Articles from the May 23, 2024 edition


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  • Track & field takes three regional titles

    Liam Demko|May 23, 2024

    With a full season of running, throwing, and jumping under their belts, Petersburg High School's track and field team returned to Ketchikan to compete in the Region V Championships last weekend. Three Petersburg athletes won Region V titles in their events and many more ended up on the podium across the two-day event, with seven students qualifying for this week's state championships in Anchorage. "They were pretty excited [heading into the event]. They were feeling good, feeling excited, lots...

  • PVFD Chief Jim Stolpe is Petersburg's Volunteer of the Year

    Olivia Rose|May 23, 2024

    On Saturday, the Petersburg Community Foundation (PCF) granted over $26,000 to nine Petersburg nonprofits and awarded Volunteer of the Year to Jim Stolpe. The Petersburg Community Foundation formed in 2008 as a local affiliate of the Alaska Community Foundation (ACF). PCF continues to grow its community grant-making endowment fund, thanks to the support of the Rasmuson Foundation, ACF, and generous local charitable giving. Every year, dividends from its investments are used to provide financial...

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

    May 23, 2024

    May 23, 1924 – The first Fordson tractor for Farragut Bay for J.O. Wallace pioneer rancher there, arrived this week from the outside. Mr. Wallace took the first horse to Farragut Bay two years ago and the animal has grazed its own livelihood the past two winters. Farragut Bay is similar to many other bays and inlets in Southeastern Alaska, with marsh, meadow and tidelands at the head, consisting of rich soil and which will someday support a considerable farming population alone. Several ranchers have located there. The Forest Service has b...

  • Assembly considers sales tax cap increase

    Olivia Rose|May 23, 2024

    The Petersburg Borough Assembly is considering an ordinance that may increase the local sales tax cap for the first time in over two decades. If passed, the ordinance would appear as a ballot proposition this fall, allowing borough voters to decide the hike. The proposed ordinance seeks to raise the maximum taxable transaction amount from $1,200 to $5,000 by amending code language. Under the current municipal code, any purchase exceeding $1,200 is only taxed on the first $1,200 - capping the...

  • Borough Budget weighs deficit spending, school funding

    Olivia Rose|May 23, 2024

    The Petersburg Borough budget for the next fiscal year (FY25) is nearly decided. Currently, the proposed general fund budget for FY25 anticipates total revenues amounting to $13,009,827 and expenditures of $13,408,975 - spending a deficit of nearly $400,000. This budget includes maximum funding for the Petersburg School District. The borough finance department attributes the FY25 general fund budgeted deficit spending primarily to the school district funding increase request, however the...

  • To the Editor

    May 23, 2024

    Hospital funding To the Editor: According to recent news, the hospital did not receive the state funding they requested in the capital budget. I still have a problem with the fact that we were not given the opportunity to vote on the issue of supporting the construction of a brand new hospital, including medical campus. Both my husband and I, along with a number of other people, requested a vote but were told that because the residents of Petersburg were not going to pay for the hospital, a vote of approval was not going to happen. I have a...

  • Guest Commentary: Addressing Maternity Care Deserts in Alaska

    Madisyn Parker|May 23, 2024

    As the pristine wilderness of Alaska captivates the world with its natural beauty, there’s a hidden challenge lurking within its vast landscapes—a challenge that affects the most vulnerable among us: expectant mothers and their infants. Maternity care deserts, areas where access to essential maternity services is limited or absent, persist across the state, posing significant risks to the health and well-being of our communities. Accessible and affordable maternal care plays a crucial role in reducing the risk of pregnancy complications and...

  • Police report

    May 23, 2024

    May 15 – Officers conducted extra patrols. An officer assisted with a parking complaint on South 2nd Street. Papers were served on 6th Street. An officer provided a courtesy transport. Officers conducted extra patrols. May 16 – Officers conducted extra patrols. An officer requested a registration check on Dolphin Street. Petersburg Police Department (PPD) received a report of a deceased deer in the roadway on Mitkof Highway. An officer assisted with a parking complaint on South 3rd Street. A driver on Nordic Drive was issued a warning for an...

  • 100 years of Blind Slough Hydropower

    May 23, 2024

  • PSD proposes three different scenarios for activities budget

    Olivia Rose|May 23, 2024

    The Petersburg School District is considering three scenarios to reduce the financial burden of student activities on the district's general fund. The three scenarios each involve different adjustments to activity fees, expenses, or a bit of both. The first proposed scenario is all price hikes for activity fees and no cuts to expenses; the third option does not change activity fees, but cuts expenses significantly. The second scenario tries to balance the other options and does a bit of both....

  • Scenes from the 66th Little Norway Festival

    May 23, 2024

  • the 66th Little Norway Festival

    May 23, 2024

  • Little Norway Festival

    May 23, 2024

  • Rep. Himschoot's education bill goes to governor

    Shannon Haugland|May 23, 2024

    Rep. Rebecca Himschoot hopes the bill she successfully ushered through the 33rd Legislature will provide school districts with effective tools to recruit and retain experienced teachers. “Districts are struggling to staff schools,” said Himschoot, whose House District 2 includes Sitka, Petersburg and dozens of small Southeast communities. “We’re trying to add more tools for districts to fill positions with the best teachers they can get,” she said. House Bill 230, sponsored by Himschoot, is an education reform package that includes elements...

  • Petersburg's Class of 2024 sets the bar high

    Orin Pierson|May 23, 2024

    Graduation has arrived for the class of 2024. Commencement events kick off on Tuesday, May 28 with a noise parade around the loop starting at 5:00 p.m. followed by the graduation ceremony in the high school gym at 7:00 p.m. This graduating class faced its challenges. They were freshmen in the fall of 2020, and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic shaped the beginning of their high school experience. "We had teams that qualified for State, but we didn't attend because State wasn't really...

  • Introducing the Class of 2024

    May 23, 2024

    Cheyenne Steele How many years did you attend school in Petersburg? 13 years. What subjects or classes did you enjoy the most, and which ones challenged you the most? Shop and Jewelry; Math and History. Please describe a specific moment or event from high school that stands out as a highlight for you? Realizing that I was a senior and that it was my last year of high school. What are your immediate plans after graduation? Taking a gap year. What do you think you’ll miss most about high school, and what are you most looking forward to in the n...

  • Elks Students of the Month and Year

    May 23, 2024

  • Prom Royalty for 2024

    May 23, 2024

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