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 News    October 30, 2014

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 By Mary Koppes    News    October 23, 2014 

Case of suspected heroin dealer proceeds

Public Defender Eric Hedland, representing 20-year-old Christafur Morrell, was recently denied a Motion to Suppress evidence by Superior Court Judge William Carey. Morrell was indicted by a Grand Jury in early July on two charges of Misconduct Involv... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    October 23, 2014 

Police chief gets advanced training at FBI National Academy

Petersburg Police Chief Kelly Swihart is participating in an exclusive training opportunity with the FBI National Academy (NA) this fall. Swihart described it as "a total immersion into leadership... Full story

 
 By Erik LeDuc    News    October 23, 2014 

Local feline diagnosed with incurable, contagious disease

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus has cropped up again in Petersburg, diagnosed in a feral cat trapped on the south end of Haugen Drive in the South Third Street area on Oct. 17. The incurable disease, while not transmissible to humans or other animals,... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    October 23, 2014 

Public says 'no' to pesticide use, Assembly discusses new radios for public safety personnel

A few issues sparked a lively discussion among assembly members and the public at Monday’s regular meeting. Four residents spoke out against the use of herbicides and pesticides to be sprayed by the state in the area. The assembly discussed the...

 
 By Erik LeDuc    News    October 23, 2014 

Kitchen issues continue to plague Petersburg schools

Petersburg schools' aging kitchen continues to cook up new headaches for administrators as they continue to work towards securing funding for a much needed complete remodel. This time, it was the...

 
 By Erik LeDuc    News    October 23, 2014 

Local House candidates pass unopposed primaries, prepare for general election

Both candidates to represent Petersburg and other communities in House District 35, Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tompkins and Republican Steven Samuelson, had an easy time arriving at the ballot box this...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    October 23, 2014 

Petersburg group embarks on international service project

Lizzie Thompson began dreaming up a service project to participate in with her daughter, Kate, when Kate was still a baby. "I decided that when she was old enough to participate in and feel empowered...

 
 By Erik LeDuc    News    October 23, 2014 

Alaska Sea Grant discusses retaining youth, growing maritime industries

Little Norway continues to be a welcoming haven for visitors, recently hosting the Alaska Sea Grant conference over Thursday and Friday, where participants convened for an annual meeting of the minds on all matters maritime. More specifically to the...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    October 23, 2014 

Who gets what? Assembly considers public services and service areas

Two issues related to public services and service areas surfaced at Monday’s regular assembly meeting. Assembly member Bob Lynn introduced a motion to table an ordinance, on its second reading, to transfer traffic codes from the former City of...

 
 By Erik LeDuc    News    October 23, 2014 

Warmer temps likely going into winter, possible El Niño year

Winter in Petersburg is likely to be a bit warmer than the nights of yesteryear, though whether there will be a white, or just slushy entrance to the spring season still is up in the air. “They are going with a greater than 40 percent chance that...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    October 23, 2014 

Wrangell doctor charged in child porn case

WRANGELL - On the morning of Oct. 15, Wrangell physician Greg Salard was arrested for the alleged receipt, possession and distribution of child pornography following a search of his home by law...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    October 16, 2014

Begich receives ANB/ANS Grand Camp endorsement

After hearing from incumbent U.S. Senator Mark Begich and his opponent, Republican candidate Dan Sullivan, at the ANB/ANS Grand Camp last Friday, the Native organization endorsed Begich. Both... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    October 16, 2014

Weaver detained in Anchorage, awaits arraignment

Petersburg resident Mark Weaver, 59, awaits an arraignment and status of counsel hearing in Anchorage after the U.S. Marshal's service transferred him from Tacoma, Wash. where he was arrested in late August. Weaver was indicted by a Grand Jury on... Full story

 
 By Erik LeDuc    News    October 16, 2014

Mallott endorsement reaffirmed by ANB/ANS

The Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood reaffirmed its support for Democrat Byron Mallott, Lieutenant Governor candidate on the 'Unity Ticket' with Independent gubernatorial...

 
 By Erik Leduc    News    October 16, 2014

City Creek trail to get boardwalk, additional improvements

City Creek trail will be getting a significant facelift over the building season of 2015, and perhaps on into the next few years, in an effort to make the increasingly popular coastal rainforest... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    October 16, 2014

Official municipal election results unchanged

While political hopefuls for the statewide election in November were addressing residents and ANB/ANS delegates last Friday, Borough Assembly members met in a special session to canvass and certify the municipal election held Oct. 7. Of ten absentee...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    October 16, 2014

Parnell talks political priorities in Petersburg

A host of politicians and political hopefuls were in town last week to speak at the ANB/ANS Grand Camp and many arranged meet-and-greets with community members as well. Among them was Republican...

 
 By Erik LeDuc    News    October 16, 2014

School, theater sign on Haugen Drive to move in 2015

Borough residents will have to look elsewhere for school happenings and movie times than the usual spot along Haugen Drive, as, come the construction season of 2015, a large electronic sign...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    October 9, 2014

Financial disclosure for local officials, tobacco tax pass in Tuesday's election

Though local public officials have been exempt from doing so in the past, they will now have to file financial disclosure statements in accordance with state statute. According to the preliminary results released by the borough, just 31 votes... Full story

 
 By Erik LeDuc    News    October 9, 2014

Assembly finalizes Capital Projects list, bumps school kitchen up

Petersburg Assembly Members finalized the 2015 Capital Projects list for the borough, looking to primarily address infrastructure upgrades in the top items. “The borough departments, as well as the school and hospital, have reviewed the 2015 Capita... Full story

 
 By Erik LeDuc    News    October 9, 2014

Banana Point to host Rainforest Island Ferry - for now

Petersburg Assembly members voted, with a few caveats, to express their support to the state for a new ferry service to land in the borough. Despite earlier alternatives offered, the North End Ferry Authority (NEFA) had circled back to Banana Point,... Full story

 
 By Erik LeDuc    News    October 9, 2014

Borough receives DHS grant for tower, police gear

Assembly members accepted a large grant from the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency to improve the security of the borough. The grant, totaling $80,138.94, was...

 
 By Erik LeDuc    News    October 9, 2014

Borough to launch design of Scow Bay haul out

Assembly members unanimously moved to go out to bid for the design of a haul-out facility at Scow Bay, looking to begin the long process that will eventually transform 11.5 acres of waterfront property into a work yard to properly clean vessels. Thou...

 

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