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 By Larry Persily    News    May 25, 2022 

Wrangell awaits governor's review of $4.1 million for water plant

High oil prices paid the way for legislators to spend more money on public services and construction, a little more on schools and a payout to Alaskans this fall almost triple the amount of last year’s dividend. Legislators and their constituents...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    May 25, 2022 

Class of 2022 graduates look back over school life

By 8 p.m. last Friday, the Wrangell High School class of 2022 had graduated and each member was embarking on the next chapter of their life. The evening honored the 15 graduates in front of a full...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    May 25, 2022 

Assistant principals set to retire after decades in education

Two of Wrangell's lead educators are closing the books on their lesson plans and graduating to retirement. In June, Bob Davis, assistant principal of Wrangell High School and Stikine Middle School,...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 25, 2022 

SEARHC, borough settle on 10 years of annual $45,000 payments

The borough assembly and SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium have come to an agreement of voluntary payments by SEARHC of $45,000 per year for 10 years on property owned by the nonprofit health care provider in town. In negotiations that...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    May 25, 2022 

Art gallery doubles as social club, unique gift shop

For more than 50 years, members of the Wrangell Art Gallery have come together once a week to work on projects, give each other feedback, and to spend time with artistic-minded friends. Along with...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    May 25, 2022 

Wrangell wins $15,000 in Vans shoe design art contest

The grand prize winner has been announced in the Vans Custom Culture nationwide art contest and, unfortunately, it was not Wrangell High School. Vans announced last Thursday that Moanalua High School in Honolulu, Hawaii, was selected as the grand...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 25, 2022 

SEARHC to add four rooms at long-term care facility

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium plans to break ground in June on a four-room expansion to the 14-bed long-term care facility at Wrangell Medical Center. The 1,800-square-foot expansion was prompted by the community’s need for...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 25, 2022 

Assembly looks again at options to repair or replace Public Safety Building

The borough assembly is looking at updated cost estimates and options to repair or replace the ailing Public Safety Building. If the assembly settles on a plan, it could go to voters this fall to seek approval to issue bonds to pay for the work. Asse...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    May 25, 2022 

Elementary holds second art walk; includes plant sale to raise funds for EATS

The turnout was so nice, they did it twice. Due to the popularity of the Evergreen Elementary art walk held on Dec. 1, the school's social-emotional learning teacher Tawney Crowley worked with staff...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    May 25, 2022 

High school students earn achievements, scholarships

An award and scholarship ceremony held May 13 at Wrangell High School lauded the achievement of many students and presented seniors with scholarships to further their educations. Teachers Lisa Brooks,...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 25, 2022 

Cleanup of abandoned float debris needs high tides in October

A cleanup of abandoned pieces of old harbor floats the tribe was trying to get done this spring may be delayed until October. Project lead Kim Wickman said the high tides they need during daytime...

 
 News    May 25, 2022 

Back at work

Port Director Steve Miller pulls newly repaired float tanks from the Marine Service Center to the barge ramp near the City Dock on the morning of May 10. Workers at Dave's Welding and Repair patched...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 25, 2022 

Borough will need to compensate for wetlands loss in Dewey trail project

The borough will be required to pay an estimated $30,000 to $40,000 to fulfill a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers mitigation stipulation in order to obtain authorization to fill wetlands for the Mount Dewey trail extension project. The nearly $1 million...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    May 25, 2022 

Medical center in need of volunteer patients for disaster drill

On June 7, Wrangell Medical Center will hold its annual mass casualty exercise to prepare staff for real emergencies. But they need bodies. “We’re looking for up to 10 volunteers that would be a part of the patient base,” said hospital...

 
 News    May 25, 2022 

Ben Florschutz graduates in biological engineering

Ben Florschutz, the son of Otto and Christina Florschutz, of Wrangell, graduated May 5 from the Utah State University’s Engineering School with a degree in biological engineering. Florschutz was a 2015 graduate of Wrangell High School and a...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 18, 2022

Assembly approves $1.6 million for schools; max allowed under state law

The assembly on May 10 unanimously approved $1.617 million as the borough contribution to the school budget for the 2022-2023 academic year, more than $300,000 higher than this year's local funding...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    May 18, 2022

Legislature in final steps before adjournment

The borough and Wrangell schools could receive about $4.5 million in state funds, and individuals could receive a fall dividend at least more than double the amount of last year’s payment as the Legislature is in the final day of its regular...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 18, 2022

Borough will auction off former hospital

The borough assembly on May 10 approved a resolution to put the former hospital building up for auction, with the borough running the sale rather than turning it over to an online surplus property vendor and paying a 5% commission. Assemblymember...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    May 18, 2022

Water study highlights importance of cleaning up after pets

A group of high school students delved into scientific research while earning college credits as part of the Rural Alaska Students in One-Health Research (RASOR) program. The University of Alaska...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 18, 2022

Wrangell receives $1 million toward domestic violence prevention

A Ketchikan nonprofit has helped the Wrangell tribal council secure a $1 million federal grant toward domestic violence and sexual abuse prevention, and advocacy for survivors. Agnes Moran, executive...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    May 18, 2022

Foundation seeks to make new Friends through membership drive

Since the onslaught of COVID-19 two years ago, the Friends of the Museum lost more than half its membership due to various reasons and has struggled with bringing in needed donations. The nonprofit...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 18, 2022

SEARHC negotiated payments in lieu of property taxes back on assembly agenda

The borough assembly was scheduled to hold a special meeting Tuesday evening to consider an agreement for the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium to make voluntary payments on tax-exempt property it owns in town. A draft agreement had been on...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    May 18, 2022

Volunteers aid in effort to keep downtown looking good

Volunteers cleaned up 14 garden beds along Front Street, from the Stikine Inn down to Rayme's Bar, last Saturday to keep downtown looking nicer for tourists and residents alike. The annual cleanup...

 

Alaska Airlines says flight disruptions will continue until June

SEATTLE (AP) — In a message to Alaska Airlines employees last Thursday evening, and later sent to customers, CEO Ben Minicucci said the high level of flight cancellations since April will continue throughout May but that stability should return to...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    May 18, 2022

Columbia's return nowhere on the horizon

The largest of the state ferries, the 499-passenger Columbia, was still listed as inactive on the Transportation Department website as of Monday, with no indication it will go back to work this summer as was planned nine months ago. Last August, the...

 

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