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 By Sentinel staff    News    April 20, 2022

Birding festival starts Friday, runs to May 7

The annual Stikine River Birding Festival has a busy first weekend planned. It starts up Friday with a 1 p.m. virtual storytime at the Irene Ingle Public Library, then continuing the educational fun agenda with a Birding 101 class at 6 p.m. Friday...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    April 20, 2022

Chamber honors educator, youth leader, citizen of the year

A full house at the Nolan Center listened as the chamber of commerce honored Mia Wiederspohn as Wrangell’s youth leader of the year, Barbara Neyman as educator of the year, and Sarah Merritt as citizen of the year. The chamber presentation...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    April 20, 2022

Alaska trims flights through June; no effect expected in state

Dealing with a shortage of pilots until more can be trained, Alaska Airlines has announced it will cut 2% of its roughly 1,200 daily flights through the end of June. “We don’t believe it will have an impact here in the state of Alaska,” Tim...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    April 20, 2022

Alaska Seaplanes will start Sitka-Wrangell service next month

Juneau-based Alaska Seaplanes will add Wrangell to its route map starting May 26. The company, which operates a fleet of 14 single-engine aircraft, mostly nine-passenger planes, will run a daily flight from Sitka to Petersburg to Wrangell and back...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    April 20, 2022

Taste of Asia more than a restaurant, it's the owner's passion

When Michelle Lopez opened Taste of Asia nearly seven years ago, it was after her boyfriend had become her ex-boyfriend. She had come to Wrangell to be with him from Juneau, where her parents had move...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    April 20, 2022

Borough will add cemetery plots and more spaces for urns

The borough is moving to solve the problem of dwindling burial space in town. The community this summer will get a new columbarium, a structure for keeping urns, and the borough assembly has approved an expansion to Sunset Gardens Cemetery. The...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    April 20, 2022

Stikine subsistence chinook fishery closed again this year

For the sixth year in a row, federal managers have closed the Stikine River chinook subsistence fishery to help preserve weak runs of the returning salmon. Clint Kolarich, Wrangell District Ranger with the U.S. Forest Service, announced the decision...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    April 20, 2022

Mortgage relief program draws 10,737 applications in Alaska

A federally funded mortgage relief program to help homeowners hurt financially by the pandemic drew 10,737 applications in Alaska, with 43 from Wrangell. The state received $50 million in federal funds under a nationwide program to help homeowners...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    April 13, 2022

New elementary school principal hired; search continues for high school

In a special session last Saturday, the school board approved the contract for a new elementary school principal. Board members unanimously accepted the contract for Ann Hilburn as Evergreen Elementary School principal beginning the 2022-23 school...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    April 13, 2022

Self-care at center of school health fair

Schools try to prepare students for life beyond the walls of academia and sometimes that requires more than classroom education. Last Tuesday, high school and middle school staff held a health fair...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    April 13, 2022

Their names bear repeating

If visitors read the bear-sighting sheet at Anan Wildlife Observatory, which the workers fill out every season, bear names would sound more like tax forms: 7-05-A, for the first bear spotted on the...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    April 13, 2022

House budget would send extra $143,000 to Wrangell schools

The state budget plan adopted by the House last weekend includes an additional $143,000 in one-time funding for Wrangell schools, almost a 5% boost from a state aid formula that has not changed in five years. The district has been relying heavily on...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    April 13, 2022

WCA provides another round of federal pandemic relief aid

Tribal members can apply for a fourth distribution of federal pandemic relief funds administered by the Wrangell Cooperative Association. This round of financial aid is limited to $2,000 per household. The application period closes May 16. Tribal...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    April 13, 2022

Students strut their stuff with nationwide shoe art contest

Art students are decking out their deck shoes. Wrangell High School was one of 250 schools across the country picked to participate in the Vans Custom Culture art contest and could win up to $50,000....

 
 By Larry Persily    News    April 13, 2022

State ferry system silent on summer plans for Columbia

The Alaska Marine Highway System has been hoping since last August to bring back the Columbia to service this year after an almost three-year absence, but with the start of the summer schedule only weeks away the state has not announced a decision...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    April 13, 2022

Port commission wants owners of derelict vessels to pay for disposal

The Port and Harbors Department wants to strengthen municipal code to lessen the burden of paying for derelict and impounded vessels. It drains the department’s coffers when clunkers take on water or sink, leading port staff to foot the cleanup...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    April 13, 2022

Port and harbors will put in security camera system

The Port and Harbors Department plans to select a company this month to design a surveillance camera system for installation at Wrangell harbors by the end of the year. The department has about $407,000 from two federal grants — $148,000 in fall...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    April 13, 2022

More federal funding still possible in Southeast sustainability grants

An official with a U.S. Department of Agriculture program that has awarded more than $820,000 to the Wrangell borough, Forest Service and tribe said more could be on the way. The Wrangell Cooperative Association was awarded $620,000 from the...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    April 13, 2022

A 'servant's heart' sets tone for bell-ringing senior project

Picking a senior project was just like ringing a bell for Caleb Garcia. Since 2013, the 17-year-old has been involved with The Salvation Army, so being the volunteer coordinator of the nonprofit's...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    April 13, 2022

New shop class plasma torch doesn't cut into school budget

A new plasma torch purchased by the school district will provide shop class students with a more versatile way to cut and build metal projects - and it won't cost the district a penny of borough...

 

Palin and 50 others file for a chance to fill Don Young's seat

Former Alaska governor, former vice presidential candidate and former reality TV personality Sarah Palin added her well-publicized name to the list of four dozen candidates seeking to fill Alaska’s only seat in the U.S. House, hoping to take over...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    April 6, 2022

Art display uncovers hidden figures in women's history

Betty White was a veteran of the armed forces. Ruby Bridges was the subject of a Normal Rockwell painting. Olympic gymnast Simone Biles is 4-foot, 8-inches tall. Libby Riddles was the first woman to...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    April 6, 2022

Anan observatory rebuild on track for summer viewing season

When contractor Jesse West said, "we destroyed everything," it sounds pretty bad, out of context. But that's exactly what his Petersburg company Rainforest Contracting was hired to do - pull down the...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    April 6, 2022

Birding festival expands schedule, focuses on education

Just like migrating birds, the Stikine River Birding Festival is coming back to Wrangell. This year, instead of just one weekend, the festival is spreading its wings to three weekends in a row from...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    April 6, 2022

State moves shrimp fishery to spring; no harvest this year

The state Board of Fisheries’ decision last month to move the Southeast commercial shrimp pot fishery from a fall start to spring means there will be no harvest this year. The Department of Fish and Game told the board that a spring harvest could h...

 

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