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 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 30, 2014

More construction in town than recent years

Building permits have increased since last year, according to a Petersburg Community Development report. The borough issued 86 building permits in 2013, 22 more than 2012, bringing in $9,435 in revenues and bringing project valuation to more than... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 30, 2014

Volunteer Fire Department recruiting

The Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department is recruiting new volunteers and is offering a Fire Fighter One class this spring. Dave Berg, assistant chief, said the fire department is looking for ten... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 30, 2014

Assembly to reconsider proposed rezoning ordinance

The Petersburg Borough Assembly will decide again on whether residential lots in the Olsen Subdivision should be rezoned to commercial after the ordinance failed due to a lack of a second motion in its first reading last week. Richard Burrell had... Full story


Yesterday's News

January 31, 1914 – Commissioner Smith, of the bureau of fisheries has completed his annual report which will soon be submitted to the department of commerce. In the report a recommendation is made for the purchase of a fleet of small boats to...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 30, 2014

Rotary to send next exchange student to Chile

The Petersburg Rotary Club is sponsoring sophomore Kyla Willis' trip to Chile where she will spend her next school year as an exchange student. Willis, Sven Heinrichs, the Rotary exchange student in...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 30, 2014

Borough to likely stick with traditional in-person voting

Traditional in-person voting will likely remain during local elections after the borough received feedback from citizens and reviewed cost comparisons between traditional and mail-in elections. The borough assembly sent out surveys last month...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 30, 2014

The ABCs of school district funding

Decreased enrollment numbers in Petersburg schools is playing a big role in how district staff prepare next year’s budget. Student enrollment has steadily dropped for more than a decade. During the 2004-2005 school year enrollment was up to 630...


Editorial: Don't litter

While walking through Sandy Beach Park this week I found a plastic grocery bag on the ground, about 20-feet from a trash can provided by the Parks and Recreation Dept. I marveled that someone didn’t care enough to walk a short distance to properly...


Police reports

January 22 A caller reported being harassed by an individual. January 23 A caller reported hearing a young girl screaming the night before in the Leconte RV Park between the hours of 2:30 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. A caller reported a suspicious vehicle...


Police investigate local marijuana distribution operation

Petersburg Police and Southeast Alaska Communities Against Drugs (SEACAD) seized 3.5 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $28,000 according to a press release. During the January 28 search of a Petersburg residence, police...



January 29 David Estes appeared before Magistrate Judge Burrell on a charge of Misconduct Involving Weapons in the 3rd degree. The defendant entered a guilty plea. The court sentenced the defendant to 120 days in jail with 90 days suspended, 18...


Lady Vikings fall to Mt. Edgecumbe at home

The Lady Vikings lost two close home games last weekend against the Mt. Edgecumbe squad. The Lady Vikings faced similar challenges as the boy's team in its conference games. "We struggled shooting...


Vikings squad tests endurance during conference games in Sitka

The Petersburg Vikings battled through four long conference games last weekend and brought home two wins. The varsity squad had a rough start against Sitka High School on Wednesday evening. “We really struggled to score,” Head Coach Rick Brock...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 30, 2014

Assembly approves federal budget priorities

The Petersburg Borough Assembly bumped sea mammal issues up on the list of federal budget priorities during its last meeting. The proposed list includes projects and funding mechanisms the assembly wants its lobbyist to fight for in Congress. “Very...



It was reported in last week’s edition of the Pilot that solid waste customers who choose not to recycle will see their rates rise by 20 percent when the program takes effect next week. It should be clarified that this only applies to customers...


Obituary, William Fraser Love, 86

A big man who was truly an unforgettable individual passed from this world to the next on January 23, 2014. William F. Love Sr. was born on Valentine's day in 1927 in Arlington, Va. to William and... Full story


School News

Gonzaga University President Carolyn Kvernvik was named to the Gonzaga University President's List for fall semester 2013. Gonzaga University President David Marifern was named to the Gonzaga University Dean's List for fall semester...


Obituary, Dolores Ramstead Lund

Dolores Lund was born in Strandquist, Minnesota on February 20, 1921 to Ed and Ida Ramstead and lived 92 ½ years to the fullest until she passed away peacefully October 16, 2013 surrounded by... Full story


Internationally renowned band to perform in Petersburg

The Irish acoustic quintet Lúnasa will kick of its U.S. tour in Petersburg next Wednesday at the Wright Auditorium. Lúnasa is an all-instrumental band. Band members play fiddle, low whistles,...


Measure proposed to ban Cook Inlet setnetters

A measure aimed at banning salmon setnetting is being held afloat by backers. The ban includes the Anchorage area, much of the Kenai Peninsula, Valdez and Juneau. It would completely eliminate Cook Inlet setnetters and affect roughly 500 fishing fami...


Stough elected to TBPA presidency

WRANGELL — The Thomas Bay Power Authority commission elected Wrangell borough assembly member and TBPA commissioner James Stough to the commission’s presidency Monday. Stough also briefly served as chairman of the borough’s special energy...


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