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New events slated for Little Norway Festival

Many new events and activities, along with old favorites, will be featured during this year's 60th celebration of Petersburg's Little Norway Festival. At 4 p.m. Thursday at the public library, the...

 

LABOR TENSION: PMEA negotiations continue with Petersburg Borough

Employees of the Petersburg Municipal Employee’s Association complained of “bullying,” and a, “big lack of professionalism,” taking place at the negotiating table, according to comments made at Monday’s special assembly meeting on...

 

IBEW negotiations continue

An April tentative agreement for a three year contract between the Borough and the IBEW was rejected following a vote of the 10 employees, according to manager Steve Giesbrecht. IBEW represents the employees of Petersburg Municipal Power and Light...

 
 By Kelly Bakos    News    May 17, 2018

Petersburg Marine Mammal Center Celebrates 20 Years

The Petersburg Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) celebrated its 20th anniversary during a special event last Wednesday at the Petersburg Borough Chambers. Board members hosted an open house to share...

 

Correction:

The tax assessment certification story in last week’s paper indicated the mill rate as if it had been approved by the assembly. The mill rate is based on the budgeted property tax levy in the Proposed FY2019 Budget.  The Assembly hasn’t...

 

To the Editor

Seek truth To the Editor: In 2014 a nationwide study was published by 2 social scientists. They determined Alaska to be the most corrupt state in the union on the basis of convictions of public officials per capita. The corruption was all about...

 

Assembly to study, prioritize public's money-saving ideas

The borough assembly discussed how and when they would refine and implement public comments about how the Borough could reduce expenses and increase revenues to address budget issues facing the community. The discussions took place at a special...

 
 By Sunny Rice    News    May 17, 2018

NWS forecaster meets with boat captains

Charter boat captains and local agency personnel met Thursday with David Levin, a National Weather Service forecaster from the Juneau office, to share information about which NWS products they use and how they use them. Participants provided...

 

Police Report

May 9 — Sunglasses found on Scow Bay Loop Rd. were turned into police. A verbal disturbance was reported on S. Nordic Dr. Suspicious activity was reported. Police found a manager painting a room. Officers contacted an individual sleeping in a...

 

Trooper report

May 9 — Prince of Wales State Troopers responded to a single motor vehicle collision near MP 24 Boundry Road. Investigation revealed that Raymond Castor, 74, of Sammamish, Washington was driving his 2003 Chevrolet Silverado, and pulling a 2011 Hewe...

 
 By Savann Guthrie    News    May 17, 2018

T&H President: All Alaska Natives should be in the same canoe

Richard Peterson, Central Council Tlingit and Haida President gave an analogy Monday night that all Alaska Natives should be in the same canoe, and if they aren't, they are working against one another...

 
 By Dan Rudy    Sports    May 17, 2018

Track girls take top place at Ketchikan invite, boys second

Petersburg’s track and field team had a productive weekend, competing at Ketchikan’s May Invite against the hosting high school and Thorne Bay. The Lady Vikings had the run of the board at Esther Shea Field, with its athletes taking first in...

 

Rasmuson announces individual artist award winners

Anchorage, AK – Rasmuson Foundation has named 35 artists in 12 Alaska communities as Individual Artist Award recipients for 2018. This is Rasmuson Foundation’s 15th year of supporting working artists with direct grants. Ten individuals will...

 

Randrup named to Harbor Advisory Board

By a 4-3 vote the Borough Assembly upheld Mayor Jensen’s appointment of Joel Randrup to the Ports and Harbor Advisory Board. He will serve until the October 2018 borough election. Randrup is a commercial fisherman. Two former harbor employees and...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 17, 2018

SEARHC meetings to lay out Wrangell hospital acquisition likelihood

WRANGELL — A series of meetings between Southeast Alaska Rural Health Consortium and the City and Borough of Wrangell are planned for early next week. The regional health group is entertaining making an offer to assume control of Wrangell Medical...

 

Alaska Legislature ends session notable for shift in tone

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — For the Alaska Legislature this was the session of compromise. The tone was notable after three years of bitter fights, drawn-out special sessions and gridlock over how to address the state’s budget deficit. Legislators,...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 17, 2018

Fish Factor: 2018 salmon harvest projected at 149 million fish, down 34% from 2017 take of 226 million salmon

Alaska’s 2018 salmon season officially gets underway this week with the first 12-hour opener on May 17 for sockeyes and kings returning to the Copper River. The catch there this year calls for 19,000 kings and 942,000 sockeye salmon targeted by a...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    May 17, 2018

Wrangell centenarian honored by state for longevity

WRANGELL - Designating this May as Older Americans Month in Alaska, Gov. Bill Walker recognized Wrangell's oldest resident along with other centenarians across the state. In a special luncheon at the...

 

Open office hours

State Representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins is recently finished with the legislative session in Juneau. He’ll be holding public office hours Thurs. May 17 from 2:30- 3:30 p.m. at The Salty Pantry and Sun. May 20 from 10-11 a.m. at Glacier...

 

Alaska Legislature passes budgets, ends extended session

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska lawmakers ended the extended legislative session early Sunday after passing state spending plans and a flurry of other bills in the waning hours. Despite running long, the session lacked the drama of the past several...

 

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