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 By Suzanne Ashe    News    May 17, 2012

Kake-Petersburg Road stays on Governor's budget

On Monday, Alaska Governor Sean Parnell signed into law three budget bills for Fiscal Year 2013 appropriating an estimated $870 million for transportation. Among the budget items is the allocation of $40 million for the controversial Kake-Petersburg...

 By Suzanne Ashe    News    May 17, 2012

Little Norway Festival expected to bring big crowds

Let your inner-Norwegian out. The Little Norway Festival begins today. The annual event celebrates Syttende Mai, or May 17, the signing of Norway's Constitution in 1814. Petersburg has been formally...

 About Town    May 17, 2012

Yesterday's News

May 19, 1982 - With a six-day halibut opening in Area 2 drawing to a close on Monday, local processors reported that they were still receiving mainly shipments from smaller boats fishing close to Petersburg and that it was too early to determine the...

 Opinion    May 17, 2012

Letters to the Editor

Let us be teenagers To the Editor: This year Petersburg High School worked toward hosting a successful, safe and enjoyable Promenade. “Prom” is a classy event where students have the opportunity to dress formally and enjoy an evening with...

 By Suzanne Ashe    News    May 17, 2012

New city logo and branding coming to Petersburg

What's in a name? The Petersburg Economic Development Council (PEDC) hopes the name Petersburg will translate into increased tourism and economic growth thanks to new city branding. The PEDC, members...

 Police Reports    May 17, 2012

Police reports

May 9 Officers received two calls regarding an intoxicated individual in the downtown area. Caller reported a disabled vehicle on the 1400 block of Haugen Drive. Caller reported a noise disturbance from pounding or grinding noises from a boat on...

 Courts    May 17, 2012


May 16 Joseph Brantuas was arraigned in District Court on charges of reckless driving and driving without a license or on a suspended license. The court entered a Not Guilty plea on Brantuas' behalf. A court date has been set for July...

 By Suzanne Ashe    News    May 17, 2012

School board passes $8.7 million balanced budget

The Petersburg School District Board unanimously approved the $8.7 million balanced budget Tuesday night. The budget calls for 78 percent of the funding to come from the state and foundation, 20 percent from city and the remaining 2 percent in local...

 Sports    May 17, 2012

Vikings regional champs in many events

The track and field regional championship was hosted by Thunder Mountain in Juneau last weekend and the competition was fierce, almost as fierce as the weather. “It was incredibly nasty out. We...

 By Suzanne Ashe    News    May 17, 2012

U.S. Forest Service continues talks with public regarding stewardship contracts

The U.S. Forest Service continues to host a series of meetings with members of the community to discuss the possibilities of a stewardship contract in connection with the Tonka Timber sale. Forest Ranger Jason Anderson initiated, and is...

 About Town    May 17, 2012

Salmon Derby Committee needs volunteers

The Petersburg Chamber of Commerce Salmon Derby Committee has need of volunteers to sign up to man the weigh-in station during the Memorial Day Weekend Event. Persons wishing to sign-up may contact Sally at the Chamber office (772-3646). Volunteers...

 By Suzanne Ashe    News    May 17, 2012

PHS garners US News and World Report recognition

Petersburg High School was recently ranked by the publication US News and World Report, receiving a Bronze award for academic achievement and college preparedness. US News and World Report and the...

 News    May 17, 2012

Redistricting board redraws southeast Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Redistricting Board on Monday made what its executive director called significant changes to southeast Alaska's political boundaries in an effort to win court approval for the plan. Taylor Bickford said the board...

 News    May 17, 2012

North Dakota becomes nation's second-leading oil producer

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ North Dakota has passed Alaska to become the second-leading oil-producing state in the nation, trailing only Texas. State Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms tells the Grand Forks Herald that North Dakota oil production in...