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Thank you to Grand View for showing the best of Wrangell

I would like to send a very heartfelt thank you to Leslie and Alan Cummings, owners of the Grand View Bed and Breakfast. When my brother, Craig, passed, I called the Grand View Bed and Breakfast to make reservations. Leslie answered. She said, “I...

 

Thankful for EMT volunteers and caring hospital staff

A heartfelt thank you to the highly professional volunteer ambulance crew and EMTs for their quick response to our call and for caringly and safely carrying me down our 27 steps for my recent trip to the hospital. And thank you soooooo much for your...

 
 By Dan Ortiz    Opinion    April 27, 2022

Representative reports accomplishments in House budget

The State House finished its work April 9 on the operating budget, which has been passed to the Senate for further work and debate. While there is still work to be done, this year’s budget has the potential for some great investments for the needs...

 

Thank you for community cleanup help

Paula Rak and the WCA IGAP program would like to thank LNM Services, Wrangell IGA, City Market, First Bank, the city and borough of Wrangell and the Wrangell Cooperative Association for their donations and continued support for the Wrangell...

 

Merritt appreciative of award

I would like to thank everyone who wrote a letter on my behalf to the chamber of commerce. I am deeply touched and humbled by the award I received at the April 9 dinner. There are so many people in the community who are more deserving, and I am...

 

David Jack family says thank you for all the help

The family of David and Sue Jack would like to thank the staff at Wrangell Medical Center, especially the nursing staff, who attended to the needs of our parents while they were in the hospital. They were professional in every way, and made the best...

 

Ortiz supports one-time energy relief check, higher capital budget

The House Finance Committee has released its proposed state budget, which includes funds for an energy relief check for every eligible Alaskan. The proposal comes from high and continuously rising energy costs, a concern that I have heard from you....

 
 By Kay Larson    Opinion    March 16, 2022

Baha'is invite public to celebrate advent of spring

Spring is in the air. The last little mounds of snow are melting. Packets of seeds are on my shopping list. Small birds have begun to appear at my feeder. We are breaking out of our cocoons. For Baha’is worldwide, March 21 coincides with the...

 

Thank you for helping to protect our community during COVID

As COVID-19 numbers come back down and mitigation plans are slowly being lifted, I want to say thank you to all of those who helped get us this far. Thank you to everyone who wore their mask, got vaccinated and canceled social plans all on your own...

 
 By John Morse    Opinion    March 2, 2022

Yukon TV is no upgrade

Many will disagree, but in my opinion the vote is the key to American democracy. If after the votes have been counted, recounted, audited and litigated and someone other than the person with the most votes takes or remains in office, then American...

 

Public testimony on state budget set for Thursday

The Legislature’s main duty every year is passage of the state budget. Last week, the House made considerable progress by finishing up budget subcommittee work. Budget subcommittees meet frequently with each department to navigate potential budget...

 

Democracy does not mean everyone must agree

Referring to Larry Persily’s opinion piece, “It’s time more Republicans stood up to Trump” (Feb. 9 Sentinel), I am shocked how a Democrat can sound so undemocratic, intolerant, self-righteous and self-contradictory. While you stress that you...

 

Property owner cleaning up Johnny Mountain Mine site

In October 2021, Wrangell Mayor Steve Prysunka spoke about the abandoned Johnny Mountain Mine before the Wrangell borough assembly to highlight irresponsible mining practices in British Columbia. As the new owner of Iskut property which includes the...

 

St. Frances Animal Rescue appreciates community support

The board and members of St. Frances Animal Rescue would like to thank the many generous members of the Wrangell community for their support. Your donations have helped us sustain the efforts of the rescue to take in stray and surrendered kitties,...

 

'Hospice Hearts' awards event Feb. 21

It takes a village to raise a child. It also takes a village to support the activities of an organization such as Hospice of Wrangell. Our members sincerely appreciate the community's involvement and support. We want to recognize some folks who have...

 

Reader praises Wrangell reporters

I would like to concur with Alice Rooney about the high quality of the Wrangell Sentinel. You are doing a fine job. Glad to have you back, Larry. I cannot leave out our fine reporter at KSTK, Sage Smiley. She is among the best radio reporters that...

 

Dividend belongs in the state constitution

By Joe Geldhof and Juanita Cassellius Of the Permanent Fund Defenders For a long time, significant issues about our Permanent Fund have been bungled and avoided. How long? Too long, since 2016, when then-Gov. Bill Walker decided to ignore the...

 

Governor's spending plan would produce a deficit

The Alaska Legislature gaveled into session last week. The Legislature’s main duty is creating and passing a budget for the state. To do this, we start by considering last year’s budget and the budget proposed by the governor. I’d like to tell...

 

Alaskans need to know what the Permanent Fund is doing

The successful conservative management and investment philosophy of the Alaska Permanent Fund must be restored. The importance of the Permanent Fund’s contribution to the economy of Alaska cannot be overstated. Its current value is more than $83...

 

Chuck Helland family asks for help

For those of you who knew Chuck Helland, you knew that he loved everyone. There is nothing more that he loved than a good conversation with a friend and a shared smile. Pops knew he was loved and in turn we knew we were loved. Pops and mom had moved...

 

Reader appreciates the expanded Sentinel

Early last January, our weekly papers included very nice Mark Kelley 2021 calendars as we welcomed Larry Persily’s return as the Sentinel’s owner and editor. I have enjoyed my calendar all year, along with our improved, expanded local paper....

 

The community helped fulfill a young woman's dream

In fourth grade, my daughter, Dawson, said she wanted to be a doctor and I thought, “Oh, isn’t that cute.” She said it again when she was in eighth grade, and I thought, “Oh, that’s weird, she still thinks she wants to be a doctor.” Then...

 

Schultz family appreciated help with memorial service

We just wanted to thank everyone who helped out with Lester Schultz’s memorial on Nov. 14. A big thank you to Jake Harris for letting us use the Stikine Inn for the services last minute, Spenser Stavee with Breakaway Adventures for taking us to...

 

Sen. Murkowski recalls the magic of books and the Wrangell library

Congratulations on the 100th anniversary of the Irene Ingle Public Library. Bringing the joy of reading and love of learning to the people of Wrangell for a century is certainly worthy of celebration. The Wrangell library holds a special place in my...

 

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