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Articles from the April 16, 2015 edition

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 By Dani Palmer    News    April 16, 2015

Petersburg schools facing more cuts

Already facing funding challenges from this year’s legislative session, schools were hit with another potential blow when the Senate Finance Committee proposed a 4.1 percent base student allocation cut. It was done “literally under the cover of... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    April 16, 2015

Recycling petition will be certified; Assembly to vote on resolution Monday

Borough Clerk Debbie Thompson said she will be certifying the most recent application for petition submitted by Angela Davis and Wes Davis, which includes a resolution to continue the blue bag recycling program. The application was submitted in... Full story



Last week’s article about the Petersburg Borough Assembly passing an amended resolution allowing for the Southeast Alaska Power Agency’s (SEAPA) bond refinancing and new bond sale incorrectly stated that all member utilities, including Wrangell... Full story

 By Dani Palmer    News    April 16, 2015

Flu season isn't over yet; tips for prevention

It’s winding down, but it’s not over yet. “A big upswing” in type B influenza cases has served as a reminder that “the flu never truly goes away,” Public Health Nurse Erin Michael said. During the week of April 6, there were three type B... Full story


Yesterday's News

April 17, 1915 – Governor Strong on Tuesday signed four bills. The new laws are: By Senator Millard: Prohibiting boys under the age of sixteen loitering around pool halls and cigar stores. H.B. No. 52, by Snow: Providing for secret ballot on...

 By Dani Palmer    News    April 16, 2015

Spring troll fishery opens early

The 2015 spring troll fishery got its early start this week. The fishery opened in select locations at 12:01 a.m. today, Thursday. Last year, the first spring troll fishery opened on May 1. Frederick Sound, Ernest Sound, the Neets Bay Terminal...

 By Mary Koppes    News    April 16, 2015

Board of Equalization hears five property assessment appeals

The Petersburg Borough Assembly sat as the Board of Equalization (BOE) for 2015 property assessment appeals on April 6. There were 66 appeals this year, most of which were settled privately with the Borough’s assessors Mike Renfro and Arne...


To the Editor

Influenza information To the Editor: Due to several recent influenza type A and type B cases in Petersburg this week I wanted to reiterate the importance of key flu prevention measures. CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first step in...

 By Dani Palmer    News    April 16, 2015

Local organizations benefit from Pick.Click.Give

A statewide fundraiser, Pick.Click.Give. saw a 25 percent increase in donors and a 20 percent increase in dollars raised this year, benefitting six of Petersburg’s own organizations. Pick.Click.Give. gives Alaskan residents the chance to make a...

 By Dani Palmer    News    April 16, 2015

Petersburg police investigating recent burglaries

The Petersburg Police Department is investigating a string of burglaries—the latest reported just a week ago. Beach Bum Tanning reported a break-in to the police department at 10 a.m. on April 9. Chief Kelly Swihart said the burglar took products...


Police reports

April 8 An officer provided extra traffic patrols on Dolphin St. A caller requested assistance with a civil matter. April 9 Police received a report of a fender bender. An individual reported receiving harassing phone calls at all hours. A burglary...

 By Dani Palmer    News    April 16, 2015

Immunization Week will provide free vaccines for all ages

Next week is National Infant Immunization Week, and the Petersburg Public Health Center will be waiving administrative fees for those who stop in. “It’s just kind of a reminder to people how important it is to get infants vaccinated,” Public...

 By Mary Koppes    News    April 16, 2015

Dahl to play college ball in Auburn, Wash.

Petersburg High School senior Shalie Dahl will swap her Vikings jersey for a Gators uniform as she takes to the basketball court this fall for Green River College in Auburn, Wash. "I've always wanted...


PHS students get artful in Wrangell

Six Petersburg High School students travelled to Wrangell to participate in Artfest last week, and three students earned "Best of Workshop" awards. Julia Murph took home the honor for jewelry making,...

 By Mary Koppes    News    April 16, 2015

Track and Field athletes warm up for spring season

The Petersburg High School Track and Field team is in full swing practicing for their season that starts May 1. Head Coach Brad Taylor said this year’s team is comprised of about 40 runners, jumpers and throwers. A group of about 25 traveled to...


News guide: Alaska legislative session's end date nears

JUNEAU (AP) – Heading into the legislative session in January, two of the big issues were Gov. Bill Walker's desire to expand Medicaid and the suddenly more urgent need to confront Alaska's budget deficit amid a crash in oil prices. Here is a rundo...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 16, 2015

Fish Factor: Bill proposes to allow subsistence harvests to be donated to schools, hospitals for resale

Caribou instead of corn dogs…salmon instead of Trout Treasures… seal meat in place of spaghetti – all could soon be available to more Alaskans if traction continues on a new bipartisan bill before the Alaska legislature. The bill - HB 179 -...


Alaska ferry sailings uncertain with possible budget cuts

KETCHIKAN (AP) – Alaska Marine Highway System officials say more than 9,200 travelers have bought tickets for some ferry sailings this summer that might have to be canceled if funding is not restored to the proposed budget for fiscal year 2016....


Alaska's yellow cedar considered for endangered protection

ANCHORAGE (AP) – An iconic Alaska tree may warrant protection as a threatened or endangered species due to climate warming, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday. The agency will begin a status review of yellow cedar, a tree revered...

 By Dani Palmer    News    April 16, 2015

School Board still searching for a new member

The Petersburg School Board is still seeking a new member after the deadline to turn in letters of interest passed without anyone turning one in. Mara Lutomski announced at Tuesday evening’s meeting she’d like to submit a letter if the board...


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