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Articles from the January 23, 2014 edition

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 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 23, 2014

More than 600 residents sign up for recycling

With less than two weeks to go before the borough’s recycling program begins, more than half of residential customers have signed up. As of Tuesday morning, 630 people signed up for the program, roughly 57 percent of total residential customers....

 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 23, 2014

Hawai'i Police discover body of missing Petersburg resident

The Hawai’i Police Department announced yesterday that a body found January 2 in Kalapana is that of missing Petersburg man Boaz Johnson. A Hawai’i police media release states police determined Johnson ended his own life after he strangled his... Full story

 About Town    January 23, 2014

Yesterday's News

January 24, 1914 – The Firemen's Athletic Club completed its organization this week, leased the Enge Hall and started to install the paraphernalia for almost a complete gymnasium. The large hall-skating rink-is well proportioned in many respects,...

 By Orin Pierson    Sports    January 23, 2014

Petersburg hosts first ever derby scrimmage

Petersburg's Ragnarøk Rollers hosted the Wrangell's Garnet Grit Betties and Ketchikan's Rainforest Rollergirls for a big roller derby weekend in Petersburg; consisting of skills workshops, referee... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 23, 2014

Parks and recreation director seeks public assistance to curb vandalism

Petersburg Parks and Recreation staff is reaching out to the community for information related to recent vandalism at the Mort Fryer Sports Park. Donnie Hayes, parks and rec director, said the most...

 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 Kyle Clayton    News    January 23, 2014

Community discussion website launched

Petersburg Borough has launched a new comprehensive community engagement website (, developed by MindMixer, where citizens can engage, communicate and collaborate with community decision makers and other...

 Police Reports    January 23, 2014

Police reports

January 15 A caller reported an individual taking property from location. January 16 A caller reported concern for an intoxicated individual. An officer responded to report of an inebriated individual. January 17 A caller reported fraudulent use on...

 Courts    January 23, 2014


January 21 Clifton Gudgle appeared telephonically before Superior Court Judge Carey on a charge of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree. The court entered a not-guilty plea on the defendant’s behalf. Gudgle was excused...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 23, 2014

Citizen tip aids police in apprehending man who escaped from custody

Petersburg police apprehended Chase Martin, 19, last Friday evening from a residence on Lumber Street after he escaped custody earlier in the week. Chief Kelly Swihart said an officer originally arrested Martin Tuesday evening on charges of Theft...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 23, 2014

Borough appeals stay of demolition for Wrangell Avenue home

Petersburg Public Works staff is delaying the demolition of the building owned by Fred Triem and Karen Ellingstad on 1011 Wrangell Ave., pending a recommendation from the borough attorney. The building’s foundation failed in September 2009. In...

 About Town    January 23, 2014

Borough manager's report

The borough manager reported the following during this week’s assembly meeting: The Sales Tax Committee meetings are scheduled for February 4 and February 25. It hopes to formulate a recommendation to the assembly at its February 25 meeting. The Ja...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 23, 2014

Native non-profit seeks space to hold convention

The Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood is requesting donated space in the parks and rec community gym to host its Grand Camp convention in early October. Ross Nannauck III, ANB Camp 16 president, said between 200 to 400 people wil...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 23, 2014

Tongass Democrats accepting nominees for Kerttula seat

The Tongass Democrats announced yesterday its process for selecting three nominees to fill the Juneau House District 32 seat vacated by Rep. Beth Kerttula. Interested individuals should send a cover letter and resume to no...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 23, 2014

PIA experiments with 'sludge' composting

The stuff you flush down the toilet might spruce up town if Petersburg Indian Association's new compost plan works out. "It's a lot less gross than you think," said Jason Wilson, PIA tribal resource...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 23, 2014

Erin Michael hired as public health nurse

Erin Michael is now Petersburg's official public health nurse after the regional nurse manager out of Juneau offered her the job last week. Michael has been the acting public health nurse since she...

 By Brian O Connor    News    January 23, 2014

Sunk tug at mill property no longer leaking diesel

Wrangell - A 60-foot tug that sank in 80 to 85 feet of water Jan. 14 was capped Friday and is no longer leaking fuel into Shoemaker Bay, authorities said. Assessment divers from Ketchikan-based...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    January 23, 2014

Fish Factor: Treadwell looks to unseat Senator Begich using science credentials

Good science should drive all fisheries decisions, and Lite Guv Mead Treadwell says he has the chops to maintain a true course. Treadwell, a Republican who hopes to unseat Democratic US Senator Mark Begich in November’s election, paid a recent...

 By Kyle Clayton    Sports    January 23, 2014

Vikings lose narrow game to Ketchikan

The Petersburg Vikings lost in the 4th quarter to the Ketchikan Kings last Thursday. The Vikings held the Kings to 27 points and the lead throughout most of the game. "We started off playing probably...

 By Kyle Clayton    About Town    January 23, 2014

New restaurant with a southern twist opens in Kito's Kave

Petersburg residents can eat out a little later now that a new restaurant has opened at Kito's Kave. Shelly Pope, who hails from Texas, opened up the "Southern Belle Eatery" last weekend. "Anything...