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Almost half of Wrangell school students counted as Alaska Native

Almost half of the students enrolled at the school district are counted as Alaska Native. Schools Superintendent Bill Burr confirmed that out of a total of 270 students enrolled in the district, 122 are registered as Alaska Native, while 13 are...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    March 27, 2024

Program uses running and exercise to teach children self-respect

Wrangell’s BRAVE has started its running and empowerment program, I Toowú Klatseen (ITK), for kids in third through fifth grades. The program provides free running and exercise activities, lessons in self-respect, community building and healthy de...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    March 27, 2024

Green thumbs can help beautify Wrangell again this year

This is the second year that Wrangell’s Parks and Recreation Department will host an adopt-a-garden volunteer program to help beautify downtown. Though volunteers have maintained the garden beds in years past, last year was the first year that P...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    March 27, 2024

Wrangell teens bowl over the competition at state

Five Wrangell teens know their books, chapters and verses better than any other team in Alaska, and for the second year in a row Wrangell won the state title at The Salvation Army’s Bible Bowl competition. The team was so dominant and won by such a...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    March 20, 2024

WCA hires domestic violence prevention specialist

Kevin Gadsey, hired last month by the Wrangell Cooperative Association to work on domestic violence prevention, said the problem is more traumatic in smaller communities like Wrangell, where...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    March 20, 2024

Legislature falls short in override of governor's school funding veto

Alaska lawmakers fell one vote short Monday in an attempt to override the governor’s veto of a comprehensive school funding bill, which included a permanent increase in the state funding formula for K-12 education and which could have provided an add...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    March 20, 2024

Wrangell receives $2.5 million federal grant for water treatment plant

The federal appropriations bill signed into law earlier this month includes a $2.5 million grant for Wrangell's new water treatment plant, which is under construction and scheduled for completion in June 2025. The latest federal grant, added to the...

 

Wrangell will lose both school principals this year

Ann Hilburn is leaving her job as elementary school principal in Wrangell at the end of the school year when she will move to Tok in Alaska’s Interior to serve as special education director. This was Hilburn’s second year as principal after ser...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    March 20, 2024

Advocates hope seafood consumption survey leads to higher water quality standards

Clean water advocates believe a seafood consumption survey among Wrangell residents might help in their push for higher water quality standards. Together, the Wrangell Cooperative Association and the Southeast Alaska Indigenous Transboundary...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    March 20, 2024

Assembly approves sale of six lots as part of hospital property development

The borough assembly unanimously agreed March 12 to move forward with the sale of six borough-owned lots behind the former hospital property. The six lots will be appraised and sold at market value to Wayne Johnson, a Georgia-based real estate...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    March 20, 2024

Borough assembly narrows down candidates for manager

The borough assembly narrowed down the field of seven applicants for the borough manager job; a special meeting was scheduled for Tuesday, March 19, to interview the three finalists. The finalists include current interim borough manager and finance...

 

Parks and Rec converts racquetball court to expand weights/exercise area

The weights and exercise areas at the swimming pool and community recreation facility have expanded, with more equipment stationed in the converted racquetball court. Parks and Recreation Director Luc...

 

Mike Hoyt new IEA director at school district

In addition to his duties as activities director, Mike Hoyt will now also serve as the new Indian Education Act director for the school district after the resignation of DaNika Smalley on Feb. 29. Schools Superintendent Bill Burr confirmed that Hoyt...

 

High school senior volunteers for fundraisers and shooting range cleanup

High school student Cody Eastaugh has worked part time for almost two years at the Bay Company, known as BayCo, which specializes in marine sales and service at its Front Street location. While...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    March 20, 2024

Police keep a camera eye on illegal trash dumping

Illegal dumping of trash, appliances and whatever else people don’t want to take to the waste transfer station has long been a problem in town. “It’s not just a Wrangell issue,” Police Chief Tom Radke said last week. Radke, who spent almost 26 years...

 

Wrangell Little League needs volunteers before season opens April 1

The Wrangell Little League is preparing for a new season on the baseball diamond. But first, they need a few more volunteers. Little League player agent Kaelene Harrison said that while they’ve found almost all their head coaches, there are still a...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    March 13, 2024

Economic board recommends sale of former hospital property

The borough’s economic development board voted unanimously March 5 to recommend the assembly approve the sale of the former hospital property for $200,000 to Wayne Johnson, a Georgia-based real estate developer. Johnson is planning to demolish the b...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    March 13, 2024

After cancellations, cruise season may not exceed last summer's numbers

With the loss of several cruise ship stops this summer, Wrangell may not exceed last year’s cruise visitor count as had been originally projected. Wrangell recently lost 14 stops from the cruise line American Queen Voyages, which filed for b...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    March 13, 2024

Port commission, borough assembly discuss marine insurance requirements

After the borough assembly agreed last month that a port commission proposal to require boat owners to carry marine insurance needed a lot more work, the two elected bodies got together last week to workshop changes. The assembly and port commission...

 

Houser promoted to Forest Service Wrangell District ranger

After filling the job in the past in a temporary capacity, Tory Houser officially accepted the position as U.S. Forest Service Wrangell District ranger on March 4. "It feels great, and a lot of respon...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    March 13, 2024

Ferries needed elsewhere leave Wrangell with 2-week gap

Wrangell will go without state ferry service for the last week of March and first week of April as the ships are scheduled to meet other needs across coastal communities. There will be no northbound service to Wrangell between March 22 and April 10,...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    March 13, 2024

Borough working on solution to move 'Mount Tires' out of town

There’s a new solution in the works to deal with the large pile of tires at the solid waste transfer station, often referred to as “Mount Tires.” This new solution would include moving the tires to the former 6-Mile sawmill property and then shipp...

 

Student's senior project will replace weathered supermarket sign

High school senior Sean McDonald has a lot of history with the Wrangell IGA supermarket. "I've worked at the store since October of 2022," he said. "I'm really closely related with the owners. They...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    March 13, 2024

Trident close to deals for selling Petersburg and Ketchikan plants

Trident Seafoods reported last week it was “entering the final stages of closing deals for three of its Alaska shoreside plants,” including its operations in Ketchikan and Petersburg. The Seattle-based company — the largest seafood harvesting and p...

 

Tongass Toughman offers new summer challenge with 100-mile run

Participants in last year’s Toughman Triathlon in Wrangell will have to step up their game if they want to join the challenge of running a 100-mile ultramarathon at the end of June. Former resident Nicholas Howell posted on the Wrangell Community Gro...

 

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