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 News    December 18, 2014 

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 By Mary Koppes    News    December 18, 2014 

Higher than projected enrollment yields more dollars for Petersburg schools

School board members unanimously approved an updated budget presented by Finance Director Karen Quitslund at Tuesday’s meeting, which included an additional $197,643 in revenue from the state, based on student enrollment. The budget was formulated... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    December 18, 2014 

Comprehensive Plan consultants complete first Petersburg visit

An update to the Borough’s Comprehensive Plan is in full swing after consultants arrived in town last week for the first of four scheduled visits with community members and the planning team. “We are in town really kicking off the process with... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    December 18, 2014 

Norwegian student calls Little Norway home for a year

Soon to be 17-year-old Rikke Sætermo from Alta, Norway has been adjusting to life in America, Alaska and Petersburg's Little Norway since she arrived to town in September as an exchange student with... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    December 18, 2014 

Borough receives clean audit; ends 2014 in the black

Assembly members received a report on the Borough’s annual audit performed by BDO at last week’s regular meeting. BDO partner Michelle Drew informed the Assembly of the ins and outs of the fiscal year 2014 audit. “The audit received a clean...

 By Mary Koppes    News    December 18, 2014 

School to replace, not repair, boiler

Petersburg Schools will be looking to replace their existing boiler rather than rehabilitate it, board member Cheryl File reported on behalf of maintenance director Dan Tate at Tuesday’s meeting. Tate was absent due to serving jury duty in Ketchika...

 By Dan Rudy    News    December 18, 2014 

Advisory committee discusses shrimp, shellfish policies

WRANGELL — Wrangell's advisory committee to Alaska Department of Fish and Game held the second of several public meetings at the Fire Hall Dec. 11, to discuss Board of Fisheries proposals for the 2014-15 meeting cycle. This committee provides a...

 By Mary Koppes    News    December 11, 2014

Assembly votes down local matches for capital projects; approves allocation of surplus to Property Development fund

Assembly members unanimously voted against a resolution to dedicate local funds to capital improvement projects pending the allocation of State funds by the Alaska legislature. Assembly member Bob... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    December 11, 2014

Annual Pickled Herring Contest draws a hungry crowd

This year's Pickled Herring Contest held at the Sons of Norway Hall Wednesday evening was one of the biggest ever. Four tables showcased over a dozen entries apiece, each competing for the top prize... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    December 11, 2014

Small crane headed south for repairs; tree cutting ordinance receives an update

The Assembly speedily approved two housekeeping matters at Monday’s regular meeting in addition to approving funds to ship a crane off for repairs after failing a recent OSHA inspection. Some $60,000 was allocated for the repairs to the small...

 By Mary Koppes    News    December 11, 2014

To bid or not to bid?

Four parties expressed their opinions on the acquisition of land at Papke's Landing, which will go up for sale Dec. 15. The initial public comment period was held at Monday's regular Assembly...

 By Mary Koppes    News    December 11, 2014

Nature's palette: local artist dyes fibers with fungi

Petersburg resident Karen Dillman's studio is a split between a mad scientist's lab and a serious crafter's work space. There are jars filled with all manner of dried mushrooms and lichen and others...

 By Mary Koppes    News    December 11, 2014

Borough sees bump in tourist-related tax revenues for 2014

Summer 2014 was a busy one for Petersburg, with tourists bringing more charter business to town and spending more on hotels and retail than the previous summer. This summer the Borough collected over $35,000 in sales taxes from charter businesses,...

 By Erik LeDuc    News    December 11, 2014

New board members fill PMCs ranks, officers elected

With the addition of Marlene Cushing and Kris Thynes, the Petersburg Medical Center (PMC) now has a full board of seven, as well as new officers for the coming year. Tim Koeneman was named board president and cautioned the board that they would have...

 By Mary Koppes    News    December 4, 2014

Petersburg Mayor advises new governor

Petersburg Mayor Mark Jensen brought his fisheries knowledge to bear as a chosen member for new Governor Bill Walker and Lt. Governor Byron Mallott's transition team. The team met Nov. 21-23 at a... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    December 4, 2014

Southeast gillnet and purse seine task forces meet in Petersburg

The Southeast Alaska Drift Gillnet and Purse Seine task forces met in Petersburg on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, to review the 2014 season and discuss the 2015 season. On Tuesday, Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) biologists from... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    December 4, 2014

Parade, tree lighting usher in holiday festivities

The fridge is full of leftovers and downtown is bright with Christmas lights and decorations, two sure signs the holiday season is underway in Petersburg. Friday evening kicked off with two... Full story

 By Erik LeDuc    News    December 4, 2014

Float sections arrive, scheduled completion nears for harbor project

The first pieces of the floats have arrived for the Drive Down Dock project, though complete installation is still to come as the modular sections are linked, only slightly impeded by the sudden surplus of snow. Currently, three pieces have arrived,...

 By Erik LeDuc    News    December 4, 2014

Small changes made to annual pickling contest at Sons

Some contestants might be in a bit of a pickle as last minute changes are announced to the annual Pickled Herring Contest, to be held this coming Wednesday at the Sons of Norway Hall. “What we’re changing this year is we’re asking people to...

 By Erik LeDuc    News    December 4, 2014

Brewfest finds a better fit with schedule, coordination

The ninth annual Devil's Thumb Brewfest and Chili Cookoff was a huge success under different management this year, after the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce passed the mantle for the community event....

 By Mary Koppes    News    December 4, 2014

TAC members identify common ground in timber transition

Tongass Advisory Committee (TAC) members compiled work-group draft recommendations for the Tongass National Forest’s timber management plan amendment at their Nov. 19-21 meeting in Sitka. Present at the recent meeting was USDA Under Secretary of...

 News    December 4, 2014


The Nov. 20 edition of the Petersburg Pilot incorrectly identified Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Elders Kettle and Lofton as members of the Salvation Army. The Pilot regrets the error....

 By Erik LeDuc    News    December 4, 2014

Winter lights for the darkest nights: Event to aid PMHS emergency housing, transportation

Parks and Recreation Director Donn Hayes believes Petersburg should be at its brightest as the year spins towards its darkest day, looking to launch the first of what he hopes will be an annual celebration of light amidst the bleak and black. The...

 News    December 4, 2014

Furbearer trapping season opens in Unit 4

The trapping season for marten, river otter, mink and weasel opened December 1 on Admiralty, Baranof, and Chichagof islands (Unit 4). Unit 4 beaver season opened November 10. The trapping season runs through February 15, 2015 for most species in...

 News    December 4, 2014

Study: World's most acidic sea water in Bering Sea

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) _ The world's most acidic ocean waters are found during the cold winter months in the Bering Sea, according to a new study. Researchers at Columbia University released a series of maps tracking changes in global marine...


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