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 By Jess Field    News    July 21, 2016 

Assembly unanimous on October marijuana vote

The Petersburg Borough Assembly unanimously passed three ordinances in their final reading dealing with marijuana at its meeting Monday. One prohibited the smoking of marijuana at a properly licensed marijuana retail establishment and one added... Full story

 By Jess Field    News    July 21, 2016 

The Petersburg Borough Assembly backs state income tax

The Petersburg Borough Assembly voted unanimously to pass a resolution opposing a state sales tax and favor a state income tax. Governor Bill Walker proposed the idea of a 3 percent statewide sales tax on July 11, during the fifth special session of... Full story

 By Jess Field    News    July 21, 2016 

Three Lakes Shelter hosts picnic celebration

The Petersburg Ranger District held a local celebration to recognize the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act last week and over 80 people attended the event. The celebration... Full story

 By Jess Field    News    July 21, 2016 

Dealing with addiction:

Editor's note: Part two of a two-part series The idea of setting a tolerance when dealing with hard drugs and addiction in Petersburg might seem odd. But tackling the problems associated with drugs...

 By Jess Field    News    July 21, 2016 

Petersburg youth playing Pokémon GO

If you see a group of kids walking around looking at their phones, odds are good they are chasing monsters playing Pokémon GO. The app available on iPhone and Android devices mixes the real world with the virtual world of Pokémon, and it’s no exa...

 By Jess Field    News    July 21, 2016 

Legislative candidate visits Petersburg

State House hopeful Sheila Finkenbinder visited town last weekend to meet locals and garner support for her campaign opposing House District 35, Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tompkins in the upcoming...

 News    July 21, 2016 

Wilson represents Alaska at Republican National Convention

The 41st Republican National Convention came to order on Monday and representing the largest state in regards to area, the delegation from Alaska is situated in between New Hampshire and Nebraska on the convention floor. After spending a week before...

 News    July 21, 2016 

Alaska Legislature officially ends special session

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The special session called by Gov. Bill Walker has officially ended, with no final action toward addressing Alaska’s multibillion-dollar deficit. The Senate adjourned Monday, after a gridlocked House called it quits Friday....

 News    July 21, 2016 

Goat drowns trying to escape Alaska crowds

SEWARD, Alaska (AP) – A mountain goat in Alaska jumped into the ocean to get away from crowds snapping its picture, and the animal drowned when it couldn’t get back to land because of the crush of people on shore. Alaska State Troopers say...

 By Jess Field    News    July 21, 2016 

Engine repairs leave Columbia tied to Petersburg dock

The Alaska Marine Highway System ferry MV Columbia will remain docked in Petersburg due to a mechanical issue with the vessel’s starboard engine, according to a news release. The vessel is currently docked at the Petersburg Ferry Terminal,...

 By Dan Rudy    News    July 21, 2016 

Water shortage prompts state of emergency in Wrangell

WRANGELL – With the supply of treated water dangerously low, the Borough Assembly officially declared the city to be in a state of disaster Tuesday evening. The decision was reached during a special session in which officials met with departmental...

 News    July 21, 2016 

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 By Jess Field    News    July 14, 2016

Vote coming concerning pot in Petersburg

Petitioners desiring a vote on whether or not the borough should prohibit the cultivation and sale of recreational marijuana met their deadline last week and gathered enough signatures to put the question to a vote. Over 430 names have been verified... Full story

 By Jess Field    News    July 14, 2016

Trial Court hours cut to save agency money

The office at the Petersburg Trial Court will no longer operate on Friday afternoons due to cutbacks the Alaska Court System is imposing to help save money during tight financial times. As of July 1, Magistrate Judge Desiree Burrell and her staff...

 News    July 14, 2016


In last week's Pilot it was stated Centennial Park would be getting benches, a totem pole and a covered shelter. However, those improvements will be added to the library grounds, not the park itself....

 By Jess Field    News    July 7, 2016

Centennial Park officially unveiled at public library

A celebration for the opening of Centennial Park, the latest addition to town and the Petersburg Public Library, took place last weekend with around 100 people showing up for the event. Locals... Full story

 By Jess Field    News    July 7, 2016

Candlelight vigil held for car crash victims

Hundreds of Petersburg residents turned out Monday night to take part in a candlelight vigil for the victims in a one-vehicle crash earlier in the day. The vigil began downtown and made its way to... Full story

 By Jess Field    News    July 7, 2016

Municipal building work on schedule

Construction efforts on the municipal building are right on schedule with the demolition process going smooth so far, according to Karl Hagerman, Public Works director. "Actually, it's going along fai...

 By Jess Field    News    July 7, 2016

Entangled whale ditches tracking buoy

The entangled humpback whale being tracked by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Marine Mammal Stranding Network lost its tracking gear two week’s ago, leaving...

 By Jess Field    News    June 30, 2016

Petitioners file to put marijuana to a vote

Petersburg Borough voters may get their chance to have a say on whether or not commercial cultivation and retail sale of recreational marijuana is allowed later this year. Last Wednesday, an initiative petition was filed with the borough, saying the... Full story

 By Jess Field    News    June 30, 2016

Two deceased after in-town car crash

Two females are deceased after an early morning one-vehicle crash, and a community vigil will be held tonight before the fireworks. Two others in the crash were taken to the local hospital, but their names have not been released. Fourth of July... Full story

 By Jess Field    News    June 30, 2016

Ketchikan swimmer takes on the Wrangell Narrows

Navigating the Wrangell Narrows can be tricky, if not treacherous, depending on the vessel size and time of year. On June 14, Britta Adams of Ketchikan became the first known individual to swim the... Full story

 By Jess Field    News    June 30, 2016

Lutheran Church says goodbye to pastor

The Petersburg Lutheran Church pastor Mike Schwarte and his family are leaving town this week to pursue a new life in Alabama. He was assigned to Petersburg's Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic Church...

 By Jess Field    News    June 30, 2016

Yacht rendezvous coming to Petersburg

Petersburg is hosting the largest gathering of Nordhavn yachts ever seen in an Alaska harbor. The Nordhavn Northwest Rendezvous will take place July 8-10, and the event is attracting yacht owners...

 By Jess Field    News    June 30, 2016

Heroin bust leads to child pornography charges

On January 18, Southeast Cities Against Drugs Task Force (SEACAD) arrested 28-year-old Marvin Jackson on charges of possession of heroin with the intent to distribute. Jackson was detained at the Petersburg’s James A. Johnson per a search warrant....


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