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 By Shelly Pope    News    July 19, 2012

Council discusses sales tax increase

The Petersburg City Council discussed raising the sales tax cap from $1,200 to $1,700 at a work session Thursday evening. Citywide sales for the fiscal year 2012 were $95,570,231.29 and after exemptions the total sales were $2,752,594.84, which is... Full story

 By Shelly Pope    News    July 19, 2012

North Harbor $2.2 million over budget

Engineering plans show that the North Harbor project is projected to cost $2.2 million more than the $7 million that has been budgeted. Petersburg City Manager Stephen Giesbrecht stated this oversight in his report to the City Council Monday... Full story

 By Shelly Pope    News    July 19, 2012

Are properties in Scow Bay being assessed too low?

City officials and members of the Finance Committee have had concerns that the properties in Scow Bay, including the Reid property, have been assessed too low. This question is posed because the... Full story


A rare July lightshow

The northern lights made a rare midsummer appearance over the weekend. This shot was taken around 1 am Sunday morning from a home at around 2 mile, Mitkof Hwy....


Yesterday News

July 21, 1982 - The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities and The Boeing Company have announced the schedule for the forthcoming free demonstration of the Boeing Jetfoil in eleven...


Report faults ferry captain for accident

ANCHORAGE (AP) — The captain of a state ferry made a maneuvering error in strong currents that couldn't be corrected before the Matanuska slammed into a seafood company's dock when sailing into Petersburg. Those are the findings of state report...

 By Ron Loesch    About Town    July 19, 2012

Matching Book-end

Two mature bald eagles rest upon a rocky reef just south of the Five Fingers Lighthouse on Tuesday....

 By Ron Loesch    News    July 19, 2012

Shoreline pod

A large pod of up to a dozen Orca Whales fished the shoreline of Cape Strait on Tuesday....


Police reports

July 11 An officer requested help for a possible intoxicated individual who had been asked to leave establishment four times. A suspicious person was reported to be urinating in the parking lot at the ferry terminal. Police assisted a person on to...



District Court July 12 Kristoffer A. Norheim, 23, appeared before Magistrate Desiree Burrell for a status hearing regarding petition to revoke probation. Susan R. Shorey, 22, appeared before Magistrate Desiree Burrell for an arraignment hearing on a...

 By Suzanne Ashe    News    July 19, 2012

Curry leaves PVOA post after 6 years

Petersburg is filled with fishermen, who spend much of the year fishing and don’t have the time or opportunity to voice concerns regarding the heavily-regulated industry. This is where...

 By Shelly Pope    News    July 19, 2012

Council awards bids for city projects

The Petersburg City Council awarded a $36,397 bid to Urban Accessories for the purchase of 20 medallions to be used in the Petersburg Road Improvement Project. One of these new medallions will be cast in the design of the new Petersburg logo. The...


Bike Rodeo teaches safety first

The Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department and The Trading Union teamed up to host the Safety Bike Rodeo Saturday. Safe Routes to School of the Alaska Department of Transportation had representati...

 By Shelly Pope    News    July 19, 2012

Library project estimated lower than budgeted

A resolution was passed unanimously by the council at Monday night’s meeting, reducing the amount of funds to be bonded for the library project from $1.5 to $1.3 million. Voters of the City of Petersburg authorized the City to incur debt and issue...

 By Shelly Pope    News    July 19, 2012

2012 Election dates are set

The annual Municipal Election will be held Tuesday, Oct. 2. The first day to file for candidacy is Tuesday, July 24. “To date, there is one approved ballot proposal,” Petersburg City Clerk Kathy O'Rear said. “That is to withdraw from the...

 By shelly pope    News    July 19, 2012

Hospital roof project bid awarded

The bid for the medical center roof replacement base bid and all alternates has been awarded to Silverbow Construction in the amount of $469,600. Petersburg Hospital Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Woodyard states that the roofing project is...


Archery tournament

Perched on a log, young Blaise Cowan takes aim at a 3 dimensional deer target during the annual Devils Thumb Archery Tournament at the Jack Hicks Memorial Archery Range. Over 80 people of all ages...


Fish Factor

The red salmon catch at Bristol Bay is on its way to 20 million fish and will very likely go higher, due to a strong run of more than 30 million fish. The reds were still surging into the region’s five big rivers and should serve to boost the...

 By Greg Knight    News    July 19, 2012

Acteson named new Power Agency chief

A former manager at Chugach Electric Association in Anchorage has been tapped as the new head of the Southeast Alaska Power Agency. SEAPA’s Board of Directors hired Trey Acteson as their new Chief Executive Officer at the agency, which provides...

 By Ron Loesch    About Town    July 19, 2012

LeConte Overlook

Bergie-bits and ice bergs float out of LeConte Bay behind Camp Island last Sunday in this view from LeConte Outlook on the Three Lakes Loop Road....


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