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 By Dani Palmer    News    July 2, 2015

Icicle Seafoods sold in two parts

Owner Paine & Partners, LLC of San Francisco has entered into agreements with two different groups to sell Icicle Seafoods. According to the press release issued, Convergence Holdings, Inc. will acquire Icicle's land-based wild seafood processing... Full story

 By Dani Palmer    News    July 2, 2015

Rainforest Ferry Service delayed again

In the works for awhile, Rainforest Islands Ferry Service has been delayed yet again. The ferry was set to sail June 14, then postponed to June 28. “We were so close” to that start, spokeswoman Heather Hedges said, but work at the shipyard was... Full story

 By Dani Palmer    News    July 2, 2015

Psg Library extends collection electronically

The Petersburg Public Library just got a whole lot bigger. Not physically, but it has extended its electronic catalogue through the Joint Library Catalogue (JLC). “It’s a consortium of libraries across the state, so we actually have over 1.7... Full story

 By Dani Palmer    News    July 2, 2015

PVFD restoring history with mechanic's help

Working to preserve its history, the Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department has restored one fire engine and is wrapping up restoration of another. "We're trying to create some interest with the...

 By Dani Palmer    News    July 2, 2015

Dungeness crab prices up; 838,156 pounds caught in first 7 days

Preliminary prices for Dungeness crab are in and a bit higher than last year’s. The average price for the first week was “a solid” $3 per pound throughout Southeast Alaska, according to Alaska Department of Fish and Game Petersburg Assistant...

 By Dani Palmer    News    July 2, 2015

Salmon prices see drop this year

Lower prices in the market are souring what’s predicted to be another large salmon run. “In general, a lot of prices for species are down,” said Andy Wink, Senior Seafood Analyst with the Juneau-based McDowell Group, “especially sockeye and...

 By Dani Palmer    News    July 2, 2015

Limits for king salmon sport revised

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced late last week its revised 2015 sport fishing regulations for king salmon in Southeast and Yakutat. Starting yesterday and in effect through May 2, 2016, Alaskan resident permit-holders’ bag and poss...

 By Dani Palmer    News    July 2, 2015

USCGC Anacapa welcomes new commander

A "time honored tradition," U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Peter Vermeer took command of the USCGC Anacapa on Tuesday afternoon. Vermeer relieved Lt. Kathryn Cyr of her duty during the Change of Command...

 By Dani Palmer    News    June 25, 2015

Arson suspected in picnic grounds fire

The Petersburg Ranger District is looking for anyone with information regarding a possible arson at Man Made Hole Recreation Area. On June 16, the district's "recreation technician visited the site... Full story

 By Dani Palmer    News    June 25, 2015

Alaska Supreme Court hears Petersburg vs. Juneau boundary dispute

Justices with the Alaska Supreme Court are now mulling over the boundary dispute case between Petersburg and Juneau. If Juneau prevails, Petersburg could be forced to revert back to city status. The City and Borough of Juneau (CBJ) filed an appeal... Full story

 By Dani Palmer    News    June 25, 2015

Addressing Alaska's domestic violence problem

Traveling across Alaska to address the problem of domestic violence, Roberta James, domestic abuse specialist with Tribal Family and Youth Services, stopped by Petersburg on Monday. Provided by the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of... Full story

 By Dani Palmer    News    June 25, 2015

Juneau DA taking over Petersburg cases due to state budget cuts

With recent state budget cuts, the 1st Judicial District in Juneau now has more courts in its district than lawyers to cover them. Juneau District Attorney James Scott will be covering Petersburg’s criminal cases until a long-term plan is ironed...

 By Dani Palmer    News    June 25, 2015

Officials don't expect 'any large fluctuations' in school budget

The Petersburg School District doesn’t “anticipate any large fluctuations” with the budget the state passed June 11, Finance Director Karen Quitslund said. The school board passed the district’s budget just two days before, on June 9, in...

 By Dani Palmer    Sports    June 25, 2015

Petersburg student wins gold with 16U USA team

Known as "Alaska" on his team of nine, Stewart Conn, 16, represented Petersburg well as his 16U USA basketball team went on to win gold at the United World Games. Conn, a student and basketball...

 By Dani Palmer    News    June 25, 2015

State trooper investigating vehicle fire

Alaska State Wildlife Trooper Cody Lister is investigating a vehicle fire from the weekend, the second suspicious one in about a week's time. The first occurred sometime between June 12 and June 16 at...

 By Dani Palmer    News    June 25, 2015

Viral post reunites Petersburg girl with her toy travel companion

Their adventures were always meant to be educational in addition to fun, but two stuffed animals ended up teaching a different sort of lesson after taking an unplanned trip on a state ferry....

 By Dani Palmer    News    June 18, 2015

Legislative session finally ends with budget agreement

The state legislature has finally reached a budget agreement, drawing a “collective sigh of relief from Alaska,” as Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins (D-Sitka) put it. The $5 billion budget will include funds pulled from the Constitutional Budget... Full story

 By Dani Palmer    News    June 18, 2015

Dungeness crab season opens strong

Dungeness crab season is now open, and fishermen are flocking to the sea earlier. This time last year, there were 151 permits registered, Alaska Department of Fish and Game Petersburg Shellfish... Full story

 By Dani Palmer    News    June 18, 2015

Proposed increase in ambulance rates moving to the assembly

The Public Safety Advisory Board is forwarding a proposed increase in ambulance rates to the Borough Assembly. The proposed increases range in cost from just over $300 to $827, depending on the level of service needed. The most emergent, Advanced... Full story

 By Dani Palmer    News    June 18, 2015

A goodbye and a hello

Two borough committees are searching for new members while another is welcoming one. The Borough Assembly approved Dr. Monica Gross as the Petersburg Medical Center Board of Directors’ newest member during its meeting Monday evening. She’s...

 By Dani Palmer    News    June 18, 2015

Sentencing delayed in explosives case

Sentencing has been delayed for former Petersburg resident Mark Weaver, 59, who pled guilty to a felony charge regarding an incident in which he set off an explosive device in July last year. Weaver was originally supposed to be sentenced on Tuesday...

 By Dani Palmer    News    June 18, 2015

Rainforest Islands Ferry Service delayed

The new Rainforest Islands Ferry Service, providing travel between Petersburg, Wrangell and Coffman Cove, has been delayed again. Set to begin June 14, service is now expected to start June 28 instead...

 By Dani Palmer    News    June 18, 2015

'Thorny devil's clubs' win local second in state poetry contest

It's a frustrating plant when out fishing, but the prickly devil's club won Petersburg's Sunny Rice second in a statewide Salmon Haiku Contest. Sponsored by The Salmon Project, a group focused on...

 By Dani Palmer    News    June 18, 2015

Assembly gives Harbor the go-ahead for projects

The Petersburg Port and Harbor is seeking improvements through a couple of different projects. The Borough Assembly approved to award the Middle Harbor repair project to local company Tamico, Inc. for an amount not to exceed $172,300 during its...

 By Dani Palmer    News    June 11, 2015

Petersburg vessel sinks on Fairweather Grounds

Owned by local fisherman Jay Thomassen, the 73-foot fishing vessel Kupreanof went down early Wednesday morning on the Fairweather Grounds. U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Third Class Meredith Manning... Full story


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