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 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 13, 2020 

100-year anniversary of New York to Nome air expedition

About this time a century ago, eight members of the U.S. Army Air Service reached an important milestone of a long journey. Using DH-4 biplanes, used as bombers during World War I, several members of...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 13, 2020 

COVID-19 daily update:

August 12 In this week’s COVID-19 update, Jamie Roberts with the EOC reminded everyone that new travel protocols took effect August 11. According to these new guidelines, all non-resident... Full story

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 13, 2020 

Church rescinds hiring of new pastor after backlash

Two weeks ago, it was announced that Hope Community Church of God would be hiring a new pastor, William Vorrasi. In a now-deleted post on the Wrangell community Facebook page, he introduced himself...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 13, 2020 

Fire alarm at Wrangell Medical Center

At approximately 10:35 a.m. last Wednesday, Aug. 5, the Wrangell Volunteer Fire Department was alerted to a fire alarm at the Wrangell Medical Center. Firefighters and EMS responded to the call...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 13, 2020 

Relocation of Forest Service boat discussed in port commission workshop

The Wrangell Port Commission met Thursday evening, Aug. 6, to discuss plans to relocate an old Forest Service vessel. The borough assembly adopted a memorandum with the Forest Service last November,...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 13, 2020 

New hospital aiming for December move-in date

The Wrangell Medical Center construction project remains on budget, according to an update from SEARHC. Rainy weather this summer has been a challenge, according to the update, but progress is still...


District to decide on "high" or "medium" risk start to school year on Aug. 24

With a SMART Start plan in place, and a beginning to the year scheduled for Sept. 8, the Wrangell School District is now working to decide what risk level they should operate at for the upcoming...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 13, 2020 

More progress made on Mariners' Memorial construction

Work continues on the Wrangell Mariners' Memorial, a project to honor the memory of Wrangell seafarers who have lost their lives. As previously reported in the last construction update, the roof of...

 By Brian Varela    News    August 13, 2020 

Alaska behind in 2020 United States Census response

Alaska is ranked last among the 50 states in its response to the 2020 United States Census, as of Tuesday, Aug. 11. Only Puerto Rico is behind Alaska in its response to the census, according to...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 13, 2020 

Assembly appointment, mask resolution, ferry authority covered in assembly meeting

The Wrangell Borough Assembly met Tuesday evening, Aug. 11. During this meeting, they appointed Bob Dalrymple to fill a vacant seat on the assembly. A seat was left empty after the resignation of Mya...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 13, 2020 

New reporter for local radio station

After June Leffler left KSTK to move back down south last month, the local radio station has operated without a reporter. Leffler's replacement, Sage Smiley, arrived in town last Sunday. "I'm really e...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 6, 2020

Community comes together in memory of Deckers

Last week, four people died in a car wreck in Petersburg. Among them were two Wrangellites, Siguard and Helen Decker, 21-years-old and 19-years-old. Their deaths shook the community, which has come...

 By Brian Varela    News    August 6, 2020

State Troopers say driver may have lost control of vehicle

Alaska State Troopers continue to investigate a fatal accident that claimed the lives of four seine boat crewmembers sometime after 10 P.M. on Monday, July 27. A Ford Excursion driven by Siguard...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 6, 2020

Mask mandate discussed in assembly meeting

The Wrangell Borough Assembly held a special meeting Tuesday, Aug. 4. The only item on the agenda that evening was a discussion of a potential mandate requiring the public wear face masks. No formal...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 6, 2020

Three new COVID-19 cases, 15 total

Three new cases of COVID-19 were recently announced by city officials, bringing the total number of cases Wrangell has seen up to 15. Of these, six cases are considered active as of Aug. 3. The other...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 6, 2020

New Facebook page for the Wrangell Sentinel

A new Facebook page has been created for the Wrangell Sentinel, the oldest continuously published newspaper in Alaska. Around mid-June, the Sentinel's Facebook page became "unpublished" for reasons...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 6, 2020

A look at the school district's SMART Start plan

The Wrangell Public School District recently published their SMART Start plan for next year. These are the guidelines the schools will be following to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 spreading amongst...


School board approves calendar for new year

The Wrangell School board unanimously approved of a new calendar for the next school year, during a special meeting on Aug. 3. The primary difference between this new calendar and last year is a later...

 By Brian Varela    News    July 30, 2020

Four dead in car crash

Four individuals died in a car crash that occurred late Monday night or early Tuesday morning on Mitkof Island when their SUV drove off the roadway near the 27 mile marker of Mitkof Highway at a high...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 30, 2020

New confirmed case of COVID-19

A new case of COVID-19 was announced Friday afternoon, July 31. According to a press release from the city, this case was a close contact from a previous case that was announced last week. The press release also states that the new case is a local... Full story

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 30, 2020

Two new COVID cases announced

Two new cases of COVID-19 were announced in Wrangell today, Aug. 1. This brings the total number of cases Wrangell has seen up to 15, and the number of active cases up to 6. The first case was announced in a press release from the city early this... Full story

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 30, 2020

Bearfest symposium covers history of bears, Anan

The Nolan Center hosted the annual Bearfest symposium last Thursday afternoon, July 23. The symposium brings together experts each year to give lectures on a variety of bear-themed topics. This...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 30, 2020

Three new COVID cases over four days in Wrangell

Three new cases of COVID-19 were announced in Wrangell over a period of four days this past week. This has brought the total number of cases of the virus in town up to 12. The first case in this...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 30, 2020

Assembly meeting canceled

The Wrangell Borough Assembly was planning to hold a work session and meeting Tuesday evening, July 28. However, it was unexpectedly cancelled earlier that afternoon. Borough Manager Lisa Von Bargen...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 30, 2020

Ranger district planning for Roosevelt Harbor restoration project

The Wrangell Ranger District is beginning the planning process for a restoration of the Roosevelt Harbor area. The harbor, located on Zarembo Island west of Wrangell, is graded inadequately and has...


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