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Power superintendent replacement proposal draws strong criticism

Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht's proposal to replace the retiring power and light superintendent with Public Works Superintendent Karl Hagerman, received strong criticism from both the public and...

 

Celebration weekend

The authentic Norwegian Viking ship Valhalla will make its way down Nordic Drive at 4 p.m. Friday as part of Petersburg's Little Norway Festival that runs Thursday through Sunday and celebrates...

 

LeConte Glacier field work continues for second year

Researchers from the University of Alaska Southeast and Oregon State University have returned to Petersburg to continue fieldwork at LeConte Glacier to gain a better understanding of how tidewater...

 

Grand jury indicts Kenneth L. Birch on two counts of sexual assault

A grand jury indicted Kenneth L. Birch, 36, on two counts of sexual assault, one in the first degree and one in the second degree. The indictment was filed in the Petersburg Trial Courts on May 11. On May 12 Birch entered a not guilty plea to the...

 

Yesterday's News

May 18, 1917 – Brigadier-General Black, chief of the engineers of the war department, through Secretary of War Baker, has transmitted a report on the Dry Straits project recommending an expenditure of $2,000,000 for a channel 200 feet wide and 26...

 

Others weigh-in on proposed PMP&L replacement

Representatives of the IBEW Local 1547 office in Ketchikan and the Power and Light Superintendent of Wrangell Power and Light have responded to Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht’s proposal to appoint Public Works Director Karl Hagerman to head the...

 

King salmon fishing crews fall short of winter season limit

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – King salmon fishing crews in Southeast Alaska have fallen short of catching their limit for the winter season. This year’s commercial harvest total is down from the previous two winters, KFSK-FM reported Monday. Crews have c...

 

To the Editor: Death by fluoride

I met a friend at the post office last week, and he told me that nobody had ever died from fluoride. Well, he was wrong. There’ve been many cases of “death by fluoride.” I’ll mention just one that Alaskans ought to know: (From the Anchorage...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    May 18, 2017

Borough Assembly advances budget 5-1, revises and approves sales tax exemption ballot measures for fall

The Petersburg Borough Assembly advanced 5-1 the fiscal year 2018 budget in its second reading with several failed budget amendments that would have kept property taxes from rising and given power and light around $775,000 to help purchase property...

 

Trooper report

May 5 — At 7:45 p.m., the Alaska State Troopers received a report of a two vehicle motor vehicle collision that occurred in Kake near Slow Duck Creek. Investigation revealed that a vehicle being driven by Markes Cantrell Jr., 21, of Kake, collided...

 

Police reports

May 10 — A traffic hazard was reported on Harbor Way. A process service was made on S. Nordic Drive. Three disturbance calls were received on S. Nordic Drive and on S. 3rd St. An impaired driver was reported on N. Nordic Drive and on Skylark...

 

Courts

April 20 — Judge Kevin Miller denied a long-term Domestic Violence Order and kept the Exparte Order in effect against Matthew Boseman. Superior Court Judge William Carey sentenced Ward McKinley on 1 count of DUI. The defendant was ordered to serve...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 18, 2017

Wrangell boat yard hoists centenarian vessel

WRANGELL – The sounds of a couple dozen projects can be heard coming from Wrangell's Marine Service Center, as commercial fishermen, pleasure boaters and other mariners finish work ahead of the bu...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 18, 2017

Fish Factor: Alaska's seafood output increased slightly and dollar values held steady

The U.S. seafood industry’s contribution to the nation’s economy sank a bit, while Alaska’s output increased slightly and dollar values held steady. An eagerly anticipated annual report released last week by NOAA Fisheries measures the...

 

Rod and Gun Club awarded $10,000 grant

The Petersburg Rod and Gun Club announced the receipt of two grants from the National Rifle Association. Half the grant will be used to build a side barrier wall between the shotgun and handgun ranges. The other half of the $10,376 grant will be...

 

Third air ambulance service comes to southeastern Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A third air ambulance will be servicing a southeastern Alaska community. Juneau patients got a third option for their medical evacuation needs in early May, the Juneau Empire reportedLifeMed Alaska joins Airlift Northwest and...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 18, 2017

Wrangell elementary school principal heading north

WRANGELL – The school district has begun advertising for a new principal at Evergreen Elementary School, after its board accepted the resignation of current principal Deidre Jenson on Monday. Once the school year ends, Jenson said she will be...

 

Alaska officials lower price for tied-up ferry

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Officials are lowering the asking price for a state ferry that has been tied up since 2015. The Alaska Marine Highway System had put the ship up for sale in March, but no one responded by the Tuesday deadline, CoastAlaska...

 
 By Dan Rudy    Sports    May 18, 2017

Personal bests set in Ketchikan season-ender

About 50 athletes from Petersburg High and Mitkof Middle schools traveled to Ketchikan over the weekend, participating in that community's annual May Invite. "It was a lot of fun, just having a...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 18, 2017

National Guard closing down Wrangell armory

WRANGELL – Troops were in town recently, decommissioning Wrangell’s National Guard armory on Bennett Street. Lt. Colonel Candis Olmstead of the state Army National Guard Public Affairs Office confirmed last week five soldiers from the 38th...

 

Classical concert May 19

Evan Drachman on cello and Doris Stevenson on piano will be performing at 7 p.m. on Fri., May 19 at the Petersburg Lutheran Church. The program will feature masterpieces performed by these two Piatigorsky Foundation artists. The Foundation is featuri...

 

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