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 By Kyle Clayton    News    June 12, 2014

First SE seine opening kicks off this weekend

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced this summer’s first Southeast Alaska purse seine fishery opener. Areas in District 2 and District 12 will be open 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Sunday, June 15 through Wednesday, June 18. An ADFG press... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    June 12, 2014

Chamber of Commerce seeks refund for postponed boat rally

The Salty Dog yacht rally scheduled to stop through Petersburg and Wrangell this month has been canceled, and Chamber of Commerce officials in both communities are hoping to get the money back they paid to the rally’s organizers. The boat rally... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    June 12, 2014

Mechanical issues alter ferry schedules

Ferry schedules are continuing to be revised after the M/V Columbia experienced mechanical issues on its way from Portland to Bellingham. According to an Alaska Department of Transportation (ADOT) press release, “The MV Columbia experienced an unex... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    June 12, 2014

Pedometer Challenge wraps up, winner logs more than 1 million steps

Petersburg Mental Health Service's Pedometer Challenge wrapped up this week with the winner logging more than 1 million steps during the seven-week challenge that allowed community members to compete...


Yesterday's News

June 13, 1914 – Last Tuesday evening, immediately after the adjournment of the firemen's meeting, nearly every man in town who was not otherwise occupied assembled at the Fire Hall for the purpose of devising ways and means for the celebration of...


Raising the roof

Log trusses were being set in place at the Sandy Beach Park shelter on Friday. The shelter is being rebuilt by the Parks and Recreation Dept. under a contract with Dave Nauman. The shelter work is...


Wells Fargo celebrates 100 years

Wells Fargo is celebrating its centennial in Petersburg Thursday, June 12. The local Wells Fargo Branch began as The Bank of Petersburg, which was organized in September of 1912 with a capital of $5,000—roughly $121,000 in today’s dollars. The...


Editorial: No property line drawn for news

Recently, a reader suggested we should just print news about Petersburg in this newspaper. He was concerned about coverage of a court case that was published in both the Petersburg Pilot and the Wrangell Sentinel. Both newspapers printed several...


Moderate earthquake felt in SE Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Seismologists say a moderate earthquake was felt throughout southeast Alaska. The Alaska Earthquake Center says there are no immediate reports of damage from the 5.7 magnitude quake, which occurred at 3:58 a.m. Wednesday...


Police reports

June 4 A caller reported a reckless driver. Officers patrolled an area where a caller had reported a car alarm going off. A caller reported loud music from a vehicle. The vehicle left the area during the call. An officer issued a driver a warning...



June 4 Gordon Lyons appeared telephonically before Magistrate Judge Burrell on charges of Violating Conditions of Release and Petition to Revoke Probation. The defendant entered a plea of guilty to the VCOR and an admission plea to the PTRP. For...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    June 12, 2014

Stalled plane causes 2013 Pacific Wings crash, officials report

Last week, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators released a report of the likely cause of last summer's Pacific Wings sightseeing floatplane crash. The flight for cruise ship...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    June 12, 2014

Viking summer camp still open for registration

Two student interns are in Petersburg this summer to lead the nine-week Big Viking Day Camp. Natalie Behl and Kendal Smith are working with the Petersburg Borough Parks and Recreation department to...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    June 12, 2014

Lack of membership could cripple local Forest Service project funding

A committee made up of local citizens who collaborate with and recommend projects to the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) might disappear if new members don’t apply to fill current vacancies on the committee. The Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) is...

 By Brian O Connor    News    June 12, 2014

TBPC approves resolution supporting SEAPA takeover

WRANGELL — Thomas Bay Power commissioners voted 5-0 to support the handover of Tyee Lake to the Southeast Alaska Power Agency (SEAPA). The special meeting, held June 5, was the commission’s first in at least two months and drew Petersburg...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 12, 2014

Fish Factor: Salmon prices decline through the season and climb through winter

Salmon prices at wholesale show marked seasonal variations for both wild and farmed fish. It’s a pattern that has been tracked for decades by Urner Barry, the nation’s oldest commodity market watcher in business since 1895. The prices tend to...


School News

Kristin Neuneker graduated cum laude from Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) with a B.S. in biology and a B.A. in environmental studies. Neuneker was a natural sciences research undergraduate fellow...


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