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 By Kyle Clayton    News    February 11, 2016 

Beloved local celebrates 100 years

When I was told I better write a story about Ruth Sandvik turning 100 years old the first thing I thought was, Who is Ruth Sandvik? I knew of her of course. Her name is synonymous with art, books and... Full story

 By Jess Field    News    February 11, 2016 

Fishing vessels aground across Narrows

Two fishing vessels belonging to Arnold Enge, the 42-foot gillnetter Moonshadow and 57-foot tender Robert G. Johnston, remain aground on the shore of Kupreanof Island after becoming submerged there... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    February 11, 2016 

School board upgrades software

The Petersburg School Board unanimously approved an $80,037 software program for the Petersburg School District’s finance office. PSD Finance Director Karen Quitslund said the current software is 35 years old and that she has been looking at new... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    February 11, 2016 

New and expanded business helped Petersburg economy grow in 2015

Despite flat or decreased sales tax contributions from some of the largest local businesses, the Petersburg economy saw a 3.7 percent increase in overall consumption from 2014 to 2015 according to...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    February 11, 2016 

State dismisses drug charges against local man after plea deal

As part of a plea deal, the state dismissed two drug distribution charges against Lars Christensen after his brother, Lawrence Christensen, entered guilty pleas to two counts, one of which was reduced. Both men were facing charges of two counts of...

 By Jess Field    News    February 11, 2016 

Local church welcomes homegrown pastor

There is one thing Nathan Lopez made sure to bring with him from the church he worked at in Omaha, Neb., the mini-basketball hoop from his tiny office. The hoop now hangs in his more spacious office...

 News    February 11, 2016 

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 By Kyle Clayton    News    February 4, 2016

Assembly silent on Kake access road funding reallocation

One could hear the proverbial crickets chirping after Petersburg Mayor Mark Jensen brought up the assembly’s previous request to have a discussion about the possibility of re-appropriating money from the Kake access road project. During its last Bo... Full story

 By Jess Field    News    February 4, 2016

Chum release in Thomas Bay put on hold

A plan to release millions of chum fry in Thomas Bay, a popular sport fishing area for Petersburg locals, was put on hold in early December until more information on the potential affects of the proposal can be gathered. The request from the... Full story

 By Jess Field    News    February 4, 2016

Catholic church welcomes new pastor

Life is an open book for Fr. Steven Gallagher, the new pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Petersburg and St. Rose of Lima Parish in Wrangell, and there is one common theme-public service. Fr.... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    February 4, 2016

Borough Assembly slowly but surely crafts marijuana ordinance

The Petersburg Borough Assembly is a short step closer to drafting a complete marijuana ordinance. Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht discussed the draft with the Borough Assembly at its February 1 meeting. “In a sense what you’ve got in front of...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    February 4, 2016

State dismisses drug distribution case against local man

The state’s case against Lars Christensen, who was facing charges of two counts of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the 2nd and 3rd degrees, was dismissed yesterday, Feb. 3. Federal and local authorities arrested Lars and his brother...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    February 4, 2016

Coast Guard Appreciation Reception

After watching a U.S. Coast Guard video clip of their rescue, skipper Steve Berry recounted his experience last summer when the Kupreanof sank off Cape Fairweather. "I wake up every morning and I have...

 By Jess Field    News    February 4, 2016

Land committee wants to increase borough owned acres

The Petersburg Land Selection Committee reviewed their preliminary land selections this week and added rationale to justify borough ownership of the land. The committee has identified over 1,300...

 News    February 4, 2016


Last week's story regarding the local budget and revenue sources, reported that seniors don't have to pay sales or property taxes. It should be noted that seniors are exempt from paying up to $150,000 in property taxes but pay taxes on home...

 By Jess Field    News    February 4, 2016

The reality of landlines and phonebooks

Alaska Power and Telephone (AP&T) began serving Southeast customers in 1957 with the purchase of the telephone company in Skagway. Today, AP&T serves 40 communities spanning from the Arctic Circle to...

 By Jess Field    News    February 4, 2016

Alaska authors wow locals with words

Almost 30 people showed up to the library for a book signing and reading event on Monday night, and those in attendance had the pleasure of experiencing two thought-provoking writing styles from very...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 28, 2016

Cuts and Taxes and Dividends Oh My!

State Rep. Jonathan Kreiss Tomkins and Alaska Department of Revenue Director Ken Alper gave a state budget crisis presentation for community members two weeks ago. They used colored blocks of wood... Full story

 By Jess Field    News    January 28, 2016

Windy weather shuts down power and highway

High winds caused havoc early Tuesday morning in Petersburg and many other Southeast communities, resulting in power outages, damaged homes and blocked highways. A strong low pressure system hit... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 28, 2016

Local high school student to sit in with AK Legislature

Petersburg High School sophomore Helen Martin, 15, will take a trip to the state capitol in early March and spend four days sitting in on the legislative session. Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins... Full story

 By Jess Field    News    January 28, 2016

Event aims to show support for Coast Guard

The Sons of Norway Hall will hold a Coast Guard Appreciation Reception on Friday night hosted by the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce. The event is open to the public and the goal is simple: thank Coast Guard crews and families for their service and... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 28, 2016

Marijuana subcommittee discusses taxation and permitting

A Local Marijuana Regulation Advisory subcommittee met and discussed issues related to the permitting and taxation of marijuana in the borough. The permitting and taxation subcommittee discussed a variety of problems associated with what it...

 By Jess Field    News    January 28, 2016

New workshop focuses on creating a healthier lifestyle

Joan Sebastian launched her latest effort to get people in Petersburg a little healthier last Saturday with her inaugural “On Track with Joan Sebastian” workshop. The weekly event will run until March 12, it is free and open to the public, and...

 By Jess Field    News    January 28, 2016

Snorkeling with steelhead in Petersburg Creek

The Petersburg Science Series presented a talk on the "Steelhead of Petersburg Creek," last week at the library, drawing an audience of around 30 people to the event. Petersburg area management biolog...

 News    January 28, 2016

Magnitude-7.1 quake jolts Alaska; 4 homes lost

ANCHORAGE (AP) — A magnitude-7.1 quake knocked items off shelves and walls in Alaska, jolting the nerves of residents in this earthquake-prone region. There were no reports of injuries, but four homes were lost to explosions or fire following the...


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