Fire destroys Nordic Drive structure

The Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department (PVFD) responded to a structure fire on North Nordic Drive early Tuesday morning and successfully extinguished the blaze, according to PVFD spokesperson Dave...

Local earns recognition for empowering women

YWCA Alaska presented Petersburg resident Kris Norosz with a statewide award last month for her dedication to supporting the organization's mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. She is...

Anonymous letter alleges waste discharge out the road

Earlier this week, the borough received a letter alleging improper disposal of waste on a property outside of Service Area 1, according to borough manager Steve Giesbrecht. A copy of the undated and unsigned letter was also allegedly sent to the...

Alaska town's new Inupiat name challenged in court

ANCHORAGE – On paper, the new Inupiat Eskimo name of the nation’s northernmost town is now official. But not so fast. The reality is not so simple. The town was known as Barrow until Thursday, when the new name, Utqiagvik (oot-GHAR’-vik),...

DOT declines dock offer from assembly

The Petersburg Borough Assembly’s counter offer to the Alaska Department of Transportation’s initial offer for taking over ownership of state-owned docks haas been denied. The assembly received a letter saying the state could not accommodate...

Alaska minimum wage to rise to $9.80 starting Jan. 1

JUNEAU – Alaska’s minimum wage will rise by a nickel, to $9.80 an hour, beginning Jan. 1. Voters in 2014 approved increasing the minimum wage from $7.75 an hour. Under the measure, the minimum wage rose to $8.75 an hour in 2015 and to $9.75 an...

Assembly approves rezoning Sandy Beach lot

The borough assembly held a short meeting, lasting less than an hour, but covered multiple topics on Monday. The assembly passed an ordinance in its third and final reading to rezone a parcel located at 919 Sandy Beach Road. “It’s to be rezoned...

Mitkof Dance Troupe to fill Christmas niche for locals

The Mitkof Dance Troupe will be performing the local favorite Nutcracker ballet this weekend at the Wright Auditorium. It’s put on every other year, and MDT board president Carin Christensen knows the importance of the event for both kids and...

PMC board goes over financials

The PMC board of directors held a brief meeting last Thursday night, before going into an executive session. Doran Hammett, CFO of PMC, said some services are down locally, but others are making up the difference. “The areas of in-patient and...

Researchers examining climate change effects on AK hunters

BETHEL – A University of Alaska Fairbanks study says climate change is having significant impacts on subsistence hunting and travel in communities across Alaska. Assistant professor Todd Brinkman led a team of researchers who collected data and...

High School Viking grapplers prepare for regions

The PHS wrestling team took the short trip to Wrangell last weekend to participate in the Tom Sims Invitational. According to coach Dan van Swearingen, the Vikings left a couple wrestlers home and...

PHS Lady Vikings take second at regionals

The Lady Vikings earned a return trip to the state tournament with a second place finish at the region five 2A tournament last weekend in Craig. The team went 10-2 in conference this season and held a 14-2 record overall, heading into regions. The...

Yesterday's News

December 9, 1916 – Captain C. F. Smith is now occupying his spare time at rowboat construction. He last week completed an eleven foot boat for Gordon McDonald, and is preparing to build several more for other parties. December 12, 1941 –...

Fish Factor: By all accounts Bering Sea fish stocks are in great shape

Bering Sea fish stocks are booming but it’s a mixed bag for groundfish in the Gulf of Alaska. Fishery managers will set 2017 catches this week for pollock, cod and other fisheries that comprise Alaska’s largest fish hauls that are taken from...

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