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 By Brian Varela    News    April 30, 2020

Testing numbers increase as third local case reported

Another case of COVID-19 was reported in Petersburg on Monday, bringing the local number of COVID-19 cases to three, though two of the individuals have since recovered, according to a joint-statement...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    April 30, 2020

UASE professor talks crabs, global warming

Sherry Tamone, a professor of biology at University of Alaska Southeast, held a virtual lecture this month as part of the Petersburg Science Series on her research in crab species in Southeast and the...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    April 30, 2020

Museum highlights repurposed fabrics in virtual art show

Nine sewers and artists have given new life to old pieces of clothing and curtains by repurposing them into entirely new functional items, as part of Clausen Memorial Museum's virtual art show, Upcycl...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    April 30, 2020

Face masking mandate ends

The borough assembly on Monday failed to make a motion to extend public health mandate #4, the local face covering mandate, past its May 5 expiration date. The face covering mandate first went into... Full story

 
 By Brian Varela    News    April 30, 2020

Assembly passes sheltering directive in a split vote

The borough assembly approved a public health emergency directive at a special meeting on Tuesday that implements a temporary quarantine and isolation program for first responders, healthcare works an...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    April 30, 2020

PSD in good financial standing despite COVID-19

The Petersburg School Board approved the fiscal year 2020 spring budget revision at their board meeting earlier this month, resulting in a $154,037 increase in revenue over the winter revision....

 
 By Brian Varela    News    April 30, 2020

PMC receives $5.8 million in COVID-19 assistance

Petersburg Medical Center has received $5,769,680 in loans and grants to help cover financial expenses and losses being experienced by the facility due to the COVID-19 outbreak, according to PMC...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 30, 2020

Wrangell author releases new book, "Silty Water People"

WRANGELL - Local writer Vivian Faith Prescott recently announced the publication of her newest book, Silty Water People. The book is a collection of some of her oldest poems, she said, and is a look...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    April 30, 2020

Uncertainties across industries as Wrangell economy works through pandemic

WRANGELL - With Health Mandate 16, part of Governor Mike Dunleavy's plan to reopen Alaska's economy safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, communities across the state are considering what the near...

 

Alaska to allow limited opening of retail, other businesses

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration announced plans to begin allowing this week the limited reopening of restaurants, retail stores and other businesses that were shut down amid...

 

Groups request federal protection for AK wolf population

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Conservationists have asked the federal government to provide better protection for a wolf population in Southeast Alaska. A letter sent to the supervisor of Tongass National Forest says a record number of 165 wolves killed...

 

Series of failures contributed to Alaska oily water spill

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A succession of mechanical failures led to a persistent spill of oily water in Port Valdez that lasted nearly two weeks, officials said. By the end of last week, crews had recovered 14 barrels of oil from a contained area...

 

Mat-Su school board bans five books from high school curriculum

PALMER, Alaska (AP) — A school board north of Anchorage, Alaska has banned the teaching of five books considered literary classics used for high school English elective courses without public comment, sparking criticism from some educators. The...

 

AK gallery owner charged with trafficking walrus ivory

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The owner of a downtown Anchorage gallery was accused of illegally purchasing and selling walrus tusk ivory and tax evasion stemming from 2017, federal prosecutors said. Walter Earl, 75, faces up to five years in prison and...

 

Alaska ferries will receive $10M in US virus recovery funding

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska ferry system is expected to receive an initial injection of $10 million in federal coronavirus recovery funding, officials said. The allocation for the Alaska Marine...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    April 30, 2020

Alaska's COVID prevention guidelines; Fish Board brouhaha; Trolling lawsuit

Strict new rules are now in place for Alaska fishermen and their vessels to protect against and prevent the spread of COVID-19 during the 2020 salmon season. Effective April 24, Governor Dunleavy provided 11 pages of mandates that specifically...

 

A fond farewell

The family of Pete Erickson Jr. wave to him as he travels northbound onboard his tugboat near Hungry Point. Erickson's father, Delbert (Pete) Erickson, passed away on March 16 due to COVID-19 in Washi...

 

Appreciation at a distance

A banner hangs on the Stolpe residence at Hungry Point showing the family's appreciation to essential workers in town....

 

Police report

April 22 — A theft is reported to have occurred at Scow Bay between November 2019 and April 2020. The case was closed pending further leads. A theft was reported at a location on S. Nordic Dr. April 23 — A protective order was served at a...

 

Court report

April 28 — John Thomas Dupree entered a not guilty plea to the charge of commercial fishing with having more sable fish than allowed by quota. The court continued the arraignment to June. Jimmy Dee Legget II entered a no contest plea to the charge...

 

A little peck

Two crows steal a kiss in the Wrangell Narrows Friday morning....

 

A delicious breakfast

A deer enjoys a breakfast of grass on Sunday morning....

 

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