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Articles from the July 17, 2014 edition

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 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 17, 2014

South Nordic road construction delayed

The South Nordic Drive construction project that had been planned to kick off this fall likely won’t begin until spring 2015. Alaska Department of Transportation (ADOT) project manager Keith Karpstein said the delay came after securing nearly 100... Full story

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 17, 2014

No criminal charges yet filed against man injured by explosives

A 59-year-old Petersburg man was injured Sunday afternoon in the borough rock quarry after handling what explosive experts have identified as Tovex - a commercial grade explosive typically used for bl... Full story

 
 About Town    July 17, 2014

Yesterday's News

July 18, 1914 – With the coming of the new federal reserve banking system will come new styles of paper money. Under the bank act each of the twelve federal reserve banks will receive advances from the federal reserve in the form of federal...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 17, 2014

911 surcharge increase to help fund police remodel

Monthly Enhanced 911 (E911) surcharges will increase to $2 a month for Petersburg Borough cellphone users if the Borough Assembly approves the rate increase as an ordinance during the next assembly meeting. The funds will help finance maintenance on... Full story

 
 By Kyle Clayton    Dockside    July 17, 2014

Seine fishery closes Hidden Falls harvest area

The Southeast Seine fishery is performing as expected despite a closure last week, said Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) biologist Dan Gray. “As expected, we have a fairly low pink salmon forecast and it’s early yet in the development...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 17, 2014

E-waste program prevents environmental contamination

Petersburg Indian Association is accepting E-waste through August 30 in an effort to prevent harmful elements that exist in electronics, such lead and mercury, from entering the environment. "This is...

 
 Police Reports    July 17, 2014

Police reports

July 9 A caller reported a possible trespass. A caller reported a vehicle going into a ditch. A caller reported credit card fraud. A caller reported a boat on fire near the ferry terminal. The fire department was paged. Police received a report of a...

 
 Courts    July 17, 2014

Courts

July 10 Clifford Squartsoff appeared before Magistrate Judge Burrell for a Petition to Revoke Probation. The defendant entered a denial. The court scheduled further proceedings. John Martin appeared before Magistrate Judge Burrell on charges of...

 
 Dockside    July 17, 2014

Kake hatchery set to close this month

PETERSBURG, Alaska (AP) — The hatchery in the southeast Alaska community of Kake is scheduled to close Monday, though it remains possible that a regional hatchery group could still take it over. The Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture...

 
 Dockside    July 17, 2014

Herring return in significant numbers to Auke Bay

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Pacific herring are returning to Auke Bay to spawn in the most significant numbers seen in decades. Whether the fishery is becoming healthier won't be seen until scientists see if the eggs are fertilized and if they...

 
 News    July 17, 2014

Broad climate-change research in Southeast Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Southeast Alaska's watersheds are changing quickly, and researchers are working to figure out how, why, and what those changes mean. Sanjay Pyare, Assistant Professor of Geographic Information Systems and Landscape Ecology,...

 
 News    July 17, 2014

Sunday is deadline to register to vote for primary

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Sunday is the deadline to register to vote, update voter information or change party affiliation ahead of next month's primary. Regional offices of the Division of Elections, in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Nome and Wasilla,...

 
 News    July 17, 2014

Juneau lays off staff to meet $6M budget deficit

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A new fiscal year means layoffs for Juneau, where the combined city and borough was dealing with a $6 million deficit. Juneau has cut the equivalent of 12 fulltime employees as of Tuesday. KTOO reports other employees have...

 
 News    July 17, 2014

Flood warning after Juneau glacial outburst

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Water crept up on homes and closed roads and popular hiking trails Friday, as residents braced for possible record flooding after the release of water from a glacially dammed...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 17, 2014

Fish Factor: Unmanned gliders used to study ocean acidification

Ocean chemists are calling it “revolutionary technology” as unmanned gliders track how melting glaciers may be intensifying corrosive waters in Prince William Sound. “It’s been hugely successful. We’ve flown these things all over inside...

 
 News    July 17, 2014

Floating strip club navigates regulatory trouble

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A new attraction on Alaska's Kodiak Island features exotic dancers who entertain fishermen on a converted Bering Sea crabbing boat dubbed the “Wild Alaskan” — and it's already encountered choppy regulatory seas....

 
 News    July 17, 2014

Well-known humpback whale killed in boat collision

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Federal law enforcement officials are investigating after a 48-foot female whale well-known in the waters of southeast Alaska was killed in a collision with a boat. A tour-boat operator found the whale, which had been seen in...