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 By Brian Varela    News    March 26, 2020

Borough approves shelter in place mandate

The borough assembly unanimously passed public health mandate #1 at a special meeting on Wednesday that orders residents to shelter in place amid the increasing number of confirmed cases of COVID-19...

 

Petersburg man first to die of COVID-19 in Alaska

Longtime Petersburg resident Delbert (Pete) Erickson, 77, died on March 16 in Federal Way, Washington. His is the first recorded death caused by the COVID-19 virus in the State of Alaska. Even though...

 

Yesterday's News

March 26, 1920 A project is underway looking towards the establishment of a paper pulp mill at Thomas Bay, fifteen miles from Petersburg within the near future. During the coming summer there will be available in the forestry department for work in...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    March 26, 2020

Future of this year's cruise ship season undetermined

As the first cruise ships are expected to arrive in town on May 12, it is still too early to tell how COVID-19 will affect the cruise ship industry in Southeast Alaska, according to Dave Berg,...

 

Editorial

If you've got to ride-out a worldwide pandemic, there's no better place than in Petersburg. We're isolated on an island along the edge of the Pacific Ocean, giving us a lot of protection from the...

 

To the Editor:

Be nice people To the Editor: I've seen a lot of bashing on social media lately... this is not a time to panic and lash out at others. I personally feel like our community is doing a great job of...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    March 26, 2020

Canneries seek to prevent spread of COVID-19 from workers

Local canneries are in the beginning stages of developing a plan to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19 brought into town by cannery workers that will be hired for the upcoming fishing season....

 

Police report

March 18-- A report of a protection order violation brought a police response at a location on S. Nordic Dr. Authorities responded to a report of loud music at a location on Ira II St. March 19-- A noise complaint was reported at a location on...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    March 26, 2020

Four local tests return negative for COVID-19

As of Wednesday afternoon, four of the 13 local test specimens that have been sent to state and commercial laboratories have returned negative for COVID-19, according to Petersburg Medical Center CEO...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    March 26, 2020

Borough, businesses continue to up COVID-19 precautions

The Local Emergency Planning Committee held their second meeting in two weeks telephonically, as the borough and local businesses take further precautions to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak in...

 

Southeast Alaska Sablefish tag recovery drawing winners

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) announced the winners of the 2020 annual tag recovery incentive drawing for sablefish tag returns. The winners are: 1. Dale Bosworth, Petersburg, $1,000 2. Paul Sorenson, Kenai, $500 3. Bruce Bauer,...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 26, 2020

Hospital construction nears end of first year of work

WRANGELL­– Despite concerns of COVID-19, construction of the new Wrangell Medical Center has continued largely unhindered. Work on the new hospital began back in April of 2019, with an official gro...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    March 26, 2020

State releases two new health mandates in response to COVID-19 spread

WRANGELL­–Governor Mike Dunleavy announced two new statewide health mandates Monday, March 23, in response to the ongoing spread of COVID-19 in Alaska. These are the ninth and tenth health...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    March 26, 2020

Alaska Fish Factor

The Pacific halibut fishery opened on March 14 amid little fanfare and flattened markets. The first fish of the eight month season typically attracts the highest prices and is rushed fresh to high-end buyers, especially during the Lenten season. But...

 
 By BECKY BOHRER    News    March 26, 2020

Alaska Senate puts $1,000 stimulus payment in budget bill

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Alaska Senate approved a budget provision Monday that would give residents a $1,000 payment as a way to blunt economic impacts from the coronavirus. The provision, an amendment to a larger state spending package, passed...

 

Tired of 'Into the Wild' rescues, locals want bus removed

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) _ They're tired of the deaths and multiple rescues near a decrepit old bus whose legendary status continues to lure adventurers to one of Alaska's most unforgiving hinterlands,...

 

Juneau issues 'hunker down' order over virus concerns

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Spread of the coronavirus, with businesses considered nonessential also ordered to close to the public. The order was to take effect at 5 p.m. Tuesday and last for two weeks. It orders Juneau residents to stay at home as much...

 

Obituary

Edward J. Herrman, 60, died on February 23, 2020 at his home in Petersburg, Alaska. He was born on September 30, 1959 in Manhattan, New York to Elizabeth Hunter and Bruce Edward Herrman. He first...

 

Alaska Democrats cancel in-person primary voting

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) – The Alaska Democratic Party will hold its party-run presidential primary exclusively by mail and is moving back the deadlines for returning and tabulating ballots. The party announced Monday it is canceling in-person...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    March 26, 2020

Second health mandate:

The Petersburg Borough as enacted a second public health mandate on Thursday afternoon that cancels certain borough boards and commission meetings through April 30 as COVID-19 worries continue.... Full story

 

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