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 By Kyle Clayton    About Town    January 9, 2014

Homeowner appeals demolish order

Homeowners of the collapsed structure at 1010 Wrangell Ave. have filed an appeal in Superior Court against the Petersburg Borough Assembly's 30-day order to demolish or repair the home at the owner's... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    About Town    January 9, 2014

Kriess-Tomkins: future state budget deficit "not a rosy picture"

State Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins said creating an image of fiscal responsibility in the state legislature trumps "real need" in communities across the state. "Early readings are indicating that we... Full story

 Police Reports    January 9, 2014

Yesterday's News

January 10, 1914 – Dancing being the favorite divertissement to Alaskans, many late comers from down east where this amusement is almost considered a crime, and therefore prohibited, finding themselves in a country where dancing is freely indulged...

 By Kyle Clayton    About Town    January 9, 2014

Committee seeks state recalculation of borough land entitlement

The Petersburg Land Selection Committee is asking the borough to pursue legislative action regarding the state’s recent calculation of land entitlement for the Petersburg Borough. According to Alaska Statute, newly formed boroughs are entitled to... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    About Town    January 9, 2014

Sales tax committee takes no action regarding senior exemptions

The sales tax ordinance review committee didn't come to a consensus on any changes to the senior exemption and will meet twice more before making final recommendations to the borough assembly. The com...

 By Orin Pierson    Sports    January 9, 2014

Lady Vikings face tough competition

The Petersburg girls competed in the ACS Tournament, hosted by Anchorage Christian Schools, over the weekend. This year Bethel, Barrow, ACS, Valdez, Petersburg, Kotzebue, Eielson, and Point Hope attended. “A lot of the best 3A teams try to make it...

 By Kyle Clayton    Sports    January 9, 2014

Vikings finish in top half at Anchorage tournament

The Vikings basketball squad placed 4th at the Anchorage Christian School’s Invitational Tournament in Anchorage last weekend. The Vikings lost a tough first game 57-43 against Barrow. Head Coach Rick Brock said Barrow is one of the better quality...

 Police Reports    January 9, 2014

Police reports

January 1 A caller submitted an annual Sex Offender Registration verification. January 2 Police arrested Cristian Gallardo, 35, on a charge of Unlawful Contact. A caller reported a noise disturbance to an officer on patrol. January 3 An officer...

 Courts    January 9, 2014


January 2 Jessica Ray appeared before Magistrate Judge Burrell on a charge of Driving while License Canceled, Suspended or Revoked. The court entered a not guilty plea on the defendant’s behalf. The court set a trial date and the defendant was...

 By Kyle Clayton    About Town    January 9, 2014

Borough staff begins budget creation, no drastic changes

Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht forecasted a “status quo” budget to the borough assembly last Monday. “It’s a status quo budget meaning we’re not changing services,” Giesbrecht said. “We’re not going to offer more services. We’re...

 By Kyle Clayton    About Town    January 9, 2014

Applications available for 'Losing Big Petersburg' competition

The Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department is taking applications for this year’s second annual ‘Losing Big Petersburg’ competition. Donnie Hayes, parks and rec director, said the competition will bring together ten Petersburg residents who...

 About Town    January 9, 2014

Borough manager's report

Staff is finalizing paperwork for the recent drive down dock bid. Tamico is planning the preconstruction meeting to go over schedule and other planning issues. Staff is preparing to advertise the Crane Dock Widening project rescheduled for...

 About Town    January 9, 2014

Erickson named to 2014 Northwest Region Advisory Council

SEATTLE, Wash. – Susan Erickson will serve as president for the Safeco Insurance Northwest Region Advisory Council, effective immediately. "The Advisory Council program provides Safeco with...

 By Brian O Connor    News    January 9, 2014

State announces non-pelagic rockfish sport fishing rules

The State Department of Fish and Game has set the regulations for non-pelagic rockfish for Southeast waters. The regulations remained unchanged from last year’s season, which pertains only to non-pelagic, or deepwater rockfish, said...

 News    January 9, 2014

Future of Ice program at University of Washington

SEATTLE (AP) - With the planet's polar regions changing faster than ever before in human history, the University of Washington is launching a new initiative to boost research in the Arctic and prepare students for a world where melting ice is...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    January 9, 2014

Fish Factor: Alaska's largest fisheries get underway in winter

Salmon will always be the heart of Alaska’s fisheries. That’s why many people think of summer as “the fishing season.” But that’s not the case. The deep of winter is when Alaska’s largest fisheries get underway each year. On January...

 Dockside    January 9, 2014

Coast Guard to conduct dockside safety exams

USCG commercial fishing vessel examiners will be conducting dockside examinations for commercial fishing vessels Jan. 27-31. Check out our new vessel specific checklist generator located at The tool will allow you to print out a...

 Dockside    January 9, 2014

Federal agency plans to survey fishing businesses

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) - A federal agency is planning to measure the economic impact of fishing businesses. Notices posted in the Federal Register show the National Marine Fisheries Service plans to survey U.S. seafood processors and bait-and-tackle...

 News    January 9, 2014

Two flu deaths reported in AK

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Two adult Alaskans died from the flu in the past week, according to state health officials. The deaths are the first to be reported during Alaska's 2013-14 influenza season and the first since new rules requiring health care...

 About Town    January 9, 2014

Lasky, Fetters wed

Daniel Edward Lasky and Jessica Lynn Fetters announce their marriage, which took place at sunset on December 1, 2013 at the Outlook Park whale observatory in Petersburg, Alaska....

 About Town    January 9, 2014

New art on the walls

Two new paintings by local artist Doris Olsen were installed over the weekend in the kid's room of the Petersburg Public Library. Olsen steadily worked on the two large pieces for several months. The...

 By Kyle Clayton    About Town    January 9, 2014

Salvation Army donations increase across the board

Petersburg residents donated $20,088.72 this holiday season, an increase of more than $3,400 compared to 2012. Lt. Caleb Fankhauser, corps officer/pastor, said with Thanksgiving being so late in November this year, there were five less days available...