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 By Kyle Clayton    News    May 29, 2014

Woman wins derby with some 'kelp' from her husband

Karen Malcom won this year's King Salmon Derby after battling a 46.4-pound Chinook last Saturday afternoon. Besides fishing the derby one day last year, Malcom hasn't fished during the annual event... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    May 29, 2014

School board approves balanced budget

Despite fears this winter of dipping into its reserves, the Petersburg School Board unanimously approved a balanced budget for the 2014/2015 school year without spending from reserve funds. Petersburg School District Finance Director Karen Quitslund... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    Sports    May 29, 2014

Freshman Izabelle Ith takes first in two events at state track meet

The Petersburg girls track team placed higher than any other Petersburg team in history during last weekend's state meet in Anchorage. They took fifth out of 29 teams from across Alaska. Ith placed... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    May 29, 2014

2014 seniors to graduate next week

Petersburg High School seniors are graduating next Tuesday in the high school gym. Petersburg School District teacher Sue Harden is retiring this year and will be the honored speaker during the ceremony. Among the many highlights at the event, the...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    May 29, 2014

WWII Vets honored in Washington D.C.

Three Petersburg WWII veterans returned from Washington, D.C. earlier this month where they toured the city and its war memorials as part of a national Honor Flights Program. Gerald Lind, 88, who...


Yesterday's News

May 30, 1914 – The construction of a water system for the town has actually been started. The new council has taken hold of the work with energy born of a sense of duty that promises to supply the town with a dire necessity. For the last three...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    May 29, 2014

Local artists' work to be displayed in International Museum

Local resident and painter Beth Flor will have 45 of her paintings on display and for sale in a solo exhibit at the International Museum of Art in El Paso, Texas. Flor paints in a style named...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    May 29, 2014

PHS students record LeConte Glacier movement

Last week, the Petersburg High School LeConte Glacier survey team tracked the latest movements of the tidal glacier after surveying its terminus earlier this month. Students traveled by skiff and helicopter to the site where they measured...


Police reports

May 21 Caller reported a civil disagreement with a neighbor. May 22 Officer gave warning for lighting requirements. Caller reported vehicles parked without permits. May 23 Caller reported screaming and yelling at residence. Officer investigated a...



May 22 Tonya Gallant appeared before Magistrate Judge Burrell on a charge of Driving Without a Valid License. The court entered a not-guilty plea on the defendant’s behalf and set conditions of release. May 27 Charles King appeared before...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    May 29, 2014

Vikings lose two away games, head to regionals this week

The Petersburg Vikings lost two games to Thunder Mountain and Sitka in Juneau last week. Head Coach Jim Engell said despite the loss to Thunder Mountain, his team succeeded defensively. “This is the third game where we’ve had the ability to win...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    May 29, 2014

Assembly to discuss changes to sales tax code, exemptions

The Petersburg Borough Assembly will discuss changes to the borough’s sales tax code after Sue Flint, Sales Tax Committee Chair, presented it's recommendations last week. After months of discussion, the committee recommended two changes to Petersbu...


Community Foundation awards grants

The Petersburg Community Foundation awarded its annual grants on May 17, 2014. The grants, valued around $10,000, included: Petersburg Medical Center - $335 to support new instructional materials for...


Plans underway to restore burned hatchery

KETCHIKAN (AP) — The operator of a state-owned salmon hatchery near Petersburg says it is moving forward with plans to rebuild the portion of the facility destroyed by fire in March. The Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association operates...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 29, 2014

Fish Factor: Companies are still selling last year's pinks

Salmon season is just getting underway, but seafood companies are still selling last summer’s record catch of 226 million pink salmon - and it has prompted lots of creative thinking. “The challenge is to market all this fish and still maintain...

 By Brian O Connor    News    May 29, 2014

Tlingit hat from Wrangell sells for $365,000

WRANGELL - According to news reports, a Tlingit hat sold for $365,000 on the auction block at Sotheby's of New York May 21. The hat's sale had been opposed by local Alaskan Natives and board members...


Trans-Alaska pipeline assessed at $10.2 billion

FAIRBANKS (AP) — Oil companies that own the trans-Alaska pipeline will have 30 days to appeal a State Assessment Review Board decision to set the value of the pipeline system at $10.2 billion. The decision last week set a figure sharply higher than...


School News

Gonzaga University Carolyn Kvernvik has earned placement on the Gonzaga University President's List for spring semester 2014. Students must earn a 3.7 to 4.0 grade-point average to be listed. University of Southern California Robert Davidson, son of...


Obituary, Jerry P. Wollen, 58

Gerald "Jerry" Patrick Wollen, 58, was born in Aberdeen, Washington on June 14th, 1957 to parents James and Ruth. He had wonderful memories of his early years growing up with older brother Jamey and... Full story


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