Articles from the January 28, 2021 edition


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  • Submarine cable gets early delivery date

    Brian Varela|Jan 28, 2021

    The Southeast Alaska Power Agency could replace a damaged submarine cable that is used as a backup cable to provide Petersburg with power as early as this summer, according to SEAPA Board of Directors Chairman Bob Lynn at the Borough Assembly meeting on Jan. 19. Sumitomo, a Japanese firm, was contracted by SEAPA to construct a cable to replace a damaged submarine cable between Woronksofski and Vank islands for approximately $14 million. The cable was expected to be delivered in late July and...

  • Colorful reflections

    Jan 28, 2021

    The pink and purple sky over LeConte Bay on Saturday morning reflects onto the ice and water....

  • Next COVID-19 vaccine clinic expected on Feb. 5

    Brian Varela|Jan 28, 2021

    Petersburg Medical Center is setting Feb. 5 as a tentative date to hold another COVID-19 vaccination clinic, according to Petersburg Medical Center Director of Nursing Jennifer Bryner at the COVID-19 community update on Jan. 22. She said the facility will be notified by the state in the last week of January as to when they can expect their next allocation of the vaccine. The hospital will then vaccinate residents who received their first COVID-19 shot this month for a second and final time on Fe...

  • Active cases of COVID-19 drop to zero

    Brian Varela|Jan 28, 2021

    At the COVID community update on Jan. 22, Incident Commander Karl Hagerman told the public that the local COVID-19 active case count had finally returned to zero. Additionally, there haven't been any new cases of the virus reported within the last seven days. "We had a rough patch in the past week and a half or so with an increase in cases," said Hagerman on Jan. 22. "It's very nice to be back at zero." Petersburg Medical Center has collected a total of 8,055 test samples as of Friday to be...

  • Yesterday's News

    Jan 28, 2021

    January 28, 1921 A search of the records of births and deaths in the office of Commissioner Perkins shows that during the year of 1920 there were 25 children born in Petersburg and 7 persons died. In addition there were several children born in other towns whose parents reside in Petersburg but who were temporarily absent from this city, and of whom there is no record in the Petersburg office. January 25, 1946 Petersburg basketball fans were treated to a game last night on the local floor that would be hard to beat in any league. It was not...

  • Borough assembly member only resident to receive mask warning

    Brian Varela|Jan 28, 2021

    Since the Borough Assembly passed the masking mandate at their Nov. 16 meeting, the Petersburg Police Department has been focused on educating the community about the mandate, instead of writing tickets, said Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht. Only one resident, Assembly Member Jeff Meucci, has received an official warning, said Giesbrecht. Other residents who were seen by police officers were spoken to, but the conversations didn't reach the point where the individual was cited or officially...

  • Giant Snowman

    Jan 28, 2021

    The Willis family built a giant snowman at their residence on Sandy Beach Rd. over the weekend. Desi Burrell stands next to it for scale....

  • Mayor Jensen speaks on local monetary concerns

    Brian Varela|Jan 28, 2021

    Mayor Mark Jensen participated in a phone call with Gov. Mike Dunleavy's office and other mayors in Southeast Alaska on Jan. 7 where he had the opportunity to address concerns regarding the state's budget and how it will impact Petersburg, he told the Borough Assembly at their meeting on Jan. 19. Among the challenges faced by the borough that Jensen spoke about were a 13 percent drop in the Community Assistance payment for Petersburg in the current fiscal year to $301,090; the Community Jail...

  • PHS students play in virtual concert

    Brian Varela|Jan 28, 2021

    Seven Petersburg High School band and choir students performed in the 2020 Region V Honor Music Festival, which compiled videos of the students' individual performances into a virtual concert. The music festival is traditionally held in October and features several days of rehearsals and a concert. About 60 band students and choir 60 students from around Southeast Alaska also participate in the music festival, which takes place at one of the participating high schools. Because of the COVID-19...

  • To the Editor

    Jan 28, 2021

    Petersburg comes through To the Editor: When we learned that our 13 year old son Joseph Tagaban was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) a rare form of leukemia in children, a blanket of darkness and despair covered our family of being alone to fight this disease that dares to take our child away from us. As word spread of our news, people began reaching out to us offering help in getting us to where we needed to be and receive the best help we can get for our child. Help offered in...

  • Police report

    Jan 28, 2021

    January 20— Suspicious activity was reported at locations on Cornelius Rd. and on Sandy Beach Rd. A vehicle was abandoned at a location on Lumber St. Levi Newman was arrested on charges of violating conditions of release. January 21— Authorities responded to reports of suspicious activity at locations on S. 3rd St. and N. Nordic Dr. Bryan Dennis was issued a citation for unauthorized parking. Extra patrols were requested near Turn Point Cemetery. January 22— Authorities issued two warnings to drivers for inoperable headlights. January 23— A...

  • Dressed for the weather

    Jan 28, 2021

    Rachel Newport used the weekend's snowfall to build a bikini-clad, mask-wearing snowwoman....

  • PVFD donates 4,153 hours in 2020

    Brian Varela|Jan 28, 2021

    Despite facing complications as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department continued responding to calls and keeping up with their training, clocking in a total of 4,153 volunteer hours last year, Fire Chief Jim Stolpe told the Borough Assembly at their meeting on Jan. 19. "As you know, 2020 was a very unusual year due to COVID-19," said Stolpe. "The Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department was not exempt from the restrictions and mitigation measures set forth by CDC...

  • Junior Olympics

    Jan 28, 2021

  • School board considers calendar changes

    Brian Varela|Jan 28, 2021

    The Petersburg School Board began discussing the 2021-2022 school year calendar at their meeting on Jan. 12 and looked at three possible calendars. All three scenarios had the school year start on Aug. 24 and end before Memorial Day. They also had the same number of instruction hours. Students in kindergarten through third grade need at least 740 hours of instruction and study periods, according to State Statute 14.03.030. Students in fourth grade through 12th grade must have at least 900 hours...

  • DOT taking comments on AMHS schedule

    Brian Varela|Jan 28, 2021

    The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities has begun taking comments on the 2021 summer ferry schedule. The proposed Alaska Marine Highway System schedule looks to funding projections in the coming fiscal year and the COVID-19 pandemic for its sailings from May 2021 through September 2021, according to a press release from DOT&PF. In the proposed schedule, the M/V Matanuska stops in Petersburg on Mondays on its journey south to Bellingham and again on Fridays on its way north...

  • February Borough assembly meetings postponed

    Jan 28, 2021

    The Borough Assembly meetings in February will be postponed to allow contractors to upgrade the Assembly Chambers sound system, according to Borough Clerk Debbie Thompson. The Feb. 1 meeting was postponed to noon on Feb. 8, and the Feb. 16 meeting was postponed to 6 P.M. on Feb. 22. Additionally, the assembly will be holding a special meeting on Jan. 29 at 1 P.M. to consider making an amendment to the memorandum of agreement with Petersburg Medical Center for the COVID-19 testing services at...

  • New fund will help jump-start ocean businesses

    Laine Welch|Jan 28, 2021

    New ocean-related jobs, investments and opportunities will be seeded by an ambitious Blue Pipeline Venture Studio that connects marine business entrepreneurs with the technology, contacts and finances they need to grow. “The state's blue economy includes anything that takes place on the water, most prominently the seafood industry, along with marine recreation, maritime research, waterborne transportation and much more,” said Garrett Evridge, a well-known fisheries economist previously with the former McDowell Group and new research dir...

  • Chilly colony gathering

    Jan 28, 2021

    Hundreds of waterfowl gather in the Wrangell Narrows on Monday near the mouth of Petersburg Creek....

  • School News

    Jan 28, 2021

    Erin Pfundt and Joshua Thynes were named to the Provost’s Honor Roll at Whitworth University for the fall 2020 semester....

  • Artifact Archive

    Jan 28, 2021

    These glass float "divers" were used in place of wood barrel floats in longlining for halibut and black cod. The advantage of glass floats was that they would not leak or sink as the tide increased, especially in areas like Icy Strait and the Lower Chatham where tides run hard. They phased out over time as bergen bags and plastic floats became available. Fishermen preferred the Japanese hand-blown floats over those with seams, as they were machine made and broke more easily. Other floats were...

  • Daily roundtrip flights to Juneau coming in spring

    Brian Varela|Jan 28, 2021

    Alaska Seaplanes will begin offering two daily roundtrip flights between Petersburg and Juneau starting April 5, according to a press release from Alaska Seaplanes. The airline will be flying two turbine powered aircrafts, the Pilatus PC-12 and the C-208 Grand Caravan. Both planes can carry up to nine passengers and will take about 55 minutes to make the trip between the two cities, according to the release. Alaska Seaplanes will be operating out of the former Pacific Wings building at the...

  • Elks Lodge makes $8,000 donation

    Jan 28, 2021

    Jerod Cook, president of the Petersburg Elks Lodge #1615, presented checks totaling $8,000 on behalf of the lodge to two local organizations on Jan. 19. Petersburg Mental Health Services received a $4,500 donation to support their Project Connection and food pantry efforts, and Lighthouse Church received a $3,500 donation to aid their Monday Night Dinner project....

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