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 By Mary Koppes    News    March 26, 2015 

Borough goes unopposed in Papke's land bid

The Petersburg Borough was the lone bidder on three parcels of land at Papke's Landing. Seven parcels at Papke's Landing were up for bid as part of the Alaska Mental Health Trust's 2014 winter land... Full story

 By Dani Palmer    News    March 26, 2015 

Marijuana committee meets for the first time

The Local Marijuana Regulation Advisory Committee met for the first time Wednesday evening, establishing subcommittees to discuss concerns more in-depth. It ultimately decided to form three subcommittees: zoning, discussing where marijuana may be gro... Full story

 By Dani Palmer    News    March 26, 2015 

Petersburg School District predicting enrollment growth

The Petersburg School District is looking at a potential enrollment increase next year, “exciting” news for a district that had been seeing a fairly steady decline until the last year or two, Superintendent Erica Kludt-Painter said. After... Full story

 By Dani Palmer    News    March 26, 2015 

'It's been quite a ride'

The two have spent 65 years together as a married couple, traveling and taking on new ventures. George and Florabelle Rice are celebrating that anniversary this week, having married on March 25, 1950....

 By Mary Koppes    News    March 26, 2015 

Grant funding available for local nonprofits

The Petersburg Community Foundation’s (PCF) will award $11,000 to local nonprofit organizations this year as part of their annual grant cycle. Three or more organizations will receive grant monies from PCF to support programs in areas ranging from...

 By Dani Palmer    News    March 26, 2015 

Petersburg students competing in statewide science symposium

It's a great opportunity to work with scientists and see what peers from other parts of the state are doing: four students from Petersburg High School are heading to the Alaska Statewide High School S...

 By Mary Koppes    News    March 26, 2015 

One People Canoe Society brings paddle making to Petersburg

One People Canoe Society (OPCS) will be hosting their first-ever Petersburg paddle making workshop this weekend. Veteran paddle makers Jim Zeller and Doug Chilton will lead participants through the three-day workshop using equipment in the...

 By Dan Rudy and Mary Koppes    News    March 26, 2015 

Petersburg residents featured in film about Stikine River

The Inside Passage Waterkeeper organization premiered their "Water is Life" film to a Petersburg audience of about 50 at the public library on Friday. The ten-minute video follows the Stikine River...

 By Dani Palmer    News    March 26, 2015 

Pedometer challenge offers a chance to 'get out and get active'

It may be called the 10,000 Steps Challenge, but the real goal, Assistant Fire Chief Dave Berg said, is for community members to take as many steps as they can during a day. Petersburg’s third challenge began Monday, March 23, and ends Sunday, May...

 By Mary Koppes    News    March 26, 2015 

1,400 cans donated from elementary's Read to Feed fundraiser

Stedman Elementary School students helped collect 1,400 canned food items to donate to the food bank at the Salvation Army through their reading efforts in February. Each 30 minutes students read...

 News    March 26, 2015 

Federal judge rejects Big Thorne timber sale lawsuit

ANCHORAGE (AP) — A logging project in the Tongass National Forest is closer to beginning after a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by conservation groups. KTVA reports U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline ruled in favor of the U.S....

 News    March 26, 2015 

Don Young sponsors federal medical marijuana legislation

JUNEAU (AP) — U.S. Rep. Don Young has introduced legislation that would provide federal recognition for states that allow medical marijuana. According to a press release from Young's office, the legislation, also sponsored by Democratic Rep. Steve...

 News    March 26, 2015 

Walker: Medicaid expansion, a must-have

JUNEAU (AP) — Gov. Bill Walker says he considers Medicaid expansion and an Interior energy bill to be must-haves for the remainder of the legislative session. Walker tells The Associated Press that Medicaid expansion should be able to pass this...

 By Dani Palmer    News    March 26, 2015 

New sport fish area manager settling in

There are different management challenges with the Petersburg-Wrangell area having more freshwater opportunities, but new Area Manager for Sport Fish Patrick Fowler said the move has "been good."...

 By Dani Palmer    News    March 26, 2015 

Pink salmon season prep underway

Those looking to work at Petersburg’s fish processors will have a good chance to jump onboard with this summer’s pink salmon season predicted to be a big one. “The 2015 harvest forecast of 58 million pink salmon is well above the recent...

 By NICK BOWMAN Ketchikan Daily News    News    March 26, 2015 

Rainforest ferry service to begin this June; Will link Coffman Cove, Wrangell, S. Mitkof Island

While established Alaska ferries fight for funding, a small startup is about to launch from northern Prince of Wales Island. The North End Ferry Authority based in Coffman Cove has created the Rainforest Islands Ferry, a three stop service that...

 News    March 26, 2015 

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 By Mary Koppes    News    March 19, 2015

Amidst opposition, assembly approves recycling changes

The borough will transition to a cart-based, in-house recycling program. The assembly passed an ordinance 5-2 at Monday's meeting that budgets for the switch. Sixteen residents spoke on the issue-the... Full story

 By Dani Palmer    News    March 19, 2015

Banquet speaker encourages career tech programs

Doug Ward is passionate about the maritime industry and preparing today's youth for work in it. The Director of Shipyard Development for Vigor Alaska Shipyard and Drydock, Inc., Ward spoke at the...

 By Dani Palmer    News    March 19, 2015

H&W receives business of the year

Chamber MC Donnie Hayes, left, claps as Chamber of Commerce Board of Director Vice President Dave Kensinger, middle, hands Hammer and Wikan True Value Hardware Store Manager Lee Carrao a plaque for... Full story

 By Dani Palmer    News    March 19, 2015

School board approves 1 percent salary increase for teachers, discusses budgets

Contracts and budgets were a big part of discussion during Tuesday evening’s school board meeting. The school board reached an agreement with the Associated Teachers of Petersburg, approving a 1 percent salary increase for teachers in 2015-16.... Full story

 By Dani Palmer    News    March 19, 2015

School board president resigns

After nearly 14 years on the school board (with a 20 year break in-between), President Jean Ellis has resigned. Ellis said her term was originally supposed to be up in 2014, but that she “drew the l...

 By Mary Koppes    News    March 19, 2015

Assembly denies appeal of net house permit

The assembly unanimously voted to deny an appeal by Joe Aliberti of a conditional use permit issued by the Planning Commission on Feb. 12 for Aaron and Katrina Miller to build a net house on their property on Lot 4 of Bay Estates. Aliberti owns...

 By Mary Koppes    News    March 19, 2015

PCC teachers honored as SE Alaska Preschool Teachers of the Year

Petersburg Children's Center (PCC) teachers Brandi Heppe and Shauna Pitta-Rosse were chosen as the Southeast Alaska Preschool Teachers of the Year by the Association for the Education of Young Childre...

 By Mary Koppes and Dani Palmer    News    March 12, 2015

'Gloom and doom': budget deficit looms large for legislators and locals

As the 29th Alaska State Legislature reached the halfway point of this year's session last week, Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, House District 25 representative, stopped in Petersburg to talk about legislature issues with a local impact. By far, the... Full story


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