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Articles from the September 19, 2013 edition

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 By Kyle Clayton    About Town    September 19, 2013

Warm Petersburg summer ties heat record

Blue skies and warm days enveloped Petersburg like seine nets to pink salmon this summer as the Southeast saw temperatures above and rainfall below average. According to National Weather Service Data, the temperature on August 1 reached 83 degrees... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    About Town    September 19, 2013

New library opens with unique modernizations

The Petersburg Library opened its doors to the public for the first time Monday. The facility boasts several new features such as a self-checkout station, a teen room and the ability to borrow... Full story

 About Town    September 19, 2013

2013 PFD to be $900

Acting Revenue Commissioner Angela Rodell announced Wednesday that the 2013 Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) will be $900. 670,865 Alaskans applied for the 2013 dividend this year – a decrease of approximately 7,000 applications from 2012. The first...

 About Town    September 19, 2013

Yesterday's News

September 20, 1913 – The Indians of Skidgate, B.C. reported having seen a new kind of sea monster while out fishing recently. This monster struggled so violently in the encounter that it all but upset the canoe, but finally was cut in two. They...

 By Kyle Clayton    About Town    September 19, 2013

Petersburg fishing industry feels the effects of record salmon harvests

Alaska’s salmon fishery harvest smashed records this season with everyone from fishermen to cannery workers feeling the tremors. Alaska’s Southeast regions pulled more than one third of the salmon stock from the waters this summer. According to...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    September 19, 2013

Petersburg vessel catches fire near Ketchikan

The Petersburg based commercial gillnet vessel Shelo caught fire on September 3 and was recently salvaged in Ketchikan. The incident happened in Nakat Inlet. Ryan Erikson, Chief of Incident Management for the U.S. Coast Guard, said the coast guard...

 By Kyle Clayton    About Town    September 19, 2013

Labor issues further stress maxed out processors

Aside from massive fish harvest, Petersburg canneries felt the added pressure of worker walkouts and no shows. This summer was the first time the companies couldn’t hire foreign student workers coming on J1 Visas after the federal government ended...

 Opinion    September 19, 2013

Letters to the Editor

Greatest resource To the Editor: I am very excited that they finished the new library. It’s going to be great to go and sit in the library to do my homework because there aren’t really that many public places to go to. You see I am a freshman in...

 About Town    September 19, 2013

Loesch awarded for 2012 editorial writing

Pilot publisher Ron Loesch was awarded an Honorable Mention for Best Editorial, non‐daily division, circulation less than 3,000, by the National Newspaper Association. The award was announced this...

 Police Reports    September 19, 2013

Police reports

September 11 A caller reported concern over an individual’s welfare. A caller reported a protective order violation. Police responded to a report of an individual creating a concern. An officer responded to a report of a window being shot. A...

 Courts    September 19, 2013


September 13 Jerry Bradford appeared before Magistrate Judge Burrell for a change of plea hearing. Bradford entered a plea of no contest for case number 1PE-1379CR. The court sentenced the defendant to 30 days of jail with 30 days suspended, a $500...

 By Kyle Clayton    About Town    September 19, 2013

PSD challenges 60 year-old state statute

Every school district in Alaska requires new or incoming students to receive physicals before starting school and most, if not all, don’t cover those costs. Most school districts in Alaska might be in violation of state statute. That’s if...

 By Kyle Clayton    About Town    September 19, 2013

Many businesses see minimal impact from summer construction

Some initial concern over the Petersburg Road Improvement Plan turned out to be less of an issue than originally anticipated. The $4.1 million dollar project began in September of 2012. According to a project report written by Bryce Iverson, SECON...

 By Kyle Clayton    About Town    September 19, 2013

Tlingit craftsman gives TED talk in Petersburg

Tommy Joseph, master woodcarver and Tlingit artist, gave a Technology, Education and Design talk in the borough assembly chambers last Thursday. Joseph talked about his experiences traveling the...

 By Brian OConnor    News    September 19, 2013

Tax proposal divides Wrangell

WRANGELL — A proposed 1.5 percent sales tax cut in the City and Borough of Wrangell has split the community ahead of an Oct. 1 vote. The borough administration sent out an informational flyer this week outlining the details of cuts approved with th...

 About Town    September 19, 2013

In-town recycling drop-off site moves

The Petersburg Borough Sanitation department removed the recycling drop-off dumpsters behind the Community Cold Storage effective Tuesday, September 17. This was in response to a long history of misuse of the site, contamination of the recyclable...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    September 19, 2013

Record salmon season good for permit brokers

Alaska’s record salmon season has permit brokers hopping as buyers seek to break into or expand their opportunities in many fisheries. Notably, brokers say there is “a lot of great buzz” at Bristol Bay, despite a lackluster sockeye fishery...

 News    September 19, 2013

Ocean acidification threatens marine life

NORMANBY ISLAND, Papua New Guinea (AP) — Katharina Fabricius plunged from a dive boat into the Pacific Ocean of tomorrow. A bleak portrait emerged: Instead of tiered jungles of branching, leafy corals, Fabricius saw mud, stubby spires and squat...

 By Kyle Clayton    Sports    September 19, 2013

Cross Country girls finish first in 3A at Wrangell meet

The PHS cross country team raced last Saturday in Wrangell. Beautiful weather brought out crowds of spectators and parents many of whom made the trip over from Petersburg for the competition. This mee...

 Obituaries    September 19, 2013

Obituary, Victor Manuel Rodriguez Santana, 77

Victor Manuel Rodriguez Santana died in Sierra Vista, Ariz. on August 25, 2013 after suffering a massive stroke in Petersburg, Alaska. Victor was born on December 30, 1935 to Jaime Rodriguez and Eleon... Full story