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Fire destroys incubation room at Crystal Lake Hatchery, over 1.2 million fish destroyed

The incubation building and the generator shed at the Crystal Lake Hatchery were both destroyed in an early morning fire Tuesday. Petersburg firefighters responded and fought the blaze in 9 degree... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    March 6, 2014

Jury finds defendant guilty of sexual abuse of a minor

A Petersburg jury convicted Tore Lenz, 19, of one count of Sexual Abuse of a Minor in the 2nd degree last Friday. Lenz was charged with two counts of Sexual Abuse of a Minor after having intercourse with Josie Prus, 15, last July after a party... Full story


Yesterday's News

March 7, 1914 – Wake up people of Petersburg and get a move on. You must have the modern improvements if you want to be on the map. We need water works, sewers and electric lights. There is no reason why we should not have these improvements, and h...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    March 6, 2014

Local educators discuss concerns with Governor

Gov. Sean Parnell came to town last Monday and heard from Petersburg School District teachers and administrators about his education reform bill along with other issues in the education arena. Sue... Full story


Chamber banquet this Saturday

The Petersburg Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual membership meeting and banquet on Saturday, March 8 at the Sons of Norway Hall. Social time is at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Door prizes will be presented throughout the evening and a desse...

 By Kyle Clayton    Sports    March 6, 2014

Lady Vikings win first Regional tournament game

The Lady Vikings beat the Sitka Wolves during the first game of the Regional Tournament in Sitka yesterday. Head Coach Dino Brock said his squad fell behind for a short time in the beginning of the game but maintained the lead throughout the bulk of...

 By Kyle Clayton    Sports    March 6, 2014

Vikings lose first tournament game

The Vikings lost its first game of the regional tournament in Sitka Wednesday morning against Mt. Edgecumbe. Head Coach Rick Brock said his team played a good first quarter but, in the end, struggled to score. The Vikings went into the half 25-18...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    March 6, 2014

Borough property values twice that of original estimates

The Petersburg Borough assessor’s taxable value of property that was formerly outside city limits is nearly one and a half times the original estimate. The assessor’s early estimation of taxable value of property outside service area 1 was...


Letters to the Editor

Borough should live within means To the Editor: Well, we got the borough rammed down our throats supposedly to get more money for the city coffers, but apparently not enough. How much time and money has been expended to get new stationary, new...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    March 6, 2014

Ordinance provides police discretion when charging for minor crimes

The Petersburg Borough Assembly gave final approval to an ordinance that offers police officers more discretion in their decision to charge individuals with minor crimes or write borough ordinance violations. Crimes such as Driving while License is...


Police reports

February 26 A caller reported individuals refusing to leave the bar. A caller reported vehicles parked in an area for long periods of time without moving. An officer responded to a report of a vehicle parked too close to a fire hydrant. February 27...



February 25 William Smith appeared before Superior Court Judge Carey where he entered a guilty plea to Domestic Violence Assault in the 4th degree. The court dismissed other charges and sentenced Smith to 180 days in jail with 120 days suspended, two...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    March 6, 2014

Assembly delays Harbor's request for drive down dock addition

The Petersburg Borough Assembly tabled a Harbor Advisory Board request to construct 120 feet of bulkhead as part of the Drive Down Dock project. The harbor board’s request comes after a lower than expected project bid left the harbor with $1.9...


Two new members join PIA Tribal Council

The Petersburg Indian Association held elections last week. Christina Sakamoto was re-elected to serve as Board President for a one-year term. Mary Ann Rainey and Michael Sheldon were re-elected to each serve a two-year term. Rita Byrer was newly...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    March 6, 2014

Court denies Juneau appeal of Petersburg northern boundary

A Juneau Superior Court Judge ruled in favor of the Local Boundary Commission's (LBC) decision to include the newly incorporated Petersburg Borough land along its northern boundary-a portion of which...

 By Brian O Connor    News    March 6, 2014

Brock pleads 'not guilty' to gambling charges

WRANGELL — Lavina “Lovey” Brock, 68, of Wrangell, pleaded not guilty to four counts of promoting illegal gambling Tuesday before Wrangell First District Magistrate Chris Ellis. Brock, a prominent member of the local community, had been charged...


Internationally renowned folk musician to perform in Wright Auditorium

Award winning singer-songwriter Ruth Moody will be performing in Petersburg at the Wright Auditorium Thursday at 7 p.m. Moody is on tour promoting her new album "These Wilder Things" which came out...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 6, 2014

Fish Factor: Oceans changing while US policy doesn't

Just as Nero fiddled while Rome burned, US policy makers are quibbling over climate issues as bivalves dissolve in an increasingly corrosive Pacific Ocean. Any kid’s chemistry set will show that big changes are occurring in seawater throughout the...


Borough manager's report

During the Borough Assembly’s March 3 meeting, Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht reported the following: Interest in Losing Big has increased this year and continues to be a great program for our community. Just short of 400 votes were cast through...


Obituary, Alice Ann Farra, 83

Alice Ann Farra, 83, of Lincoln, Mont. passed away Feb. 9, 2014 at her home in Lincoln. Alice was born Jan. 11, 1931 in Jeffersonville, Ill. to Louise (Brunner) Farra and Forest (Buck) Farra. At age... Full story


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