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 By Suzanne Ashe Special to the Pilot    News    July 31, 2014 

Thomas Bay Power Authority transfer progresses

The Petersburg and Wrangell Boroughs are a few steps closer to completing the transfer of Operations and Maintenance of the Tyee Lake hydroelectric facility from Thomas Bay Power Authority (TBPA) to Southeast Alaska Power Agency (SEAPA) after a... Full story

 By Suzanne Ashe Special to the Pilot    News    July 31, 2014 

Put your Xtratufs on and dance, dance, dance

Two dozen daring dancers braved torrential rains to participate in National Dance Day on Saturday at the ball field. The pitching mound may have been soaked, but the dancers scored a home run with... Full story

 By Suzanne Ashe Special to the Pilot    News    July 31, 2014 

Abbott resigns from Petersburg Medical Center board

After 14 years on the Petersburg Medical Center Board of Directors, Tom Abbott tendered his resignation, saying that the hospital was "in a good place" and that he was ready to leave. Abbott, who has... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    July 31, 2014 

Earthquakes near Glacier Bay jolt Southeast

A pair of mid-sized earthquakes occurred offshore in Palma Bay early Friday morning, about 49 miles west of Gustavus near Glacier Bay National Park. The Alaska Earthquake Information Center recorded a 5.29 local magnitude (ML) quake at 2:54 a.m.,...

 By Suzanne Ashe Special to the Pilot    News    July 31, 2014 

Physical Therapy orders new equipment, offers new services

The Physical Therapy department at the Petersburg Medical Center has recently ordered new equipment that will assist in helping clients. An anatomical model of a shoulder was purchased with funds...

 By Dan Rudy    News    July 31, 2014 

Bear essentials: Experts offer advice on bear encounters

WRANGELL — This year's Bearfest attracted a number of bear-knowledgable brainboxes, from biologists and behaviorists to wilderness managers, guides and artists. Over the course of the five-day event, experts shared their knowledge in a series of...

 News    July 31, 2014 

Troopers investigate assault on fishing vessel

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say they are investigating an assault aboard a fishing vessel in Petersburg. Troopers say they responded Wednesday to a report that the 28-year-old captain of the vessel Favorite grabbed a 31-year-old...

 News    July 31, 2014 

Governor asks feds to buy surplus canned salmon

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Gov. Sean Parnell has asked a federal agency to buy about 1 million cases of canned pink salmon to ease a glut that has weighed down prices for Alaska fishermen this year. Parnell made the request in a letter to U.S....

 News    July 31, 2014 

Loan approved for Prince of Wales hydro project

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A $20 million loan has been approved for a new hydropower project on Prince of Wales Island. KRBD reports that the Alaska Energy Authority approved the loan to Haida Energy Inc. for construction of the Reynolds Creek...

 News    July 31, 2014 

Alaska tourist train derails, slightly injuring 23 passengers

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) _ A vintage rail company that transports hundreds of thousands of tourists a year along the route of the historic Klondike Gold Rush was expected to resume operations last Friday, two days after a derailment left 23 people...

 By Suzanne Ashe Special to the Pilot    News    July 31, 2014 

Summer Reading Challenge ends with a splash

Dozens of youngster challenged themselves to read books this summer. Dozens of local businesses donated prizes, and it all concluded at a big pool party at the community gym on Tuesday. More than 40 children participated in the public library’s...

 News    July 31, 2014 

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 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 24, 2014

Assembly advances electric rate increase ordinance

The Petersburg Borough Assembly approved an updated electric ordinance that increases rates by four percent during the next two years. The current declining block rate structure was established more than two decades ago to encourage electric... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 24, 2014

Assembly approves Thomas Bay Power Authority transfer

The Petersburg Borough Assembly authorized Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht to sign off on the agreement between the Petersburg Borough, the City and Borough of Wrangell and the Thomas Bay Power Authority (TBPA) that transitions operation and... Full story

 News    July 24, 2014

New traffic signs on Mitkof Highway

A new black and white sign will designate "Headlights On At All Times" in Petersburg at the Kings Row intersection (MP 0.7) to 2.2 miles south of the South Mitkof Ferry Terminal access road (MP 26) on Mitkof Highway. The Alaska Department of...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 24, 2014

Borough assembly advances sales tax code changes

Despite some talk of changes, the Petersburg Borough Assembly again voted during Monday’s meeting to pass six ballot measures that change the borough’s sales tax code. Four of the changes involve the senior sales tax exemption, which exempts...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 24, 2014

ADOT to present draft transportation plan in Petersburg

Alaska Department of Transportation (ADOT) staff is headed to Petersburg to discuss with the community its new Southeast Alaska Transportation Plan, which includes changes to the Alaska Marine Highway System, a Kake access road and anticipated...

 News    July 24, 2014

Soldier mauled by bear was wearing protective gear

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Army National Guard soldier was wearing a combat helmet and other protective gear when he was attacked by a bear while participating in a training exercise at a military base, officials said Monday. Sgt. Lucas...

 News    July 24, 2014

EPA proposal could block huge Alaska mine

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed restrictions Friday that would essentially block development of a planned massive gold-and-copper mine near the headwaters of a world premier salmon fishery in Alaska. The...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 24, 2014

Canadian fisheries staff move fish across blockage in Stikine tributary

Canadian officials are airlifting Chinook and sockeye salmon over a landslide that caused a barrier to salmon passage in the Tahltan River, a tributary of the Stikine. Steve Gotch, Fisheries and...

 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,...


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