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 By Suzanne Ashe Special to the Pilot    About Town    August 22, 2013

Home and Garden Edition, 2013

Designer-builder, sailor, skier and mountain climber, Dieter Klose, has best left his mark on Petersburg in the form of distinctive architecture. From the cantilevered Troll Bridge of Sandy Beach Park...

 By Suzanne Ashe Special to the Pilot    About Town    August 22, 2013

Home and Garden Edition, 2013

Rexanne Stafford isn’t planning on retirement just yet, but she did plan, and build, her own home for when that time comes. The 62-year-old mother and grandmother recently moved into her new...

 By Suzanne Ashe    About Town    July 25, 2013

Petersburg Medical Center to repay $1.2 million

The Petersburg Medical Center Board voted on Thursday to repay a $1.2 million credit line to Wells Fargo bank; a loan that was initiated in 2006 to pay for equipment and meet payroll needs. PMC has recently come under scrutiny after Petersburg... Full story

 By Suzanne Ashe    About Town    July 25, 2013

USCGC Elderberry undergoes change of command

Two weeks following the change of command ceremony for the USCGC Anacapa, another change of command on Friday, welcomed a new skipper to the Elderberry. The ceremony, held at the Sons of Norway Hall,... Full story

 By Suzanne Ashe    About Town    July 18, 2013

Borough votes to adopt new House District plan

The Alaska Redistricting Board on Sunday approved a new Concept Plan with new District Map lines. The Concept Plan is slated for judicial review this week.   The Alaska Supreme Court last year... Full story

 By Suzanne Ashe    About Town    July 18, 2013

Kake Access Committee moves forward recommendations

Kake Access Committee Chair Cindi Lagoudakis updated the Assembly during Monday night's meeting regarding the latest progress in the Kake Access Environmental Impact Study and Purpose and Need draft. The Kake Access project is to bring better access... Full story

 By Suzanne Ashe    About Town    July 18, 2013

Borough approves gym floor refinish, centennial sculpture and park expansion

The Borough Assembly voted to award the gymnasium floor refinishing contract to Alaskan Industries based on a recommendation from the Parks and Recreation Dept. Alaskan Industries is the company that...

 By Suzanne Ashe    About Town    July 18, 2013

Ball field bathrooms damaged by firecrackers

The ball field bathrooms will be closed until further notice due to damage caused by fireworks that were set off in the bathroom, Petersburg Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht reported to the Assembly during Monday’s meeting. “Somebody decided...

 By Suzanne Ashe    About Town    July 11, 2013

Independence day celebration draws big crowds

A nearly week-long celebration for Independence Day brought a halt to Nordic Drive road construction and even a break in the clouds. The festivities kicked off on Tuesday evening with a retirement... Full story

 By Suzanne Ashe    About Town    July 11, 2013

Lutheran Church welcomes former pastors for 100-year celebration

Petersburg Lutheran Church marked 100 years with the reunion of several former pastors and several days of special events. The festivities began on Wednesday, July 3, with a “Meet and Greet”... Full story

 By Suzanne Ashe    About Town    July 11, 2013

Local art featured in First Friday Artwalk

Two First Friday retailers highlighted art with a local flare on Friday evening. The Fabric Basket featured fabric art, blankets, medicine bags and other items by local artist MaryAnn Rainey. The Tlin... Full story

 By Suzanne Ashe    News    July 11, 2013

Planning and Zoning to recommend private sale of Hungry Point property

The Planning and Zoning Commission met in regular session on Tuesday and voted to recommend the sale of three, undeveloped, borough-owned lots. The Hungry Point lots are adjacent to each other and butt-up against property currently owned by John...

 By Suzanne Ashe    News    April 11, 2013

PMC to end patient surveys and investigate 'mini health fair' options

The Petersburg Medical Center Board of Directors during a regular meeting on March, 30 decided to end the Patient Satisfaction Surveys. The year-long survey program asks patients to rate their medical care. “I think over time we’ll have less and... Full story

 By Suzanne Ashe    About Town    April 4, 2013

Alaskans choosing respect

Dozens of Petersburg residents participated in a Choose Respect parade and rally on Thursday, March 28 as part of a statewide effort to put the spotlight on domestic violence, dating violence and... Full story

 By Suzanne Ashe    News    April 4, 2013

Borough denies Tamico North Harbor bid appeal

The Borough Assembly on Monday voted unanimously to deny the appeal filed by Tamico regarding the award of the North Harbor Reconstruction contract to a Ketchikan company. During an hour-long hearing on Monday, Tamico’s Vice President Jim... Full story

 By Suzanne Ashe    News    April 4, 2013

Borough creates ad hoc committee to address Sea Otter population

Petersburg Borough Assembly announced during a regular session meeting on Monday the formation of an Ad hoc Sea Otter Management Committee to address the ongoing sea otter population. The committee will be chaired by Assembly Member Kurt Wohlhueter....

 By Suzanne Ashe    News    April 4, 2013

Manager reports on borough business

During Monday’s meeting, Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht reported that the Petersburg Library has digitized local newspapers from 1913 to 1931, they are now online and searchable. An eagle strike, the second of the year, was responsible for...

 By Suzanne Ashe    News    April 4, 2013

Stitch in time: Local quilt shop has a new owner

For Grazyna Froehlich, quilting was never about sewing, it was about art. The owner of Wildcat Quilts since 2005, Froehlich said she has finished so many quilts she doesn't remember all of them.... Full story

 By Suzanne Ashe    About Town    April 4, 2013

Two PHS seniors compete in Distinguished Young Women

PHS Seniors Eva Kowalski and Patricia Jackson last month participated in the Distinguished Young Women program in Ketchikan. Eight young women participated in a week-long event formerly known as...

 By Suzanne Ashe    News    March 28, 2013

Tamico protests North Harbor bid award

While fishing vessels continue to move out of the North Harbor in preparation for the planned reconstruction project, a controversy is brewing over the validity of awarding the multi-million dollar project to an out-of-town contractor. Tamico has... Full story

 By Suzanne Ashe    News    March 28, 2013

Top PHS Tsunami Bowl team nabs 3rd place

For the fifth year in a row, Petersburg High School students participated in the Alaska Tsunami Bowl, a regional competition of the National Ocean Science Bowl. Two teams, of five students, attended... Full story

 By Suzanne Ashe    News    March 28, 2013

Plans for new Tonka log sorting, storage facility underway

The Forest Service Tonka Timber Sale has spawned the need for a log sorting and storage yard. The planning, environmental impact study and design phases are now complete. Federal public works funds...

 By Suzanne Ashe    About Town    September 13, 2012

Master carver visits

Master carver Tommy Joseph poses near the Main Street totem poles which he carved for the city in 2000. Joseph last week during the Tongass Rainforest Festival taught Carving Halibut Hooks, a 13-hour...


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