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 By Mary Koppes    News    November 20, 2014 

SEAPA receives clean audit; grant activity up in 2014

The Southeast Alaska Power Agency (SEAPA) board members met in Petersburg Nov. 13-14 to discuss the results of their annual audit and other business. Independent auditing company BDO performed this year’s audit, which followed both generally... Full story

 
 News    November 20, 2014 

'Excellent' 2015 pink salmon harvest predicted

A recent news release from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) outlines an estimated 2015 pink salmon harvest of 58 million fish. “An actual harvest of 58 million pink salmon would be well above the recent 10-year average of 41 million... Full story

 
 By Erik LeDuc    News    November 20, 2014 

Business seeks property swap with borough for tidelands parcels

Petro Marine Services is proposing to trade property they purchased from the former Union Oil Company for borough owned property they currently lease on which a warehouse and the Southeast Island... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    November 20, 2014 

Harbor boat deployed to aid stranded crabber

A coordinated effort between the harbor security boat and Good Samaritan vessels helped to get local crabbing vessel F/V Moana back to town after running aground north of town near the Sukoi Islands on the evening of Nov. 5. After talking with Coast...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    November 20, 2014 

From dogs to dollars:

Twelve-year-old Luc Diaz didn't waste any time getting his Alaska Mountain Mutts dog treat business up and running after moving to Petersburg from Girdwood, Alaska in April. Many around town already...

 
 By Erik LeDuc    News    November 20, 2014 

Students prepare for NOSB academic competition

Petersburg students came out on top in a practice bout for the seasonal academic Tsunami Bowl, as regional teams begin warming up to compete for the right to represent the state in the National Ocean...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    November 20, 2014 

Petersburg 17th highest ranked U.S. port for 2013

Petersburg pulled in 123 million pounds of fish in 2013, making it the 17th top U.S. port for commercial fishery landings last year, according to the annual NOAA fisheries report. A record-breaking salmon year, 2013 landings were more than double...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 20, 2014 

Alaska voter turnout higher than national average for midterm elections

The definitions of Alaska's political landscape are soon to be settled following the 2014 midterm elections on Nov. 4. As the last votes are counted, concessions have begun coming in. Since Election...

 
 By Erik LeDuc    News    November 20, 2014 

Extracurricular work, not just scores, is major local scholarship criteria

There’s a wealth of options when it comes to scholarships for Petersburg students, provided they get up early enough in their academic careers to make themselves suitable. Oftentimes that’s nothing more than maintaining their grades, test scores...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 20, 2014 

New ferry travel rules delayed

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities announced Friday it will be delaying the implementation of its upcoming unaccompanied minor policy for Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) services. The new policy would no longer allow...

 
 By Erik LeDuc    News    November 20, 2014 

PSD gets clean audit, warning signs for next year

Petersburg schools had, overall, a clean audit on a good fiscal year, which ended June 30. The school was able to set aside a healthy amount, budgeting for future maintenance around a law that capped reserve limits at 10 percent of schools’ expense...

 
 News    November 20, 2014 

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 By Mary Koppes    News    November 13, 2014

PMC owes Medicare $700,000; half to be covered by prior Medicare overpayment

Interim CFO Doran Hammett told the Petersburg Medical Center board at a special meeting Monday that a draft cost report revealed some $928,000 was due to Medicare. Though PMC still has $380,000 on hand from a mid-year overpayment by Medicare to pay... Full story

 
 By Erik LeDuc    News    November 13, 2014

Operation Christmas Child wraps, winging gifts across the world

As Christmas draws ever closer, people are shopping for friends, families and strangers as another season of Operation Christmas Child closes, set to send shoeboxes of sundries across the world. The program, operated under the international auspices... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    November 13, 2014

Icicle welcomes new fleet manager for Southeast

Don Spigelmyre just finished his first salmon season as Icicle Seafood's new Fleet Manager for Southeast Alaska. A native Michigander, Spigelmyre brings 22.5 years of experience with the Coast Guard...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    November 13, 2014

Salvation Army crew gears up for holiday season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year or at least the officers and volunteers at the Salvation Army are working to ensure that’s so for local families who may not be able to afford food and gifts this holiday season. Lieutenants John Birks...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 13, 2014

Unusual buildup causes tri-borough power outage

Many residents in Petersburg woke up on Nov. 6 to discover a power outage, following damage caused by a storm to Ketchikan’s Bailey Substation the previous evening. Power across the entire transmission system was down, affecting Ketchikan and...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 13, 2014

TBPC powers down for winter

Teleconferencing from the Wrangell and Petersburg assembly chambers last Thursday, members of the Thomas Bay Power Commission (TBPC) decided to call it a year. The TPBC was the acting body for the Thomas Bay Power Authority, operating Tyee...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    November 13, 2014

Activities honor local veterans

Veterans were honored for their service around town Tuesday, Nov. 11 in celebration of Veterans Day. Students from the elementary, middle and high schools as well as many community members attended... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    November 13, 2014

Public Library receives four-star rating

The Petersburg Public Library was given a four-star rating this month by the Library Journal. The library was one of eight that ranked in the state. Borough librarian Tara Alcock said the library has received a star rating five times since the...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 13, 2014

State election officials begin tallying absentee, early votes

With a number of closely-contested initial results for the general elections on Nov. 4, voters and candidates alike may be holding their breath as Alaska's Division of Elections began counting absentee and early votes Tuesday. The margins for...

 
 By Erik LeDuc    News    November 13, 2014

PIA proud of transportation work, presented recap to assembly

Petersburg Indian Association recapped nearly a decade of work on roads and trails across Mitkof Island at the Nov. 3 assembly meeting, with Transportation Director Susan Harai presenting a video detailing the tribe’s works. Since 2006, PIA has...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    November 6, 2014

Assembly approves new budget policy guidelines

After much discussion, the assembly unanimously approved a resolution to establish a new budget policy that will help guide management of Borough funds. Giesbrecht introduced a document he and Finance Director Jody Tow have been working on to help... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    November 6, 2014

Local State House hopeful falls to opponent despite strong local support

By and large local voters aligned with state results. In two races, Petersburg voters diverged with the state, the race for governor and the State House District 35 seat. Local resident Steven... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    November 6, 2014

Assembly makes strides in clarifying public services for outlying areas

A thorough discussion of public services under the Borough charter was had at Monday's regular Assembly meeting. Member John Havrilek broached the matter at the last meeting and asked for a public comment period wherein discussion and clarification o...

 

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