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 By Brian Varela    News    May 16, 2019

Sean Spigelmyre saves father from drowning

Don Spigelmyre was overcome with panic as the ocean's current pulled him out and water filled his mouth. He managed to yell for help, and his son sprang into action. Sean Spigelmyre swam out to his...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    May 16, 2019

Borough assembly approves FY 2020 proposed budget in first reading

The Petersburg Borough Assembly passed an ordinance adopting the borough's fiscal year 2020 operating budget after making several amendments to it at an assembly meeting last week. The proposed...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    May 16, 2019

Petersburg Medical Center hosts its third Community Cafe

The Petersburg Medical Center held its third Community Cafe on Thursday in the assembly chambers to discuss changes in funding for healthcare at the state level. Each Community Cafe typically follows...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    May 16, 2019

Online sales tax passes in third reading

The borough assembly passed an online sales tax ordinance that adds language to the current tax code in its third reading at an assembly meeting last week. The borough's current tax code does not...

 

Salmon Beyond Borders update

Salmon Beyond Borders Campaign Coordinator Breanna Walker will be in Petersburg during the Little Norway Festival to show the film "Chasing Wild: Journey Into the Sacred Headwaters" and to provide a...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    May 16, 2019

PHS eSports team brxings home State title

The Petersburg High School eSsports team competed in the state competition on Thursday and came in first place. Seven schools throughout the state have been competing against each other in League of...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    May 16, 2019

Twisted Ginger show displays Mayfest themed jewelry

Erin Kandoll, of Twisted Ginger Designs, unveiled her Mayfest and Game of Thrones inspired collection of handmade earrings and necklaces last night at FireLight Gallery & Framing. The collection...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    May 16, 2019

Brazilian exchange student at half way point of year

Bruno Henrique Caetano is about half way through his yearlong student exchange program in Petersburg, and he said that he has made plenty of new friends and new memories. Caetano, 16, first arrived in...

 

Alaska seafood industry making plans for China tariff impact

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — Alaska’s seafood industry is exploring strategies to reduce damage from the Trump administration’s trade dispute with China, officials said. The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute plans to explore how Alaska can enter...

 

State studies Juneau air for possible effects from ships

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - State officials are documenting air quality in Juneau to determine if harmful pollutants are showing up from cruise ships or other sources. The Juneau Empire reports the state...

 

Alaska lawmakers face looming deadline, big decisions

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — It’s crunch time for Alaska lawmakers, who face a looming deadline to complete their session and decide some of its thorniest issues. Wednesday will mark the 121st day of the regular session, the constitutional limit though...

 

UA officials announces reorganization of HR department

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska has issued lay-off notices to 48 employees as part of an overhaul of its human resources department. UA President Jim Johnsen announced the changes, which will include downsizing, on Monday. He...

 

Sightseeing planes collide, dive team searches for missing passengers

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Dive teams plunged into the icy cold waters of a southeast Alaska inlet Tuesday, searching an area the size of 24 football fields for two cruise ship passengers missing after two sightseeing planes collided. The Coast...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    May 16, 2019

Wrangell school board creates new leadership position

WRANGELL - With the recent resignation of Principal Virginia Tulley, Evergreen Elementary School has found itself in need of new leadership. However, the school district itself is also facing tight...

 

Yesterday's News

May 16, 1919 The workrooms of the Petersburg Branch American Red Cross will be open on regular days from now on and all ladies are requested to give a few minutes of time for completing the work on hand. The stock of yarn will be worked up into garme...

 

To the Editor

Ban on fireworks unenforceable To the Editor: I support allowing fireworks inside of Service Area 1. I believe that they are part of American tradition and should be allowed to be set off on/near the...

 

Police report

May 8— Ryan Dawson, 31, was arrested for violation of conditions of release. A drug take back bin was emptied and counted by authorities. A disturbance was reported on S. 3rd St. Sandi Medina, 33, was arrested for two counts of violation of...

 

School News

Aaron T. Murph graduated with Honors from the University of Alaska, Anchorage with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering....

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 16, 2019

Alaska Fish Factor

Bering Sea crabbers saw upticks in crab recruits during a good fishery for the 2018/2019 season, along with strong prices. The crab season opens in mid-October for red king crab, Tanners and snow crab (opilio), and while fishing goes fast for red...

 

Ray Pedersen Memorial golf tournament

Ken Madsen looks for his golf ball, after knocking it into a ditch, at last weekend's Ray Pedersen Memorial Ryder Cup. The tournament, memorializing Ray Pedersen, brings together the towns of... Full story

 

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