Articles from the June 14, 2012 edition

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 By Shelly Pope    News    June 14, 2012

Governor visits Petersburg, talks infrastructure

Governor Sean Parnell was welcomed to town by Petersburg Mayor Al Dwyer Thursday afternoon at a reception in the City Council chambers. “We are happy to welcome you to Petersburg,” Dwyer said.... Full story

 By Shelly Pope    News    June 14, 2012

City council votes to pave Odin and N. Second streets

Petersburg City Council amended a contract between the city and R & M Engineering to complete the Water and Sewer Reconstruction Project with an addition of funds not to exceed $37,000 to be paid. A change order for the Water and Sewer... Full story

 By Shelly Pope    News    June 14, 2012

Borough Election to be held this fall

The Local Boundary Commission voted 4 to 1 Friday, June 1, that the City of Petersburg petition for borough formation met all standards for incorporation and authorized that a community wide election be held. The election date has yet to be... Full story


Boardwalk roller coaster

The boardwalk leading to the lower Chief Shakes Slough hot tub from the boat dock suffered structural damage. The collapsed walkway resembled an amusement park roller coaster track. Photo was taken...

 By Shelly Pope    News    June 14, 2012

City Manager reports on community activities

Petersburg City Manager, Stephen Giesbrecht, reported to the council Monday evening on the current and upcoming projects the city is involved with. “The library project is expected to be surveyed and staked,” Giesbrecht stated. “Excavation of...


Yesterday's News

June 23, 1982 - 422,000 Alaskans who have lived in the State for at least 6 months, and who have already signed up for the State’s Permanent Fund Dividend program will be receiving a $1,000 check...

 By Shelly Pope    News    June 14, 2012

City to negotiate for waterfront property

The Petersburg City Council has ordered the city manager to enter into negotiations regarding the purchase of waterfront property owned by the Reid Family Trust. Petersburg City Manager, Stephen Giesbrecht spoke directly in the Monday evening...

 By Shelly Pope    News    June 14, 2012

Rainforest Islands Ferry delays launch until spring of 2013

The Rainforest Islands Ferry was scheduled to launch in July 2012. Due to funding and design delays the launch of this service has been pushed back to the spring of 2013. City of Coffman Cove...

 By Shelly pope    News    June 14, 2012

Petersburg withdraws from the IFA

The Petersburg City Council directed an ordinance be prepared to withdraw membership from the Inter-Island Ferry Authority during its May 7 meeting. If this ordinance is approved by a two-thirds Council majority, it will be submitted to the voters...

 By Shelly Pope    News    June 14, 2012

Mayor makes recommendation on appointment to Inter-Island Ferry Authority Board

The Inter-Island Ferry Authority of Directors has not reached a decision in regard to the appointment of an individual to serve a three year term as the “at large” board member. The IFA by-laws require that the Mayor from each participating...

 By Shelly Pope    News    June 14, 2012

City Council approves budget

The Petersburg City Council adopted a budget for the city establishing appropriations for the fiscal year Monday evening. After four work sessions discussing the 2013 proposed budget there were still issues of concern that were brought out during the...

 By Shelly Pope    News    June 14, 2012

Federal Building receives facelift

The Federal Building is undergoing a complete exterior renovation. Scaffolding can be seen around all outside surfaces of the building. “We are replacing all windows,” Southwest Construction...

 By Shelly Pope    News    June 14, 2012

Property tax levy resolution passes

Petersburg City Council passed Resolution 2010 to establish the rate of levy of property tax for the 2012 and 2013 fiscal year. The assessed taxable value of real property for the City of Petersburg for municipal purposes for calendar year 2012 is...

 By Shelly Pope    News    June 14, 2012

Major court house remodel underway

The Petersburg Court House has been going through some major changes and these changes are all making a positive impact on the building. “Bathrooms have been added in the main reception area,”...


Police reports

June 6 Individual reported the loss of a wallet containing credit card, debit card, Washington operators license, assorted pictures and papers and approximately $60 to $80. The Petersburg Library reported a donation container stolen. A possible...



June 6 George D. Marlow III, 25, appeared before Judge William Carey to change his plea in Count one of a second degree burglary felony; Count two of a third degree assault felony and Count three of a fourth degree criminal mischief. Marlow entered...

 By Shelly Pope    News    June 14, 2012

Council accepts $6,420 grant from Volunteer Fire Assistance Program

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry has provided the grant to assist the Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department in providing training and equipment to assist the United States Forest Service in wild land fire response and...

 By Suzanne Ashe    News    June 14, 2012

Seasonal road improvements underway in Petersburg

Several road projects are happening this summer around Petersburg. Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities has budgeted a total of $13 million for road repair, as well as other road reconstruction projects. According to Chuck...

 By Suzanne Ashe    Sports    June 14, 2012

Fast pitch softball

Petersburg hosted fast-pitch softball little league games against Sitka over the weekend. Twenty girls from Sitka made the trip to Petersburg. (Above) Molly Parks dashes toward first base after a hit...

 By Shello Pope    Dockside    June 14, 2012

Local fisherman finds unidentified yellow growth in North Harbor

Local fisherman, Ed Wood, spied a bright yellow growth on one of the pilings at the minus tide of the North Harbor Thursday morning. “I went to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and brought Bec...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 14, 2012

Sea otters are expanding throughout Southeast Alaska

Sea otters are expanding throughout Southeast Alaska and dining on crab, sea cucumbers, geoduck clams and more as they go. An ongoing study aims to track the otters, what they’re eating and where they are going – and researchers hope to get ‘gr...


Whiskey Ted, 64

Whiskey Ted lost his battle with cancer on June 6 2012. “Teddy Lee” Letcher known to many as Whiskey Ted was born to Theodore and Clair Letcher on June 4, 1948 in Tillamook, Ore. Ted, a proud...


Donald H. Luhr, 79

Donald H. Luhr, 79, took his last boat ride on June 5, 2012 after a year long battle with Mesothelioma. Don was born in Tacoma, Wash. to Frank and Laura (Bollen) Luhr on April 6, 1933. His family move...


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