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 News    October 30, 2014 

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 By Mary Koppes    News    October 30, 2014 

Hatchery rebuild progressing, minimal impact anticipated

With a crew working six days a week, construction at the Crystal Lake Hatchery facility is moving along on schedule. "We're basically on schedule, which is a little bit surprising for a construction p... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    October 30, 2014 

Wrangell Avenue home razed; case remains under advisement

Though the case is still under advisement with a judge, the building at 1011 Wrangell Avenue owned by Karen Ellingstad and Fred Triem has been taken down. “The building is down. We’re still in the process of cleaning up,” Ellingstad said in a... Full story

 By Erik LeDuc    News    October 30, 2014 

PMC looks to fill board, discusses roles

Petersburg Medical Center's board of directors will be looking to fill some holes in its ranks left vacant after recent municipal elections. PMC CEO Liz Woodyard said the board can advertise for the...

 By Erik LeDuc    News    October 30, 2014 

PMC begins paying of EHR debts

The hospital’s debts took a dive after a large payment went out to pay off the cost for improvements to the electronic health records (EHR) systems ― down to $643,576 owed from a former $1.2...

 By Mary Koppes    News    October 30, 2014 

Weaver pleads not guilty

At his arraignment held Oct. 23, Petersburg resident Mark Weaver, 59, plead not guilty to two felony charges of Possession of Unregistered Destructive Devices. U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie C. Longenbaugh presided over the arraignment at the U.S. Dist...

 By Dan Rudy    News    October 30, 2014 

Measuring up next week's ballot

After Nov. 4 the last of the political adverts will finally hibernate for the year, marking the end of a particularly clamorous electoral season. But before Alaska voters cross that final hurdle and... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    October 30, 2014 

Assembly to draft herbicide ordinance

In last week’s regular Assembly meeting, members decided to draft an ordinance to address herbicide spraying in the Borough. This represents the next step in a more than year-long process addressing potential herbicide spraying by the state and...

 By Erik LeDuc    News    October 30, 2014 

Elementary remodel wraps up, energy savings starting to roll in

It has been a warm start to winter inside Petersburg Elementary schools, and the comfort and cost-saving benefits of the building's remodel continue to be realized as the first round of bills roll in... Full story

 By Erik LeDuc    News    October 30, 2014 

Rotary still seeking student applications for exchange

Petersburg youths wishing to spend a year overseas should begin looking to filling out an application with the borough’s Rotary Club soon. “We are looking for high school students who are freshmen...

 By Dan Rudy    News    October 30, 2014 

Southeast timberlands exchange in the works

An agreement is currently being worked out between the Alaska Mental Health Trust (AMHT) and the United States Forest Service (USFS) that could see the transfer of between 18,000 and 20,900 acres of...

 By Erik LeDuc    News    October 30, 2014 

Callers experience hiccups in Medicaid conference

Phone lines to listen in at the Medicaid Reform Advisory Group’s final public input session were overwhelmed on Wednesday, as about 88 callers from across the state attempted to dial in to the Anchorage meeting. The meeting is the final in a...

 By Erik LeDuc    News    October 30, 2014 

PMC staying current on infectious disease policies

Petersburg Medical Center Board members were apprised of the hospital's ongoing measures to stay current and protected against Ebola and other infectious agents on Wednesday in a report by Elizabeth Bacom, infection control and lab director for the...

 By Erik LeDuc    News    October 30, 2014 

Petersburg wraps smoke-free Fire Prevention Month

October was Fire Prevention Month for Alaska, following a decree from Gov. Sean Parnell, and Petersburg has stayed on track, with the police department reporting no stray fires, aside from a campfire...

 By Mary Koppes    News    October 23, 2014

Case of suspected heroin dealer proceeds

Public Defender Eric Hedland, representing 20-year-old Christafur Morrell, was recently denied a Motion to Suppress evidence by Superior Court Judge William Carey. Morrell was indicted by a Grand Jury in early July on two charges of Misconduct Involv... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    October 23, 2014

Police chief gets advanced training at FBI National Academy

Petersburg Police Chief Kelly Swihart is participating in an exclusive training opportunity with the FBI National Academy (NA) this fall. Swihart described it as "a total immersion into leadership... Full story

 By Erik LeDuc    News    October 23, 2014

Local feline diagnosed with incurable, contagious disease

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus has cropped up again in Petersburg, diagnosed in a feral cat trapped on the south end of Haugen Drive in the South Third Street area on Oct. 17. The incurable disease, while not transmissible to humans or other animals,... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    October 23, 2014

Public says 'no' to pesticide use, Assembly discusses new radios for public safety personnel

A few issues sparked a lively discussion among assembly members and the public at Monday’s regular meeting. Four residents spoke out against the use of herbicides and pesticides to be sprayed by the state in the area. The assembly discussed the...

 By Erik LeDuc    News    October 23, 2014

Kitchen issues continue to plague Petersburg schools

Petersburg schools' aging kitchen continues to cook up new headaches for administrators as they continue to work towards securing funding for a much needed complete remodel. This time, it was the...

 By Erik LeDuc    News    October 23, 2014

Local House candidates pass unopposed primaries, prepare for general election

Both candidates to represent Petersburg and other communities in House District 35, Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tompkins and Republican Steven Samuelson, had an easy time arriving at the ballot box this...

 By Mary Koppes    News    October 23, 2014

Petersburg group embarks on international service project

Lizzie Thompson began dreaming up a service project to participate in with her daughter, Kate, when Kate was still a baby. "I decided that when she was old enough to participate in and feel empowered...

 By Erik LeDuc    News    October 23, 2014

Alaska Sea Grant discusses retaining youth, growing maritime industries

Little Norway continues to be a welcoming haven for visitors, recently hosting the Alaska Sea Grant conference over Thursday and Friday, where participants convened for an annual meeting of the minds on all matters maritime. More specifically to the...

 By Mary Koppes    News    October 23, 2014

Who gets what? Assembly considers public services and service areas

Two issues related to public services and service areas surfaced at Monday’s regular assembly meeting. Assembly member Bob Lynn introduced a motion to table an ordinance, on its second reading, to transfer traffic codes from the former City of...

 By Erik LeDuc    News    October 23, 2014

Warmer temps likely going into winter, possible El Niño year

Winter in Petersburg is likely to be a bit warmer than the nights of yesteryear, though whether there will be a white, or just slushy entrance to the spring season still is up in the air. “They are going with a greater than 40 percent chance that...

 By Dan Rudy    News    October 23, 2014

Wrangell doctor charged in child porn case

WRANGELL - On the morning of Oct. 15, Wrangell physician Greg Salard was arrested for the alleged receipt, possession and distribution of child pornography following a search of his home by law...


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