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Wrestlers walled out at state meet, Vikings back to the mats for next year

Viking wrestlers didn’t manage to seize the crown during this year’s competition at the state wrestling championship, pulling up third as the closest as four boys made their bids for first. “It was a tough tournament – state is never easy,...

 By Erik LeDuc    Sports    December 11, 2014

Wrestlers win 3A Region tournament, four heading to state meet

The Vikings more than held their own against a fuller regional pool than usual, coming out on top of the 3A southeastern region schools during the battle in Wrangell. The 3A team racked up 11 pins in... Full story

 By Erik LeDuc    News    December 11, 2014

New board members fill PMCs ranks, officers elected

With the addition of Marlene Cushing and Kris Thynes, the Petersburg Medical Center (PMC) now has a full board of seven, as well as new officers for the coming year. Tim Koeneman was named board president and cautioned the board that they would have...

 By Erik LeDuc    Sports    December 11, 2014

All-Stars split with Wrangell in final game of youth season

The Parks and Rec All-Stars were fast and fiery for their final matches of the season, running ahead of even themselves as they strove for victory against visiting Wrangell. The matches came out with...

 By Erik LeDuc    News    December 4, 2014

Float sections arrive, scheduled completion nears for harbor project

The first pieces of the floats have arrived for the Drive Down Dock project, though complete installation is still to come as the modular sections are linked, only slightly impeded by the sudden surplus of snow. Currently, three pieces have arrived,...

 By Erik LeDuc    News    December 4, 2014

Small changes made to annual pickling contest at Sons

Some contestants might be in a bit of a pickle as last minute changes are announced to the annual Pickled Herring Contest, to be held this coming Wednesday at the Sons of Norway Hall. “What we’re changing this year is we’re asking people to...

 By Erik LeDuc    News    December 4, 2014

Brewfest finds a better fit with schedule, coordination

The ninth annual Devil's Thumb Brewfest and Chili Cookoff was a huge success under different management this year, after the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce passed the mantle for the community event....

 By Erik LeDuc    Sports    December 4, 2014

Hockey club angling for new recruits ahead of tournament

The Wild Kings of Petersburg aren't strapping on their ice skates just yet, but the season is just about right for hockey as winter sets in. As the club waits for the weather to allow area waterways...

 By Erik LeDuc    News    December 4, 2014

Winter lights for the darkest nights: Event to aid PMHS emergency housing, transportation

Parks and Recreation Director Donn Hayes believes Petersburg should be at its brightest as the year spins towards its darkest day, looking to launch the first of what he hopes will be an annual celebration of light amidst the bleak and black. The...

 By Erik LeDuc    News    December 4, 2014

Schools testing merits of reduced lighting policy

Petersburg schools will be testing out the idea that less is more when it comes to lighting — and not simply saving a bit on the budget, though that remains a major selling point. “What got me thinking about this was a maintenance directors...

 By Erik LeDuc    News    November 27, 2014

Petersburg man elected to lead Coast Guard Auxiliary

A Petersburg resident will be stepping up to statewide duties, following an October election where volunteer members of District 17 Coast Guard Auxiliary tapped Bruce Jones to take the helm.... Full story

 By Erik LeDuc    News    November 27, 2014

School boiler tops DOE funding list

School board members got a brief breath of hope after the Alaska Department of Education reported that Petersburg was No. 1 on its list, as well as Nos. 9 and 33. But that all will still depend on the budget and how far down the list state appropriat... Full story

 By Erik LeDuc    News    November 27, 2014

Sea lions mostly discouraged from floats, construction projects

Harbors continue to be relatively free of Steller sea lions as harbor and DOT staff adapt to work within legal conservation lines to discourage the large mammals from loitering on floats about the harbors. There likely won’t ever be a time of...

 By Erik LeDuc    News    November 27, 2014

School board approves contracts for mental health, technology services

Petersburg school board members accepted the renewal of several contracted services, with four invoices totaling $95,698.75. Most of the contracts were for services where, for a variety of reasons, it was significantly more affordable to seek...

 By Erik LeDuc    News    November 27, 2014

Last change orders on school rebuild reported

The final details on the remodel of the Stedman Elementary School have officially been scratched off the contractor’s and administrator’s checklists as the school, already long open for children, received its last scrutiny from designers. Tony...

 By Erik LeDuc    News    November 20, 2014

Business seeks property swap with borough for tidelands parcels

Petro Marine Services is proposing to trade property they purchased from the former Union Oil Company for borough owned property they currently lease on which a warehouse and the Southeast Island... Full story

 By Erik LeDuc    News    November 20, 2014

Students prepare for NOSB academic competition

Petersburg students came out on top in a practice bout for the seasonal academic Tsunami Bowl, as regional teams begin warming up to compete for the right to represent the state in the National Ocean...

 By Erik LeDuc    Sports    November 20, 2014

Viking wrestlers take fourth in Bill Weiss bouts, readying for regions

Throughout history, sages and generals have proclaimed that the greatest teacher a man may have is his adversary, and Vikings wrestlers hit a bit of a learning curve at the Bill Weiss tournament in...

 By Erik LeDuc    News    November 20, 2014

Extracurricular work, not just scores, is major local scholarship criteria

There’s a wealth of options when it comes to scholarships for Petersburg students, provided they get up early enough in their academic careers to make themselves suitable. Oftentimes that’s nothing more than maintaining their grades, test scores...

 By Erik LeDuc    Sports    November 20, 2014

Lady Vikings take third in regions, Emma Chase goes all-conference

The Lady Vikings rallied against great odds in their final regional battle, pushing Sitka to the edge in their final 3A tournament that also saw sophomore Emma Chase selected as one of six...

 By Erik LeDuc    News    November 20, 2014

PSD gets clean audit, warning signs for next year

Petersburg schools had, overall, a clean audit on a good fiscal year, which ended June 30. The school was able to set aside a healthy amount, budgeting for future maintenance around a law that capped reserve limits at 10 percent of schools’ expense...

 By Erik LeDuc    Sports    November 13, 2014

Aulbach breaks state swim record; Vikings boys place fourth overall

Abe Aulbach went out in style, smashing a state record for the 100-yard freestyle race set in 1998, as he and many of his teammates took their last competitive lap in Anchorage at the state... Full story

 By Erik LeDuc    News    November 13, 2014

Operation Christmas Child wraps, winging gifts across the world

As Christmas draws ever closer, people are shopping for friends, families and strangers as another season of Operation Christmas Child closes, set to send shoeboxes of sundries across the world. The program, operated under the international auspices... Full story

 By Erik LeDuc    Sports    November 13, 2014

Volleyball in extra match against Wrangell, preparing for 2A change

Viking volleyball got a taste of the years to come on Nov. 4, when they had a friendly match with past and future rivals in Wrangell. The teams haven’t met on the courts for several years, as a higher student headcount kept Petersburg in the...

 By Erik LeDuc    Sports    November 13, 2014

Wrestlers under the weather, sharpening skills in downtime

Viking wrestlers went for broke again in Sitka, going first or nothing when it came to the championship rounds of the unconventional double elimination tournament and taking three titles for Petersburg. Buddy Stalmach, 113; John Brooks, 145; and...


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