Articles from the February 17, 2022 edition


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  • COVID-19 outbreak hits Mountain View Manor

    Chris Basinger|Feb 17, 2022

    A COVID-19 outbreak at the Mountain View Manor Assisted Living Facility has resulted in at least 12 positive cases as of Wednesday afternoon according to Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht. Of the 12 cases, four are unvaccinated and eight are vaccinated according to Mountain View Manor administrator Shelyn Bell. There has also been one fatality where COVID-19 may have been a contributing factor. The large outbreak, which has affected both residents and staff, has prompted testing and other...

  • Ferry system may reconsider charging more when ships are fuller

    Larry Persilly, Wrangell Sentinel writer|Feb 17, 2022

    State ferry management said they are working to be more responsive to community and passenger concerns, including reconsidering the use of "dynamic pricing," where fares increase as ships fill up on popular sailings. No one likes dynamic pricing, Katherine Keith, the Transportation Department's change management director, told legislators last week. The pricing structure is similar to airlines, hotels and rental cars, where bookings on popular routes and travel days can cost significantly more,...

  • Yesterday's News

    Feb 17, 2022

    February 17, 1922 At Thomas Bay on the mainland north of Frederick Sound two and one-half miles of foot trail were built on Cascade Creek. This trail will aid in securing data for the development of water power on the Cascade Creek project. One mile of trail was built at the village of Cape Fanshaw. February 14, 1947 Parties Cut Forage for Deer. To cut forage for deer which have suffered from the protracted spell of cold and snow, two parties of sportsmen made trips down the Narrows Wednesday. On the “Pearl F” skippered by the owner, Ado...

  • Vikings win in front of home crowd

    Chris Basinger|Feb 17, 2022

    The Petersburg High School boys basketball team, supported by a full house of home fans, faced the Metlakatla Chiefs twice last weekend, losing on Friday and winning on Saturday. It was a tough two games for the Vikings as they battled their conference opponent, but Head Coach Rick Brock said the games gave the team a lot to learn from. "We've kind of figured out how we want to play. Now we need to do that every possession in practice and in the games, and it's a work in progress," Brock said. T...

  • First baby of 2022

    Feb 17, 2022

    Beckett Buchan Thain is Petersburg's First baby of 2022. He was born on February 2nd, 2022 at 9:30 pm at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria, Oregon to Petersburg residents Lauren and Tyler Thain, joining big sister Libby Jo. He weighed 8 lbs 8 oz. and was 20.5 inches long....

  • 2022 Tanner crab season opens on February 11

    Chris Basinger|Feb 17, 2022

    The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced the start of the 2022 Southeast Alaska commercial Tanner crab fishery which opened on February 11 at noon after registration for the season closed. According to the announcement, core areas will be open until February 18 at noon for a total of seven fishing days, non-core areas will be open until February 23 at noon for a total of 12 fishing days, and exploratory area will be open until March 9 at noon for a total of 26 fishing days. All three are...

  • Lack of crew could keep Columbia tied to the dock

    Larry Persily, Wrangell Sentinel writer|Feb 17, 2022

    Unless the Alaska Marine Highway System can recruit enough workers by March 1 to restaff the unused Columbia, officials said the largest vessel in the fleet would remain tied to the dock for a third summer in a row. "Management is doing everything we can" to recruit and staff up, Katherine Keith, the ferry system's newly hired change management director, told legislators last week. As of the first week of January, the state ferry system was short more than 350 workers - about half of the...

  • Guest Editorial

    Larry Persily, The Wrangell Sentinel|Feb 17, 2022

    If at first you don’t succeed, it’s not always better that you try, try again. But try, try again is what we do well in Alaska. Well, not so successfully, but we are consistent in trying the patience of common sense and fiscal restraint. For Alaskans, that could apply to the long-proposed, longingly dreamy North Slope natural gas pipeline project — a $39 billion quest in search of customers, partners, investors and lenders. Other than that, it has all the free political support it needs. The state has poured about $1.5 billion into vario...

  • To the Editor

    Feb 17, 2022

    Come fly your flags with me Americans To the Editor: I’ve recently found myself in many interesting conversations with my six year old about patriotism and what that means. Last week as we watched the big trucks and American flags stream past our house, I was reminded that no matter which side of the Covid aisle you stand on, so to speak, we are all united in one way: patriotism. My son and I started discussing the idea, “what does patriotism mean to me?” We explored many ideals and shared meaningful conversation on the topic, and I invit...

  • Court report

    Feb 17, 2022

    January 24: Superior Court Judge William Carey presided over the Petersburg District Court case of the State of Alaska v. Amber Elaine Manly. A guilty plea was entered by the defendant to two counts of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance with a sentence for the first count of 90 days jail with 90 days suspended and a suspended fine of $1,000, and, for the second count, 180 days jail with all but time served suspended and a suspended fine of $1,000. The defendant also entered a guilty plea to two counts of Violating Conditions of...

  • Police report

    Feb 17, 2022

    February 9 – A disabled vehicle was reported on Birch Street and later moved by its owner. Police assisted with a report of illegally parked vehicles on Harbor Way. An officer responded to a complaint of barking dogs on South Nordic. February 10 – Icy road conditions were reported on Mitkof Highway. DOT was notified and responded. An officer responded to a parking complaint on Haugen Drive. An officer conducted a civil standby on Dolphin Street. Officers conducted extra patrol watches at an undisclosed location. February 11 – An officer conduct...

  • Grant funded program helps keep elders CAPABLE of aging in place

    Jess Field|Feb 17, 2022

    A local doctor initially spoke to Paul Bowen about a new program aimed at allowing older community members to maintain their independence and continue living at home. Bowen was hesitant at first, but once the topic came to the attention of his daughters, who were already aware of CAPABLE, they immediately began encouraging their father to give it a try. He did and now he has no plans of leaving his home. "I'm glad I had a chance to do it and I'm glad I stayed with it," Bowen says. "It's been a... Full story

  • "Transported" show to feature local photographers

    Chris Basinger|Feb 17, 2022

    The Clausen Museum is set to open a community photography show on Saturday called "Transported" with pictures centering on traveling both near and far. The show will be the museum first focused solely on photography in a long time according to Museum Director Cindi Lagoudakis who said the show's theme centers on travel during a time where that has been lessened due to the pandemic but is up for interpretation for every photographer. "The theme 'Transported' came to me as something that could be...

  • Grandma Cookie celebrates 100 days

    Feb 17, 2022

  • Petersburg Indigenous Awareness Committee Presents Séet Ká Festival 2022

    Feb 17, 2022

  • MMS robotics competes in state tournament

    Chris Basinger|Feb 17, 2022

    The Mitkof Middle School robotics team traveled to Anchorage to compete in the state tournament on February 5, and though they did not place, the experience gave the team some insight into what state level competition looks like. The team got the opportunity to compete in the state competition after placing first in the innovative project category for their presentation on a cargo transport system at the local Alaska Marine Lines facility during the regional tournament in December. Those who...

  • Lady Vikings drop two at home to the Miss Chiefs

    Chris Basinger|Feb 17, 2022

    The Lady Vikings took on conference opponents Metlakatla in front of a packed house in their first home games of the season last weekend. Though Petersburg lost both games, Head Coach Dino Brock said there were some positives including improved blocking and rebounding which his team was able to take away from the matchups. "It was just kind of a game of swings both nights, but I thought that we battled," Brock said. "I really liked our effort and we talked a lot about trying to play the right...

  • Parks and Recreation passes given to board members and child care staff

    Chris Basinger|Feb 17, 2022

    Parks and Recreation has distributed community center membership passes to borough board members and to the staff of nonprofit child care providers as a way to thank them for their service to the community. The idea to give passes to board members was suggested to Parks and Recreation Director Stephanie Payne who said it could serve as a way for the borough to show its appreciation for the service people provide by serving on those boards. She discussed it with Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht w...

  • School board approves 2022-2023 calendar

    Chris Basinger|Feb 17, 2022

    The Petersburg School Board unanimously approved the calendar for the 2022-2023 school year during its meeting on February 8. The 2022-2023 calendar greatly resembles this year’s calendar and can be viewed on the Petersburg School District website. “We took the feedback that we have received throughout the year related to in-service dates and conferences and vacations and all those things and it is very similar overall,” Superintendent Erica Kludt-Painter said. The first day of the next school year will be on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 and the l...

  • Alaska Fish Factor: Report looks at Alaska's potential to grow in seaweed business

    Laine Welch|Feb 17, 2022

    The U.S. grows less than one-100th of 1% of the world’s $6 billion seaweed market, but Alaska has the goods to grow into a major contributor. A new report assesses the pros and cons of six communities as locations for seaweed processing facilities to assist companies interested in operating in Alaska. It was compiled by McKinley Research Group for the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, which has played a central role in keeping Alaska seaweed in the resource development spotlight. The six study communities were evaluated based on three c...

  • Emergency Trauma Technician course

    Feb 17, 2022

  • Obituary: Gertrude Irene Reeser, 93

    Feb 17, 2022

    Former Petersburg resident Gertrude Irene Reeser passed away peacefully at home in Yuma, Arizona on September 30, 2021. She was born August 7, 1928 to George and Evangeline Emmert in Molalla, Oregon. Gertrude grew up mostly in Sweet Home, Oregon, attending school there and in Heston, Kansas. She married Maynard Reeser of Albany, Oregon in 1946. In 1953 she boarded the steamship Baranof in Seattle with their two young daughters, sailing north to join Maynard in Petersburg. Gertrude bought the old... Full story

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