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 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 14, 2021 

Oklahoma nurse finds herself helping out in Wrangell

WRANGELL - Melissa Curttright has been a registered nurse for 16 years — the past two weeks in Wrangell. Like so many other hospital workers, the pandemic changed her plans. The 52-year-old RN from Oklahoma City said she saw 75% of her...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 14, 2021 

High school students learn to converse in sign language

WRANGELL - Ann Hilburn began learning American Sign Language for an elective course in college, thinking it would benefit her aspirations of becoming a nurse. That class led her to change her career field entirely. “I had just fallen in love with...

 

Tent City Days offer 20 events over 3 days

WRANGELL - Wrangell’s Tent City Days start Friday and run through Sunday, with 20 events scheduled for the fall festivities that come a day before Alaska Day on Monday, which celebrates the U.S. purchase of the territory from Russia in 1867. In...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 7, 2021

Search begins for new borough manager in Wrangell after Von Bargen resigns

WRANGELL - Wrangell has begun its search for a new borough manager. On Friday, the assembly accepted the resignation of Lisa Von Bargen from the post, effective Oct. 29. “It is with sadness I submit my letter of resignation as borough manager for...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 7, 2021

Tire cutter will help break down problem to smaller size

WRANGEL - Wrangell will share a tire cutter with other Southeast communities, intending to cut down on the thousands of tires stacked at the dump by making it easier to ship out the smaller pieces. The borough assembly last Tuesday approved a...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    October 7, 2021

Borough approves study to examine shipping rates over past decade

WRANGELL - The borough is taking a closer look at the cost of shipping goods by barge to Wrangell.  The assembly last Tuesday approved a $7,300 study by Rain Coast Data, prompted, in part, after Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski raised “the very serious...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    September 30, 2021

Oyster farm part of a growth industry

WRANGELL - Aquatic farming in Alaska could be a big industry, and completely sustainable. That's according to Wrangell's Julie Decker, executive director of Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, a...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    September 30, 2021

Professional jet skier churns up Dangerous Waters through Southeast

WRANGELL - It's one thing to experience Alaska's waterways from a ferry, cruise ship or even a fishing boat, but what about a Jet Ski, sitting atop a couple hundred horsepower of a thousand-pound jet...

 
 By Marc Lutz    News    September 16, 2021

Wrangell schools keep face mask, distancing protocols in place

WRANGELL — Social distancing and masking requirements will continue to stay in place at Wrangell public schools. At the school board meeting on Monday night, Superintendent Bill Burr updated board members on a change in some language in the...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    January 7, 2021

Another year of state ferry budget stress

WRANGELL - Between state budget cuts, a mainline vessel engine breakdown, a halt to port calls in Prince Rupert, B.C., and COVID-19 travel restrictions, the Alaska Marine Highway System has struggled...

 

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...

 

Sentinel publishers sell to former Wrangell editor

WRANGELL - Former Wrangell Sentinel owner Larry Persily has agreed to buy the weekly newspaper from Petersburg couple Ron and Anne Loesch, who have owned it for 17 years. Depending on the schedule...

 

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...

 

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...

 

SEAPA anticipating future rate increases

WRANGELL - The Southeast Alaska Power Agency provides power to the communities of Wrangell, Petersburg, and Ketchikan. CEO Trey Acteson said they have not had a rate increase in over 23 years, holding...

 

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...

 

Zarembo dock and ramp closed

WRANGELL, Alaska – The walkway and ramp of Roosevelt Harbor Dock on Zarembo Island is closed to public use as of Oct. 16, 2020 to ensure public health and safety. The closure order is effective until necessary repairs are completed. The float...

 

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

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...

 

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