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 By Caleb Vierkant    News    September 20, 2018 

"Paper Tigers" shown at high school last week

Residents of Wrangell were invited to attend a viewing of “Paper Tigers” at the high school last Tuesday. BRAVE, a local organization advocating for building healthy relationships in the community, put the event together. BRAVE member Kay Larson...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    September 20, 2018 

SEARHC and Swedish Medical Center to expand specialty services in SE Alaska

Beginning this fall, according to a press release from the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, specialty services in Southeast Alaska will be expanded thanks to collaboration between SEARHC and Swedish Medical Center. The press release...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    September 20, 2018 

School board recognizes Tammy Groshong and Darian Gerald during meeting

The Wrangell school board met Monday evening. The board recently began a new program where “pages” from different classrooms would attend the board meetings to lead everyone in the pledge of allegiance, and a reading of the district’s mission a...

 

Candidate roundup for local election

With the October election just around the corner, there are many residents of Wrangell seeking office. One of the most hotly contested races this year is for two open positions on the Wrangell school...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    September 20, 2018 

Write-in candidate seeks election to borough assembly

Dale Parkinson fell in love with Wrangell about 13 years ago, he said, after he won an Alaskan cruise from the university radio in Long Beach, California. Eight years ago he and his family visited...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    September 20, 2018 

Alaska Supreme Court gives opinion on local property dispute

On Aug. 31, the Supreme Court of Alaska gave on opinion on a property dispute between two Wrangell residents, DeWayne Tomal and Jeannette Anderson. The opinion came down after a trial in superior court between the two Wrangellites, after their...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    September 20, 2018 

Project HOPE fighting opioid epidemic with Narcan nasal spray kits

According to documents provided by Erin Michael, the public health nurse for Petersburg and Wrangell, opioids were involved in 42,000 deaths in the United States in 2016. In Alaska, in 2017, there were 108 opioid-related deaths. The National...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    September 20, 2018 

Assembly holds special meeting to approve Church Street paving, other upgrades

The city and borough assembly of Wrangell held a special meeting Monday night to approve various renovations and upgrades to city infrastructure. The first item was a contract with SECON for paving repairs to Church Street, in the amount of $29,827....

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    September 20, 2018 

Annual Sip & Shop last Saturday

Many stores around Wrangell stayed open late last Saturday evening to participate in the annual Sip & Shop. Alicia Holder, with the chamber of commerce, said that the Sip & Shop was a fun way...

 

Officials apologize to Alaska Natives for bird regulations

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – State and federal wildlife officials have apologized to Alaska Natives for the enforcement of migratory bird regulations that failed to consider the effects on subsistence practices. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game...

 

Man charged in connection with Alaska girl's death

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – An Alaska man found with the cellphone of a missing 10-year-old girl was charged Monday in connection with her death after GPS coordinates of where the phone had traveled led authorities to the girl’s body. Peter Wilson,...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    September 20, 2018 

Wold Architects hold meeting at the Nolan Center to give update on new hospital

The Nolan Center was packed Monday night as Wold Architects held a meeting to update the community on plans for the new hospital. Members of the city government, SEARHC, the Wrangell Medical Center, and many residents came to hear the update....

 

Fast ferry's return uncertain as it leaves southeast Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The crew and passengers of a fast ferry celebrated the vessel’s possible last voyage in southeast Alaska over the weekend. The ferry Fairweather traveled from Skagway and Haines to Juneau on Sunday, taking its last trip in...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    September 20, 2018 

Petersburg post office shut down due to hazardous material incident

PETERSBURG – The Petersburg Post Office has been closed since Thursday after a package leaked mercury inside of the facility, according to a statement issued by the United States Postal Service....

 

Forest Service holds meeting on Central Tongass Project

The Nolan Center was littered with maps of the Tongass National Forest Sept. 5. Members of the Wrangell and Petersburg Ranger districts came by to hold a public meeting on the Central Tongass Project,...

 

Darian Gerald shares story for suicide prevention day

Wrangell High School held an assembly last Monday afternoon for a special guest. September 10 is "Suicide Prevention Day," and the entire month of September is dedicated to suicide prevention. Darian...

 

Candidate roundup for local election

The city and borough of Wrangell will be holding an election on Oct 2. There are several positions needing to be filled, and there are many people seeking to fill them with 13 people running for office. The Wrangell Sentinel has created a roundup of...

 

Good Samaritan thwarts burglary

PETERSBURG – On Aug. 20, around 3 A.M., 21-year-old David Churchill of Wrangell broke into Harbor Bar with the intention of burglary, according to authorities. He broke a window, entered the liquor store and attempted to steal bottles of liquor,...

 

Borough Assembly holds workshop with federal lobbyist

Sebastian O’Kelly, a federal lobbyist, is a consultant with Robertson, Monagle & Eastaugh. As a federal lobbyist he represents several communities across Southeast Alaska, working to ensure issues pertaining to the area reach the ears of the right...

 

Coho derby comes to a close

With Labor Day come and gone, Wrangell's coho salmon derby has come to a close. According to Alicia Holder, with the chamber of commerce, 106 coho were weighed in over the four weekends of the derby....

 

Bible Baptist Church offers "Eagle's Nest" program

Bible Baptist Church in Wrangell has recently begun offering an after-school program for elementary-age kids. Tim and Missy Helton are members of the church, and currently run "The Eagle's Nest."...

 

Byford Junkyard soil relocation 1/3 complete

Ongoing efforts to remove contaminated soil from the site of the Byford junkyard are about a third of the way complete, according to Sally Schlichting with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. The soil is being packed into large bags...

 

BRAVE to show "Paper Tigers" at high school

Kay Larson said that the purpose of her organization is not to "combat" issues in Wrangell. Rather, she said, they want to educate and advocate. BRAVE, or Building Respect and Valuing Everyone, wants...

 

Alaska Sprouts to kick off teen night this September

"Alaska Sprouts – Seeds of Change" is a new group in the city of Wrangell, recently funded through grant money received by the Wrangell Cooperative Association. Their goal, according to the...

 

Grand Exalted Ruler Luhr visits Elks lodge

Petersburg native Michael Luhr has been a part of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks since 1977, when he was initiated into Petersburg Lodge No. 1615. He said that he has lived in Petersburg...

 

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