Articles written by Ron Loesch

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Harbor Board against zoning change

The Port and Harbor Advisory Board recommended against changing the zoning on waterfront parcels along Nordic Drive at its Friday meeting. The zoning change request is now before the Planning and...

 

Sea Lions not a problem for harbor - in winter

While not a line item on the harbor advisory board agenda, sea lion activity in the harbors was a board discussion item at the March 10 meeting. "There are not a lot of issues in the winter until the...

 

Court hears oral arguments accusing Borough of illegal search of home

The Petersburg Borough is responding to accusations that it made an illegal search of Karen Ellingstad's Wrangell Avenue home on Jan. 9 and 13, 2014 to seek and retrieve asbestos samples prior to the...

 

PMC growth: Renovate or rebuild facility

The final chapter of Petersburg Medical Center's strategic plan is likely the most daunting. The first goal of the plan states: "Fix or replace the facility to create a safe environment for patients,...

 

Glenn Cooke: We all speak the language of seafood

Glenn Cooke, CEO of Cooke Inc. was the keynote speaker at the Chamber of Commerce annual meeting and banquet on Saturday night at the Sons of Norway Hall. His company purchased Icicle Seafoods in June...

 

Petersburg Medical Center strategic plan monitors financial strength

Oversight and communication by the Chief Financial Officer are a key component of PMC's strategic plan to achieve a break-even operation. The CFO is charged to balance quarterly spending with revenue...

 

State Senator Stedman talks ferries, budget and oil tax credits

State Senator Bert Stedman predicts the legislature will be in session for a full 120 days with an additional 30 day session if they are to complete their work this session. “There’s a lot of talk of the 90 day session but the constitution calls...

 

Petersburg Rotarian travels to India to build dam; give polio vaccines

Petersburg Rotarian Rick Braun traveled to India recently to administer polio vaccines and help build two dams to create a water retention reservoir. The reservoir will provide both crop irrigation...

 

Marijuana cultivation license approved

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board approved the license for Petersburg's first marijuana cultivation operator, Southeast Moog Droog, on Tuesday. Operated by Gary Morgan, the growing facility will be...

 

Medical Center faces housing crunch

The Petersburg Medical Center has to remedy a housing crunch this year, as they will be evicted from three of the six apartments they rent from Petersburg Mental Health's seven unit apartment...

 

Editorial: Power & Light shouldn't be the rich uncle

The Borough Power and Light Dept. has a fund balance of $7.5 million dollars. That's a lot of money by any standard, but remember, $3 million of that is required to remain in reserve, as mandated by...

 

Scow Bay turnout meeting draws over 30

Over 30 people turned out for a meeting to discuss long-term goals for developing the Scow Bay turnout last Thursday at the Halingstad-Peratrovich building. Members of the PEDC committee and the Harbo...

 

Editorial: Murphy's Law hits during cold spell

We were warned that power to a 200 amp electrical service panel would eventually fail, so we planned to upgrade when we resurface the parking lot next to The Pilot next summer. On Monday, Murphy’s Law #3 seemed applicable. “If there is a...

 

Lost bags put former mayor in Ft. Lauderdale airport at time of shootings

A mechanical delay and lost luggage put former Petersburg mayor Dave Carlson and wife Celia at the Fort Lauderdale airport just minutes before shooting broke out in Terminal 2 baggage claim area on...

 

Lost bags put former Petersburg mayor in Ft. Lauderdale airport at time of shootings

A mechanical delay and lost luggage put former Petersburg mayor Dave Carlson and wife Celia at the Fort Lauderdale airport just minutes before shooting broke out in Terminal 2 baggage claim area on... Full story

 

Editorial: Anonymous sources

This week several people asked why we would print a story based in part on an anonymous source? The fact is that often news stories are developed from unidentified sources. In the past three months we have received two anonymous tips that resulted in...

 

McGrath: Refutes raw sewage claim; says septic system is ADEC compliant

Patrick McGrath, the owner of property at 895 Mitkof Highway displayed the ongoing construction work at his home and challenged a reporter to find raw sewage on his property. The homeowner was...

 

Editorial:Proceed with land sale

The Borough Assembly acted appropriately to advance the sale of property at 919 Sandy Beach Road by continuing the rezone process and eventually putting the land up for auction. Assembly member Eric Castro noted correctly that the action would not...

 

Editorial:Be safe; use walking paths

The State of Alaska provided Petersburg pedestrians with one of the most important safety measures that money could buy. They completed the Haugen Drive walking path to Sandy Beach Park. It’s a smooth, dry solid walking surface that’s easy to...

 

Forfeited moose meat to be given away

After nearly a year of planning, the volunteer committee headed by David Byrne has established a plan to distribute moose burger meat (from illegally shot moose) to non-profit agencies and food service providers in Petersburg. Under the proposed...

 
 By Ron Loesch    Opinion    October 6, 2016

Editorial: Protect industrial zoning

Waterfront property with utility services (water, sewer, power) is in limited supply. Waterfront property zoned for industrial use is even scarcer. That is why the borough assembly should uphold the planning and zoning commission’s decision to...

 

Editorial: Vote Yes on Proposition #1 to keep marijuana commmercialization out of Petersburg

Voters who want to ban commercial growing and sale of marijuana within our borough should not be intimidated by some of the arguments for allowing the enterprise to exist. Voters should remember that there is no harm in waiting. 1. Wait for federal...

 

Editorial: Welcome conference guests

Petersburg is hosting two conferences this week and next. On Thursday and Friday the Alaska Recreation and Park Association meets. On their schedule are topics entitled: “Love Your Job…Love Your Life; Managing for Millenials; Laughter Yoga in...

 

Homeowners seek meeting records of AMHTA

Suzanne Wood, co-founder of Mitkof Highway Homeowners Association, on Sept. 1, sent a letter to the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority seeking records for the 11 August 2016 Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority’s Resource Management Committee Mee... Full story

 
 By Ron Loesch    News    September 8, 2016

Editorial: Trade land, don't log

The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority trustees come across as a bit heavy-handed in their effort to make an argument that their land parcels in Ketchikan and Petersburg need to be sold and logged before Congress acts on a land sale agreement that...

 

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