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Articles from the April 23, 2020 edition

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 By Brian Varela    News    April 23, 2020

Borough passes face covering mandate

A public health mandate requiring residents to wear face coverings in public when social distancing requirements can't be met was passed by the borough assembly at their meeting on Monday. Public...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    April 23, 2020

Governor excludes Petersburg from discussion on opening businesses

The Petersburg Borough Assembly held a special meeting on Wednesday to discuss a list of questions from Gov. Mike Dunleavy on the state's decision to reopen the state and local economies; however,...

 

Petersburg Pilot places 2nd as best weekly newspaper

The Petersburg Pilot has again been named among the best weekly newspapers in Alaska according to the Alaska Press Club, which announced winners of its 2019 annual contest over the weekend. The...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    April 23, 2020

School district churns out thousands of meals each week

Last week, the Petersburg School District distributed 3,946 meals to 310 kids in the district as students continue to attend class remotely. The district's food service department first began deliveri...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    April 23, 2020

Second case of COVID-19 identified in community

The Petersburg Borough confirmed the second positive result for COVID-19 in the community on Saturday in a joint statement with Petersburg Medical Center. While this is the second case to officially...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    April 23, 2020

Borough assembly finalizes $100,000 appropriation to PEDC

The borough assembly approved an emergency ordinance to amend the fiscal year 2020 budget to appropriate $100,000 from the Economic Development Fund to the Petersburg Economic Development Council to...

 

Travel restrictions delay AMHS vessels operation

The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) is developing a reduced service operating plan for spring and early summer to provide an appropriate level of service based on passenger demand, crew...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    April 23, 2020

Borough approves public health mandates #5, #6

The borough assembly approved two health mandates at their assembly meeting on Monday regarding the use of the borough's harbor facilities by cruise ships and the submission of essential workers'...

 

Covid-19: The Faces Behind the Masks, part two

This week with the Petersburg Borough announced Public Health Mandate #4; All community member are required to wear homemade masks, scarfs, buffs, bandanas, or handkerchiefs when inside buildings and...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    April 23, 2020

PMC hosts events to keep residents active amid pandemic

Petersburg Medical Center is kicking off a healthy community series this week beginning with an Earth Day trash tag challenge and a Circle of Life 5k run with the goal of encouraging the public to sta...

 

Petersburg Fishing Report

Steelhead The spring steelhead fishing season is off to a strong start. Anglers report strong catch rates in the last week as more bright fish are moving into freshwater. Water levels have been good for fishing with consistent snow melt from our...

 

Police report

April 15 — Two burglaries were reported at locations on Mitkof Highway. Authorities responded to a disturbance report at a location on N. Nordic Dr. A civil complaint brought a police response at a location on Lumber St. A theft was reported at a...

 

Trooper report

On April 14, Brandon Consolver, 25, of Oak Harbor, Washington was cited for taking a deer during a closed season on Kupreanof Island. The deer was taken on September 13, 2019, on Lindenberg Peninsula.  Arraignment is set for May 12 in the...

 

AK Native group sues over coat's design

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Native cultural organization is suing luxury retailer Neiman Marcus, saying the Dallas-based company violated copyright and American Indian arts protection laws in selling a knit coat with a geometric design...

 

Alaska fishing towns object to virus restrictions mandate

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Some midsize coastal towns in Alaska have voiced opposition to state rules barring the communities from establishing their own restrictions on workers arriving for the fishing season. Updated guidelines issued by Republican...

 

Opponents lose court case against Alaska mine near fishery

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Opponents have lost a court case against the proposed copper and gold mine near a major salmon fishery in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region. U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason ruled the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency...

 

Alaska officials warn of fentanyl-laced pills

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A public warning was issued to Alaska residents about the dangers of fentanyl after multiple overdoses were reported this week from people who took counterfeit pills designed to look like oxycodone, health officials said....

 

AK initial jobless claims down, but well above average

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Initial unemployment claims in Alaska are down slightly from a historic high, but they are about 12 times what is typical for this time of year amid the economic fallout from coronavirus concerns, according to a state official...

 

Alaska Fish Factor: 2020 salmon catch expected to be down 36% after 2019 season

Alaska’s total salmon catch for 2020 is projected to be down 36 percent from last year’s haul of 207 million fish, the eighth largest on record that was valued at nearly $658 million at the docks. In the Run Forecasts and Harvest Projections...

 

Springtime joy

Tucker Gibson and his dog Fergie enjoy an afternoon muskeg jumping after hunkering down at home....

 

Movie night

Residents begin to fill the parking lot at Lighthouse Assembly of God for their drive in movie night on Saturday....

 

Social visit

Two harlequin ducks stand on rocks in the waters of Wrangell Narrows on Sunday....

 

Social Isolation

An abandoned flat with crab pots on it was retrieved on Friday in the Wrangell Narrows....

 

Natural gathering

A gathering of ducks and birds sit offshore of the Wrangell Narrows near the bike path on S. Nordic Dr. on Sunday....

 

Artifact Archive: Before our Gymnasium

In the 1920s all local basketball games were played in the Sons of Norway Hall. For both players and spectators, "social distancing" was not an option. In 1931 the school board sought approval of a...

 

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