Articles from the January 5, 2023 edition

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  • Polar Dip 2023

    Jan 5, 2023

  • Contract awarded for Blind Slough hydropower refurbishment

    Chris Basinger|Jan 5, 2023

    The Petersburg Borough Assembly unanimously voted during Monday's meeting to award the construction contract for the Blind Slough Hydroelectric refurbishment project to McG/Dawson Joint Venture for an amount not to exceed $5,744,000. McG/Dawson's contract bid was evaluated by an engineering team led by Don Jarrett, P.E. with McMillen and was recommended to the assembly by both McMillen and Petersburg Municipal Power and Light. The project received four contract bids ranging from $5,744,000 up...

  • Petersburg residents log thousands of birds during Christmas count

    Chris Basinger|Jan 5, 2023

    Petersburg birders cast their gaze to the skies on Dec. 17 as part of the National Audubon Society's 123rd Christmas Bird Count, spotting 52 species totaling 8,868 birds around Mitkof Island. The count is a nationwide event where citizen scientists spend the day searching for birds in their area and documenting their findings. "It's one of the most valuable nationwide databases for monitoring changes and trends in bird populations," said Brad Hunter, who coordinates the local bird count. The cou...

  • Yesterday's News

    Jan 5, 2023

    January 5, 1923 – Following custom, the bachelors of Petersburg will give another of their annual dances at the Sons of Norway Hall on Saturday night. For many years it has been the custom for the bachelors in town to give a big dance to which everybody is invited just before the start of the spring fishing season. The dance will be entirely free to all, the entire expenses being paid by the hosts of the evening. January 2, 1948 – At a meeting of the Territorial Board recently the application of the Town of Petersburg for funds to con...

  • PIA seeks rezoning of 12th Street lot ahead of prospective purchase

    Chris Basinger|Jan 5, 2023

    The Petersburg Borough Assembly unanimously approved an ordinance in its first reading during Monday's meeting that would rezone a lot located at 10 N. 12th Street for commercial use. The rezoning was requested by the Petersburg Indian Association, which filed an application to purchase the 0.31-acre lot from the borough in September 2022. PIA has stated that it is only interested in the lot, which is currently zoned as an open space, if it is rezoned for commercial use so that it matches an...

  • To the Editor

    Jan 5, 2023

    Community Emergency Response Team in the works To the Editor: The Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department (PVFD) Auxiliary committee has been looking for training to further assist the PVFD in its mission of Public Safety. After some careful digging, Chief Stolpe found a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program through FEMA. Through the PVFD Auxiliary, Chief Stolpe and I hope to establish a Community Emergency Response Team. This team’s mission would be to provide lay responder support to first responders in the event of a large-scale e...

  • Police report

    Jan 5, 2023

    December 28 – A minor in need of supervision was cited for curfew violation. Petersburg Police Department (PPD) received a report of a lost dog. There is an on-going investigation into a theft on Mitkof Highway. PPD received a report of a possible transformer explosion on South Nordic Drive. Power and Light (P&L) was notified and responded. An alarm activated at pump station #8. Water Wastewater (W/WW) was notified and responded. December 29 – An officer responded to a report of a minor motor vehicle accident in a parking area on Charles W Str...

  • Clearing the way

    Jan 5, 2023

  • Over $13,000 raised by Salvation Army red kettles

    Chris Basinger|Jan 5, 2023

    The famous Salvation Army red kettles, manned during the holiday season by volunteers armed with silver bells, raised a combined $13,206.43 in Petersburg according to Capt. KV Saengthasy. The donations will be used to fund the Salvation Army's social services budget and also went toward purchasing a couple of Christmas presents for local children. Though they finished just short of their fundraising target, both red kettles stationed outside of Hammer & Wikan stores were filled on Christmas...

  • Vikings build experience at Thunder Mountain

    Chris Basinger|Jan 5, 2023

    The Petersburg High School boys basketball team traveled up to Juneau over the winter break to take on the Thunder Mountain Falcons in two varsity and two junior varsity games. The varsity boys lost their first game on the night of Dec. 21 but faced off against the Falcons’ second string varsity players the next morning and claimed a road win. “The idea was to get as much playing time and have players really get a chance to play in different roles,” Head Coach Rick Brock said. Thunder Mountain took the first game convincingly, winning 74-36...

  • Wrangell Borough commits $2.2 million to develop residential subdivision

    Larry Persily, Wrangell Sentinel writer|Jan 5, 2023

    Wrangell — The borough’s target date is 2024 for the sale of the first 22 residential lots in the proposed subdivision of the former Wrangell Institute property upland from Shoemaker Bay. The assembly last month approved $2.2 million for installing utilities and putting in streets across a portion of the 134-acre property, which the borough acquired in 1996. “Our goal is to start construction this fall,” Borough Manager Jeff Good said last week. “That’s our target right now.” The borough is moving closer to receiving its U.S. Army Corps of...

  • Warming waters are driving Bering Sea crashes, but Alaska's fishing industry is quiet on climate

    Nathaniel Herz, Alaska Beacon|Jan 5, 2023

    Billions of snow crab disappeared from the Bering Sea in the past few years — a crash that’s devastated Alaska’s crab fishing fleet and a harvest that just two years ago was worth $130 million. Bycatch didn’t kill them. But the issue still dominated discussions this month at an Anchorage meeting of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, the commission that regulates the huge, lucrative harvests of seafood in the federal waters off Alaska’s shores. The council and its advisory panel, over the course of 10 days, spent hours listening to fi... Full story

  • Wrangell Borough starts cost review of new wastewater permit requirements

    Caroleine James, Wrangell Sentinel reporter|Jan 5, 2023

    WRANGELL — The borough is about to begin the five-year, state-mandated process of updating its wastewater treatment plant. Borough officials are currently searching for sources of funding for what will likely be a multimillion-dollar project. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issues permits to wastewater treatment plants across the nation, regulating the amount of pollutants they are allowed to release into the water. Historically, the Wrangell treatment plant has received a waiver allowing it to discharge wastewater that has not u...

  • University of Alaska will gain land under new federal budget law

    James Brooks, Alaska Beacon|Jan 5, 2023

    An obscure clause in the just-passed $1.7 trillion federal omnibus budget law has awarded the University of Alaska a plot of land half the size of the state of Rhode Island. The clause begins on page 2,819 of the 4,126-page law and calls for the university to receive 360,000 acres of federal land within the next four years, fulfilling the amount owed to it because of its status as a land-grant school. The university earns between $7 million and $8 million per year in revenue from 151,000 acres it already owns, and development of the new land is... Full story