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Two WPD officers make trip to Ketchikan for training

Two members of the Wrangell Police Department made a four-day trip to Ketchikan last week for some training, according to city officials. The trip raised some questions, as the city has an ongoing mor...


Family Resilience Fair takes place this month

The third annual Family Resilience Fair will take place later this month, according to Kay Larson. The fair, set up by local nonprofit BRAVE, is designed to bring together different organizations...


School board reviews SMART Start plan in special meeting

The Wrangell School Board held a special meeting Monday evening, Aug. 31, to review updated SMART Start plans for the upcoming school year. With the first day of school scheduled for Sept. 8, and the...


Three active COVID-19 cases in Wrangell, 18 total

The community of Wrangell currently has three active cases of COVID-19, as of Tuesday, Sept. 1. The three most recent cases were discovered through routine employee testing programs, according to...


Primary election results released, 15 percent turnout in Wrangell

The official results for the Aug. 18 primary election have been released on the Alaska Division of Elections website. The primary election gives voters the opportunity to narrow down which candidates they would like to consider in the upcoming...


Assembly reviews FY 2021 Capital Improvement Projects

Prior to their meeting Tuesday, Aug. 25, the Wrangell Borough Assembly held a workshop to go over several Capital Improvement Projects planned for FY 2021. The city has multiple projects lined up for the near future, across several departments. Last...


Alaska villagers use vehicles to light runway for medevac

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Residents of a remote Alaska village scrambled just before midnight to help save the life of a child, jumping into their vehicles to light up a pitch-black runway as a medical transport plane circled overhead. People were...


Court orders wording change on Alaska oil tax ballot summary

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration has been ordered to change the language of the ballot summary for a proposed act that seeks to raise taxes on the oil industry. The Alaska Supreme Court upheld a ruling by Su...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 27, 2020

Schools to open with in-person classes

After deliberation by school administration, the Wrangell School District will be opening the new year with in-person classes. In an announcement by Superintendent Debbe Lancaster, on Aug. 24, all...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 27, 2020

New COVID case, 17 total

The City and Borough of Wrangell announced another confirmed case of COVID-19 this afternoon, Aug. 28. Like the previous case, the newest case is asymptomatic and was identified through an employee testing program. The patient is in isolation. This... Full story

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 27, 2020

Another COVID case identified in employee testing program

The City and Borough of Wrangell announced a new case of COVID-19 was identified today, Aug. 31. This case, like the previous case identified on Aug. 28, was found via an employee testing program. The patient is asymptomatic and is in isolation.... Full story

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 27, 2020

Assembly reviews 2019 audit, rescinds CARES Act funding for school district, declares economic disaster

The Wrangell Borough Assembly met Tuesday evening, Aug. 25. During this meeting, they reviewed an FY 2019 audit of the borough. This item was postponed from their meeting on Aug. 11, to wait for a rep...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 27, 2020

Confusion on hiring of new pastor

In the Aug. 13 edition of the Wrangell Sentinel, the newspaper reported on a story involving Hope Community Church of God, and the potential hiring of William Vorrasi as a new pastor. The church...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 27, 2020

School board discusses Juneau shopping trip in special meeting

The Wrangell School Board held a special meeting Monday, Aug. 24, to discuss recent travel and purchases made by the superintendent and school staff. Last week, Superintendent Debbe Lancaster and...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 27, 2020

Alaskans for Better Elections campaigning for new election rules

Shea Siegert, campaign manager for Alaskans for Better Elections, recently spoke to the Wrangell Sentinel about their organization. With limited opportunities for in-person events due to the COVID-19...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 27, 2020

Coho derby kicks off tomorrow, halibut derby on Labor Day weekend

Wrangell's annual coho and halibut derbies are just around the corner. The coho salmon derby begins tomorrow, Aug. 28, and will run until Sept. 7. The halibut derby, meanwhile, will take place from...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 20, 2020

Assembly looks at Institute Property in workshop

Prior to last week's assembly meeting on Aug. 11, the Wrangell Borough Assembly held a work session to consider future renovations to the old Institute Property. The Institute Property, located near...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 20, 2020

New COVID case announced, 16 total

The City and Borough of Wrangell announced that a new case of COVID-19 was confirmed this evening, Aug. 21. The announcement came in a press release from the city at 5:10 p.m. The new case, No. 16 in the community’s total case count, was... Full story

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 20, 2020

St. Frances Animal Rescue planning for future relocation

St. Frances Animal Rescue is beginning plans to relocate. The shelter was first established in 2009 by Rick and Dolores Klinke according to a PSA from the organization. Joan Sargent, lead shelter...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 20, 2020

City job description amended in special assembly meeting

The Wrangell Borough Assembly met last Friday, Aug. 14, to consider amendments to the job description of the Facilities Maintenance Specialist. This item was originally considered in their meeting on...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 20, 2020

Items approved in Planning and Zoning meeting

The Wrangell Planning and Zoning Commission met last Thursday evening, Aug. 13, to cover several items on their agenda. The first item they covered was a preliminary plat review of the D&P Ellis...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 20, 2020

Fallen rock blocks traffic at 8-mile

Monday morning, at about 10 a.m., a large rock fell from the bluff and landed on Zimovia Highway, around 8-mile. Lt. Bruce Smith, with the Wrangell Police Department, said that it was only one rock...


Taylor Transportation preparing for school year

For several years, the Wrangell School District has had its transportation needs met by the Etolin Bus Company. However, earlier this year company owner Greg McCormack announced his plans to retire....

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 20, 2020

School board approves mask mandate, reviews CARES Act contribution

The Wrangell School Board met Monday evening, Aug. 17. During the meeting, the board adopted a mandate requiring face masks be worn on district property. According to the mandate, masks must be worn...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 20, 2020

Salvation Army offering services in time of COVID-19

In March, when the COVID-19 pandemic first began to impact Alaska, many local businesses and organizations in Wrangell shut down. While many groups saw the time as an opportunity to wait and see how...


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