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 By Ron Loesch    News    September 13, 2012

Chief Agner questions refusal to prosecute by DA

Police Chief Jim Agner told the Petersburg Rotary Club Wednesday that he believed cases involving persons on the lower socio-economic level are not being prosecuted by the District Attorney’s Office in Juneau. Without going into specifics, Agner... Full story

 By Suzanne Ashe    About Town    September 13, 2012

Master carver visits

Master carver Tommy Joseph poses near the Main Street totem poles which he carved for the city in 2000. Joseph last week during the Tongass Rainforest Festival taught Carving Halibut Hooks, a 13-hour...

 By Shelly Pope    News    September 13, 2012

Council has chosen a site for new Police Station

The Petersburg City Council chose a new home for the Police Department from six different sites Tuesday, Sept. 4. The land that has been selected sits on the west side of the fire station and has been evaluated by the City's architect Wayne Jensen... Full story

 News    September 13, 2012

Yesterday's News

September 8, 1982 - It was a fluke that so many coho returned to Crystal Lake hatchery this early in the year, but it made about 75 people very happy. Those were the people who made it out to Crystal Lake Hatchery before the supply of free coho ran o...

 By Shelly Pope    News    September 13, 2012

SEAPA to study hydrogen production

The Southeast Alaska Power Agency is preparing a grant application to study the feasibility of hydrogen production and storage as an alternative to underutilized hydro. In a letter written to the Alaska Energy Authority by Petersburg Mayor Al Dwyer,... Full story

 By Shelly Pope    News    September 13, 2012

Petersburg goes another round with vandals

The Petersburg gun range, near Papke’s Landing, recently was vandalized by gunfire. Petersburg Rod and Gun Club President, Chris Cotta, discovered the damage when he took his sons out to do some...

 Opinion    September 13, 2012

Letters to the editor

Last trip as Representative To the Editor: I have trips to Petersburg and Sitka coming up, this will likely be for the last time as the representative for District 2. If there are issues that I might be able to help with, or thoughts on new...

 By Ron Loesch    Opinion    September 13, 2012

Editorial: Go to trial

After only one month on the job, Petersburg’s newly appointed Assistant District Attorney Nicholas Polasky is already facing criticism from Petersburg Police Chief Jim Agner for failing to prosecute a case of a stolen television. Since the case...

 News    September 13, 2012

$10,000 reward offered for power outage vandals

A $10,000 reward is being offered by The Southeast Alaska Power Agency (‘SEAPA’) for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the vandal, or vandals, responsible for causing an hour-long, region-wide power outage on Sunday, August 19,...

 Police Reports    September 13, 2012

Police reports

September 5 A disabled vehicle was reported at 1200 Haugen Drive. September 6 A bicycle was abandoned in a ditch for two or three days on Wrangell Avenue. Public Works responded to the report of a hole in the bridge on Sing Lee Alley. An officer...

 Courts    September 13, 2012


September 11 Britt Charles Banry, 25, appeared before Magistrate Desiree Burrell for a representation hearing and arraignment. Banry changed his plea to no contest on one count of unsworn falsification; one count of not having the appropriate...

 By Shelly Pope    About Town    September 13, 2012

Art on first Friday is fun for all

Petersburg’s First Friday Art Walk was a great success and brought many into town to appreciate the talent that Petersburg has to offer. Miele Gallery and Framing put the focus on Susan Christensen...

 By Shelly Pope    News    September 13, 2012

Petersburg Child Care Center pleads for CIP placement

Petersburg Child Care Center board vice president, Kim Kilkenny asked the Petersburg City Council to place the organization on the Capital Improvement Projects list during the regular council meeting Tuesday, Sept. 4. “The PCC is running very...

 By Shelly Pope    News    September 13, 2012

Council prioritizes capital improvements projects

Petersburg Police Station and North Harbor projects will stay at the top of the City Council’s list for state funding. During a work session of the Petersburg City Council Monday afternoon, council members discussed which projects they would like...

 By Shelly Pope    About Town    September 13, 2012

Trading Union sends donation to Wounded Warriors Program

The Trading Union worked hard over the last two months to support the Wounded Warrior Program. The program was created to help wounded soldiers returning from war and TU did its part to make sure the...

 By Shelly Pope    News    September 13, 2012

Council approves feasibility study

A resolution to support the City of Petersburg’s application to the Alaska Energy Authority’s renewable energy fund to allow a feasibility study evaluating renewable heating systems for certain public buildings was passed unanimously by the...

 By Shelly Pope    Sports    September 13, 2012

Petersburg team takes 12th in Klondike Road Relay

The Petersburg Smashanuskas finished 12th overall and eighth in their category in a field of 123 teams in the Klondike Road Relay last week. The runners completed this 10-leg, 109 mile overnight race...

 By Shelly Pope    Sports    September 13, 2012

Cross Country Girls take 2nd in Craig

The Viking Cross Country team traveled to Craig over the weekend where the girls finished in second place. Petersburg's girls came in behind Ketchikan in this small meet of eight teams consisting of 33 girls and 42 boys. “The girls are running...

 By Suzanne Ashe    About Town    September 13, 2012

Petersburg old ‘Tent City’ goes to the dogs

It wasn’t quite raining cats and dogs, but it certainly was raining on Sunday at the opening of the new Public Dog Park sponsored by Petersburg Humane Association. About a dozen PHA volunteers, pet...

 By Shelly Pope    News    September 13, 2012

Final change for the water and sewer reconstruction

The fourth and final change order for the water and sewer reconstruction project has been approved by the Petersburg City Council. This change rectifies actual project quantities of various bid items, as well as, the addition of three items not...

 By Ron Loesch    About Town    September 13, 2012

Humpbacks feeding

Flocks of gulls surround a lunge-feeding humpback as he turns on his side, exposing his pectoral fin....

 News    September 13, 2012

Forest Service mourns passing of district ranger

THORNE BAY — The Thorne Bay Ranger District is mourning the loss of District Ranger Kent Nicholson, who passed away unexpectedly last weekend at his home on Prince of Wales Island. Although...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    September 13, 2012

Fish Factor

As Alaska’s salmon season winds down, selling the bulk of the harvest gears up for seafood companies that purchased the pack. “This is the season for negotiations, you might say,” said salmon guru Gunnar Knapp, longtime fisheries economist at...

 Dockside    September 13, 2012

AK fisherman adrift in plastic fish bin survives

SITKA, (AP) — A southeast Alaska fisherman who spent a night adrift in a 4-by-4 foot plastic fish bin after his boat sank says he survived by giving himself pep talks and singing ``Rudolf, the Red-Nosed Reindeer'' and ``Row, Row, Row Your Boat.''...

 Dockside    September 13, 2012

Fall brown bear season opens September 15th, 2012

(Sitka) — The brown bear hunting season in Game Management Unit 4 (GMU 4) opens September 15, 2012. The season is scheduled to run through December 31, 2012. Hunters must obtain a locking big game tag, valid hunting license, and current...


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