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 By Brian Varela    News    May 6, 2021 

Frederick Point ballot question goes to final reading

The Borough Assembly approved an ordinance in its second reading that would let voters decide whether or not to remove the Frederick Point East Subdivision from the boundaries of service area one....

 By Brian Varela    News    May 6, 2021 

Faulty insulator cause of power outages

A cracked, porcelain insulator on a utility pole in the Scow Bay Turnaround area caused two power outages on May 1, which left parts of the community in the dark for a total of about 4 hours. Petersburg Municipal Power & Light first responded to a...

 By Brian Varela    News    May 6, 2021 

FY2022 budget amended in first reading

The Borough Assembly passed an ordinance in its first reading on Monday that would adopt the borough's proposed fiscal year 2022 operating budget. The General Fund's revenues and expenditures equal...

 By Brian Varela    News    May 6, 2021 

Borough assembly to weigh term limit ordinance

An ordinance that would ask the voters in the next municipal election whether term limits should be placed on the Borough Assembly will go before the assembly at their meeting on May 17. At the...

 By Brian Varela    News    May 6, 2021 

PVFD clocked 987 hours in three months

The Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department donated a total of 987 person hours during the first quarter of 2021, according to the Fire Chief Jim Stolpe at the Borough Assembly meeting on Monday. "As...

 By Brian Varela    News    May 6, 2021 

The Little Norway Festival returns for 62nd year

After last year's festival was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 62nd annual Little Norway Festival is slated to begin May 13. "I think everyone can't wait for it to happen," said...

 By Brian Varela    News    May 6, 2021 

Breakthrough COVID-19 cases found in Alaska

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 who were fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according...

 By Brian Varela    News    May 6, 2021 

Three cases of virus identified

Three cases of COVID-19 were identified within a single household over the course of two days this week, according to a joint press release from the Petersburg Borough and Petersburg Medical Center....

 By Brian Varela    Sports    May 6, 2021 

Baseball team to focus on reducing errors

After traveling to Juneau last weekend to play against Juneau-Douglas High School in a series of games, Head Coach Jim Engell said the Petersburg High School baseball team will be working on reducing...

 By Brian Varela    News    May 6, 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    April 29, 2021

State reports 72% vaccination rate for Petersburg

On Tuesday, the state reported 72.94 percent of Petersburg residents had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, which was the second highest percentage in the state after Skagway Municipality....

 By Brian Varela    News    April 29, 2021

Proposed budget ups millage rate

The Borough Assembly reviewed the proposed fiscal year 2022 budget at a work session on April 21, which has a balanced General Fund. In the proposed budget, the General Fund's total revenues and...

 By Brian Varela    News    April 29, 2021

PMC faces monthly losses in 2021

Since January, Petersburg Medical Center has been operating with a negative bottom line, but Controller Rocio Tejera told the PMC Board of Directors at their meeting on April 22 that it's important...

 By Brian Varela    News    April 29, 2021

PHS ranked #1 high school in Alaska

Petersburg High School was ranked the number one high school in Alaska in terms of academic success by the U.S. News & World Report for 2021. Rankings are based on the students' performance on...

 By Brian Varela    Sports    April 29, 2021

Vikings build experience in 2nd set of baseball games

The Petersburg High School played their second series of the season against Ketchikan High School on April 22 and 23. While they suffered three more losses, Head Coach Jim Engell said the Vikings have...

 By Brian Varela    Sports    April 29, 2021

Two wrestlers qualify for State

Two Petersburg High School wrestlers will head to the Alaska School Activities Association Wrestling State Championships in May after placing first in their weight classes at Regionals. Jonas Baekkelu...

 By Brian Varela    Sports    April 29, 2021

PHS runners take first place

The Petersburg High School track and field team participated in their first meet of the season on April 23 and 24, which saw several of the Vikings take top spots in their events. PHS senior Aiden...

 By Brian Varela    News    April 22, 2021

Hammer & Wikan celebrates 100 years

Hammer & Wikan, Inc. kicked off a year's worth of celebrations on April 17 with their Founder's Day event to commentate the business's 100-year anniversary. The festivities began at the grocery...

 By Brian Varela    News    April 22, 2021

A second retirement

In 2000, Richard Sprague sold his practice and retired, but two years later he was back in his office practicing dentistry again. Now in 2021, Sprague will again be retiring at the age of 81. Sprague...

 By Brian Varela    News    April 22, 2021

Interstate travelers not required to test for COVID

The Borough Assembly approved an amendment to the interstate and international travel mandate on Monday to allow anyone coming into the community from outside of the state who is fully vaccinated...

 By Brian Varela    News    April 22, 2021

Four active cases of COVID-19 in town

Five cases of COVID-19 were reported in the community in the last seven days, one of which has been removed from the active local case count, according to the Petersburg Borough's COVID-19 Dashboard....

 By Brian Varela    News    April 22, 2021

PMC to keep vaccinating with Pfizer, Moderna vaccines

Petersburg Medical Center Director of Nursing Jennifer Bryner said at the COVID-19 community update on April 16 that the hospital will continue to vaccinate residents with the Pfizer and Moderna vacci...

 By Brian Varela    News    April 22, 2021

Intrastate travel mandate now a health alert

Anyone arriving in Petersburg from another Alaskan community are no longer mandated to test for COVID-19 before and after their arrival in town after the Borough Assembly voted in favor of...

 By Brian Varela    Sports    April 22, 2021

PHS baseball has first games in two years

The Petersburg High School baseball team played their first games of the year in a preseason jamboree in Sitka last week. Although the Vikings lost the three games, Coach Jim Engell said the team had...

 By Brian Varela    News    April 22, 2021

Preliminary land decision issued

The State of Alaska is proposing to convey and reject land selected by the Petersburg Borough in Thomas Bay as part of a general grant land entitlement in a preliminary land decision. The borough has...


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