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 By Marc Lutz    News    October 14, 2021 

Schools update COVID-19 plan; allow athletes to play mask-free

The school board on Monday night reviewed an updated COVID-19 mitigation plan which now allows student-athletes to go mask-free during training and while competing against other schools. Mask-wearing and social-distancing guidelines remain in place...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 14, 2021 

Villarma brings skills to job of borough finance director

Mason Villarma is good at math. "It's therapeutic, in a way. It always works out," Villarma, the borough's new finance director, said. The Gonzaga 2020 grad has plans to work out the borough's books...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    October 14, 2021 

High schoolers step up to build supportive environment for peers

A group of Wrangell High School students saw a problem and decided to do something about it. Those students wanted to make the school warmer and more inviting. They created BASE - Building A...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 14, 2021 

Borough approves tidelands lease for oyster farm to set up at 4 Mile

The borough assembly approved a one-acre tidelands lease to Canoe Lagoon Oysters at its Tuesday night meeting. Co-owner Brian Herman said the business would use the intertidal area in front of the former airplane pullout at 4 Mile Zimovia Highway to...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    October 14, 2021 

No close results in borough elections

None of the four contested races in last week’s municipal election were close, though the number of voters who cast ballots compared to last year was about as close as it can get. Last year’s municipal election tallied 485 voters. This year’s...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    October 14, 2021 

Assembly members say Wrangell and Petersburg a poor legislative match

By the time they are done touring the state on Nov. 1, the Alaska Redistricting Board will have visited 24 communities to gather public comments on six proposed maps for redrawing boundaries of every legislative district in the state. On Oct. 7,...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    October 14, 2021 

Tent City Days offer 20 events over 3 days

Wrangell’s Tent City Days start Friday and run through Sunday, with 20 events scheduled for the fall festivities that come a day before Alaska Day on Monday, which celebrates the U.S. purchase of the territory from Russia in 1867. In keeping with...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    October 14, 2021 

10-digit dialing required as of Oct. 24

Dialing a number within the 907 area code will soon require all 10 digits of a phone number — that’s the number along with the area code. Starting on Oct. 24, under a new federal requirement, it will be mandatory to dial all 10 numbers for calls...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 14, 2021 

Wrangell offers winter fitness options, motivation to keep moving

Devyn Johnson grew up playing sports in Wrangell. She didn't think about fitness until she was an adult – who, like a lot of people, gained the "Freshman 15" after high school, that bit of extra...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 14, 2021 

Oklahoma nurse finds herself helping out in Wrangell

Melissa Curttright has been a registered nurse for 16 years - the past two weeks in Wrangell. Like so many other hospital workers, the pandemic changed her plans. The 52-year-old RN from Oklahoma...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    October 14, 2021 

COVID case count starts heading down in Alaska

Cases are starting to come down in Alaska after weeks of record-setting COVID-19 infections across the state. After averaging almost 1,250 new cases a day Sept. 21-27 — far above the numbers of the previous record of last December — the...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 14, 2021 

High school students learn to converse in sign language

Ann Hilburn began learning American Sign Language for an elective course in college, thinking it would benefit her aspirations of becoming a nurse. That class led her to change her career field...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    October 14, 2021 

Church adapts to preserve Alaska Day tradition

The Island of Faith Lutheran Church was unable to conduct its traditional Alaska Day event last year and didn’t want to miss it a second year in a row. But COVID-19 is still a concern. So instead of inviting senior citizens to lunch at the church,...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 7, 2021

Powell, Robbins, Allen, Whitaker all likely to win

Though 87 absentee and early votes and questioned ballots will not be tallied until Thursday, the leaders after Tuesday’s municipal election appear likely to win on the final count. Borough assembly candidate David Powell led Don McConachie Sr. by...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 7, 2021

Tire cutter will help break down problem to smaller size

Wrangell will share a tire cutter with other Southeast communities, intending to cut down on the thousands of tires stacked at the dump by making it easier to ship out the smaller pieces. The borough...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    October 7, 2021

Club goes beyond tech to teach life skills

The first rule of Tech Club is talk about Tech Club. Science teacher Heather Howe wants the students who attend Wrangell High's newly formed program to share what they're learning and doing to interes...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    October 7, 2021

Out-of-state health workers help at Wrangell hospital

Wrangell Medical Center this week welcomed eight temporary out-of-state health care workers assigned to the hospital under a state-financed program to bring as many as 473 professionals to help relieve staffing pressures across Alaska. The state is s...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 7, 2021

Search begins for new borough manager after Von Bargen resigns

Wrangell has begun its search for a new borough manager. On Friday, the assembly accepted the resignation of Lisa Von Bargen from the post, effective Oct. 29. “It is with sadness I submit my letter of resignation as borough manager for this...

 

State activates emergency order allowing hospitals to ration care

The state has activated emergency crisis protocols that allow 20 hospitals to ration care if needed as Alaska reports among the nation’s worst COVID-19 infection rates of recent weeks, straining the state’s limited health care system. The declara...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    October 7, 2021

Postal Service adds holiday surcharge to packages

There are no changes to moving first-class mail in and out of Wrangell — that will continue by air, according to a U.S. Postal Service official. But service out of state could be slower, depending on how far the mail is coming or going. And it...

 

Corrections

A story in the Sept. 23 issue of the Sentinel incorrectly reported that Ivy Patch Produce sells its goods to the Stikine Inn. Owner Katherine Ivy said she only sells to Zak’s Cafe and individual consumers. A story in the Sept. 30 Sentinel reported...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    October 7, 2021

Creative pursuit leads to unique boutique focused on Wrangell

Tracy Churchill believes in "Keeping it Authentic." That's the tagline the graphic designer uses to celebrate the uniqueness of Wrangell, the community that inspired her Compass Line brand and led to...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    October 7, 2021

Legislative redistricting board wants Wrangell's opinions

Most of the six proposed legislative redistricting maps under consideration would keep Wrangell and Ketchikan in the same district, but one proposal would separate Wrangell from its longstanding share with Ketchikan and move it into a state House...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 7, 2021

History major finds a home at the museum

The new coordinator of the Nolan Center and Wrangell Museum wasn't a fan of the big city. So, Tyler Eagle left Spokane, Washington, right after graduating in 2018 from Gonzaga University and came...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    October 7, 2021

Record prices, heavy Dungeness catch in Wrangell, Petersburg

The Wrangell and Petersburg region took the top spot for Southeast commercial crab catches this past summer season, according to the Department of Fish and Game. Even better, it was a record year for prices. From June 15 to Aug. 15, 680,000 pounds...

 

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