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 By Larry Persily    News    May 11, 2022 

Trident will keep Wrangell plant closed another year

Seattle-based Trident Seafoods will not open its Wrangell processing plant this summer, the third year in a row the operation has been closed. As in the past two years, the company cited weak chum salmon returns for its decision not to run the...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 11, 2022 

Borough, SEARHC negotiating payment in lieu of property taxes

The borough assembly on Tuesday was to consider a draft agreement for the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium to make voluntary payments of $45,000 per year for 10 years on property owned by the nonprofit health care provider in town. The...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    May 11, 2022 

Vans contest entry in top 5; art program guaranteed $15,000

Wrangell High School's art program is closer than ever to a $50,000 prize. Teacher Tasha Morse was notified on Monday that the shoes her class entered in the Vans Custom Culture art contest had won a...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    May 11, 2022 

Teen broadcasts love of learning to ensure survival of Tlingit language, culture

It's not uncommon for high school students to learn a second language. It's a bit rarer for them to take what they've learned and teach it to others. That's exactly what sophomore Mia Wiederspohn has...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    May 11, 2022 

Wrangell could receive $4 to $5 million state aid for water treatment plant

Wrangell is moving closer to receiving at least a $4.1 million state grant to add to $11 million in federal funds for construction of a new $15.4 million water treatment plant. The House Finance Committee version of the state capital spending bill...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 11, 2022 

Wrangell readies for arrival of Ocean Victory cruise ship

The chamber of commerce is planning a welcome ceremony for the first ship on Wrangell's official cruise calendar, which also happens to be a brand new vessel making its inaugural sailing to...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    May 11, 2022 

Community garden springs forward in efforts to get growing

What started as the seed of an idea has germinated into a full-grown program to help the community get involved in gardening. Over the past couple months, the Wrangell Community Garden board has been...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 11, 2022 

Woodstove fire destroys fabric-covered hut at Svendsen Marine

A workshop at a Wrangell boat-building company on Case Avenue caught fire and was destroyed in the early morning hours of May 3. A firefighter was hurt in the response to Svendsen Marine at 3:18 a.m....

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 11, 2022 

Tidal Network internet tower delivery delayed

A pair of mobile towers on wheels that were anticipated to arrive this month in Wrangell for a pilot broadband network have been delayed until around September. Chris Cropley, network architect at Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    May 11, 2022 

D.C. trip helps teens get Close Up to nation's political process

Six teens returned to Wrangell on May 2 after nine days in Washington, D.C., and New York City. The trip is part of the national Close Up program which aims to get kids more engaged in the political...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 11, 2022 

New thrift store moving into bigger space

After less than a month in operation, the River's Mouth Resale thrift store is moving into a new space twice as large. They need more room "due to overwhelming support," owner Kelly Ellis said Thursda...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    May 11, 2022 

Sentinel receives 4 Alaska Press Club awards

The Wrangell Sentinel received four awards in this year’s Alaska Press Club contest, including third place for best weekly newspaper in the state. The Nome Nugget was judged the best weekly in the state. The awards were announced April 30, based on...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    May 11, 2022 

Organizers rev up interest in Fourth of July car show

It's time to dust off that Duster and shine up that Chevelle. Proud owners of anything from classic cars and clunkers to tricked-out trikes and awesome ATVs will have a chance to cruise into infamy...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    May 11, 2022 

Borough raises rates to help pay for cemetery expansion

The assembly has raised rates for cemetery plots and other fees to help pay for the expansion of Sunset Gardens. The fee for a full-casket cemetery plot went up by $670 to $1,000, effective April 26. Previously, a grave plot cost $330 and plots for...

 
 By Chris Basinger    News    May 11, 2022 

Petersburg assembly opposes 'landless Natives' legislation

The Petersburg Borough Assembly has voted to write a letter opposing federal legislation that would transfer federal land to new Native corporations proposed for Petersburg, Wrangell, Haines, Ketchikan and Tenakee Springs. The assembly action was...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 4, 2022

Assembly approves 30% water rate hike; will show up in June bills

The borough assembly has approved a 30% boost to water rates effective May 1 instead of a 21% rate hike with additional smaller, staggered increases until 2026 originally suggested by staff. The assembly approved the increase April 26 after it...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 4, 2022

Borough assembly considers $350,000 to replace underground fuel tanks

As borough staff finalize the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, the Capital Facilities Department is requesting $350,000 toward a fuel tank project to bring the high school and Public Safety Building into regulatory compliance by replacing...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    May 4, 2022

Paddle workshop connects crafters with Native culture

For as long as the Tlingit people have built canoes, they have carved paddles. Just as there are many different sizes and styles of canoes for various purposes, paddles are created to be just as...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    May 4, 2022

Vans art entry wins top 50 spot; students use social media to get votes

High school students were urged to use their smartphones and laptops during an assembly for once. It was announced last Monday that the painted and decorated shoes entered into the Vans Custom...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    May 4, 2022

Worker shortage 'is real,' says state labor economist

Anyone who wants to get a pizza midweek at the Marine Bar or a steak or burger at the Elks Lodge knows that worker shortages have forced employers to reduce their days and cut back on offerings. “This worker shortage is real, and it’s not going...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 4, 2022

Borough will apply for state loan toward new water treatment plant

The borough assembly has approved applying for a $3.8 million loan from the state to fund construction of a new water treatment plant, estimated to cost nearly $15.4 million. The borough has nearly $11.1 million in funding from two federal grants...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 4, 2022

Bear cub found wandering Shoemaker Loop euthanized

A black bear cub seen wandering Shoemaker Loop off Zimovia Highway at 5.5 Mile last week was euthanized in Petersburg on April 24, a day after a state wildlife trooper and U.S. Forest Service officer captured it following several sightings by...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    May 4, 2022

Assembly postpones decision for auction of old hospital

The borough assembly on April 26 postponed a vote to put the old hospital building up for online auction after assembly members raised the question if the $830,000 starting bid went up to or beyond the $1 million limit in the law for selling...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    May 4, 2022

July 4th art contest draws inspiration from Stikine River

"A River Runs Through Us" is the theme chosen for this year's Fourth of July celebration in Wrangell, prompting event organizers to hold a first-ever art contest, with the winner's work being...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    May 4, 2022

Senate committee questions definition of sportfishing guide

Legislation to restore and increase the state licensing fee on sportfishing guides and operators ran into problems in the Senate Finance Committee last week, as lawmakers questioned why out-of-state boat owners who bring up guests are not required...

 

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