Articles from the January 24, 2013 edition

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 By Shelly Pope    News    January 24, 2013

Borough transition is moving forward

Since the formation of the Petersburg Borough, officials have been working to put together a plan to make a smooth transition. The transition will still take the better part of the year to complete. “The first big part of the process is the status... Full story

 By Shelly Pope    News    January 24, 2013

PIA accepts resignation from board member Lopez

The Petersburg Indian Association held its first official meeting after the election Thursday evening and one of the first orders of business was to accept the resignation of board member Derek Lopez. Ways in which to fill the vacated seat were... Full story

 By Shelly Pope    News    January 24, 2013

Petersburg ready to aid Wrangell celebration

The rededication ceremony of Shakes Island and the Chief Shakes Tribal House is scheduled for May 3 and 4 in Wrangell and housing is still needed for the 1,000-plus guests that are expected to attend the festivities. “This is an historical event... Full story

 About Town    January 24, 2013

Yesterday's News

January 26, 1983 - Depending on who you talk to in town, the Petersburg school propositions didn’t pass last week either because of propaganda and scare tactics or because the proposals did not meet needs the community thought were important. Voter...

 Opinion    January 24, 2013

To the Editor

Big adventure ahead To the Editor: The newly created Petersburg Borough stands poised at an epic transformation. The big question is: How can we achieve unity in the overall populace? No other organized borough in Alaska hails any ethnic group as a...

 By Greg Knight    Police Reports    January 24, 2013

Wrangell Police seeking leads in assault investigation

WRANGELL — Wrangell Police Department officers are investigating allegations of an assault that led to the hospitalization of a 17-year old Wrangell High School student. The incident, which is alleged to have occurred at a residence near the corner...

 By Shelly Pope    Police Reports    January 24, 2013

Police assist federal officers in arrest

Petersburg Police Officers assisted agents of the United States Department of Homeland Security in serving a federal arrest warrant for a Petersburg resident Tuesday, Jan. 22. Yolanda Perez, 44, was arrested in her home on the charge of illegally...

 Police Reports    January 24, 2013

Police reports

January 16 Fraudulent use of a credit card was reported. A vehicle had been gone through in the elementary school parking lot January 17 A high water alarm was received at the pump station. January 18 A pot hole was reported to the Department of...

 Courts    January 24, 2013


January 17 Gina R. Stafford, 43, appeared before Deputy Magistrate Cris Morrison for an arraignment hearing on the charge of violating conditions of release. Stafford entered a plea of not guilty and a public defender was appointed. Trial is set for...

 By Shelly Pope    News    January 24, 2013

Ordinance for Transient Room Tax is defeated by Assembly

Ordinance 2013-2 will have to start all over for approval now that it has been defeated due to confusion regarding combined-price packages. The rate for a combined-price package was computed by charging the transient room tax on 30 percent of the...

 By Shelly Pope    News    January 24, 2013

Library progress continues

Work on the new Petersburg Public Library continues on schedule and work on the inside has begun. “All of the concrete has been poured inside,” Petersburg Borough On-Site Construction...

 By Shelly Pope    About Town    January 24, 2013

Rawhani is nominated for the U.S. Naval Academy

Petersburg High School senior Mizani Rawhani was nominated for appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy by Congressman Don Young, Senator Lisa Murkowski and Senator Mark Begich. Each member of Congress...

 Sports    January 24, 2013

Soccer Shoot winners

Local Elks Lodge 2012 Soccer Shoot winners are also top scorers at the state level. From left to right, Julian Kumps 1st place in 8-9 age division, Nina McCay 1st place in 10-11, Anya Pawuk 3rd place...

 By Shelly Pope    Sports    January 24, 2013

Vikings defeated by Sitka Wolves at home

The Petersburg Vikings hosted the Sitka Wolves for a two game fight but didn't come out the victors. “I thought we made some progress this week in a couple of areas and our intensity level was...

 By Shelly Pope    Sports    January 24, 2013

Viking girls drop two to Ketchikan over the weekend

The Petersburg Lady Vikings traveled to Ketchikan and came home two games down for the season. “The first night started out really well,” Head Coach Dino Brock said. “We did a nice job defensively and offensively we were moving the ball a...

 Dockside    January 24, 2013

USCG conducting dockside exams

Coast Guard Commercial Fishing Vessel Examiners will be conducting dockside examinations for Commercial Fishing Vessels in Petersburg February 6 – 8. Anyone needing an exam or interested in receiving a Voluntary Dockside Exam sign-up at the...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    January 24, 2013

Fish Factor

Fishing groups, consumers and health organizations are launching a final push to prevent genetically modified fish from getting the nod for American dinner plates. During the holidays the Food and Drug Administration issued its environmental...

 About Town    January 24, 2013

Stork report

Lora Jean Lombard was born on December 19, 2012 to Heidi and Stephen Lombard at Ketchikan General Hospital. She weighed 8 pounds 3 ounces and was 19 inches long....

 By Shelly Pope    News    January 24, 2013

Manager warns of spike in property thefts

Petersburg Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht has warned the public as a part of the manager’s report during the Petersburg Borough Assembly meeting Tuesday evening that there has been an increase in property crimes, specifically vehicle burglaries...

 By Shelly Pope    News    January 24, 2013

Borough still seeking people to fill vacancies

The Petersburg Borough is still seeking letters of interest from qualified borough residents to fill two vacancies on the Assembly; three seats on the hospital board and seven positions on the planning and zoning commission until the regular...

 About Town    January 24, 2013

Barn Dance

Friday night the Sons of Norway Hall was transformed into a western scene for the elementary school’s Barn Dance, complete with a “chuckwagon” providing meals, volunteers running games and...

 About Town    January 24, 2013

Bear Paw on a frosty morning

A view across the Wrangell Narrows toward Bear Paw Mountain on a recent winter morning....

 By Shelly Pope    About Town    January 24, 2013

Alaska Airlines gives to WAVE

A donation of $1,200 was presented to WAVE by Alaska Airline General Manager Jon Wright on behalf of the Alaska Airlines’ Community Advisory Board. “We look for philanthropic ways to help the community,” Alaska Airlines’ Community Advisory...