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 By Dani Palmer    News    April 16, 2015 

Petersburg schools facing more cuts

Already facing funding challenges from this year’s legislative session, schools were hit with another potential blow when the Senate Finance Committee proposed a 4.1 percent base student allocation cut. It was done “literally under the cover of... Full story

 News    April 16, 2015 

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 By Mary Koppes    News    April 16, 2015 

Recycling petition will be certified; Assembly to vote on resolution Monday

Borough Clerk Debbie Thompson said she will be certifying the most recent application for petition submitted by Angela Davis and Wes Davis, which includes a resolution to continue the blue bag recycling program. The application was submitted in... Full story

 News    April 16, 2015 


Last week’s article about the Petersburg Borough Assembly passing an amended resolution allowing for the Southeast Alaska Power Agency’s (SEAPA) bond refinancing and new bond sale incorrectly stated that all member utilities, including Wrangell... Full story

 By Dani Palmer    News    April 16, 2015 

Flu season isn't over yet; tips for prevention

It’s winding down, but it’s not over yet. “A big upswing” in type B influenza cases has served as a reminder that “the flu never truly goes away,” Public Health Nurse Erin Michael said. During the week of April 6, there were three type B... Full story

 By Dani Palmer    News    April 16, 2015 

Spring troll fishery opens early

The 2015 spring troll fishery got its early start this week. The fishery opened in select locations at 12:01 a.m. today, Thursday. Last year, the first spring troll fishery opened on May 1. Frederick Sound, Ernest Sound, the Neets Bay Terminal...

 By Mary Koppes    News    April 16, 2015 

Board of Equalization hears five property assessment appeals

The Petersburg Borough Assembly sat as the Board of Equalization (BOE) for 2015 property assessment appeals on April 6. There were 66 appeals this year, most of which were settled privately with the Borough’s assessors Mike Renfro and Arne...

 By Dani Palmer    News    April 16, 2015 

Local organizations benefit from Pick.Click.Give

A statewide fundraiser, Pick.Click.Give. saw a 25 percent increase in donors and a 20 percent increase in dollars raised this year, benefitting six of Petersburg’s own organizations. Pick.Click.Give. gives Alaskan residents the chance to make a...

 By Dani Palmer    News    April 16, 2015 

Petersburg police investigating recent burglaries

The Petersburg Police Department is investigating a string of burglaries—the latest reported just a week ago. Beach Bum Tanning reported a break-in to the police department at 10 a.m. on April 9. Chief Kelly Swihart said the burglar took products...

 By Dani Palmer    News    April 16, 2015 

Immunization Week will provide free vaccines for all ages

Next week is National Infant Immunization Week, and the Petersburg Public Health Center will be waiving administrative fees for those who stop in. “It’s just kind of a reminder to people how important it is to get infants vaccinated,” Public...

 By Mary Koppes    News    April 16, 2015 

Dahl to play college ball in Auburn, Wash.

Petersburg High School senior Shalie Dahl will swap her Vikings jersey for a Gators uniform as she takes to the basketball court this fall for Green River College in Auburn, Wash. "I've always wanted...

 By Mary Koppes and Dan Rud    News    April 16, 2015 

PHS students get artful in Wrangell

Six Petersburg High School students travelled to Wrangell to participate in Artfest last week, and three students earned "Best of Workshop" awards. Julia Murph took home the honor for jewelry making,...

 By Mary Koppes    News    April 16, 2015 

Track and Field athletes warm up for spring season

The Petersburg High School Track and Field team is in full swing practicing for their season that starts May 1. Head Coach Brad Taylor said this year’s team is comprised of about 40 runners, jumpers and throwers. A group of about 25 traveled to...

 News    April 16, 2015 

News guide: Alaska legislative session's end date nears

JUNEAU (AP) – Heading into the legislative session in January, two of the big issues were Gov. Bill Walker's desire to expand Medicaid and the suddenly more urgent need to confront Alaska's budget deficit amid a crash in oil prices. Here is a rundo...

 News    April 16, 2015 

Alaska ferry sailings uncertain with possible budget cuts

KETCHIKAN (AP) – Alaska Marine Highway System officials say more than 9,200 travelers have bought tickets for some ferry sailings this summer that might have to be canceled if funding is not restored to the proposed budget for fiscal year 2016....

 News    April 16, 2015 

Alaska's yellow cedar considered for endangered protection

ANCHORAGE (AP) – An iconic Alaska tree may warrant protection as a threatened or endangered species due to climate warming, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday. The agency will begin a status review of yellow cedar, a tree revered...

 By Dani Palmer    News    April 16, 2015 

School Board still searching for a new member

The Petersburg School Board is still seeking a new member after the deadline to turn in letters of interest passed without anyone turning one in. Mara Lutomski announced at Tuesday evening’s meeting she’d like to submit a letter if the board...

 By Mary Koppes    News    April 9, 2015

Borough assembly delays recycling purchases pending citizen initiative

The Borough Assembly voted 5-2 in favor of delaying the purchase of a new sanitation truck for the recycling program. Though the Assembly approved the transition to a cart-based system on March 16, an as-yet unresolved citizen initiative to retain... Full story

 By Dani Palmer    News    April 9, 2015

Nordic-Haugen road project to begin soon

The first phase of the $8.6 million Nordic-Haugen road project is expected to kick off soon with utility work. Originally slated to begin in the summer of 2014, the project was pushed back to this spring with the construction bid recently awarded to... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    April 9, 2015

Parks and Rec implements $50,000 budget cut

Though the Borough has a balanced budget for the upcoming fiscal year (beginning July 1, 2015), they have begun preparing for leaner times ahead. Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht has tasked the Parks and Recreation department to cut $100,000 from... Full story

 By Dani Palmer    News    April 9, 2015

Residents get new wheels at Mountain View Manor

It used to be difficult for some, so they just wouldn't get out and about. But now that Mountain View Manor has a new set of wheels for its residents to spin around in, ridership has doubled. "We do...

 By Mary Koppes    News    April 9, 2015

The many faces of theatre: Juneau troupe brings Shakespeare to the local stage

The Juneau-based troupe Theatre in the Rough will bring Shakespeare’s The Life of King Henry V to a Petersburg audience this weekend. Director Aaron Elmore said the production is brought to life by a troupe of eight actors who collectively fill 40...

 By Mary Koppes    News    April 9, 2015

Petersburg resident faces felony charge following downtown vehicle collisions

Police arrested Lars D. Christensen, 56, on a charge of felony assault following two motor vehicle accidents on N. Nordic on April 1. According to the criminal complaint filed by police, witnesses saw...

 By Mary Koppes    News    April 9, 2015

Shoppers to enjoy two tax-free days in 2015

Petersburg shoppers will enjoy two Sales Tax Free Days this year: May 2 and October 3. The Assembly unanimously approved a resolution providing for the two days. Last year’s tax free days resulted in just over $19,000 in uncollected sales tax...

 By Mary Koppes    News    April 9, 2015

SEAPA bond resolution passes with amended wording

Petersburg Borough Assembly members passed an amended resolution to allow Southeast Alaska Power Agency (SEAPA) to move forward with refinancing of existing 2009 bonds and a proposed $7 million bond sale to fund an expansion of the Swan Lake...


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