Articles from the April 18, 2024 edition

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  • Monday night's northern lights

    Apr 18, 2024

  • Assembly approves tidelands sale to Island Refrigeration for $360,000

    Olivia Rose|Apr 18, 2024

    The Petersburg Borough Assembly approved the sale of a property on borough-owned tidelands to Island Refrigeration, LLC. at the price of $360,000, plus $5,171.76 in procedurally incurred expenses. Island Refrigeration, owned by Brock Snider, is a young business that does marine refrigeration and electrical services for the Petersburg fleet. The parcel is just under 30 thousand square-feet of vacant waterfront property located off Dock Street, behind Wikan Enterprises and the U.S. Coast Guard....

  • Winter troll fishery: 'amazing catch rates at good prices'

    Olivia Rose|Apr 18, 2024

    Days are long and arduous in January and February for trollers fishing Chinook salmon in rough weather conditions. But the "amazing catch rates at good prices" encountered during those months benefitted not only the resident fishermen "out there, grinding away"- but also the overall troll fishery, which harvested over the entire winter allocation of 45,000 king salmon. Grant Hagerman, Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) Region I Commercial Troll Management Biologist, told the Pilot that...

  • Alaska judge strikes down state's cash payments to families using correspondence school programs

    James Brooks and Claire Stremple, Alaska Beacon|Apr 18, 2024

    An Anchorage Superior Court judge on Friday struck down an Alaska law that allows the state to distribute cash payments to the parents of homeschooled students on the grounds that it violates constitutional prohibitions against spending state money on private education. “This court finds that there is no workable way to construe the statutes to allow only constitutional spending,” wrote Judge Adolf Zeman, concluding that the relevant laws “must be struck down in their entirety.” The decisio... Full story

  • Yesterday's News News from 25-50-75-100 years ago

    Apr 18, 2024

    April 18, 1924 – Boats which sold halibut to the Glacier & Deep Sea Food Company Tuesday for 9 and 5 were Audrey, 2,000 lbs; Irma, 500; Alfa, 500; Gertrude, 1,500; Hulda, 1,200; Rival, 2,500; Era, 2,500; Thelma, 3,500; Success, 7,500. Boats which sold to Storfold & Grondahl the same day were Lund, 6,000; Valhalla, 2,500; at 9 and 5 cents. Boats which sold to Ness Fish Company were Sunset, 8,000; Unimak, 8,000; Neptune, 4,000; at 9 and 5. The Glacier and Deep Sea Food Company shipped on the Alameda 63 boxes of halibut and 20 boxes of shrimp. T...

  • School Board votes to join coalition likely to sue state

    Olivia Rose|Apr 18, 2024

    The Petersburg School District Board unanimously agreed to join the Coalition for Education Equity of Alaska (CEE) at the board meeting Tuesday night. One reason the district board is joining the coalition is because of its "unique" ability to "use legal avenues to ensure the state and legislature carry out constitutional responsibilities regarding education." Founded in 1996, CEE is a statewide member-based nonprofit that champions access to quality, equitable and adequate public education in...

  • Capitol Updates

    Rebecca Himschoot|Apr 18, 2024

    ­Dear Friends and Neighbors: After roughly 24 hours of debate and consideration of 137 amendments, the House passed the operating and mental budgets last week. Leading up to passing the budget on the House Floor there were weeks of subcommittee hearings, where each agency’s budget was scrutinized, amended, and then passed to the Finance Committee for consideration. As a reminder, my subcommittees were the Departments of Public Safety, Corrections, Education and Early Development, and Fish and Game. In the Finance Committee each agency’s budg...

  • Guest Editorial

    Larry Persily|Apr 18, 2024

    The Permanent Fund dividend is important to a lot of Alaska households, but so is education, public safety, ports and harbors, roads and more. The state House did the right thing last week in rejecting a proposed constitutional amendment that would have elevated the PFD to a higher status than any other need in the state. Yes, Alaskans have to find a solution to the annual divisive, debilitating, political fight over the amount of the dividend. It has become worse than a distraction; it’s become an obstruction that prevents elected officials an...

  • Police report

    Apr 18, 2024

    April 10 – An officer provided a courtesy transport on Dolphin Street. An officer responded to a report of suspicious activity on Excel Street and determined it was unfounded. An officer conducted extra patrols on North Nordic Drive. April 11 – Kylene Hedlund was remanded for violating conditions of release. Officers conducted a welfare check on Chief John Lott Street. A driver on Mitkof Highway was issued a warning for failure to maintain their lane. A driver on Excel Street was issued a warning for failure to stop at a stop sign. An officer r...

  • Catholic Church update

    Olivia Rose|Apr 18, 2024

    Last July, Petersburg was covered in smoke when the St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church caught fire. "This fire can consume our building, but not our hearts," parish priest Fr. Jose Thomas had said at the time. The flames ultimately destroyed the building, which was demolished later that fall. While the lot remains empty, the parish of St. Catherine of Siena has continued its church services, which are currently held at First Presbyterian Church. Fr. Jose said losing the former building was "...

  • PHS bring crowds to their feet at Music Fest

    Liam Demko|Apr 18, 2024

    Petersburg High School's musical ensembles traveled to Stika last weekend for 2024's Southeast Alaska Music Fest where their hard work was commended by audiences and judges alike. Over the course of the three-day event, PHS's choir, concert band, and jazz band performed in solo and group ensembles, viewed performances from schools across Southeast, and attended music clinics with other students, soaking in as much of the experience as possible after preparing their setlists for months. "Last yea...

  • Wrangell approves sale of hospital property to developer

    Becca Clark|Apr 18, 2024

    WRANGELL — The Wrangell Borough Assembly approved the sale of the former medical center and six adjacent lots to property developer Wayne Johnson on April 9. Johnson is a Georgia-based real estate developer hoping to build a 48-unit condo-style housing development with covered parking on the property. The borough sold the 2 acres of the former hospital property to Johnson for $200,000, which required approval from the economic development board and the planning and zoning commission as it was below the property’s appraised value of $830,00. Mun...

  • California salmon fishing banned for second year in row

    Rachel Becker, Alaska Beacon|Apr 18, 2024

    In a devastating blow to California’s fishing industry, federal fishery managers unanimously voted on Wednesday to cancel all commercial and recreational salmon fishing off the coast of California for the second year in a row. The decision is designed to protect California’s dwindling salmon populations after drought and water diversions left river flows too warm and sluggish for the state’s iconic Chinook salmon to thrive. Salmon abundance forecasts for the year “are just too low,” Marci Yaremko, the California Department of Fish and Wildl... Full story

  • Silver Bay Seafoods buys Valdez fish plant

    Sitka Sentinel Staff|Apr 18, 2024

    Silver Bay Seafoods will acquire the Peter Pan Seafoods plant in Valdez, and operate Peter Pan plants in Port Moller and Dillingham for the 2024 salmon season, the two companies announced last week. The deal with Peter Pan is the second major acquisition Silver Bay has announced in recent days. The company announced its purchase of Trident Seafood’s Ketchikan processing plant in March. A joint news release by SBS and Peter Pan said, “Shifting operations of the two facilities to SBS is a component of a larger restructuring, still being fin...

  • Obituary: Patrick Joseph Sullivan, 76

    Apr 18, 2024

    Patrick Joseph Sullivan was born in Southern California on November 12, 1947 to Joy and Ray Sullivan, dedicated fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was soon joined by three baby brothers, Mike, Dennis and Tim. Throughout the years various sports became the family's pastimes. After high school, Pat joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was sent to Vietnam for a tour. Looking for a new kind of adventure after being discharged, Pat set out for Hawaii where he got into logging Koa wood and crafting it in... Full story

  • Artifact Archive

    Apr 18, 2024

    Between the cumbersome and hard to handle solid metal clothing irons of the 1800s, that had to be heated in a fire or on a stove, and the modern electric iron with multiple precise setting there was the Coleman Cool Blue Enamel Instant Lite Iron, a gas driven homemaker's tool of the 1930s. Invented by the Coleman Company to save time and to be used indoors, these irons were sold between 1929 and 1948. They came in cool colors of blue, turquoise, and green. Each iron came with a stand, pump,...

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