Articles from the May 18, 2023 edition

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Alaska Legislature called into special session after House adjourns without final budget vote

JUNEAU — The Alaska Legislature is set to start a special session Thursday morning after failing to reach agreement on state budget by the midnight...

 By Chris Basinger    News    May 18, 2023

New survey seeks to assess Petersburg's housing needs

The Petersburg Borough is rolling out a survey this week that asks community members what their...


Yesterday's News: News from 25-50-75-100 years ago

May 18, 1923 – Assistant Forester E.A. Sherman has presented seventy-one volumes as a nucleus for a marine library to the Forest Service boats...

 By Chris Basinger    News    May 18, 2023

Assembly ups funding for Mountain View food service School continues advocating for $3 million

The Petersburg Borough Assembly unanimously approved the borough's FY24 budget in its second...

 By Larry Persily    Opinion    May 18, 2023

Guest Editorial: Exaggerated claims don't help anyone

Elected officials, ballot initiative supporters and opponents, campaign managers and anyone else who writes, texts or tweets outlandish claims and...


Police report

May 10 – A driver at 7th Street and Haugen Drive was issued a warning for failure to stop at a stop sign. An officer conducting foot patrols...

 By James Brooks    News    May 18, 2023

House and Senate failed to pass a bill that would have blocked the pay hikes for Alaska's legislators and top executive-branch officials

Alaska legislators, Gov. Mike Dunleavy, Lt. Gov. Nancy Dahlstrom and the commissioners in charge of state agencies will see pay raises after the... Full story

 By Chris Basinger    News    May 18, 2023

Borough approves second reading of ordinance that would allow PIA to buy borough land below assessed value

The Petersburg Borough Assembly unanimously approved an ordinance in its second reading Monday that...

 By Chris Basinger    News    May 18, 2023

Public hearing held on proposed ESA listing for sunflower sea star

Over 50 people and 25 more over the phone attended a hearing last week in Petersburg hosted by the...

 By Yereth Rosen    News    May 18, 2023

Alaska House follows Senate to pass bill authorizing sale of carbon credits from state land

The Alaska House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill that would allow the state to set up a system for using state land to sell carbon-offset... Full story

 By James Brooks    News    May 18, 2023

Legislature approves bill to improve home care for seniors and Alaskans with disabilities

Seniors and people with disabilities who need extra care would be able to get help at home under a bill passed by the Alaska Legislature. The state... Full story

 By Claire Stremple    News    May 18, 2023

Legislature fails to pass major education policy changes

Major education policy changes for Alaska got close to the finish line but fell short in the final hours of this legislative session. A bill to... Full story

 By Chris Basinger    Sports    May 18, 2023

Vikings speed through Ketchikan Invite

The Petersburg High School track and field team battled through stormy weather last weekend at the Kayhi Invite, but still managed to pick up some...

 By Chris Basinger    News    May 18, 2023

Service Area 1 property tax millage rate drops

The Petersburg Borough Assembly adopted the millage rate for the next year at its meeting on...

 By Shannon Haugland    News    May 18, 2023

Coast Guard gives a lift to paraglider

A helicopter from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Sitka rescued a 28-year-old paraglider from a high peak near Haines late Sunday after the man injured...

 By Garland Kennedy    News    May 18, 2023

Experts to monitor Sitka volcano again

Ground deformation beneath the Mt. Edgecumbe volcano continued in 2023, but no eruption is imminent, a team of experts said at a Sitka public meeting...


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