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 By Kyle Clayton    About Town    December 5, 2013

Owner ordered to repair or raze home in 30 days

The Petersburg borough assembly ordered Fred Triem and Karen Ellingstad to repair or demolish their property at 1011 Wrangell Avenue after a non-compliance hearing last Monday and colorful testimony given by Triem, which included a threat to engage... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    About Town    December 5, 2013

Golden king crab prices well above average

Golden king crab harvests are slightly down this season but prices for the shellfish are well above average. According to Alaska Department of Fish and Game data, the current golden crab price average is $10.10 per pound. That’s more than $2 more p... Full story

 About Town    December 5, 2013

Yesterday's News

December 13, 1913 – In the line of fish, Alaska has brought out almost every kind and has always found a ready market for its products, Petersburg has taken part to a large extent in furnishing a great deal of the supply. Now comes the news that W....

 By Kyle Clayton    About Town    December 5, 2013

Bob Lynn to fill vacant seat on borough assembly

The Petersburg borough assembly unanimously voted in Bob Lynn by paper ballot to serve on the assembly seat left vacant by Sue Flint after she stepped down in early November. Lynn served on the committee charged with developing the borough charter th... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    About Town    December 5, 2013

Police station, municipal remodel plans to commence

The Petersburg Borough Assembly is moving ahead with design work to remodel the police station and the municipal building. Prior grant funds cover $65,444 of the estimated $91,560 design cost. The...

 By Ron Loesch Publisher    About Town    December 5, 2013

Editorial: Release the entire document to the public

The Petersburg Medical Center is asking the Borough for financial assistance with capital project expenses. This has caused the Assembly members to ask questions about the operations of the hospital concerning everything from the administrator’s...

 By Kyle Clayton    About Town    December 5, 2013

No new charges against Petersen, trial date set

Long time Petersburg resident and former school district employee Tye Leif Petersen, 45, plead not guilty during an arraignment held in U.S. District Court on three charges involving child pornography. Petersen was arrested late October after...

 Police Reports    December 5, 2013

Police reports

November 27 A caller reported an individual screaming profanities. A caller reported a vehicle left in the middle of the parking lot last night on South Nordic and Dock Street. Police received report of the caller’s neighbor’s door being ajar...

 Courts    December 5, 2013


November 27 Beth Moreland appeared before Magistrate Judge Burrell for a change of plea hearing. Moreland entered a guilty plea on the charge of Driving Under the Influence. The court sentenced the defendant to 45 days in jail with 42 days...

 By Kyle Clayton    Sports    December 5, 2013

Vikings finish strong in tournaments

Eight Petersburg Viking wrestlers placed at the Pilot Invitational in Juneau the weekend before last. DJ Toyomura, John Brooks and Billy Ware took first place in their respective weight classes....

 By Kyle Clayton    About Town    December 5, 2013

Borough assembly releases redacted memo

The Petersburg Borough Assembly released to the public a redacted memorandum regarding some assembly member concerns and questions about Petersburg Medical Clinic policy making and its relationship to the borough. The memo was written by James...

 About Town    December 5, 2013

Borough manager's report

Petersburg borough manager Steve Giesbrecht reported the following during its November 25 meeting: Work continues on the new electric system for the North Harbor. Peak usage on the Southeast Alaska Power Agency system is significant with the cold...

 About Town    December 5, 2013

Braun, Klein to wed

Duke and Kate Klein and Rick and Sue Braun, announce the engagement of their children, Shawna Noelle Klein and Ian Fraser Braun. The couple are graduates of Northern Arizona University, Shawna with a...

 By Brian O Connor    News    December 5, 2013

Wrangell moves toward SEAPA operation at Tyee

WRANGELL — The borough assembly voted 5-0 Tuesday night on a draft resolution which — if approved next week — could begin the process of putting Tyee Lake operations in the hands of the Southeast Alaska Power Agency. Assembly members...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    December 5, 2013

Fish Factor: Will Alaska's halibut catches be cut again?

Will Alaska’s halibut catches be cut again next year? That’s the big question as the industry braces for the International Pacific Halibut Commission’s interim meeting this week in Seattle. By all accounts, there appear to be lots of halibut...

 Obituaries    December 5, 2013

Obituary, Ronald Divers Watson, 80

Ronald Divers Watson, 80 of Manson Washington died November 23rd after a year of poor health. Ron started life in Everett, Washington. In his youth, he delivered papers for the Seatle Post... Full story

 About Town    December 5, 2013

Pilot writer wins 2013 Hearst feature writing contest

Kyle Clayton won first place in the 54th annual William Randolph Hearst Journalism Awards Program, often called the “Pulitzer Prize of College Journalism.” Clayton’s article is a first person account of his time spent as a medic in the army... Full story