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 By Brian Varela    News    May 14, 2020

Film tackles unrecyclable plastics in waste stream

About 10 residents watched a special screening of a documentary titled, "The Story of Plastic" last week and participated in a discussion on the film and its take on the proliferation of plastics in...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    May 14, 2020

Alaska loosens intrastate travel limitations

On Monday, Gov. Mike Dunleavy released state health mandate #18, which eases previous restrictions on intrastate travel. The newest health mandate supersedes state health mandate #12, which had...

 

Yesterday's News

May 14, 1920 A forty one and a half pound king salmon was caught in the Narrows in front of Petersburg on Wednesday. The salmon sold for eighteen and a half cents per pound and is said to be the largest ever caught in the Wrangell Narrows. May 18,...

 

Guest Commentary

We are sport, subsistence and commercial fishers in Bristol Bay, and we want to ensure the fisheries we rely on are healthy for generations to come. We write in protest of Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s recent nomination of a Pebble Limited Partnership...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    May 14, 2020

Local magistrate judge to pursue PhD

Petersburg Magistrate Judge Debra O'Gara is retiring from her position with the state court system to pursue a PhD in indigenous studies at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Her last day on the job...

 

Police report

May 6 — A suspicious vehicle was found at the one mile mark of Mitkof Highway. A dangerous driver was reported on Mitkof Highway. Suspicious activity was reported at locations on S. Nordic Dr. and N. 3rd St. A disturbance was reported at a...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    May 14, 2020

Borough staff pay below average market range

The borough assembly met with Matt Weatherly of Public Sector Personnel Consultants on Tuesday afternoon to review the preliminary findings of a recent compensation survey of borough staff for the...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    May 14, 2020

SB passes 2021 fiscal year budget

The Petersburg School Board approved the 2021 fiscal year operating budget at their meeting on Tuesday, which has a revenues budget that is $105,060 above expenditures to account for unknowns in the...

 
 By Ron Loesch    News    May 14, 2020

3-Story house moved from Farragut Bay

A modern, custom built home designed and built by Andy Grauel, located along the Farragut River inside of Farragut Bay, was given away for free last year and recently was barged to Petersburg by...

 

Alaska school board postpones decision on banned books

PALMER, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska school board postponed a vote over rescinding a ban on selected English course books after taking public testimony on the issue that attracted national attention when a Grammy-winning rock group pledged to purchase...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    May 14, 2020

Wrangell Port Commission approves request to relocate submarine cable

WRANGELL — It was a relatively light meeting of the Wrangell Port Commission last Thursday evening, May 7. There was only one agenda item for the commission to consider, a request by GCI to relocate the landing for a submarine cable. The...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 14, 2020

Alaska Fish Factor: Alaska halibut gets battered by foreign imports; Salmon starts; Get mugged 

Sales of Alaska’s most popular seafoods are being hit hard by markets upended by the coronavirus, but perhaps none is getting battered worse than halibut. Along with the big losses in the lucrative restaurant trade, Pacific halibut also is facing...

 

Artifact Archive: Fish Hooks

Tlingit halibut hooks are fashioned from two types of wood to form a "V" shape. Cedar, one of the woods used, has an odor the fish are supposedly attracted to. A carved wooden float attached with...

 

AK legislative panel agrees to plans for coronavirus aid

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A legislative committee set aside lingering legal questions and agreed to Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s plans for $1 billion in federal coronavirus relief aid. Many Legislative Budget and Audit Committee members Monday said getting...

 

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