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 By Ben Muir    News    March 29, 2018

PMC to invite CEO final candidates to town

The Petersburg Medical Center Board of Directors decided last week it would invite the finalists for the CEO position to town likely in mid-April. After an executive session to discuss which of the four finalists — one is from Petersburg — to...

 

Triem ordered to pay $99,000 to Alaska Airlines counsel

Superior Court Judge William Carey ordered Petersburg Attorney Fred Triem to pay $99,159.02 to Alaska Airlines counsel Davis, Wright, Tremaine LLP to settle claims sought by the law firm for costs, attorney fees and a $10,000 sanction for his...

 
 By Ben Muir    Sports    March 29, 2018

PHS baseball looking to junior, sophomores

Baseball is back, despite a thick layer of ice covering the diamonds in Petersburg. The Viking high school tteam has practiced in the gym for about a month and is scheduled to host Ketchikan in less time. “That’s the toughest part,” Coach Jim...

 

Yesterday's News

March 29, 1918 Mrs. K.L. Steberg, treasurer of the school board, received this week from the governor’s office a check on the territorial treasury for $1,277.66, this sum being a refund by the territory of 75 per cent of the town money expended...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    March 29, 2018

Tourism outlook shows increase in visitors

The outlook for tourism in Petersburg this summer is showing an increase in cruise ship passengers, while the rate of independent travelers is still unclear. Dave Berg, co-founder of Viking Travel...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    March 29, 2018

PMP&L building to finish in May

The sweeping remodel of the power and light building in Petersburg is on schedule to finish at the start of May, but there were several changes to the plan for the old building with “good bones.” Karl Hagerman, the utility director, says the...

 

To the Editor

You deal poison, you get locked up To the Editor: I would like to congratulate our police chief, his officers and staff and all the agencies that coordinated with the Petersburg Police that assisted in arresting the meth producers and dealers this...

 

AK House votes for full dividend this year

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Alaska House on Monday voted to pay out a full Alaska Permanent Fund dividend this year, but residents shouldn't start thinking about how they'll spend the big check just yet. The measure now moves to the Senate, where...

 

ADFG thinks Chinook numbers in Taku may be overestimated

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Alaska Department of Fish and Game said it has been overestimating how many Chinook and sockeye salmon make it up the Taku River. Department officials said the statistical bias is being corrected by new state-of-the-art st...

 

Police Report

March 21 — Officers responded to a disturbance report on North Nordic Drive. There was a loud verbal argument only and no evidence of criminal activity. There was a trespassing report on S. 2nd Street. An officer spoke with the complainant, who...

 

Court report

March 1 — Judge Magistrate Burrell allowed the vehicle theft charges against Ronald Wallen to be reduced to attempted vehicle theft. Trial was set for April 7. March 5 — Judge Magistrate Burrell issued a long-term protective order against Joseph...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    March 29, 2018

Local man to be named Elks national president

A Petersburg man is slated to be named national president of a storied fraternal organization that has about 780,000 members. Mike Luhr is scheduled this July to be installed as national president,...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 29, 2018

Wrangell SEARHC-hospital partnership to be explored further

WRANGELL — The Wrangell Borough Assembly in a special meeting last week adopted a letter outlining its intent to potentially partner up with Southeast Alaska Rural Health Consortium on Wrangell’s hospital. Held on March 22, the early evening...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 29, 2018

School safety big focus at Wrangell board meeting

WRANGELL — Safety was the watchword of last week’s meeting of the Wrangell Public School Board, with parents and staff alike weighing in on security at Wrangell’s public schools. The crux of their concern was an incident involving a high...

 

Alaska February jobs down 2,300 from 2017

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – State labor officials say Alaska lost about 2,300 jobs in February compared to the same month last year. Total employment fell an estimated 0.7 percent in February from February 2017. Employment in oil and gas jobs declined...

 

Fish Factor: At start of halibut opener March 24 federal fishery managers announced commercial catches for Alaska will be down 10 percent

Pacific halibut catches for 2018 won’t decline as severely as initially feared, but the fishery faces headwinds from several directions. Federal fishery managers announced just a few days before the March 24 start of the halibut opener that...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    March 29, 2018

Wrangell Assembly approves new water plant

WRANGELL — In a special meeting of the City and Borough Assembly on March 15, members finally moved ahead toward replacing Wrangell’s water treatment plant. The outdated plant has had a number of production problems over the years, starting not...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    March 29, 2018

Students dive into Tlingit culture for Gold Award project

About a dozen people recently spent a day learning about Tlingit culture at Sandy Beach Park, as part of a Girl Scout Gold Award project. Nine students, including Avery Herrman-Sakamoto, who...

 

King salmon sport fishery closed down across the board starting Sunday

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced Thursday the extent of its king salmon sport fishing restrictions this season. Citing a poor preseason forecast, the department has decided to close... Full story

 

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