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 By Brian Varela    News    March 19, 2020

Assembly OKs design bid to rebuild Motor Pool Shop

The borough assembly awarded the Motor Pool Shop repair design bid to WJE, Associates, Inc. based out of Washington in an amount not to exceed $50,000 at their meeting on Monday. The cost of the...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    March 19, 2020

Emergency declared amid COVID-19 fears

The Petersburg Borough Assembly approved a declaration of disaster emergency at Monday's assembly meeting in response to the COVID-19 outbreak across the country and state. Additionally, the assembly...

 

Yesterday's News

March 26, 1920 K. L. Steberg, local agent for the Standard Oil Co. has received notification of a raise of prices amounting to 2 cents per gallon on gasoline and distillate and 1 cent per gallon on Fuel Oil, effective immediately. These advances in...

 

Correction made 50-Years later

Dave Ellis showed up at our office last Friday suggesting a mistake had been made in our Yesterday’s News column that appears on page 2 each week. Dated March 18, 1970, the Petersburg Press reported Petersburg Public Schools announced the...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    March 19, 2020

Assembly against moving Kake road closer to town

The borough assembly failed to pass a letter to Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Commissioner John MacKinnon requesting DOT revise their plans for the Kake Access Road...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 19, 2020

Wrangell assembly declares emergency in special meeting

WRANGELL - The Wrangell Borough Assembly held a special meeting on Tuesday afternoon, March 17. In response to the global spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), which recently reached Alaska, the...

 

Guest Commentary

As our nation and the world experiences the life-altering impacts of the novel coronavirus pandemic, I wanted to take a moment to speak to you directly. If you’ve followed our many press conferences this week, you know that Alaska is rapidly...

 
 By Ron Loesch    Opinion    March 19, 2020

Editorial:

In just two weeks the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in which we live. Sheltering in place and social distancing are the new means of protecting us, and others, from person-to-person contact with the virus, which for the elderly could be...

 

Scholarship presentations move to PHS baccalaureate service

This year's Petersburg High School senior baccalaureate service and scholarship ceremony will be held separately on the same night, as opposed to last year when both ceremonies were conducted one...

 

Access to Borough offices limited

Effective immediately public access to most Petersburg Borough offices will be limited, by order of Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht. A press release put out by the borough states the action is taken to keep employees safe and to limit the spread of... Full story

 

Police report

March 11 — Authorities responded to a disturbance report at the 300 block of N. Nordic Dr. A dangerous driver was reported at a location on Haugen Dr. March 12 — Criminal mischief was reported at a location on Mitkof Highway. A motor vehicle...

 

To the Editor

Services suspended To the Editor: There will be no public celebration of Mass across the Diocese of Juneau or other large gatherings effective through Friday, March 27. This includes all public Liturgies, Masses, Benedictions, Stations of the Cross,...

 
 By Brian Varela    Sports    March 19, 2020

Lady Vikings come out on top at Regionals

The Lady Vikings took first place in the Regional basketball tournament last week in Juneau and brought back the Region V Championship title for division two. Petersburg was seeded third at the...

 
 By Brian Varela    Sports    March 19, 2020

Vikings return home as regional champions

The Petersburg High School boys basketball team was named Region V Champions among Southeast Alaska's 2A schools at Regionals last week after beating Wrangell and Haines in two high-energy games. The...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    March 19, 2020

Five Finger Lighthouse group talks future plans

The Five Finger Lighthouse Society went into detail on their plans for the future of the Five Finger Lighthouse at a presentation last Thursday and gave an overview of the lighthouse and its history....

 
 By Brian Varela    News    March 19, 2020

Parks & Rec. board vote goes to third reading

The borough assembly passed an ordinance that would establish a new Parks and Recreation Advisory Board in its second reading at Monday's assembly meeting. If ordinance #2020-05 should pass in all thr...

 
 By Tom Barrett    News    March 19, 2020

AMHS group begins review of system

As the governor’s Alaska Marine Highway Reshaping Work Group gets underway, our directive is clear: chart a sustainable, long-term path that delivers the transportation services our coastal communities need with the reliability, safety and...

 

Communities waiting for contractor ferry service

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A pair of Alaska communities meant to receive supplemental ferry service under a state agreement with a private contractor are waiting for the ships to arrive. Gustavus and Pelican had not yet received ferry service by...

 

AK lawmaker faces voter misconduct, interference charges

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska lawmaker faces charges of voter misconduct and interference with voting stemming from elections in 2014 and 2018. State prosecutors announced the charges against Anchorage Republican Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux on Friday....

 

Cruise company shifts plan to dock ship in Juneau

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — State museums and schools are temporarily closed; restaurants, bars and gyms in Anchorage are shuttered for the rest of March and fans are urged not to fly to Nome for the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. These are amo...

 

Alaska officials expect lower oil prices to increase deficit

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A drop in global oil prices will likely add $300 million to Alaska’s current year budget deficit, state officials said. A state Legislative Finance Division official told lawmakers the state could experience a $600...

 

Obituary: Jordan Marsh Birchell

It is with deepest sorrow to say that on Jan. 2nd ,2020, Jordan Marsh Birchell, beloved son, husband, father and brother passed away suddenly... -Anyone that knew Jordan, even just a little, lost a... Full story

 

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