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 By Jess Field    News    December 1, 2016 

Thomas Bay chum release gains support

Alaska Department of Fish and Game held its fall regional planning team (RPT) meeting in Juneau on Wednesday and unanimously supported releasing 40 million stock chum salmon in Thomas Bay north of Petersburg. The chum would come from Hidden Falls...

 
 News    December 1, 2016 

NOAA Attorney provides details about vessel operators making settlements following IFQ violations

On October 27 the Pilot reported that the owners, operator and individual Fishing Quota permit holder of the F/V Spicy Lady were charged with three counts under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and the Northern Pacific...

 
 By Jess Field    News    December 1, 2016 

Bulkhead construction completed ahead of schedule

Construction of the newest improvement to the Petersburg's harbor facilities is complete ahead of schedule. The bulkhead addition project also came in under budget, according to harbormaster Glo...

 
 By Jess Field    News    December 1, 2016 

Auditorium gets multiple improvements

The Wright Auditorium recently received a few upgrades as part of an ongoing effort to improve the facility so many community members use. Dave Berg, Compass Theater board member, said the...

 
 By Jess Field    News    December 1, 2016 

The Salvation Army is helping others for the holidays

The Salvation Army successfully distributed 90 food boxes for families in need during Thanksgiving last month. The number grew slightly from last year's total of 72 distributed turkey dinners. Last...

 
 News    December 1, 2016 

Vehicle rollover on Mitkof Highway

On Nov. 17, at 5:47 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of a motor vehicle collision in Petersburg. Investigation revealed Tommy Marsh, age 41, of Petersburg was northbound at Mile 11.6 Mitkof Highway when he lost control of his vehicle,...

 
 News    December 1, 2016 

SEARHC applauds decision to prohibit smoking in HUD public housing

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) applauds the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for its decision to require all public housing agencies to go smoke-free within 18 months. The new rule includes not only...

 
 By Jess Field    News    November 24, 2016

Sandy Beach property closer to auction

The Petersburg Borough Assembly passed a rezoning ordinance in its second reading Monday night. The ordinance is designed to rezone 919 Sandy Beach Road from public use to single-family residential in preparation to auction off the property early...

 
 News    November 24, 2016

Anti-drug documentary shown to students

The Petersburg School District held an assembly for older students Monday morning and showed a documentary designed to educate kids about the dangers of opiate and heroin use. The video called “Chasing the Dragon” was shown to students in seventh...

 
 News    November 24, 2016

REPORT: The Alaska Marine Highway System should break into two agencies to prepare for the future

A public corporation is being proposed to manage Alaska Marine Highway ferry operations, according to a ferry governance study released by the Southeast Conference. Such a proposal would create a more businesslike approach to running the system and t...

 
 News    November 24, 2016

Role of Alaska Marine Highway System

For more than 50 years, AMHS has served a critical infrastructure need for Alaska residents, communities, industries, and public services. • In 2014, AMHS carried 319,000 passengers, 108,000 vehicles, and nearly 4,000 container vans. • The ferry...

 
 News    November 24, 2016

Unpopular timber proposals postponed to January

KETCHIKAN – Proposed timber sales on Deer Mountain and in Petersburg are on hold as officials consider public comments against the issue. The Alaska Mental Health Trust board will take up the topic in January, reported the Ketchikan Daily News....

 
 News    November 24, 2016

Navy to more than double training events near Ketchikan

KETCHIKAN – The U.S. Navy is planning to more than double the number of training events conducted in the West Behm Canal north of Ketchikan. In an agreement signed Oct. 31, the Navy announced it will increase the number of testing events involving...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 24, 2016

Wrangell boats rocked by thefts in harbor

WRANGELL – Several Wrangell boat owners learned they had been burgled early Saturday morning. Wrangell Police Department received a call concerning Heritage Harbor, where it appeared three boats moored there had been entered, one forcibly. Owners...

 
 News    November 24, 2016

Judge: Walker had authority to cut Alaska dividend amount

JUNEAU ­– A state court judge ruled Thursday that Gov. Bill Walker had the authority to reduce this year’s Alaska Permanent Fund dividend, siding with the state in the politically charged case. Superior Court Judge William Morse’s decision...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 24, 2016

State issues letters to unauthorized float house users

WRANGELL – A number of Petersburg and Wrangell residents have been receiving letters from the state, informing them their float houses anchored along the Stikine River need to be permitted or else move. Since the late 1970s, the placement of float...

 
 News    November 24, 2016

Longtime Alaska newspaper publisher dies after cancer battle

ANCHORAGE – Nancy McGuire, the longtime publisher of Alaska’s oldest newspaper, said goodbye to her subscribers in an editorial published the day she died after battling cancer for years. She was 72. McGuire was publisher of the weekly Nome...

 
 News    November 24, 2016

2 moose found frozen mid-fight near remote Alaska village

ANCHORAGE – Two moose were recently discovered frozen in battle and encased in ice near a remote village on Alaska’s unforgiving western coast. Brad Webster, a middle school social studies and science teacher in Unalakleet, captured images of...

 
 By Jess Field    News    November 24, 2016

Tobacco-free lifestyle speaker talks to youth

Motivational speaker Michael Patterson traveled to town last week to take part in the Great American Smokeout, sponsored by the Petersburg Indian Association. Patterson spoke to middle school...

 
 News    November 24, 2016

Saxitoxin advisory remains for Shoemaker shellfish

WRANGELL – Latest samples of butter clams from Shoemaker Bay beaches show levels of saxitoxin have halved since this summer, when specimens were found to be a health hazard. The clams are still considered a health risk, albeit at a lower level....

 
 By Jess Field    News    November 17, 2016

Veteran's Day Assembly honors local heroes

The high school gym was filled with locals of all ages last Friday as the school and its students honored Petersburg men and women who have served our country. Jim Engell told those in attendance a brief history of how the Veteran’s Day Assembly...

 
 By Jess Field    News    November 17, 2016

Petersburg Police Department remains short staffed

The Petersburg Police Department is looking forward to moving into the newly renovated municipal building, but in the meantime the department is just looking to become fully staffed, according to Chief Kelly Swihart. “We are a little short staffed,...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 17, 2016

Swan Lake dam project holding water

WRANGELL – Primary construction work at Swan Lake wrapped up last week, leaving full capacity for its hydroelectric dam 15 feet higher than it was at the year's start. The $10,000,000 project was...

 
 By Jess Field    News    November 17, 2016

Rasmuson night at Clausen Museum

The first ever Rasmuson Art Show will be held this weekend at the Clausen Memorial Museum according to director Kathi Riemer. The event will showcase the three newest pieces the museum purchased with...

 
 By Jess Field    News    November 17, 2016

Shop teacher glad he stayed in town

Bill Neumann spent 20 years teaching shop in Petersburg and smoke houses built by his students can still be seen around town. Neumann's oldest students might be reaching retirement age, but they...

 

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