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  • Rebecca Fisher wins gold at the 2024 Indigenous Summer Games

    Aiden Luhr|Jul 11, 2024

    Petersburg's Rebecca Fisher, a 17-year old competitor in Native Youth Olympics, brought home a gold medal this month from the 2024 Indigenous Summer Games in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. In addition to winning gold, Fisher also claimed two silver and two bronze medals. To qualify for the Summer Games in Canada, Fisher first competed at the Traditional Games in Juneau, Alaska. When Fisher found out she qualified, she thought she was being pranked. "I was getting ready for my...

  • Pedal/Paddle Battle aims to raise $24,000 to support local education and medical employees

    Aiden Luhr|Jul 11, 2024

    The Pedal/Paddle battle will be returning for its 10th year in Petersburg, Alaska. After raising $20,400 for education in 2023, the Petersburg Medical Center is aiming higher this time. "Our goal this year is $24,000 because it's 2024, we're shooting big," Community Wellness Manager Julie Walker said. In 2023, PMC gave out four scholarships, three to Petersburg High School graduates and one to a PMC nursing student. However, there's more to these scholarships. "We can offer a lot of money to...

  • Oregon State University researchers bring Petersburg's seventh grade students to LeConte Glacier

    Aiden Luhr|Jul 11, 2024

    Located midway down the Southeast panhandle is LeConte Glacier. Since the 1980s, Petersburg has sent high school students to LeConte Glacier to measure how it has shifted over time. The late Paul Bowen conducted the first survey in 1983 and it has been a community-driven science study since. On June 14, 2024, a group of 7th-grade students got to go out to LeConte Glacier with Oregon State University scientists. This was somewhat of a rare occurrence as Glaciologist Erin Pettit and Oceanographer...

  • The Hospital Guild Charity Box:

    Aiden Luhr|Jul 4, 2024

    The Petersburg Hospital Guild is a non-profit organization that was established in 1937. Since the beginning, the Hospital Guild has operated the Charity Box thrift shop – currently located on First Street behind the visitor center and open on Mondays all summer. “We only use it in the summer because it has no heat,” Hospital Guild President Tekla Israelson said. “You couldn’t comfortably work here during the winter.” Every person who works at the thrift store is a volunteer and a member of t...

  • Norwegians resisted the Nazis

    Aiden Luhr|Jun 27, 2024

    The Norwegian Resistance during World War II was a dark time for Norway. From 1940 to 1945, thousands of Norwegians fought in this movement against Nazi Germany. The Norwegians gained independence in 1905, but when Nazi Germany invaded, the Norwegians had to do everything they could to maintain their national identity and solidarity. On Thursday, June 27, at the Petersburg Public Library, there will be an opportunity to learn and discuss the Norwegian Resistance when Don Pugnetti Jr. talks...

  • Compass Cookery: Petersburg newest food vendor

    Aiden Luhr|Jun 27, 2024

    Compass Cookery launched on May 17, 2024, striving to bring global flavors to Petersburg, Alaska. For Jessica Hawley, owner of Compass Cookery, her new food venture has been a long time coming as Hawley has been wanting to start her own business but found the right opportunity just now. "There's not as much competition so people are excited about new food in town," Hawley said. Compass Cookery brings a unique twist to Petersburg...the twist being that each month has its food theme. "I like varie...

  • The history of Petersburg is printed in the newspapers

    Aiden Luhr|Jun 27, 2024

    If you're looking for a place to conduct research or write and are curious to learn more about family history, look no further than the research and communication room at the Clausen Memorial Museum. "This year we've had four different families come in and use [the research and communication center]. We're very excited about that," Director of Clausen Memorial Museum Maureen Floyd told the Pilot. The public had been searching for a place to research, write, look up history. So, Floyd and...

  • Summertime Fun:

    Aiden Luhr, Pilot writer|Jun 20, 2024

    Clausen Museum is set to unveil their inaugural summer-themed exhibit called "Summertime Fun," on Mon., June 25. "It's basically how people in Petersburg enjoy the summer over the years," Director of Clausen Memorial Museum Maureen Floyd said. The summer exhibit will include artifacts such as an old ice cream maker, wedding dress, fishing rod, an old backpack and more. In addition, the exhibit will include historic photos and articles of people having fun during the summer in Petersburg. Floyd...

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