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 By Brian Varela    News    September 2, 2021

COVID-19 weekly update:

Breakthrough COVID-19 cases found in Alaska April 30 Between Feb. 1 and March 31, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services identified 152 positive cases of COVID-19 among people in the state... Full story

 By Brian Varela    News    July 15, 2021

PIA duplex offers stylish low income housing

Petersburg Indian Association recently completed construction of a 2,190 square foot duplex the organization plans on renting to low and middle income native families this month. "It's small, but it...

 By Brian Varela    News    July 15, 2021

The Edgars make a nearly 100 year old home their own

The day after he got married on Oct. 12, 2016, Jim Edgars was in town running errands before leaving for a Hawaiian honeymoon when the house he had always wanted to live in went on the market. He...

 By Brian Varela    News    July 15, 2021

Carl Roger builder, original owner of Edgars' home

Jim and Alisa Edgars may own the log cabin on N. Nordic Dr. just before the street turns into Sandy Beach Rd., but the house was built by Carl Roger nearly 100 years ago. Roger, originally from...

 By Brian Varela    News    July 15, 2021

The Burrells build home perfect for aging in place

Since 1985, Steve and Desi Burrell have lived in the home that used to belong to Desi's grandparents, Adolph and Bunny Mathisen. The 108-year-old home was comfortable, but it needed repairs that the...

 By Brian Varela    News    July 1, 2021

Action packed weekend planned for 4th

Petersburg will be kicking off three days of festivities on Friday in celebration of the Fourth of July. The Parks and Recreation Center, Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and Petersburg Lighthouse...

 By Brian Varela    News    July 1, 2021

EOC disbands, emergency declaration ends

The Emergency Operations Center demobilized and dissolved at 11:59 P.M. on Wednesday, along with the repeal of the local Emergency Disaster Declaration. "Over the past sixteen months, our community...

 By Brian Varela    News    July 1, 2021

PMC sees increase in patient days

In April and May, Petersburg Medical Center reported a consistent number of patient days, which were higher than what the hospital had seen over the last fiscal year, according to financial...

 By Brian Varela    News    July 1, 2021

PMC board approves budget

The Petersburg Medical Center Board of Directors approved the hospital's 2022 fiscal year operating budget and capital budget at their meeting on June 24. The operating budget pairs a $19,740,872 in...

 By Brian Varela    News    July 1, 2021

Borough seeks bond issuance counsel

The Borough Assembly agreed to engage with Stradling, Yocca, Carlson and Rauth (Stradling) for counsel services regarding a possible bond issuance that would fund upgrades to the Blind Slough...

 By Brian Varela    News    July 1, 2021

Construction begins on Mountain View Manor deck

Deck Out Our Deck organizers broke ground on the site of Mountain View Manor's covered deck on Tuesday after two years of planning with help from general contractor Ty Cummins and Reid Brothers...

 By Brian Varela    News    July 1, 2021

Hammer brothers row 360 miles in Washington race

The Race to Alaska, a 750 nautical race from Port Townsend, Washington to Ketchikan, was cancelled for the second year in a row due to the COVID-19 pandemic this year, but that didn't stop Hammer...

 By Brian Varela    News    June 24, 2021

Three injured in boat collision

Three passengers onboard a Boston Whaler skiff that crashed into a Hewescraft in the Wrangell Narrows in front of Trident Seafoods and OBI Seafoods on June 16 were transported to Petersburg Medical...

 By Brian Varela    News    June 24, 2021

USFS lease of fur farm land ends next summer

A lease the United States Forest Service holds on a plot of land near the 8 mile marker of Mitkof Highway that was once the site of an experimental fur farm will be ending in June 2022, ending a...

 By Brian Varela    News    June 24, 2021

Businesses skeptical of local economic future

Local business owners are pessimistic about Petersburg's economic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a survey conducted by Southeast Conference. Every year, Southeast Conferen...

 By Brian Varela    News    June 24, 2021

Local COVID-19 responses to end in a week

Incident Commander Karl Hagerman gave the Borough Assembly possibly the last update of the Emergency Operations Center actions ahead of June 30, the date when all local COVID-19 related mandates and...

 By Brian Varela    News    June 24, 2021

Assembly OKs AP&T easement near Outlook Park

The Borough Assembly approved resolution #2021-08 on Monday that awards a 20 foot wide utility easement on a piece of property located on Sandy Beach Rd. to be used by Alaska Power & Telephone...

 By Brian Varela    News    June 24, 2021

PSD students see academic improvement

The results of the Petersburg School District's spring Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment showed growth in language arts and math, but students didn't score as high as anticipated....

 By Brian Varela    News    June 24, 2021

Vessel collides with boat fishing for herring

A local Boston Whaler vessel crashed into a Hewescraft belonging to Island Point Lodge in the Wrangell Narrows in front of Trident Seafoods and OBI Seafoods on Wednesday morning, resulting in at least... Full story

 By Brian Varela    News    June 17, 2021

Sandy Beach playground gets long awaited upgrade

A week after the Sandy Beach Playground was installed, organizers said the playground has enhanced the park and gotten nonstop attention from the younger members of the community. The new playground r...

 By Brian Varela    News    June 17, 2021

SB sets 2022 operating budget

The Petersburg School Board adopted the fiscal year 2022 operating budget at their meeting on June 8 that has a total revenue that is below the school district's expenditures for the year. According...

 By Brian Varela    News    June 17, 2021

Community shifts to life after COVID-19

As the Petersburg Borough prepares to end its Local Disaster Emergency Declaration and disband the Emergency Operations Center at the end of the month, Incident Commander Karl Hagerman said during...

 By Brian Varela    News    June 17, 2021

Petersburg medical center to continue with vaccine distribution

Petersburg Medical Center will keep offering COVID-19 vaccines past the expiration of the Local Disaster Emergency Declaration at the end of the month. PMC Director of Nursing Jennifer Bryner said at...

 By Brian Varela    News    June 17, 2021

Local kids share their excitement over new playground

For the kids enrolled in Kinder Skog's summer program, all they wanted to do on Wednesday was go to Sandy Beach Park to play on the new playground. "The kids wanted to come down, so that's where we...

 By Brian Varela    News    June 10, 2021

Assembly, public weigh in on landless legislation

The Borough Assembly held a work session with staff from Alaska's federal delegation to discuss Alaska Natives Without Land legislation that will be introduced to the United States Senate in the...


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