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School board reviews SMART Start plan in special meeting

The Wrangell School Board held a special meeting Monday evening, Aug. 31, to review updated SMART Start plans for the upcoming school year. With the first day of school scheduled for Sept. 8, and the...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 27, 2020

Schools to open with in-person classes

After deliberation by school administration, the Wrangell School District will be opening the new year with in-person classes. In an announcement by Superintendent Debbe Lancaster, on Aug. 24, all...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 27, 2020

New COVID case, 17 total

The City and Borough of Wrangell announced another confirmed case of COVID-19 this afternoon, Aug. 28. Like the previous case, the newest case is asymptomatic and was identified through an employee testing program. The patient is in isolation. This... Full story

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 27, 2020

Another COVID case identified in employee testing program

The City and Borough of Wrangell announced a new case of COVID-19 was identified today, Aug. 31. This case, like the previous case identified on Aug. 28, was found via an employee testing program. The patient is asymptomatic and is in isolation.... Full story

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 27, 2020

Assembly reviews 2019 audit, rescinds CARES Act funding for school district, declares economic disaster

The Wrangell Borough Assembly met Tuesday evening, Aug. 25. During this meeting, they reviewed an FY 2019 audit of the borough. This item was postponed from their meeting on Aug. 11, to wait for a rep...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 27, 2020

Confusion on hiring of new pastor

In the Aug. 13 edition of the Wrangell Sentinel, the newspaper reported on a story involving Hope Community Church of God, and the potential hiring of William Vorrasi as a new pastor. The church...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 27, 2020

Alaskans for Better Elections campaigning for new election rules

Shea Siegert, campaign manager for Alaskans for Better Elections, recently spoke to the Wrangell Sentinel about their organization. With limited opportunities for in-person events due to the COVID-19...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 27, 2020

Coho derby kicks off tomorrow, halibut derby on Labor Day weekend

Wrangell's annual coho and halibut derbies are just around the corner. The coho salmon derby begins tomorrow, Aug. 28, and will run until Sept. 7. The halibut derby, meanwhile, will take place from...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 20, 2020

Assembly looks at Institute Property in workshop

Prior to last week's assembly meeting on Aug. 11, the Wrangell Borough Assembly held a work session to consider future renovations to the old Institute Property. The Institute Property, located near...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 20, 2020

St. Frances Animal Rescue planning for future relocation

St. Frances Animal Rescue is beginning plans to relocate. The shelter was first established in 2009 by Rick and Dolores Klinke according to a PSA from the organization. Joan Sargent, lead shelter...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 20, 2020

City job description amended in special assembly meeting

The Wrangell Borough Assembly met last Friday, Aug. 14, to consider amendments to the job description of the Facilities Maintenance Specialist. This item was originally considered in their meeting on...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 20, 2020

Items approved in Planning and Zoning meeting

The Wrangell Planning and Zoning Commission met last Thursday evening, Aug. 13, to cover several items on their agenda. The first item they covered was a preliminary plat review of the D&P Ellis...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 20, 2020

Fallen rock blocks traffic at 8-mile

Monday morning, at about 10 a.m., a large rock fell from the bluff and landed on Zimovia Highway, around 8-mile. Lt. Bruce Smith, with the Wrangell Police Department, said that it was only one rock...


Taylor Transportation preparing for school year

For several years, the Wrangell School District has had its transportation needs met by the Etolin Bus Company. However, earlier this year company owner Greg McCormack announced his plans to retire....

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 20, 2020

School board approves mask mandate, reviews CARES Act contribution

The Wrangell School Board met Monday evening, Aug. 17. During the meeting, the board adopted a mandate requiring face masks be worn on district property. According to the mandate, masks must be worn...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 20, 2020

Salvation Army offering services in time of COVID-19

In March, when the COVID-19 pandemic first began to impact Alaska, many local businesses and organizations in Wrangell shut down. While many groups saw the time as an opportunity to wait and see how...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 13, 2020

100-year anniversary of New York to Nome air expedition

About this time a century ago, eight members of the U.S. Army Air Service reached an important milestone of a long journey. Using DH-4 biplanes, used as bombers during World War I, several members of...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 13, 2020

Church rescinds hiring of new pastor after backlash

Two weeks ago, it was announced that Hope Community Church of God would be hiring a new pastor, William Vorrasi. In a now-deleted post on the Wrangell community Facebook page, he introduced himself...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 13, 2020

Fire alarm at Wrangell Medical Center

At approximately 10:35 a.m. last Wednesday, Aug. 5, the Wrangell Volunteer Fire Department was alerted to a fire alarm at the Wrangell Medical Center. Firefighters and EMS responded to the call...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 13, 2020

Relocation of Forest Service boat discussed in port commission workshop

The Wrangell Port Commission met Thursday evening, Aug. 6, to discuss plans to relocate an old Forest Service vessel. The borough assembly adopted a memorandum with the Forest Service last November,...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 13, 2020

New hospital aiming for December move-in date

The Wrangell Medical Center construction project remains on budget, according to an update from SEARHC. Rainy weather this summer has been a challenge, according to the update, but progress is still...


District to decide on "high" or "medium" risk start to school year on Aug. 24

With a SMART Start plan in place, and a beginning to the year scheduled for Sept. 8, the Wrangell School District is now working to decide what risk level they should operate at for the upcoming...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 13, 2020

More progress made on Mariners' Memorial construction

Work continues on the Wrangell Mariners' Memorial, a project to honor the memory of Wrangell seafarers who have lost their lives. As previously reported in the last construction update, the roof of...

 By Brian Varela    News    August 13, 2020

Alaska behind in 2020 United States Census response

Alaska is ranked last among the 50 states in its response to the 2020 United States Census, as of Tuesday, Aug. 11. Only Puerto Rico is behind Alaska in its response to the census, according to...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 13, 2020

Assembly appointment, mask resolution, ferry authority covered in assembly meeting

The Wrangell Borough Assembly met Tuesday evening, Aug. 11. During this meeting, they appointed Bob Dalrymple to fill a vacant seat on the assembly. A seat was left empty after the resignation of Mya...


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