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 By Becca Clark    News    April 10, 2024 

Class teaches and preserves traditional Haida hat weaving

The WCA Cultural Center filled with the sweet aroma of cedar as students sat around tables, focused on their hats in progress in front of them. They dipped the strips of red and yellow cedar into...

 

High school students statewide protest inadequate state funding

Hundreds of high schoolers across Alaska participated in an organized walkout April 4 in protest of the Legislature’s recent failure to override Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s veto of an education funding bill. The bill would have included a historic inc...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    April 10, 2024 

History podcast tells not all was golden in 1874 gold rush

One hundred and fifty years ago, the Stikine beckoned people to its rugged landscape with the promise of wealth. This was the Cassiar gold rush of 1874, a huge moment in Wrangell history, according...

 
 By Mark C. Robinson    News    April 10, 2024 

Medical loan closet will need new home after property sale

The community's medical equipment loan closet that has been in a number of locations over the years will likely have to look for a new home once more. With the forthcoming sale of the former hospital...

 
 By Mark C. Robinson    News    April 10, 2024 

Church uses grant to bring free movies to Nolan Center

The Island of Faith Lutheran Church will host a free monthly movie for their Faith and Film Ministry at the Nolan Center over the next two and a half years, thanks to a $3,000 grant from the Alaska Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America....

 
 By Mark C. Robinson    News    April 10, 2024 

Long-time Air Force facilities manager hired for schools job

Kevin McCallister is the new facilities and maintenance director for the school district. He arrived with his family on March 25 and started work April 1. Outgoing maintenance director Josh Blatchley...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    April 10, 2024 

Alaskans invited to make ornaments for U.S. Capitol Christmas tree

The U.S. Forest Service is calling on Alaskans to create handmade ornaments to decorate the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree and the smaller companion trees that will represent Alaska in Washington, D.C. The trees will come from the Tongass National...

 
 By Sentinel staff    News    April 10, 2024 

Chamber still working on plans for salmon derby

The chamber of commerce would like to put on the community’s 69th king salmon derby this year but hasn’t figured out the details, as it takes into consideration the state’s efforts to limit fishing in the area to help preserve and rebuild retur...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    April 10, 2024 

King salmon sportfishing restrictions same as recent years

Commercial trollers had a productive winter catching kings along the outside waters of Southeast, but area runs are still weak and sportfishing restrictions around Wrangell this summer are similar to recent years. District 8 in front of the Stikine...

 
 By Mark C. Robinson    News    April 10, 2024 

High school students travel for annual music festival in Sitka

Fourteen Wrangell High School students will participate in the annual three-day Southeast Regional Music Festival this week at Sitka High School. The event will feature morning and evening performances that will be livestreamed on the Sitka Fine...

 
 By Mark C. Robinson    News    April 3, 2024

U.S. Capitol Christmas tree will come from Tongass

This year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas tree will come from the Tongass National Forest, only the second time an Alaska tree will light up the official spot. Known as “The People's Tree” (reflecting the nickname for the U.S. House of Repre...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    April 3, 2024

Plants will have to be homegrown this summer

It’s officially spring and almost gardening season in Wrangell, but Sentry Hardware and Marine won’t be able to provide the plants they usually do this year, nor will IGA. The stores’ supplier, Skagit Gardens, of Washington state, announced in Febru...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    April 3, 2024

Potentially prehistoric artifact found on land of former Wrangell Institute

A blue plastic baseball, part of a wooden clarinet, a glass Horlicks malted milk bottle, a 1938 Mercury dime and a net sinker made of slate, potentially from prehistoric times. All these items were di...

 
 By Mark C. Robinson    News    April 3, 2024

Fairbanks educator hired as middle/high school principal

An experienced Fairbanks educator who has dreamed of moving to Southeast for years will finally achieve his goal when he starts work in August as the new secondary school principal in Wrangell. Greg...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    April 3, 2024

Federal aid available to individuals who suffered losses from landslide

Federal financial aid made available by a presidential disaster declaration requested by the Wrangell Cooperative Association is now available for people who suffered economic damages from the Nov 20 landslide. The assistance includes grants for...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    April 3, 2024

Chamber calls for 4th of July royalty candidates

The Fourth of July is three months away, and the start of ticket sales for the annual fundraising raffle is still eight weeks away, but the chamber of commerce figures it’s not too early to start asking who wants to volunteer for this year’s roy...

 
 By Mark C. Robinson    News    April 3, 2024

Annual community cleanup sweeps into town April 20

The time is coming once again for residents to help clean up the town, with Wrangell’s annual community cleanup scheduled for Saturday, April 20. The spring cleanup includes volunteers picking up as much trash around town as possible. The event w...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    April 3, 2024

Chili cook-off promises to warm springtime appetites

Get out your crockpots, The Salvation Army is hosting a chili cook-off April 13 at the Nolan Center from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Anyone is welcome to register to compete with their favorite chili recipe. Chilis will be tasted by three judges and...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    April 3, 2024

Divers start underwater work to install anodes on harbor pilings

Work has begun to install 830 corrosion-preventing anodes on the pilings in Heritage Harbor and the Marine Service Center. The anodes are pieces of oxidizing metal that protect the steel pilings and piers from underwater corrosion. During a routine...

 
 By Alex DeMarban    News    April 3, 2024

GCI decides not to eliminate email service

Alaska telecommunications company GCI no longer plans to end its longtime email service. The company had said last summer it would end the service and cancel gci.net and alaskan.com accounts sometime in mid-2024. It also launched a new fee for the...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    March 27, 2024

Presidential disaster declaration will provide WCA with funds to clean landslide tidelands

Presidential approval of a disaster declaration for the Wrangell Cooperative Association will make more than half-a-million dollars available for the tribe to remove hazardous material from the beach covered in debris by the 11-Mile landslide on...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    March 27, 2024

Assembly hires Villarma, who talks of growth and prosperity for borough

Mason Villarma, the interim borough manager since November, is no longer interim: The assembly has agreed to offer him the job. In an executive session March 19, the assembly interviewed three...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    March 27, 2024

Crew shortage continues to limit operations at state ferry system

The Alaska Marine Highway System’s ongoing crew shortage has eased up for entry-level steward positions but remains a significant problem in the wheelhouse and for engineers, likely keeping the Kennicott out of service again this summer. As of M...

 

New club raises over $10,000 for student travel, hopes for more by June

The 6-month-old Wrangell Athletic Club has raised more than $10,000 toward its mission of paying for student travel to state competition, with plans to raise a lot more. Meanwhile, the school district has advanced more than $40,000 for student...

 
 By Becca Clark    News    March 27, 2024

Property tax assessment values similar to last year

After last year’s comprehensive review of every piece of property in Wrangell pushed up the borough’s total taxable assessed valuation by more than 50%, this year’s assessment notices are tame. Property tax assessments were sent out March 20, and i...

 

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