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 By Brian Varela    News    April 11, 2019

Fire department names Jim Stolpe as fire chief

The Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department Association elected Jim Stolpe as its new fire chief on Thursday following the retirement of the previous fire chief, Doug Welde. Assistant fire chief Dave...

 

Family fun day

At Saturday's annual Family Activity Day at the Petersburg Fire Department, Logan Canton, left, helps Rosie Lohr, operate a fire hose on Saturday. See more photos on page 16....

 
 By Brian Varela    News    April 11, 2019

AMHS decommissions FVF Fairweather

The Alaska Marine Highway System removed the FVF Fairweather from service and transported the vessel to Ketchikan where it waits to be put up for sale. Last week the FVF Fairweather sailed from...

 

Check out the Pilot this week

This week we distribute the Petersburg Pilot to all post office boxholders. If you're not a regular reader of this publication, it's your opportunity to look it over and consider purchasing a...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    April 11, 2019

Petersburg Medical Center hires new financial controller

Rocio Tejera-Elejabeitia will be taking over as financial controller at the Petersburg Medical Center following the exit of the chief financial officer Doran Hammett. After she was hired last month,...

 

Yesterday's News

April 11, 1919 Commercial Club starts agitation for dredging of Wrangell Narrows by taking steps to secure appropriation from the government. Nels Nelson, of Scow Bay had secured the cooperation and endorsement of both the Alaska and Pacific...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    April 11, 2019

Planning Commission to go over amendments next month

During Tuesday's Planning Commission meeting, residents gave testimony on the zoning of their property under the borough's new development code, which was passed by the borough assembly late last year...

 

Commentary: Walker, Legislature cut dividends, the responsible thing to do

Gov. Mike Dunleavy is right. The Legislature and governor the past three years appropriated money for individual Permanent Fund dividends contrary to the 1982 formula in state statute. So what? They...

 

To the Editor

Fireworks To the Editor: If the borough loosens restrictions on fireworks, three things will happen: Even more dogs, cats, and other animals with whom we share our lives will suffer the terror and...

 

Kanin Grant given 8 years for possession of child pornography

Judge William Carey sentenced Kanin Robert Grant, 32 to a sentence of 8 years on a consolidated charge of possession of child pornography at a March 26 hearing. In a plea agreement 12 counts were...

 

Court report

March 19 — Stephen Waddle appeared in a change of plea hearing before Judge Carey on multiple charges. In three counts of petition to revoke probation the court imposed 85 days jail time. On the 4th count of PTRP the court revoked probation,...

 

The Uniform Unicorn

April 26 - 28, 2019 • Wright Auditorium...

 

No Police report this week

No media information (used to compile the weekly police report) was received from the Petersburg Police Department prior to press time this week....

 
 By Savann Guthrie    News    April 11, 2019

Close-Up and personal

After nine months of fundraising, 23 enthusiastic students and four intrepid chaperones left Petersburg on March 29 for a once in a lifetime personal experience, Close-Up in Washington D.C....

 
 By Brian Varela    Sports    April 11, 2019

Swim Club takes second place at SE Championships

The Viking Swim Club scored second place in Juneau this past weekend at the 2019 Southeast Championships behind the Glacier Swim Club of Juneau which has 10 times as many swimmers as Petersburg....

 

Petersburg High School grad looks to nuclear fusion for clean energy

Erik Trask, the son of Grant and Lila Trask, is currently working for TAE Technologies, where he hopes his research in nuclear fusion can provide the world with clean energy. "While the amount of...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 11, 2019

Wrangell discusses changes to boat yard rates

WRANGELL — The Wrangell Port Commission met last Thursday, April 4, to discuss a plan to alter lease rates at the boat yard. According to Commission Member John Martin, lease rates at the boat yard cover a wide range, from eight cents per square...

 

Alaska House poised to debate Dunleavy state budget

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska House is set to begin debating next week its version of the state operating budget, which spares areas such as education, the university system, Medicaid and the state ferry system the level of cuts proposed by Gov....

 

Tempers flare in Alaska over governor's oil check plan

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Mike Dunleavy is proposing a fiscal plan that includes sweeping cuts and providing Alaska residents with a full payout from the oil-wealth fund, and many residents are unhappy about it. The annual check paid to qualified...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    April 11, 2019

Friends of the Petersburg Libraries honor three residents

Over 35 people were in attendance at the Petersburg Public Library on Saturday where the Friends of the Petersburg Libraries kicked off National Library Week by recognizing three community members...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 11, 2019

Herring opener still on hold; Alaska fishermen could catch 85% more salmon

Alaska fishermen could catch 85 percent more salmon this year (nearly a hundred million more) if state forecasts hold true. That’s good news for fishermen in many Gulf of Alaska regions who in 2018 suffered some of the worst catches in 50 years....

 

Alaska Coast Guard helicopter could not respond to fatal January plane crash

SITKA, Alaska (AP) — A mechanical problem prevented a rescue helicopter from responding quickly to the scene of a fatal January air ambulance plane crash in Alaska, according to U.S. Coast Guard flight logs. The logs indicate the helicopter that...

 

Terry McEldowney, 66

Terry Ervin McEldowney, 66, passed away on March 31, 2019 at Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay, Oregon. He was born to Eugene and Georgena (Geegee) McEldowney in Myrtle Point, Oregon on January 28, 1953. He spent much of his youth in Fairview riding... Full story

 

Family Fun Day

Saturday, April 6th at the Fire Station...

 

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