Articles from the January 9, 2020 edition


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  • NOAA hearing draws vocal opposition

    Ron Loesch Publisher|Jan 9, 2020

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration held a public hearing in Petersburg Monday night on their proposal to establish critical habitat areas for humpback whales in Southeast Alaska including areas from the Alaska Peninsula down the coastline to Southern California. Over 80 persons, mostly fishermen attended the standing-room-only meeting at the Assembly Chambers. NOAA's fisheries division, the National Marine Fisheries Service proposes to protect the feeding areas of three...

  • Summary of NOAA critical habitat designation proposal

    Jan 9, 2020

    This action will propose the designation of critical habitat for three distinct population segments of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) pursuant to section 4 of the Endangered Species Act. The three distinct population segments of humpback whales concerned--the Mexico, Central American, and Western Pacific distinct population segments--were listed under the Endangered Species Act on September 8, 2016, thereby triggering the requirement under section 4 of the Endangered Species Act to...

  • Petersburg Fishing Report

    Patrick Fowler, ADF&G Area Management Biologist|Jan 9, 2020

    While some anglers may hang up their fishing rods until Spring, don't forget about the many angling opportunities that exist throughout the winter. Remember to purchase your 2020 fishing license prior to fishing in the new calendar year. Winter King Salmon King salmon can be found year round in local marine waters although catch rates are typically much slower during the winter time. New regulations have been issued as of January 1, 2020. The current regulations for all marine waters in the...

  • Yesterday's News

    Jan 9, 2020

    January 16, 1920 John Bruce is now engaged in taking the fourteenth census of Petersburg and district, having been appointed to that duty by Charles W. Hawkesworth, of the Bureau of Education. All facts as to the number of residents occupations, businesses and everything pertaining to census statistics will be compiled under date of January 1st, 1920. The number of people listed for Petersburg by Mr. Bruce will determine the listed population of the town for the next ten years. January 12, 1945 With fine reports in on the Sixth War Loan drive,...

  • Polar dip 2020

    Jan 9, 2020

  • Assembly creates short list of 2021 Capital Projects

    Jan 9, 2020

    The borough assembly approved four community projects totaling $63.7 million to be included on the priority list for 2021. The list will be forwarded to the state legislature in hopes one or more of the projects will be funded by the State of Alaska. The projects could also be funded through federal or special grant programs the improvements may qualify for. At the advice of Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht the assembly kept the list short, since lean state budgets will mean few, if any, project...

  • Assembly approves two truck purchases totaling $85,432

    Jan 9, 2020

    The borough assembly approved the purchase of two light duty 4x4 trucks in the amount of $85,432 at its Monday meeting. One of the vehicles replaces a truck that was totaled in a fire at the public works shop in August. A 2003 Chevy flatbed used by the Motor Pool Dept. will be replaced by a 2020 Chevy 3500 Crew Cab with a 9-foot flatbed. It is used to transport workers to job sites and seats four people. It can carry needed equipment and tools. The vehicle is still in service but requires...

  • Nolan Center welcomes the new decade with a murder mystery

    Caleb Vierkant|Jan 9, 2020

    WRANGELL - The Nolan Center celebrated the new year on Dec. 31, with a murder mystery party. As this new year marks a new decade, a return to the '20s, the party had a 1920s theme to it. With jazz music, people in themed costumes, and masks, party-goers had the chance to return to the previous century. The main theater of the Nolan Center was decorated to look like an old speakeasy, from the prohibition era, to fit the mood. For those who have never participated in a murdery mystery, it is a...

  • Warning renewed: eruption of Aleutian volcano intensifies

    Jan 9, 2020

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An eruption at a volcano in Alaska's Aleutian Islands has intensified and the National Weather Service has renewed a warning for passing aircraft. Shishaldin Volcano erupted at 5 a.m. Tuesday, the Alaska Volcano Observatory announced, and sent up an ash cloud to 23,000 feet (7,010 meters). Shortly after 12:30 p.m., the observatory announced the eruption had continued and the ash cloud had reached 27,000 feet (8,230 meters). Wind continued to push the cloud northeast into the eastern Bering Sea and away from jet a...

  • Editorial: Critical habitat rule unlikely to help

    Ron Loesch Publisher|Jan 9, 2020

    The establishment of critical habitat areas running from western Alaska to southern California is a prime example of federal agency overkill and overreach. We don't see a logical pathway whereby NOAA's proposed rule will bring numbers of the three distinct population segments (DPS) of humpbacks back to historic levels. Unanswered by NOAA officials is an explanation of why the Hawaiian population is thriving as seen by population counts in both Alaska and Hawaii, and the three segments of the...

  • Petersburg All Tournament Players

    Jan 9, 2020

    Two Petersburg Basketball players were recognized during the Rally the Regions tournament in Anchorage this past week, being named to the All Tournament Teams. This recognition is meant to highlight players who demonstrate strong character traits outside of the basketball court, as well as on it. Students can be recognized for their academic performance, leadership qualities, having a good attitude, and other qualities. The two Petersburg students recognized this year are Thomas Durkin (left)...

  • Rotary Club tops Red Kettle contributions

    Jan 9, 2020

    Top contributors to the Salvation Army Red Kettle drive in 2019: 1. Petersburg Rotary Club $6,152 2. State & Federal employees $3,337 3. Petersburg Vessel Owners $2,345 4. Sons of Norway $1,281 5. School District $1,225 6. P.V. Fire Department $1,110 Total donations to the Salvation Army this Christmas season totaled $21,230 with the additional contribution of $4,100 that came in just recently, according to Salvation Army Major Loni Upshaw....

  • Police report

    Jan 9, 2020

    Jan. 1 – A verbal traffic warning was issued for inoperable headlight along Nordic Dr. Verbal traffic warnings were given for inoperable taillight and failure to maintain lane on Nordic Dr. A disturbance was reported on S. 2nd St. Officers responded to reported violations of a court order. Domestic violence was reported at a Nordic Dr. location. Jan. 2 – Officers responded to a Tango St. location on an unfounded burglary call. Police responded to the airport following a parking complaint. A sex offender registered. A disturbance was reported on...

  • Vikings come home with Rally the Regions championship

    Caleb Vierkant|Jan 9, 2020

    The Petersburg Vikings travelled to Dimond High School in Anchorage last week to compete in the Rally the Regions Hardwood Classic. The tournament is one of the biggest events for high school basketball teams across Alaska, bringing together teams for a four-day long tournament. These were hard-fought games, as Vikings Coach Rich Brock pointed out that Petersburg came up from behind in several of their games, but the Vikings came out undefeated and with the championship title. Their first game...

  • Overhaul of Alaska Marine Highway System considered

    PETER SEGALL Juneau Empire|Jan 9, 2020

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — With an aging fleet, fewer riders and major budget reductions, the Alaska Marine Highway System is feeling the hurt. Six of the state's 11 ferries have been taken out of service as of Dec. 9 and service to coastal communities has been reduced multiple times. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have said they believe ferries are a vital economic engine for Southeast Alaska, but how to keep that engine running is up for debate. One proposal, or at least the idea of it, has gotten the attention of a number of stakeholder g...

  • Raven's Roost in winter

    Jan 9, 2020

  • Lady Vikings show improvement through Rally the Regions

    Caleb Vierkant|Jan 9, 2020

    While the Petersburg Vikings came home with a championship last week, after the Rally the Regions Hardwood Classic, it was a less successful tournament for the Lady Vikings. The girls basketball team did not have any wins during the rally. However, according to Lady Vikings Coach Dino Brock, the tournament gave the team many chances to grow their skills on the court. The competition let the team show their strengths, he said, as well as areas for future improvement. "We went up against some of...

  • Alaska Fish Factor: Fish Factor's annual Fishing Picks and Pans for 2019

    Laine Welch|Jan 9, 2020

    Every year since 1991 Fish Factor has selected “picks and pans” for Alaska’s seafood industry - a no-holds-barred look back at some of the year’s best and worst fishing highlights, and my choice for the biggest fish story of the year. Here are the 2019 picks and pans, in no particular order - Best fish scientist – Dr. Bob Foy, director of science and research at NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center/Juneau – No one explains science better or with more passion. Biggest new business potential: Mariculture. Alaska is acting on plans to grow a $10...

  • Obituary: Llewellyn Williams III, 62

    Jan 9, 2020

    KETCHIKAN - Llewellyn Morris Williams III, 62, who died Sat., Jan. 4, 2020, believed in God, family and friends, public service and University of Washington Huskies football. To all of these, he dedicated his life. Born in Petersburg on Dec. 7, 1957 - when Alaska was still only a territory - Williams was a third generation Alaskan and newspaperman. He co-owned the Ketchikan Daily News with his two sisters for 25 years. During his life, Williams, or "Doonie," as he was nicknamed, resided in...

  • Kayaker missing near Sitka; boat found overturned, adrift

    Jan 9, 2020

    SITKA, Alaska (AP) — A search has been called off for a man missing on a kayak trip outside Sitka, the U.S. Coast Guard announced. Kale Pastel, 36, left on an early morning kayaking trip to Birdsnest Bay. He did not return and he was reported missing, the Coast Guard said. A witness spotted Pastel's kayak on Sunday morning overturned and adrift in Eastern Channel. The witness towed the kayak to Cannon Island. The Coast Guard and Sitka Mountain Rescue launched a search. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew at 1:15 p.m. launched from Coast Guard A...

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