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 By Dani Palmer    News    May 21, 2015 

Haugen-Nordic road construction project gets moving

One of Petersburg's biggest construction projects is nearing its end as the other's just beginning. Work on the $8.6 million Haugen-Nordic road project started last week while nearly $3 million worth... Full story

 
 By Dani Palmer    News    May 21, 2015 

School budgeting faces more challenges with budget stalemate

The Petersburg School District’s financial future is still unknown, but it was looking bleak Monday evening. Governor Bill Walker announced Monday afternoon that he had vetoed parts of the budget packet that were unfunded, leaving Alaska’s school... Full story

 
 News    May 21, 2015 

King Salmon derby starts this Friday

The 34rd Annual Petersburg Chamber of Commerce King Salmon Derby gets underway this Friday at 7 a.m. The derby continues through the Memorial Day Weekend and ends Monday at 5 p.m. Two tagged fish have been released at Frederick Point. The $10,000... Full story

 
 By Dani Palmer    News    May 21, 2015 

Airport project nearing end

Things should be getting back to normal at the Petersburg James A. Johnson Airport fairly soon. A nearly $3 million rehabilitation project of the taxi and runway is expected to be finished by the end of June, said Jeremy Woodrow, spokesman for the...

 
 By Dani Palmer    News    May 21, 2015 

'Pretty rare' lightning strike knocks out all the lights

Not common for the area, a short-lived thunderstorm caused a minor disturbance in Petersburg on Tuesday. At about 3:10 p.m., a lightning strike hit a tree, transformer line and transformer, putting "t...

 
 By Dani Palmer    News    May 21, 2015 

Trial set for July in burglary case

Facing a Class B felony charge of burglary, 22-year-old Brittany Martin’s trial is set to begin July 21. Martin, of Juneau, was indicted on the felony charge of burglary in the first degree on April 24. According to the indictment document, she all...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    May 21, 2015 

Local woman convicted of credit card fraud

Petersburg resident Gesabel Rosa, 22, was convicted of six theft charges at a proceeding before Superior Court Judge William Carey on May 18. Nineteen fraud charges, including two felonies, were brought against Rosa following a police investigation...

 
 News    May 21, 2015 

Fleming places first in national science competition

Two Alaska high school students won top honors in a national competition for original scientific research. Ian Fleming, of Petersburg, earned first place and a $12,000 scholarship for his research on the negative effects of a common herbicide on...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    May 21, 2015 

TRT fund changes advance; public hearing June 1

The Assembly unanimously passed, on second reading, an ordinance that would create a special revenue fund to house Transient Room Tax (TRT) revenues. Those funds currently go into the General Fund, and Finance Director Jody Tow said moving them to a...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    May 21, 2015 

Assembly authorizes Sandy Beach camping for Chataqua group

Assembly members at Monday’s regular meeting took swift action on a small agenda of items. The item garnering the most discussion was a request for long-term camping authorization at Sandy Beach Park by Parks and Rec Director Donnie Hayes for a...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    May 21, 2015 

Vikings fall to Juneau in three games

The Petersburg High School baseball Vikings fell to Juneau-Douglas in a three-game matchup last Wednesday and Thursday at Juneau. Though Juneau is one of the top teams in the conference, Head Coach Jim Engell said his team is capable of beating...

 
 News    May 21, 2015 

Chief Shakes hot springs repair work

The Chief Shakes Hot Springs Recreation Area is scheduled for work from mid-July to mid-August including foundation repair to decaying cedar posts on the indoor tub and roof replacements to the indoor tub and outdoor changing room. The indoor tub...

 
 News    May 21, 2015 

Borough Manager's Report

Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht gave the following report at Monday’s Assembly meeting: Community Development and Finance staff are working to streamline the process of issuing building permits and other land use permits. With both departments in...

 
 News    May 21, 2015 

2015 Lingcod sport regulations

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game recently announced the lingcod sport fishing seasons, bag and possession limits, annual limits, and size limits have been established for the Southern Southeast Area: Southern SEAK Area: Season: May 16 –...

 
 News    May 21, 2015 

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 By Dani Palmer    News    May 14, 2015

Little Norway Festival kicks off

The Vikings and Valkyries of Petersburg will soon be wandering the streets again, participating in the Little Norway Festival’s biggest schedule yet. This year’s celebration of Norwegian heritage, Syttende Mai (May 17, the day Norway’s... Full story

 
 News    May 14, 2015

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 By Dani Palmer    News    May 14, 2015

Ferry Taku sidelined for summer travel AMHS's summer schedule to see little change otherwise despite budget cuts

It’s been a concern since budget talks began: the Alaska Marine Highway System’s summer ferry service will remain as scheduled — with the exception of the MV Taku. That ferry won’t be returning until October as maintenance to other vessels ha... Full story

 
 By Dani Palmer    News    May 14, 2015

Comprehensive plan meeting addresses challenges

With Petersburg joining the rest of the state in bracing for future budget cuts, the consultants working on the borough’s comprehensive plan said they’ve already taken a “head on” approach when setting goals. Much of Wednesday evening’s... Full story

 
 By Dani Palmer    News    May 14, 2015

TAC approves timber transition recommendations for Tongass

After a nine month process, the Tongass Advisory Committee (TAC) has approved its recommendations for a transition to young-growth timber in the Tongass National Forest. “It’s a pretty complex set of recommendations, but there were two important...

 
 By Dani Palmer    News    May 14, 2015

Walker tops pedometer challenge with over 1 million steps

Taking more than a million steps in six weeks' time, Mary Meucci topped this year's pedometer challenge, earning herself a $350 gift certificate and iPad mini. Meucci logged 1,090,486 steps and got fi...

 
 By Dani Palmer    News    May 14, 2015

Education, Medicaid big topics in stalling of budget decisions

Alaska’s legislature has yet to formally reconvene in special session as it was expected to do Tuesday. Instead, hearings are being held and it’s unclear when things will move forward, Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins (D-Sitka) said Tuesday...

 
 News    May 14, 2015

Lt. Governor outlines state stake in British Columbia issues

JUNEAU (AP) — Alaska has clear interests in protecting with extreme vigilance the water quality in rivers that flow into the state that could be affected by mine projects across the border in Canada, Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott said Monday. Mallott,...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    May 14, 2015

PMC board moving forward with capital projects

The Petersburg Medical Center (PMC) will be making a few upgrades once it’s figured out where exactly to take the money from. PMC’s Board of Directors voted to move forward with a capital projects list containing six items; a long-term care tub...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    May 7, 2015

Recycling petition withdrawn: Cart program slated to roll out this fall

A petition to retain the blue bags as part of the Borough’s curbside recycling program has been withdrawn by its sponsor Angela Davis and 13 co-sponsors, bringing to an end a several months long debate about the future of recycling collection in... Full story

 

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