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 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...

 By Ron Loesch Publisher    Opinion    October 2, 2014

Editorial: Remember to vote

In addition to selecting members for the Borough Assembly, school board, hospital board and other boards and commissions, voters will determine the fate of six ballot propositions. We encourage the passage of proposition 1 which exempts municipal...

 By Ron Loesch Publisher    News    July 3, 2014

Editorial:TBPA awash in allegations & miscommunications

The Thomas Bay Power Authority has become an outright embarrassment for the founding communities of Wrangell and Petersburg. From name-calling on the streets of Wrangell in September of last year, to this week's closure of the office after Manager...

 By Ron Loesch Publisher    Opinion    April 17, 2014

Editorial: Stough needs to be censured

The Thomas Bay Power Authority needs to censure its president, James Stough, for his action two weeks ago that ordered, via letter, the end of negotiations to allow the Southeast Alaska Power Agency to take over operations at the Tyee Lake...

 By Ron Loesch Publisher    Opinion    April 10, 2014

Editorial: Print is not dead, nor is it dying

The purchase of the state’s largest daily newspaper by an on-line only publication, Alaska Dispatch proves that print is not dead. Newspapers and other publications have value and they drive sales for brick and mortar stores and for on-line...

 By Ron Loesch Publisher    Opinion    March 13, 2014

EDITORIAL: Rebuild the hatchery

An early morning fire destroyed the incubation room and other infrastructure at the Crystal Lake Hatchery last week. The structural loss was valued at an estimated $3 million by the facility manager, Loren Thompson. The fish stock losses were pegged...

 By Ron Loesch Publisher    Opinion    February 6, 2014

Editorial: Pilot publishes for 40 years

With this edition, the Petersburg Pilot turns 40 years old. Wrangell publisher Jamie Bryson brought this publication into being on February 8, 1974. The Pilot’s predecessor, Petersburg Press folded in January and Bryson stepped up to the plate...

 By Ron Loesch Publisher    Opinion    January 30, 2014

Editorial: Don't litter

While walking through Sandy Beach Park this week I found a plastic grocery bag on the ground, about 20-feet from a trash can provided by the Parks and Recreation Dept. I marveled that someone didn’t care enough to walk a short distance to properly...

 By Ron Loesch Publisher    Opinion    January 23, 2014

Editorial: Local superintendent search effort breaks the mold

Too often elected officials are turning their administrative hiring duties over to corporate head-hunter organizations which advertise and screen candidates to fill positions for city managers, hospital administrators, police chiefs and school...

 By Ron Loesch Publisher    Opinion    December 19, 2013

Editorial: New sawmill coming

The announcement at Monday’s borough meeting that construction of a new sawmill could begin as early as this spring, was good news. The employment of 35 to 50 employees will bring new people and new dollars to Petersburg. With the departure of...

 By Ron Loesch Publisher    About Town    December 5, 2013

Editorial: Release the entire document to the public

The Petersburg Medical Center is asking the Borough for financial assistance with capital project expenses. This has caused the Assembly members to ask questions about the operations of the hospital concerning everything from the administrator’s...

 By Ron Loesch Publisher    About Town    September 12, 2013


Tuesday’s joint work session with the Wrangell and Petersburg assembly members leads us to believe the work of the Thomas Bay Power Authority is no longer needed. It’s time to disband the organization and turn their responsibilities over to the S...