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 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 16, 2014

Elementary school renovation begins in spring

Rae C. Stedman Elementary School will get a face lift after the school board awarded a $2.3 million exterior wall renovation project to Alaska Community Contractors last week. Daniel Tate, director of maintenance, said the project will better... Full story


New Year's baby born to Hammers on Tuesday

Jake and Kacey Hammer gave birth to Nicholas Edward Hammer-Petersburg's first newborn of the year-at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau. Nicholas was born on his actual January 14th due date at... Full story


Police looking for man who escaped custody

The Petersburg Police Department issued a statement yesterday morning asking for any information related to the whereabouts of nineteen year old Chase Martin. Martin escaped from custody at around... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 16, 2014

School superintendent to retire in June

Petersburg School District Superintendent Dr. Rob Thomason announced his retirement last week. Thomason began working for the PSD in 2009. Jean Ellis, school board president, said he was instrumental...


Yesterday's News

January 10, 1914 – The Co-operative Wharf Company, being desirous of pleasing its many patrons, the management has decided to put in an electric light plant. This plant will be installed in the near future and will light the wharf, scow, slips and...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 16, 2014

Chinese medicine clinic opens downtown

Former Petersburg resident, Jasmin Jones, moved back to town to open an acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine clinic earlier this month. Jones most recently worked as an acupuncturist on a... Full story


Two contestants win Rain Game Classic

Hilary Bell and Helen Boggs won Petersburg’s first annual Rain Game Classic—a guessing game in which contestants estimate the total amount of annual rainfall in Petersburg. Chamber of Commerce Director Cindi Lagoudakis said this year’s...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 16, 2014

New library usage nearly doubles

The new library is buzzing since its opening last fall. “It’s been pretty steady,” said Borough Librarian Tara Alcock. “Some days are pretty manageable and other days we’re screaming busy.” As of October through December of 2013, the libr...


Letters to the Editor

Thank you Petersburg Letter to the Editor: The Petersburg School District would like to thank our community for supporting the 10th Annual Little Norway Invitational Basketball Tournament that took place in December. The tournament is a high school...


The Vikings Homecoming Court

From left to right: Juniors Sven Heinrich and Summer Morton, seniors Fran Abbott and Michael Brock, Senior King and Queen Abby Taylor and Max Henshaw, seniors Cole Somerville and Robyn Schwartz,...


Police reports

January 8 A caller reported the theft of a purse on South Nordic Drive. January 9 A caller reported found explosives. A caller reported a possible DUI. Police arrested David Estes, 23, for Failure to Appear for a Felony First hearing. A caller...



January 6 Sara Peak appeared before Magistrate Judge Burrell to request her name be changed to Sara Pawlisa-Duke. The court recommended to superior court to grant the request. January 9 David Estes appeared before Magistrate Judge Burrell after...


Lady Vikings dominate Wolves at home

The Lady Vikings put the pressure on the Wolves last weekend and came out with two wins-putting the squad at 7-1 for the season. The squad beat the Wolves 49-36 Friday night. Head Coach Dino Brock...


Vikings wrangle Wolves at homecoming

The Vikings basketball squad nailed down two big wins against the Wrangell Wolves last weekend. The Vikings defeated the Wolves 47-35 Friday night and again 52-32 on Saturday night. Head Coach Rick...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 16, 2014

PMC board requests continuing autonomy from borough

The Petersburg Borough assembly and hospital board met last week to discuss proposed changes to the Petersburg Medical Center’s charter code as well as a recent memorandum written by the borough’s attorney regarding the relationship between PMC...


Fishing vessel drill conductor training class

AMSEA will offer a one-day fishing vessel safety and drill conductor course Sun., Jan. 26, 8 am-6 pm at the Tides Inn. Course meets the training requirements for commercial fishing vessels. Free for commercial fishermen, a fee will be charged to all...


Walmart gets schooled on Alaska seafood sustainability

Walmart reps were in Juneau last week to learn more about Alaska’s salmon fisheries, and to make sure management is up to snuff with the company’s sustainability criteria. Alaska’s salmon industry opted out of the high priced certifying program...


Obituary, Orin F. Piatt, 75

Orin F. Piatt, 75, died of cancer December 21, 2013 at his home in Soldotna surrounded by his family. Piatt was born May 26, 1938 in Orofino, Idaho to Bill and Tana Piatt. Just a month shy of his... Full story


School News

Montana State University Hugh Fleming was named to the Montana State University Dean's Honor Roll for fall 2013. University of Idaho Gina Meucci has been named to the University of Idaho Dean's List for the Fall 2013 semester....


Stork report

Jens Thomas Hammer was born on December 19, 2013.He weighed 5lbs 7oz and was 18.5 inches long. He was born to Joceyln and Jens Hammer in Portland, Ore. Nicholas Edward Hammer was born on January 14, 2014 to Jake and Kacey Hammer. He weighed 8 lbs.,...


Wrangell bar goes smoke-free

WRANGELL (AP) — There’s only three bars open year-round in Wrangell, and one of them has gone smoke-free. Wrangell isn’t the type of town where going smoke-free would be an obvious choice. When people walk into a bar, you'd see a cigarette in...


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