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 By Mark C. Robinson    News    May 22, 2024 

Longtime resident reunited with Army buddy after 71 years

At age 94, longtime resident Elmer Mork was reunited with an old Army buddy after 71 years with no contact. "He got homesick for (me)," Mork said of his friend Harold Esmailka, age 93. "My little...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    May 22, 2024 

Alisha Armstrong signs up for Fourth of July fundraising sales

The same day that she graduated from high school, Alisha Armstrong and her family decided to step up and help the community. Armstrong is the lone candidate for this year’s Fourth of July royalty contest, and will sell raffle tickets to help raise m...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    May 22, 2024 

Columbia out of service until end of the year

By Larry Persily Sentinel writer The Alaska state ferry Columbia — which has been out of service since late November for its annual overhaul and repairs but was supposed to go back to work this summer — will be laid up until the end of the year. Ext...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    May 22, 2024 

Borough contribution to schools depends on what the state pays

The borough assembly has approved a local contribution to the school district that could cancel out a pending increase in state funding. The assembly on May 14 approved a local contribution of $1.3 million to the school district for the 2024-2025 sch...

 
 By Mark C. Robinson    News    May 22, 2024 

Fourth graders learn a river of information on field trip

A class of fourth graders and a few third graders from Evergreen Elementary School traveled 10 miles by jet boat up the Stikine River to Cottonwood Island on a chilly, rainy May 14 to learn about natu...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    May 22, 2024 

Union petitions to add police to borough contract

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1547 has filed a petition with the state for Wrangell Police Department employees to vote on joining the union bargaining unit that represents other borough employees. The borough...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    May 22, 2024 

Names added to mariners' memorial at blessing of the fleet

The community gathered at the Wrangell Mariners' Memorial on Sunday, May 19, for the annual blessing of the fleet and to add 14 names to the waterfront memorial at Heritage Harbor. Added to the...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    May 22, 2024 

Murkowski includes Wrangell projects in 500-plus Alaska requests

Funding to repair and rebuild Wrangell’s Public Safety Building is her top priority for federal aid for the community, said Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. It’s among the more than 500 requests for federal mon...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    May 22, 2024 

WCA hires Ed Caum as tourism coordinator

Cruise ships have started to make their appearances at the City Dock, and the Wrangell Cooperative Association has geared up for the season by hiring Ed Caum as tourism coordinator. Caum, known by...

 
 By Mark C. Robinson    News    May 22, 2024 

June 1 retirement potluck party for Sandy Churchill

A retirement potluck party for Sandy Churchill will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at the Nolan Center. All residents are welcome to attend and bring prepared food or dessert. "Bring a dish to...

 
 By Mark C. Robinson    News    May 22, 2024 

Annual ceremony recognizes students with awards, scholarships

Students were recognized for their outstanding achievements at the annual academic and scholarship awards ceremony held the afternoon of May 15 at the high school gym. Faculty, staff, community and...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    May 22, 2024 

King salmon derby confirmed for 2 weekends in June

The dates for this year’s king salmon derby have been set for two weekends: June 7-9 and June 14-16. The chamber of commerce is still deciding other details like the prizes for the largest fish and cost of tickets, said Tommy Wells, executive d...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    May 15, 2024

New museum display highlights clan items returned to Wrangell

The Nolan Center is unveiling a new display this weekend featuring repatriated clan items that were returned to Wrangell last fall. Objects in the display include xóots shákee.át, a bear he...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    May 15, 2024

Legislature approves budget with money for Wrangell projects

Several of Wrangell’s requests are included in the state capital budget of public works projects that the Legislature approved last week, sending the spending plan to the governor for signature into law or veto. Unless the governor uses his veto p...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    May 15, 2024

Chamber lacks royalty candidates for 4th fundraising

Next year’s Fourth of July celebration, Wrangell’s most popular holiday, may be in jeopardy – the May 1 deadline to turn in paperwork yielded zero royalty candidates. It takes a village to put on the fireworks and countless other festivities for t...

 
 By Mark C. Robinson    News    May 15, 2024

High school graduation Friday evening

Wrangell High School will hold its graduation ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, May 17, in the high school gym. Principal Jackie Hanson will welcome the 10 seniors and teacher Jack Carney will serve as the...

 
 By Mark C. Robinson    News    May 15, 2024

New wildlife trooper happy for return to small-town living

Alisha Seward is Wrangell's new state wildlife trooper - her fifth move in nine years. Wrangell is one of the smaller posts among the 37 locations staffed by the Alaska wildlife troopers division and...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    May 15, 2024

Historian addresses elephant in the room

Ronan Rooney picked the Nose for his latest history lesson. The podcaster recently wrote a blog post about one of the island's most photographed landmarks: Elephant's Nose. It's at the northern tip...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    May 15, 2024

New harbor security cameras focus on fighting crime

Wrangell now has a total of 56 security cameras up and running across all its harbors and the Marine Service Center. The cameras run 24 hours a day and pick up clear footage in all lighting situations, said Harbormaster Steve Miller, even capturing...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    May 15, 2024

Biggest cruise ship of the season to arrive Thursday

The town’s population could double for a day. Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam, with accommodations for just over 2,100 passengers plus a crew of more than 900, is scheduled to tie up at Wrangell at 8 a.m. Thursday, May 16, staying until 7 p.m...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    May 15, 2024

State says Petroglyph Beach user numbers would help with funding requests

As of last week, just one Wrangell business had obtained the required state permit to provide commercial tours at Petroglyph Beach State Historic Site. The largest cruise ship of the summer is scheduled to tie up in town on Thursday, May 16,...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    May 15, 2024

Stikine closed to subsistence king fishing again this year

The Stikine River is closed to subsistence fishing for king salmon May 15 through June 20 to help preserve weak returns of the highly prized fish. It’s the eighth year in a row for the federal closure. “The preseason forecast for the Stikine Riv...

 
 By Mark C. Robinson    News    May 15, 2024

Close Up trip to D.C. and New York provided 'living classroom' to students

High schoolers crammed a lot of sightseeing, education and history into this year's Close Up trip to the nation's capital and to its largest city. The students were able to view many of the great...

 

Class of 2024

The seniors graduating this week are Alisha Armstrong, Cody Eastaugh, Keegan Hanson, Sean McDonald, Kayla Meissner, Mindy Meissner, Spencer Petticrew, Nate Rooney, Mia Wiederspohn and Lily Younce....

 
 By Mark C. Robinson    News    May 15, 2024

High schoolers water quality research project wins third place

A group of high school students who participated in an environmental research program won third place in Southeast competition for their work comparing the amount of microplastics in the water at...

 

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