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 By Brian Varela    News    December 5, 2019 

A warmer, wetter winter for Wrangell this season

For the next three months, Wrangell will be experiencing above normal precipitation levels and temperatures, according to the National Weather Service in Juneau. The Climate Prediction Center is...

 
 By Stephen Prysunka    News    December 5, 2019 

Guest Commentary

I would like to update the community on my recent trip to Washington DC. It was an excellent opportunity to represent the needs and concerns of our community as well as highlight the challenges we...

 

Mayor Prysunka goes to Washington last week

Mayor Steve Prysunka travelled to Washington D.C. last week to speak before the Senate Committee on Energy and National Resources. He was invited to speak on behalf of the National Association of...

 

Over 13 pounds of cigarette butts collected ahead of Great American Smokeout

Earlier this month, on Nov. 5, several Wrangell High School cheerleaders helped SEARHC employee Tammi Meissner pick up cigarette butts on Front Street. In an email to the Sentinel, Meissner said that...

 

Plans to subdivide old mill property

Plans are in motion to subdivide the old mill property around 6.5 mile Zimovia Highway, according to Terri Wenger with Anchor Properties. The property, currently owned by Betty Buhler, has been on...

 

Former Wrangellite goes into business with "instant hatchery"

Some Wrangell residents may remember Tod Jones. He was a Wrangell resident for about 20 years, from the '70s to the '90s. He first moved to the area to help start a fish hatchery in the Burnett Inlet...

 

Hospital construction still on track for 2021 opening

Construction of the new Wrangell Medical Center remains on schedule and on budget, according to SEARHC Vice President and Hospital Administrator Leatha Merculieff. The future hospital will be about...

 

Library to digitize archive of Wrangell publications

Past microfilms of the Stikine River Journal, the Fort Wrangell News and the Wrangell Sentinel will be digitally archived using a $8,250 grant that Wrangell Cooperative Association applied for and...

 

Correction

In last week’s edition of the Sentinel we reported that SEARHC’s CNA training program was the first at the Wrangell Medical Center. The program is new under SEARHC, but the program has existed in Wrangell before.... Full story

 

Wrangell by the numbers: Visitor industry continues to show growth

Rain Coast Data, on behalf of the Wrangell Convention and Visitors Bureau, recently released a document examining the economic impacts of the tourism industry on the community. "Wrangell Visitor Indus...

 

Shoemaker renovations extended to boarding float, parking lot

Shoemaker Bay Harbor has been undergoing renovations since the summer of 2018. First built in 1977, according to Harbor Master Greg Meissner in a previous interview with the Sentinel, it has grown...

 

Seniors recognized in weekend games against Petersburg

The Wrangell Lady Wolves volleyball team held their first home games of the season against the Petersburg Lady Vikings last week, on Nov. 15. It was senior night, meaning that the team recognized...

 

Wrangell Salvation Army receives new corps officer

After a nearly 29-year career, Salvation Army Majors Michael and Jennifer Bates recently announced their intentions to retire. The Bates have been the corps officers of the Salvation Army in Wrangell...

 

Policies on volunteers, sex offenders, and tobacco use covered in school committee meeting

Wrangell Public School's policy committee met last Thursday afternoon to review several proposed policies for the school district. One such policy refers to volunteers helping out around the school....

 

Planning and Zoning Commission elects officers, approves permit for warehouse by the Stikine Inn

The Wrangell Planning and Zoning Commission met last Thursday evening, Nov. 14. The first thing they covered was the election of commission officers. This was not originally on the meeting's agenda,...

 

Wrangell considers three police chief candidates

Wrangell residents had the opportunity last week to meet three people who are interested in the position of Wrangell Chief of Police. The job has been open since former chief Doug McCloskey retired...

 

"Parlor in the Round" performing Friday

What feels like dinner theater, sounds like a house concert, and looks like improv comedy? The answer will be performing at the Nolan Center tomorrow evening, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. Parlor in the Round...

 

Buhler resigns from school district

Georgianna Buhler has resigned as the business manager for the Wrangell Public School District this past week. Buhler has worked with the school district for many years. She served on the school...

 

Diverse opinions voiced at Roadless Rule meeting

The Forest Service has been hosting numerous public meetings across Southeast Alaska, recently, to share information on proposed changes to the Roadless Rule and to take comments from the public. One...

 

Veterans Day assembly held at Wrangell High School

Wrangell High School hosted a special assembly on Tuesday, Nov. 12, for Veteran's Day. Wrangell veterans were escorted into the gymnasium by members of the Wrangell Wolves wrestling team. The third...

 

Port commission discusses changes to cruise ship fees, derelict boats

The Wrangell Port Commission met for a brief workshop to begin discussions on two topics that Harbor Master Greg Meissner said would be important for the future. One was on potentially changing the...

 

Nolan Center opens new shipwreck exhibit

The Nolan Center opened its newest exhibit on shipwrecks with much fanfare last Friday, Nov. 8. With food, wine, music, and special presentations, many people turned out for the grand opening. The...

 

Roadless Rule discussed in CVB meeting

The Roadless Rule is legislation from 2001 designed to keep roadless areas of the country off-limits from future development. According to the Forest Service's website, this legislation prohibits road...

 

Convention and Visitor Bureau workshops "tourism best management practices" for Wrangell

The Wrangell Convention and Visitor Bureau met Monday, Nov. 4, to discuss potential "tourism best management practices." This is something happening in Juneau, according to Economic Development Direct...

 

Roher family prepares for their final Thanksgiving basket handout

The Thanksgiving basket handout, organized by Don and Bonnie Roher on behalf of the Wrangell Ministerial Association, has been a longstanding tradition in the community. Thanksgiving dinner is...

 

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