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 By Jess Field    News    September 3, 2015 

It's time for the annual Rainforest Festival

The 8th Annual Rainforest Festival kicks off next week and those attending the festival are going to be offered diverse opportunities, including watching an impactful documentary about a basket... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    September 3, 2015 

Former PFI worker sentenced for disorderly conduct

Former PFI worker Mark Diega, 50, of Chula Vista, Calif., pled guilty to an amended, misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct on Aug. 28 at a proceeding before Superior Court Judge William Carey. He... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    September 3, 2015 

Late August rains break records

Heavy rains last Friday and Saturday, August 28 and 29, broke precipitation records for those respective days, according to National Weather Service data. Residents braved a rainy Friday which saw... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    September 3, 2015 

Medical center shower room project progress with Paddle Battle funds

Construction on a new tub and shower room in the Long Term Care unit at Petersburg Medical Center will begin this month. “We’ve had our contractor and architect look at the project,” said Director of Nursing Jennifer Bryner. “We’re...

 By Jess Field    News    September 3, 2015 

Hammer and Wikan has new general manager

Hammer and Wikan is in the process of replacing Larry Martin as general manager after 17 years of service. The transition began in mid-July and will continue through May, allowing Martin to attend...

 By Dan Rudy    News    September 3, 2015 

Rainforest Islands Ferry service underway after months of delay

On Friday a new inter-island ferry began making runs, lowering its ramp at Banana Point. Rainforest Islands Ferry will be a three-stop service between Wrangell, Mitkof and Prince of Wales islands, run...

 By Jess Field    News    September 3, 2015 

PMC Board unanimous in decision to replace clinic phone system

Petersburg Medical Center (PMC) Board of Directors unanimously voted to approve spending just under $80,000 to replace the outdated telephone system currently used in the Joy Janssen Clinic after it recently crashed, sending the clinic into crisis...

 By Jess Field    News    September 3, 2015 

"Tracing Roots" to be featured at Rainforest Festival

Delores Churchill will turn 86 years old in October, but the memory of her mother and the spirit of a special relative, keep her going. To say she is a very busy lady, is like saying people in...

 News    September 3, 2015 

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 By Mary Koppes    News    August 27, 2015

Voters to consider financial disclosure for a second time

The Petersburg Borough Assembly met on Thursday, Aug. 20, instead of their regularly Monday meeting, and took on a light agenda. An ordinance to create a local exemption to the state’s financial disclosure requirement for some public officials pass... Full story

 By Mary Koppes and Dan Rud    News    August 27, 2015

Southeast pink salmon price low, harvest low

Of an estimated 58 million pink salmon harvest for 2015, so far seiners have netted less than half that, some 26 million by the end of last week. "We are not even coming close (to projections),"... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    August 27, 2015

16 candidates declared to fill 21 board vacancies

Sixteen local residents have declared candidacy for local boards and commissions. Six seats remain open. The only contested seat is on the Harbor Board where three candidates have filed to fill two... Full story

 By Jess Field    News    August 27, 2015

New school year right around the corner

Student registration is well underway for the Petersburg School District, and so far the number of students signing up is encouraging for the Aug. 31 start of classes. "We've registered 18 new kids...

 By Jess Field    News    August 27, 2015

Activities director discusses budget cuts, 2A reclassification

For Jaime Cabral, pulling double duty as the Petersburg High School and Middle School activities director means being more involved with students and community. But dealing with budget cuts handed down from the State Legislature can make overseeing 2...

 By Jess Field    News    August 27, 2015

Dodson joins the Police Department

Officer John Dodson, 26, is the newest member of the Petersburg Police Department, having recently moved here from Kansas. He has experience working for the National Parks Service and began his law...

 News    August 27, 2015

Rainforest Islands Ferry starts service this Friday

The Rainforest Islands Ferry is now taking reservations and service is scheduled to begin on Friday, Aug. 28, according to Kent Miller, manager of the North End Ferry Authority. The ferry passed Coast Guard inspection late last week, and operated...

 News    August 27, 2015

Officials limit wolf harvest in southeast Alaska to 9

KETCHIKAN (AP) — Due to a lower estimate of the number of wolves in southeast Alaska, state and federal managers have reduced the combined limit for the federal subsistence and state general hunts to nine wolves in the area. In Game Management 2,...

 By Jess Field    News    August 27, 2015

Cannery workers reflect on season in Petersburg

Steven Missouri, 28, has worked in Alaska for a couple seasons. This was his first year with PFI and he leaves Thursday to return to a job doing freezer plates on a Dutch Harbor vessel. He got in...

 By Jess Field    News    August 27, 2015

Early morning fire damages Frederick Drive property

Early Saturday morning, police dispatch received a call from a home owner reporting a garage on fire at a private residence south of Sandy Beach on Frederick Drive. The Fire Department responded immediately, sending two engines and a work truck....

 By Mary Koppes    News    August 20, 2015

Weaver sentenced to 5 years probation, fine in explosives case

Longtime Petersburg resident Mark Weaver, 60, was sentenced to five years probation and given a $10,000 fine in US District Court in Juneau on Monday for detonating an unregistered destructive device... Full story

 By Jess Field    News    August 20, 2015

DMV service transfer extends weekly hours

After this week, the Police Department will no longer provide DMV services for the Borough, a move that will allow dispatchers to focus on their primary responsibility. DMV services will transition to... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    August 20, 2015

Fifteen public positions remain without candidates as filing deadline approaches

Just six residents have filed paperwork with the Borough clerk to run as candidates in the October municipal election. There are 21 vacancies on seven local boards and commissions up for election, including two 3-year terms on the Petersburg Borough... Full story

 By Jess Field    News    August 20, 2015

Researchers let lighthouse visitors listen underwater

Humpback whales swimming the northeast region of Fredrick Sound during summer months do their best to attract spectators, but a recent grant is helping researchers add streaming whale songs to the...

 By Jess Field    News    August 20, 2015

Columbarium extends life of cemetery

Petersburg Veteran's Community Columbarium, took shape last week as four columbariums were installed. The sleek looking structures were purchased through state grant money, and are constructed with...

 By Dan Rudy    News    August 20, 2015

Regular season wraps up for Muskeg Meadows

After a rainy summer punctuated by four cancelled tournaments, Muskeg Meadows Golf Club decided to end its season early. Following the Sea Level Seafoods tournament last weekend, the course is now closed to regular play for the year. Course Manager...


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