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Articles from the March 1, 2012 edition

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 By Suzanne Ashe    News    March 1, 2012

Boundary commission releases recommendation

A report released last week by the Local Boundary Commission (LBC) regarding the petition for the City of Petersburg to dissolve and become a borough, includes revised boundary lines, and recommendations regarding inclusion of residents who live outs...

 
 By Suzanne Ashe    About Town    March 1, 2012

Deconstructing history

Silas Flor (left) and Chris Bearly clear away the last of chimney at the Lutheran Church on Monday. The chimney has been there for about 100 years. Contractor Jesse West said the chimney was being...

 
 About Town    March 1, 2012

Yesterday's News

March 3, 1982 - The “Jaws of Life” was recently purchased by the Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department, with $10,000 in donations from the community. The hydraulic rescue tool can exert...

 
 News    March 1, 2012

USCGC Elderberry goes in for repairs

The USCGC Elderberry is currently at the Base Support Unit Ketchikan Marine Ways for a 12-week, dry dock maintenance, said First Class Machinery Technician Cameron Peterson. The scheduled maintenance...

 
 By Suzanne Ashe    News    March 1, 2012

City manager reports North Harbor project is green-lighted, and other projects in the works

The Governor's 2013 budget will include $3.5 million for the North Harbor Replacement as well as $3.4 million for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredging of the North Harbor, said Petersburg City Manager Stephen Giesbrecht to the City Council on...

 
 Opinion    March 1, 2012

Letters to the Editor

Field inventories needed To the Editor: The Tongass Land and Resource Management Plan FEIS of 1-23-2008 provides for the sustainability of the resources of the Tongass National Forest yet the proposed Tonka Timber Sale only provides for viable...

 
 By Representative Peggy Wilson    Opinion    March 1, 2012

Peggy’s Corner of the House

The buzz in the hallways, here at the capital, is all about Education funding. We all recognize that if we’re going to keep America’s workforce strong, today’s students need to be getting the...

 
 Police Reports    March 1, 2012

Police Reports

Feb. 22 - Caller asked for a welfare check on S. Nordic. Caller reported a vehicle hit a dog and then left the scene on S. 2nd St. Feb. 23 - Officers responded to an unattended death. Caller reported hearing screaming by the ball field. Caller...

 
 Courts    March 1, 2012

Court Reports

Feb. 23 - Judge William Carey heard testimony from Parole Officer Marylee Cassell Quinto in an evidentiary hearing regarding visitation rights of Benjamin Phillips. The judge took the matter under advisement. Feb. 29 - Michael Davis was arraigned on...

 
 Opinion    March 1, 2012

Guest Editorial

Alaska’s current petroleum tax system, Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share (or ACES, for short), was an ill-conceived policy pushed through by then Governor Sarah Palin in 2007. When ACES was voted on in the Senate, I was one of only five...

 
 News    March 1, 2012

Murkowski says 'ANWR will happen' — but not soon

JUNEAU (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Thursday that drilling will happen in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but people shouldn't hold their breath waiting for it. That's one of the messages the Alaska Republican presented during her annu...

 
 About Town    March 1, 2012

Knitting group

Using donated yarn, these ladies made blankets, scarves, caps, mittens and slippers for children at an orphanage in Zmiev, Ukraine. The orphanage is home to 64 children that range in school grades...

 
 By Kaitlyn McAvoy    News    March 1, 2012

Petersburg and Wrangell residents asked about bio fuels

Last week, residents with a landline received an automated phone call asking them about their interest in bio fuels — an alternative form of energy that could be used to heat homes. The Feb. 23 phone survey was conducted by the Southeast Alaska...

 
 By Suzanne Ashe    Dockside    March 1, 2012

Trident expands ice-making capacity

Trident Seafoods in Petersburg may be the smallest of the three seafood processors, but it has the largest fleet. And that fleet has a high demand for ice, said plant manager Dave Ohmer. This spring, Trident is more than doubling its ice-making...

 
 By Suzanne Ashe    News    March 1, 2012

Drug dog visits schools unannounced

At the regular Petersburg School Board meeting Feb. 21, Superintendent of Schools, Robert Thomason reported that Justice, the drug dog visited the schools and stirred a lot of interest from the students, but didn't find any drugs on the premises. It...

 
 By Kaitlyn McAvoy    News    March 1, 2012

Biologist Lowell speaks on Etolin Island elk study

A lack of information about the elk on Etolin Island sparked a collaborative study between the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) last year. With the use of tracking collars, the study attempts to collect...

 
 News    March 1, 2012

Audubon says Sealaska targeting Tongass trees

ANCHORAGE (AP) — More than 12,000 acres of the Tongass National Forest's oldest and largest trees are being targeted for logging under a bill that would place wide swathes of forest lands in private hands, an Audubon report says. “These are the...

 
 News    March 1, 2012

State Senator proposes redistricting board change

JUNEAU (AP) — The board that redraws Alaska's political boundaries would be comprised of five Republicans, five Democrats and four people not affiliated with either party under a proposed constitutional amendment introduced in the Senate Tuesday....

 
 Dockside    March 1, 2012

Fish Factor

State fishery managers project a lower Alaska salmon harvest this year, due to an expected decrease in those hard to predict pinks. The total catch forecast by the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game is 132 million salmon, down 25% from the 177 million...

 
 Obituaries    March 1, 2012

Beverley Jean (Reid) Coleman, 59

Beverley Jean (Reid) Coleman, born April 8, 1952 lost her battle with cancer on February 16, 2012 at home, in Randle Wash. surrounded by family and friends. Bev was born and raised in Petersburg,...

 
 By Suzanne Ashe    News    March 1, 2012

Keep Alaska Competitive predicts oil production's grim future

The Make Alaska Competitive Coalition claims Alaska's oil flow and production are in a slow rate of decline and that if something isn't done to turn things around, difficult financial times could be...

 
 
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