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Wrangell and Petersburg lose power Friday

The cities of Wrangell and Petersburg both briefly lost power on Friday morning, Jan. 10. The power outage occurred a little before 11 a.m. and lasted about an hour. Both cities typically receive...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    January 16, 2020

Cold temperatures, but no record lows

Beginning last weekend, Petersburg has been experiencing a cold front with temperatures hovering just above zero degrees, but Wes Adkins, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Juneau,...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    January 16, 2020

Tribal voters elect incumbents in PIA elections

Twenty-one tribal voters elected four incumbents in the Petersburg Indian Association Tribal Council election on Jan. 6, but one 1-year term remains vacant. Incumbent Cristina Morrison was reelected...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    January 16, 2020

School board approves new elementary math curriculum

The Petersburg School Board approved an updated math curriculum for the district and the purchase of related materials totaling approximately $42,000 at the board's meeting on Tuesday. A whole new...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    January 16, 2020

Fire department finds its EMS coordinator

The Petersburg Fire Department has filled its vacant EMS coordinator position about two months after the borough assembly authorized the department to hire a third staff member following uncertainty...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    January 16, 2020

Community pool closed all week

The community lap pool is closed this week due to an above average amount of water being pumped into the pool to maintain regular water levels. Parks and Recreation Facilities Supervisor Stephanie...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    January 16, 2020

Capt. Holmgrain completes rigorous FBI Academy

After a rigorous 11-week program that pushed the limits of his physical and academic abilities, Captain Randal Holmgrain of the Petersburg Police Department graduated from the Federal Bureau of...

 

$40 million for a road? Some Kupreanof Island residents want that money for ferries

A patchwork of logging roads already exists, and the project would connect those roads to make a 35-mile, single-lane road between Kake and 12-mile Creek north of the city of Kupreanof. The money was...

 

A fire, an SOS, a rescue: Man spends weeks in remote Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Tyson Steele watched his remote cabin go up in flames, mourned the death of his dog and then spent weeks in the Alaska wilderness, bundling up in an makeshift shelter against the subzero temperatures and eating canned food _ u...

 

US climate experts say 2019 was record warm year in AK

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska experienced its warmest year on record, according to federal climate officials. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in its U.S. Climate report said Alaska had a statewide average temperature of 32.2...

 

State employee files $19 million sexual harassment lawsuit

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A state employee who says she was sexually harassed and physically injured by a supervisor is suing the state for $19 million. Toni Prins, a Kenai juvenile justice worker, also said in her lawsuit that she was given a poor...

 

Lady Vikings victorious against Haines

The Lady Vikings came out ahead in both their games against the Lady Glacier Bears at Haines over the weekend. Like the Petersburg High School boys basketball team, the Lady Vikings had a late start...

 

Add two to the Viking winning streak

The Petersburg High School boys basketball team continued their winning streak this season with two wins against Haines last weekend. The Vikings had a rough start to the weekend when their ferry to...

 

Fish Factor: Warm waters across Alaska cause salmon die-offs last summer

Alaskans saw salmon die offs last summer across the state when water temperatures soared into the mid-70s to above 80 degrees in some regions. But what about threats to salmon from the accompanying gl...

 

Yesterday's News

January 23, 1920 The Petersburg members of the Boy Scouts of America have offered their services to the Petersburg Fire Department to assist in keeping the crowds back from any fire which might occur and to maintain the fire lines. Their offer has be...

 

Letters to the Editor

Reaching out to schoolmates To the Editor: Some friends of ours on a trip to Hawaii happened to sit next to Sig Matheson. In the course of the conversation it was mentioned that I had lived in Petersburg 1956-59 (on Wrangell Ave.) and Sig remembered...

 

Police Report

January 7 — A theft was reported at a location on S. 4th St. A no trespassing notice was served at 17 N. Nordic Dr. Authorities responded to a broken window. January 8 — Authorities responded to a four-wheeler towing a small child on Dolphin St....

 

Misty morning

Lights illuminated boats in Middle Boat Harbor as the sun and the temperature rose early Tuesday morning....

 

Frozen paradise

During a break from the falling snow last Thursday, storm clouds, surrounding mountains and trees reflect off Blind River Rapids....

 

Jury summonses by email in Alaska

ANCHORAGE — When Alaskans are summoned for jury service, they fill out and return a questionnaire that allows court personnel to qualify, defer, or excuse them from service. After historically sending these documents in the mail, the court has...

 

Artifact Archive

Rustic Snowshoes These antique, handcrafted snowshoes are early additions to the museum collection. Found at the Charity Box in 1964, the person who made them is unknown. Measuring 64 " long and 10 "...

 

School News

Hannah Pfundt and Erin Pfundt have achieved Provost’s Honor Roll status for the Fall 2019 semester at Whitworth University. These students have been named to the Dean’s list for Fall 2019 semester at the University of Alaska Southeast. Andrew A...

 

Lorraine Rude Thompson

January 24, 1923 - January 6, 2020 Born Constance Lorraine Rude in Minneapolis, MN on January 24, 1923, Lorraine Thompson was the daughter of J.O. and Amy Brekke Rude. She died peacefully at Mountain... Full story

 

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