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 By Jess Field    News    June 30, 2016 

Petitioners file to put marijuana to a vote

Petersburg Borough voters may get their chance to have a say on whether or not commercial cultivation and retail sale of recreational marijuana is allowed later this year. Last Wednesday, an initiative petition was filed with the borough, saying the... Full story

 By Jess Field    News    June 30, 2016 

Ketchikan swimmer takes on the Wrangell Narrows

Navigating the Wrangell Narrows can be tricky, if not treacherous, depending on the vessel size and time of year. On June 14, Britta Adams of Ketchikan became the first known individual to swim the... Full story

 By Jess Field    News    June 30, 2016 

Lutheran Church says goodbye to pastor

The Petersburg Lutheran Church pastor Mike Schwarte and his family are leaving town this week to pursue a new life in Alabama. He was assigned to Petersburg's Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic Church...

 By Jess Field    News    June 30, 2016 

Yacht rendezvous coming to Petersburg

Petersburg is hosting the largest gathering of Nordhavn yachts ever seen in an Alaska harbor. The Nordhavn Northwest Rendezvous will take place July 8-10, and the event is attracting yacht owners...

 By Jess Field    News    June 30, 2016 

Heroin bust leads to child pornography charges

On January 18, Southeast Cities Against Drugs Task Force (SEACAD) arrested 28-year-old Marvin Jackson on charges of possession of heroin with the intent to distribute. Jackson was detained at the Petersburg’s James A. Johnson per a search warrant....

 By Jess Field    News    June 30, 2016 

Fourth of July schedule additions

Generally Fourth of July events happen on July 3 and 4, but this year, with the Fourth falling on a Monday the committee was looking for options to extend the weekend fun. This year, there will be...

 By Jess Field    News    June 30, 2016 

Planning commission grants permit for gun retailer

The Planning and Zoning Commission held nine public hearings at its meeting last week, with one concerning a conditional use permit to operate a home occupation involving firearms. At the meeting last week, Marcus Hom, who resides at 1309 Gjoa...

 By Jess Field    News    June 30, 2016 

Hospital board discusses pet policy

The Petersburg Medical Center board heard of steps being taken to set guidelines for allowing service animals and therapeutic animals in the facility. The policy is awaiting policy committee approval, and PMC chief nursing officer Jennifer Bryner...

 News    June 30, 2016 

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 By Jess Field    News    June 23, 2016

New feathered residents at Long Term Care

The recent addition of two bird cages filled with feathered friends for Petersburg Medical Center's Long Term Care (LTC) residents is all about combating loneliness, helplessness and boredom. The... Full story

 By Jess Field    News    June 23, 2016

Assembly prohibits on-site marijuana consumption

The Petersburg Borough Assembly continued to hear public opinion on amendments to the Smoke Free Air Act ordinance at its meeting Monday. The discussion was the second reading and ended with the assembly removing any wording that would have... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    June 23, 2016

SEC calling for ferry reform proposals

WRANGELL — Alaska’s state ferry system is embarking on a journey to make itself more financially viable over the next 25 years, as a process to refocus and possibly restructure, spearheaded by Southeast Conference. Representing the region’s... Full story

 By Jess Field    News    June 23, 2016

Man charged with meth distribution indicted

The bail has been raised for a man involved in the latest drug bust in Petersburg. On June 6, police searched 214 North Nordic Drive Apt #5 and found Sovanmony “Mony” Mao, 43, hiding in a closet after the Petersburg Court issued a warrant. “In...

 By Jess Field    News    June 23, 2016

PHS student slated to spent next year abroad

Back in November, Marissa Nilsen interviewed for the privilege of studying abroad as part of the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. A couple weeks later, she was told she made the cut. In January,...

 News    June 23, 2016

Scientists: Drop Arctic from plans for offshore drilling

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Nearly 400 scientists have signed a letter urging President Obama to eliminate the possibility of Arctic offshore drilling in the near future by taking the Arctic Ocean out of the next federal offshore lease sale plan. The...

 News    June 23, 2016

Elfin Cove woman dies in boating collision

ANCHORAGE (AP) — A 44-year-old woman has died in a boating collision near Elfin Cove in southeast Alaska. Alaska State Troopers say they Elfin Cove resident Elizabeth Eskelin died after the skiff she was traveling in with four others struck...

 News    June 23, 2016

Governor calls second special session over budget deficit

JUNEAU (AP) — Gov. Bill Walker is recalling lawmakers to Juneau to deal with the state's multibillion-dollar budget deficit, caused by tumbling oil prices. Walker said Sunday that a special session will be held beginning July 11. The House...

 By Jess Field    News    June 16, 2016

Entangled humpback whale still traveling

The NOAA Fisheries Marine Mammal Stranding Network is still tracking the adult, well-traveled humpback whale entangled in line and dragging an orange buoy trailing behind about 30 yards. The network... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    News    June 16, 2016

Swan Lake outage affects tri-borough grid

Power service went down to southern Southeast Alaska communities, following problems at the Swan Lake dam site on June 8. The hydroelectric dam is one of two major producers utilized by Southeast Alaska Power Agency, primarily servicing the... Full story

 By Jess Field    News    June 16, 2016

Committee dedicated to preserving local history is underway

The Historic Preservation Committee became official after holding the first meeting in Petersburg earlier this week. On Monday, committee members gathered to set goals for the summer. "This is going... Full story

 News    June 16, 2016

Icicle sale is completed

The Cooke family, which owns Cooke Aquaculture, has completed its purchase of Icicle Seafoods after a year long process, according to Nell Halse of Cooke Aquaculture. The deal was completed and announced on June 10. “The Icicle team is excited...

 By Jess Field    News    June 16, 2016

SEAPA seeks control of Swan Lake hydro

The Southeast Alaska Power Agency (SEAPA) board held its regular meeting in Petersburg last week, with board members in attendance from Ketchikan, Wrangell and Petersburg. Much of the meeting focused...

 News    June 16, 2016

Rainforest Island Ferry faces funding problems

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) – An independent ferry serving communities in southeast Alaska is struggling to come up with the funds to continue its service, and the operators are working with federal managers to figure out next steps. The Ketchikan...

 By Jess Field    News    June 16, 2016

School board busy with summer duties

The school board met for its monthly meeting Tuesday, and worked its way through a full agenda including the FY17 budget, changes to student handbooks and an activity fee increase. The Petersburg district, like many others in Alaska, is dealing with...

 By Dan Rudy    News    June 16, 2016

Residential school big feature for Institute concepts

WRANGELL - The planning team for future development at Wrangell's former Institute site returned this week for a second round of public discussions. At a presentation Monday night, information gleaned...


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