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 By Brian Varela    News    April 25, 2019

Assembly sends timber contract letter to USFS

The borough assembly approved a second follow-up letter at last week's assembly meeting regarding a letter sent to Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen in November requesting information about a possible review of the Tonka and Big Thorne Integrat...

 
 By Alex McCarthy    News    April 25, 2019

AML to expand service area due to reduced fish transports

Those at Alaska Marine Lines, including President Kevin Anderson, always closely watch salmon forecasts in Southeast Alaska. In recent years, salmon runs in the region have been lower than average,...

 

Yesterday's News

April 25, 1919 US Department of the Interior: Notice is hereby given that Olaf Arness of Petersburg, Alaska has filed notice of his intention to submit final five year proof in support of his homestead, located on Mitkof Island, Scow Bay, Wrangell...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 25, 2019

SEAPA postpones $841,000 payment to Wrangell and Petersburg

The Southeast Alaska Power Agency, representing the communities of Wrangell, Petersburg, and Ketchikan, decided to postpone a reimbursement plan to its two northern communities in their last meeting. Petersburg and Wrangell took on additional costs...

 

Plastic art and education

Elizabeth Roberts, center, teaches Mrs. Brock's first grade class about the harmful effects of plastic getting into the ocean. She brought a box filled with pieces of plastic that she found littered...

 

Letters to the Editor

Redirect $32 million to "legitimate" transportation need To the Editor: Only 15 seconds into my April 12, one minute public testimony for the state operating budget, my microphone was abruptly muted b...

 

Ex-Alaska teacher, pastor sentenced for sex abuse of teen

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A former high school teacher and pastor in southeast Alaska will be going to prison for sexually abusing a teenage girl at a school, a church and his home. Douglas Edwards, 60, was sentenced last week to 18 years in prison...

 

PHS introduces three new classes to its curriculum

The Petersburg School Board held a work session on Thursday with district staff in which board members heard presentations on three new classes coming to Petersburg High School. Beginning in the...

 

Sandy Beach kiosk

Parks and Rec groundkeeper Jesse O'Connor dumps a load of rock underneath a newly built kiosk at Sandy Beach on Wednesday. The kiosk was designed by the United States Forest Service, paid for by the...

 

Police report

April 17 — A power outage occurred at a location on Mitkof Highway. A bear was reported going through trash at a location on S. 6th St. Bear tracks were also seen. A single gunshot was reported at a location on Rory Ln. April 18 — A phone scam wa...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    April 25, 2019

SE Alaska spends $1.9 million in student travel

At a school board meeting last week, Petersburg School District Director of Activities Jaime Cabral said that a recent research project revealed that school districts within Southeast Alaska spent...

 
 By Brian Varela    Sports    April 25, 2019

Track and field team take top places in individual events

Despite competing against 4A schools in their first meet of the season over the weekend in Ketchikan, the Petersburg High School track and field team held their own and scored well in the events they...

 
 By Brian Varela    Sports    April 25, 2019

PHS baseball team loses first three games of the season

The Petersburg High School baseball team traveled to Ketchikan over the weekend to play their first three games of the season, but ended up losing each game to Ketchikan High School. For a month, the...

 

AK city and regional group agree to hospital purchase

SITKA, Alaska (AP) — A city government in Alaska has approved agreements allowing a regional health consortium to take over operation of its community hospital, officials said. The City and Borough of Sitka Assembly voted 5-2 Monday to approve...

 

Major issues unresolved in Alaska session's final weeks

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The biggest issues heading into this year’s legislative session remain unresolved in the session’s final weeks, with Gov. Mike Dunleavy facing resistance to pieces of his agenda. Lawmakers have yet to finalize a budget....

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 25, 2019

SE drift permit prices up; demand also up for southeast seine permits

Nearly all Alaska salmon permits have gone up in value since last fall and buying/selling/trading action is brisk. “We’re as busy as we’ve ever been in the last 20 years,” said Doug Bowen of Alaska Boats and Permits in Homer. “Boat sales...

 

Alaska city faces shortage of police officers

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska city is facing a shortage of police officers that is raising concerns about the department’s operations. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Sunday that the Fairbanks Police Department has seven unfilled...

 

Sentencing for ex-Alaska bank employee

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A former Alaska bank employee who stole $4.3 million in cash and fled to Mexico is set to be sentenced. Gerardo Cazarez Valenzuela, 33, pleaded guilty to theft of bank funds after he was extradited to the U.S. last year,...

 

Easter Sunday fun

Bushes and water didn't stop Gunner Washke from hunting down Easter eggs on Sunday....

 

Tick, tick, tick: Alaska braces for invading parasites

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Health and wildlife officials are taking steps to prepare for potentially dangerous parasites that could gain a foothold because of Alaska’s warming climate. Non-native ticks represent a threat to wildlife and people...

 

Thank You

Our little community of Petersburg is so amazing! Dan and I were born and raised here, on this island, as were our parents, as were our children, and most of our grandchildren. We have always known this town was special. In these last 4 ½ months I f... Full story

 

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