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 By Mary Koppes    News    July 30, 2015 

Study of harbor financials yields 11 percent rate increase recommendation

A public comment period is currently underway for two draft documents released as part of the Comprehensive Plan process-a land use map and a document outlining the financial state of the Borough's... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 30, 2015 

PPD gets new officers and scheduling model

Staffing changes at the Petersburg Police Department (PPD) have led to a new scheduling model that will have police officers filling in on dispatch shifts as part of their weekly duties. Police Chief Kelly Swihart said that the idea for the new... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 30, 2015 

Raven Trail revamp in progress until Oct.

The US Forest Service and Korpela Construction crews have broken ground on a new half-mile portion of the Raven's Roost Trail. Construction began July 17 on the section which will connect the new... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 30, 2015 

Hospital pilot program to help streamline school enrollment

School enrollment will be a little bit easier for parents and staff this year as the Petersburg Medical Center (PMC) was selected to pilot a program that will transmit vaccine records, sports physicals and other pertinent medical information...

 By Dan Rudy    News    July 30, 2015 

Salard found guilty, faces 10-40 years

WRANGELL — The jury in the trial of Greg Salard found the former family physician guilty of two child pornography charges, for receipt and distribution. A lesser, third count was not deliberated by jurors. Judge Anthony Burgess presided over the...

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 30, 2015 

Erickson earns Eagle Scout rank

Eighteen-year-old Skipper Erickson was the most recent in the Petersburg troop to join the rank of Eagle Scout. Erickson took the scouting oath for the rank in a ceremony on July 3, capping off six...

 News    July 30, 2015 

Glacial fjord tours may harm harbor seals

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Tourists who want to look at seal pups resting among Alaska’s glacial fjords may be making things harder for the marine animals. Cruise ship traffic in the glacial fjords an import nursery area for harbor seal pups has...

 By Dan Rudy    News    July 30, 2015 

Stikine ceremony to mark Mt. Polley disaster anniversary

WRANGELL — On Sunday Alaska Native and Canadian First Nations groups will mark the first anniversary of the Mount Polley tailings dam collapse in a ceremony on the Stikine River. On Aug. 4, 2014, a rupture in the tailings dam servicing the British...

 News    July 30, 2015 

Alaska governor discusses Medicaid expansion decision

JUNEAU (AP) — Gov. Bill Walker said he believes his bill to expand Medicaid would have passed the Legislature if brought to a vote but that the legislation never seemed to be progressing toward that end. Walker announced this month his intention...

 News    July 30, 2015 

Local humpback obtains longest re-sighting record

A humpback whale that was first sighted in Lynn Canal in 1972 was re-sighted by researchers earlier this month feeding off Cape Fanshaw in Frederick Sound. The 44-year span between the two sightings...

 News    July 30, 2015 

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 By Mary Koppes    News    July 23, 2015

Show me the money:

The Borough Assembly is working to put a proposition on the Oct. 6 municipal ballot that exempts candidates running for local public offices from a state requirement to disclose income, business interests and other assets. An ordinance to put the... Full story

 News    July 23, 2015

Paddlers conquer the Narrows

The 2nd annual Paddle Battle sponsored by the Petersburg Medical Center Foundation saw 33 paddlers this year and one ride-along pup. Paddlers from age seven to 66 took to the water with 22 folks... Full story

 By Mary Koppes and Dan Rud    News    July 23, 2015

Court fee increases take effect in August

Users of services in the Alaska Court System (ACS) will be seeing new fees for some services and fee increases for other services beginning August 1. The increases were approved by the Alaska Supreme Court in June. “The increased or additional... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 23, 2015

Candidates sought for 20 vacancies

Residents wishing to serve or continue serving as local officials can file for candidacy for 20 vacant positions (see sidebar) on seven different boards and commissions starting Tuesday, July 28....

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 23, 2015

Assembly voices concerns about winter ferry schedule

The Assembly agreed to send a letter to the Alaska Department of Transportation (ADOT) as part of the public comment period on the winter schedule that expresses concerns about the schedule’s ability to meet student travel and visitor’s needs....

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 23, 2015

Wastewater infrastructure repairs more costly than anticipated

Additional needed repairs to the wastewater infrastructure have been discovered by crews working on the sewer project in conjunction with the Haugen-Nordic Drive road construction project that began earlier this summer. “As the work commenced it...

 News    July 23, 2015

Pilot staff receives national recognition

The Petersburg Pilot won second place for Best Local News Coverage in the National Newspaper Association (NNA) 2015 Better Newspaper Editorial Contest. The Pilot competed for the award against daily and non-daily newspapers across the country that...

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 23, 2015

Weaver sentencing further delayed

Sentencing in the trial of former Petersburg resident Mark Weaver, 60, has been delayed again. Weaver pled guilty to a felony charge of Possession of Unregistered Destruction Devices in February following an explosion incident in the rock quarry...

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 23, 2015

Martin sentenced in residential burglary case

Brittany Martin, 22, of Juneau, pled guilty to two amended charges during a change of plea hearing before Superior Court Judge William Carey on Monday. Martin was indicted on a Class B felony charge for burglary in April after she was identified in...

 News    July 23, 2015

Borough Manager's Report

Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht gave the following report at Monday’s Assembly meeting: - An extreme low tide did damage Sunday morning at the launch ramp float when a random chunk of piling floated in and lodged itself under one of the float...

 News    July 23, 2015

Alaska ferry delayed 3 days, engine problems blamed

JUNEAU (AP) — Those who had hoped to catch a ride on the Alaska ferry Columbia Tuesday should be able to depart sometime Friday. The ferry was supposed to make stops in Sitka, Wrangell, Petersburg, Ketchikan and eventually Bellingham, Washington,...

 News    July 23, 2015

Alaska high court: Local mining initiative unenforceable

JUNEAU (AP) — Alaska's highest court ruled Friday that an initiative seeking to restrict large-scale mining in the Bristol Bay region seriously impedes a regulatory process set out in state law and is unenforceable. The Alaska Supreme Court affir...

 News    July 23, 2015

Ketchikan Boy Scout rescued after 3,000-pound boulder pins his legs

JUNEAU (AP) — Firefighters in Alaska rescued a Boy Scout after a 3,000-pound boulder tumbled onto him at a Juneau camp, pinning his legs. The Juneau Empire reports Capital City Fire/Rescue freed the boy Monday after an intensive rescue that took...

 News    July 23, 2015

Consultant hired to help recommend Medicaid reforms

JUNEAU (AP) — The state health department has hired a consultant to help recommend next steps as Gov. Bill Walker's administration plans to implement Medicaid expansion and looks to make further changes to the existing Medicaid program. The contrac...


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