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 By Jess Field    News    January 12, 2017 

School district could lose rural funding

The Petersburg school board met Tuesday night to discuss the loss of federal secure rural school funding due to the program seemingly ending in 2017. Board president Sarah Holmgrain said the program has not been funded on a federal level beyond this...

 
 By Jess Field    News    January 12, 2017 

Chum release in Thomas Bay given green light

An application for an Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) permit alteration to release 40 million chum salmon in Thomas Bay brought forth by the Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (NSRAA) has been approved. The application...

 
 By Jess Field    News    January 12, 2017 

Black and white image is a winner

Brian Lynch didn't have to hike up Petersburg Mountain or go aboard a vessel in search of his photo "BW" that was recently selected for an exhibition dedicated to flowers. All the local photographer...

 

Bill to restore PFD cuts

JUNEAU (AP) – Bills that would restore the portion of Alaskans’ oil wealth checks that were cut by Gov. Bill Walker last year were filed Monday, ahead of the start of the new legislative session. The legislation to restore dividends was proposed...

 

Editorial: Murphy's Law hits during cold spell

We were warned that power to a 200 amp electrical service panel would eventually fail, so we planned to upgrade when we resurface the parking lot next to The Pilot next summer. On Monday, Murphy’s Law #3 seemed applicable. “If there is a...

 

Correction:

Last week’s page one photo was provided by Jean Curry. The photo credit was not correctly stated....

 

Lost bags put former mayor in Ft. Lauderdale airport at time of shootings

A mechanical delay and lost luggage put former Petersburg mayor Dave Carlson and wife Celia at the Fort Lauderdale airport just minutes before shooting broke out in Terminal 2 baggage claim area on...

 

British Columbia to clean up mine near Juneau

JUNEAU (AP) – Canadian officials say they will take action to prevent polluted water from a decades-old mine from entering the Taku River, a key source of salmon caught in southeast Alaska. British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines Minister...

 

Alaska expected to lose 7,500 jobs in 2017

KETCHIKAN (AP) – State analysts predict Alaska will lose thousands of jobs this year as it continues to deal with the effects of low oil prices. The Alaska Department of Labor estimates the state will lose about 7,500 jobs in 2017, a little more...

 

Lost bags put former Petersburg mayor in Ft. Lauderdale airport at time of shootings

A mechanical delay and lost luggage put former Petersburg mayor Dave Carlson and wife Celia at the Fort Lauderdale airport just minutes before shooting broke out in Terminal 2 baggage claim area on... Full story

 
 By Jess Field    News    January 5, 2017

Paving proposal unanimously approved

Paving proposal unanimously The Petersburg Borough Assembly passed a resolution Tuesday to approve a program known as a local improvement district or LID. The program is taking a private approach to funding paving improvements in a select number of...

 
 By Jess Field    News    January 5, 2017

Petersburg news highlights for 2016

January Public Works rolled out the borough's highly anticipated blue cart recycling program. The borough received $820,117.61 from the annual raw fish tax. Dave Zimmerman was hired as the new...

 
 By Jess Field    News    January 5, 2017

Raw fish tax figure from state finalized

Borough finance director Jody Tow recently had a small scare concerning the annual fish tax the borough receives from the state. The original figure the state gave Tow was $336,847, which would have been the lowest in 15 years, but after reaching...

 
 By Jess Field    News    January 5, 2017

Assembly deals with dangerous Lumber St. structure

The borough assembly held its first meeting of 2017 on Tuesday, and had a somewhat full slate on the agenda including a noncompliance hearing of an order to vacate and repair or demolish a dangerous building at 510 Lumber St. Borough building...

 

Attorneys seek time for possible Pebble Mine suit resolution

JUNEAU (AP) – Attorneys want a federal judge to halt temporarily proceedings in a long-running legal dispute between the group behind the proposed Pebble Mine project and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The motion, made by attorneys for...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 5, 2017

Fisherman celebrates 100th birthday

WRANGELL – A lifelong Wrangell resident, Lawrence Bahovec, celebrated his 100th birthday this week. Asked how he felt about reaching the milestone, he joked: "It makes me feel old." He was born...

 

Alaska union files grievance over Walker's budget plan

ANCHORAGE (AP) – A union representing nearly 8,000 state employees has filed a complaint against Gov. Bill Walker and his administration for an alleged violation of contract. The Alaska State Employees Association filed the class-action grievance...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    January 5, 2017

Sourdough Lodge sold, to become assisted care center

WRANGELL  – Wrangell's second-largest travel lodging has been sold, and will be repurposed as a senior housing and assisted living center this spring. The owners of the Sourdough Lodge sold the...

 

Correction:

Last week’s story on the Salvation Army Christmas collections stated the collections were $17,000 under the amount budgeted for the event. $17,000 was the target goal for the Christmas Season collections....

 

Forest Service plans restoration of creek near Petersburg

PETERSBURG (AP) – The U.S. Forest Service is moving forward with a project to restore a stream south of Petersburg. Ohmer Creek has been damaged by decades-old logging and road-building where it crosses under Mitkof Highway about 21 miles south of...

 
 By Jess Field    News    December 29, 2016

Assembly to hear paving resolution

The borough assembly will see a resolution at its next meeting to approve a program known as local improvement district or LID. Approval of the resolution would be the first step of many in taking a private approach to paying for paving a select numb...

 
 By Jess Field    News    December 29, 2016

Death of North Harbor resident confirmed

Earlier this month, PPD responded to a request from the harbormaster to conduct a welfare check of a harbor resident. On Dec. 16, Edward Bottani was found deceased aboard the M/V Glider moored in North Harbor. Bottani had not been seen for two or...

 
 By Jess Field    News    December 29, 2016

Municipal building remodel on time for New Year

The municipal building might have been a quiet construction site over Christmas, but prior to the break public works director Karl Hagerman says up to 25 men had been working in and around the...

 

Lawmaker who has long shunned spotlight is becoming speaker

JUNEAU (AP) – The incoming speaker of the Alaska House, known as a level-headed moderate willing to work across party lines, faces major tests in leading a new majority coalition and trying to secure agreement on a plan to address the state's...

 

Local man sentenced to federal prison for transportation of child pornography

Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced Wed., Dec. 21 that, on Tuesday, a Petersburg man was sentenced to federal prison for the transportation of child pornography. Marvin...

 

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