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 By Mary Koppes    News    April 23, 2015 

Blue bags or carts? Neither option has been discarded

Petersburg residents will get to choose whether to haul their recyclables to the curb in a cart or a blue bag, following the Assembly’s approval of a resolution Monday night that provides for the dual program. The new program is aimed at... Full story

 News    April 23, 2015 

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 News    April 23, 2015 

Sanitation rates across Southeast

Some 66 percent of Petersburg's sanitation customers pay for a 32 gallon cart and receive the recycling incentive rate of $28.19/month. Though this rate is among the highest of all communities... Full story

 By Dani Palmer    News    April 23, 2015 

Subcommittee discusses marijuana retail zoning

The zoning subcommittee of the Local Marijuana Regulation Advisory Committee met for the first time Wednesday to begin the process of determining where marijuana retailers can open business. Committee member Mitch Eide said he figured zoning would...

 By Dani Palmer    News    April 23, 2015 

NOAA proposes taking humpback whales off endangered species list

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has proposed removing the majority of humpback whale populations from the Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing. The announcement came Monday...

 By Dani Palmer    News    April 23, 2015 

Petersburg residents express concerns with SE Forest Management Plan

Comments are still being accepted for the proposed Southeast State Forest Management Plan that has raised some concerns among Petersburg residents. The plan applies to lands designated by the Legislature in 2010 and 2011 as the Southeast State...

 By Mary Koppes    News    April 23, 2015 

Beat the Odds funds support local cancer patients

Runners and walkers are expected to fill the street this Saturday at the Beat the Odds’ Circle of Life Cabin Creek 5k Run/Walk. The race begins at 9 a.m. at Sandy Beach Park, with warm ups and late registration preceding. The annual run/walk is...

 By Mary Koppes    News    April 23, 2015 

Larger baseball roster brings opportunities for improvement

This year’s baseball team at Petersburg High School has nearly doubled in size from last year. Head Coach Jim Engell took just nine players to the regional tournament last year, the exact amount needed for a complete team. He said this year’s...

 By Mary Koppes    News    April 23, 2015 

Borough will receive unexpected Secure Rural Schools federal funds

Mayor Mark Jensen and Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht announced at Monday’s Assembly meeting that Petersburg Public Schools will be granted Secure Rural Schools funding for this academic year and next. The two-year funding extension was included...

 By Dani Palmer    News    April 23, 2015 

Trident planning to double production with upgrades

The Petersburg Trident plant is working to double production this summer with new processing equipment and upgrades. Southeast Manager John Webby said the processing plant building is being gutted to put in new floor joists and processing equipment....

 By Dani Palmer    News    April 23, 2015 

Students get 'great musical results' at SE Music Fest

Petersburg High School band and choir students got the chance to hang out with and learn from musical peers around the region this weekend after heading up to the Southeast Alaska High School Music Festival in Juneau. Junior Hannah Pfundt said they...

 News    April 23, 2015 

Legislature hits overtime on budget; special session eyed

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Efforts to reach an agreement on a state spending plan continued Monday as the Legislature went into overtime. But even after a budget is finalized, legislators' work might not be done. Gov. Bill Walker has indicated he could...

 News    April 23, 2015 

Fish & Game sportfish regulations updated

Marine boat anglers returning to ports where and when on-site ADF&G creel surveys are conducted will be prohibited from filleting, mutilating, and de-heading sport caught lingcod, nonpelagic rockfish, and king and coho salmon. Marine boat anglers...

 News    April 23, 2015 

Thinning ice signals culmination of Nenana Ice Classic

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The clock is ticking down on an annual Alaska rite of spring. Cherrie Forness, manager of the Nenana Ice Classic, said Sunday ice over the frozen Tanana River at Nenana should shift soon, moving a tripod erected on the...

 News    April 23, 2015 

Missing wedding ring plucked from dog doo, returned to owner

SITKA, Alaska (AP) An Alaska woman suspected her family’s dog snatched her wedding ring, but she couldn’t find proof - until the diamond-encrusted platinum band turned up months later at a local ball field. Nikki Balovich lost her ring in January...

 By Dani Palmer    News    April 23, 2015 

Recognizing those behind the scenes: dispatchers

Last week was National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, recognizing the work of the dispatchers behind the scenes. "They really are kind of the heart of the department," Petersburg Police Chief...

 By Dani Palmer    News    April 23, 2015 

Hospital board seeking new member

The Petersburg Medical Center Board of Directors is looking for a new member after Steven Samuelson tendered his resignation via email last week. The board accepted that resignation during a special meeting Saturday morning before a board training...

 By Dani Palmer    News    April 16, 2015

Petersburg schools facing more cuts

Already facing funding challenges from this year’s legislative session, schools were hit with another potential blow when the Senate Finance Committee proposed a 4.1 percent base student allocation cut. It was done “literally under the cover of... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    April 16, 2015

Recycling petition will be certified; Assembly to vote on resolution Monday

Borough Clerk Debbie Thompson said she will be certifying the most recent application for petition submitted by Angela Davis and Wes Davis, which includes a resolution to continue the blue bag recycling program. The application was submitted in... Full story

 News    April 16, 2015


Last week’s article about the Petersburg Borough Assembly passing an amended resolution allowing for the Southeast Alaska Power Agency’s (SEAPA) bond refinancing and new bond sale incorrectly stated that all member utilities, including Wrangell... Full story

 By Dani Palmer    News    April 16, 2015

Flu season isn't over yet; tips for prevention

It’s winding down, but it’s not over yet. “A big upswing” in type B influenza cases has served as a reminder that “the flu never truly goes away,” Public Health Nurse Erin Michael said. During the week of April 6, there were three type B... Full story

 By Dani Palmer    News    April 16, 2015

Spring troll fishery opens early

The 2015 spring troll fishery got its early start this week. The fishery opened in select locations at 12:01 a.m. today, Thursday. Last year, the first spring troll fishery opened on May 1. Frederick Sound, Ernest Sound, the Neets Bay Terminal...

 By Mary Koppes    News    April 16, 2015

Board of Equalization hears five property assessment appeals

The Petersburg Borough Assembly sat as the Board of Equalization (BOE) for 2015 property assessment appeals on April 6. There were 66 appeals this year, most of which were settled privately with the Borough’s assessors Mike Renfro and Arne...

 By Dani Palmer    News    April 16, 2015

Local organizations benefit from Pick.Click.Give

A statewide fundraiser, Pick.Click.Give. saw a 25 percent increase in donors and a 20 percent increase in dollars raised this year, benefitting six of Petersburg’s own organizations. Pick.Click.Give. gives Alaskan residents the chance to make a...

 By Dani Palmer    News    April 16, 2015

Petersburg police investigating recent burglaries

The Petersburg Police Department is investigating a string of burglaries—the latest reported just a week ago. Beach Bum Tanning reported a break-in to the police department at 10 a.m. on April 9. Chief Kelly Swihart said the burglar took products...


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