Articles from the March 27, 2014 edition

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 By Kyle Clayton    News    March 27, 2014

Superintendent selection to be announced Friday

Two superintendent applicants toured Mitkof Island, Petersburg and visited with various community members including district staff and administrators on Wednesday. Virginia Jewell Jewell grew up in... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    March 27, 2014

Assembly moves forward with electric rate increase

The Petersburg Borough Assembly voted unanimously to increase electric rates by 4 percent over a two-year period. The rate increase comes after Petersburg Municipal Power and Light (PMPL) Superintendent Joe Nelson asked for guidance from the... Full story


Yesterday's News

March 28, 1914 – Recently, the Postmaster General approved an amendment to the parcel post regulations under which butter, eggs, fruits, vegetables and other articles in parcels weighing from twenty to fifty pounds may be shipped in the first and...


More than half of harvest limit fished from Sitka waters

Fisherman fishing the Sitka Sound Herring Sac Roe fishery harvested more than half of its guideline harvest limit this past week. As of March 23, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game,...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    March 27, 2014

Petersburg rescuers assist Coast Guard with local rescue operation

Petersburg Search and Rescue members assisted U.S. Coast Guard personnel with the rescue of a Petersburg man after he went missing Monday evening. The man launched his 14-foot skiff Monday from Banana Point on the south end of Mitkof Island. When a f...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    March 27, 2014

Community participation doubles in this year's Losing BIG competition

Patti Steele won this year's Petersburg Parks and Recreation's Losing BIG Petersburg competition by a public majority vote. Steele was one of ten contestants, split into two teams, led and encouraged...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    March 27, 2014

State agencies seek public input

Commercial troll fishery public meeting to be held in Petersburg The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will hold commercial troll public meetings in Petersburg on Wednesday, April 2 at 12:30 pm in the Petersburg Library Conference Room. Meeting...


Police reports

March 20 A caller reported a possibly intoxicated driver on Sing Lee Alley A caller reported a very young child walking alone on Haugen Drive. An officer responded to a report of a vehicle blocking a drive. A caller reported a vehicle that had been l...


Local scouts practice winter survival

Members of Petersburg Boy Scout Troop 24 slept in snow caves and igloos last week as they participated in the annual 'Frostbite Challenge' just across the Canadian border near Skagway, Alaska....

 By Kyle Clayton    News    March 27, 2014

State dismisses "doggy jail" case

District Attorney Nick Polasky dismissed a case against Petersburg resident Martin Massin who local police charged with Theft and Criminal Trespass after he took his runaway dog from the pound. Massin said his dog Lucky jumped the fence at the local...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 27, 2014

Fish Factor: A breakdown of last year's record breaking salmon catch numbers

Alaska’s salmon catch of 273 million salmon set a record last year – and so did the number of salmon returning home to state hatcheries. The 2013 Fisheries Enhancement Report by the AK Dept. of Fish and Game shows that a return of 112 million...



March 24 Anthony Sainz appeared before Superior Court Judge Carey for a sentencing hearing for Minor Consumption. The court sentenced the defendant to 20 days in jail with 20 days suspended, 96 hours of community work service, revocation of...


Obituary, Gabrielle "Gaye" Kelly Nyberg, 62

Gaye was born April 26, 1951 to Millie Belshaw and Ed and Marie Reiger. She was raised in Portland, Ore. and lived for years in Hawaii and Alaska. Gaye loved horses and camping. While sitting around... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    March 27, 2014

Two Petersburg girls win writing competition

Two Petersburg students won awards in the Alaska Statewide Youth Art & Writing competition. Helen Martin, 8th grader at Mitkof Middle School, won third place for an excerpt of a mystery novel she’s writing and another third place award for a flash...

 By Brian O Connor    News    March 27, 2014

Obamacare deadline March 31

Local healthcare consumers face an imminent deadline. After twice extending the deadline to sign up for a healthcare plan under the Patient Affordable Care Act – known colloquially as Obamacare – the date finally stuck at March 31, with little...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    March 27, 2014

Hospital submits budget as borough wide budget hearings begin

The Petersburg Medical Center submitted a balanced budget to the assembly earlier this month. The budget for fiscal year 2015 anticipates a net gain of $333,014 after covering $13.5 million in total operating expenses compared to $13.3 million last...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    March 27, 2014

Petersburg family remembers Alaskan earthquake

Fifty years ago today, March 27, 1964 the largest U.S. earthquake ever recorded rocked southern Alaska. Petersburg resident and Harbor Way Parts Owner Phil Meeks was seven years old at the time. He wa...


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