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Progress made on Wrangell Mariners' Memorial walls

WRANGELL — Groundwork for the Wrangell Mariners’ Memorial has come to a halt for winter, but progress has still been made recently. Jenn Miller-Yancey, with the Mariners’ Memorial board, reported that work is being done for the memorial’s wal...

 

Dr. Zink "cautiously optimistic" in COVID update

WRANGELL - Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska's chief medical officer, called in to a special meeting of the Wrangell Borough Assembly last Friday afternoon, Dec. 18, to give a brief update on the COVID-19...

 

Fallen trees knock out power in Wrangell

WRANGELL - Due to stormy weather Wrangell saw through the night and morning of Monday and Tuesday, according to Wrangell Municipal Light & Power, some trees fell onto power lines out Zimovia...

 

Public Safety Building repairs covered in special Wrangell assembly meeting

WRANGELL - The Wrangell Borough Assembly held a special meeting last Thursday night, Nov. 19, to discuss the Public Safety Building and its needed repairs. The Public Safety Building houses...

 

Salmon harvest down 44% from 2019

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released preliminary data on state salmon harvests for 2020. Information for Southeast Alaska shows that only half as many fish were hauled in this year...

 

Coast Guard makes rescue south of Wrangell

WRANGELL - The Coast Guard pulled a man out of the water last Sunday evening, Nov. 1. The incident occurred in Union Bay, near Meyers Chuck, south of Wrangell. Petty Officer Janessa Warschkow, with...

 

Wrangell assembly holds workshop on water treatment plant

WRANGELL - The Wrangell Borough Assembly held a workshop last week, Oct. 20, to discuss the water treatment plant improvement project. This has been an ongoing project for some time now, and the...

 

Judge dismisses Valvoda lawsuit against Wrangell

WRANGELL - A lawsuit brought against the city by a Wrangell resident has come to a close, after Judge Kevin Miller dismissed the case. Kipha Valvoda brought a lawsuit against several former and...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 8, 2020

Cape Fanshaw transmitter repaired

The weather information transmitter at Cape Fanshaw has been repaired after being out of service for over a year. Cape Fanshaw is located north of Petersburg, along a point of mainland approximately...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 8, 2020

Wrangell preliminary election results

WRANGELL - Tuesday, Oct. 6, was election day for Wrangell. Polls closed at 8 p.m., with the preliminary count showing a total of 419 voters participating on election day. Wrangell voters chose the...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 1, 2020

Structural instability detected in Wrangell Public Safety Building

WRANGELL — The Public Safety Building has been a topic of much discussion and concern to city government. The building, which houses Wrangell’s police department, fire department, court, and DMV,...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 1, 2020

Wrangell Wildlife Trooper and family moving south

WRANGELL - The Freeberg family moved to Wrangell in April of 2019. Kyle Freeberg moved here to take a position as the town's state wildlife trooper. He has a total of three years of experience as a...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 1, 2020

Wrangell responding to HAA5 levels in water

WRANGELL — In last week’s assembly meeting, Borough Manager Lisa Von Bargen reported that the city had recently been informed by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation that they had...

 

Wrangell school board reprimands superintendent, establishes improvement plan

The Wrangell School Board held a special meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 9, to continue their discussion of a formal reprimand and improvement plan for the superintendent. Late last August, Superintendent Debbe Lancaster and several district staff...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 27, 2020

Wrangell School board discusses Juneau shopping trip in special meeting

WRANGELL - The Wrangell School Board held a special meeting Monday, Aug. 24, to discuss recent travel and purchases made by the superintendent and school staff. Last week, Superintendent Debbe...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 27, 2020

Alaskans for Better Elections campaigning for new election rules

WRANGELL - Shea Siegert, campaign manager for Alaskans for Better Elections, recently spoke to the Wrangell Sentinel about their organization. With limited opportunities for in-person events due to...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 27, 2020

Coho derby kicks off tomorrow, halibut derby on Labor Day weekend

WRANGELL - Wrangell's annual coho and halibut derbies are just around the corner. The coho salmon derby begins tomorrow, Aug. 28, and will run until Sept. 7. The halibut derby, meanwhile, will take...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 20, 2020

Wrangell Salvation Army offering services in time of COVID-19

WRANGELL - In March, when the COVID-19 pandemic first began to impact Alaska, many local businesses and organizations in Wrangell shut down. While many groups saw the time as an opportunity to wait...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 6, 2020

Wrangell comes together in memory of Deckers

WRANGELL - Last week, four people died in a car wreck in Petersburg. Among them were two Wrangellites, Siguard and Helen Decker, 21-years-old and 19-years-old. Their deaths shook the community, which...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 30, 2020

Three new COVID cases over four days in Wrangell

WRANGELL - Three new cases of COVID-19 were announced in Wrangell over a period of four days this past week. This has brought the total number of cases of the virus in town up to 12. The first case...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 30, 2020

Ranger district planning for Roosevelt Harbor restoration project

WRANGELL - The Wrangell Ranger District is beginning the planning process for a restoration of the Roosevelt Harbor area. The harbor, located on Zarembo Island west of Wrangell, is graded...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 23, 2020

New food security project starting up in Wrangell

WRANGELL - "Concern" is a common theme in the COVID-19 pandemic. People are concerned about their health, their jobs, getting their kids back into school, and the economic prospects of their...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 9, 2020

Three cities go dark in early morning power outage

The cities of Wrangell, Petersburg, and Ketchikan all suffered a power outage in the early morning of July 4. Rod Rhoades, light and power director for Wrangell, said that the outage hit Wrangell at...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 2, 2020

Questions remain around former Wrangell police officer

WRANGELL - In early June, the Wrangell Sentinel received several emails regarding one of the city's police officers, Paul Jay Huerta. One of these emails linked to a news article and video, alleging...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 25, 2020

Fishermen volunteering at Wrangell seafood processor

WRANGEL - Several local fishermen have been volunteering their time and energy, more so than usual, at Wrangell's sole operating seafood processor. With the decision by Trident Seafoods to not...

 

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