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 By Orin Pierson    About Town    May 3, 2012

Family, friendship, and fitness

(Left to right) Ginger Evans, Bridget Wittstock, JoAnn Day, and Michelle Parker were among the approximately hundred runners and walkers to take part in the memorial Michael Wittstock Circle of Life...

 
 By Suzanne Ashe    News    May 3, 2012

School board presents balanced 2012/13 budget

School Superintendent Rob Thomason presented a balanced budget to City officials on April 25 during a budget work session. No changes were made to the recently drafted Petersburg School District 2012/2013 operating budget. “Over the years we've...

 
 News    May 3, 2012

Saturday is first sales tax free day

Shoppers visiting Petersburg businesses this Saturday, May 5 will receive a 6-percent savings on their purchases. The city council granted a sales tax free day as requested by the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce on March 19. Retail sales of both...

 
 About Town    May 3, 2012

Yesterdays News

May 5, 1982 - Many of the 61 nurses attending the Alaska Nurses Association convention held in Petersburg April 29-May 1 said it was one of the best conventions they had ever attended. During the three day meeting, Petersburg gained a representative...

 
 By Suzanne Ashe    News    May 3, 2012

Library committee to recommend low bidder

The Library Building Committee plans to recommend low bidder ASRC McGraw Constructors for construction of the new library to the City Council on Monday. Of the five construction bids received, ASRC...

 
 By Suzanne Ashe    News    May 3, 2012

Redistricting board files appeal with State Supreme Court

With a Division of Elections deadline looming, the Alaska Redistricting Board has filed an appeal to the decision of a Superior Court Judge's decision ordering the board redraw district lines. The Division of Elections has given the board a deadline...

 
 News    May 3, 2012

New screening requirements for hospital volunteers

Existing volunteers, and anyone who is interested in volunteering, will have to go through a background check, the Petersburg Medical Center board approved on Thursday. Each volunteer will be fingerprinted, be required to undergo annual TB...

 
 Opinion    May 3, 2012

Letters to the Editor

Keep it classy To the Editor: As we approach the end of the 2011-2012 school year, our annual Prom dance is almost upon us. As a staff, we enjoy the yearly transformation of our students dressing up and becoming “proper” ladies and gentlemen for...

 
 Police Reports    May 3, 2012

Police reports

April 25 Troy Rogers, 27, was issued a ticket for failure to stop at a stop sign on S. Nordic. Officers responded to the airport terminal after receiving a call regarding suspicious activity. Caller reported individual “yelling for cops” on...

 
 Courts    May 3, 2012

Courts

May 2 Ian R. Hamilton was sentenced in District Court for negligent driving. The court entered a default judgment of $300 plus a $10 surcharge, and six points will be assessed against his license. April 26 Rustique T. Wilde entered a plea of not...

 
 Dockside    May 3, 2012

Icehouse

Trident is building a new icehouse capable of more than doubling its ice-making capability. The new ice-maker will produce 110 tons of ice. The new ice-maker will also has a new blower system that...

 
 By Suzanne Ashe    About Town    May 3, 2012

Petersburg High School inducts 16 into National Honor Society

The Petersburg High School National Honor Society and Junior National Honor Society inducted 16 new members on Wednesday at a candlelight ceremony. The induction ceremony was held at Wright...

 
 By Orin Pierson    Sports    May 3, 2012

Vikings win on the road in Ketchikan

Viking baseball went on the road last weekend. skipping the planned stop in Wrangell because of a flu outbreak on the Wolves team, and heading straight to Ketchikan for three games. The first game...

 
 By Orin Pierson    About Town    May 3, 2012

Petersburg garners superior ratings at Music Fest

Last week the Petersburg music program travelled to Sitka to perform in the annual Southeast Music Fest. “This was one of the best festivals in my 14 years of experience,” said Petersburg’s...

 
 By Orin Pierson    Sports    May 3, 2012

Track and field stars set personal records in Juneau

The track and field team traveled to Juneau last weekend to face off against some tough 4A schools as well at Sitka and Craig, perennial powerhouses in the 3A division. The Girls team ended up in...

 
 By Orin Pierson    Sports    May 3, 2012

Swimmers individual champs at Junior Olympics

Viking Swim Club (VSC) ended its season ended last weekend at the Junior Olympics meet in Anchorage. Swim clubs from across Alaska send their top swimmers to compete in this championship. Peter Kowals...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 3, 2012

Fish Factor

It has taken a quarter of a century, but fishery managers are finally poised to take action to reduce the five million pounds of halibut allowed to be taken as bycatch in Gulf of Alaska (GOA) fisheries. Industry watchers are hoping that public commen...

 
 Dockside    May 3, 2012

Middle Harbor Mud

Gary Allan on Tuesday began “clamming” the Middle Harbor. Silt has been slowly making its way into the harbor following a mudslide last fall. The project will take several days and is expected to...

 
 Dockside    May 3, 2012

Yacht burns at Seattle's Fishermen's Terminal

SEATTLE (AP) — Fire destroyed an adventure tour boat being prepared for the Alaska cruise season Friday at Fishermen's Terminal, and the operator says the loss likely will total millions of dollars. Two people escaped from the Safari Spirit by clim...

 
 Dockside    May 3, 2012

Commercial golden king crab announce closure date

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced Tuesday that the commercial golden (brown) king crab fishery in the Southern Area will close at 12:00 noon Friday, May 11, 2012. Based on an analysis of effort levels and harvest projections, the...