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 By Kyle Clayton    News    February 16, 2017 

Tanner crab season kicks off Friday

Tanner crab estimates are down from the previous season although there is enough to go around for a successful fishery. Mature male Tanner abundance estimate is 4.9 million pounds, down from the 5.6...

 

PMC works to reduce employee turnover; upgrade hiring process

Petersburg's hospital board received an update of the Medical Center's strategic plan for the years 2017-2020 at last month's meeting. Part of the plan addresses people and includes patients,...

 

Ocean Beauty facility won't can salmon this year

PETERSBURG (AP) – A seafood processing company will stop canning salmon at its facility in the southeast Alaska city of Petersburg this year in response to a growing demand for frozen salmon. Tom Sunderland, vice president of marketing for Ocean...

 

Warm ocean water triggered seabird die-off

ANCHORAGE (AP) – A year after tens of thousands of common murres, an abundant North Pacific seabird, starved and washed ashore on beaches from California to Alaska, researchers have pinned the cause to unusually warm ocean temperatures that...

 

AP&T updates website

Alaska Power & Telephone is announcing its redesigned website www.aptalaska.com that is now live. Central to the new format are clean straightforward visual references on each page directing customers and visitors to locations within the site...

 

Coast Guard calls off search for missing crab boat

ANCHORAGE (AP) – The search has been called off for the six veteran fishermen aboard a crabbing boat missing in the icy, turbulent Bering Sea. The fishing vessel Destination went missing early Saturday after an emergency signal from a radio beacon...

 

Trooper report

Four Kake women reported overdue KAKE – On Feb. 11, at 8:44 a.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of four adult female Kake residents overdue in two separate vehicles out a logging road outside of Kake. The females were identified as Falen...

 

Lawmaker proposes hiking $5 studded-tire tax to $75

ANCHORAGE (AP) – A lawmaker wants to spike Alaska’s studded-tire tax from $5 to $75. Sen. Cathy Giessel’s bill is aimed at raising money to repair rutted roads damaged by studded tires, reported KTVA-TV. Giessel called the tax hike a “public...

 

Fur season to end in Sitka

Trappers are reminded the season for marten, mink, weasel, and river otter in Unit 4 (Admiralty, Baranof, and Chichagof Islands) ends Wed., Feb. 15, 2017. Beaver season remains open in Unit 4 through April 30, 2017. Pelts of marten, river otter, and...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 16, 2017 

Political winds could be plus for SEAPA

WRANGELL – In its first meeting of the new year, the governing board for Southeast Alaska Power Agency looked ahead to political reshufflings at the state and federal levels. Meeting in Petersburg February 8, members of the board learned from...

 

Correction:

The front page article (February 9, 2017) incorrectly cited the wholesale power rate from the Southeast Alaska Power Agency at 8 cents. SEAPA’s base wholesale power rate is 6.8 cents per kWh....

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 16, 2017 

AICS-SEARHC merger delayed until April

WRANGELL – A planned-for merger between two regional healthcare providers has been put on hold for two months. Alaska Island Community Services was to merge with larger organization SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) on February...

 

Seward's Day celebrations

SITKA – March 30th is officially recognized in Alaska as Seward’s Day. On this date in 1867, Russia and the United States signed the Treaty of Cession agreeing to the sale of vast Alaskan lands. That same year, on October 18, now known as Alaska...

 

PPD seizes drugs, guns and cash

Petersburg Police Department searched a residence at #12 Towne Trailer Park and recovered 6 one-quart mason jars of marijuana, more than one ounce of methamphetamine, two handguns and cash. The warrant was served on Feb. 3. One of the handguns was...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    February 9, 2017

School, hospital request lower power rates

The Petersburg Borough Assembly discussed a request made by the Petersburg School District and Petersburg Medical Center to pay a lower power rate last month. The request comes after meetings between...

 

Marijuana cultivation license approved

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board approved the license for Petersburg's first marijuana cultivation operator, Southeast Moog Droog, on Tuesday. Operated by Gary Morgan, the growing facility will be...

 

PFD bill gets committee hearing, Ortiz files mining resolution

Entering its third full week of the session, Alaska’s Legislature continues to look at a variety of spending cuts and revenue options. On February 2, the Senate Finance Committee heard SB 21, a proposal of Sen. Bert Stedman to restructure how...

 

Alaska lawmakers eye changes to criminal justice law

JUNEAU (AP) – The Alaska Senate, amid public outcry about crime in the state, is eyeing changes to sweeping criminal justice legislation passed last year. North Pole Republican Sen. John Coghill, who sponsored the new law, said several areas have e...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 9, 2017

Stikine Inn to double capacity to 30 rooms

WRANGELL – Wrangell’s Port Commission gave its go-ahead to a tidelands purchase proposed by the Stikine Inn’s owners. Bill Goodale, who jointly manages the dockside hotel with his wife, Cheryl Goodale, appeared at the February 2 meeting to...

 

Debate over onsite use of pot in Alaska stores continues

JUNEAU, (AP) _ The head of the board that regulates marijuana in Alaska said he expects officials will have to address again at some point the issue of pot users consuming marijuana products in authorized stores after regulators rejected doing so...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    February 9, 2017

Wrangell to get new trooper in several weeks

WRANGELL – A new trooper has been selected to take the vacant Wrangell assignment, Alaska Wildlife Troopers confirmed this week. “We’ve had that position filled,” said AWT Captain Steve Hall. In October the Wrangell post was vacated with the...

 

Work begins on road extension on Juneau's Douglas Island

JUNEAU, (AP) – A contractor has completed the first half-mile of a rough road that will provide additional access to the back side of Juneau’s Douglas Island. The municipality of Juneau and a contractor broke ground last month on a 2.5-mile...

 

Whale Pass becomes new Alaska city

PETERSBURG (AP) – A small community on Prince of Wales Island in southeast Alaska has become the state’s newest city. Whale Pass was incorporated as a city following a final count by the state’s division of elections that determined a majority...

 

Juneau Parkinson's patients use boxing to treat symptoms

JUNEAU (AP) – Twice a week, seven Juneau residents with Parkinson’s disease go through a transformation. “Once they go through this door, they are no longer Parkinson’s patients _ they’re fighters,” trainer Kirk Burke said. Inside the...

 

Correction:

In the January 19, 2017 edition of the Pilot, Brandon Estes’ age in his obituary was printed as 24, he was 23....

 

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