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 By Greg Knight    News    June 21, 2012

Rea terminated by recalled WMC Board

wrangell — In what was their final meeting as an elected quorum, the Wrangell Medical Center Board of Directors terminated the contract of WMC CEO Noel Rea on Wednesday, June 20. The dismissal came... Full story

 By Shelly Pope    News    June 21, 2012

Petersburg Police swear in new officer

Randy Holmgrain, a longtime Petersburg resident returns home to his family and the Petersburg Police Department. Holmgrain was sworn in as the new police officer Wednesday, June 20. “My family and... Full story


Yesterday's News

June 23, 1982 - Four years after its formation, the Faith Christian Fellowship Church has got a pastor. When Bill Kleiner moved his family to Petersburg in late May, he brought more than plans of becoming the church’s first pastor-he brought plans...

 By Shelly Pope    News    June 21, 2012

School Board wraps up 2011-12 school year

The Petersburg Public Schools wrapped up the year with the last board meeting of 2011-12 on Tuesday. “We have great kids, a great staff and everything is moving to a positive future for us,” Petersburg City School Superintendent Rob Thomason...


CSI Petersburg

Investigator Kalin Rosse takes area kids through a potential crime scene during a Crime Scene Investigation program that was sponsored jointly by the Petersburg Public Library and the Petersburg...

 By Shelly Pope    News    June 21, 2012

USCGC Elderberry back in service

The United States Coast Guard Cutter Elderberry came out of dry dock May 7 after 12 weeks of scheduled maintenance. This maintenance was performed at the Base Support Unit Ketchikan Marine Ways. USCGC...


Police reports

June 13 An abandoned vehicle on the road was reported on N. 14th Street. Possible illegal camping was reported at Sandy Beach Park. Extra patrol was requested at Magill’s. A vehicle with no brake lights was reported on Haugen Drive. A minor vehicle...



June 14 Keith Allen Hanson, 21, appeared before Deputy Magistrate Cris Morrison on three counts of vehicle theft; one count of driving under the influence; one count of criminal trespass; one count of driving with license cancelled/suspended or...

 By Shelly Pope    News    June 21, 2012

Cold water a possible factor with low fish return

The Crystal Lake Hatchery began operation in Petersburg in 1973 and is one of the oldest operating hatcheries in southeast Alaska. “This hatchery was started as a sport fish hatchery,” Crystal...


Ombudsman: Problems with OCS grievance process

JUNEAU (AP) — The process for filing complaints with the state Office of Children's Services, or OCS, is cumbersome and ineffective and should be rewritten, an investigative arm of the Alaska Legislature has found. The state Ombudsman, in a report...


Ocean acidification soon to be measured by fishermen deployed bouys

Thanks to a nearly $3 million show of support from the state, high tech buoys will soon be measuring ocean acidity levels year ‘round,  and Alaska fishermen will play an important role in the research. Basic chemistry proves that ocean waters...


Jonathan C. Ness, 61

Jonathan Carl Ness, 61, passed away on June 8, 2012 in Petersburg, Alaska. He was born on August 15, 1950 in Petersburg, Alaska to Leo and Ruth Ness. Jon was the second son and younger brother to...


Beatrice “Bea” Erickson, 93

Bea died peacefully on February 24, 2012 at Good Shepard’s Nursing Home in Mesa, Ariz. Bea touched many lives and will be remembered fondly by those who knew her. Beatrice “Bea” Erickson was...


Clean sweep: WMC board whittled to one member

WRANGELL — In the end, the special election to recall 8 members of the Wrangell Medical Center Board of Directors accomplished what it set out to do – removal of all those facing recall. The recall, which evolved from an effort spearheaded by...


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