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 By Brian Varela    News    January 14, 2021

State health official talks COVID-19 vaccines

PMC Director of Nursing Jennifer Bryner said at the COVID-19 community update on Jan. 8 that PMC is expecting to have a combined total of about 300 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine to begin...

 

A calm evening at the Rapids

The sun sets on calm waters and snow capped mountain tops last month at Blind River Rapids....

 

GCI cable customers lose three network channels as rates negotiated

GCI cable TV customers in Petersburg and across Alaska have lost access to three network channels as negotiations continue over rates the cable company will pay to Vision Alaska and Coastal...

 

Yule decorations to remain lit

Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht and Utility Superintendent Karl Hagerman have agreed to leave the downtown Christmas tree and main street holiday lights illuminated, perhaps through February. With...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    January 14, 2021

Community risk level lowered to yellow

The Petersburg Emergency Operations Center lowered the community risk of COVID-19 transmission from orange to yellow, or level one on Wednesday, according to a joint press between the Petersburg Borou...

 

Yesterday's News

January 14, 1921 Work is to start immediately on the section of shrimp and crab cannery in Petersburg which will have a capacity of from 40-50 cases of half pound cans per day to start, which will be increased as condition warrants. H. H. Malcom, an...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    January 14, 2021

Local businesses received $15.08 million in aid

In the first round of COVID-19 aid released through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, Petersburg received $15.08 million in bailout funds from the federal government. Funds were...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    January 14, 2021

Residents condemn Jan. 6 Capitol takeover

A large group of President Donald Trump's supporters stormed the United States Capitol Building on Jan. 6 while Congress was certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election leaving a wake of...

 

ANWL to continue landless battle in new Congress

Alaska Natives Without Land now looks to the 117th Congress for the opportunity to acquire land through the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act after legislation that would have established five Urban...

 

Everything including the kitchen sink

A Sandy Beach resident starts the New Year out with some heavy duty housecleaning that included the kitchen sink....

 

Police report

January 6— A welfare check was requested at a location on S. 2nd St. Authorities conducted a security check at the Petersburg Municipal Power & Light pole yard. January 7— A burglary was reported at a location on S. 3rd St. January 8...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    January 14, 2021

New P&R director sets facility priorities

In her first Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting since becoming the new Parks and Recreation director, Stephanie Payne laid out the goals she'd like to accomplish in the coming weeks and month...

 

Crocus, a start

This winter hasn't been cold enough to keep Terrie Beal's large crocuses in the ground. The warm weather doesn't usually draw them out until towards the end of winter, she said. "They're coming up...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    January 14, 2021

PMC to seek second PPP loan

The Petersburg Medical Center Board of Directors held a special meeting on Tuesday to approve the hospital's request to apply for a loan from the Small Business Administration through the Paycheck Pro...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    January 14, 2021

School board approves sex ed. curriculum

The Petersburg School Board approved the sex education curriculum for Petersburg High School at their regular meeting on Tuesday to comply with HB 156. The house bill requires that the sex education i...

 

Fish Factor: Could mining mix up Earth's magnetic field and salmons' ability to find their way home?

Is it a coincidence that one of the world’s largest mineral deposits is located near the world’s largest sockeye salmon spawning grounds at Bristol Bay? And if the likes of a Pebble Mine removed the bulk of those deep deposits that also create...

 

Sitka Sound Herring fishery announcement

The guideline harvest level (GHL) for the 2021 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery is 33,304 tons of mature herring; however, based on input from processors involved with the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery, it is expected that the commercial har...

 

Artifact Archive

By 1923, the U. S. Forest Service managed 140 fox farm permits on the Tongass National Forest, covering 78,000 acres. Petersburg along with Haines-Skagway, and the Mendenhall Valley and Lemon Creek area in Juneau were pioneers in the industry....

 

Judge refuses to invalidate Dunleavy appointments

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A judge has refused to invalidate more than 90 appointments made by Gov. Mike Dunleavy who haven’t been confirmed by Alaska lawmakers. The Legislative Council, composed of House and Senate leaders, argued appointments...

 

Dunleavy plans appeal of mine project denial

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy said the state will appeal the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' rejection of a key permit for a proposed copper and gold mine in a region that supports...

 

Navy rolls out new strategy for expanding Arctic operations

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Department of the Navy released details of a new strategy for operations in the Arctic as competition for resources among nations increases in the region. Members of Alaska’s congressional delegation have expressed...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    January 14, 2021

PVFD trace minor structure fire to in floor heating

The Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 600 block of N. Nordic Dr. Tuesday morning at about 7 A.M., according to PVFD Assistant Fire Chief Dave Berg. Fifteen... Full story

 
 By Brian Varela    News    January 14, 2021

Community spread raises COVID-19 case count to 11

A new case of COVID-19 was confirmed in town on Saturday, and the Petersburg Emergency Operations Center is attributing the positive test result to community spread, according to a joint press... Full story

 

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