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Articles from the January 19, 2012 edition

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 News    January 19, 2012

Electricity use reaches all time peak

The cities of Wrangell and Petersburg maxed out the available power from the Tyee Hydroelectric Project on Tuesday, as temperatures in Petersburg dipped to zero during the evening. “This morning we set a new all time peak for Wrangell and...

 
 By Ron Loesch    News    January 19, 2012

PMP&L continues to push for plant relocation to Scow Bay

Petersburg Power and Light Superintendent Joe Nelson reminded the city council Tuesday night of the department’s efforts to relocate their downtown plant to Scow Bay. Nelson said in 1983 the...

 
 About Town    January 19, 2012

Yesterday's News

January 20, 1982 - Local educators, counselors and members of the Petersburg Police Department believe there are several parents concerned about present or future drug use among their children. To...

 
 By Ron Loesch    News    January 19, 2012

City council revises current year budget

On Tuesday night the city council revised its current fiscal year budget by reallocating funds to cover unanticipated expenditures during the current year. With the completion of the Kings Row road project, remaining construction funds in the amount...

 
 News    January 19, 2012

City sells two parcels of land at auction

Two single-family residential lots measuring 100 ft. by 50 ft. were auctioned at Tuesday night’s city council meeting. Two adjacent property owners each bid the minimum price on the parcels. Lot 14 of Block 234 was sold to Jim Martinsen for...

 
 News    January 19, 2012

New reporter joins Pilot & Sentinel staff

Kaitlyn McAvoy has been hired as the Wrangell Sentinel’s new reporter. Her work will also appear in the Petersburg Pilot on occasion. Coming from her hometown just outside Chicago, she brings both...

 
 News    January 19, 2012

City buys new air packs for fire department

The city council approved the expenditure of $237,945 for the purchase of 30 new air packs, 70 new 45-minute composite air cylinders and a team pack with two 70-minute cylinders. The purchase was made to supplier Municipal Emergency Services, Inc....

 
 By Ron Loesch    Opinion    January 19, 2012

Praise to my wife

It all started with a pat on the back from the Chief of Police who praised the work of one of his employees at the end of the city council meeting. Nothing to worry about I thought. But Chief Agner stammered a bit and then broke into unabashed...

 
 By Orin Pierson    Sports    January 19, 2012

Lady Vikings get a win against very good team

Mt Edgecumbe’s Lady Braves came to town last weekend to face off with the Lady Vikings. Friday’s game was a triumph for the Petersburg girls. “It was our best game of the year,” said Vikings...

 
 By Orin Pierson    Sports    January 19, 2012

Vikings win two and lose a few at Ketchikan Jamboree

Ketchikan hosted a basketball jamboree this weekend and the Petersburg Vikings gladly accepted their invitation to participate along with teams from Hydaburg and Prince Rupert. Vikings Head Coach Rick...

 
 Dockside    January 19, 2012

Local fish and game elections

The Petersburg Fish and Game Advisory Committee elections and meeting will be held January 21 at the Petersburg City Council Chambers, 6:30 p.m. There are up to 15 seats open for election/re-election. Anyone interested in serving on this committee...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    January 19, 2012

Fish Factor

Most people don’t know that 40 years ago Alaska pioneered the use of sonar to track salmon runs, or that state fishery managers operate 15 sonar sites on 13 rivers from Southeast to the Yukon. The goal of making Alaskans more aware of one of Alaska...

 
 By Ron Loesch    About Town    January 19, 2012

Ice fog mist

Wednesday morning fog rolled along the icey shore of Frederick sound....

 
 About Town    January 19, 2012

Stork Report

Victoria Bliss Wright was born at 5:33 p.m. on December 2, 2011, to Jon and Katie Wright at the Swedish Hospital in Seattle. She weighed 8 lbs 10 oz and was 21 inches long....

 
 About Town    January 19, 2012

Stork report

Tyler Joseph Jacobsen-Wilson was born at 1:41 p.m. on December 21, 2011, to Paul and Chelsea Wilson in Juneau, AK. He weighed 8 lbs 3 oz and was 21 inches long....

 
 By Jaitlyn McAvoy    News    January 19, 2012

Alaska Board of Fisheries hear of adverse impacts from growing sea otter population

Sea otter population in Southeast Alaska is increasing, and consequently, the animals are depleting marine life, causing an adverse economic impact to local fisheries, according to a presentation...

 
 News    January 19, 2012

Council regrets leaving redistricting suit

After hearing initial news reports from the redistricting lawsuit brought by Fairbanks, some of the Petersburg city council expressed regret Tuesday night, at not approving additional funds to stay in the legal fight with Fairbanks. Councilor John...

 
 By Orin Pierson    About Town    January 19, 2012

Blue skies and subzero temps

Temperatures plunged and the clouds parted this week, a change of pace after months of grey skies. Outdoor enthusiasts rushed into the cold to meet the sun. (Above) A backcountry skier makes fresh...