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 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 24, 2014

Assembly advances electric rate increase ordinance

The Petersburg Borough Assembly approved an updated electric ordinance that increases rates by four percent during the next two years. The current declining block rate structure was established more than two decades ago to encourage electric... Full story

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 24, 2014

Assembly approves Thomas Bay Power Authority transfer

The Petersburg Borough Assembly authorized Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht to sign off on the agreement between the Petersburg Borough, the City and Borough of Wrangell and the Thomas Bay Power Authority (TBPA) that transitions operation and... Full story

 
 About Town    July 24, 2014

New Sentinel and Pilot reporter

The Wrangell Sentinel welcomes its newest staff writer, Dan Rudy. Rudy recently arrived in Wrangell from Minot, N.D., where he worked as staff writer and evening editor for The Minot Daily News. He...

 
 About Town    July 24, 2014

Yesterday's News

July 25, 1914 – Workmen employed in blasting soft rock from a quarry in Connecticut recently came across a bit of rock which had been blown out about thirty feet underground which, when cracked, exposed a live worm that lived five days after it had...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    About Town    July 24, 2014

Outlook Park upgrades to begin this summer

The Parks and Recreation department will spruce up Outlook Park by landscaping and adding a bathroom, two barbecues and picnic benches. The work will take place in two phases during the next two... Full story

 
 News    July 24, 2014

New traffic signs on Mitkof Highway

A new black and white sign will designate "Headlights On At All Times" in Petersburg at the Kings Row intersection (MP 0.7) to 2.2 miles south of the South Mitkof Ferry Terminal access road (MP 26) on Mitkof Highway. The Alaska Department of...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 24, 2014

Borough assembly advances sales tax code changes

Despite some talk of changes, the Petersburg Borough Assembly again voted during Monday’s meeting to pass six ballot measures that change the borough’s sales tax code. Four of the changes involve the senior sales tax exemption, which exempts...

 
 Police Reports    July 24, 2014

Police reports

July 16 A caller informed police that an individual was not leaving their residence. A caller requested an officer to assist with an individual refusing to leave a business. A caller reported illegal camping. An officer responded to a report of an in...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 24, 2014

ADOT to present draft transportation plan in Petersburg

Alaska Department of Transportation (ADOT) staff is headed to Petersburg to discuss with the community its new Southeast Alaska Transportation Plan, which includes changes to the Alaska Marine Highway System, a Kake access road and anticipated...

 
 About Town    July 24, 2014

Borough manager's report

Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht reported the following during Monday’s assembly meeting: The borough has seen increased littering and other activity in the Frederick Point area. We have assigned officers to extra patrol efforts in the area....

 
 News    July 24, 2014

Soldier mauled by bear was wearing protective gear

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Army National Guard soldier was wearing a combat helmet and other protective gear when he was attacked by a bear while participating in a training exercise at a military base, officials said Monday. Sgt. Lucas...

 
 News    July 24, 2014

EPA proposal could block huge Alaska mine

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed restrictions Friday that would essentially block development of a planned massive gold-and-copper mine near the headwaters of a world premier salmon fishery in Alaska. The...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 24, 2014

Fish Factor: Sockeye price drops thanks to catch being millions over projections

It came as no surprise when the first price postings last week tanked for Bristol Bay sockeye salmon to $1.20 a pound, with an extra 15 cents for chilled fish. That compares to a base price of $1.50 a pound last year. The Bristol Bay catch topped 28...

 
 About Town    July 24, 2014

School News

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Tessa Hasbrouck, daughter of Terry and Sandy Hasbrouck, received the Chancellor's Leadership Award for 2014 from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The award honors graduates who contribute significant...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 24, 2014

Canadian fisheries staff move fish across blockage in Stikine tributary

Canadian officials are airlifting Chinook and sockeye salmon over a landslide that caused a barrier to salmon passage in the Tahltan River, a tributary of the Stikine. Steve Gotch, Fisheries and...