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 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 17, 2014 

South Nordic road construction delayed

The South Nordic Drive construction project that had been planned to kick off this fall likely won’t begin until spring 2015. Alaska Department of Transportation (ADOT) project manager Keith Karpstein said the delay came after securing nearly 100... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 17, 2014 

No criminal charges yet filed against man injured by explosives

A 59-year-old Petersburg man was injured Sunday afternoon in the borough rock quarry after handling what explosive experts have identified as Tovex - a commercial grade explosive typically used for bl... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 17, 2014 

911 surcharge increase to help fund police remodel

Monthly Enhanced 911 (E911) surcharges will increase to $2 a month for Petersburg Borough cellphone users if the Borough Assembly approves the rate increase as an ordinance during the next assembly meeting. The funds will help finance maintenance on... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 17, 2014 

E-waste program prevents environmental contamination

Petersburg Indian Association is accepting E-waste through August 30 in an effort to prevent harmful elements that exist in electronics, such lead and mercury, from entering the environment. "This is...

 News    July 17, 2014 

Broad climate-change research in Southeast Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Southeast Alaska's watersheds are changing quickly, and researchers are working to figure out how, why, and what those changes mean. Sanjay Pyare, Assistant Professor of Geographic Information Systems and Landscape Ecology,...

 News    July 17, 2014 

Sunday is deadline to register to vote for primary

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Sunday is the deadline to register to vote, update voter information or change party affiliation ahead of next month's primary. Regional offices of the Division of Elections, in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Nome and Wasilla,...

 News    July 17, 2014 

Juneau lays off staff to meet $6M budget deficit

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A new fiscal year means layoffs for Juneau, where the combined city and borough was dealing with a $6 million deficit. Juneau has cut the equivalent of 12 fulltime employees as of Tuesday. KTOO reports other employees have...

 News    July 17, 2014 

Flood warning after Juneau glacial outburst

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Water crept up on homes and closed roads and popular hiking trails Friday, as residents braced for possible record flooding after the release of water from a glacially dammed...

 News    July 17, 2014 

Floating strip club navigates regulatory trouble

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A new attraction on Alaska's Kodiak Island features exotic dancers who entertain fishermen on a converted Bering Sea crabbing boat dubbed the “Wild Alaskan” — and it's already encountered choppy regulatory seas....

 News    July 17, 2014 

Well-known humpback whale killed in boat collision

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Federal law enforcement officials are investigating after a 48-foot female whale well-known in the waters of southeast Alaska was killed in a collision with a boat. A tour-boat operator found the whale, which had been seen in...

 News    July 17, 2014 

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 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 10, 2014

Sales tax code changes dominate ballot measures

Pending ongoing Petersburg Borough Assembly approval, six of the seven ballot measures on this October’s ballot would increase sales tax revenues for the Petersburg Borough and change the municipal sales tax code, all of which require voter... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 10, 2014

Commission terminates TBPA general manager

The Thomas Bay Power Authority (TBPA) Commission terminated TBPA General Manager Michael Nicholls' contract with three months of severance pay alleging months of lack of communication from him to the... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 10, 2014

New school superintendent enjoys smooth transition

New Petersburg School District Superintendent Lisa Stroh has been in town for just more than a week and is busy picking up where previous PSD Superintendent Rob Thomason left off. "I talked with Dr.... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 10, 2014

Petersburg companies in the running for regional business award

Two Petersburg businesses are semi-finalists in a contest amongst Southeast Alaska entrepreneurs competing for $40,000 in consulting funds to grow and expand their business. Path to Prosperity (P2P), a partnership between the Haa Aani Community...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 10, 2014

Grand jury indicts suspected heroin dealer

A grand jury indicted Christafur Morrell, 19, for two out of the three charges Petersburg Police filed against him related to heroin distribution last week. Police seized around $75,000 worth of heroin last Thursday after arresting Morrell, of Des...

 News    July 10, 2014

Juneau files new stay in borough northern boundary line dispute

The City and Borough of Juneau (CBJ) filed a stay with the Alaska Superior Court decision affirming the Local Boundary Commission’s decision approving the newly formed Petersburg Borough’s northern boundary line, which Juneau had earlier sought...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 10, 2014

Voters to see hefty ballot, election workers needed

This October’s municipal ballot is the largest Petersburg voters have seen for many years, according to Petersburg Borough Clerk Kathy O’Rear. Thirty-six elected positions and seven ballot propositions, pending assembly approval, are on the...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 10, 2014

Petersburg resident umpiring in Little League regional tournament

Petersburg resident and little league umpire Ted Sandhoffer is heading to San Bernardino, Calif. in August to umpire the Western Regional Little League Tournament. Sandhoffer has been a volunteer...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 3, 2014

Police seize large amount of heroin and suspected dealer

Local, regional and federal law enforcement officers seized around $75,000 worth of heroin last Thursday after arresting Christafur Morrell, 19, of Des Moines, Wash. on multiple felony charges.... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 3, 2014

Hospital physical therapy department plans fundraiser for equipment

The Petersburg Medical Center's Physical Therapy Department is holding the Paddle Battle in the Narrows fundraiser on July 12 to raise money for new parallel bars. The Paddle Battle consists of two co... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 3, 2014

Fishing lodge guests perish Sunday evening

Two men died Sunday evening after their 18-foot skiff capsized near Level Island 22 miles south of Petersburg According to an Alaska State Troopers press release, a United States Coast Guard (USCG) helicopter found Jonathan Comfort, 45, and Kenneth... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 3, 2014

Petersburg community leaders seek local homeless data

Last week Lutheran Church pastor Mike Schwarte called a meeting of community leaders to address a perceived increase in the local homeless population. "It seems like the frequency and intensity is...

 By Ron Loesch Publisher    News    July 3, 2014

Editorial:TBPA awash in allegations & miscommunications

The Thomas Bay Power Authority has become an outright embarrassment for the founding communities of Wrangell and Petersburg. From name-calling on the streets of Wrangell in September of last year, to this week's closure of the office after Manager...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 3, 2014

Local and state investigators looking into vehicle fires

Foul play is suspected as the cause of two vehicle fires that occurred last Monday evening. Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department (PVFD) firefighters responded to a call Monday around 10:30 p.m. about two fires on Twin Creek Road. PVFD spokesperson...


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