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 By Ron Loesch    News    May 12, 2016

Editorial: Tax rates vs. property values

The Borough Assembly and taxpayers spend too much time discussing the question of equitable millage rates for differing sections of the borough. Many property owners say their millage rate should be determined by the quantity and quality of services...

 By Ron Loesch    Opinion    March 10, 2016

Testimony flawed by misinformation & ignorance

We hope folks in the newly organized borough will base their public testimony on the factual material brought forth by the borough administration and less on inaccurate hearsay. It was clear that few if any of the “outliers” testifying had even...

 By Ron Loesch Publisher    News    February 25, 2016

Editorial: AMHS an economic driver

The Alaska Marine Highway System brings more to S.E. Alaska than transportation. It’s also an economic driver for all of Southeast. Most of the benefits fall to small rural communities. For every $1 in benefits paid to subsidize the system’s oper...

 By Ron Loesch Publisher    Opinion    January 28, 2016

Editorial: Divert funds for Kake Road Project

Since the Department of Transportation continues to push ahead on the Kake-Petersburg Road, it’s appropriate that the Borough Assembly takes action to divert funds from the project. Nothing kills a road project quicker than taking the money off...

 By Ron Loesch    Opinion    January 21, 2016

Editorial: Building remodel has been a very public process

It is illogical that the remodeling of the Borough Municipal Building should go to a vote of the people. If the public voted not to fund the remodeling project, it would leave the local government in the exact predicament they now find themselves....

 By Ron Loesch Publisher    Opinion    January 7, 2016

Editorial: A dollar short and a day late

The public was not well served by the Borough’s marijuana advisory committee. At least not the 58-percent of Petersburg voters who favored legalized marijuana sales within Alaska. Many, like myself, feel the commercial sale of marijuana in Alaska...

 By Ron Loesch Publisher    News    December 17, 2015

Petersburg celebrations

It was an eventful week. A big highlight was the anniversary celebration of the marriage of Bob and Carroll Nilsen who were wed on December 15, 1955. Sixty years of marriage is indeed something to... Full story

 By Ron Loesch Publisher    News    December 10, 2015

Fireball passed overhead from the Northeast

Marc Fries a scientist at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. continues his work to track the Petersburg fireball, which passed over Petersburg early on Saturday, Nov. 21. Fries told the Pilot,...

 By Kyle Clayton and Ron Loesch    News    December 3, 2015

Harbor video may help track meteor path over Petersburg

Petersburg Harbor video surveillance footage may confirm a meteor did pass over Petersburg in the early morning hours of Sat., Nov. 21. Eyewitness reports placed the fireball at times ranging between 2:22 a.m. to 2:33 a.m. Petersburg Harbor video... Full story

 By Ron Loesch Publisher    Opinion    December 3, 2015

Editorial: Board policy on memorials is appropriate

Despite the articulate and sometimes emotional comments presented to the school board, we think the board is justified in approving its draft policy for memorials on school property. The policy allows for temporary memorials and sets the terms for...

 By Ron Loesch Publisher    Opinion    November 12, 2015

Editorial: Revive the rural guard forces

It’s appalling that since 2006 the ranks of the Petersburg Alaska Army National Guard (AANG) have dropped from 11 members to 2. Worse yet, as in Petersburg and Wrangell, the AANG facilities in many rural communities across the state sit empty. How...

 By Ron Loesch Publisher    Opinion    October 29, 2015

Editorial: Memorial options

The school board proposed policy on memorial placement on school property does a good job of justifying the reasons behind the creation of this policy. In short, the school will work with families to select appropriate memorial activities and events...

 By Ron Loesch Publisher    Opinion    October 8, 2015

Editorial: Motor failure delays paper

A 25 h.p. DC motor that drives our printing press failed last Thursday, delaying the print edition of the Petersburg Pilot. A Seattle printer printed the paper Thursday night and delivered it to...

 By Ron Loesch Publisher    Opinion    September 24, 2015

Editorial: No need for financial disclosure

A significant benefit to living in a small town is that everyone knows everyone’s business. Some consider this a detriment, but in the case of Proposition 1, which appears on October’s election ballot in Petersburg, and as Proposition 2 in...

 By Ron Loesch Publisher    Opinion    August 20, 2015

Editorial: File for office and learn a lot

The Borough Assembly along with its boards and commissions has conducted the public’s business with little fanfare this past year. Even with vacancies on some bodies, the public’s work has been accomplished. When elected bodies function...

 By Ron Loesch Publisher    Opinion    June 18, 2015

Editorial: Write a family history

Father’s Day is on Sunday. Children across the country will honor their dads at family gatherings with gifts, cards and special meals. On this occasion, we encourage dads to consider the creation of a special gift for their children. It is a time...

 By Ron Loesch Publisher    Opinion    May 21, 2015

Editorial: Plan for future traffic needs

Discussion about relocating the Petersburg Borough Power and Light building has been under discussion for decades. Often the discussion came to an abrupt end because of finances. Even when Power and Light had the funds to pay for construction of the...

 By Ron Loesch Publisher    Opinion    April 9, 2015

Editorial: Recycling debate

With the filing of the second initiative petition comes additional time to continue discussion on the Borough’s recycling program. Yes, it delays the purchase of recycling equipment, but it does allow citizens, the assembly and the borough staff...

 By Ron Loesch    Opinion    March 19, 2015


While the sanitation department gets the go-a-head to purchase recycling carts and a new collection truck, the Borough’s recycling program took a giant hit Monday night. The goodwill that is necessary to build the recycling program was sacrificed...

 By Ron Loesch Publisher    Opinion    March 12, 2015

Editorial: Keep Daylight Savings Time

With only 90-days to conduct the public’s business, we never cease to be amazed at the bills that attract consideration by our state legislators. In the, “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it,” category comes SB 6 and a companion bill HB 64...

 By Ron Loesch Publisher    News    March 5, 2015

Editorial: Leave our highway open

Despite the proposed statewide budget cuts, our legislators will not close paved highways elsewhere in the state. Likewise, they won’t restrict two-lane highways down to a single lane. But that will be the effect a proposal by a legislative...

 By Ron Loesch Publisher    Opinion    January 15, 2015


Other school districts, or any other employer wishing to hire Dr. Lisa Stroh, should contact the Petersburg City School District for an employment reference and ask the question “was she fired or did she resign her position?” Parents of...

 By Ron Loesch Publisher    Opinion    December 25, 2014

Editorial: Petersburg is old Norway

Petersburg's Fedrelandet #23 Sons of Norway membership should take a bow. According to Rikke Saetermo who hails from Alta, Norway, Petersburg is more Norwegian than many communities in Norway....

 By Ron Loesch Publisher    Opinion    December 18, 2014

Editorial: Borough should bid on land

The borough assembly is listening. Let them know if they should participate in the purchase of land at Papke’s Landing. Some feel the Assembly should walk away from the property purchase. Too many adjacent landowners could make development of the...

 By Ron Loesch Publisher    News    November 6, 2014

Editorial: Surprise… Pot is legalized

Having failed twice in 2000 and again in 2004, we didn’t imagine Alaskans would legalize pot in 2014. But they did. Alaska will now be headed down the road followed by Colorado and Washington State, which approved legalizing recreational marijuana...


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