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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...

 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...


Twelfth case of COVID-19 announced, close contact with previous case

The City and Borough of Wrangell announced the twelfth case of COVID-19 in Wrangell on Monday afternoon, July 27. This is the fourth case considered to be active in the community, the others are... Full story

 By Brian Varela    News    July 23, 2020

Four dead in car crash

PETERSBURG- 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... Full story


Trident Seafoods employee tests positive for COVID-19

PETERSBURG ­– An employee with Trident Seafoods has tested positive for COVID-19 on the individual’s tenth day of quarantine after arriving to the community, according to a press release from the Petersburg Emergency Operations Center. All...

 By Brian Varela    News    May 7, 2020

Replacement date for SEAPA line unknown

PETERSBURG – Southeast Alaska Power Agency is still in the process of trying to replace a damaged submarine cable that provides Petersburg with power, as complications increase due to the COVID-19 p...

 By Brian Varela    News    April 16, 2020

Petersburg's Little Norway Festival cancelled

PETERSBURG – The Petersburg Chamber of Commerce has officially cancelled this year's Little Norway Festival due to uncertainties over how long state health mandates to shelter in place and...


Positive Case in Petersburg

PETERSBURG – Petersburg Medical Center has informed the Borough of Petersburg of a positive test result for COVID-19 in Petersburg. The individual had traveled to the Lower 48, returned to...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 2, 2020

Grocery stores taking virus struggles in stride

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused many lifestyle changes in communities across the world, including here in Wrangell. With social distancing and self-quarantining, many people are doing their...



The Sentinel was provided incorrect information from the United States District Court for the District of Alaska last week that led to the misspelling of a name in a story on page three of the March 5 issue of the Wrangell Sentinel. Christopher... Full story

 By Brian Varela    News    March 12, 2020

SEACAD intercepts package containing meth

PETERSBURG ­– Lloyd Bennett, 51, was indicted by a Grand Jury on Tuesday on one count of misconduct involving a controlled substance in the third degree, which is a class B felony. On Monday,...

 By Brian Varela    News    March 12, 2020

Second Alaska Wildlife Trooper comes to Petersburg

PETERSBURG ­- The local Alaska Wildlife Trooper post held an open house on Saturday to welcome the community to their new location on Haugen Dr. and to introduce Petersburg's new wildlife trooper....

 By Brian Varela    News    March 5, 2020

Petersburg resident breaks into post office

PETERSBURG - Christopher Manske was arrested on Feb. 26, and is now being held in federal custody in Juneau facing charges of burglary of a post office and mail theft. According to the United States D...

 By Brian Varela    News    March 5, 2020

Stedman speaks on AMHS at Petersburg chamber banquet

PETERSBURG – Sen. Bert Stedman told the community while attending the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce banquet on Saturday that the future of the Alaska Marine Highway System depends on how negotiatio...

 By Brian Varela    News    February 20, 2020

Elizabeth Peratrovich Day, Sunday February 16, 2020 - The face of Alaska Native civil rights

PETERSBURG ­– The Petersburg Indian Association, Petersburg Arts Council and Petersburg ANB/ANS hosted the first annual Elizabeth Peratrovich Day celebration on Sunday to honor the woman who spearh...

 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...

 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...

 By Brian Varela    News    October 24, 2019

Hunter recalls night the skiff capsized

PETERSBURG – Mike Payne, a local resident was part of a hunting trip last Friday when a skiff capsized in Duncan Canal around 1 A.M. that resulted in the death of Doug Larson. Payne said that...


Petersburg drug dealer gets time served

Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) - A Petersburg man received 21 months in federal prison and five years of supervised release for a methamphetamine case. Assistant US Attorney Jack Schmidt said Randal Long,...


$62,000 in heroin, meth seized by Petersburg police

PETERSBURG — The Petersburg Police Department served search warrants at 410 Mitkof Highway at approximately 3:50 P.M. on Tuesday, Sept. 10 and found distribution quantities of heroin and...

 By Brian Varela    News    August 22, 2019

Tires burn in Public Works fire

PETERSBURG ­– A call was placed to the Petersburg Fire Department at 7:40 P.M. Monday night after residents reported seeing dark, black smoke coming from the Public Works Department lot on 2nd St....

 By Brian Varela    News    June 20, 2019

Fireworks allowed in service area one three days a year

PETERSBURG – An ordinance allowing the use of fireworks within service area one three days out of the year was passed by the borough assembly in its third reading on Monday. Ordinance #2019-04 allow...


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