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 By Jess Field    News    January 19, 2017

LID approved by assembly in its first reading

The Petersburg Borough Assembly held the first reading of an ordinance designed to amend municipal code regarding the local improvement district (LID) process on Tuesday night. The program is aimed at taking advantage of the SECON asphalt plant while...

 
 By Jess Field    News    January 19, 2017

Petersburg Indian Association board election results delayed due to candidate challenge

The Petersburg Indian Association held board elections earlier this month, but it took until Tuesday for the results to be certified because of a candidate challenge, according to a press release. The challenge, brought by William Ware, resulted in...

 
 By Jess Field    News    January 19, 2017

Trading the Mexican border for Mitkof Island

David Plagens worked as a police officer in west Texas on the border of New Mexico and Mexico prior to accepting a position with the Petersburg Police Department. He has four years of law enforcement...

 
 By Jess Field    News    January 19, 2017

Navy veteran joins police department

After spending four years with the U.S. Navy working military police, Luis Waechter is looking forward to the slower pace of life in Petersburg. "The last three years of my Navy contract I was...

 
 By Jess Field    News    January 19, 2017

Mitkof Island warm and dry in 2016:

The average temperature for Petersburg last year was 46 degrees, the warmest on record, and it also marked the 34th driest, according to NOAA warning coordination meteorologist Joel Curtis. Local...

 
 By Jess Field    News    January 19, 2017

Whooping cough confirmed in community

The Petersburg has one confirmed case of Pertussis or whooping cough, according to a notice sent out by Superintendent Erica Kludt-Painter on Tuesday afternoon. “We have been working with the Medical Center and Public Health Nurse to determine the...

 
 By Jess Field    News    January 19, 2017

Petersburg Medical Health executive director awarded sabbatical

Susan Ohmer was raised to work. She learned what it meant to work hard early in life, so the idea of taking months off work for a sabbatical is truly foreign to her. As the executive director for...

 

Floathouse removal still at standstill

The state has so far not received any applications from a number of floathouse owners contacted last autumn. Since October, the Department of Natural Resources has been reaching out to identified owners of floating facilities anchored along the...

 
 By Jess Field    News    January 12, 2017

School district could lose rural funding

The Petersburg school board met Tuesday night to discuss the loss of federal secure rural school funding due to the program seemingly ending in 2017. Board president Sarah Holmgrain said the program has not been funded on a federal level beyond this...

 
 By Jess Field    News    January 12, 2017

Chum release in Thomas Bay given green light

An application for an Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) permit alteration to release 40 million chum salmon in Thomas Bay brought forth by the Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (NSRAA) has been approved. The application...

 
 By Jess Field    News    January 12, 2017

Black and white image is a winner

Brian Lynch didn't have to hike up Petersburg Mountain or go aboard a vessel in search of his photo "BW" that was recently selected for an exhibition dedicated to flowers. All the local photographer...

 
 By Jess Field    Sports    January 12, 2017

Lady Vikings start conference play 2-0

The Lady Vikings basketball team traveled to Haines last weekend and ended up playing postponed games on Monday and Tuesday due to bad weather. Head coach Dino Brock said the girls are so used to...

 
 By Jess Field    Sports    January 12, 2017

Vikings take two from Haines

The PHS boys' basketball team opened up conference play in Haines this week with two victories. The team spent multiple days in Juneau due to bad weather so the games were rescheduled for Monday night...

 
 By Jess Field    News    January 5, 2017

Paving proposal unanimously approved

Paving proposal unanimously The Petersburg Borough Assembly passed a resolution Tuesday to approve a program known as a local improvement district or LID. The program is taking a private approach to funding paving improvements in a select number of...

 
 By Jess Field    News    January 5, 2017

Petersburg news highlights for 2016

January Public Works rolled out the borough's highly anticipated blue cart recycling program. The borough received $820,117.61 from the annual raw fish tax. Dave Zimmerman was hired as the new...

 
 By Jess Field    News    January 5, 2017

Raw fish tax figure from state finalized

Borough finance director Jody Tow recently had a small scare concerning the annual fish tax the borough receives from the state. The original figure the state gave Tow was $336,847, which would have been the lowest in 15 years, but after reaching...

 
 By Jess Field    News    January 5, 2017

Assembly deals with dangerous Lumber St. structure

The borough assembly held its first meeting of 2017 on Tuesday, and had a somewhat full slate on the agenda including a noncompliance hearing of an order to vacate and repair or demolish a dangerous building at 510 Lumber St. Borough building...

 
 By Jess Field    Sports    January 5, 2017

Lady Vikings win three, lose one

The Lady Vikings’ basketball team traveled to Anchorage for the Rally of The Regions Tourney and ended up going 3-1. Head coach Dino Brock said the team performed well all weekend and he had no complaints about dropping a game. “I was very happy...

 
 By Jess Field    Sports    January 5, 2017

Viking boys 4-0 at Rally of The Regions

Head coach Rick Brock liked playing four games against unfamiliar teams with different styles last weekend in Anchorage, and the Vikings won all their games by double digits. The non-conference games gave the Vikings a warm up for Haines this weekend...

 
 By Jess Field    News    December 29, 2016

Assembly to hear paving resolution

The borough assembly will see a resolution at its next meeting to approve a program known as local improvement district or LID. Approval of the resolution would be the first step of many in taking a private approach to paying for paving a select numb...

 
 By Jess Field    News    December 29, 2016

Death of North Harbor resident confirmed

Earlier this month, PPD responded to a request from the harbormaster to conduct a welfare check of a harbor resident. On Dec. 16, Edward Bottani was found deceased aboard the M/V Glider moored in North Harbor. Bottani had not been seen for two or...

 
 By Jess Field    News    December 29, 2016

Municipal building remodel on time for New Year

The municipal building might have been a quiet construction site over Christmas, but prior to the break public works director Karl Hagerman says up to 25 men had been working in and around the...

 
 By Jess Field    News    December 22, 2016

Assembly continues dock discussion

The borough has until the end of the year to accept the Alaska Department of Transportation (ADOT) proposal to take over three float facilities currently under state control. The assembly continued talking about the subject at the Monday meeting....

 
 By Jess Field    News    December 22, 2016

WAVE has new location

Working Against Violence for Everyone or WAVE moved from the Sing Lee Alley location last month and welcomed a new employee the next day. WAVE director Annette Wooton said the increased office space a...

 
 By Jess Field    Sports    December 22, 2016

Viking grapplers grab team title at state

Buddy Stelmach, Ethan File and Nathaniel Lenhard represented PHS wrestling for the final time last weekend at the state tournament in Anchorage. Stelmach earned a second place finish, and File and Len...

 

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