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 By Brian Varela    News    May 9, 2019

Public expresses frustration at privatizing the PPL

Assembly member Taylor Norheim requested a discussion item on Monday's borough assembly agenda that looked at privatizing the Petersburg Public Library. The wording of the discussion item was amended...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    May 9, 2019

Fireworks to remain illegal in service area one

The borough assembly amended and passed an ordinance in its first reading that would allow police officers to issue fines to individuals lighting off fireworks in service area one. If ordinance...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    May 9, 2019

Assembly awards baler replacement bid for $535,327

The bid for a new baler was awarded to Recycle Systems by the borough assembly at an assembly meeting on Monday for an amount not to exceed $535,327. The bid came in under the $600,000 that was...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    May 9, 2019

Petersburg medical center board holds off on financial resolution

The Petersburg Medical Center board of directors attempted to pass a resolution at their board meeting last month granting authority to specific board members to work with one of the hospital's...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    May 9, 2019

PMC up in net operating revenue, down in days cash-on-hand

Petersburg Medical Center Controller Rocio Tejera delivered her first financial report to the board of directors on April 25 explaining the hospital's financial standing during the month of March and...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    May 9, 2019

PMC nursing program students graduate

Four students in a nursing program through University of Alaska Anchorage graduated with an associate's degree in applied science in nursing and received their nursing pins in a pinning ceremony on...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    May 9, 2019

Advisory Board in favor of hiring EMT coordinator

The Public Safety Advisory Board supported filling the vacant EMS coordinator position and replacing two fire engines at their meeting last Friday. While the EMS coordinator position does exist, it...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    May 9, 2019

Wrangell school district tightens belt and adopts "no fat" budget

WRANGELL — Lean times are ahead for the Wrangell School District, according to the budget that was adopted on April 30. Funding for the district has been a topic of much concern ever since Governor...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    May 9, 2019

Wrangell assembly adopts agreement for Nome generators

WRANGELL - The Wrangell Borough Assembly held an emergency meeting last Thursday night to adopt a "surplus property agreement" with the Nome Joint Utility System. The surplus property in question is a...

 
 News    May 9, 2019

Alaska court system works toward electronic filing

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska court system is working to switch to electronic filing, with goals of reducing workloads for clerks, eliminating delays and improving access to records. The change has been years in the making, with one targeted... Full story

 

Yesterday's News

May 9, 1919 Work has been started on the building of a new auto road along Main Street from the fire hall to the Packing Corporation Dock. The new street will be 18 feet in width and the old roadway will be cut down to nine feet, which will be left...

 

Erickson earns engineering honor

Skipper Erickson was named the winner of the 2019 Andrew Wilson Knecht III Memorial Award from the Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics Dept. of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The...

 

Fishing vessel dockside exams by Coast Guard

Several Coast Guard personnel will be in Petersburg from May 14-17 to conduct dockside safety exams on commercial fishing vessels. Sign up at the harbormaster’s office. Exams are free, take about an hour and help ensure vessels are being operated...

 

To the Editor

MDT recital thank you To the Editor: Thank you to the wonderful teachers, generous donors, gracious parents, dedicated volunteers, supportive businesses and community members, and most of all, the talented dancers, for participating in an...

 

Police report

May 1 — A pit bull was running loose near the 100 block of N. Nordic Dr., but authorities were unable to locate it. Authorities instructed an unwanted individual at a residence at a location on N. 3rd St. to leave. The individual complied. A...

 

Court report

April 4 — Andrew Whitethorn entered a not guilty plea to charges of DUI, assault 4 and two counts of criminal mischief. The court released the defendant on a $500 cash performance bond with conditions. April 10 — Juan Carlos Gallardo entered a...

 
 By Brian Varela    Sports    May 9, 2019

Vikings baseball suffer triple loss against Sitka

The Petersburg High School varsity baseball team played against the Sitka Wolves last week during the third week of the season, but the Vikings lost all three games. The Vikings arrived in Sitka on...

 
 By Brian Varela    Sports    May 9, 2019

Track and field remain strong as Regionals approach

Eleven Petersburg High School athletes gave up the opportunity to attend prom over the weekend to compete in the third track and field meet of the season in Juneau, leaving one more meet before the...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 9, 2019

Alaska Fish Factor

Bulldozers, blasters, excavators, vibrators, jaw crushers, drillers, graders, crushers, huge trucks and other heavy equipment are tools of the trade when building and operating large mines - and they all kick up a lot of dust. In the case of the...

 
 By Patrick Fowler    Dockside    May 9, 2019

Petersburg Fishing Report

Steelhead The spring steelhead fishing season is in full swing. Anglers report strong catch rates after recent high water events have subsided. Annual surveys of index streams are ongoing but indicate...

 

Obituary: Bernard M. Engebretson, 71

Former Petersburg resident Bernard (Bernie) Engebretson, 71, passed away April 28, in Brinnon, Washington after a long battle with Parkinson’s. His wife (Caroline) and his daughter (Teri) were by his side. He was born in Shell Lake, Wisconsin on Se... Full story

 

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