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Governor's Southeast visits hampered by bad weather

Governor Mike Dunleavy's planned visits to two Southeast Alaska communities, Petersburg and Wrangell, have been cancelled due to bad weather. Cold temperatures plus snow and rain have made travel...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    February 6, 2020

Pool reopens following three-week closure

Park and Recreation's aquatic center has reopened to the Petersburg School District, Viking Swim Club and the public this week, but repairs are still being made to the heating system. On Monday mornin...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    February 6, 2020

Low-income housing to be built

Two entrepreneurs from Anchorage have begun the process to build 15 low-income housing units on Excel St. using federal tax credits. Glenn Gellert and John McGrew expect to build the apartment buildin...

 

Yesterday's News

February 13, 1920 A Firemen’s Relief Fund has been started by Petersburg Fire Department for the purpose of caring for those injured while fighting fire and provide clothing to firemen to replace any that might be spoiled while engaged in their...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    February 6, 2020

Letter to legislators on Kake access road approved

A letter to Sen. Bert Stedman and Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins requesting information on the proposed Kake Access Road project was approved by the borough assembly at their meeting Monday after...

 

M/V Matanuska cancels service through March

The M/V Matanuska will be out of service through March 1 to address issues with the reduction gear system, according to a prepared statement released late Feb. 5 by the Department of Transportation...

 

To the Editor

No ferry coverage To the Editor: I am surprised the paper did not have any news of the only mainline ferry in service being cancelled for two weeks. I am certain if the Seward Highway was closed for t...

 
 By Ron Loesch    Opinion    February 6, 2020

Editorial: Petersburg-Kake road of limited value

During these times of limited capital project spending around the state, the proposed Kake to Petersburg road should not be a priority. Funding for the project was allocated in 2012 by Senator Bert...

 

Guest Commentary: AMHS can be saved

I am almost a lifetime SE Alaskan and my wife and I are current residents of Wrangell. I moved to Ketchikan in 1943 when I was ten years old and have lived and worked in almost every major Southeast Alaska city including Ketchikan, Juneau, Wrangell...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    February 6, 2020

SEACAD seizes 114 grams of meth

In coordination with Southeast Alaska Communities Against Drugs, the Petersburg Police Department conducted a controlled delivery in town that resulted in the seizure of 114 grams of methamphetamine....

 

Statewide Deer Season Hunt Reports due

The Sitka black-tailed deer hunting season is closed in Alaska. All hunters who obtained deer harvest tickets, even those who did not hunt or harvest a deer, must return completed hunt reports to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. If you...

 

Police report

January 29 — Authorities responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle at a location on S. Nordic Dr. A duress alarm was accidentally activated at a location on Sing Lee Alley. Extra patrols were requested on S. 4th St. January 30 — Authorities...

 

Vikings take two victories against 3A school

As the Vikings reach the halfway point in their basketball season, they can add two more victories to their ever growing list of wins this season in two games against Mt. Edgecumbe, a school outside of their conference. Head Coach Rick Brock said he...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    February 6, 2020

Rate increases for MVM approved in second reading

The borough assembly approved an ordinance in its second reading that would add a fourth level of care at Mountain View Manor and increase rental and service rates. Mountain View Manor has already been offering that fourth level of care, the...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    February 6, 2020

Final decision on faulty SEAPA cable by March

Southeast Alaska Power Agency conducted a survey on a damaged cable running between Woronofski and Vank islands, and the board looks to make a final decision on whether to repair the cable or replace...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    February 6, 2020

Local artist's illustrations win American Indian Youth Literature award

Sealaska Heritage Institute's book "Raven Makes the Aleutians" was awarded a picture book honor award from the American Indian Library Association. The illustrations in the book were done by local...

 

New thalattosaur species discovered near Kake

Scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks have identified a new species of thalattosaur, a marine reptile that lived more than 200 million years ago. The new species, Gunakadeit joseeae, is...

 

Alaska Fish Factor: Commercial fishing industry is largest private sector employer

Alaska gets a good return on investment from its commercial fisheries. And surprise! Commercial fisheries expertise also sustains Alaska’s subsistence and most of the personal use fisheries. “This is probably not well-known,” said Sam Rabung,...

 

School News

Olivia Martinsen was named to the Vanderbilt University Dean’s List. Gillian Wittstock has been named to Gonzaga University’s fall President’s list for students earning 3.85-4.0 GPA. Nels Evens has been named to Gonzaga University’s fall...

 

Obituary: Larry "Irish" Solem, 90

Larry "Irish" Solem passed away Dec. 17, 2019 in Marysville, Washington. He was born August 27, 1929 in Ballard, Washington to Oliva and Ottar Solem. Irish and his family moved to Petersburg, Alaska... Full story

 

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