Articles from the August 30, 2012 edition


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  • Mayor to step down and other seats up for grabs

    Shelly Pope|Aug 30, 2012

    The local ballot is now set for the Petersburg elections. There is no contest for the City Council, for the second year in a row with one council seat with no candidates. Petersburg Mayor Al Dwyer states he will not seek office again and may resign after this October's city election. Dwyer is half-way through his third two-year term as mayor. He says he has no plans to run for mayor of the Petersburg Borough if the borough is voted in this fall or winter. “This is going to be a contentious coming year,” Dwyer said. “I just don't have the energ... Full story

  • LBC finalizes borough decision

    Shelly Pope|Aug 30, 2012

    Members of the Local Boundary Commission finalized their decision that Petersburg's Borough plan meets state requirements. Voters in the proposed borough area will have the final say. The LBC approved its final decision on this matter in a teleconferenced meeting Wednesday, Aug. 22. “I will mail the document tomorrow,” Commission staff member Brent Williams said. “This mailing will begin the reconsideration period which is 18 days for the public and 30 days for the commission.” No comments were made by the public during this confere... Full story

  • Yesterday's News

    Aug 30, 2012

    August 22, 2002 - Mountain View Manor expansion moved closer to beginning construction Monday when city councilors voted unanimously to award a contract to McGraw’s Custom Construction of Sitka for $3,361,000. Three companies bid on the project. Although several Council members expressed reservations, they authorized City Manager Bruce Jones to enter into a project which the manager described as “a big risk” financially. The amount awarded in the contract is about $400,000 more than the city had...

  • Petersburg hosts Jamboree

    Shelly Pope|Aug 30, 2012

    Petersburg hosted the 2012 Region V Jamboree for the first time. This tournament consisted of 17 teams representing five schools. “Our Petersburg teams performed well and made improvements throughout the weekend,” Head Coach and Petersburg Athletic Director Jaime Cabral said. “There were a lot of really good things that Coach Corl and I saw and lots of room for improvement as well for our girls.” Cabral also stated there were 156 volleyball players visiting and they were able to play a total o...

  • Cross Country has first race in Sitka

    Shelly Pope|Aug 30, 2012

    The Petersburg men's and women's cross-country teams put their running shoes to the road in Sitka for the first meet of the season Friday, Aug. 24. The women placed seventh overall out of nine teams beating Craig and Sitka and the men placed last in 10th place. The Vikings took four boys and three girls to Totem Park. “Sitka is a great introductory race,” Head Coach Jo Ann Day stated. “It was a smaller field of about 40 girls and 75 boys and Sitka has a fast course.” Day explained that this was the first race for five out of the seven runners...

  • Viking swimmers have great showing in Ketchikan

    Shelly Pope|Aug 30, 2012

    Viking men and women swimmers traveled to Ketchikan for the first meet of the season Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24 and 25. These competitors came home with several top and second place wins for the two day meet. Overall the girls placed third Friday and Saturday while the boys placed third Friday and fourth Saturday. “The kids did really well for our first meet,” Head Coach Andy Carlisle said. “But we still have a lot of work to do.” Friday for the men, Abel Aulbach finished third in the 200-yard freestyle event. Vince Kowalski won the 50-yard f...

  • To the Editor

    Aug 30, 2012

    That’s what I’m talking about To the Editor: Tonight I was listening to the Republican National Convention and was awestruck by a speech given by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. As I listened to his inspiring words, it was as if he was addressing the issue of the Petersburg Borough. I would like to quote him here: He said that in thinking about his children and grandchildren, “I don’t want their only inheritance to be an enormous government that has overtaxed, overspent and over-borrowed a great people into second-class citizen...

  • Whale fluke in Frederick Sound

    Aug 30, 2012

    Water streams off this humpback’s tail as it dives on a recent sunny day in Frederick Sound....

  • Police reports

    Aug 30, 2012

    August 22 A warning citation was given for no headlights at the S. Boat Harbor. A black iPad 2 was reported stolen on N. Nordic Drive. Zachary D. Armstrong, 29, was cited for possible driving while license is cancelled, suspended or revoked. August 23 Officer made contact with a driver weaving on the roadway at 2.3 mile Mitkof Highway. A vehicle was parked in a private lot for three or four days. An individual stopped to urinate at Eagles Roost Park. The individual was gone when officers arrived. August 24 Someone drinking in a public area was...

  • Courts

    Aug 30, 2012

    August 23 Tanner Gene McKitrick, 20, appeared before Magistrate Desiree Burrell for an arraignment on the charge of habitual minor consuming alcohol. McKitrick entered a plea of not guilty and was released with conditions and trial is set for Sept. 18. Brent L. Schrey, 24, appeared before Magistrate Desiree Burrell for an arraignment on the charge of driving under the influence. Schrey entered a plea of not guilty and was released with conditions and trial is set for Nov. 20. Jose Armando Ocegueda-Felix, 47, appeared before Magistrate Desiree...

  • Former Council member calls for renaming of Syd Wright Auditorium

    Shelly Pope|Aug 30, 2012

    Former Petersburg Council member Bill Tremblay addressed the Petersburg School Board to possibly rename the Syd Wright Auditorium. “It has been brought to my attention several times regarding the name for the Syd Wright Auditorium,” Tremblay said. “It's easy to understand considering there is only one picture there.” During a meeting of the Petersburg City Council Dec. 1, 1999, Tremblay explained that the initial resolution asked that the auditorium be named for Syd Wright but that original resolution was amended to include Vara, Wright'...

  • Couples makes rest area for walkers

    Suzanne Ashe|Aug 30, 2012

    All summer-long pedestrians along Sandy Beach Road have had a place to stop and enjoy the view. Mel and Sherry Stockton, of 903 Sandy Beach, set a couple of chairs and a home-made "rest stop" sign in their front yard in June. The view of the mainland on a clear day, of Devil's Thumb and Horn Cliff, is picturesque. "We've met a half-dozen or more people. Travelers come from all over," said Mel Stockton. He added that he doesn't have any idea how many people have stopped to enjoy the view, but he...

  • School Board discusses Positive behavior program

    Aug 30, 2012

    The possible results of the new Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) program were discussed by the Petersburg City School Board. “This is not a canned program,” Erica Kludt-Painter said. “We as a district and community will create this program to fit our needs.” PBIS is a process for creating school environments that are more predictable and effective for achieving academic and social goals. For some schools, PBIS will enhance their current systems and practices, for others it will radically change the culture for the better....

  • Test scores are reported to board

    Shelly Pope|Aug 30, 2012

    Petersburg City Schools Superintendent Rob Thomason explained to the Petersburg School Board last year's test scores from the district's three schools at the first school board meeting of the year Tuesday, Aug. 21. The tests conducted last year for grades 3 – 10 in writing, reading, mathematics and science were above state averages in most categories, however some areas will need to be addressed in the future. Each school also exceeded or met statewide Average Yearly Progress level r...

  • Juneau prosecutor to cover Petersburg

    Shelly Pope|Aug 30, 2012

    A new state prosecutor has found a place in Petersburg. The Department of Law has assigned Assistant District Attorney Nick Polasky, who works out of Juneau to this position. Polasky will also cover Kake, as well as statewide extradition cases. Polasky was formerly one of the three prosecutors in Ketchikan. This summer the Department announced that it would be adding a fourth attorney to the District Attorney's office in Juneau. This decision came after Petersburg officials raised concerns about short staffing in the D.A.'s office, the local...

  • As salmon season winds down total catch approaches forecast

    Laine Welch|Aug 30, 2012

    Salmon season is winding down and it’s still a guess if the statewide catch will reach the 132 million fish forecast. Achieving that all comes down to those hard to predict pinks, whose catch makes up more than half of the total harvest. “I think it’s going to be close. It all depends on what happens with the pink salmon runs in the three major producing areas: Prince William Sound, Kodiak and Southeast,” said Geron Bruce, assistant director of the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game’s commercial fisheries division. This summer a catch of 70.2 mill...

  • Construction announcements

    Aug 30, 2012

    North Nordic Petersburg Indian Association will be conducting sidewalk improvement work along North Nordic Drive starting at the First Street entrance heading north to Fourteenth Street along Sandy Beach Road. Expect the northbound lane to be closed for traffic 7 am through 5 pm Monday thru Friday and Saturday if needed. The southbound lane will remain open for traffic and will be controlled by flaggers. Traffic may be delayed up to 10 minutes. Call Connie Bisson at Petersburg Indian Association at 772-3636 with questions. Greens Camp...

  • Library news

    Aug 30, 2012

    Listen to Your Dog - with certified professional dog trainer Vickie L. Buchholz. Wednesday, Sept 5, 6:30 pm. Learn how to listen to and understand your dog. Understanding how they communicate, at various skill levels, with one another and with humans, will help us build a stronger relationship with our dogs. Tongass Rainforest Festival - Halibut Hook Carving Workshop with master carver Tommy Joseph. Sept 5 - 8 - Wednesday & Friday 6 – 9 pm, Saturday 9 am – 4 pm - Free - Must be able to attend ALL classes and be 16 years of age, call the lib...

  • School news

    Aug 30, 2012

    Gabriel Seaman Army Pvt. Gabriel C. Seaman has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and...

  • 2012 State of Alaska Primary Election results are in

    Shelly Pope|Aug 30, 2012

    The November general election contests for Alaska are set, barring any significant changes from absentee or questioned ballots. The results of this election are not official until those are counted. Congressman Don Young took a little over 78 percent of the vote in the Republican U.S. House primary, while Democratic state Representative Sharon Cissna took the majority of votes against her four opponents. Wrangell Representative Peggy Wilson knocked out two Ketchikan opponents to win the...

  • The night life

    Heather Canik|Aug 30, 2012

    Juneau artist Manuel Hernandez "DJ Manu" (left) provided dance music at Kito's Kave over the weekend. On Saturday night Karna (Williams) Cristina celebrated her wedding to Neil Cristina and the revelry carried on late into the night. Above, the new bride and DJ Manu choose music to keep the dance floor packed....

  • Laying the library foundation

    Aug 30, 2012

    Work so far on the new Petersburg Public Library....

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