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 By Brian Varela    News    April 18, 2019

Assembly opposes budget in letter to governor

The borough assembly approved a resolution on Monday opposing Gov. Mike Dunleavy's proposed 2020 fiscal year budget that also lists the direct impacts of the budget to the borough. Resolution #2019-06...

 

Spring time tea

Devyn Flint, Lydia Morrison, Cadence Flint and Lexie Tow seated at the Spring Time in Paris table at Saturday's spring tea party hosted by the Pioneers of Alaska's Women's Igloo #1...

 
 By Ron Loesch    News    April 18, 2019

Skipper faces $8,000 fine for dumping sandblast waste

The captain of the fishing vessel Alaskan Girl has been indicted on federal charges of discharging 16,000 pounds of pollutant into the waters of Sumner Strait in June 2017, according to the U.S....

 
 By Brian Varela    News    April 18, 2019

Deer population up between 2013 and 2016 on Mitkof Island

Between 2013 and 2016, the deer population on Mitkof Island was on an upward trend, according to Stephen Bethune, Unit 4 area management biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game based in...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    April 18, 2019

Assessors settle remaining property tax appeals

The borough's contract assessors gave the borough assembly, who were acting as the board of equalization, a review of the remaining unsettled property tax appeals between property owner Andrew Cowan...

 

Proclamation of Appreciation

Mayor Mark Jensen, left, presents a Proclamation of Appreciation to retired fire chief Doug Welde for his dedication to the Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department and Petersburg for over the past 50...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    April 18, 2019

Fire department petitions borough assembly to fill vacant EMS position

During Monday's borough assembly meeting, assistant fire chief Dave Berg presented a petition to the assembly requesting that they fill the vacant emergency medical services coordinator position. The...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    April 18, 2019

Hospital CEO kayaks 135 miles to Ketchikan

Taking advantage of the sunshine Southeast Alaska has been experiencing this spring, Petersburg Medical Center CEO Phil Hofstetter paddled 135 miles in his kayak to Ketchikan by himself as a way to...

 

Police report

April 3 — Juan Gallardo, 36, was issued a citation for driving without a valid driver’s license. A police patrol was requested on S. Nordic Dr. A vehicle was illegally parked on school grounds. Authorities were requested at a location on Howkan D...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    April 18, 2019

Parks & Recreation to reduce hours starting May 1

The Petersburg Park and Recreation Center will be temporarily reducing their hours of operation beginning May 1 due to understaffing. Currently, the community center is open Monday through Saturday...

 

Work begins for the new hospital

Work began to clear land for Wrangell's new hospital last week. Kendall Nielsen, with Dawson Construction, said that they began cutting down trees on April 4, and will continue to clear and level...

 

Murkowski Announces $10.9 Million in  Secure Rural Schools Payments to Alaska

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, announced on Tuesday that communities across Alaska will soon receive a total of $10,990,708 to fund schools and local budget priorities. The payments are being...

 

State plans to award contract for ferry options protested

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state’s intent to award a contract to a company to review options for the future of Alaska’s ferry system is being challenged by the other bidder for the job. Aurah Landau is a spokeswoman for the state transportation...

 

Watch Me Grow!

Early Childhood Care Family Fair Saturday, April 13...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 18, 2019

SE have partnered with Net Your Problem to recycle old or derelict seine and gillnets

The Panhandle plans to be the next Alaska region to give new life to old fishing gear by sending it to plastic recycling centers. The tons of nets and lines piled up in local lots and landfills will become the raw material for soda bottles, cell...

 

Neuneker and Courtney to wed

The engagement of Kristin Neuneker and Michael Courtney is being announced by the couples' parents, Mike and Vonda Neuneker of Petersburg, Alaska and Danny and Lynette Courtney of Chugiak, Alaska....

 

Congressman works to save cabins in Tongass National Forest

In a trip through Southeast Alaska, Congressman Don Young (R) stopped in Petersburg on Tuesday to meet with constituents and talk about the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA). Si...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    April 18, 2019

Online tax ordinance passes to its third reading

In its second reading on Monday, the borough assembly approved Ordinance #2019-02, which would create language in the borough's sales tax code regarding internet sales of goods and services....

 

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