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2020 to be kicked off with a murder mystery ball

There are many different ways to celebrate the coming new year. People go to parties, make toasts, agree to new resolutions. In Wrangell, a new tradition that will be kicking off this New Year's Eve...

 

City looking into sudden rise in electric bills

The City and Borough of Wrangell released a statement last Friday, Dec. 6, in response to several complaints about residents' electric bills suddenly increasing. A Facebook post by Edward Rilatos on...

 

Assembly hears from Rep. Ortiz, takes stance on Roadless Rule, discusses tax refund

The Borough assembly had a busy night during their meeting on Dec. 10. The meeting opened with a report from State Representative Dan Ortiz. Ortiz said he is going around to the communities he...

 

Evergreen Elementary receives national recognition

School officials recently announced that Evergreen Elementary is one of two Alaskan schools to receive national recognition from the ESEA Distinguished Schools Recognition Program. Evergreen is being...

 

Port commission discusses completed Shoemaker work

The Wrangell Port Commission met last Thursday, Dec. 5, for a relatively brief meeting. A workshop was held beforehand to continue ongoing discussions on the cruise industry in Wrangell, and...

 

Officials: Six of Alaska's 11 ferries will be out of service

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – More than half of Alaska’s ferries will be out of service amid a lack of funds to repair the vessels, transportation officials said. The state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities announced this week that the A...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    December 5, 2019

A warmer, wetter winter for Wrangell this season

For the next three months, Wrangell will be experiencing above normal precipitation levels and temperatures, according to the National Weather Service in Juneau. The Climate Prediction Center is...

 

Free to a good home: 1 newspaper

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Free to a good home: One newspaper. Not a single edition of a paper but the entire newspaper.Publisher Larry Persily is willing to give away The Skagway News to the right...

 

Guest Commentary

I would like to update the community on my recent trip to Washington DC. It was an excellent opportunity to represent the needs and concerns of our community as well as highlight the challenges we...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    December 5, 2019

Petersburg man indicted on two controlled substance counts

PETERSBURG – Garitt Johnston, 30, was indicted by a Grand Jury on Nov. 21 for his involvement with Eric Jennings, who had received a package with heroin, methamphetamine and gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) in it on Nov. 9. Johnston was indicted on...

 

Mayor Prysunka goes to Washington last week

Mayor Steve Prysunka travelled to Washington D.C. last week to speak before the Senate Committee on Energy and National Resources. He was invited to speak on behalf of the National Association of...

 

Over 13 pounds of cigarette butts collected ahead of Great American Smokeout

Earlier this month, on Nov. 5, several Wrangell High School cheerleaders helped SEARHC employee Tammi Meissner pick up cigarette butts on Front Street. In an email to the Sentinel, Meissner said that...

 

Plans to subdivide old mill property

Plans are in motion to subdivide the old mill property around 6.5 mile Zimovia Highway, according to Terri Wenger with Anchor Properties. The property, currently owned by Betty Buhler, has been on...

 

Former Wrangellite goes into business with "instant hatchery"

Some Wrangell residents may remember Tod Jones. He was a Wrangell resident for about 20 years, from the '70s to the '90s. He first moved to the area to help start a fish hatchery in the Burnett Inlet...

 

Hospital construction still on track for 2021 opening

Construction of the new Wrangell Medical Center remains on schedule and on budget, according to SEARHC Vice President and Hospital Administrator Leatha Merculieff. The future hospital will be about...

 

Library to digitize archive of Wrangell publications

Past microfilms of the Stikine River Journal, the Fort Wrangell News and the Wrangell Sentinel will be digitally archived using a $8,250 grant that Wrangell Cooperative Association applied for and...

 

Correction

In last week’s edition of the Sentinel we reported that SEARHC’s CNA training program was the first at the Wrangell Medical Center. The program is new under SEARHC, but the program has existed in Wrangell before.... Full story

 

Wrangell by the numbers: Visitor industry continues to show growth

Rain Coast Data, on behalf of the Wrangell Convention and Visitors Bureau, recently released a document examining the economic impacts of the tourism industry on the community. "Wrangell Visitor Indus...

 

Shoemaker renovations extended to boarding float, parking lot

Shoemaker Bay Harbor has been undergoing renovations since the summer of 2018. First built in 1977, according to Harbor Master Greg Meissner in a previous interview with the Sentinel, it has grown...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    November 28, 2019

Tracked package leads to controlled substance arrest

PETERSBURG – A Grand Jury indicted Eric Jennings, 39, on three of the five counts set before them on Nov. 14. Jennings was indicted on misconduct involving a controlled substance in the fourth...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    November 28, 2019

Tyee Lake set to power Wrangell through winter

PETERSBURG – The water level at Tyee Lake was at 1,380.6 feet as of Nov. 18, which will allow the hydro plant to produce power for over seven months should all inflows to the lake stop. As part of...

 

Seniors recognized in weekend games against Petersburg

The Wrangell Lady Wolves volleyball team held their first home games of the season against the Petersburg Lady Vikings last week, on Nov. 15. It was senior night, meaning that the team recognized...

 

Wrangell Salvation Army receives new corps officer

After a nearly 29-year career, Salvation Army Majors Michael and Jennifer Bates recently announced their intentions to retire. The Bates have been the corps officers of the Salvation Army in Wrangell...

 

Policies on volunteers, sex offenders, and tobacco use covered in school committee meeting

Wrangell Public School's policy committee met last Thursday afternoon to review several proposed policies for the school district. One such policy refers to volunteers helping out around the school....

 

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