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 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 10, 2014 

Assembly approves proposed budget, urges continued community engagement

Community members packed the assembly chambers last Monday to support continued local education funding for the Petersburg School District. District staff and parents responded to across the board budget cuts proposed last week by several assembly me... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 10, 2014 

Majority of property tax appeals adjusted

Borough wide property assessment appeals have ended after the Petersburg Borough Assembly acted as a Board of Equalization (BOE)—the board that addressed and finalized the remaining 22 appeals that weren’t settled privately with assessor Mike... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 10, 2014 

Police apprehend man suspected of firing off rounds in Middle Harbor

Eight Petersburg Police officers and a State Trooper responded to several reports of a man firing rounds in the Middle Harbor around 6:20 a.m. Wednesday morning. Petersburg Police Chief Kelly Swihart... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 10, 2014 

Assembly approves another sales tax-free day in May

Petersburg residents will have an opportunity to shop without paying sales tax after the Borough Assembly unanimously approved May 3 as a sales tax-free day. Savann Guthrie, member of the retail committee of the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, said...

 News    April 10, 2014 


A front-page story index stated: “Petersen pleads guilty” in reference to a story appearing on page 5. Petersen in fact intends to enter a guilty plea as a part of a plea agreement that has to be accepted by the court this summer. The story and...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 10, 2014 

Juneau appeals Petersburg Borough boundaries

The City and Borough of Juneau filed an appeal with the Supreme Court of a Superior Court Judge’s decision ruling in favor of the newly formed Petersburg Borough’s northern boundary line, which Juneau had earlier sought to annex. After several...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 10, 2014 

Assembly denies property owners rezone request

The Petersburg Borough Assembly last Monday voted against rezoning two residential lots to commercial in the Olsen Subdivision. Richard Burrell and Aaron Miller and Katrina Miller applied for the...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 10, 2014 

Cruise ship traffic begins May 11

More than 50 cruise ships will stop in Petersburg this spring and summer—slightly up from last year. The vessel Safari Legacy stopped in Petersburg twice last year but is making nine stops this year. Cruise ships visiting Petersburg typically...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 10, 2014 

Petersburg to host SEREMS symposium this weekend

This weekend, the Petersburg Fire Department will be hosting the SE Region Emergency Medical Services Council’s 30th Annual Emergency Medical Services Symposium in Petersburg. This will be the first time in SEREMS’ history that the 4-day...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 10, 2014 

Genetics students attend State Science Fair

Eleven Petersburg High School students headed to Fairbanks two weeks ago to participate in the State Science Symposium. Junior Summer Morton and sophomore Ellerie Freisinger placed in the top 10 of...

 News    April 10, 2014 

Alaska's largest daily newspaper sold for $34M

ANCHORAGE (AP) — An online competitor announced plans Tuesday to buy Alaska's largest daily newspaper. Alaska Dispatch Publishing LLC, the parent company of the online newspaper the Alaska Dispatch, will purchase the Anchorage Daily News from The...

 By Brian O Connor    News    April 10, 2014 

TBPC president orders halt to Tyee negotiations

WRANGELL — The president of the Thomas Bay Power Commission sent a letter this week to the chairman of the Southeast Alaska Power Agency ordering an end to negotiations for SEAPA to take over operations at the Tyee Lake Hydroelectric Project. The...

 News    April 10, 2014 

Borough manager's report

Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht gave the following report during the last borough assembly meeting: Petersburg Police Chief Kelly Swihart testified before Alaska Senate committees last week in reference the municipal remodel and drug trends in...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 3, 2014

Herring sac roe prices down from last year

Sitka sac roe herring fishermen sold their catch at around $150 a ton this season-a dramatic decrease compared to last year's sac roe average price per ton of $780. Sitka's Alaska Department of Fish... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 3, 2014

School board selects new superintendent

The Petersburg School Board unanimously selected Dr. Lisa Stroh to be the new Petersburg School District (PSD) Superintendent. Stroh, who is the current superintendent of Valdez City Schools,... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 3, 2014

Iceberg damages boats in South Harbor

A stray iceberg damaged several vessels in the South Harbor early Tuesday morning. Assistant Harbor Master Ed Tagaban received the call around 1:30 a.m. Tagaban estimated the iceberg’s surface to be around 40 to 50 feet in diameter and said, when...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 3, 2014

Southeast Chinook harvest quota up

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) announced yesterday a 2014 Southeast Alaska Chinook salmon all gear harvest quota of 439,400 fish. Those fish fall under the Pacific Salmon Treaty—non-Alaska-hatchery produced Chinook. “The quota is...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 3, 2014

Petersburg man represents economic interests in D.C.

Petersburg resident Brian Lynch, along with other Alaskans representing commercial fishing, tourism and tribal organizations, traveled to Washington D.C. to urge Alaska’s congressional delegation to become more involved in mining development in...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 3, 2014

Local child care worker wins regional award

Fillmore Evenson, Petersburg's Children's Center Eagle's Nest lead teacher, won Southeast Alaska's School Age Caregiver of the Year. Evenson has been working at the Children's Center for around six...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 3, 2014

Community service leaders lobby against proposed budget cuts

With some assembly members proposing cuts to school and mental health services funding, Petersburg School District (PSD) Superintendent Dr. Rob Thomason and Petersburg Mental Health Services (PMHS)...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 3, 2014

Petersen to enter guilty pleas for child pornography charges

Former Petersburg Community School District Maintenance Director Tye Petersen plans to plead guilty to Distribution, Receipt and Possession of Child Pornography—three counts that carry up to 20 years of imprisonment each and a $250,000 fine for...

 News    April 3, 2014

2014 SE Alaska King salmon sport fishing regulations announced

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announces the regulations for king salmon, effective April 2, 2014 - April 30, 2015.  The regulations are: Alaskan Resident: The resident bag and possession limit is three king salmon 28 inches or greater in...

 News    April 3, 2014

Appeals court sides with Alaska on roadless rule

JUNEAU (AP) — A divided federal appeals court panel has sided with the state of Alaska in reversing a decision that reinstated the roadless rule in the Tongass National Forest. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 decision Wednesday,...

 News    April 3, 2014

Prosecutors to open Coast Guard shooting trial

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Jurors will hear opening statements Tuesday in the trial of a Coast Guard civilian technician charged with killing two co-workers workers in Kodiak. Federal prosecutors say 63-year-old James Michael Wells nearly two years ago...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 3, 2014

Assembly reaches impasse on budget direction

The Petersburg Borough Assembly couldn't come to a consensus last Tuesday for next year's budget spending after it was tasked with providing direction to borough staff to make any changes the...


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