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 By Kyle Clayton    News    May 19, 2016 

Borough assembly takes no formal action on marijuana opt-out proposal

The Petersburg Borough Assembly heard more than an hour of public comment regarding Assembly member Kurt Wohlhueter’s plan to propose a retail marijuana opt out measure on October’s ballot. The Borough Assembly is in the process of adopting a... Full story

 By Jess Field    News    May 19, 2016 

Norwegian ambassador excited for Mayfest

Kåre R. Aas, the Norwegian ambassador to the United States, is in town for Mayfest, and he cannot wait to meet and speak with locals. "I'm looking to really getting to know the Norwegian-Americans... Full story

 By dan rudy and Jess field    News    May 19, 2016 

Local ferry out of commission again

An interisland ferry service startup has stopped again, after reporting trouble with its landing craft. After discovering water in the stern of the Rainforest Islander, operator Rainforest Islands Ferry contacted its customers last week to cancel... Full story

 By Jess Field    News    May 19, 2016 

Local National Guard armories to be repurposed

The Alaska National Guard (ANG) armories in Petersburg and Wrangell are set to be repurposed. Steps are already being taken to achieve the repurposing effort in Wrangell and the process is slated to...

 News    May 19, 2016 

The Petersburg Borough Manager updates Assembly during the May 16 meeting

Abatement has begun on the building project. New curb in front of the building has been poured, and Power & Light got the underground conduit put in place prior to the concrete pour. An attempted suicide in the jail was prevented by staff on April 30...

 By Jess Field    News    May 19, 2016 

Mexican musician slated to play at Mayfest

Bob Dolan loves to travel and will go on vacation just about anywhere, but wherever he goes, it's all about the music. He loves going to Mexico, especially Xalapa the capital city of the Mexican...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    May 19, 2016 

New National Honor Society students inducted

Ten new Petersburg High School National Honor Society students were inducted this year and the school held a ceremony in the Wright Auditorium Tuesday morning. Van Abbott, Katie Brock, Abbey Hardie,...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    May 19, 2016 

Borough offers parks and rec director job to Washington applicant

The Petersburg Borough held a community meet and greet for two Parks and Recreation director applicants at the community gym Tuesday evening. Chandra Thornburg from Seattle, Wash. and Melanie McElroy...

 By Jess Field    News    May 19, 2016 

Students have strong reaction to mock car crash

A mock car crash staged in the parking lot behind the community gym kept local emergency crews and students busy for a good part of the morning last Thursday. Students from the eighth grade up to...

 By Jess Field    News    May 19, 2016 

Sacred Harp gospel group welcomes all to sing

One of the red doors at Sons of Norway Hall was cracked open on Monday morning to make sure anyone wanting to see and hear the singing group known as Sacred Harp could enter. The voices and spirit of...

 News    May 19, 2016 

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 By Jess Field    News    May 12, 2016

Icicle Seafoods to be purchased by Cooke family

Cooke Aquaculture announced the signing of a definitive agreement to purchase Icicle Seafoods earlier this week. The purchase will mean new ownership for one of the largest seafood processors... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    May 12, 2016

Assembly member to request retail marijuana opt out vote on October ballot

Petersburg Borough Assembly member Kurt Wohlhueter wants to let the people of Petersburg choose whether or not retail marijuana will be allowed in town and will propose such an idea at the May 16 Borough Assembly meeting. Wohlhueter said the... Full story

 By Jess Field    News    May 12, 2016

Lutomski hired as Chamber of Commerce manager

The Petersburg Chamber of Commerce board of directors knew exactly what to do when faced with finding a new administrative manager. They contacted Mara Lutomski. She had shown prior interest in the... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    May 12, 2016

PMC to begin community outreach as uncertain future looms

Petersburg Medical Center staff and board members face tough decisions and an even tougher fiscal climate as they continue discussion on how to improve or replace their inadequate facility. PMC board, staff members and architect Joann Lott from...

 By Ron Loesch    News    May 12, 2016

Editorial: Tax rates vs. property values

The Borough Assembly and taxpayers spend too much time discussing the question of equitable millage rates for differing sections of the borough. Many property owners say their millage rate should be determined by the quantity and quality of services...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    May 12, 2016

City of Kupreanof celebrating 40 years

City of Kupreanof residents are celebrating their city’s 40th anniversary this Saturday, May 14. Current Kupreanof Mayor Tom Reinarts said activities are planned and he hopes people will head across the Narrows to enjoy the Kupreanof experience....

 By Kyle Clayton    News    May 12, 2016

Puppeteer group to perform during Mayfest

A Haines puppeteer performing arts group, Geppetto's Junkyard, will be performing in the Wright Auditorium during this year's Mayfest activities. Debi Knight Kennedy, a puppeteer in the group, said...

 By Jess Field    News    May 12, 2016

Track and field battles bad weather in Juneau

Thirteen track and field athletes competed at a Thunder Mountain High School meet in Juneau last weekend, and a couple accomplished new personal and school records despite bad weather. “It was miserable,” says head coach Brad Taylor. “It was...

 By Jess Field    News    May 12, 2016

Middle school robotics mixes LEGO with learning

When the Mitkof Middle School started a robotics class nearly 10 years ago only a couple students took the course. This quarter, there are 14 sixth-graders taking part and learning problem solving ski...

 By Jess Field    News    May 12, 2016

Application for public use to mobile home park rezoning declined

The Petersburg Borough Planning and Zoning Commission held three public hearings at their meeting Tuesday morning, and declined to approve a rezoning application for Pat Magill-Stevens. The application sought to rezone Lot 14, Skylark Addition from...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    May 12, 2016

School board approves new curriculum, hires new teacher

The Petersburg School Board met Tuesday, May 11 and approved the hire of Joyce Metsa for next school year’s high school math teacher. The board also approved a new social studies curriculum and a new SHOP Lite (low intensity technology education)...

 News    May 12, 2016

Legislative panel releases oil, gas tax credit rewrite

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska legislative committee on Tuesday unveiled a draft oil and gas tax credit bill aimed at breaking an impasse that helped send lawmakers into overtime, proposing to phase out most existing credits and calling for a new...

 News    May 12, 2016

Agency: Eagle hit Alaska plane before crash that killed 4

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A small airplane hit a bald eagle before it crashed and burst into flames just north of Anchorage last month, killing all four people on board, authorities said Wednesday. It is the nation's first civilian plane crash to re...

 News    May 12, 2016

Sealaska buys stake in Seattle seafood company

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Southeast regional Native corporation Sealaska has announced the purchase of a minority stake in a Seattle-based seafood processor, marking its first transition into the seafood industry in nearly 30 years. Sealaska Chief...


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