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 By Kyle Clayton    News    May 15, 2014

Little Norway Festival celebrates signing of the Norwegian Constitution

This year's Little Norway Festival will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Norwegian Constitution on May 17, 1814. Mayfest began in Petersburg more than 50 years ago and Janet... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    May 15, 2014

Assembly to discuss South Mitkof timber sales

The Petersburg Borough Assembly will discuss the impacts of the University of Alaska timber sale on South Mitkof Island after two members of the community shared their concerns last week. Dave Beebe represented the City of Kupreanof and spoke before... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    May 15, 2014

Ragnarok Rollers host first official bout during Little Norway Festival

The Petersburg roller derby team has been practicing and gearing up all winter and spring for such an event but what should derby spectators expect? “They should expect to see a bunch of women in really tight pants skating around in circles... Full story


Yesterday's News

May 16, 1914 – Considerable interest has been aroused in medical circles in Germany by a man who can swallow small animals and return them alive. The doctors supposed that performances of this characters, which are frequently given at county...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    May 15, 2014

As recreation dollars dwindle, Forest Service seeks public input to prioritize use

In the face of declining funding for the Tongass National Forest, Petersburg Ranger District managers are looking to the public for help to figure out which type of recreation programs and facilities will stay and which will go. “We’ve come up...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    May 15, 2014

The history of the Norwegian Constitution, Sue Paulsen style

It’s common knowledge the Vikings reined supreme 1,000 years ago as they built long ships to pillage Europe and discover North America. What may not be well known is the Viking had a parliament style of government. Local and Norwegian cultural...


Editorial: New harbor a long time coming

Shortly after Glo Wollen was named harbormaster, she stood before the city council and advised them that the North Boat Harbor was one storm away from breaking loose and floating into Wrangell Narrows. That body took her seriously. Today, the...


To the Editor

Vision for the Petersburg Borough To the Editor: I see a diverse population living in relative harmony, made up of people who respect the opinions and beliefs of others even if they disagree with a viewpoint or don’t share the belief. A community...



May 8 Lucas Killian was absent for an arraignment hearing before Magistrate Judge Burrell. The defendant moved out of state and was unable to be served. The court set a $250 warrant. Gordon Lyons appeared before Magistrate Judge Burrell for a...


Police reports

May 7 An officer received a complaint concerning an individual blocking a right of way. A caller reported an individual who placed a recycling bag on their property. May 9 A caller reported a woman yelling and screaming, waking people up. A caller...

 By Kyle Clayton    Sports    May 15, 2014

High school track heads to regionals in Juneau

Petersburg High School track team athletes performed well in a meet last weekend and several are on the right track to qualify for state. Petersburg athletes competed against Ketchikan and Thorn Bay...

 By Kyle Clayton    Sports    May 15, 2014

Vikings baseball wins first varsity game

The Petersburg Vikings baseball team won its first varsity game since the team’s creation eight years ago. The Vikings have played at the junior varsity level until last year. Head Coach Jim Engell said Saturday’s victory over Ketchikan was...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    May 15, 2014

Final assessed property values down after appeals

The Petersburg Borough’s total taxable assessed value decreased from estimates early this year forcing the borough to cut back on its contingency expense account by more than $40,000. Property tax revenues decreased by $42,122 from what was...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    May 15, 2014

Property owners appeal zoning violation after assembly denies rezone

The Planning Commission scheduled a public hearing to review an appeal made by Aaron Miller and Katrina Miller against a zoning violation issued by Community Development Director Leo Luczak. The violation comes after the Petersburg Borough Assembly v...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 15, 2014

Fish Factor: Report shows commercial fisheries far more valuable to state than sport fishing

The debate over which sector – commercial or recreational fishing – provides the bigger economic punch can finally be put to rest. The annual ‘Fisheries Economics of the US’ report by the Dept. of Commerce shows once and for all that in...


Fire warning canceled for Tongass National Forest

JUNEAU (AP) — The threat of fires in the nation's largest national forest has subsided. CoastAlaska reports Tongass National Forest Fire Information Officer Seth Ross says a fire warning has been rescinded. Continued dry, warm weather last week...

 By Brian O Connor    News    May 15, 2014

Wrangell assembly votes to move ahead with TBPA negotiations

WRANGELL — The borough assembly voted 5-0 in favor of a motion authorizing negotiations over the Tyee Lake power facility. The vote was taken on May 7 in open session after a roughly two-hour closed-door executive session with borough attorney Bob...


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