Articles from the January 10, 2019 edition

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AMHTA approves land exchange

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A state agency plans to swap land in southeast Alaska for federal land that can be developed for timber sales. The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority board on Thursday approved a land exchange with the U.S. Forest Service...

 

For a good cause

Guylynn Etcher, Grace Wolf and Zoe Marsden of Glacier Express Cafe stand with the Molly sandwich cookie that was being auctioned off on Friday for a fundraiser to raise money for the special...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    January 10, 2019

Harbormaster: Petro warehouse remodel cost at $20,000

A warehouse on a piece of land that the borough would receive from Petro 49, Inc. in a land exchange could be utilized by the Port and Harbor Department by upgrading the facility for approximately...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    January 10, 2019

Borough may lose revenue in Petro deal

Although negotiations between the Petersburg Borough and Petro 49, Inc. over a possible land swap haven’t begun, borough manager Stephen Giesbrecht anticipates Petro 49, Inc.’s 22-year lease of borough land to be one of the main talking points of...

 

Yesterday's News

January 10, 1919 An aeroplane mail service between Seattle and the cities of southeastern Alaska is one of the probabilities of the near future. The first experiment will in all probability be made next summer, and if it proves successful the...

 

60th anniversary of Alaska Statehood

Alaska joined the Union as the 49th state 60 years ago this month. The front page of the Petersburg Press proclaimed the event in a bold block headline reading, "State of Alaska enters Union...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    January 10, 2019

Assembly continues to approve $600,000 for a new baler

In its second reading, the borough assembly approved ordinance 2018-21 at an assembly meeting on Monday, which allocates $400,000 from the sanitation fund and $200,000 from the Motor Pool to replace the borough’s baler. Last month, the assembly...

 

Recollections: Left behind

Pastor Eric Olsen from the Petersburg Lutheran Church preached at the First Baptist Church this week. He is one of many who have delivered messages before the congregation as the search continues for a permanent pastor for the Baptist church. He pose...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    January 10, 2019

Borough assembly, residents discuss 2020 budget

Borough manager Stephen Giesbrecht submitted a list of potential budget discussion items to the borough assembly on Monday that outlines possible cuts in funding to services as the assembly begins talks on the 2020 fiscal year budget. “The...

 

School News

Jeffrey Erickson was named to the Dean’s List at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania for the Fall 2018 semester. Kaia Dahl was placed on the Dean’s List at Greenville University in Greenville, Illinois for the Fall 2018...

 

Police report

January 2 — Prescription glasses were found at a location on Baler Access Rd. and given to authorities. Criminal mischief was reported at a location on Haugen Dr. January 3 — A quarterly sex offender registration was conducted Authorities...

 

Wrangell school board upholds termination of art teacher

WRANGELL — In an 8 ½ hour meeting Tuesday, Jan. 8, the Wrangell School Board upheld the firing of first year art teacher Shanna Mall. Starting at 4 p.m., the school board held a public hearing on the potential termination of a high school art...

 

PHS boys basketball take second place in Nome

The Petersburg High School boys varsity team won two out of three games in a basketball tournament in Nome over the weekend, and came in second place over all. On Thursday, the team’s first game was against Grace Christian School. The first...

 

A refreshing swim

Participants in this year's Polar Dip line up on a dock in South Boat Harbor on the morning of Jan. 1 before taking the plunge into the frigid waters of the harbor....

 

Lady Vikings come in fourth place Nome tournament

The Petersburg High School girls varsity basketball team game came in fourth place in a tournament in Nome playing against Grace Christian School, Nome-Beltz High School and Unalakleet School. “I thought that we did a nice job on the board against...

 

Fish Factor: Government shutdown causing few problems in Alaska's fisheries

The government shutdown has caused few problems so far in Alaska’s fisheries, but concern is growing as it enters a third week.  The shutdown of nine out of 15 federal departments and agencies on Dec. 21 has furloughed about 800,000 workers...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    January 10, 2019

Elementary school principal announces retirement

The Petersburg School District school board accepted the resignation of Rae C. Stedman Elementary School principal Teri Toland on Tuesday. She will be retiring at the end of the school year in June....

 
 By Brian Varela    News    January 10, 2019

Fight 64 reroutes to Wrangell

Flight 64 was expected to land in Petersburg on Saturday at 2:43 P.M., but was rerouted to Wrangell, because the 737-700 jet was experiencing problems with its auxiliary power unit, according to Alaska Airlines spokesperson Ray Lane. Additionally,...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    January 10, 2019

Assembly requests $40 million for top capital projects

The borough assembly approved an amended version of the capital projects list for the 2020 fiscal year on Monday that lists the replacement of the E911 system as the borough’s first priority. On the list are capital projects from every department...

 

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