Petersburg Visitor Guide

Lack of food brings bears into town

The Petersburg Police Department received over 30 calls in the past week from residents reporting bears in garbage cans or on their property. Petersburg Area Biologist Frank Robbins, with the Alaska...

COVID-19 daily update:

Recent positive case was from local resident August 14 Earlier this week, the borough’s Emergency Operations Center reported that a traveler in town had tested positive for COVID-19, but at the... Full story

MMS, PHS to meet in-person every other day

The Petersburg School Board approved schedules for Mitkof Middle School and Petersburg High school at their meeting on Tuesday that includes alternate days of in-person instruction at the start of...

Traveler tests positive for COVID-19

A traveler tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 4 after previously testing negative for the virus, according to a press release from the Petersburg Operations Center. The traveler arrived in town at...

Slow start for elementary school students

Starting Aug. 31, students will return to Rae C. Stedman Elementary School under a schedule that splits the student body into two groups to avoid the possible spread of COVID-19 among students and...

Eighteen local election seats vacant

This year's municipal elections will be held in person at the Parks and Recreation Center on Oct. 6 and some residents have already filed for candidacy. Twenty-six public office seats are up for...

Alaska behind in 2020 Census response

Alaska is ranked last among the 50 states in its response to the 2020 United States Census, as of Tuesday, Aug. 11. Only Puerto Rico is behind Alaska in its response to the census, according to...

PMC needs $1 million in COVID funds

The Petersburg Medical Center Board of Directors agreed to request $1,004,638.50 at a special board meeting on Friday from the Petersburg Borough's COVID-19 fund should grants from the state fall...

White orca seen in Frederick Sound

Passengers onboard Dennis Rogers' charter boat, Northern Song, were treated to a rare surprise last Thursday, Aug. 6, when they witnessed a white killer whale hunting with two other orcas near Kake....

DNA links Arkansas man to 1996 Alaska strangulation death

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A DNA match has solved the strangulation murder of a teenager in southeast Alaska, a case that was cold for 24 years and saw another man acquitted of the crime after confessing, Alaska State Troopers said Tuesday. DNA...

Yesterday's News

August 13, 1920 Colonel W. B. Greeley, National Forester for the U.S. was a Petersburg visitor late last week and spent the greater part of one day and night here inspecting the local mill, going over the town and conferring with local people about...

Keepin' an eye on you

A curious river otter watches as a pair of kayakers make their way up the slough. The river otter followed the kayakers, while keeping an eye on them and making funny...

Stork report

Roman Robert Cardenas was born to Robyn and Daniel Cardenas on July 11, 2020 in Juneau, Alaska. He weighed 7 lbs.,10 oz. and was 21 1/2 inches...

Quartz on the beach

A milky white quartz vein sits close to Sandy Beach...

Kennicott on the move

The F/V Kennicott travels north through the Wrangell Narrows on Monday. According to a press release from the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, the F/V Kennicott could be...

Alaska communities hit hard by weak salmon returns

Unless you fished for salmon this summer at Bristol Bay, it’s been slim pickings for fishermen in other Alaska regions. Salmon returns have been so poor that communities already are claiming fishery disasters. Cordova’s City Council last week...

Obituary: Michele Karen Rover, 72

Michele (Mickey) Karen Rover, 72, died on June 17, 2020 in Petersburg, Alaska. She was born on March 30, 1948 to Fern and Daniel "Pete" Rover, in Seattle, Washington. She lived mainly in the Pacific... Full story

Obituary: Dennis William Hopkins, 65

Dennis William Hopkins, 65 passed away in Petersburg, Alaska, on July 23, 2020 after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Middletown, Ohio and spent most of his youth in Cocoa Beach, Florida.... Full story

Police report

August 5 — A black bear killed a chicken at a location on Vesta St. Two other bears were reported walking around the neighborhood. A bear was spotted on Excel St. August 6 — A bear at the 1.1 mile mark of Mitkof Highway was chased away by...

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