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 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 29, 2020 

Assembly approves purchases for police department

The Wrangell Borough Assembly considered several purchases for the Wrangell Police Department during their meeting last Tuesday evening, Oct. 27. Two items were approved by the assembly, a Text-to-911...

 

Breaking News: Mayor Stephen Prysunka, on behalf of the City & Borough of Wrangell

A CBW Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) official was recently threatened on social media. This incident was deeply hurtful to the official involved and put the individual in fear of her own safety, and that of her family. A police investigation is un... Full story

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 29, 2020 

COVID-19 daily update:

October 28 In this week’s COVID-19 update, Jamie Roberts reported that Wrangell remains free of any confirmed cases of the virus. Wrangell has seen 20 cases in total, but all have recovered.... Full story

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 29, 2020 

Assembly holds workshop on water treatment plant

The Wrangell Borough Assembly held a workshop last week, Oct. 20, to discuss the water treatment plant improvement project. This has been an ongoing project for some time now, and the workshop was to...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 29, 2020 

COVID-19 discussed with state officials in assembly meeting

The Wrangell Borough Assembly met Tuesday evening, Oct. 27. The main focus of the meeting was a discussion on the COVID-19 pandemic, and the situation across the state. Multiple guest speakers from th...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 29, 2020 

Evergreen Elementary returning to full-day schedule

Starting next Monday, Nov. 2, Evergreen Elementary school will be returning to a full-day schedule. After the district closed down late last school year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 29, 2020 

Parents voice concern over mask usage during sports

A meeting between school officials and concerned community members was held in the WHS commons last Thursday evening, Oct. 22 about a then-recent announcement by the Alaska School Activities...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 29, 2020 

Mask up this Halloween, says chamber of commerce

With the COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing, and with cases increasing across the state, there has been some discussion in Wrangell about what Halloween could look like this year. Stephanie Cook, with...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 29, 2020 

The Rocky Horror Picture Show coming to the Nolan Center

The Nolan Center, Wrangell's movie theater, is known for its variety of showings. The theater has brought the biggest and latest movies to the small town, but has also shown oldies and nostalgic films...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 29, 2020 

SEAPA anticipating future rate increases

The Southeast Alaska Power Agency provides power to the communities of Wrangell, Petersburg, and Ketchikan. CEO Trey Acteson said they have not had a rate increase in over 23 years, holding steady at...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    October 29, 2020 

Positive COVID-19 case shuts down schools in Petersburg

PETERSBURG – A positive case of COVID-19 was identified this morning in Mrs. Potrzuski’s fifth grade classroom at Rae C. Stedman Elementary School, resulting in a district-wide school closure, according to a statement on Petersburg School...

 

Alaska accepts bids for 2 fast ferries that faced struggles

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) –Alaska is redoubling efforts to sell two fast ferries by accepting sealed bids. The state Department of Transportation issued a public notice of the bidding process Thursday, CoastAlaska reported Monday. The state set a...

 

115 moose harvested in 2020

Moose season came to a close on Oct. 15. Final harvest numbers came in on Oct. 20, according to Hilary Wood with the ADF&G Petersburg office. The communities of Wrangell and Petersburg are located...

 

Little winter ferry service currently planned for Wrangell

Disruptions to ferry service have become a relatively common occurrence in recent history. The Alaska Marine Highway System has faced tight budgets, a strike, and an aging fleet in need of upgrades. With winter drawing near Wrangell will not see any...

 

Prysunkas provide COVID-19 update

The Prysunka family, Dr. Lynn and Mayor Steve, met with KSTK and Wrangell Sentinel reporters on the afternoon of Oct. 20 to talk about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Wrangell has seen a total of 20...

 

Kate Thomas receives recognition from ARPA

Kate Thomas, Wrangell's parks and recreation director, recently earned an award from the Alaska Recreation and Parks Association. ARPA held their annual conference in early October, virtually in...

 

Becker discusses campaign, priorities if elected

Having won in the primary election in September, Leslie Becker is now competing against incumbent Dan Ortiz to represent House District 36 in this November's general election. District 36 covers sever...

 

Ortiz visits Wrangell, discusses priorities if re-elected

Representative Dan Ortiz visited Wrangell last week, going door-knocking and speaking with constituents as part of his re-election campaign. He is running again for House District 36, against Leslie...

 

Zarembo dock and ramp closed

WRANGELL, Alaska – The walkway and ramp of Roosevelt Harbor Dock on Zarembo Island is closed to public use as of Oct. 16, 2020 to ensure public health and safety. The closure order is effective until necessary repairs are completed. The float...

 

Superintendent Lancaster offers resignation

Wrangell's school board met Monday evening, Oct. 12. Among other business they discussed during the meeting, they accepted a letter of resignation from Superintendent Debbe Lancaster. "There are...

 

Assembly approves final election results

The Wrangell Borough Assembly held a special meeting last Thursday, Oct. 8, to certify the final election results from Oct. 6. Following a Canvass board meeting to review preliminary election...

 

The final election results

Winners are denoted by an asterisk (*). Mayor, one two-year term: *Steve Prysunka, 359 Write-ins, 58 Borough Assembly, two three-year terms: *Ryan Howe, 274 Jennifer Jackson, 217 *Anne Morrison, 332 Write-ins, 5 Borough Assembly, one one-year term:...

 

Judge dismisses Valvoda lawsuit against city

A lawsuit brought against the city by a Wrangell resident has come to a close, after Judge Kevin Miller dismissed the case. Kipha Valvoda brought a lawsuit against several former and current members...

 

P&Z commission review proposed zone changes

The Wrangell Planning and Zoning Commission met last Thursday evening, Oct. 8. During their meeting, they held a public hearing on a proposed zone change on city property. "The City and Borough of Wra...

 

Officers nominated, other appointments made in school board meeting

The Wrangell School Board held their first meeting since last week's election on Monday, Oct. 12. This was the first meeting for Laura Ballou, recently elected to the school board. The first order of...

 

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