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 By Mary Koppes    News    August 27, 2015 

Voters to consider financial disclosure for a second time

The Petersburg Borough Assembly met on Thursday, Aug. 20, instead of their regularly Monday meeting, and took on a light agenda. An ordinance to create a local exemption to the state’s financial disclosure requirement for some public officials pass... Full story

 By Mary Koppes and Dan Rud    News    August 27, 2015 

Southeast pink salmon price low, harvest low

Of an estimated 58 million pink salmon harvest for 2015, so far seiners have netted less than half that, some 26 million by the end of last week. "We are not even coming close (to projections),"... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    August 27, 2015 

16 candidates declared to fill 21 board vacancies

Sixteen local residents have declared candidacy for local boards and commissions. Six seats remain open. The only contested seat is on the Harbor Board where three candidates have filed to fill two... Full story

 By Jess Field    News    August 27, 2015 

New school year right around the corner

Student registration is well underway for the Petersburg School District, and so far the number of students signing up is encouraging for the Aug. 31 start of classes. "We've registered 18 new kids...

 By Jess Field    News    August 27, 2015 

Activities director discusses budget cuts, 2A reclassification

For Jaime Cabral, pulling double duty as the Petersburg High School and Middle School activities director means being more involved with students and community. But dealing with budget cuts handed down from the State Legislature can make overseeing 2...

 By Jess Field    News    August 27, 2015 

Dodson joins the Police Department

Officer John Dodson, 26, is the newest member of the Petersburg Police Department, having recently moved here from Kansas. He has experience working for the National Parks Service and began his law...

 News    August 27, 2015 

Rainforest Islands Ferry starts service this Friday

The Rainforest Islands Ferry is now taking reservations and service is scheduled to begin on Friday, Aug. 28, according to Kent Miller, manager of the North End Ferry Authority. The ferry passed Coast Guard inspection late last week, and operated...

 News    August 27, 2015 

Officials limit wolf harvest in southeast Alaska to 9

KETCHIKAN (AP) — Due to a lower estimate of the number of wolves in southeast Alaska, state and federal managers have reduced the combined limit for the federal subsistence and state general hunts to nine wolves in the area. In Game Management 2,...

 By Jess Field    News    August 27, 2015 

Cannery workers reflect on season in Petersburg

Steven Missouri, 28, has worked in Alaska for a couple seasons. This was his first year with PFI and he leaves Thursday to return to a job doing freezer plates on a Dutch Harbor vessel. He got in...

 By Jess Field    News    August 27, 2015 

Early morning fire damages Frederick Drive property

Early Saturday morning, police dispatch received a call from a home owner reporting a garage on fire at a private residence south of Sandy Beach on Frederick Drive. The Fire Department responded immediately, sending two engines and a work truck....

 News    August 27, 2015 

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 By Mary Koppes    News    August 20, 2015

Weaver sentenced to 5 years probation, fine in explosives case

Longtime Petersburg resident Mark Weaver, 60, was sentenced to five years probation and given a $10,000 fine in US District Court in Juneau on Monday for detonating an unregistered destructive device... Full story

 By Jess Field    News    August 20, 2015

DMV service transfer extends weekly hours

After this week, the Police Department will no longer provide DMV services for the Borough, a move that will allow dispatchers to focus on their primary responsibility. DMV services will transition to... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    August 20, 2015

Fifteen public positions remain without candidates as filing deadline approaches

Just six residents have filed paperwork with the Borough clerk to run as candidates in the October municipal election. There are 21 vacancies on seven local boards and commissions up for election, including two 3-year terms on the Petersburg Borough... Full story

 By Jess Field    News    August 20, 2015

Researchers let lighthouse visitors listen underwater

Humpback whales swimming the northeast region of Fredrick Sound during summer months do their best to attract spectators, but a recent grant is helping researchers add streaming whale songs to the...

 By Jess Field    News    August 20, 2015

Columbarium extends life of cemetery

Petersburg Veteran's Community Columbarium, took shape last week as four columbariums were installed. The sleek looking structures were purchased through state grant money, and are constructed with...

 By Dan Rudy    News    August 20, 2015

Regular season wraps up for Muskeg Meadows

After a rainy summer punctuated by four cancelled tournaments, Muskeg Meadows Golf Club decided to end its season early. Following the Sea Level Seafoods tournament last weekend, the course is now closed to regular play for the year. Course Manager...

 By Jess Field    News    August 20, 2015

Columbia docked for repairs until Aug. 31

Alaska Marine Highway Systems (AMHS) announced on Wednesday that repairs to the Columbia will take longer than expected. The vessel was delayed in Ketchikan earlier in the week due to mechanical issues with its exhaust system and propellers. Further...

 By Jess Field    News    August 20, 2015

Bad weather halts weekly fast ferry

The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) canceled the service of the ferry Chenega from Juneau to Petersburg on Tuesday, due to severe weather including high winds. DOT spokesman Jeremy Woodrow said the conditions hitting Stephens Passage resembled...

 News    August 20, 2015

Official: 3 men missing in Alaska landslide presumed dead

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Crews plan to search through a debris area Wednesday for three men believed killed when a landslide described as a sea of logs and mud swept through part of an Alaska coastal town. A Sitka fire official said late Tuesday that the...

 News    August 20, 2015

Ketchikan Borough votes down tobacco tax

KETCHIKAN (AP) — The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly has voted to indefinitely postpone a proposed tobacco tax. The Ketchikan Daily News reports that the Assembly voted 4-3 Monday against the proposed ordinance, which would have levied a...

 News    August 20, 2015

Officials: 2,500 gallons of diesel spilled into Sitka Sound

SITKA (AP) — Officials estimate that about 2,500 gallons of diesel fuel leaked into Sitka Sound following the discovery of a leak at the city's power plant. The Daily Sitka Sentinel reports 30,000 gallons of diesel spilled from a storage tank into...

 News    August 20, 2015

Lawmakers vote to sue governor over Medicaid expansion plan

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) _ A committee of House and Senate lawmakers voted Tuesday to sue Gov. Bill Walker over his effort to expand Medicaid in Alaska, with Republican legislative leaders calling it a separation-of-powers issue. The Legislative Council...

 By Jess Field    News    August 20, 2015

City of Kupreanof celebrates 40 years

Earlier this month, the small incorporated city of Kupreanof, across the Wrangell Narrows from Petersburg celebrated its 40th Anniversary. The official celebration will take place in May, giving the City Council time to prepare a proper celebration,...

 By Mary Koppes    News    August 13, 2015

Former PFI worker faces felony charge for alleged death threat

Police arrested Mark Diega, 50, of Chula Vista, Calif., on a Class C felony charge of Terroristic Threatening in the 2nd Degree on Friday after he allegedly threatened to kill PFI staff and went shopping at the Trading Union (TU) Hardware store for... Full story


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