Articles from the February 4, 2021 edition

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 By Brian Varela    News    February 4, 2021

Assembly Chamber audio gets an upgrade

A new audio system is being installed in the Assembly Chambers this week, which Borough Clerk Debbie Thompson said will improve remote assembly meetings and open the door to in-person meetings on a...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    February 4, 2021

Residents march for life

About 100 residents gathered in front of the Trading Union on Jan. 24 for the second annual local March for Life event, according to organizers Tim Wilkinson and Kurt Wohlhueter. As the group marched...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    February 4, 2021

Two cases of COVID-19 identified within three days

Two active cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in town this week, according to the Emergency Operations Center. The first case was identified on Monday after an incoming traveler had a tested...

 

Yesterday's News

February 4, 1921 At the meeting of the stockholders of the Petersburg Hospital Association held on Wednesday night three new directors were elected and a ladies auxiliary board consisting of five women was appointed to have charge of the institution...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    February 4, 2021

Affordable housing complex takes first steps

Excavation has begun for an affordable housing complex that is to be built on Excel St., which will make one-bedroom apartments available to residents making 30 percent or less of the local median...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    February 4, 2021

Assembly borough to continue employing greeters, screeners

A special Borough Assembly meeting to transfer employment of Petersburg Airport greeters and screeners to Petersburg Medical Center was cancelled on Jan. 29 following input from borough staff. The...

 

Editorial:

The governor had a chance to talk honestly about taxes when he announced his 10-year budget plan last month. He had a second chance Jan. 28 with his State of the State speech. Sadly, he failed both...

 

To the Editor

Show support for Ted To the Editor: I am surprised and disappointed in the response your community has shown to a go fund me page put up for Ted Smith. My son Dan wanted to start the Go Fund Me page...

 
 By Ron Loesch    Opinion    February 4, 2021

Editorial

On Jan 29 the EOC used the CodeRED system to encourage residents who are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine to sign up on the Petersburg Medical Center's waiting list. "Coordinating the...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    February 4, 2021

Loss in PMC patient revenue offset by grants

Petersburg Medical Center continues to see lower than expected inpatient, outpatient and long term care resident income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but $2.2 million in grants is making up...

 

Police report

January 27— Suspicious activity was reported at the 2.5 mile mark of Mitkof Highway and at a location on Airport Access Rd. Authorities responded to a hit and run at a location on Sandy Beach Rd. January 28— Two vehicles at locations on Lumber...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    February 4, 2021

PMC gains, loses staff during pandemic

Petersburg Medical Center hired a total of 58 employees in 2020 but lost 29 staff members in the same time frame, according to Human Resources Director Cynthia Newman at the PMC Board of Director...

 

Boys basketball win first game of season, lose second

The Petersburg High School boys basketball team traveled to Wrangell on Jan. 29 to play the Wolves for their homecoming weekend in the first two games of the season, and came back with one win and...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    February 4, 2021

Audit finds Tongass timber sales mishandled

A 2020 audit of the Alaska Region timber sales program by the Forest Service Financial Compliance & Oversight Branch of the United States Department of Agriculture concluded that two timber contracts...

 

Alaska Fish Factor

Pacific halibut harvesters got some rare good news last week: increased catches in 2021 along with a longer fishing season. At its annual meeting that ended on January 25, the International Pacific Halibut Commission boosted the coastwide removals fo...

 

Winter race track

Below freezing temperatures created the perfect race track for ice skaters at Falls Creek in late January. (Above) From left to right: Emilia Anderson, Bella Millet and Bareal Lut...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    February 4, 2021

Cruise ships begin scheduling local port calls

Cruise ships are expected to make 85 port calls in Petersburg between May 11 and Sept. 18, according to the current 2021 Petersburg cruise ship schedule. Following the cancelled ports of call in...

 

Fishing vessel dockside exams

Several Coast Guard personnel will be in Petersburg Feb. 8 - 11 to conduct dockside safety exams on commercial fishing vessels. Sign up at the harbormaster’s office for the free exams. Vessels passing their exam will be issued a decal that is good...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    February 4, 2021

At least 150 doses of vaccine coming

PMC Director of Nursing Jennifer Bryner said at the Jan. 29 COVID-19 community update the state has allocated 150 doses for the month, but PMC will also receive doses from the Southeast Alaska Regiona...

 

New case of COVID-19 linked to travel

One positive case of COVID-19 has been identified in the community and is travel related, according to a joint press release between the Petersburg Borough and Petersburg Medical Center on Monday. The individual tested positive for the virus upon... Full story

 
 By Brian Varela    News    February 4, 2021

Positive COVID-19 case identified at OBI Seafoods

A pre-hire employee for the 2021 tanner and golden king crab season at OBI Seafoods has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a joint press release from the Petersburg Borough and Petersburg... Full story

 

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