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 By Nick Bowman Daily News Staff Writer    News    September 22, 2016 

Southeast Conference proposes recreation AMHS

PETERSBURG – Ideas to reform the Alaska Marine Highway System were well received at Southeast Conference on Wednesday, but selling them to the rest of the state could be the largest gulf left to... Full story

 By Jess Field    News    September 22, 2016 

Marijuana excise tax ordinance passes second reading

The Petersburg Borough Assembly held its second reading for an ordinance concerning an excise tax being applied to all marijuana and marijuana products in the borough at its meeting Monday. Any proposed tax would depend on the results of the... Full story

 By Jess Field    News    September 22, 2016 

M/V Columbia heading to dry dock for repairs

The Alaska Marine Highway System’s M/V Columbia is scheduled for a trip to Oregon for repairs after divers noticed a bent starboard propeller late last week, according to Jeremy Woodrow, Alaska Department of Transportation spokesman. “Not a huge...

 By Nick Bowman Daily News Staff Writer    News    September 22, 2016 

Cruise visitors set to hit 1M

PETERSBURG (KDN) – Southeast Alaska is on track to receive its millionth cruise ship passenger this week. The milestone was announced at Southeast Conference on Tuesday by Meilani Schijvens, who produces the Southeast Alaska by the Numbers report...

 By Jess Field    News    September 22, 2016 

Emotional keynote kicks off Parks & Rec conference

Petersburg played host to the Alaska Recreation and Park Association’s 2016 conference last week, with around fifty parks and recreation director and employees in town. On Thursday morning, they were joined by about 30 students and a handful of...

 By Jess Field    News    September 22, 2016 

PHS swimmers keep dropping time

The Petersburg High School swim team headed to Juneau last weekend, and put up some good performances even though the team scoring didn’t reflect individual efforts, according to head coach Andy...

 By Jess Field    News    September 22, 2016 

Pedaling with purpose from Alaska to Argentina

It's been just under a month since Ian Andersen departed Prudhoe Bay on his bike, and he spent part of last week in Petersburg. Andersen will spend the next year or so riding from Alaska to...

 By Nick Bowman Daily News Staff Writer    News    September 22, 2016 

Report: SE AK Economic growth flattening

PETERSBURG – Southeast Alaska’s economic growth is flattening out after five strong years, according to a new report for Southeast Conference. Southeast Alaska by the Numbers, a report prepared every year ahead of the regional development...

 News    September 22, 2016 

Senator file lawsuit over Walker's permanent fund veto

ANCHORAGE ­– Gov. Bill Walker illegally vetoed Alaska Permanent Fund earnings that were required to be transferred to dividends, a lawsuit filed Friday by a state senator and two former state senators claims. Facing a multibillion-dollar deficit,...

 News    September 22, 2016 

Alaska reveals exact amount of oil wealth fund check Friday

ANCHORAGE – It’s already known that the yearly check given to nearly every single Alaskan from the state’s oil wealth fund is going to be about $1,000, but state officials plan to reveal the exact amount later this week. Since Gov. Bill Walker...

 By Nick Bowman Daily News Staff Writer    News    September 22, 2016 

Biomass experts tout local benefits

PETERSBURG – Southeast Alaska biomass experts believe that the low price of oil shouldn’t put wood heat projects on the chopping block. When the price of diesel remained higher than $4 a gallon, wood-fired boilers were sold as a relatively cheap...

 By Jess Field    News    September 22, 2016 

PHS welcomes newest math teacher this year

The walls of her classroom might still be a little bare, but Joyce Metsa is working on that while settling into her new role teaching math at Petersburg High School. Metsa began her teaching career...

 By Nick Bowman Daily News Staff Writer    News    September 22, 2016 

AMHS reforms sought by Southeast Conference

PETERSBURG – Three packages of major reforms to the Alaska Marine Highway System went under the microscope on Wednesday at Southeast Conference. Facing an aging fleet, declining service and tightening state budgets, the regional economic...

 News    September 22, 2016 

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 By Jess Field    News    September 15, 2016

Blue cart program finding its legs

The borough"s blue cart recycling program began at the beginning of the year and seems to be running smoothly, according to Public Works Director Karl Hagerman. "Overall the community has really... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    September 15, 2016

Boaters injured in Farm Island accident

WRANGELL - Emergency assistance was dispatched from Wrangell early Sunday evening, after a private boat struck a log near Farm Island. Fire Department Chief Tim Buness said emergency dispatch received a 911 call from one of the boat”s passengers... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    September 15, 2016

Tyee PERS liability larger than expected, Swan nears completion

WRANGELL – Costs for the transition of operations at the Tyee Lake hydroelectric facility may be higher than first expected. Board members for Southeast Alaska Power Agency learned at their... Full story

 By Ron Loesch Publisher    News    September 15, 2016

Editorial: Welcome conference guests

Petersburg is hosting two conferences this week and next. On Thursday and Friday the Alaska Recreation and Park Association meets. On their schedule are topics entitled: “Love Your Job…Love Your Life; Managing for Millenials; Laughter Yoga in...

 By Jess Field    News    September 15, 2016

PHS student has life-changing time in Thailand

The school year is well underway and Jasmine Ieremia is back in class at PHS after spending a year studying abroad with the Rotary Exchange Program. She"s been back in town for four months, and the...

 News    September 15, 2016

Board to vote on takeover of Juneau health clinic

JUNEAU – The final step is expected this week for a nonprofit organization to take over a Juneau health center serving homeless and uninsured residents that it started managing last year. Wrangell-based Alaska Island Community Services began...

 News    September 15, 2016

Juneau organization to launch Native language program

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A Juneau-based organization has received nearly $930,000 in federal funds to help revitalize Alaska Native languages. The Sealaska Heritage Institute will use the grant from the Administration for Native Americans to support...

 By Jess Field    News    September 15, 2016

PCC renovation not possible without community

The Petersburg Children"s Center began the school year earlier this month with a new look after recently completing a renovation. Teachers and kiddos were welcomed with a spacious expansion, but it...

 By Jess Field    News    September 15, 2016

School board passes sex ed curiculum this year

To comply with HB156, the school board unanimously approved the sex education curriculum and the teachers of the curriculum for the school year at their board meeting Tuesday night. The board held an open work session Monday night to hear from staff...

 News    September 15, 2016

Governor supports growing more food inside Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska imports 96 percent of its food, and the governor says that should change. Gov. Bill Walker spoke during a conference for the National Association of Farmer”s Market Nutrition Programs, the Juneau Empire reported....

 News    September 15, 2016

Searchers find overdue hiker looking for "Into the Wild" bus

DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE, Alaska (AP) – A 45-year-old man from Mexico was located unharmed Monday after failing to return on time from a hiking trip to an abandoned city bus in the Alaska wilderness made famous by the popular book and...


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