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 By Brian Varela    News    November 26, 2020 

Borough manager shines in performance review

A performance evaluation of Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht conducted by the Borough Assembly found that the manager meets or exceeds expectations when it comes to his work ethic. Giesbrecht was...

 By Brian Varela    News    November 26, 2020 

The 24 hour ramp

Petersburg High School students in David Owens' shop classes came together last week to build a ramp for a student at Rae C. Stedman Elementary school who will be wheelchair bound for the next few mon...

 By Brian Varela    News    November 26, 2020 

Four weekend Covid cases identified

The Petersburg Emergency Operations Center confirmed four new cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Petersburg, according to three joint press releases between the Petersburg Borough and the...

 By Brian Varela    News    November 26, 2020 

SA kicks off season of giving

The Petersburg Salvation Army put together 75 boxes packed with all the fixings needed for a complete Thanksgiving dinner for local families and individuals in need. Fifty-eight of the boxes went...

 By Brian Varela    News    November 26, 2020 

23,040 acres could transfer over to Urban Corporation

An Urban Corporation for the Petersburg area would claim 23,040 acres of federal land within the Petersburg Borough should Congress pass legislation put before them by Alaska's congressional...

 By Brian Varela    Sports    November 26, 2020 

PHS Volleyball team takes 2nd at Regionals

The Petersburg High School volleyball team runners up in this year's Region V Regional Tournament on Nov. 21. During a normal school year, the team would have advanced to State, marking their first...

 By Brian Varela    News    November 26, 2020 

COVID-19 weekly update:

EOC cautions public ahead of Thanksgiving weekend November 20 Incident Commander Karl Hagerman asked the public at the COVID-19 community update on Nov. 20 to practice prevention protocols during... Full story

 By Brian Varela    News    November 19, 2020

Assembly passes mask mandate

Borough residents are now required to wear a face covering in public buildings, work settings and at outdoor public gatherings of 50 people or more following the approval of public health mandate #8...

 By Brian Varela    News    November 19, 2020

Assembly requests delay of ANCSA land claims

The Borough Assembly approved a letter on Wednesday to Alaska's congressional delegation asking they postpone enacting a bill that would transfer borough land to a Urban Corporation in order to...

 By Brian Varela    News    November 19, 2020

Three more cases of COVID-19 in town

Three new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in town since last week's COVID-19 community update, according to joint press releases between the Petersburg Borough and Petersburg Medical Center. The...

 By Brian Varela    News    November 19, 2020

District 35 switches support from Trump to Biden

As the state continues to count absentee and early ballots for the Nov. 3 election, Alaska House District 35 has seen its voter turnout rate jump from 26.25 percent to 64.74 percent as of Nov. 18,...


Volleyball ends season with two wins against WHS

The Petersburg High School volleyball team won two matches against Wrangell last weekend, just one week before a modified regional tournament is set to take place. Nov. 13 saw the kick off of...

 By Brian Varela    News    November 19, 2020

Art in the time of COVID-19

Like most people in town, Ashley Lohr's summer travel plans were cancelled this year. Instead, she hunkered down in her workshop and churned out handmade earrings and necklaces at a pace that made...

 By Brian Varela    News    November 19, 2020

Intrastate travelers now have to test for Covid-19

The Borough Assembly approved a health mandate on Monday that requires intrastate travelers arriving in Petersburg be tested for COVID-19 before or upon their arrival to town. Public health mandate #9...

 By Brian Varela    News    November 19, 2020

Vessel screening mandate extended until Feb.

The Borough Assembly extended the borough's health mandate that places COVID-19 protocols on vessels docking and disembarking at borough harbor facilities for the fourth time at their meeting on...

 By Brian Varela    News    November 12, 2020

Election Day results show borough in favor of Trump

The Petersburg Borough, including the city of Kupreanof, saw a 23.88 percent voter turnout on Election Day earlier this month, with 707 of the 2,961 registered voters casting a vote in person on Nov....

 By Brian Varela    News    November 12, 2020

EOC releases health alert aimed at fighting pandemic fatigue

With the hopes of encouraging residents to resist pandemic fatigue as Alaska approaches the eight month mark of battling COVID-19, the Petersburg Emergency Operations Center released a health alert...

 By Brian Varela    News    November 12, 2020

Elementary school hires six new teachers

Rae C. Stedman Elementary School brought on board six new teachers this year as the school looks to create smaller class sizes to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 within the building. One of the new te...

 By Brian Varela    News    November 12, 2020

Assembly requests Kake road meeting

The Borough Assembly approved a resolution at their Nov. 2 meeting that requests a public hearing between the community of Petersburg and state and federal representatives involved with the Kake...

 By Brian Varela    News    November 12, 2020

Pool likely to remain closed until summer

Superintendent Erica Kludt-Painter had the unfortunate job of delivering bad news to the Petersburg School Board at their regular meeting on Tuesday; the Parks and Recreation Center's pool will...

 By Brian Varela    News    November 12, 2020

Sanitation rate increase expected over five years

The Borough Assembly heard a detailed presentation on a recent rate study of the Sanitation Department at their Nov. 2 meeting that showed four possible scenarios for the borough's recycling program,...

 By Brian Varela    News    November 5, 2020

Landslide rattles residents Sunday night

Grace Wolf heard what sounded like a jet flying over her home near the six mile mark of Mitkof Highway at about 7:30 P.M. on Sunday. She knew it had to have been a landslide, but the rain and the...

 By Brian Varela    News    November 5, 2020

SB playground moves forward

The Petersburg Borough Assembly approved the Petersburg Rotary Club's request to begin construction on their Sandy Beach playground project at their meeting on Monday. As part of the project, trees...

 By Brian Varela    News    November 5, 2020

Intrastate travelers asked to test for virus

Incident Commander Karl Hagerman encouraged residents at Friday's COVID-19 community update who travel to other parts of the state to be tested for COVID-19 upon their return to town. The request...

 By Brian Varela    News    November 5, 2020

Borough releases $600,000 in aid

In the form of utility credit and business grants, the borough assembly approved $600,000 in community aid from the borough's Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act special revenue fund...


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