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 By ani Palmer    News    March 5, 2015

Tonka brings shrimp back to Petersburg Local company purchased 250,000 pounds over the winter

Tonka Seafoods, Inc., announced last year that it was working to bring shrimp fisheries and processing back to Petersburg after a nearly decade-long absence. Well, it's delivered. The fishery is... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    March 5, 2015

Recycling program changes narrowly advanced by assembly

The assembly continues to be divided on changing the current blue bag recycling program to a cart-based system that would also bring collection in-house. The ordinance containing the budget item for the sanitation department narrowly passed its secon... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    March 5, 2015

Tribal council will lead PIA in lieu of administrator

Petersburg Indian Association started their week off without a tribal administrator on staff. Bobbi Scherrer was hired into the position this January and left at her own hand after creating an operational budget and seeing the funds weren’t there... Full story


Public testimony scheduled for state operating and mental health budgets

Individuals will have the opportunity to provide public testimony via teleconference on two bills being discussed in the Alaska State Legislature on Thursday, March 5 from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at the Petersburg LIO (Legislative Information Office)...


Yesterday's News

March 6, 1915 – The Alaska school-land bill was passed by congress, and has been signed by the president. The measure provides that moneys derived from the sale of lands in the grant, which is comprised of sections 16 and 33 in all of Alaska,...

 By Dani Palmer    News    March 5, 2015

Borough clerk wrapping up nearly 15 years; Deputy clerk assumes new duties

She's got just a few weeks left in the office, but they're going to be busy ones for former Petersburg Borough Clerk Kathy O'Rear as she prepares for retirement. "We've always got a ton of work to do...


Editorial: Leave our highway open

Despite the proposed statewide budget cuts, our legislators will not close paved highways elsewhere in the state. Likewise, they won’t restrict two-lane highways down to a single lane. But that will be the effect a proposal by a legislative...


Letter to the Editor

Community opinions needed To the Editor: The Petersburg Borough Assembly needs community opinion regarding the co-mingled recycling program. Monday, March 16th at 7:00pm the Assembly will decide if the current blue bag program should continue as is...

 By Mary Koppes    News    March 5, 2015

Salmon Project drops into town this weekend

The Salmon Project, a Kodiak-based non-profit that explores Alaskans’ relationships with wild salmon, will be holding a book drop at the Petersburg Public Library this weekend. Some 1,250 copies of David Montgomery’s book ‘King of Fish’ will...


Police reports

February 25 An abandoned vehicle was reported on Papke’s Landing Road. A caller reported a truck spinning brodies in the gravel area behind the elementary school. Police received a report of a couple arguing on the roadway. February 26 Officers res...

 By Mary Koppes    News    March 5, 2015

Sizable group to serve as local pot committee

An 18-member Local Marijuana Regulation Advisory Committee has been formed to discuss the local implementation of a law that took effect Feb. 24, allowing for the private use and commercial sale of marijuana. The assembly unanimously passed a...


Kerr honored for live-saving efforts

Petersburg Police officer James Kerr (left) was recognized at Monday's assembly meeting by Police Chief Kelly Swihart for two life-saving efforts performed on duty. "Sgt, Kerr placed himself at risk...

 By Mary Koppes    Sports    March 5, 2015

Lady Vikings take first two games at regionals

The Lady Vikings started off the Region V Tournament with back-to-back victories against the Sitka Lady Wolves on Tuesday and the Mt. Edgecumbe Lady Braves on Wednesday. In Tuesday's game, the...

 By Mary Koppes    Sports    March 5, 2015

Foul trouble sets Vikings back in first game of regionals

In their first game in the Region V Tournament in Ketchikan, the Vikings fell to the Mt. Edgecumbe Braves 49-65. About half of the Braves points came from baskets made at the free-throw line, with...


AMHS funding looking at $9.5 million cut

A number of public hearings on Alaska Marine Highway System’s operating budget have been scheduled this week, allowing ferry users the opportunity to give their input to state legislators as they draw up a budget. In a media release, Southeast...


Reid Brothers hardscaping bid approved, skate park to be repurposed, and other Petersburg Borough Assembly business

These ordinances, resolutions and requests came before the Petersburg Borough Assembly at Monday’s regular meeting. Approved by the assembly •The assembly approved a bid award for landscaping at the Petersburg Public Library. Of two bidders,...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 5, 2015

Fish Factor

Right after the yearly halibut catch limits are announced each January, brokers usually are busy with buying and selling and transferring shares of the catch. But it’s been slow going so far, even with slight harvest increases in nearly all Alaska...


Obituary, Carol Dyer Johnson, 73

Carol Dyer Johnson, 73, died January 23, 2015 at Petersburg Medical Center/LTC. She was born November 14, 1941 in Haverhill, Mass. She graduated from Haverhill High School in 1958 and attended The... Full story


Obituary, James Merlyn Adams, 82

James Merlyn Adams, 82, died in Victorville, Calif. on February 6, 2015. He was born in Agate, Wash. on Nov. 4, 1932. Jim and his wife Dot moved from Centralia, Wash. to Petersburg, Alaska in 1968... Full story


NSRAA meetings on the schedule

Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association Inc., (NSRAA) will hold its Annual Board of Directors meeting on March 11 and 12 starting 9 a.m. both days at DIPAC, 2697 Channel Drive, Juneau. The agenda will include operational plans and...


VFW State Service Officer visits town

VFW State Service Officer Lisa Robinson will be in Petersburg at the Tides Inn March 12, 2015, 12:30 am – 5:00 pm. She'll answer your questions about VA Entitlements and provide free assistance filling out the application forms for VA...


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