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 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 28, 2016 

Downed tree causes three communities to lose power

Petersburg power went out Tuesday morning after a rotten tree fell into lines in Ketchikan. “Our outage resulted from a large tree in the Ketchikan lines, which took down the whole SEAPA transmission system,” Petersburg Power and Light... Full story

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 28, 2016 

Petersburg man sentenced in heroin and meth case

Lawrence (Lori) Christiansen was sentenced this week after admitting guilt for charges related to the distribution of heroin and methamphetamine. The state’s case against Lars Christensen, who was also facing charges of two counts of Misconduct... Full story

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 28, 2016 

New PSD teacher shares diverse background

Incoming Petersburg School District teacher Rowan Beraza is headed to town this June to teach Spanish and English in the high school and middle school. Beraza, a Fairbanks native, taught for the past...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 28, 2016 

Local business owner applies for retail cannabis license

A local restaurant owner will be expanding her business and plans to open The 420, potentially Petersburg's first retail marijuana business. Susan Burrell has owned and operated the Fisherman's Net...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 28, 2016 

Borough staff moves out, workers move in

Petersburg Borough staff is moved out of the municipal building and construction workers from MCG Constructors/DCI are ready to move in as the $6.8 million project to remodel the old building gets underway. Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht said...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 21, 2016

Federal highways drops Kake Access project

The Kake Access road project is officially dead after the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) nixed the project’s environmental impact statement (EIS). “A Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an…EIS was published in the Federal Register on... Full story

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 21, 2016

Petersburg resident to teach next year

Local Petersburg resident Eliza Warmack will be a new 5th grade teacher at Rae C. Stedman Elementary School next year. Eliza, her son Ari and her husband Glenn Warmack came to Petersburg four years...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 21, 2016

Anchorage foundation to display Petersburg Art

The Rasmuson Foundation has chosen a collection of Petersburg artists’ works to put in its newly renovated office space in Anchorage. In its promotion of the arts, the Rasmuson Foundation awards funds through the ‘art acquisition fund’—grants...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 14, 2016

School board hires two new teachers, approves other contracts

The Petersburg School Board approved the employment of two new teachers within the district. Eliza Warmack will join staff as a 5th grade teacher beginning in the 2016-17 school year and Rowan Beraza will be a secondary language arts and Spanish... Full story

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 14, 2016

ADFG seeking citizen scientists to help monitor white nose syndrome

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is looking for citizen scientists to track bat local bats in an effort to track the development of a deadly fungus affecting bats known as 'white nose syndrome.'... Full story

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 14, 2016

Truth hurts: How saying 'I don't love you anymore' saved one couple's marriage

A little more than a year ago on a cold winter morning, not unlike many Petersburg couples, Meggan and Donnie Hayes were eating breakfast. Out of all those couples, the Hayes may have had the most hon... Full story

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 7, 2016

State budget and testing complications rattle district

The State of Alaska Department of Education and Early Development (ADEED) cancelled statewide testing assessments last Friday. Multiple interruptions and glitches affected testing in Petersburg schools. According to a department press release, the... Full story

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 7, 2016

Health fair kicks off Saturday morning

The Community Health Fair is kicking off this Saturday, April 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m at the Petersburg Community Gym. Around 30 vendors will set up information booths where you can check your hearing and blood pressure and receive vaccines. Public... Full story

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 7, 2016

Assembly to advance marijuana ordinance, seeks input on docks

The Petersburg Borough Assembly will begin approving a draft version of a marijuana ordinance at its first meeting in May after Assembly Member Eric Castro suggested they get going with the process. “In order to allow the entrepreneurs in town to g...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 7, 2016

Long-term residents go green in the solarium

Petersburg Medical Center long-term care residents last month expressed an interest in increasing gardening opportunities, and possibly forming a gardening club. PMC activities coordinator Janna...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 7, 2016

Borough budget stretches in all directions

Petersburg Borough Assembly members face tough decisions when it comes to funding local community service organizations, especially amid concerns over decreased state funding. The decrease in revenue from the state along with the possibility of an...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    March 31, 2016

Proposed Senate bill burdens small communities, leaders say

The Senate Finance Committee introduced a bill, SB 209, that would raise local government and school retirement contributions from 22 percent to 26.5 percent by 2018 and would likely translate to cuts in services and or tax increases locally. PERS,... Full story

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    March 31, 2016

The Leggings Movement: PHS students want to change policy, not clothes

A group of Petersburg High School students organized a protest last Friday and started a petition this week to modify the PHS dress code policy to allow leggings and yoga pants without the added... Full story

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    March 31, 2016

Petersburg student competes in state poetry recitation contest

Petersburg High School senior Kylie Wallace won a top spot in the region and went on to place in the top four in the state's Poetry Out Loud competition, earning her a performance in the final round....

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    March 31, 2016

Borough releases 2015 building report, decrease in public projects

Petersburg building overall project valuation decreased slightly in 2015 compared to 2104. However residential and commercial building construction increased, according to a Petersburg Borough 2015 Building Permit Report. In 2015, building valuation...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    March 31, 2016

Two Petersburg youngsters compete in state spelling bee

Two Petersburg students participated in this year's Scripps Spelling Bee at the performing arts center in Anchorage. The national spelling program held March 22 pit 142 elementary and middle school...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    March 24, 2016

Borough assembly members question PMHS financial needs

The Petersburg Borough Assembly unanimously voted to approve this year’s budget in its first reading including a change to its community services budget, which awards grants to various local organizations and non-profits. Domestic violence...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    March 24, 2016

One voice can make a difference:

Petersburg Parks and Recreation Director Donnie Hayes helped save Petersburg shoppers’ money this year after voicing his opinion during this week’s borough assembly meeting where the assembly appeared set to vote against allowing two sales-tax...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    March 24, 2016

Assembly rescinds advisory vote amendment in comp plan

The Petersburg Borough Assembly rescinded an amendment made by assembly member Bob Lynn earlier this month that would provide an advisory vote to people living outside service area one when any proposals to implement a land use code for areas...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    March 17, 2016

Municipal, Police remodel bid awarded, project to begin soon

The Petersburg Borough Assembly unanimously approved a $6,639,300 municipal building remodel project bid award to McG Constructors/DCI Joint Venture. The bid included one alternate, a $213,000 south parking lot, that the Borough Assembly removed... Full story

 

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