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 News    January 29, 2015 

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 By Mary Koppes    News    January 29, 2015 

Borough requests site clean up, attorney's fees from Wrangell Ave. homeowners

Though a ruling was made Jan.16 in the case of Fred Triem and Karen Ellingstad versus the Borough, the matter is still not settled. After having the case under advisement for several months, Superior Court Judge Philip M. Pallenberg affirmed the... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes and Kyle Clayton    News    January 29, 2015 

Joint decision: municipalities respond to state marijuana law

The Petersburg Borough Assembly is soliciting community input on a law going into effect Feb. 24 that allows the personal use of marijuana. The law also provides for the eventual commercial sale of... Full story

 
 News    January 29, 2015 

Meth bust on Wednesday

According to a Petersburg Police press release, on Jan. 28, Petersburg Police and Southeast Alaska City Against Drugs task force, with the assistance of the USPS and FBI, arrested Samuel Nelson, 51, of Petersburg, for alleged crimes involving... Full story

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 29, 2015 

This January could be rainiest month on record

Petersburg residents might slosh through the rainiest January on record, according to data from the National Weather Service. As of Wednesday afternoon, 19.5 inches of rain has fallen this month securing Petersburg at least a second place ranking...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    January 29, 2015 

Transfer Bridge install moves dock project forward

The transfer bridge of the new drive down dock drew quite a crowd during its Jan. 16 installation. Despite the downpour Petersburg residents came out, cameras in hand, to watch a large crane place...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    January 29, 2015 

Midkiff wins state prize for staying active

The state-sponsored Healthy Futures Challenge awarded $300 to second grader Martha Midkiff for her participation in the fall 2014 program that ran from Sept.-Nov. Midkiff was one of three kids...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    January 29, 2015 

Mark Weaver's trial set for March

U.S. District Judge Timothy Burgess granted a motion to give defendant Mark Weaver, 59, and his counsel more time to prepare before his case goes to trial at a Nov. 19 hearing. With the granting of the Unopposed Motion to Continue Trial, Weaver’s...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    January 29, 2015 

Morrell to serve 23 months in jail

Superior Court Judge William Carey sentenced 20-year-old Christafur Morrell to serve 23 months flat of jail time for Attempted Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the 2nd Degree. He was also sentenced to pay police training and jail...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    January 29, 2015 

Medical center considers adding occupational therapist to staff

Petersburg Medical Center CEO Liz Woodyard announced that the hospital is considering hiring an occupational therapist to replace physical therapist Leslie Stancliff who announced her retirement from the facility. “One of the things we’ve looked...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    January 29, 2015 

Hospital works to decrease payment turnaround time

At last Thursday’s meeting, Petersburg Medical Center’s Interim CFO Doran Hammett updated the board on recent efforts to increase cash on hand at the facility by decreasing accounts receivable (A/R) days –the amount of time it takes for a...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 29, 2015 

Board of Fish votes to keep Dungeness management plan

Meeting in Wrangell last week, the Alaska Board of Fisheries elected to maintain the current Southeast Alaska Area Dungeness Crab Fisheries Management Plan. A trio of policy proposals would have repealed the plan and its early closure thresholds,...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 29, 2015 

Wrangell to go without wildlife trooper for foreseeable future

WRANGELL — The Wrangell area will be without an Alaska Wildlife Trooper for the foreseeable future, according to the state agency’s Juneau office. The vacancy was created by the transfer of Trooper Scott Bjork to the Juneau area earlier this...

 
 News    January 29, 2015 

Obama to seek wilderness designation for Alaska refuge

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – President Barack Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich coastal plain, drawing an angry response from top state...

 
 News    January 29, 2015 

Applications being accepted for American Seafoods grant program

The Community Advisory Board of American Seafoods Company announced it will be accepting applications for its Alaska community grant program. The deadline for applications is Feb. 17. Since its inception in 1997, the CAB has granted over $1.25...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    January 22, 2015

Borough will bid on Papke's Land

The Assembly voted 5-1 to bid on land at Papke’s Landing in the winter auction of the Mental Health Trust Land Office. Assembly member Nancy Strand was the sole vote against the resolution. “I can’t support the Borough getting involved in... Full story

 
 News    January 22, 2015

Icicle Seafoods is up for sale

Paine & Partners of San Francisco has announced the sale of Icicle Seafoods according to multiple news sources including Undercurrent.com and other seafood industry news sites. According to Laine Welch of the Fish Factor, Pacific Seafoods is seen as... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    January 22, 2015

Judge affirms Borough's determination of Wrangell Ave. home as 'dangerous building'

On Jan. 16, Superior Court Judge Philip M. Pallenberg issued his decision affirming the Borough’s determination that a Wrangell Ave. home owned by Karen Ellingstad and Fred Triem is a “dangerous building” according to municipal code. The... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    January 22, 2015

Kake mayor pleas for local support for power intertie

Though many of the thirty individuals who showed up at the public meeting held last Wednesday to discuss the Kake-Petersburg Intertie (KPI) expressed their support for the project, a spirited...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    January 22, 2015

Worhatch ekes out Rain Game win

Max Worhatch IV is this year’s Chamber of Commerce Rain Game winner with a guess of 115.75 inches. The total reported precipitation by NOAA for 2014 was 115.87 inches, meaning Petersburg saw higher than average precipitation this year. According...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 22, 2015

School board approves outside Superintendent hiring process

The Petersburg School Board approved a new search proposal with the Alaska Association of School Boards (AASB) to conduct a search for a new PSD Superintendent after the Board accepted previous Petersburg School District Dr. Lisa Stroh’s...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    January 22, 2015

2015 Rotary exchange student headed to Thailand

Jasmine Ieremia will be spending the 2015-16 school year abroad in Thailand. The Petersburg High School freshman learned the location of her studies abroad after attending a winter orientation for...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 22, 2015

School board approves boiler replacement, teacher training day

The Petersburg School Board unanimously approved Tuesday night a $69,350 bid to replace a boiler in the middle school. Ketchikan Mechanical Incorporated submitted the second lowest bid to the district and will replace the current leaky boiler that wa...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    January 22, 2015

Areawide parking regulations ordinance moves forward

After some discussion about the jurisdiction of two new sections of a municipal code governing parking regulations, the Borough Assembly voted unanimously to pass the ordinance on its second reading. The ordinance was tabled in early October pending...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    January 22, 2015

Legislators pursue herbicide issue

According to Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht’s report to the Assembly, the ad hoc committee formed to investigate possible local action regarding state herbicide use is working with State House representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins’ office to...

 

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