Articles from the October 18, 2012 edition

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 By Shelly Pope    News    October 18, 2012

Jensen and Koenigs to run for Borough Mayor

Petersburg City Councilors Mark Jensen and Don Koenigs have filed with the Division of Elections to run for the position of Borough Assembly Mayor. “This is my sixth year on the council and I’ve b... Full story

 By Shelly Pope    News    October 18, 2012

Contract renewed for City Manager

The Petersburg City Council unanimously approved a renewal contract for Petersburg City Manager, Steve Giesbrecht, during its regular meeting Monday evening. The current contract held an annual salary of $105,000 and with the renewal, Giesbrecht’s... Full story

 By Shelly Pope    Sports    October 18, 2012

Petersburg swimmers capture fifth place in Juneau

The Petersburg Viking swimmers traveled to Juneau over the weekend to compete against Juneau Douglas, Ketchikan, Thunder Mountain and Sitka. The Viking team, as a whole, finished in fifth place for... Full story

 By Shelly Pope    News    October 18, 2012

SEAPA CEO explains single plant operator for Tyee and Swan Lake

The possibility of streamlining the operations of Thomas Bay Power Authority and Ketchikan Power Utility into a single operator was brought before the Petersburg City Council Monday evening. “The operations and management report was commissioned...

 About Town    October 18, 2012

Yesterday's News

October 20, 1982- An unfamiliar building, a strange view from the front window, a new bed-it can be disquieting to an adult, let alone a child. Maria Estelle, director of the Petersburg Children’s Center, is getting nervous thinking about helping...

 By Ron Loesch    News    October 18, 2012

$245,000 energy grant allows city to improve energy efficiency of public buildings

Using a $245,000 grant from the Alaska Energy Authority, the City of Petersburg improved the energy efficiency of their city shop building, harbor office, Scow Bay fire hall and the community gym. According to Community Development Director Leo...

 By Shelly Pope    News    October 18, 2012

Hoag sworn into empty council seat

John Hoag was appointed to the recently vacated seat of John Jensen during the regular meeting of the Petersburg City Council Monday evening and immediately took his position. Appointments of vice mayor and committee members were taken care of at...

 By Ron Loesch    Opinion    October 18, 2012


It’s no wonder borough formation efforts have taken more than 10 years to culminate in a determining vote in December. Initial council discussions over borough formation began about 2002 as the body debated whether to annex land into the city’s...

 Opinion    October 18, 2012

Letters to the Editor

More borough government To the Editor: Is now the time for more government? It sounds like the City of Petersburg is having trouble rounding up candidates for the proposed borough Assembly. Who would be foolish enough to sit on an Assembly that is...

 Police Reports    October 18, 2012

Police reports

October 10 Harbor representative requested a vehicle be impounded for overtime parking. An individual allegedly violated court conditions at Nordic Drive and Dolphin Street. October 11 A driver was speeding while texting on Rambler Street. A request...

 Courts    October 18, 2012


October 15 Jace H. Cunningham, 30, appeared before Judge William Carey for an arraignment on the charges of seven counts of third degree assault – cause fear of injury with a weapon; one count of driving under the influence; one count of refusal...

 By Shelly Pope    About Town    October 18, 2012

Petersburg Bible church welcomes new pastor

Petersburg Bible Church welcomes Demer Webb as a new pastor for the growing congregation. Webb and wife, Dana, have been married for 14 years and have three children, Ethan, 10, Ella, 7 and Elijah,...

 By Shelly Pope    News    October 18, 2012

Curry makes last ditch plea for fishing infrastructure

Outgoing Petersburg Vessel Owners Association executive director Julianne Curry approached the Petersburg City Council with the possibility of putting commercial fishing projects at the top of the capital improvement projects list in the future. “I...

 News    October 18, 2012

Moose hunting season closes

Moose Hunt Results (End of Season) Mitkof 4 Thomas Bay 4 Stikine River 16 (2) Kake 20 (2) Kupreanof 5 Farragut Bay 5 (1) Etolin Is. 1 Kuiu 1 Port Houghton 2 Wrangell 1 Bradfield Canal 2 Zarembo 1...

 By Shelly Pope    News    October 18, 2012

City hears results of alcohol abuse survey

Alaska Island Community Services teamed up with Petersburg Mental Health Services to perform a study regarding underage drinking and adult heavy and binge drinking. Alaska Island Community Services program evaluator Desiree Shepler, relayed results...

 News    October 18, 2012

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month

JUNEAU (AP) — Gov. Sean Parnell has proclaimed October to be Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Alaska. Since taking office, combatting domestic violence and sexual assault has been a part of Parnell's legislative agenda. He has called the...

 About Town    October 18, 2012

Beat the odds

The young family of Carin Christensen and Emil Tucker approach the finish line at the Community Gym during Saturday Morning’s Beat the Odds Race Against Cancer....

 By Shelly Pope    News    October 18, 2012

City Manager says, forward questions to Election Division

City official continue to handle questions regarding the borough election issues. These issues are being forwarded to the two State agencies involved in the election, the Election Division and Alaska Public Officials Office, APOC. “The State is...

 By Shelly Pope    News    October 18, 2012

Downtown road construction continues

The Petersburg Road Improvement Project continues along Nordic Drive and Dolphin Street. Construction progress to date includes all phase one drain pipes and storm drain structures on Dolphin Street and Nordic Drive, including the Dolphin Street...

 News    October 18, 2012

Bear mauling victim found on Alaska island

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Human remains found ravaged by one or more brown bears on a southeast Alaska island are likely from a Sitka man overdue on a boating trip, Sitka police said Monday. Police confirmed the death Sunday and said remains found on Chicha...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    October 18, 2012

Fish Factor

State fishery managers are asking for input from Alaskans to help solve the case of disappearing king salmon. A letter went out last week from Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Cora Campbell inviting stakeholders to a two day symposium...

 Dockside    October 18, 2012

New USCG cutter arrives in Southeast

Southeast Alaska received a new Coast Guard cutter last week. Coast Guard Sector Juneau personnel welcomed the crew of the USCG Cutter Chandeleur during a ceremony at the Buoy Deck in Juneau on...

 By Shelly Pope    News    October 18, 2012

Tate requests athletic opportunities for middle school

Dan Tate, father and employee of Petersburg City Schools spoke with the Petersburg City Schools Board to add athletic programs to the middle school. “I had the opportunity to chaperone 19 middle school students from the running club to...

 By Shelly Pope    About Town    October 18, 2012

Fire prevention education

Members of the Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department visited the kindergarten at Stedman Elementary School to teach about fire safety and safe practices in case of fire. Above, Mike Turland in full... Full story

 Opinion    October 18, 2012


Eva, a longtime resident of Anchorage passed away peacefully of natural causes October 2012. Surrounded by her loving family at Alaska Regional Hospital.  Eva was born in Petersburg to Jesse Woods, (Berkeley), Keanu and John Keanu Sr. on March 8,...