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 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 10, 2014 

Assembly approves proposed budget, urges continued community engagement

Community members packed the assembly chambers last Monday to support continued local education funding for the Petersburg School District. District staff and parents responded to across the board budget cuts proposed last week by several assembly me... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 10, 2014 

Majority of property tax appeals adjusted

Borough wide property assessment appeals have ended after the Petersburg Borough Assembly acted as a Board of Equalization (BOE)—the board that addressed and finalized the remaining 22 appeals that weren’t settled privately with assessor Mike... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 10, 2014 

Police apprehend man suspected of firing off rounds in Middle Harbor

Eight Petersburg Police officers and a State Trooper responded to several reports of a man firing rounds in the Middle Harbor around 6:20 a.m. Wednesday morning. Petersburg Police Chief Kelly Swihart... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 10, 2014 

Assembly approves another sales tax-free day in May

Petersburg residents will have an opportunity to shop without paying sales tax after the Borough Assembly unanimously approved May 3 as a sales tax-free day. Savann Guthrie, member of the retail committee of the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, said...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 10, 2014 

Juneau appeals Petersburg Borough boundaries

The City and Borough of Juneau filed an appeal with the Supreme Court of a Superior Court Judge’s decision ruling in favor of the newly formed Petersburg Borough’s northern boundary line, which Juneau had earlier sought to annex. After several...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 10, 2014 

Assembly denies property owners rezone request

The Petersburg Borough Assembly last Monday voted against rezoning two residential lots to commercial in the Olsen Subdivision. Richard Burrell and Aaron Miller and Katrina Miller applied for the...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 10, 2014 

Cruise ship traffic begins May 11

More than 50 cruise ships will stop in Petersburg this spring and summer—slightly up from last year. The vessel Safari Legacy stopped in Petersburg twice last year but is making nine stops this year. Cruise ships visiting Petersburg typically...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 10, 2014 

Petersburg to host SEREMS symposium this weekend

This weekend, the Petersburg Fire Department will be hosting the SE Region Emergency Medical Services Council’s 30th Annual Emergency Medical Services Symposium in Petersburg. This will be the first time in SEREMS’ history that the 4-day...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 10, 2014 

Genetics students attend State Science Fair

Eleven Petersburg High School students headed to Fairbanks two weeks ago to participate in the State Science Symposium. Junior Summer Morton and sophomore Ellerie Freisinger placed in the top 10 of...

 By Kyle Clayton    Dockside    April 10, 2014 

Continued hatchery plans moving speedily, official says

Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Production Manger Bill Gass said he’s impressed by how fast State officials are moving forward with plans to reconstruct Petersburg’s Crystal Lake Hatchery incubation facility that was destroyed by a fire...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 3, 2014

Herring sac roe prices down from last year

Sitka sac roe herring fishermen sold their catch at around $150 a ton this season-a dramatic decrease compared to last year's sac roe average price per ton of $780. Sitka's Alaska Department of Fish... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 3, 2014

School board selects new superintendent

The Petersburg School Board unanimously selected Dr. Lisa Stroh to be the new Petersburg School District (PSD) Superintendent. Stroh, who is the current superintendent of Valdez City Schools,... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 3, 2014

Iceberg damages boats in South Harbor

A stray iceberg damaged several vessels in the South Harbor early Tuesday morning. Assistant Harbor Master Ed Tagaban received the call around 1:30 a.m. Tagaban estimated the iceberg’s surface to be around 40 to 50 feet in diameter and said, when...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 3, 2014

Southeast Chinook harvest quota up

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) announced yesterday a 2014 Southeast Alaska Chinook salmon all gear harvest quota of 439,400 fish. Those fish fall under the Pacific Salmon Treaty—non-Alaska-hatchery produced Chinook. “The quota is...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 3, 2014

Petersburg man represents economic interests in D.C.

Petersburg resident Brian Lynch, along with other Alaskans representing commercial fishing, tourism and tribal organizations, traveled to Washington D.C. to urge Alaska’s congressional delegation to become more involved in mining development in...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 3, 2014

Local child care worker wins regional award

Fillmore Evenson, Petersburg's Children's Center Eagle's Nest lead teacher, won Southeast Alaska's School Age Caregiver of the Year. Evenson has been working at the Children's Center for around six...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 3, 2014

Community service leaders lobby against proposed budget cuts

With some assembly members proposing cuts to school and mental health services funding, Petersburg School District (PSD) Superintendent Dr. Rob Thomason and Petersburg Mental Health Services (PMHS)...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 3, 2014

Petersen to enter guilty pleas for child pornography charges

Former Petersburg Community School District Maintenance Director Tye Petersen plans to plead guilty to Distribution, Receipt and Possession of Child Pornography—three counts that carry up to 20 years of imprisonment each and a $250,000 fine for...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 3, 2014

Assembly reaches impasse on budget direction

The Petersburg Borough Assembly couldn't come to a consensus last Tuesday for next year's budget spending after it was tasked with providing direction to borough staff to make any changes the...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    March 27, 2014

Superintendent selection to be announced Friday

Two superintendent applicants toured Mitkof Island, Petersburg and visited with various community members including district staff and administrators on Wednesday. Virginia Jewell Jewell grew up in... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    March 27, 2014

Assembly moves forward with electric rate increase

The Petersburg Borough Assembly voted unanimously to increase electric rates by 4 percent over a two-year period. The rate increase comes after Petersburg Municipal Power and Light (PMPL) Superintendent Joe Nelson asked for guidance from the... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    Dockside    March 27, 2014

More than half of harvest limit fished from Sitka waters

Fisherman fishing the Sitka Sound Herring Sac Roe fishery harvested more than half of its guideline harvest limit this past week. As of March 23, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game,...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    March 27, 2014

Petersburg rescuers assist Coast Guard with local rescue operation

Petersburg Search and Rescue members assisted U.S. Coast Guard personnel with the rescue of a Petersburg man after he went missing Monday evening. The man launched his 14-foot skiff Monday from Banana Point on the south end of Mitkof Island. When a f...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    March 27, 2014

Community participation doubles in this year's Losing BIG competition

Patti Steele won this year's Petersburg Parks and Recreation's Losing BIG Petersburg competition by a public majority vote. Steele was one of ten contestants, split into two teams, led and encouraged...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    March 27, 2014

State agencies seek public input

Commercial troll fishery public meeting to be held in Petersburg The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will hold commercial troll public meetings in Petersburg on Wednesday, April 2 at 12:30 pm in the Petersburg Library Conference Room. Meeting...


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