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 By Brian Varela    News    May 21, 2020

Assembly approves 2 percent raise for union

The borough assembly approved a letter of agreement with the Petersburg Municipal Employees Association at their assembly meeting on Monday that includes a two percent raise that will go into effect o...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    May 21, 2020

American Cruise Line hopes to dock in town this summer

American Cruise Lines has 11 stops planned for Petersburg this season, with the first docking taking place at the end of June, according to ACL CEO Charles B. Robertson. ACL's American Constellation...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    May 21, 2020

2021 FY Assembly budget moves to final reading

The borough assembly passed the borough's fiscal year 2021 operating budget in its second reading on Monday after making six amendments to it. The first draft of the budget shows expenditures for the...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    May 21, 2020

Assembly extends civil provisions ordinance

The borough assembly unanimously approved the extension of an emergency ordinance that allows the assembly and certain staff members of the borough to put civil emergency provisions in place in the...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    May 21, 2020

State to relax further economic restrictions on Friday

Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced on Tuesday that phases three and four of his Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan will take effect Friday morning, but Borough Incident Commander Karl Hagerman said communities...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    May 21, 2020

Canneries release plans for incoming workforce

Representatives from Icicle Seafoods and Tridents Seafoods laid out their plans for bringing in outside workers to Petersburg amid the COVID-19 pandemic at the COVID-19 community update last Friday....

 
 By Brian Varela    News    May 21, 2020

Business as unusual: Local businesses meet restrictions to reopen their doors

On April 24, Gov. Mike Dunleavy's first phase of his Reopen Alaska Responsible Plan went into effect, allowing some businesses to open their doors again with restrictions. Since then, businesses in to...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    May 21, 2020

This year's graduation a far cry from tradition

Typically sometime in May, parents and family members fill the stands in Petersburg High School gym and watch as the graduating senior class, dressed in their regalia, walk up one-by-one to receive...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    May 21, 2020

Despite hardships, 36 seniors to graduate on Tuesday

A graduating class of 36 Petersburg High School seniors will be receiving their diplomas on Tuesday following a parade that is set to begin at 7:30 P.M. This year's senior class is just above the...

 

Alaska lawmakers reconvene with virus screening protocols

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature reconvened Monday for the first time since recessing in late March over coronavirus concerns, with new screening protocols aimed guarding against the virus. Under the protocols, details of which were rel...

 

Alaska Seaplanes moves to buy RavnAir Group company PenAir

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska airline has made a purchase offer for another regional carrier whose parent company declared bankruptcy because of the economic impact of the coronavirus. Alaska Seaplane Services LLC says it wants to buy Peninsula...

 

Alaska House adjourns after ratifying relief aid plans

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska House abruptly adjourned Tuesday after ratifying plans for using more than $1 billion in federal coronavirus relief aid, one day after reconvening to take up the issue. The Senate passed its own ratification bill...

 

Unique payout Alaskans get from oil wealth could be at risk

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska has no income or statewide sales taxes, and it cuts residents a check every year from its oil wealth. But the future of that unique payout is in question amid low oil prices and an economy battered by the coronavirus...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    May 21, 2020

Alaska to receive $50 million from $300 million fisheries relief funds

 Giving COVID relief funds to the seafood industry and stepping on the gas for offshore fish farming are two big takeaways from the executive orders and congressional packages coming out of the nation’s capital. Recent news that Alaska would recei...

 

Yesterday's News

May 21, 1920 Charles Schuck, the local plumber and sheet metal worker, took an involuntary trip to Juneau on the City of Seattle this week. When the Seattle was in port northbound, Schuck accompanied a friend who was going away aboard the boat. As th...

 

Letters to the Editor

Family following their dreams To the Editor: I need to make a correction, and addition to the photo caption in your May 14, 2020 paper. The Petersburg Weekly Report from October 26, 1917 stated "Mrs....

 

Police report

May 13 — A brush fire was reported near the borough’s baler facility. Authorities responded to a civil complaint at a location on Kiseno St. May 14 — Authorities responded to a report of trespassing at the drive down dock. Harassment was...

 

Little Norway from home

The Little Norway Festival may have been cancelled this year, but a Viking scarecrow on Bucky Eddy's lawn kept the spirit of the festival alive this past weekend....

 

A fun surprise

Jim and Teresa Stolpe set up 42 plaques along the trails between Sandy Beach Rd.and Haugen Dr. over the weekend to celebrate the Little Norway Festival. Each of the wooden plaques had a different...

 

Students of the Month

The Elk's Lodge held a remote student of the month dinner last Thursday to acknowledge the hard work of PHS students. Top row from left to right: Kovi Kovacs, Advisor Jim Engell, Melanie Chase and...

 

Students of the Year

Last week, the Elk's Lodge held their annual student of the year dinner remotely to honor the success of Petersburg High School students. Melanie Chase, left, and Thomas Durkin, right, were chosen as...

 

Death Notice

Jerry Hegar passed away May 14, 2020 at Petersburg Medical Center. An obituary will follow soon. Services to be determined.... Full story

 

Kupreanof Island get-a-way

The sun shined brightly over Petersburg and Kupreanof on Sunday....

 

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