 active COVID cases

Officials reported two new COVID-19 cases Wednesday afternoon, June 9, describing both as "close contacts of the positive cases from last week." The report brings to four the total number of active COVID cases in the community. The latest cases are... Full story

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 10, 2021 

Businesses report hiring struggles

Much like the rest of the country, several businesses in Wrangell said hiring has become a greater struggle than in the past. “I haven’t had a full staff in a year and a half,” said Josh Young, with J&W’s. “I hired my first new employee in...

 By Larry Persily    News    June 10, 2021 

Sales tax collections better than expected

Despite the pandemic and its hit to the economy, Wrangell’s sales tax collections were higher than expected last year and, though lower this year, still coming in several hundred thousand dollars better than anticipated for the fiscal year that...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 10, 2021 

Yancey ready to sell Rainforest Islander and retire

A little over a year after being put back in the water, the Rainforest Islander is for sale again. Owner Eric Yancey has been operating the Islander under Breakaway Ferry and Freight. He has also...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 10, 2021 

Assembly adopts policy for use of police body cameras

The borough assembly on Tuesday evening approved a policy for use of body cameras by the Wrangell Police Department. Under the policy, “All sworn Wrangell law enforcement employees will be issued a BWC (body worn camera) and trained in the basic...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 10, 2021 

Community gathers for blessing of fleet

Community members, local organizations and mariners gathered together at the Wrangell Mariners' Memorial last Sunday afternoon for a blessing of the fleet. The blessing is a tradition in seaside...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 10, 2021 

Assembly rescinds funding for Sea Level COVID testing

The borough assembly on Tuesday night rescinded $70,000 in funding to cover COVID-19 tests for employees of Sea Level Seafoods, after rejecting an amendment to expand the funding to all seafood processors in Wrangell. The assembly originally...

 By Sentinel staff    News    June 10, 2021 

Fire damages trailer home on Shoemaker Loop

Friends started a GoFundMe campaign Tuesday evening for the Halee Mathis and Darryl Bartlett family after an afternoon fire damaged their trailer home on Shoemaker Loop Road. No one was home at the time of the fire, Bartlett said, except for the...

 By Sentinel staff    News    June 10, 2021 

Juneau petition campaign to restrict cruise ships fails

Advocates who wanted to limit cruise ship visits to Juneau failed to gather enough signatures to place three initiatives on the October municipal election ballot. The group, Juneau Cruise Control, needed about 3,000 signatures to put the questions on...

 By Sentinel staff    News    June 10, 2021 

Lawmakers let tax legislation slide to next year

Not surprisingly in a state that hasn’t raised its motor fuel tax rate in 50 years, the Alaska Legislature this session failed to approve a measure to raise the rate, nor did it pass legislation to tax e-cigarettes the same as tobacco products or r...

 By Sentinel staff    News    June 10, 2021 

King salmon derby returns after missing past 3 years

Wrangell’s first king salmon derby since 2017 is just days away from dropping hooks in the water. The derby opens Tuesday and will run through June 30, ending in time for the start of the long Fourth of July holiday weekend. The community’s 66th...

 By Sentinel staff    News    June 10, 2021 

Chamber plans for 4-day 4th celebration

Plans are underway for a four-day Fourth of July celebration in Wrangell, with just a few gaps still to fill. Chairpersons were needed as of Monday for the July 3 Big Wheels races and July 4 parade, said Stephanie Cook, of the Wrangell Chamber of...

 By Sentinel staff    News    June 10, 2021 

Wrangell sees first COVID cases in town since May 6

In the first reported cases since May 6, borough officials announced two new COVID-19 infections June 2. Both were Wrangell residents, both initially showed no symptoms when they were tested, and one had recently traveled outside of Alaska. Both were...

 News    June 10, 2021 

Torvend, Bacon wed July 3

Todd Torvend and Stacie Bacon will be married at 6 p.m. July 3 on the City Dock. A reception will follow at the Elks Lodge. “Everyone is invited who wants to share our day....

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 10, 2021 

Imagination led to fantasy, sci-fi writing for former resident

"I always enjoyed reading, I plundered the local library when I was a kid," said Max Florschutz. Florschutz, 35, lives in Utah but grew up in Wrangell. He moved away to attend college at Bringham...

 By Sentinel staff    News    June 10, 2021 

Silversea confirms plans for 3 cruise stops in Wrangell

Silversea Cruises, operator of the 600-passenger Silver Muse, last week confirmed its resumption of cruises to Alaska, with its website listing three sailings that include stops in Wrangell. The Silver Muse, with capacity for 400 crew members, will...


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...

 News    June 10, 2021 

Royal Caribbean joins list that will require vaccinations

MIAMI (AP) - Royal Caribbean International said it will require vaccinations for passengers 16 and older on cruises to Alaska, and that crew members on all of its ships will be vaccinated against...

 News    June 10, 2021 

State offers free COVID vaccinations for visitors

JUNEAU (AP) – The state of Alaska has begun offering free COVID-19 vaccines at airports, a move that was planned a month ago for the start of the summer travel season as an additional enticement for visitors to come to Alaska. The state health depa...

 News    June 10, 2021 

Wasilla postal worker saves a wedding

WASILLA (AP) - An Alaska bride-to-be mailed out her wedding invitations last month and eagerly waited for friends and family to respond. And kept waiting. ``We were kind of wondering why we weren’t receiving any RSVPs, but we really didn’t think...

 By Sandy Poulson    News    June 10, 2021 

Piano tuner retires after 51 years traveling Alaska

Upright pianos in Skagway bars dating from the Gold Rush. Grand pianos worth tens of thousands of dollars in Anchorage and Sitka. Bob Hope's piano while he was on a USO tour in Alaska. Plus private,...

 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 Caleb Vierkant    News    June 3, 2021

Borough moves closer to developing former Institute property

A preliminary plat for the first phase of developing the former Wrangell Institute property into residential and commercial lots, known as Shoemaker Bay Subdivision II, was approved by the planning and zoning commission Tuesday afternoon. There is...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 3, 2021

Students bid farewell to school, hello to summer

"Middle school here I come!" said Silje Morse, one of 15 fifth graders at Evergreen Elementary, during her last day of school. Evergreen marked the end of the school year last Thursday with a...

 By Larry Persily    News    June 3, 2021

Growing number of seniors receive property tax break

The number of senior citizens receiving a state-mandated property tax break on their homes continues to climb in Wrangell, totaling 280 homes this year and costing the borough $400,000 in lost tax revenues. Wrangell is not alone in the rising...


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