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 By Kyle Clayton    News    December 12, 2013

Borough assembly to consider electric rate increase

Petersburg Power and Light Superintendent Joe Nelson has recommended to borough officials an electric rate increase. The recommendation comes after a revenue requirement study that shows an average operational loss of $266,000 a year since 2010.... Full story

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    December 12, 2013

Vikings place second in regional tournament

The Petersburg Viking wrestling squad is taking ten of its athletes to the state tournament in Anchorage this weekend after a series of upsets and wins last weekend at the regional tournament in Sitka... Full story

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    December 12, 2013

Petersburg mental health works with high school students

Petersburg Mental Health Services will now have its own counselor present in Petersburg High School after receiving $25,000 for a suicide prevention grant. PMHS Senior Clinician Kim Kilkenny and... Full story

 
 By Compiled by Mary Koppes    About Town    December 12, 2013

Yesterday's News

December 20, 1913 – It is reported that the miners in the Forty-Mile river country witnessed pass the largest caribou herd in the history of the camp. It is said that it took the largest part of the herd four days and four nights to pass the...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    December 12, 2013

Authorities make dent in local drug trafficking

Local, state and federal authorities seized during the past year more than a quarter of a million dollars worth of controlled substances, cash and firearms related to the importation of narcotics into Petersburg. The Southeast Alaska Cities against...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    December 12, 2013

School enrollment decreases twice that of other Southeast communities

Petersburg district school enrollment numbers have decreased by 44 percent since 1997—almost double that of Wrangell and Sitka. It’s a number that Petersburg Superintendent Rob Thomason has been concerned about for some time. “It’s been a...

 
 Opinion    December 12, 2013

To the Editor

Red Kettle Campaign To the Editor: Last year, The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign raised $16,650 here in Petersburg. These donations help provide meals and shelter for families in need, Christmas toys for hundreds of Petersburg children, and...

 
 Police Reports    December 12, 2013

Police reports

December 4 A caller reported suspicious activity west of City Bridge. December 5 A caller reported stolen fuel. An officer responded to a report of a caller pushed by an individual. A caller reported a vehicle driving like a maniac. December 6 A...

 
 Courts    December 12, 2013

Courts

December 5 Darian Bliss appeared before Magistrate Judge Burrell on a littering charge. The defendant entered a plea of no contest. The court sentenced Bliss to pay a $1000 fine with $850 suspended, a $10 surcharge and 10 hours of community work...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    Sports    December 12, 2013

Petersburg girls run 5K

Sixteen 3rd through 5th grade girls participated in a finale 5K run last Saturday morning as part of the 'Girls on the Run' program. This winter is the first time the event has been held in... Full story

 
 By Kyle Clayton    About Town    December 12, 2013

Exchange student relates Thailand experiences

Petersburg High School Junior River Quitslund, returned this summer from a ten-month student exchange program in Thailand. After applying for and being accepted by the Petersburg Rotary Club's Youth...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    December 12, 2013

Burglary suspect pleads guilty to Petersburg break-ins

Brandon Estes, 20, plead guilty to six counts of Burglary in the 2nd Degree last Monday after being accused of breaking into multiple businesses around Petersburg late last summer. The six Class C felony charges are connected to AP&T, Wikan...

 
 Dockside    December 12, 2013

Stikine king preseason forecast similar to recent years

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced a preseason run size for Stikine River king salmon at 26,000 fish. Because the size of the forecast is small there will be no directed fisheries in early May. Tom Kowalske, ADFG assistant area...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    December 12, 2013

Fish Factor

It comes as no surprise that the recommendations for next year’s halibut catches are down again for all regions except Southeast Alaska. Fishery scientists with the International Pacific Halibut Commission have recommended a 2014 coast wide...

 
 By Brian OConnor    News    December 12, 2013

State ruling to change medevac insurance plans

WRANGELL — An Alaska Division of Insurance ruling will effectively cancel a widely used medical evacuation membership plan across Southeast. The ruling, issued in a letter of judgment Nov. 12, effectively invalidates the Airlift Northwest’s...

 
 About Town    December 12, 2013

Printmaking in the library

Local artists Pia Reilly and Susan Christensen were among the participants in a printmaking class presented by the Petersburg Public Library and taught by acclaimed Seattle artist Mette Hansen....

 
 About Town    December 12, 2013

First Friday art receptions

The new oil paintings of Joe Viechnicki were featured at Miele Gallery on Friday night....

 
 About Town    December 12, 2013

First Friday art receptions

Don & Kären Cornelius shared the walls of Wild Celery to show their latest works for First Friday....

 
 Obituaries    December 12, 2013

Fr. James R. Blaney, OMI, 76,

Fr. James R. Blaney, OMI, 76, died on December 4, 2013 in Sitka, Alaska after a brief illness. At the time of his death he was serving as the pastor of St. Gregory Nazianzen Catholic Church in Sitka.... Full story

 
 By Brian OConnor    News    December 12, 2013

TBPA resolution unanimously approved

WRANGELL — The council voted 5-0 to approve a resolution that would begin the process of moving the Thomas Bay Power Authority-run Tyee Lake facility over to the Southeast Alaska Power Agency. The resolution reflects a draft resolution approved at... Full story

 
 
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