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Officials explain emergency ordinance in town hall

The Petersburg Borough held a virtual town hall on Sept. 10 to inform the public on the civil emergency provisions ordinance, which is set to go before the assembly in its third and final reading on...


COVID-19 daily update:

Last chance to speak up on emergency ordinance Sept. 18 The public will get one last opportunity to offer input on the borough’s civil emergency provisions ordinance during Monday’s assembly... Full story


Salmon disaster: pink salmon run lowest since 1976

This year's pink salmon harvest came in at around 7 million, which is considerably down from the 35 million ten year average. Troy Thynes, regional management coordinator for commercial fisheries...


Voluntary COVID-19 plan coming soon

On Friday, Sept. 11, Incident Commander Karl Hagerman said his voluntary community plan for preventing the spread of COVID-19 will be released soon after weeks of drafting and editing. "Thankfully...


Residents express contempt for emergency provisions

The community had the opportunity to speak out in support or against a permanent civil emergency provisions ordinance at a virtual town hall on Sept. 10, though the feedback the Borough Assembly... Full story


Most of Crystal Lake Hatchery funding to continue

Following the announcement last week that the Alaska Department of Fish & Game will be shutting down its Southeast Alaska enhancement program due to an absence of funding, F&G Commissioner Doug...


Absentee voting open this week

The Petersburg borough began holding in-person absentee voting for the Oct. 6 municipal election on Sept. 16 in the municipal building training room. In-person absentee voting will be open from 11...


A young team joins Petersburg high school swim & dive

At about two and a half weeks into the Petersburg High School swim season, Head Coach Andy Carlisle said the young team is showing great potential. There are 12 boys and one girl on the team, but two...


Viking runners take second in virtual meet

The Petersburg High School cross country team ran a 5k course near Greens Camp after school on Friday as part of a virtual meet with high schools throughout the region. The boys team ended up taking...


PHS volleyball begins season under protocols

This year's Petersburg High School volleyball team is about one week into their season, and like other sports this year, the team is playing under COVID-19 protocols; however, the girls are just...


Moose season open until Oct. 15

Moose season opened Tuesday, Sept. 15 and according to Alaska hunting regulations for the area, the season will run until Oct. 15. Wrangell, Petersburg, the surrounding islands and nearby stretch of...

Wrangell school board reprimands superintendent, establishes improvement plan

The Wrangell School Board held a special meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 9, to continue their discussion of a formal reprimand and improvement plan for the superintendent. Late last August, Superintendent Debbe Lancaster and several district staff...

2 drivers dead, 4 children injured in SE AK crash

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Two drivers are dead and four children were injured following a vehicle collision Thursday on southeast Alaska’s Prince of Wales Island, Alaska State Troopers said. The troopers in an online dispatch said a preliminary...


Guest Commentary: Protecting Alaska's fisheries

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Alaska has faced its share of monumental challenges. The testing of all incoming travelers, providing relief for devastated tourism businesses, creating a new...


Editorial: Approve the emergency ordinance

Borough staff presented appropriate justification for the borough assembly to approve an ordinance that will update and expand how officials respond to local emergencies at last Thursday's public...


To the Editor

Voting information To the Editor: It is simple to get an absentee, or mail-in, ballot for the general election on 3 November. By email, go to From there, click...


Meet Flora

The first stop along the Ephemeral Art Show route during the Rainforest Festival was Heidi Lee's "Flora." She got the inspiration for the piece from her grandmother who would wait at that spot for...

Yesterday's News

September 17, 1920 Last Friday evening about 6 o’clock was a red letter day for many Petersburg residents both young and old. At that time they caught their first glimpse of an airplane flying when Plane No. 4 of the New York Nome air squadron...


Up on top

Pictured is a popular ridge on Petersburg Mountain where hikers like to take a break. In the background across Frederick Sound is the Alaska Coastal Range,...

Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins public office hours Friday and Saturday

State Representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins will hold public office hours Fri., Sept. 18 from 1-2 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 19 from 9-10 a.m. at Salty Pantry. Both times will be outside and socially distanced. Masks are encouraged. No appointment is...



Alan Mooney paints the side of Hammer & Wikan Hardware on Friday, Sept....


Fish Factor: Bering Sea crabbers will soon know how much they can catch for upcoming season that opens Oct. 15

Bering Sea crabbers will soon know how much they can pull up in their pots for the upcoming season that opens October 15. This week the Crab Plan Team, advisers to state and federal fishery managers...

Police report

September 9— Authorities responded to a report of a person yelling at a location on N. Nordic Dr.  Authorities were made aware of a bear on S. 3rd St.  A disturbance was reported at a location on Lumber St.  Drug paraphernalia at a business...

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