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 By Brian Varela    News    April 2, 2020

26 tests come back negative for COVID-19

As of Wednesday afternoon, Petersburg Medical Center has submitted 39 COVID-19 testing samples to state and commercial laboratories, 26 of which have come back negative and the remaining 13 tests are...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    April 2, 2020

Local officials discuss ongoing COVID-19 plans

The Local Emergency Planning Committee held its third meeting last Friday as a weekly effort to update local businesses and borough officials on how the community is reacting to and taking...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    April 2, 2020

Census field work postponed until mid-April

The United States Census Bureau has suspended all field operations until April 15 amid the growing COVID-19 pandemic, according to a statement made by the Census Bureau on Saturday. While some...

 

Added ferry service won't return until mid-May

The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) vessels, M/V Columbia, M/V Kennicott, and M/V Tustumena were scheduled to leave the Ketchikan Shipyard and resume service in mid-April and early May 2020....

 
 By Brian Varela    News    April 2, 2020

All school activities cancelled until fall

Activities at the Petersburg School District and other school districts across the state have been cancelled for the rest of the academic year as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. PSD Activities...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    April 2, 2020

PMC had 12 percent revenue increase for February

For the month of February, Petersburg Medical Center saw its net operating revenue and total operating expenses come in over what was budgeted, according to PMC financial statements presented at the...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    April 2, 2020

Peace Corps volunteer travels home safely despite virus outbreak

It took Maura Sullivan about a week to return to Petersburg when the United States Peace Corps began pulling its volunteers out of Zambia on March 16 as COVID-19 was spreading around the world. In...

 
 By Savann Guthrie    News    April 2, 2020

Spring "Bear Hunt" takes place on Mitkof Island

Sunday, March 29, started out with a blanket of snow on the ground with more falling from the sky. It wasn't ideal weather but that didn't stop the residents of Petersburg from getting outdoors and...

 

School board appoints new member

Meg Litster was appointed to the Petersburg School Board in a special meeting on Tuesday. Litster is filling a vacant seat left by Board President Mara Lutomski who stepped down in February. Litster, who had previously served on the school board for...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 2, 2020

SEARHC shares consortium-wide testing numbers, says community-only information too specific

WRANGELL – The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, according to several members of Wrangell's local government, has been doing a very good job of communicating with them during the ongoing...

 

Alaska lawmakers approve $66.7M for ferry service funding

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Alaska Legislature has approved a $66.7 million budget appropriation that lawmakers said should keep the Alaska Marine Highway System running for the year. Legislators increased the operating budget for the state’s...

 
 By BECKY BOHRER    News    April 2, 2020

Alaska lawmakers fall short of self-imposed goal to finish

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska lawmakers fell short of a self-imposed goal of completing their most pressing work Friday, with key measures, including a state spending package and bills related to the coronavirus, yet to be finalized. Friday marked D...

 

Alaskans get more time to apply for this year's dividend

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaskans will have more time to apply for a Permanent Fund dividend this year. Anne Weske, director of the state division that determines dividend eligibility, on Tuesday said applications submitted before midnight on April...

 

Alaska lawmakers set oilcheck among at around $1,000

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Alaska lawmakers early Sunday approved a budget that set this October’s oil wealth fund check to nearly every single Alaskan at about $1,000, but did not approve a second dividend intended to help residents struggling...

 

Yesterday's News

April 9, 1920 The Board of Directors of the Petersburg Cooperative have leased the store building formerly occupied by the Deep Sea Fishermen’s Union in the Sunde Building and work will start at once making the necessary alterations to fix the...

 

Landing pad

Seagulls take a break on an iceberg in Frederick Sound on March 21....

 

The snack that got away

A gathering of deer made their way down the shore of the Wrangell Narrows last Thursday. The deer on the right appears to have a bite taken out of it....

 

School lunches

Aiden Knudsen, left, and Mason Knudsen, along with their dog Duncan retrieve their food from the Petersburg School District on Tuesday. Deliveries were made via Stikine Services bu...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 2, 2020

Alaska Fish Factor: U.S. seafood industry received $300 million assist from $2 trillion COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress

The U.S. seafood industry received a $300 million assist from the $2 trillion COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress on March 27, and a wide coalition of industry stakeholders is hoping for more. Fishery recipients in the relief bill include...

 

Guest Commentary

Sen. Bert Stedman has been serving Southeast communities for 17 years. He is the Senate Finance Committee co-chair. It did not take a positive test for the Alaska State Legislature to begin... Full story

 

Testing numbers are relevant

While we applaud the work of Wrangell's health care providers as they prepare for the uncertain times before us, it's important to remember that they need us as much as we need them. Every citizen... Full story

 

Police report

March 25 - Suspicious activity was reported at a location on N. 12th St. A dangerous driver was spotted on 2nd St. March 26 - Authorities responded to two reports of theft. Protective order service was provided at a location on S. Nordic Dr. A...

 

Trooper report

Nicholas Anderson, 21, of Petersburg was issued six misdemeanor summons for wildlife offenses.  On March 29, Anderson was charged with two counts of Take Deer Closed Season, one count of Take Big Game with Unlawful Archery Equipment, one count of...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    April 2, 2020

Assembly meeting participation suspended under 3rd health mandate

Incident Commander Karl Hagerman signed public health mandate #3 Friday afternoon to temporarily suspend in-person participation during borough assembly meetings or any other public meeting of a... Full story

 

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