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 By Brian Varela    News    February 25, 2021 

Active cases reach 52 Thursday afternoon

The total active COVID-19 case count for Petersburg has reached 52 as of Thursday afternoon, according to a joint press release from the Petersburg Borough and Petersburg Medical Center. Six new... Full story

 By Brian Varela    News    February 25, 2021 

Petersburg at red status for COVID-19

Seven more residents tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing Petersburg's total active case count to 36, according to a joint press release from the Petersburg Borough and Petersburg...

 By Brian Varela    News    February 25, 2021 

COVID-19 weekly update:

COVID-19 case count increases by six on Friday February 26 Petersburg has seen six new cases of COVID-19 in the community as of Friday evening, bringing the total active case count up to 58,... Full story

 By Brian Varela    News    February 25, 2021 

Report inconclusive on 2019 Guardian flight crash

An aviation accident report on the Guardian King Air 200 medical life flight that lost control en route to pick up a patient in Kake in January 2019 could not definitively identify the cause of the...

 By Brian Varela    News    February 25, 2021 

Borough assembly updates health mandates

The Borough Assembly updated several local health mandates and an emergency directive at an emergency meeting Tuesday in response to the expiration of the state's emergency declaration. The health...


Happy 100th Day!

Luke Glasow holds his 100th day of school bag of trail mix, which includes gummy bears. Kerri Curtiss' first grade class celebrated the 100th day of school by making special crowns and wearing their...

 By Brian Varela    News    February 25, 2021 

PMC expects several vaccination clinics in March

The Petersburg Medical Center has the potential to vaccinate residents who want but have not yet received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on March 12, but recipients will have to commit to...

 By Brian Varela    News    February 25, 2021 

DEC releases report on local water quality

Two sample sites in the waters around Petersburg tested above the Alaska Water Quality Standard (WQS) for fecal coliform, according to a preliminary marine water quality report on Alaska's ports and...

 By Brian Varela    News    February 25, 2021 

Assembly awards bid to repair Motor Pool Shop

The Borough Assembly awarded a bid to Rainforest Contracting for the repairs to the Motor Pool Shop for an amount not to exceed $1,130,450 at their meeting on Monday. The borough's insurance company...

 By Brian Varela    News    February 25, 2021 

Airport testing extended to June 30

Greeting, screening and testing services at James A. Johnson Airport will remain in place until June 30 for intrastate, interstate and international visitors under two health mandates passed by the...

 By Brian Varela    News    February 25, 2021 

Assembly awards RFP for hydroproject repairs

The Borough Assembly awarded an equipment procurement contract for the Blind Slough Hydroelectric project to Gilbert Gilkes and Gordon, Ltd. for a total of $2,002,396 at their meeting Monday. Gilbert...

 By Brian Varela    News    February 18, 2021

Home goes up in flames early Tuesday

The Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department responded to a house fire on Tuesday in the early morning hours, which likely left the building a total loss, said PVFD Assistant Fire Chief Dave Berg. A...

 By Brian Varela    News    February 18, 2021

Petersburg expects over 80 port calls this summer

The Canadian government issued an order on Feb. 4 to prohibit cruise ships in all Canadian waters until Feb. 28, 2022, but Dave Berg, cofounder of Viking Travel, said the restriction would only...

 By Brian Varela    News    February 18, 2021

One new case of COVID-19 reported

A local resident who has recently traveled has tested positive for COVID-19, which is the first case reported in at least the last seven days, according to a joint press release issued Wednesday...

 By Brian Varela    News    February 18, 2021

Few local health mandates stay intact

Alaska's disaster declaration, which was used to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, expired on Sunday after the state legislature and Gov. Mike Dunleavy failed to extend the declaration. Petersburg's...

 By Brian Varela    News    February 18, 2021

Over 1/3 of local population has received at least one vaccine dose

Petersburg Medical Center administered a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Feb. 11 to residents who received their first dose on Jan. 14, said PMC Director of Nursing Jennifer Bryner at the...


Following the leader

A group of surf scoters play "follow the leader" in the Wrangell Narrows Feb. 9 afternoon....

 By Brian Varela    News    February 18, 2021

The Riemers: 64 years and counting

Dave and Sally Riemer were students at Shaker Heights High School in Ohio when they had their first date in 1952. The two had attended a choir picnic together, but looking back, Sally said the most me...


Lady Vikings win two more games

The Lady Vikings had two wins in the past week against Thorne Bay and Klawock, but while the basketball games didn't count towards the regional seeding, Head Coach Dino Brock said the team will take...

 By Brian Varela    News    February 18, 2021

MVM deck project raises $5,374

The Deck Out Our Deck organizers just raised $5,374 through a raffle fundraiser on Feb. 14, which brings the project closer to the approximately $112,000 needed to build a covered deck at Mountain Vie...

 By Brian Varela    News    February 18, 2021

SPED preschool to open at elementary school

Rae C. Stedman Elementary School will begin offering special education preschool beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, Superintendent Erica Kludt-Painter told the Petersburg School Board at their me...

 By Brian Varela    News    February 18, 2021

EOC reports 30 active cases of COVID-19

There are 30 active cases of COVID-19 in Petersburg as of 3 P.M. Tuesday, all of which were reported in the last six days, according to a joint press release from the Petersburg Borough and... Full story

 By Brian Varela    News    February 18, 2021

Community moves to red risk level for COVID-19

The Emergency Operations Center has increased the local risk of COVID-19 spread to red, following 13 new active cases identified in the last four days, according to a joint press release from... Full story

 By Brian Varela    News    February 11, 2021

Mask mandate stays in place

A motion to terminate the local face masking mandate failed at an assembly meeting on Monday after assembly members declined to second the motion. Assembly Taylor Norheim requested the action item be...

 By Brian Varela    News    February 11, 2021

PSB passes traditional school calendar

The Petersburg School Board approved the academic calendar for the 2021-2022 school year at their meeting on Tuesday that takes a more traditional approach to the school year. Under the approved calen...


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