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 By Kyle Clayton    News    February 6, 2014

Assembly member resigns to avoid conflict of interest

Petersburg Borough Assembly Member John Hoag resigned his position on the assembly Monday. Hoag, a lawyer, said he's stepping down due to a conflict of interest between one of his clients and the borough. "I have found myself with two clients who... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    February 6, 2014

Committee discusses tobacco tax recommendation

A tobacco tax might be the answer to the Petersburg Medical Center board’s future infrastructure funding concerns. The sales tax committee discussed last Tuesday recommending the initiation of a tobacco tax to the borough assembly. PMC CEO Liz Wood... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    February 6, 2014

Committee discusses additional tax on alcohol, pull-tabs

The sales tax committee discussed with citizens additional taxes on alcohol and pull-tabs last Tuesday. The mission of the committee is to simplify the sales tax code and collection procedures and to... Full story


Yesterday's News

February 7, 1914 – Everybody has heard about "fearless hunters," but very few have ever known one. The Petersburgers are fortunate however, in that they not only have heard about fearless hunters,...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    February 6, 2014

Citizens save commercial salvage program

Petersburg residents who utilize the landfill for commercial salvaging will still be able to take scrap metal after assembly voted down a proposed change that would have eliminated for-profit salvaging. Public Works Director Karl Hagerman made the ch...


Editorial: Pilot publishes for 40 years

With this edition, the Petersburg Pilot turns 40 years old. Wrangell publisher Jamie Bryson brought this publication into being on February 8, 1974. The Pilot’s predecessor, Petersburg Press folded in January and Bryson stepped up to the plate...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    February 6, 2014

Updated criminal code would give police more discretion

An updated Petersburg criminal code would give officers more discretion when it comes to charging individuals with minor crimes. “What we’re looking at is taking some issues that are minor crimes and giving the officers the option to write a...


Letters to the Editor

Petersburg Borough Comprehensive Plan To the Editor: The comprehensive plan is an attempt by the Petersburg Borough to look into the future and set forth principles and parameters of actions on the part of the Borough to best serve the citizens. The...


Police reports

January 29 A caller reported an abandoned vehicle on their property. January 31 Police arrested William L. Smith, 42, on a charge of Violating Conditions of Release. A caller reported loud music. February 1 Police arrested Yupin Ohmer, 40, on a...



January 30 Ryan Helmer appeared before Magistrate Judge Burrell on charges of Driving Under the Influence, Assault in the 4th degree Against a Peace Officer and Harassment in the 1st degree Against a Peace Officer. A not guilty plea was entered on...


Lady Vikings bring home two more wins

The Lady Vikings dominated its rival Wrangell Wolves last weekend during two away games. The girls squad set the pace during the first quarter with a lead of 16-7 but got into foul trouble early on....


Vikings win both nights against Wrangell Wolves

The Vikings brought home two wins from last weekend's homecoming games in Wrangell. Friday night's match was neck and neck as the two teams battled between one or two possessions throughout the...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    February 6, 2014

Assembly closer to approving hospital ordinance

The Petersburg Borough Assembly ironed out language in the ordinance governing the Petersburg Medical Center hospital board and settled on a relationship between the two bodies that is somewhat ambiguous. Despite months of discussion between the two...


Fish Factor: Innovative Alaska seafood products to be showcased

Eleven new seafood products from seven companies are set to be showcased at the upcoming Symphony of Seafood galas in Seattle and Anchorage. In its 21 years the event has introduced and promoted hundreds of new Alaska seafood items to the...


Borough Manager's report

The borough manager reported the following information during his bimonthly report to the assembly. North Harbor main floats one and two are in place. Workers are busy driving the piles to grade as well as laying the waterline so the large fingers...


Parks and Rec's Losing Big competition begins

This year's Losing Big competition kicked off this week as contestants divided up into two teams led by captains who participated in last year's competition. The competition aims to provide...


Obituary, Dawn Michelle O'Neil Kerkenaar, 57

Dawn was born July 8, 1956 in Everett, Washington. She moved to Alaska with her family when she was little, living on Annette Island and Seward before settling in Petersburg where she grew up and... Full story


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