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 By Mary Koppes    News    July 23, 2015 

Show me the money:

The Borough Assembly is working to put a proposition on the Oct. 6 municipal ballot that exempts candidates running for local public offices from a state requirement to disclose income, business interests and other assets. An ordinance to put the... Full story

 News    July 23, 2015 

Paddlers conquer the Narrows

The 2nd annual Paddle Battle sponsored by the Petersburg Medical Center Foundation saw 33 paddlers this year and one ride-along pup. Paddlers from age seven to 66 took to the water with 22 folks... Full story

 By Mary Koppes and Dan Rud    News    July 23, 2015 

Court fee increases take effect in August

Users of services in the Alaska Court System (ACS) will be seeing new fees for some services and fee increases for other services beginning August 1. The increases were approved by the Alaska Supreme Court in June. “The increased or additional... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 23, 2015 

Candidates sought for 20 vacancies

Residents wishing to serve or continue serving as local officials can file for candidacy for 20 vacant positions (see sidebar) on seven different boards and commissions starting Tuesday, July 28....

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 23, 2015 

Assembly voices concerns about winter ferry schedule

The Assembly agreed to send a letter to the Alaska Department of Transportation (ADOT) as part of the public comment period on the winter schedule that expresses concerns about the schedule’s ability to meet student travel and visitor’s needs....

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 23, 2015 

Wastewater infrastructure repairs more costly than anticipated

Additional needed repairs to the wastewater infrastructure have been discovered by crews working on the sewer project in conjunction with the Haugen-Nordic Drive road construction project that began earlier this summer. “As the work commenced it...

 News    July 23, 2015 

Pilot staff receives national recognition

The Petersburg Pilot won second place for Best Local News Coverage in the National Newspaper Association (NNA) 2015 Better Newspaper Editorial Contest. The Pilot competed for the award against daily and non-daily newspapers across the country that...

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 23, 2015 

Weaver sentencing further delayed

Sentencing in the trial of former Petersburg resident Mark Weaver, 60, has been delayed again. Weaver pled guilty to a felony charge of Possession of Unregistered Destruction Devices in February following an explosion incident in the rock quarry...

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 23, 2015 

Martin sentenced in residential burglary case

Brittany Martin, 22, of Juneau, pled guilty to two amended charges during a change of plea hearing before Superior Court Judge William Carey on Monday. Martin was indicted on a Class B felony charge for burglary in April after she was identified in...

 News    July 23, 2015 

Borough Manager's Report

Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht gave the following report at Monday’s Assembly meeting: - An extreme low tide did damage Sunday morning at the launch ramp float when a random chunk of piling floated in and lodged itself under one of the float...

 News    July 23, 2015 

Alaska ferry delayed 3 days, engine problems blamed

JUNEAU (AP) — Those who had hoped to catch a ride on the Alaska ferry Columbia Tuesday should be able to depart sometime Friday. The ferry was supposed to make stops in Sitka, Wrangell, Petersburg, Ketchikan and eventually Bellingham, Washington,...

 News    July 23, 2015 

Alaska high court: Local mining initiative unenforceable

JUNEAU (AP) — Alaska's highest court ruled Friday that an initiative seeking to restrict large-scale mining in the Bristol Bay region seriously impedes a regulatory process set out in state law and is unenforceable. The Alaska Supreme Court affir...

 News    July 23, 2015 

Ketchikan Boy Scout rescued after 3,000-pound boulder pins his legs

JUNEAU (AP) — Firefighters in Alaska rescued a Boy Scout after a 3,000-pound boulder tumbled onto him at a Juneau camp, pinning his legs. The Juneau Empire reports Capital City Fire/Rescue freed the boy Monday after an intensive rescue that took...

 News    July 23, 2015 

Consultant hired to help recommend Medicaid reforms

JUNEAU (AP) — The state health department has hired a consultant to help recommend next steps as Gov. Bill Walker's administration plans to implement Medicaid expansion and looks to make further changes to the existing Medicaid program. The contrac...

 News    July 23, 2015 

Fairbanks voters to decide on marijuana tax

FAIRBANKS (AP) — The Fairbanks City Council has approved a proposed tax on marijuana retail sales that will now be up for debate among voters. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that the council on Monday unanimously approved a 5 percent tax...

 News    July 23, 2015 

Anchorage man gets 52 years for violent crime spree

ANCHORAGE (AP) — A 27-year-old Anchorage man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for a 2013 crime spree that left three people severely injured. Alejandro Aulman was sentenced Thursday for nine counts of assault, seven counts of robbery,...

 News    July 23, 2015 

Workers recovering wreckage of southeast Alaska plane crash

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Crews have started recovering the wreckage of a Cessna 207 that crashed Friday in a rugged area of southeast Alaska. Recovery efforts began Sunday with a helicopter flight to a wooded area west of Juneau, National Transportation Sa...

 News    July 23, 2015 

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 By Dan Rudy    News    July 16, 2015

Agreement reached in Tongass land swap

The United States Forest Service (USFS) announced the next step has been taken in a land deal with Alaska Mental Health Trust (AMHT), after signing an Agreement to Initiate on June 30. The agreement as currently envisioned could see the transfer of... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 16, 2015

Devil's Thumb Shooters take aim at state competition

Part of the local team, the Devil's Thumb Shooters, four Petersburg youth traveled to Wasilla for a state shooting competition June 11-13. Over 90 youth from across the state attended the meet,... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 16, 2015

Two Petersburg start-ups on the 'Path to Prosperity'

Two Petersburg-based businesses have been chosen as semi-finalist in the annual Path to Prosperity (P2P) contest put on by a partnership between the Haa Aani Community Development Fund, Inc. and The... Full story

 News    July 16, 2015

Limited number of Anan permits available

A limited number of Anan Wildlife Observatory permits will be made available at the Wrangell District Office. Visitors are required to obtain a permit to visit the observatory from July 5 through August 25. Earlier this spring the United States...

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 16, 2015

Parks and Rec attends to recent ball field vandalism

Parks and Recreation Director Donnie Hayes said there’s been a string of vandalism this month at the ball field and Hungry Point Trail, which begins near the fields. “At the ball field itself, someone took a large rock to one of our porcelain sin...

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 16, 2015

Petersburg Medical Center CEO contract renewed

A new three-year contract was approved for Petersburg Medical Center (PMC) CEO Liz Woodyard. Woodward has been the CEO at the hospital since 2011, and this is her second contract. She hails...

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 16, 2015

Rainforest Islander undergoes another round of repairs

Mechanical and electrical problems plagued the Rainforest Islander ferry on its way to Ketchikan from the boat yard in Bellingham, Wash. “We had mechanical and electrical problems at the start of the boat’s delivery trip from Anacortes,...


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