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 By Brian Varela    News    May 7, 2020

Balanced fiscal year 2021 budget passes

The borough assembly passed an ordinance adopting the borough's fiscal year 2021 operating budget in its first reading on Monday. Expenditures for the general fund in the proposed budget total...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    May 7, 2020

Borough face mask mandate expires

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...

 
 By Savann Guthrie    News    May 7, 2020

Hannah Balcom: A Mother's Day story

In 1914 President Woodrow Wilson declared May 10 Mother's Day as a national holiday. Hannah Balcom never planned to marry, let alone have children and celebrate Mother's Day as a Mom. This May 20...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    May 7, 2020

Assembly passes first reading of mail-in election ordinance

In the event that the Petersburg Borough can't hold an in-person municipal election this fall due to state health mandate limitations, the borough assembly passed an ordinance in its first reading on...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    May 7, 2020

Borough in talks with canneries over incoming workers

Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht told the borough assembly on Monday that the borough has been working with Icicle Seafoods and Trident Seafoods on their plans for bringing cannery workers into town...

 
 By Savann Guthrie    News    May 7, 2020

The Market's "Victory Garden"

One of the things Petersburg residents look forward to with the change of the season and the weather is The Market, which in the past has been held in the John Hanson Sr. Hall and included homemade...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    May 7, 2020

Borough to speak with top state medical staff

Borough officials will be having a work session with state medical professionals next Wednesday to talk about the state's current and future approach to the COVID-19 pandemic. Borough Incident...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    May 7, 2020

Replacement date for SEAPA line unknown

Southeast Alaska Power Agency is still in the process of trying to replace a damaged submarine cable that provides Petersburg with power, as complications increase due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bob...

 
 News    May 7, 2020

Organizers cancel SE State Fair, citing virus

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Organizers of the Southeast Alaska State Fair said Friday that the summer event in Haines has been canceled this year due to COVID-19. In a statement, fair officials said it was a difficult decision but the right one to make....

 
 News    May 7, 2020

Alaska conservationists urge action on transboundary mining

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Federal lawmakers have been urged by tribes and local conservation groups to address transboundary mining, which some consider a threat to southeast Alaska. Transboundary mining is when run-off from a mine in one country...

 
 News    May 7, 2020

Alaska's largest newspaper wins Pulitzer Prize

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Alaska's largest newspaper won a Pulitzer Prize in public service Monday for its work examining law enforcement in rural communities, a feat coming less than three years after...

 
 News    May 7, 2020

Pandemic erases most of Alaska cruises, passenger bookings

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Nearly 70% of this summer’s Alaska cruise ship voyages have been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, with hundreds of thousands of expected passengers staying away from the staple of the state’s tourism industry....

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 7, 2020

COVID-19 cuts values of Alaska salmon permits

The value of Alaska salmon permits is another casualty of the coronavirus with prices dropping for all fisheries across the state. There are a lot of permits for sale - and the most offers ever to lease permits, especially at Bristol Bay. The virus h...

 

Police report

April 29 — Authorities responded to a wildlife complaint on Hungry Point Trail near Sandy Beach Rd. A welfare check was conducted at a location on Haugen Dr. Authorities responded to a report of suspicious activity. Tanelle Olson was arrested on...

 

Yesterday's News

May 7, 1920 Fish handling facilities are to be installed on the Trading Union dock by that concern at once, according to the announcement of manager Carl E. Swanson to the Report editor. A housing engine and ice crusher will be installed and the cool...

 

An angry customer

Early Tuesday morning, Officer Andrew Ayriss was confronted by a beaver in the middle of the road on S. Nordic Dr. near the Community Cold Storage. Not wanting the beaver to get injured on the road,...

 

Spring really is here

A skunk cabbage was seen in full bloom in the muskeg near the Nature Boardwalk Trail....

 

Girls on the Run

Friday & Saturday May 2nd & 3rd...

 

Off course

A salty-backed gull takes a rest in town Friday morning. The gulls are usually found farther north in the interior around Nome....

 

Mile-high lunch

On Sunday, a porcupine climbed to the top of a tree near Cabin Creek reservoir to nibble on tree bark....

 

Stork Report

Raiden Luis Hendrikus Wagemaker was born to Brandon and Maria Wagemaker on April 1, 2020. He weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces and was 20 inches long....

 

Sky art

Sandhill cranes fly over Bear Claw Mountain on April 30....

 

Leters to the Editor

Ferry situation a disgrace To the Editor: The article on the AMHS receiving $10M in U.S. Virus recovery funds is a cover-up. You cannot blame the problems of the ferry system on the virus. The blame...

 

Editorial: Cover your kisser

Before residents cheer the expiration of Petersburg's face masking mandate, they need to remember that the reopening of many local businesses rely on the use of face masks by both employees and...

 

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