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 By Brian Varela    News    April 16, 2020

COVID-19 testing machines to only be used to screen

Petersburg Medical Center has sent out a total of 71 samples to be tested for COVID-19 at state and commercial laboratories as of April 15, said PMC CEO Phil Hofstetter at Wednesday's daily COVID-19...

 

State DOT dismissed from all claims in lawsuit

Superior Court Judge William Carey ordered the dismissal all claims against the Alaska Dept. of Transportation brought by The Estate of Molly Parks. The order was filed April 7 in the Superior Court....

 
 By Savann Guthrie    News    April 16, 2020

Covid-19: The faces behind the masks

There was a time when masks were associated with Halloween, horror movies, dances, and merrymaking. In today's current environment they've been elevated to a new status; as a way to protect and stop...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    April 16, 2020

SB postpones Alaska Reads Act discussions

During a virtual Petersburg School Board meeting on Tuesday, Superintendent Erica Kludt-Painter recommended that the board postpone talks on the Alaska Reads Act, which is a senate bill being put...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    April 16, 2020

PPD officers describe their television appearance

On February 13, Petersburg and its law enforcement officers appeared in the season finale of Alaska PD, a new reality show that follows police departments in four Alaskan communities. The episode...

 

Thomas Bay THA to bring in 222,000 chum

NSRAA is forecasting a total run of 222,000 chum salmon in the Thomas Bay fishery. This year’s return will be the second return for this project and will be comprised of 3-year and 4-year old fish. A portion of the run may be harvested in common...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    April 16, 2020

Borough rate increase discussions postponed

Utility Director Karl Hagerman and Public Works Director Chris Cotta submitted a letter to the borough assembly at their meeting last week recommending the borough postpone discussions on rate increas...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    April 16, 2020

BOE supports assessors' property valuations

The Board of Equalization, which is made up of the borough assembly, voted in favor of property valuations made by the borough's contract assessors on two properties that were brought before them at...

 

Oil exploration firm claims discovery of huge Alaska deposit

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An oil exploration firm has discovered a deposit of potentially 1.8 billion barrels in Alaska’s North Slope region south of Prudhoe Bay, the company said. Pantheon Resources PLC said it located the deposit along the Dalto...

 

Projected Alaska revenues down sharply partly over outbreak

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A state forecast released Monday shows projected revenues down sharply from an estimate issued several months ago, with low oil prices and economic impacts from the COVID-19 outbreak cited as factors. The state Revenue...

 

Dunleavy: Economy won't be put ahead of Alaskans' health

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy said the state will work with communities, industry leaders and others as it makes decisions on how to proceed in reopening sectors of the economy impacted by the coronavirus. Dunleavy said key to thi...

 

Recent virus cases in Juneau involve prison workers

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) —Four employees at a state-run prison in Juneau have tested positive for COVID-19, officials said Monday. No staff at other Department of Corrections facilities have tested positive, and no inmates within the system have tested...

 

AK agency criticized over $35M mining road approval

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The largest private landowner in Alaska has criticized a state agency for using an emergency meeting intended to discuss the coronavirus to set aside $35 million for a mining road in northwest Alaska. The Alaska Industrial...

 

Clever rabbit

A house at Hungry Point created an Easter game for kids for asking them how many Easter eggs they see in the yard....

 

Snowy peaks

Snow was still covering the peak of Crystal Mountain on Saturday....

 

Breiland Slough

The waters were calm in Breiland Slough last Friday....

 

Grounded

A large iceberg washed ashore about 300 yards from Hungry Point over the weekend....

 

Red robin, red robin

A robin stands tall on a log and looks out over the horizon near the whale observatory on Saturday....

 

Rock formations

A small forest grows on a rock formation on one of the Castle Islands....

 

Yesterday's News

April 16, 1920 The news brought from Seattle recently that active work will start soon on the erection of a pulp and paper plant at Thomas Bay is certainly cheering to the people of Perersburg. This will mean the first plant of this kind to be establ...

 

Commentary: Humor helps

Petersburg's sense of humor is coming through during these trying times. Bearing witness to this is the above photo showing the likeness of Bojer Wikan, wearing his protective mask as his statue...

 

Police report

April 8 — Authorities resolved a protective order issue at a location on Fram St. Two disturbances were reported at locations on S. Nordic Dr. Authorities assisted an individual in gaining entry into a business on Lake St. April 9 — Authorities r...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 16, 2020

Alaska Fish Factor: UFA aims to protect communities while fleets go fishing

How can fishermen be sure their vessels are clean of coronavirus contamination? Where can they find out about relief funds that are newly available for fishermen?  COVID-19 has Alaska’s seafood industry traveling in uncharted waters as more...

 

Obituary: Bridgette Dawn Reyes, 49

Bridgette Dawn Reyes (X'ee T'li), 49, was born on September 9, 1971 at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. On April 3, 2020 she joined her youngest daughter, Kyla Rae in heaven.... Full story

 

Obituary: Marvin Warren Rowland, 76

Marvin Warren Rowland, 76, passed away in Gig Harbor, Washington on April 3, 2020. He was born January 22, 1944, in Macon Georgia, to Emmitt Rowland and Verdna Mae Bryant. Marvin graduated from... Full story

 

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