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 By Mary Koppes    News    January 22, 2015 

Borough will bid on Papke's Land

The Assembly voted 5-1 to bid on land at Papke’s Landing in the winter auction of the Mental Health Trust Land Office. Assembly member Nancy Strand was the sole vote against the resolution. “I can’t support the Borough getting involved in... Full story

 News    January 22, 2015 

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 News    January 22, 2015 

Icicle Seafoods is up for sale

Paine & Partners of San Francisco has announced the sale of Icicle Seafoods according to multiple news sources including and other seafood industry news sites. According to Laine Welch of the Fish Factor, Pacific Seafoods is seen as... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    January 22, 2015 

Judge affirms Borough's determination of Wrangell Ave. home as 'dangerous building'

On Jan. 16, Superior Court Judge Philip M. Pallenberg issued his decision affirming the Borough’s determination that a Wrangell Ave. home owned by Karen Ellingstad and Fred Triem is a “dangerous building” according to municipal code. The... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    January 22, 2015 

Kake mayor pleas for local support for power intertie

Though many of the thirty individuals who showed up at the public meeting held last Wednesday to discuss the Kake-Petersburg Intertie (KPI) expressed their support for the project, a spirited...

 By Mary Koppes    News    January 22, 2015 

Worhatch ekes out Rain Game win

Max Worhatch IV is this year’s Chamber of Commerce Rain Game winner with a guess of 115.75 inches. The total reported precipitation by NOAA for 2014 was 115.87 inches, meaning Petersburg saw higher than average precipitation this year. According...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 22, 2015 

School board approves outside Superintendent hiring process

The Petersburg School Board approved a new search proposal with the Alaska Association of School Boards (AASB) to conduct a search for a new PSD Superintendent after the Board accepted previous Petersburg School District Dr. Lisa Stroh’s...

 By Mary Koppes    News    January 22, 2015 

2015 Rotary exchange student headed to Thailand

Jasmine Ieremia will be spending the 2015-16 school year abroad in Thailand. The Petersburg High School freshman learned the location of her studies abroad after attending a winter orientation for...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 22, 2015 

School board approves boiler replacement, teacher training day

The Petersburg School Board unanimously approved Tuesday night a $69,350 bid to replace a boiler in the middle school. Ketchikan Mechanical Incorporated submitted the second lowest bid to the district and will replace the current leaky boiler that wa...

 By Mary Koppes    News    January 22, 2015 

Areawide parking regulations ordinance moves forward

After some discussion about the jurisdiction of two new sections of a municipal code governing parking regulations, the Borough Assembly voted unanimously to pass the ordinance on its second reading. The ordinance was tabled in early October pending...

 By Mary Koppes    News    January 22, 2015 

Legislators pursue herbicide issue

According to Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht’s report to the Assembly, the ad hoc committee formed to investigate possible local action regarding state herbicide use is working with State House representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins’ office to...

 News    January 22, 2015 


The Price Comparison chart on page 16 of last week’s paper referred to Petro and reflected pricing offered by Petro Express for gasoline and diesel fuels. Heating oil prices for Petersburg are labeled as Petro and reflects prices listed by Petro...

 By Mary Koppes    News    January 22, 2015 

Patteson elected to serve as local Auxiliary commander

Richard Patteson was selected to serve as the Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla Commander for Petersburg for the next two years at the Change of Watch ceremony held Jan. 14. Ken Hamilton will serve as the vice commander. Patteson has been volunteering...

 News    January 22, 2015 

Investigation continues in death of Kake pedestrian

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) _ Alaska State Troopers are continuing to investigate the death of a man who was struck in November by a vehicle in a small southeast Alaska village. The Juneau Empire reports 61-year-old Barton Rose was struck and seriously...

 News    January 22, 2015 

Jury: Negligent homicide conviction in Alaska commercial diving death

KETCHIKAN (AP) — Jurors in Alaska have found a commercial fisherman guilty of criminally negligent homicide in the death of a Kansas diver who died while harvesting sea cucumbers. The jury on Friday found Joshua Wodyga (woh-DY’-gah) not guilty...

 News    January 22, 2015 

Wrangell man dies of injuries suffered in Ketchikan jail

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — An autopsy has been ordered for a 20-year-old Wrangell man who died of injuries suffered in a Ketchikan jail. Alaska State Troopers say Brendon Sample on Thursday attempted to hang himself with a bed sheet while alone...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 22, 2015 

Petersburg processor upgrades equipment, infrastructure

Local Trident Seafood’s infrastructure is undergoing a small remodel over the coming months. Trident Southeast Manager John Webby said the mess hall, which was originally constructed in the 1920s, needs several repairs and freezing capacity in the...

 By Mary Koppes    News    January 15, 2015

Petersen sentenced to 12 years on child pornography charges

On Jan. 7, former Petersburg School District Maintenance Director Tye Petersen was sentenced to 12 years in jail, followed by 25 years of supervised release for Distribution, Receipt and Possession of Child Pornography. U.S. District Judge Timothy... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 15, 2015

Superintendent resignation remains murky

The Petersburg School Board accepted Petersburg School District Dr. Lisa Stroh's resignation and settlement release agreement last week, which grants her administrative leave with pay and benefits... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    January 15, 2015

'Intergalactic' brings comic books to life

When Intergalactic Nemesis' creator and producer Jason Neulander was tasked with performing his radio play in front of much larger than usual audiences at a much larger than usual venue, he decided...

 By Mary Koppes    News    January 15, 2015

Swihart brings new knowledge, contacts back from FBI training

After nearly three months of training at the FBI National Academy (NA) in Quantico, Va., Petersburg Police Chief Kelly Swihart has returned to full-time work at the department, bringing new contacts a...

 By Mary Koppes    News    January 15, 2015

Morrell pleads guilty to amended charge in heroin case

Twenty-year-old Christafur Morrell pleaded guilty to an amended charge of Attempted Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the 2nd Degree at a change of plea hearing in Ketchikan Superior Court before Judge William Carey. The original...

 News    January 15, 2015

Overboard canoeist rescued from Pennock Island

ANCHORAGE (AP) — The Coast Guard says a lifejacket likely saved the life of a woman who fell into the frigid waters of Tongass Narrows in Ketchikan. KTUU-TV reports the 26-year-old Metlakatla woman was canoeing Sunday along south Pennock Island...

 News    January 15, 2015

Ketchikan man gets 4 years in Coast Guard assault

JUNEAU (AP) — A 57-year-old Ketchikan man with a history of violence will spend four years in a federal prison for attacking a member of the Coast Guard. Jon William Munhoven was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Juneau. He also must serve three...

 News    January 15, 2015

Tongass Supervisor to retire in April

KETCHIKAN (AP) — The supervisor of the Tongass National Forest will retire his year. The Ketchikan Daily News reports Forrest Cole has set his retirement for April. Cole has been forest supervisor since 2003. A Forest Service announcement says...


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