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 By Mary Koppes    News    August 28, 2014 

7th annual Rainforest Festival brings stars to town

The 7th annual Rainforest Festival kicks off next week. There are many highlights this year including a portable planetarium for viewing a projection of the night sky indoors and the first ever Rain... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    August 28, 2014 

Work continues on the Drive Down dock

The Drive Down dock project is on schedule and workers are driving piling and assembling steel components this month. The three-phase project is well into the second phase now, which includes... Full story

 By Suzanne Ashe Special to the Pilot    News    August 28, 2014 

Eggs return to Crystal Lake Hatchery, as construction continues

There are new salmon eggs in the incubators of Crystal Lake hatchery, although the facility is undergoing reconstruction. The hatchery, which is located at the 17.5 mile marker of Mitkof Highway, suffered a devastating fire in March with the loss of...

 By Mary Koppes    News    August 28, 2014 

Three suspects involved with local burglary case

Police apprehended one suspect and are investigating two others in conjunction with the burglary of a Petersburg home last Tuesday. Officers arrived on the scene after a neighbor reported two individuals breaking into an E. Lansing Street home,...

 News    August 28, 2014 

Kupreanof man found dead outside home

A Kupreanof man was found dead on the beach in front of his cabin on the south end of Kupreanof Island last Tuesday, Aug. 19. Alaska State Troopers responded to the report of a deceased person in front of a remote cabin on the Wrangell Narrows. The...

 By Mary Koppes    News    August 28, 2014 

Assembly sends letter urging more stringent review of KSM mine

The Petersburg Borough Assembly unanimously approved a motion to send a letter to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) urging them to elevate the federal assessment for the KSM (Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell) mine project to the panel...

 By Dan Rudy    News    August 28, 2014 

Cancer care tourney raises nearly $15,000

WRANGELL - After being rescheduled earlier in the month because of foul weather, supporters of cancer care were finally able to come together this past weekend to golf, mingle and raise funds for a go...

 News    August 28, 2014 

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 By Suzanne Ashe and Mary Koppes    News    August 21, 2014

18 candidate vacancies remain on Oct. ballot

There is still time to register for one of the 18 remaining candidate positions before the deadline Tuesday. There are 37 positions total to fill on the Oct. 7 ballot. There have been no new filings for Borough Assembly since last week. Two 2-year... Full story

 News    August 21, 2014

A short history of the Kake Access (road) project

The Kake Access project, or "road to Kake," has a long history. Below is information about the project in the last five years. The Kake Access road was included as a budget item in 2010, but Governor Sean Parnell vetoed the project after receiving...

 By Mary Koppes    News    August 21, 2014

Letter to Mental Health will ask for suspension of Papke's land sale

The Petersburg Borough Assembly unanimously voted at Monday's meeting to send a letter to the Petersburg Mental Health Land Trust asking them to postpone the sale of three land parcels near Papke's... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    August 21, 2014

ADOT officials present transportation plan, face scrutiny from residents

Representatives from the Alaska Department of Transportation (ADOT&PF) gave a public presentation on their long-range transportation plan for Southeast Alaska last Wednesday. The presentation was followed by a public comment period, which centered... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    August 21, 2014

Petersburg voters diverge with state on Measure No. 1

The primary election wrapped up Tuesday evening and Petersburg voters aligned with the state in all but two contests. The biggest difference between state and local voters was seen in Measure No. 1....

 By Mary Koppes    News    August 21, 2014

Assembly support for location of interim ferry terminal shifts

The assembly voted unanimously in favor of a motion to change the wording in their letter to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in support of the North End Ferry Authority's Rainforest Islands Ferry using a Petersburg launch point. The...

 By Suzanne Ashe Special to the Pilot    News    August 21, 2014

Staff and students readying for first day of school

Three Petersburg School Board seats are up for grabs during this year’s Borough election and all remain vacant, though the three incumbent board members said they would run for their seats again at Tuesday's meeting. Vice-President Sarah...

 By Mary Koppes    News    August 21, 2014

Assembly approves electric rate increase, service agreement with ADOT

The Petersburg Borough Assembly met Monday evening and approved several ordinances and motions. The assembly unanimously approved on the third and final reading the ordinance to increase and restructure electric rates. Mayor Mark Jensen was not...

 News    August 21, 2014

Cleanup underway at Cold War radio site in Alaska

PETERSBURG (AP) — A federal contractor is removing soil contaminated by fuel and debris at a Cold War mountaintop radio site near Petersburg. The Kupreanof Island site was a manned U.S. Air Force communications station, one of 18 built in Alaska...

 By Mary Koppes    News    August 21, 2014

Northwood Sand and Gravel wins bid award

The Borough Assembly voted unanimously to accept the bid award from Northwood Sand and Gravel to furnish 1000 tons of 3/8"-minus traction sand to the Public Works Department. Public Works Director Karl Hagerman recommended the company's low bid of...

 By Mary Koppes    News    August 21, 2014

Superior Court denies Juneau's motion for a stay

Juneau Superior Court Judge Louis J. Menendez denied the City and Borough of Juneau's (CBJ) motion for a stay pending appeal. CBJ appealed the Local Boundary Commission's decision on the northern boundary of the Petersburg Borough in October 2012....

 By Suzanne Ashe Special to the Pilot    News    August 21, 2014

Debate continues over old legislation regarding pre-enrollment physical exams

The beginning of the new school year has brought an old debate to the fore, of whether or not school nurses could provide pre-enrollment physical examinations for students. During the Petersburg School Board meeting on Tuesday, Board President Jean...

 By Dan Rudy    News    August 21, 2014

Alzheimer group holds state-wide quilting bee

Alzheimer's Resource of Alaska (ARA) is hosting its first-ever Unity Quilting Bee this year to celebrate its 30-year anniversary. Alaskans whose lives have been affected by Alzheimer's are being invited to send in 12-inch by 12-inch cotton squares,...

 By Mary Koppes    News    August 14, 2014

Several board, assembly seat vacancies remain as filing deadline approaches

A week and a half remains for interested parties to file for candidacy to sit on the Petersburg Borough Assembly or serve as a member of multiple advisory boards. The following is the status of positions as of Fri., August 8 according to Borough... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    August 14, 2014

Salmon fishing update Pink forecast right on track, Chums harvest disappointing

There has been an ebb and flow of boats in the harbor as the summer salmon season presses on. The Southeast drift gillnet fishery opened on July 6 with the challenge of overcoming a landslide on the Tahltan River in late May that caused a barrier to... Full story

 By Suzanne Ashe Special to the Pilot    News    August 14, 2014

Fate of Wrangell Ave house still pending

Attorneys in the Superior Court in Juneau recently argued over the fate of a collapsed house in Petersburg. The borough wants the house demolished, citing it is a dangerous structure, but the... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    August 14, 2014

August days break rainfall records

Even to those well adjusted to Petersburg weather, the downpour of rain in the past weeks hasn't gone without notice. So far two days this month have set new precipitation records. National Weather...


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