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 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 10, 2014

Assembly approves proposed budget, urges continued community engagement

Community members packed the assembly chambers last Monday to support continued local education funding for the Petersburg School District. District staff and parents responded to across the board budget cuts proposed last week by several assembly me... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 10, 2014

Majority of property tax appeals adjusted

Borough wide property assessment appeals have ended after the Petersburg Borough Assembly acted as a Board of Equalization (BOE)—the board that addressed and finalized the remaining 22 appeals that weren’t settled privately with assessor Mike... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 10, 2014

Police apprehend man suspected of firing off rounds in Middle Harbor

Eight Petersburg Police officers and a State Trooper responded to several reports of a man firing rounds in the Middle Harbor around 6:20 a.m. Wednesday morning. Petersburg Police Chief Kelly Swihart... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 10, 2014

Assembly approves another sales tax-free day in May

Petersburg residents will have an opportunity to shop without paying sales tax after the Borough Assembly unanimously approved May 3 as a sales tax-free day. Savann Guthrie, member of the retail committee of the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, said...


Yesterday's News

April 11, 1914 – How far can flies, mosquitoes and other disease-bearing insects carry the germs which make them so much dreaded? At one time it was thought that their activities were limited to a radius of a few hundred feet from their breeding...



A front-page story index stated: “Petersen pleads guilty” in reference to a story appearing on page 5. Petersen in fact intends to enter a guilty plea as a part of a plea agreement that has to be accepted by the court this summer. The story and...


Letter to the Editor

National Volunteer Appreciation Week To the Editor: This week, April 6-12, is National Volunteer Appreciation Week. There can't be many people in our little town who don't know someone who gives freely of his or her time and talents to make someone...


Editorial: Print is not dead, nor is it dying

The purchase of the state’s largest daily newspaper by an on-line only publication, Alaska Dispatch proves that print is not dead. Newspapers and other publications have value and they drive sales for brick and mortar stores and for on-line...



April 1 Jared Bright appeared before Magistrate Judge Burrell on a charge of catching undersized crab. The defendant entered a plea of no contest. The court sentenced Bright to pay an $8,000 fine with $5,000 suspended and two years of unsupervised...


Police reports

April 2 A caller reported a vehicle in a ditch, no injuries. Police issued a citation to Lisa M. Pope, 46, for an expired registration. An officer received a report of cigarette butts littering an area. A caller reported being threatened. April 3...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 10, 2014

Juneau appeals Petersburg Borough boundaries

The City and Borough of Juneau filed an appeal with the Supreme Court of a Superior Court Judge’s decision ruling in favor of the newly formed Petersburg Borough’s northern boundary line, which Juneau had earlier sought to annex. After several...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 10, 2014

Assembly denies property owners rezone request

The Petersburg Borough Assembly last Monday voted against rezoning two residential lots to commercial in the Olsen Subdivision. Richard Burrell and Aaron Miller and Katrina Miller applied for the...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 10, 2014

Cruise ship traffic begins May 11

More than 50 cruise ships will stop in Petersburg this spring and summer—slightly up from last year. The vessel Safari Legacy stopped in Petersburg twice last year but is making nine stops this year. Cruise ships visiting Petersburg typically...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 10, 2014

Petersburg to host SEREMS symposium this weekend

This weekend, the Petersburg Fire Department will be hosting the SE Region Emergency Medical Services Council’s 30th Annual Emergency Medical Services Symposium in Petersburg. This will be the first time in SEREMS’ history that the 4-day...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 10, 2014

Genetics students attend State Science Fair

Eleven Petersburg High School students headed to Fairbanks two weeks ago to participate in the State Science Symposium. Junior Summer Morton and sophomore Ellerie Freisinger placed in the top 10 of...


Alaska's largest daily newspaper sold for $34M

ANCHORAGE (AP) — An online competitor announced plans Tuesday to buy Alaska's largest daily newspaper. Alaska Dispatch Publishing LLC, the parent company of the online newspaper the Alaska Dispatch, will purchase the Anchorage Daily News from The...

 By Brian O Connor    News    April 10, 2014

TBPC president orders halt to Tyee negotiations

WRANGELL — The president of the Thomas Bay Power Commission sent a letter this week to the chairman of the Southeast Alaska Power Agency ordering an end to negotiations for SEAPA to take over operations at the Tyee Lake Hydroelectric Project. The...


Continued hatchery plans moving speedily, official says

Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Production Manger Bill Gass said he’s impressed by how fast State officials are moving forward with plans to reconstruct Petersburg’s Crystal Lake Hatchery incubation facility that was destroyed by a fire...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 10, 2014

New Kodiak pollack seine fishery begins this week

 Kodiak seiners will be scooping up pollock in their nets starting this week. You heard right. Seiners have a chance to test the waters to determine if a directed pollock fishery makes sense for that type of gear in the Gulf. Except for a small...


School News

Oregon State University Freshmen Lauren Bryner and Samantha Marifern were named to the Scholastic Honor Roll Winter term at Oregon State University....


Borough manager's report

Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht gave the following report during the last borough assembly meeting: Petersburg Police Chief Kelly Swihart testified before Alaska Senate committees last week in reference the municipal remodel and drug trends in...


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