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 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 24, 2014

Assembly advances electric rate increase ordinance

The Petersburg Borough Assembly approved an updated electric ordinance that increases rates by four percent during the next two years. The current declining block rate structure was established more than two decades ago to encourage electric... Full story

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 24, 2014

Assembly approves Thomas Bay Power Authority transfer

The Petersburg Borough Assembly authorized Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht to sign off on the agreement between the Petersburg Borough, the City and Borough of Wrangell and the Thomas Bay Power Authority (TBPA) that transitions operation and... Full story

 
 By Kyle Clayton    About Town    July 24, 2014

Outlook Park upgrades to begin this summer

The Parks and Recreation department will spruce up Outlook Park by landscaping and adding a bathroom, two barbecues and picnic benches. The work will take place in two phases during the next two... Full story

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 24, 2014

Borough assembly advances sales tax code changes

Despite some talk of changes, the Petersburg Borough Assembly again voted during Monday’s meeting to pass six ballot measures that change the borough’s sales tax code. Four of the changes involve the senior sales tax exemption, which exempts...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 24, 2014

ADOT to present draft transportation plan in Petersburg

Alaska Department of Transportation (ADOT) staff is headed to Petersburg to discuss with the community its new Southeast Alaska Transportation Plan, which includes changes to the Alaska Marine Highway System, a Kake access road and anticipated...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 24, 2014

Canadian fisheries staff move fish across blockage in Stikine tributary

Canadian officials are airlifting Chinook and sockeye salmon over a landslide that caused a barrier to salmon passage in the Tahltan River, a tributary of the Stikine. Steve Gotch, Fisheries and...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 17, 2014

South Nordic road construction delayed

The South Nordic Drive construction project that had been planned to kick off this fall likely won’t begin until spring 2015. Alaska Department of Transportation (ADOT) project manager Keith Karpstein said the delay came after securing nearly 100... Full story

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 17, 2014

No criminal charges yet filed against man injured by explosives

A 59-year-old Petersburg man was injured Sunday afternoon in the borough rock quarry after handling what explosive experts have identified as Tovex - a commercial grade explosive typically used for bl... Full story

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 17, 2014

911 surcharge increase to help fund police remodel

Monthly Enhanced 911 (E911) surcharges will increase to $2 a month for Petersburg Borough cellphone users if the Borough Assembly approves the rate increase as an ordinance during the next assembly meeting. The funds will help finance maintenance on... Full story

 
 By Kyle Clayton    Dockside    July 17, 2014

Seine fishery closes Hidden Falls harvest area

The Southeast Seine fishery is performing as expected despite a closure last week, said Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) biologist Dan Gray. “As expected, we have a fairly low pink salmon forecast and it’s early yet in the development...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 17, 2014

E-waste program prevents environmental contamination

Petersburg Indian Association is accepting E-waste through August 30 in an effort to prevent harmful elements that exist in electronics, such lead and mercury, from entering the environment. "This is...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 10, 2014

Sales tax code changes dominate ballot measures

Pending ongoing Petersburg Borough Assembly approval, six of the seven ballot measures on this October’s ballot would increase sales tax revenues for the Petersburg Borough and change the municipal sales tax code, all of which require voter... Full story

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 10, 2014

Commission terminates TBPA general manager

The Thomas Bay Power Authority (TBPA) Commission terminated TBPA General Manager Michael Nicholls' contract with three months of severance pay alleging months of lack of communication from him to the... Full story

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 10, 2014

New school superintendent enjoys smooth transition

New Petersburg School District Superintendent Lisa Stroh has been in town for just more than a week and is busy picking up where previous PSD Superintendent Rob Thomason left off. "I talked with Dr.... Full story

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 10, 2014

Petersburg companies in the running for regional business award

Two Petersburg businesses are semi-finalists in a contest amongst Southeast Alaska entrepreneurs competing for $40,000 in consulting funds to grow and expand their business. Path to Prosperity (P2P), a partnership between the Haa Aani Community...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 10, 2014

Grand jury indicts suspected heroin dealer

A grand jury indicted Christafur Morrell, 19, for two out of the three charges Petersburg Police filed against him related to heroin distribution last week. Police seized around $75,000 worth of heroin last Thursday after arresting Morrell, of Des...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 10, 2014

Voters to see hefty ballot, election workers needed

This October’s municipal ballot is the largest Petersburg voters have seen for many years, according to Petersburg Borough Clerk Kathy O’Rear. Thirty-six elected positions and seven ballot propositions, pending assembly approval, are on the...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 10, 2014

Petersburg resident umpiring in Little League regional tournament

Petersburg resident and little league umpire Ted Sandhoffer is heading to San Bernardino, Calif. in August to umpire the Western Regional Little League Tournament. Sandhoffer has been a volunteer...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 3, 2014

Police seize large amount of heroin and suspected dealer

Local, regional and federal law enforcement officers seized around $75,000 worth of heroin last Thursday after arresting Christafur Morrell, 19, of Des Moines, Wash. on multiple felony charges.... Full story

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 3, 2014

Hospital physical therapy department plans fundraiser for equipment

The Petersburg Medical Center's Physical Therapy Department is holding the Paddle Battle in the Narrows fundraiser on July 12 to raise money for new parallel bars. The Paddle Battle consists of two co... Full story

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 3, 2014

Fishing lodge guests perish Sunday evening

Two men died Sunday evening after their 18-foot skiff capsized near Level Island 22 miles south of Petersburg According to an Alaska State Troopers press release, a United States Coast Guard (USCG) helicopter found Jonathan Comfort, 45, and Kenneth... Full story

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 3, 2014

Petersburg community leaders seek local homeless data

Last week Lutheran Church pastor Mike Schwarte called a meeting of community leaders to address a perceived increase in the local homeless population. "It seems like the frequency and intensity is...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 3, 2014

Local and state investigators looking into vehicle fires

Foul play is suspected as the cause of two vehicle fires that occurred last Monday evening. Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department (PVFD) firefighters responded to a call Monday around 10:30 p.m. about two fires on Twin Creek Road. PVFD spokesperson...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 3, 2014

Petersen enters guilty pleas for child pornography charges

Former Petersburg Community School District Maintenance Director Tye Petersen, 46, plead guilty last week to Distribution, Receipt and Possession of Child Pornography—three counts that carry up to a minimum of five years and a maximum of 20 years...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 3, 2014

New Salvation Army Lieutenants arrive

Salvation Army Lieutenants Caleb Fankhauser and Christin Fankhauser are transferring to a post in Homer and their replacements are due to arrive July 2. John Birks, 30, and Mysti Birks, 32, just...

 

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