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 By Brian Varela    News    March 12, 2020

Town lays out Coronavirus facts, preparations

Members of the Local Emergency Planning Committee, as well as community leaders and local business representatives, got together last Thursday to discuss the COVID-19 virus and how entities...

 

First baby of 2020

Arne John Wollen is Petersburg's first baby of 2020. He was born on February 27 at 9:45 pm in Everett, Washington to Glorianne Wollen. He weighed 7 lbs 15 oz. and was 18.5 inches long. He joins big...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    March 12, 2020

Strong economy expected for borough

The borough's sales tax has brought in $2,362,621 for the 2020 fiscal year so far, which is about $90,000 higher than what was brought in this time last year, according to Finance Director Jody Tow....

 

Yesterday's News

March 19, 1920 Bert Haug and wife on the 15th purchased the lease, fittings and good will of the Petersburg Restaurant from Mr. and Mrs. John Jacobson and immediately took charge. Mr. and Mrs. Haug are well known here and with their large circle of...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    March 12, 2020

SB approves policy regarding quarantines

The Petersburg School Board adopted a policy on Tuesday in its second and final reading that addresses the Petersburg School District's pandemic and epidemic emergency readiness. Board policy 6114.4...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    March 12, 2020

Second career pastor takes over Presbyterian Church

For at least the next year, Bobbi Neason will be the interim pastor of the Petersburg Presbyterian Church, though she anticipates her stay in Petersburg to extend for another year. Neason comes to...

 
 By Ron Loesch    Opinion    March 12, 2020

Editorial: No P&R board needed

We hope the Petersburg Borough Assembly doesn't re-establish the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. According to Borough Clerk Debra Thompson the board was abolished in late 2014. When the...

 

To the Editor

To the Editor: The Assembly support of the Kake/Petersburg road sends a message to the Dept. of Transportation that roads are more important than the Alaska Marine Highway System. So now we will have a 40-million-dollar road going no-where and two...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    March 12, 2020

Lutomski steps down from school board

The Petersburg School Board held a special meeting on March 2 to formally accept Mara Lutomski's resignation as board president, which she submitted to the board on Feb. 26. Lutomski said her...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    March 12, 2020

Manske indicted in burglary of PO

Christopher Scott Manske, 38, was indicted on one charge of burglary of a post office by a Grand Jury on Tuesday. Manske originally faced an additional charge of mail theft when he allegedly broke...

 

Police report

March 4 — A disturbance was reported at a location on S. Nordic Dr. Authorities responded to a theft at a location on Chief John Lott St. Suspicious activity was observed at a location on Scow Bay Loop Rd. March 5 — Suspicious activity was...

 

Basketball state tournament postponed

The Alaska School Activities Association announced on Wednesday that Alaska’s state high school basketball and cheer championships have been postponed until further notice due to concerns over the COVID-19 virus, according to a statement from...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    March 12, 2020

Petersburg Coast Guard flotilla to remain intact

Petersburg's Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla has been saved from disbandment thanks to the efforts of Ketchikan's Flotilla Commander Renee Schofield and local volunteers, after membership fell to zero...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 12, 2020

Trident Seafoods plant to remain closed for salmon season

WRANGELL - Trident Seafoods, one of the two main seafood processors in Wrangell, has decided not to operate during the upcoming salmon season. Stefanie Moreland, vice president of government...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 12, 2020

Wrangell man collects 35 years of rainfall data

WRANGELL - As any resident of Southeast Alaska knows, rain is a common occurrence. This is no different for Wrangell. One Wrangell resident, Bill Messmer, has made a hobby out of tracking the...

 

Alaska House plans to turn attention to dividend debate

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — House lawmakers plan to turn their attention to the check residents receive from Alaska's oil-wealth fund and begin reviewing proposals that would change how the Permanent Fund dividend is calculated. Whether any new formula...

 

AMHS vessel M/V Matanuska in Ketchikan to complete repairs

JUNEAU – The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) vessel M/V Matanuska has arrived at the Ketchikan Vigor Shipyard for repairs to its propulsion system. The United States Coast Guard approved the...

 

Regulators issue final LNG Project impact statement

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal commission has issued the final environmental impact statement for the $40 billion Alaska LNG Project. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released the document Friday that largely affirmed the plan proposed...

 

Judge sides with transgender Alaska librarian in health case

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska health care plan that has excluded coverage of gender-confirming surgery for transgender employees is discriminatory, a federal judge ruled Friday. The decision came in a 2018 case filed against the state by...

 

Gulf of Alaska cod losing sustainability certification label

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — Shoppers will no longer see a blue-sticker label on Gulf of Alaska cod after its sustainability certification is suspended starting in April. The label designates which fish are sustainably caught. Alaska’s Energy Desk...

 

Concerns about new virus, oil volatility affecting Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Mike Dunleavy is freezing the hiring of state workers not essential to health or safety as oil markets roil, and state lawmakers are making plans to prepare for how they will handle their work should there be a confirmed...

 

Governor's office restricts travel by state employees

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy has suspended out-of-state travel for state employees, with his chief of staff citing a need to control spending amid oil market volatility. Concerns with the new coronavirus have roiled markets...

 

Officials: Cuts reduced Alaska health system prior to Coronavirus

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A funding injection to prepare for a new virus cannot erase years of budget cuts in Alaska, officials and legislators familiar with the state’s public health system said. Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposed $13...

 

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