Articles from the March 4, 2021 edition


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  • Patient data breach occurred at PMC

    Brian Varela|Mar 4, 2021

    The Petersburg Medical Center has discovered that one of its employees may have broken PMC's code of conduct and violated federal healthcare privacy laws when the staff member accessed medical information of patients not under their direct care, according to a press release from PMC. An internal investigation was conducted, which determined the records were inappropriately viewed; however, the investigation found that the violation was an internal breach and patient information did not go beyond...

  • Winter outting

    Mar 4, 2021

    A herd of deer pauses in the snow as they forage down Papkes Landing Rd. on Feb. 25....

  • Vaccine clinics moving forward as planned

    Brian Varela|Mar 4, 2021

    Despite the ongoing outbreak, PMC is still scheduled to hold their next two COVID-19 vaccine distribution clinics. The first will be held on March 5 and residents who received their first dose of the vaccine on Feb. 5 will receive their second dose, said PMC Infection Prevention and Quality Manager Liz Bacom at the COVID-19 community update on Feb. 26. The March 12 clinic will mostly be giving out first doses to residents, but some second doses will also be administered. Both vaccine clinics...

  • PMC ready with treatment for COVID-19 patients

    Brian Varela|Mar 4, 2021

    Instead of his usual report, Petersburg Medical Center CEO Phil Hofstetter asked Dr. Jennifer Hyer to give the PMC Board of Directors a detailed report of how the hospital has been responding to the local outbreak of COVID-19 at their meeting on Feb. 25. Hyer was on call during the weekend of Feb. 19, 20 and 21 when active cases of COVID-19 began increasing in Petersburg. The active cases were being identified from different locations around town. While PMC had always been able to trace...

  • P&R requests input through survey

    Brian Varela|Mar 4, 2021

    To help the Parks and Recreation Department set priorities for the upcoming year, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board voted in support of sending out a public interest survey at their meeting on Feb. 25. The advisory board was in agreement with their support of the survey and directed Parks and Recreation administrative assistant Theresa Craig to distribute the survey online. The survey is available on the Parks and Recreation Center's Facebook page and will be available to the public until...

  • Yesterday's News

    Mar 4, 2021

    March 4, 1921 Two more canneries are to enter the field at Petersburg, within the next few weeks, making a total of five plants operating giving employment to 150-200 people. The Glory of the Seas will be located at Scow Bay during the summer which will give ready market for all halibut and fresh salmon marketed through Petersburg and which will divert much of the fresh fish which is now going to Ketchikan and Prince Rupert markets. Also the long approach to the Citizens Dock will be repealed, decked and extended, giving employment to several...

  • Active COVID-19 cases count at 67

    Brian Varela|Mar 4, 2021

    Petersburg's active COVID-19 case count reached a new high of 67 cases on Wednesday, according to a joint press release from the Petersburg Borough and Petersburg Medical Center. Two cases were reported on Wednesday, and an additional two cases were added to Tuesday's overall case count. Two more residents were also deemed recovered by public health officials on Wednesday. Because cases were added to both Tuesday's and Wednesday's case count, Petersburg had an overall active case count of 67 on...

  • Guest Commentary: Help keep our plant operating

    Patrick Wilson and Nik Wendel, OBI Seafoods Petersburg|Mar 4, 2021

    By Patrick Wilson, retiring OBI Seafoods Petersburg plant manager and Nik Wendel, current OBI Seafoods Petersburg plant manager Petersburg Fisheries has been the cornerstone of the community since 1965 when the town pooled their resources and bought the processing plant that was about to go under. It was the partnership of members of the community and commercial fishermen that has helped keep our facility running over the past 55 years. Now under OBI Seafoods, we continue to keep this spirit as... Full story

  • Guest Editorial: We can't afford any more mistakes

    Wrangell Sentinel|Mar 4, 2021

    At a cost of almost $200 million, the Alaska Marine Highway System took ownership in the past 17 years of two ferries it could not afford to run and two that it could not run everywhere they are needed. That is painful. The state is selling the two it can't afford to keep fueled, while spending millions to add new doors so that the other two ships can call on smaller communities in Southeast. And even then, it will take additional millions of dollars in remodeling before one of the two can...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Mar 4, 2021

    Incorrect information To the Editor: I wanted to thank the community of Petersburg for being concerned for my wellbeing. The prayers, meals, and reaching out have been very much appreciated. It is a blessing to live in a caring community, and we've been very moved by so many people's eagerness to rally around us and make sure that we are well taken care of while I have been recovering. However, I also want to take the opportunity to clear up some incorrect information about me that is being... Full story

  • Police report

    Mar 4, 2021

    February 24— Steve Vitela was arrested on charges of assault and criminal mischief. Several dogs ran away from their owner and were loose on Odin St. February 25— Authorities assisted the driver of a vehicle that was stuck in the snow at the corner of Ira II St. and 2nd St. Authorities respond to a report of theft at a location on N. Nordic. Dr. An officer responded to a wildlife complaint at an undisclosed location. The officer was unable to locate the animal in question. Suspicious activity was reported at a location on Howkan St. but aut...

  • Enjoying the sun

    Mar 4, 2021

    An eagle basks in the sun near Greens Camp on Sunday....

  • Court report

    Mar 4, 2021

    Feb. 27 – Rans B. Mcintosh was arraigned on charges of assault 4 domestic violence and criminal mischief domestic violence and entered not guilty pleas to both charges. The defendant was released O.R. with conditions. Feb. 25 – Steven M. Vitela was arraigned on charges of criminal mischief 4 and entered a not guilty plea to the charges. The defendant was released O.R. with conditions. Feb. 23 – The court maintained bail of $1,500 for Dustin Creek and ordered geographical restrictions for the defendant. After entering a change of plea from...

  • Obituary: James Anthony O'Brien

    Mar 4, 2021

    On Sunday, February 21, 2021, James "Jim" Anthony O'Brien passed away unexpectedly at the age of 63. Jim was born on July 2, 1957 to parents, Christopher and Vera, in Nenagh, County Tipperary, Ireland. One of nine siblings, Jim was described as an adventurous and mischievous, albeit mellow, child. He attended Cistercian College Roscrea private boarding school in County Tipperary and Mountbellew Agricultural College in County Galway. When he left college, he tried his hand at a number of things,... Full story

  • Alaska Fish Factor: March 6 is opening for Pacific halibut fishery; more interest seen in buying shares of popular fish

    Laine Welch|Mar 4, 2021

    The Pacific halibut fishery opens on March 6 and increased catch limits combined with a cautiously optimistic outlook for the near future have fanned interest in buying shares of the popular fish. In January, the International Pacific Halibut Commission boosted total halibut removals for 2021 by 6.5% to 39 million pounds for all users and as bycatch in fisheries of the West Coast, British Columbia and Alaska. That is higher than the total take for the past three years. For commercial fishermen, the halibut catch limit of 25.7 million pounds is...

  • March assembly meetings pushed back a week

    Brian Varela|Mar 4, 2021

    The Borough Assembly meetings for March have each been postponed to avoid holding two meetings within one week The first assembly meeting in March will be held on March 8 at 12 P.M. and the second meeting will be on March 22 at 6 P.M. The assembly postponed their February meetings to allow contractors to replace the Assembly Chamber's audio system. As a result, the last meeting in February was held on Feb. 22. The first meeting in March was scheduled just one week later on March 1. "Having a...

  • High patient volumes, but low patient revenue at PMC

    Brian Varela|Mar 4, 2021

    Despite higher patient volumes at Petersburg Medical Center, total gross revenue was down in January and even lower when compared to the same timeframe last year. PMC had budgeted for 150 home health visits in January, but staff conducted 286 home health visits, according to financial documents presented to the Petersburg Medical Center Board of Directors at their meeting on Feb. 25. Emergency room visits were also up 14 percent and lab tests were up 3.1 percent. Other services, like rehab...

  • Southeast Alaska regional King Salmon sport fishing regulations for 2021

    Mar 4, 2021

    (Juneau) - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is announcing the 2021 sport fishing regulations for king salmon in Southeast Alaska and Yakutat. These regulations will be effective 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, March 3, 2021 through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2022. The regulations are: Alaskan Resident • The resident bag and possession limit is three king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length; Nonresident • The nonresident bag and possession limit is one king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length; • The nonresident annual limit is four king...

  • Local active cases of COVID-19 fall to 60

    Brian Varela|Mar 4, 2021

    Petersburg's active case count for COVID-19 has fallen down to 60, the lowest the case count has been since Monday, according to a joint press release from the Petersburg Borough and Petersburg Medical Center. Two active cases were confirmed on Thursday. An additional case was added to Wednesday's overall case count, resulting in a new high of 68 active cases in the community on Wednesday, according to the press release. Ten infected residents were no longer required to isolate on Thursday,... Full story

  • Petersburg COVID-19 case count at 35

    Brian Varela|Mar 4, 2021

    Two cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the community on Monday, after three consecutive days of no new cases, according to a joint press release from the Petersburg Borough and Petersburg Medical Center. As of Monday afternoon, Petersburg has 35 active cases of COVID-19. Two cases were confirmed on Monday, and six infected residents were released from isolation. Monday's two positive cases were the first identified in the community since Thursday. The Emergency Operations Center reported zero... Full story

  • Downward trend of COVID-19 cases continues

    Brian Varela|Mar 4, 2021

    Two cases of COVID-19 have been added to Petersburg's COVID-19 active case count on Tuesday, but six residents have been released from isolation, according to a joint press release from the Petersburg Borough and the Petersburg Medical Center. As of Tuesday evening, Petersburg's COVID-19 case count was at 31 cases. Tuesday is the sixth day in a row that the local active case count has seen a steady decline. Since the start of the local outbreak, the cumulative case count had been increasing... Full story

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