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Future uncertain for Rasmus Enge Memorial bridge

The Rasmus Enge Memorial bridge on Sing Lee Alley might prove to be beyond repair after officials pull planks and inspect the stringers underneath. Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht said the borough... Full story


Landfill prepares for incoming North Harbor dredge material

The Petersburg Landfill is selling its scrap metal as it clears the way for more than 40,000 cubic yards of dredge material that will come from the North Harbor. Karl Hagerman, Petersburg Public... Full story


Commercial Fisheries set record week Pink harvest

Petersburg seine fisheries are bustling this season as commercial fishermen netted record-breaking pink salmon numbers last week. Petersburg’s Troy Thynes, Alaska Fish and Game Commercial Fisheries Biologist, said the pink harvest is doing well thr... Full story


Yesterday's News

August 2, 1913 – Hans Pruschoff, the most daring local hunter and trapper returned from an extended trip covering some three months or more. Hans said that he had had a hard trip, although he does not look it, but of course his friends take his...


Senator Murkowski visits with Petersburg Residents

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski and Petersburg residents had a conversation Tuesday night in the Sons of Norway Hall about community, regional and state issues. The first subject Murkowski brought up was...

 By Ron Loesch    Opinion    August 8, 2013

Editorial: Let the police chief set the speed

The speed limit on Sandy Beach Road should not be established by a referendum, or a public opinion poll. The police chief needs to set the speed based on hard facts, not from a volley of public comments. In the name of public safety a few...


Anchorage artist showcased during Petersburg First Friday Art Show

Miele Gallery and Framing featured Barbara Lavallee paintings during its August 1 show. Some of her work includes paintings of Alaska Native village life. Lavallee’s first job in Alaska was...


Letters to the Editor

PSAB Questions To the Editor: The Public Safety Advisory Board and Petersburg Police Department by a request from the public, are seeking responses on the following questions: 1. Should the speed limit on Sandy Beach Road from 14th St. to LDS Drive...


Police reports

July 31 A caller reported a cabin burned down along Petersburg Creek. A caller reported an individual violating a protective order. Officers spoke to kids on roof of Excel St. building after a caller reported someone walking around the back of a...


State estimates final cost of Ocean Beauty ferry crash

The Alaska Department of Transportation estimates Ocean Beauty’s insurance claim to be between $2.5 to $4 million. ADOT is still waiting to hear from Ocean Beauty Seafood’s insurance carrier regar...

 By Greg Knight    News    August 8, 2013

Fire destroys Allen mill July 30 in Wrangell

WRANGELL — A fire destroyed the Allen mill site on Tuesday, July 30, leaving Mike Allen’s business venture a smoking heap of twisted metal and burnt lumber – and saw the largest response from...


Alaska Permanent Fund ends year with $44.9B value

JUNEAU (AP) — The Alaska Permanent Fund posted its highest year-ending balance, with a preliminary value of $44.9 billion. While the fund has reached higher levels during the year — its unaudited value as of Thursday was $46.3 billion — it has...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    August 8, 2013

Fish Factor- Alaska's largest fishery gets underway in winter

Holy Oncorhynchus! Any doubts about the brand power of Alaska salmon can be put to rest after the high visibility contretemps over the past few weeks – and the fish story has a happy ending. All of Alaska’s ‘powers that be’ converged on...


Whale Watchers view hundreds of humpbacks in Frederick Sound

The same warm summer weather that killed 1,000 King salmon two weeks ago in Blind Slough is also contributing to a larger than average presence of humpback whales in Frederick Sound. Barry Bracken, re...


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