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 By Larry Persily    News    July 27, 2022

No surprise, rain brings up water levels at reservoir

After mostly dry weather in June and early July, the more typical rain of late has helped refill the community’s water reservoirs. The lower reservoir was looking pretty low around the Fourth of July and the borough was looking to start siphoning w...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    July 27, 2022

Borough continues toward dam stabilization project

A planned project to stabilize Wrangell’s upper water reservoir dam is contingent on finding out just how stable the dam is. Core drilling is necessary to determine the materials and density of the dam which is built of a log-crib core covered...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 27, 2022

COVID cases among non-residents aboard ships highest all summer

The COVID-19 case count in Wrangell dropped last week to less than half the number of the previous week, but the infection numbers for cruise ship travelers to Alaska was double the rate of the previous four weeks. A highly infectious variant of the...

 
 By Ceri Godinez    News    July 27, 2022

New law could lead to shellfish hatcheries in Alaska

Shellfish hatcheries could be in Alaska’s future, under legislation recently signed into law. The measure allows the Department of Fish and Game to manage shellfish enhancement and restoration projects. Restoration projects are designed to bring a...

 

State will start issuing dividends Sept. 20

JUNEAU (AP) — The state plans to begin distributing this year’s oil-wealth dividend and a special energy relief payment to residents on Sept. 20. The timeline was announced last Friday by Gov. Mike Dunleavy and the state Department of Revenue....

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    July 20, 2022

Sculptor hopes to evoke joy with BearFest statue

What's the recipe for sculpting a bear? Add one part encouragement, one part planning, two parts materials, one part inspiration, ruminate for two years, then take three months to cut away everything...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    July 20, 2022

Borough signs design contract for port and harbor surveillance cameras

The plan is to have surveillance cameras in operation at City Dock and the harbors sometime next year. The borough assembly last week approved a $90,983 design contract with Juneau-based RESPEC to prepare plans for the cameras, wiring and server...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    July 20, 2022

Gardeners slug it out with pesky mollusks

Whether brown, yellow, black or spotted like a leopard, slugs all have one thing in common: They can devastate a garden. Growers in Wrangell have many suggestions on what works to control the slimy...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    July 20, 2022

Family fiddle has legacy of Nordic music in eight strings

Larraine Jenson-Kagee has a physical connection to her family's origins in Snarum, Norway, that sat in a box gathering dust for the past 20 years. Last month, Jenson-Kagee's sister, Darlene, sent the...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    July 20, 2022

High COVID case count hits community

An additional 40 COVID-19 cases were recorded in Wrangell July 7-13, more than twice as many as in the previous three weeks, according to the Alaska Department of Health website. That’s almost as many cases as were reported in Ketchikan, 43,...

 
 By Carleigh Minor    News    July 20, 2022

Sharing Our Knowledge conference coming to Wrangell

For the first time in its almost 30-year history, Sharing Our Knowledge, a regional conference of Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian tribes and clans will be held in Wrangell. The conference is scheduled for Sept. 7-11 at the Nolan Center, with activities...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    July 20, 2022

Last-minute permits for Anan available through Forest Service office

Independent travelers and residents looking to visit Anan Wildlife Observatory apart from tour groups still have a chance to do so. The Forest Service Wrangell ranger district is making last-minute permits available through its office on a weekly...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 20, 2022

Wrangell seeks 50% state funding for $2.3 million Meyers Chuck float replacement

The borough is applying for a $1.166 million state grant to go toward replacing the harbor float at Meyers Chuck. The 400-foot-long float is 57 years old, supported by steel pilings almost 40 years old, according to information presented at the July...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 20, 2022

Borough wants to undertake comprehensive review of property assessments

Looking to ensure that all property is taxed fairly and equitably, the borough is considering a reassessment of all residential and commercial properties for next year’s tax bills. The goal is for assessments to be consistent and “fair and...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    July 20, 2022

Entries due by July 29 in BearFest photo contest

The BearFest photo contest is wide open like an aperture on a starry night. That is, it’s time to click and submit entries focused on bear photos and videos. From now through 11:59 p.m. on July 29, photographers and videographers can post up to...

 

Peak budworm infestation eats its way through Southeast forest

Look around Southeast and you will see a lot of evergreen trees that aren't so green. Southeast Alaska's hemlock and spruce trees are fending off an assault by a number of pests and diseases, most...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 20, 2022

Wrangell businesses less optimistic about economy than Southeast neighbors

Nearly two-thirds of the 440 Southeast Alaska business leaders who responded to a spring survey said the region’s overall business climate is good, the highest positive rating since 2017. It’s a strong turnaround from last year’s survey when...

 
 By Ceri Godinez    News    July 20, 2022

Southeast towns look for answers to limited public restrooms

Most every town in Southeast faces a similar summer problem: Boatloads of visitors and not enough public toilets. Some communities have built additional restrooms, and Sitka this summer is paying downtown businesses willing to open their facilities...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    July 13, 2022

Senior tax exemption covers 25% of Wrangell's residential property

As Wrangell’s population continues to age, an increasing number of homes in town qualify for the state-mandated exemption from property taxes. About 25% of the assessed value of residential property in Wrangell is senior-owned and exempt from taxes...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    July 13, 2022

Car owners left with few mechanic options after DC Auto closes shop

DC Auto, the only automotive mechanic shop in Wrangell, closed its doors for good last Friday, after being in business for about seven years. The closure leaves a void in auto services with not many options to get a vehicle repaired, oil changed or...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    July 13, 2022

Festival returns for 13th year with bear necessities

BearFest is coming out of hibernation and is planned for July 27 through July 31 throughout Wrangell. The popular event, in its 13th year, will offer pie contests, live music, art and music...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    July 13, 2022

Chamber will need to raise money for next year's Fourth

The chamber of commerce will work to raise money over the next nine months or so as it looks ahead to paying for next year’s Fourth of July fireworks and events. The annual royalty raffle is the chamber’s major fundraiser for the summer...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    July 13, 2022

New program focuses on reducing student injuries through strength training

A new Parks and Recreation Department program focuses on keeping student athletes stronger, more flexible and injury-free to keep team rosters healthy and full this coming school year. From July 18...

 
 By Ceri Godinez    News    July 13, 2022

Reduction in food stamp benefits will hit Wrangell households

More than 100 Wrangell households will see their food stamp payments reduced beginning in September as a result of the official rescinding of the state’s public health emergency order on July 1. As of May, 125 Wrangell households were...

 

Wrangell has recorded 20% of COVID cases in past 3 months

Of Wrangell’s 667 COVID-19 cases reported to state health authorities since the count started in March 2020, almost 20% — 128 infections — have been recorded in just the past three months. That is double the statewide average, which shows...

 

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