Articles from the January 7, 2021 edition

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PSD returns to distance learning amid virus spike

The Petersburg School District postponed reopening the schools to students on Wednesday following Petersburg Emergency Operation Center's announcement on Monday that it was raising the local risk...

 

A refreshing start to 2021

Participants in this year's Polar Dip rush out of the cold waters of South Boat Harbor on Friday....

 
 By Brian Varela    News    January 7, 2021

2020 was an average year for rain

Last year it may have seemed like a record breaking amount of rain fell on the city. After all, Petersburg had the wettest summer on record, and heavy showers in December caused parts of the borough...

 

Reflections

The reflection of Crystal Mountain and its tower were visible in Crystal Lake on Dec. 27...

 

Yesterday's News

January 7, 1921 Starting the 15th of January, and continuing for an indefinite period, the Petersburg Weekly Report will cost four dollars per year, instead of the three dollars formerly charged. At the same time advertising rates will be advanced....

 
 By Brian Varela    News    January 7, 2021

Borough assembly approves COVID-19 dashboard

The Borough Assembly, at their meeting on Monday, approved the Community Risk Communication Plan, which tracks the COVID-19 situation in town and offers guidelines. The Community Risk Communication...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    January 7, 2021

Vaccine distribution continues locally, statewide

Petersburg Medical Center has administered about 150 COVID-19 vaccines as of Dec. 31 to local residents as the town and state move through the early stages of the vaccine distribution process,...

 

To the Editor

Thank you To the Editor: Thanks to you my wonderful friends and family of Petersburg for being there throughout this last month of 2020. Words cannot describe the feelings that I am going through and...

 

Guest Editorial: Alaska needs to do better for ferry system

Predictability and dependability. More than anything else, that's what the communities served by the Alaska Marine Highway System need. The communities need to know the schedules further in advance...

 

Police report

December 29— Dylan Adams was issued a citation for driving without a valid license. December 30— Authorities responded to a report of unusual activity at a location on Mitkof Highway. An officer provided the individual with a courtesy ride. No cr...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    January 7, 2021

USCG airlifts injured fisherman from Bering Sea

The United States Coast Guard medevaced an injured fisherman on board the F/V Magnus Martens 80 miles Northwest of Dutch Harbor in the Bering Sea on Dec. 30, according to a USCG press release. An...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    January 7, 2021

PMC awards bid for electronic records system

The Petersburg Medical Center Board of Directors awarded a $1.3 million request for proposal to Cerner for a new electronic health records system at an executive meeting on Dec. 22. The electronic...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    January 7, 2021

Crystal Lake Hatchery faces $200,000 funding gap

Southern Southeast Alaska Aquaculture Association hopes to secure $200,000 to make up for a loss in funding for Crystal Lake Hatchery (CLH) following the expiration of a sport fishing license...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    January 7, 2021

Unofficial results: close race in PIA election

Petersburg Indian Association tabulated the results of their 2021 election on Jan. 5 following a voting period that began in early December. Unofficial results from the election show Christina Morriso...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    January 7, 2021

Another year of state ferry budget stress

WRANGELL - Between state budget cuts, a mainline vessel engine breakdown, a halt to port calls in Prince Rupert, B.C., and COVID-19 travel restrictions, the Alaska Marine Highway System has struggled...

 

Slope Rockfish species retention limited to one

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Sport Fish announced today that opportunity for slope rockfish species will continue through January 31, 2022. Resident and nonresident anglers: • The daily bag and possession limit is one slope...

 

Alaska service industry cheers new federal relief funding

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Small businesses in Alaska say new federal coronavirus relief funds will provide needed aid, especially for those in the service industry facing their slowest time of the year. The aid package grants almost $300 billion...

 

2021 marks 30th year weekly Fish Factor column has appeared in newspapers across Alaska and nationally

This year marks the 30th year that the weekly Fish Factor column has appeared in newspapers across Alaska and nationally. Every year it features “picks and pans” for Alaska’s seafood industry - a no-holds-barred look back at some of the...

 

Obituary: Grant Thompson, 73

Grant Thompson, 73, passed away on September 14, 2020, while playing tennis with friends at Zephyr Cove, Nevada. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and was the oldest of five children. He grew up in... Full story

 

Shooting of Alaska bald eagle investigated; bird euthanized

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating the shooting of a bald eagle near Alaska’s capital city, which led to the protected bird being euthanized. The injured eagle was rescued Dec. 22 in Juneau, but it was not...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    January 7, 2021

Two positive cases of virus identified in single household

The Petersburg Emergency Operations Center has identified two more local cases of COVID-19 within a single household on Monday, according to a joint press release between the Petersburg Borough and... Full story

 
 By Brian Varela    News    January 7, 2021

Five residents test positive for virus

Five more cases of COVID-19 were identified in town on Tuesday, bringing the local active case count back up to nine, according to a joint press release between the Petersburg Borough and Petersburg... Full story

 

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