Drips and Leaks

For the second time since a new roof was installed on the borough downtown building, a leak has appeared in the ceiling of the Assembly Chambers. After the first leak appeared, the roofing...

Drips and Leaks

The Petersburg Medical Center Board approved a budget of up to $250,000 plus design costs of $42,000 to renovate the basement kitchen at the hospital at a special meeting last night. The kitchen is...

Recycling participation is high; waste stream reduction is too low

Despite a high participation rate in the Petersburg Borough’s recycling program there is still too much recyclable material going to the baler facility, according to Public Works Superintendent Karl Hagerman. 95% of Petersburg’s 1,200...

Alaska man faces federal murder charges, death penalty

ANCHORAGE (AP) – An Alaska man suspected of killing two people during a robbery has been indicted on murder charges by a federal grand jury and prosecutors say they may seek the death penalty. John Pearl Smith II, 30, is charged with attempting...

Spending cuts & income taxes proposed in Juneau

WRANGELL – Wrangell’s district representative for the State Legislature teleconferenced in late last week to update constituents on what’s going on in Juneau. Rep. Dan Ortiz (I-District 36) called in to Legislative Information Office...

Editorial: Keep work local

The thought of hiring an out of town contractor to complete capital project work for the local utility is not fiscally sound and does less to benefit Petersburg’s beleaguered economy. Since the Power and Light Department has been operating...

Power & Light pushes to have own crews complete capital improvement work

Petersburg Power and Light is seeking to fill a vacant journeyman lineman position to enable the local crews to complete improvements and upgrades to the utility infrastructure. At a Friday morning work session Superintendent Joe Nelson told the...

Brewery expansion could help Juneau recycling

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaskan Brewing Company’s plans to expand its Juneau-based facility could help spur the consolidation of the city’s waste services. The brewery is looking to purchase four lots owned by the City and Borough of Juneau for...

Hospital recognizes employees for their service

Petersburg Medical Center hosted a luncheon to recognize employees for their service to the hospital on March 7. Miriam Swanson has served 25 years; Jennifer Bryner and Jenna Olsen for 20 years and Elizabeth Hart for 15 years. Recognized for 10...

Pot excise drafts considered by Wrangell Assembly

WRANGELL – The Wrangell Borough Assembly passed on first reading several ordinances related to marijuana, including an additional excise on that cultivated on the island. Under one proposed code change, a new section would affix a $10 tax per...

Cheer squad takes third at State after Region V win

The Petersburg Cheer Squad finished off its season with a third-place win at State on March 22, after taking first place at Region V the week prior. "It's only our second year going back, since...

Yesterday's News

March 30, 1917 – There will be English services at the church Sunday morning at 11:30 o’clock; Norwegian services at 7 o’clock in the evening; Sunday school at 10:30 a. m. Good Friday, Norwegian services at 7 p. m. At this service the...

Sitka Sound herring sac roe fishery closes; 14,600 tons harvested

The Sitka Sound herring sac roe fishery is closed for the season. The fishery was opened in northwest Sitka Sound on March 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and on March 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00...

Fish Factor: ​U.S. Navy moving ahead to conduct war training exercises in early May

The required permits are not yet in hand, but the U.S. Navy is moving full steam ahead on its plans to conduct war training exercises in the Gulf of Alaska for two weeks in early May. Meanwhile, nine coastal communities have so far signed...

Whale Watching and LeConte Glacier Tours based out of Petersburg Alaska

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