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 By Kyle Clayton    News    February 11, 2016 

Beloved local celebrates 100 years

When I was told I better write a story about Ruth Sandvik turning 100 years old the first thing I thought was, Who is Ruth Sandvik? I knew of her of course. Her name is synonymous with art, books and... Full story

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    February 11, 2016 

School board upgrades software

The Petersburg School Board unanimously approved an $80,037 software program for the Petersburg School District’s finance office. PSD Finance Director Karen Quitslund said the current software is 35 years old and that she has been looking at new... Full story

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    February 11, 2016 

New and expanded business helped Petersburg economy grow in 2015

Despite flat or decreased sales tax contributions from some of the largest local businesses, the Petersburg economy saw a 3.7 percent increase in overall consumption from 2014 to 2015 according to...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    February 11, 2016 

State dismisses drug charges against local man after plea deal

As part of a plea deal, the state dismissed two drug distribution charges against Lars Christensen after his brother, Lawrence Christensen, entered guilty pleas to two counts, one of which was reduced. Both men were facing charges of two counts of...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    February 4, 2016

Assembly silent on Kake access road funding reallocation

One could hear the proverbial crickets chirping after Petersburg Mayor Mark Jensen brought up the assembly’s previous request to have a discussion about the possibility of re-appropriating money from the Kake access road project. During its last Bo... Full story

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    February 4, 2016

Borough Assembly slowly but surely crafts marijuana ordinance

The Petersburg Borough Assembly is a short step closer to drafting a complete marijuana ordinance. Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht discussed the draft with the Borough Assembly at its February 1 meeting. “In a sense what you’ve got in front of...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    February 4, 2016

State dismisses drug distribution case against local man

The state’s case against Lars Christensen, who was facing charges of two counts of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the 2nd and 3rd degrees, was dismissed yesterday, Feb. 3. Federal and local authorities arrested Lars and his brother...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    About Town    February 4, 2016

Coast Guard Appreciation Reception

Charlie Christensen's boat, the Angela Marie, sank on February 15, 1994. After hearing a recording of the mayday call, Christensen took to the podium. "That still leaves me a little shaky,"...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    February 4, 2016

Coast Guard Appreciation Reception

After watching a U.S. Coast Guard video clip of their rescue, skipper Steve Berry recounted his experience last summer when the Kupreanof sank off Cape Fairweather. "I wake up every morning and I have...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 28, 2016

Cuts and Taxes and Dividends Oh My!

State Rep. Jonathan Kreiss Tomkins and Alaska Department of Revenue Director Ken Alper gave a state budget crisis presentation for community members two weeks ago. They used colored blocks of wood... Full story

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 28, 2016

Local high school student to sit in with AK Legislature

Petersburg High School sophomore Helen Martin, 15, will take a trip to the state capitol in early March and spend four days sitting in on the legislative session. Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins... Full story

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 28, 2016

Marijuana subcommittee discusses taxation and permitting

A Local Marijuana Regulation Advisory subcommittee met and discussed issues related to the permitting and taxation of marijuana in the borough. The permitting and taxation subcommittee discussed a variety of problems associated with what it...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 21, 2016

Assembly to discuss reallocation of Kake access road funding

The Petersburg Borough Assembly will discuss at its next meeting in February a request to the state asking the legislature to reallocate funding from the $40 million Kake Access Road project. Many Petersburg residents have expressed criticism and... Full story

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 21, 2016

Authorities seize large amounts of heroin and meth

In less than a week authorities arrested three individuals on drug distribution charges. On Monday, January 18, after obtaining a search warrant, officers seized Marvin Jackson, 27, and his... Full story

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 21, 2016

Remodel back on track after referendum found insufficient

A handful of citizens applied for a referendum earlier this week that would have allowed voters to choose whether or not the $9.9 million police and municipal building remodel project should move forward. Gerry Whitethorn and Don Koenigs spearheaded... Full story

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 21, 2016

Borough Assembly approves budget changes, to address marijuana ordinance

Various streets and road patches will soon be paved after the Petersburg Borough Assembly approved a resolution providing $532,085 in funding for and approval of a sole source contract for paving services to Southeast Alaska Construction SECON at...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 14, 2016

State budget crisis community meeting at the Sons

In nearly every conversation related to borough government, capital projects or borough services, you can’t help but hear a borough employee or staffer say something along the lines of “with the state budget the way it is…” or “without any... Full story

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 14, 2016

A slice of the pie:

Some Petersburg officials and civic leaders are against using annual raw fish tax revenues to help pay back a potential loan that would help pay for a portion of the $9.9 million municipal and police... Full story

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 14, 2016

Local land committee moves ahead with selection process

The Petersburg Land Selection Committee approved proposed language to request additional land allocation from the state legislature. “If we’re going to do something this session and we want to get the answers, then we need to get moving on...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 14, 2016

Local men arrested for heroin and meth

The Petersburg Police Department issued a press release stating the Southeast Alaska Cities Against Drugs Task Force (SEACAD), with assistance from the FBI and United States Postal Service, arrested Lars Christensen and Lawrence Christensen on...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 14, 2016

Local trooper busts out of state fisherman illegally harvesting crab

Oregon resident William Wahl, 41, pled guilty Tuesday in Petersburg court to a misdemeanor count of Prohibited Conduct after State Wildlife Trooper Cody Litster found illegally harvested Red King Crab aboard his boat, the F/V Victory. Wahl and his...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 14, 2016

New ranger to takeover Petersburg district

The U.S. Forest Service announced Dave Zimmerman as the new Tongass National Forest Petersburg District Ranger. Zimmerman will arrive from Medford, Ore. where he served as the Timber and Special...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 7, 2016

Municipal remodel project goes to bid

The Petersburg Borough Assembly advanced a funding plan for the $9.9 million police and municipal building remodel, and put the project out to bid. The remodel has been in the works for several years... Full story

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 7, 2016

Community steps up to grow Children's Center

Work on the Petersburg Children's Center expansion is continuing smoothly as volunteers from around the community are donating sweat and supplies. Volunteers from Rocky's Marine helped install a new... Full story

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 7, 2016

Petersburg behind the curve on marijuana policy

Petersburg’s Local Marijuana Regulation Advisory Committee was disbanded earlier this week. Petersburg Borough Assembly Member and Committee Chair Jeigh Stanton Gregor recommended last Monday to...

 

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