Articles from the May 30, 2013 edition


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  • Lowell wins 2013 Salmon Derby with 46.5 pounder

    Shelly Pope|May 30, 2013

    Petersburg resident, Rich Lowell, has fished in the Petersburg salmon derby for over 15 years and finally checked off one of his goals of winning the derby when he caught a 46.5 pound King Salmon Sunday winning the $7,500 first place prize. Lowell left the Narrows and Petersburg and headed north into Frederick Sound. He would not state his exact location. “I was pretty discouraged Friday and Saturday,” Lowell stated. “I wasn't having any luck, or any bites.” Lowell did catch two halibut during... Full story

  • No more fish waste disposal in Petersburg harbors

    Shelly Pope|May 30, 2013

    Petersburg Harbormaster, Glorianne Wollen, has issued an alert to the public stating there will be no more fish waste disposal allowed in Petersburg harbors effective immediately. “We have had a big problem with aggressive sea lions around the fish cleaning stations,” Wollen said. “It is nice to have the stations, but we seem to be drawing the sea lions in by the fish waste.” Wollen is asking that fishermen clean the fish and throw the waste out before they come back to the harbor, or take the waste away from the harbor after cleaning the fis... Full story

  • Petersburg Little League season is in full swing

    Shelly Pope|May 30, 2013

    The Petersburg Little League season began May 4 and games can be seen Tuesday through Saturday at the ball field. “Our junior team traveled to Wrangell May 11 and then Wrangell came here during Mayfest,” Petersburg Little League President Cheryl File said. “We played one game each and the softball team let us play for two hours.” Little League is a non-profit, volunteer organization with six board members. “Some of our members are not around all of the time,” File stated. “Our season falls during fishing and many other activities across the co... Full story

  • Yesterday's News

    May 30, 2013

    June 7, 1913 – For an old resident of Petersburg to take a glance over the harbor is enough to wake him up to the fact that the fishing season is on. In other words, this is harvest time. Many impatient fishermen have been waiting, waiting for the salmon to start running, and a few days ago it was reported that it had started. It is only two or three weeks ago that one could stand anywhere on front street and count all the way from fifty to possibly a hundred fishing crafts, from a common skiff to a 60 h.p. gas boat. Today, the last of them a...

  • Former PMC employee questions business office

    Shelly Pope|May 30, 2013

    A former business office manager of Petersburg Medical Center, Ramona Thompson, attended the regular meeting of the Hospital Board Thursday evening to question the processes of the PMC business office. “In my long experience in hospitals’ practice management, facility bailout consulting work and the revenue cycle, I have seen facilities with far less issues than PMC has, close,” Thompson said. “The PMC business office has been understaffed since the business office manager left in 2011. During 2...

  • Letters to the Editor

    May 30, 2013

    Raptors coming To the Editor: The Rainforest Festival steering committee would like to publicly thank the Petersburg Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Alaska Community Foundation, for their recent grant to our organization. We will add those funds to contributions from Partners in Education and other donations to bring two raptors from the Sitka Raptor Center to visit our town during the festival September 5-8. Besides the festival, the birds are also scheduled to make appearances at all three schools and long-term care. We are excited...

  • Billie goats on the move

    May 30, 2013

  • Police reports

    May 30, 2013

    May 22 U.S. Coast Guard reported a fuel vessel on the beach at Papke's Landing. A youth rode a bicycle through wet cement downtown. A nasty letter was left on an individual’s door at Magill’s Trailer Court. A vehicle was reported speeding and driving recklessly on Howkan Street. An individual reported a vehicle that should not be on the roadway speeding down the street on Fram Street. A vehicle and trailer was blocking a driveway on Mitkof Highway. Flashers were left on in a vehicle and officers turned them off. May 23 Three boats were par...

  • PHS students track LeConte Glacier for 30 years Glacier remains stable for past seven years

    Shelly Pope|May 30, 2013

    For the last 30 years, students from Petersburg High School have tracked the movement of LeConte Glacier and continue this tradition to this day. PHS teacher, Victor Trautman, along with students have used approved surveying techniques to measure the terminus of the glacier. The group usually does this in the second week of May and they map it from there. “With this map we are able to generate the general idea of whether the glacier is advancing or receding,” Trautman said. “What we have to re...

  • Courts

    May 30, 2013

    April 19 John M. Murgas, 64, appeared before Magistrate Desiree Burrell to petition the court for a long term stalking order against Karen Olsen. The order was put into place immediately and Olsen must not follow, approach, confront, watch or otherwise stalk or threaten to stalk the petitioner; she must not contact by telephone, e-mail, U.S. mail or otherwise communicate directly or indirectly with the petitioner and Olsen must not be within 100 feet of the petitioner’s residence or place of employment. May 22 James L. Rodgers and Colleen A. Br...

  • Recommendations for the FY 14 budget presented to the PMC Hospital Board

    Shelly Pope|May 30, 2013

    The Petersburg Medical Center Resource Committee reviewed various requests for capital items over several sessions that were recommended to the PMC Hospital Board during its regular meeting Thursday evening. PMC Chief Financial Officer, Leon Walsh, explained the recommendations to the board. “For the capital budget the total request is for $1.285 million and the committee is recommending $815,000 for approval and $31,000 to be replaced if the existing unit fails during the year,” Walsh reported. “The major item that the committee recommends pro...

  • Art in Little Norway

    May 30, 2013

    After a winter respite, the First Fridays art walk resumes next week at art galleries in downtown Petersburg....

  • Valkyries drop two bombs on Lady Wolves

    Greg Knight|May 30, 2013

    WRANGELL — The Lady Wolves hosted the Petersburg Valkyries softball team for one last pair of games for the 2013 season – and saw their neighbors to the north walk away with two victories, each in the double digits. The first inning of Sunday’s double-header against Petersburg started out with the Lady Vikings holding an 8-4 lead – and saw a pair of runs from Sarah Tate. Each team only scored two runs apiece in the second inning, with Ruby Brock and Raven Hansen scoring for Petersburg, and Dar...

  • Sunshine on Memorial Day

    May 30, 2013

  • Equipment failure causes power outage Tuesday morning

    Shelly Pope|May 30, 2013

    Petersburg experienced a power outage Tuesday morning that lasted approximately 45 minutes and the cause was equipment failure. “We had a problem with the new generator at Scow Bay,” Petersburg Municipal Power and Light Superintendent Joe Nelson stated. “One of the components in the high pressure fuel system failed.” The generator, which came from Germany, has not been installed for a long period of time and is still under warranty. “We have contacted the factory,” Nelson stated. “A maintenance...

  • School News

    May 30, 2013

    University of Massachusetts Casey Alton Knight received his Degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts on May 10, 2013. Quinnipiac University Bradee Luhr of Petersburg received a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. during a commencement ceremony held May12....

  • The economic chain of salmon fishing

    Laine Welch|May 30, 2013

    It takes quite a crew to get an Alaska salmon from “boat to throat,” and everyone along the line gets a cut of the catch. How that “value chain” has paid out in the past few years shows some nice gains for Alaska fishermen and processors. “We often get asked what share the fisherman retains, and how much each segment of the supply chain gets for salmon. The answer depends on the species, and the product you are talking about, and what gear type,” said Andy Wink, a fisheries economist with the McDowell Group in Juneau who compiled the report...

  • Obituary, Ann Fleming Wood, 90

    May 30, 2013

    14-2013 Ann Fleming Wood passed away at Virginia Mason on May 14, 2013 after a brief illness. She was born Hazel Ann Fleming on July 9, 1922, to Hazel McCalip Fleming and Samuel Edgar Fleming. She attended John Muir Elementary, Fraklin High School and Oregon State University, where she was Senior Class President. At the end of the war, she married returning naval officer Raymond Charles Wood of Washougal, Wash. Ray dreamed of the Alaska salmon business and they lived in Craig in 1947 where... Full story

  • Safety Training for commercial fishermen

    May 30, 2013

    Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) will offer a fishing vessel safety and drill conductor course on Saturday, June 8. Participants practice hands-on in the water and on a vessel, with emergency equipment that should be onboard any commercial fishing or other sizeable vessel — PFDs, life rafts, immersion suits, EPIRBs, fire extinguishers, and practice emergency procedures like man overboard, abandon ship, fire fighting and flooding control. Contact AMSEA in Sitka at 907-747-3287 or www.amsea.org for more infor...

  • Obituary, Michael "Ski" Joseph Musewski, 70

    May 30, 2013

    Michael “Ski” Joseph Musewski, 70, passed away in Sitka, Alaska surrounded by his family on Wednesday May 22, 2013. He was born to the late Michael and Anna (Sadowski) Muszewski on December 14, 1942 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Ski graduated from high school and went on to serve in the United States Coast Guard. During his tenure in the Coast Guard, Ski met his future wife Barbara (Kito) while stationed in Petersburg, Alaska and decided to lay down his roots. Family, friends, and the Ala... Full story

  • Happiness is flying hats

    May 30, 2013

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