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Southeast pink salmon price low, harvest low

Of an estimated 58 million pink salmon harvest for 2015, so far seiners have netted less than half that, some 26 million by the end of last week. "We are not even coming close (to projections),"... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    August 27, 2015

16 candidates declared to fill 21 board vacancies

Sixteen local residents have declared candidacy for local boards and commissions. Six seats remain open. The only contested seat is on the Harbor Board where three candidates have filed to fill two... Full story

 

Southeast longliners benefit from healthy halibut stocks

While the pink salmon harvest is coming in below expectations for price and quantity, the commercial halibut fishery is going strong for Area 2C, which includes Petersburg and other Southeast communities. A quota share update from the International...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    August 20, 2015

Weaver sentenced to 5 years probation, fine in explosives case

Longtime Petersburg resident Mark Weaver, 60, was sentenced to five years probation and given a $10,000 fine in US District Court in Juneau on Monday for detonating an unregistered destructive device... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    August 20, 2015

Fifteen public positions remain without candidates as filing deadline approaches

Just six residents have filed paperwork with the Borough clerk to run as candidates in the October municipal election. There are 21 vacancies on seven local boards and commissions up for election, including two 3-year terms on the Petersburg Borough... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    August 13, 2015

Former PFI worker faces felony charge for alleged death threat

Police arrested Mark Diega, 50, of Chula Vista, Calif., on a Class C felony charge of Terroristic Threatening in the 2nd Degree on Friday after he allegedly threatened to kill PFI staff and went shopping at the Trading Union (TU) Hardware store for... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    August 13, 2015

It takes a village:

The Petersburg Children’s Center (PCC) is one step closer to adding an additional classroom, and capacity for a dozen more students, after a variance was approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission earlier this week. The proposed expansion inclu... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    August 13, 2015

Base student allocation increased by $50 per student

The School Board met again after a one-month summer break on Tuesday evening, but they picked back up where they left off in June, talking about the budget. “I feel like that’s all I’ve talked about for six months, since I walked into this... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    August 13, 2015

School board approves capital projects list, discusses building savings to self-fund

The Petersburg School Board unanimously approved a list of capital projects for the district at their Tuesday evening meeting. Maintenance Director Dan Tate helped prepare and prioritize the list, which outlines the district’s needed capital...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    August 13, 2015

School Board approves teacher evaluation system

While students have been enjoying a summer away from school, Superintendent Erica Kludt-Painter and other staff have been working behind the scenes preparing for the upcoming year. At Tuesday’s regular School Board meeting, the superintendent also...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    August 13, 2015

Local response to transboundary mines ramps up

Vice Mayor Cindi Lagoudakis attended an invitation-only meeting in Juneau to discuss transboundary mines last week. The meeting was organized by Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott, tasked by Governor B...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    August 6, 2015

Low participation leads to cancellation of Humpy 500

The Humpy 500 go-cart race, a 20-year Petersburg tradition that saw local kids and families teaming up to build and decorate carts for racing down PFI hill, will come to end this year. The event has been held annually in October to celebrate the end... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    August 6, 2015

Financial disclosure exemption ordinance advances

An ordinance to allow voters to determine whether or not local public officials should be exempt from state financial disclosure requirements was passed on second reading by the Assembly at Monday’s regular meeting. By Alaska State law, certain... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    August 6, 2015

Municipal remodel design plans progressing; Borough staff brainstorms funding options

Corey Wall from MRV Architects in Juneau presented the latest plans for the municipal building remodel to Borough staff in late July. The plans are currently at the 45 percent mark and Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht said the plans may hit the 95... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    August 6, 2015

Public safety on a shoe string:

The Assembly and Borough staff discussed public safety issues at Monday’s Assembly meeting. While Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht delivered the news that decreased staff at the Juneau prosecutor’s office may lead to more case dismissals,...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    July 30, 2015

Study of harbor financials yields 11 percent rate increase recommendation

A public comment period is currently underway for two draft documents released as part of the Comprehensive Plan process-a land use map and a document outlining the financial state of the Borough's... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    July 30, 2015

PPD gets new officers and scheduling model

Staffing changes at the Petersburg Police Department (PPD) have led to a new scheduling model that will have police officers filling in on dispatch shifts as part of their weekly duties. Police Chief Kelly Swihart said that the idea for the new... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    July 30, 2015

Raven Trail revamp in progress until Oct.

The US Forest Service and Korpela Construction crews have broken ground on a new half-mile portion of the Raven's Roost Trail. Construction began July 17 on the section which will connect the new... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    July 30, 2015

Hospital pilot program to help streamline school enrollment

School enrollment will be a little bit easier for parents and staff this year as the Petersburg Medical Center (PMC) was selected to pilot a program that will transmit vaccine records, sports physicals and other pertinent medical information...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    July 30, 2015

Erickson earns Eagle Scout rank

Eighteen-year-old Skipper Erickson was the most recent in the Petersburg troop to join the rank of Eagle Scout. Erickson took the scouting oath for the rank in a ceremony on July 3, capping off six...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    July 23, 2015

Show me the money:

The Borough Assembly is working to put a proposition on the Oct. 6 municipal ballot that exempts candidates running for local public offices from a state requirement to disclose income, business interests and other assets. An ordinance to put the... Full story

 

Court fee increases take effect in August

Users of services in the Alaska Court System (ACS) will be seeing new fees for some services and fee increases for other services beginning August 1. The increases were approved by the Alaska Supreme Court in June. “The increased or additional... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    July 23, 2015

Candidates sought for 20 vacancies

Residents wishing to serve or continue serving as local officials can file for candidacy for 20 vacant positions (see sidebar) on seven different boards and commissions starting Tuesday, July 28....

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    July 23, 2015

Assembly voices concerns about winter ferry schedule

The Assembly agreed to send a letter to the Alaska Department of Transportation (ADOT) as part of the public comment period on the winter schedule that expresses concerns about the schedule’s ability to meet student travel and visitor’s needs....

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    July 23, 2015

Wastewater infrastructure repairs more costly than anticipated

Additional needed repairs to the wastewater infrastructure have been discovered by crews working on the sewer project in conjunction with the Haugen-Nordic Drive road construction project that began earlier this summer. “As the work commenced it...

 

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