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 By Caleb Vierkant    News    May 16, 2019 

Awards ceremony held at Wrangell High School

Friends, family, and school staff all crowded into the gym at Wrangell High School last Monday afternoon for an awards ceremony. With graduation just around the corner, the senior class of 2019 was...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    May 16, 2019 

Borough assembly and school district meet for joint budget workshop

Members of the Wrangell School District and the borough assembly came together for a joint workshop on the school district’s recently adopted budget. As Superintendent Debbe Lancaster said in the past, and repeated in Monday evening’s meeting,...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    May 16, 2019 

School board creates new leadership position at Evergreen Elementary

With the recent resignation of Principal Virginia Tulley, Evergreen Elementary School has found itself in need of new leadership. However, the school district itself is also facing tight finances,...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    May 16, 2019 

Wrangell businesses invited to enter Path to Prosperity contest

Path to Prosperity is a program organized by Spruce Root, a nonprofit that was organized with seed money from Sealaska Corporation through Haa Aaní Economic Development. It is an annual competition...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    May 16, 2019 

Parks and Rec Board review fee changes

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board met to review some proposed fee changes last Wednesday, May 8. The fee changes discussed in the meeting were mainly for streamlining and reformatting,...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    May 16, 2019 

Summer reading program beginning soon

The Irene Ingle Public Library is gearing up for their annual summer reading program once again. The program has been running for over 20 years, according to Library Director Margaret Villarma. She...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    May 16, 2019 

Fifth graders to give persuasive speech reading

Laura Davies’ fifth grade classroom has spent the past year learning about how to create and give a persuasive argument. To showcase their newfound talents in persuasive debates, several volunteers in her class will be presenting their speeches to...

 
 News    May 16, 2019 

Coast Guard continues response to airplane collision near Ketchikan, Alaska

The Coast Guard, partner agencies, and Good Samaritans continue to respond to the report of two aircrafts colliding and are searching for two people in the vicinity of George Inlet near Ketchikan, Alaska, Tuesday. Ten people were rescued and are...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    May 9, 2019

Disaster drill helps first responders stay prepared

Fire, smoke, and sirens could all be seen and heard at the Wrangell airport last Tuesday afternoon. While there was no real emergency, the situation was meant to simulate one. A disaster drill was...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    May 9, 2019

AmeriCorps volunteers helping out around Wrangell

From building flower pots to repairing walls, a group of AmeriCorps volunteers will be spending six weeks volunteering in Wrangell. "Green 3," as the team is called, came to Wrangell at the request of...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    May 9, 2019

School district tightens belt and adopts "no fat" budget

Lean times are ahead for the Wrangell School District, according to the budget that was adopted on April 30. Funding for the district has been a topic of much concern ever since Governor Mike...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    May 9, 2019

"Close Up" group returns from trip to D.C., NYC

Five Wrangell High School students recently returned from a trip to Washington D.C. and New York City, as a part of the Close Up program. Close Up is a nonprofit student government nonprofit...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    May 9, 2019

Assembly adopts agreement for Nome generators, holds budget workshop

The Wrangell Borough Assembly held an emergency meeting last Thursday night to adopt a "surplus property agreement" with the Nome Joint Utility System. The surplus property in question is a pair of...

 
 News    May 9, 2019

Tongass National Forest timber sale nearing completion

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) _ The first phase of the largest timber sale in Tongass National Forest in decades is moving ahead, and the U.S. Forest Service is asking for public comment through May 13. The Forest Service has confirmed it plans to offer about...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    May 2, 2019

Tulley to step down as Evergreen Elementary principal

Virginia Tulley moved to Wrangell in late July of 2018, ready to take on her new position as principal of Evergreen Elementary School. Coming from Arizona, Tulley has worked in a variety of teaching...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    May 2, 2019

Alaska Raptor Center visits for Birdfest

The Alaska Raptor Center is a Sitka-based rehabilitation center that cares for sick or injured birds. The Center cares for raptors, primarily, such as eagles, hawks, and owls. However, according to...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    May 2, 2019

City alters single purchase sales tax cap

Starting April 1, according to a document from the City and Borough of Wrangell, the cap on sales taxes for single purchases has been increased from $1,500 to $3,000 or above. According to Finance...

 

New book features histories of S.E. canneries

PETERSBURG–Seafood industry researchers to casual history buffs will use and enjoy Tin Can Country - Southeast Alaska's Historic Salmon Canneries. This copiously illustrated edition is filled with...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    May 2, 2019

Financial planning, home maintenance covered in THRHA training

The Tlingit and Haida Regional Housing Authority held a two-hour training session at the Nolan Center last Wednesday evening, April 24. The THRHA works across Southeast Alaska to create affordable...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    May 2, 2019

Free comic books at Little Free Library this Saturday

From superheroes to science fiction, from cartoon characters to thought-provoking stories, for any fan of any genre there is likely a comic book. The characters and stories that have become such an...

 
 News    May 2, 2019

Vierkant wins four Alaska Press Club awards

Wrangell Sentinel's news editor Caleb Vierkant won four awards from the Alaska Press Club for his work in 2018. For business reporting he placed first with the story about the end of the cruise ship...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    May 2, 2019

Borough workshops waste program, removes utility deposit interest rate, gives statement on lawsuit

The Wrangell Borough Assembly held a workshop before their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 30, to discuss the future of their solid waste program. According to the agenda packet for the evening, Wrangell has handled its waste by shipping the...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 25, 2019

SEAPA postpones $841,000 payment to Wrangell and Petersburg

The Southeast Alaska Power Agency, representing the communities of Wrangell, Petersburg, and Ketchikan, decided to postpone a reimbursement plan to its two northern communities in their last meeting....

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 25, 2019

Three WHS seniors awarded Sasayama/Alaska Pulp Corporation scholarship

Three senior students at Wrangell High School were informed Monday that they were chosen as recipients of the 2019 Sasayama/Alaska Pulp Corporation scholarship. The scholarship was first put together...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 25, 2019

211 hours of work by volunteers at HOP Project

The third Helping Our Parks Project, according to Wrangell Parks and Recreation Director Kate Thomas, was a huge success. The HOP Project is an annual event organized by the parks and rec department,...

 

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