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 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 1, 2021

Long-married couple reunited after a pandemic year apart

"I think it was '52 that we got married, I met her just before," Elmer Mork said about his wife Patricia. "She was the 1950 queen, Fourth of July Queen. The first one. I'm kind of lucky to find a...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 1, 2021

Johnson & Johnson vaccine available in Wrangell

The one-shot COVID-19 vaccine produced by Johnson & Johnson recently became available in the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium's network and is now in Wrangell. Carly Allen, clinic...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 1, 2021

Assembly backs away from boost in liveaboard fees

The borough assembly could decide to adopt a new definition for harbor liveaboards at its April 13 meeting, clarifying that the residential user fee would not be charged if people don't overnight...

 By Larry Persily    News    April 1, 2021

Legislators continue work on ferry system advisory board

State House and Senate committees continue to work on competing bills that would change the membership of the state ferry system advisory board. The Senate Transportation Committee on Tuesday heard...

 By Larry Persily    News    April 1, 2021

Matanuska out of service third time in two months

The 58-year-old Matanuska, the oldest operating vessel in the state ferry fleet, has had troubles operating the past two months. The Alaska Marine Highway System took it out of service last week to...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 1, 2021

Wrestling season starts in Juneau this weekend

High school wrestling season will kick off for Wrangell this Friday and Saturday, as the Wolves head to Juneau for their first meet of the year. Wrangell did not compete in any 2020 season, due to the...

 By Larry Persily    News    April 1, 2021

State plans to reduce rockfall hazards along highway

The state Transportation Department is asking for public comments on its plan to reduce the hazards along a stretch of Wrangell's Zimovia Highway frequently hit by rocks coming down from the...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 1, 2021

City moving forward with tourism best practices management plan

A cohesive document outlining guidelines for the tourism industry in Wrangell is slowly coming together. During a workshop last Friday, the Wrangell Convention and Visitor Bureau looked over a draft...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 1, 2021

Visitor bureau holds Wrangell photo contest

The Wrangell Convention and Visitor Bureau launched the first of a series of photo and video contests earlier this month to help replenish its stock of images for marketing efforts. "The Best of...

 By Sentinel staff    News    April 1, 2021

Wrangell residents test positive for COVID

A new COVID-19 case was announced in Wrangell on Thursday. According to the city, the newest case is a Wrangell resident, showing symptoms of the virus. The person is in isolation, according to the city’s prepared statement. In a Facebook post on... Full story

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 25, 2021

City drops mask mandate, eases distancing rules for fully vaccinated travelers

Wrangell's mask mandate was rescinded at Tuesday's borough assembly meeting, while testing rules for travelers were reaffirmed with some minor changes. Both the mask mandate and traveler rules were ad...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 25, 2021

More students expected back, but budget cuts still possible

Though the Wrangell School District now projects 259 students to enroll for the fall semester based on the belief that more families will send their children back to the classroom, enrollment would...

 By Larry Persily    News    March 25, 2021

COVID case moves middle, high schools to remote learning

Students at Stikine Middle School and Wrangell High School will attend class remotely at least through Friday after a staff member at the secondary schools tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday....

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 25, 2021

New schools superintendent landed in Alaska after a job fair

Though moving to Alaska in 1997 was an unexpected turn in Bill Burr's life when he began his career in education, it has grown on him, he said, and he is thrilled to continue his career in the state....

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 25, 2021

Group drops recall effort against mayor

Efforts to recall Mayor Steve Prysunka have ended, according to a statement from recall spokesperson Don McConachie. Instead, he and others in the group will focus on October's municipal election...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 25, 2021

Wrangell Native dance group joins in 'welcome home' for Vietnam vets

Wrangell's Johnson O'Malley Native dance group will participate in a virtual "welcome home" event for Vietnam War veterans Monday, Vietnam Veterans Day. The event starts at 10 a.m., with the Wrangell...

 By Sentinel staff    News    March 25, 2021

Hospital contractors gift shaman's mask to new medical facility

The main contractors on the new Wrangell Medical Center have presented a shaman's apprentice mask to display in the facility. "Crafted with red cedar, abalone, operculum shells and horsehair, the...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 18, 2021

SEARHC calls on younger people to get vaccine shot

SEARHC had more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine than people registered to get the shot as of Tuesday, and is looking for younger people to sign up. While the state just last week dropped its...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 18, 2021

Renovation less than half the cost of new Public Safety Building

Faced with a choice of spending $30.53 million to replace the Public Safety Building or a renovation estimated at $12.87 million, the city administration is recommending the less costly project for...

 By Sentinel staff    News    March 18, 2021

Electronic waste collection Saturday

Here's your chance to get rid of the old computers, monitors and printers stacked in the corner. The Wrangell Cooperative Association's Indian General Assistance Program will host a free e-waste...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 18, 2021

Tribal voters reelect three council members, one new member

According to unofficial election results, three incumbents were reelected to the Wrangell Cooperative Association tribal council last week and one new candidate was chosen by voters. Tribal citizens...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 18, 2021

City to apply for COVID-19 grant funds

The City and Borough of Wrangell will apply for $125,000 in COVID-19 grant funding from the state Department of Health and Social Services, after the assembly approved the action at a special meeting...

 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 18, 2021

Island of Faith welcomes new pastor back to Southeast

After an extended period of lay leadership, Island of Faith Lutheran Church has welcomed its new pastor, Sue Bahleda. She and her husband, Bill, arrived in Wrangell about a month ago and have settled...

 By Larry Persily    News    March 18, 2021

Almost 100 Wrangell households apply for help paying rent, utilities

Almost 100 Wrangell households have applied for financial aid to help pay their rent and/or utilities under a state-managed program funded with federal pandemic-relief dollars. The program closed to...

 By Sentinel staff    News    March 18, 2021

Residency of new COVID case currently unknown

A new case of COVID-19 was announced in Wrangell on Wednesday night , but the residency of the new case was not reported. According to the city, the patient has been notified and is in isolation. The initial interview of the patient had not been... Full story


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