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 By Brian Varela    News    June 4, 2020

COVID-19 shuts down Pacific Wings

Since the mid-80s, Pacific Wings has been offering air taxi service for tourists and locals alike throughout Southeast Alaska, but economic hardships that the company has been facing as a result of th...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    June 4, 2020

A forced retirement

For 33 years, Cole Rhoden has been flying for Pacific Wings, but due to a loss in business as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the company is shutting down. After his last flight on Friday, Rhoden...

 

Ocean Beauty and Icicle Seafoods announce merger

Ocean Beauty Seafoods LLC and Icicle Seafoods, Inc. will be merging their wild salmon and Gulf of Alaska groundfish operations effective June 1, the two companies announced in a joint-statement on Fri...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    June 4, 2020

EOC concerned over cruise ships arriving this season

The borough assembly approved the Emergency Operations Center to answer a survey from the Alaska Municipal League regarding the presence of cruise ships in Alaska and also heard concerns over cruise...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    June 4, 2020

Interstate travel mandate to expire Saturday

With the upcoming expiration of the state's health mandate that requires anyone arriving in the state to quarantine for 14 days, Borough Incident Commander Karl Hagerman said at the COVID-19...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 4, 2020

Wrangell RAC meeting interrupted by snoring participant

WRANGELL — The local Resource Advisory Committee, which covers the areas of Wrangell, Petersburg, and Kake, held a series of meetings last week. The RAC, for those who are unaware, is a committee of residents of these three areas that advise the...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    June 4, 2020

Nielsen looks to retire in Mexico

Nels Nielsen spent last Friday at the Petersburg Post Office like it was any other day. He helped customers retrieve long awaited packages and mail letters. The only thing that was different were the...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    June 4, 2020

Balanced 2021 fiscal year borough budget adopted

The borough assembly passed the borough's fiscal year 2021 operating budget in its third reading on Monday, which has $9,702,871 in both total revenues and total expenditures. The first draft of the...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    June 4, 2020

PMC to be reimbursed for COVID-19 related costs

Petersburg Medical Center has spent about $430,000 in costs related to COVID-19, as of Friday's Board of Directors' meeting, according to PMC Controller Rocio Tejera. Tejera said much of April was...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    June 4, 2020

Petersburg has shortage of tradesmen

A lack of skilled trade workers has caused both the borough and businesses in town to struggle to fill open positions, which can result in a loss of income and an increase in the time it takes to get...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    June 4, 2020

PMC moves to color system for state of operations

Petersburg Medical Center has begun operating under a red, yellow and green format that correlates to the risk of COVID-19 in the community and state which guides the hospital in its operations,...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    June 4, 2020

Reduce plastic group updates public on progress

The Reduce Plastic Use Petersburg Group got together last week to talk about what its members have done to promote awareness of the problems of plastic usage. "Our goal has been to increase the awaren...

 
 By Patrick Fowler    News    June 4, 2020

Petersburg Fishing Report

King Salmon King salmon regulations for areas where Alaska hatchery produced king salmon will be returning have now been announced. Starting June 1, king salmon will be open to retention inside the Wrangell narrows terminal harvest area and within...

 

USCG dockside exams

Several Coast Guard Personnel are in Petersburg until noon on Fri., June 5 to conduct dockside safety exams on commercial fishing vessels. If interested, sign up at the harbormaster’s office. The exams are free, take about an hour and help ensure...

 

Grass fields

The grass fields at Point Agassiz are green, lush and ready for summer....

 

Yesterday's News

June 4, 1920 The Point Agassiz Dairy is now in a position to supply milk, eggs, homemade butter, cream, cottage cheese and other dairy products to the public of Petersburg According to Carl Swanson, the proprietor. Mr. Swanson is advertising all of...

 

Correction

On page 8 of last week’s edition of the Pilot, a photo of Adam Ware in the graduation parade was incorrectly identified as being Tani Hansen....

 

Gone fishin'

A bald eagle caught a Dolly Varden trout near Tonka Seafoods early Tuesday morning....

 

Police report

May 27 — A theft was reported at a location on S. Nordic Dr. Search warrants were conducted at locations on S. 2nd St. and N. Nordic Dr. Authorities responded to a disturbance at a location on S. 2nd St. May 28 — Suspicious activity was reported...

 

Judge invalidates proposed land swap for Alaska refuge road

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A judge has vacated a proposed land exchange aimed at building a road through a national wildlife refuge in Alaska, finding procedural violations. U.S. District Court Senior Judge John Sedwick in a ruling Monday said Interior...

 

Freedom of Speech

Noah Pawuk,12, wrote an essay in Mr. Shumway's 6th grade class that was submitted for a contest through the Elks Lodge. He wrote about 'What does freedom of speech mean to me?' Pawuk's essay won...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 4, 2020

Alaska Fish Factor: Recycled fishing nets from Cordova will soon help launch a new clothing line

Recycled fishing nets from Cordova will soon help launch a new clothing line by Grundens, the maker of the iconic foul weather gear “built by fishermen for fishermen for over a century.” The Copper River Watershed Project is “refreshing...

 

Obituary: Ronald Berl Lindsey, 75

Ronald Berl Lindsey, 75 died on March 2, 2020 in Anchorage, Alaska. He was born on March 9, 1946 to Alpha Dee Garrett in Weatherford, Texas. His mother later moved to Oklahoma where she married... Full story

 

State to help with ferry service to Ketchikan, Hollis

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state plans to use one of its ferries to provide service between two southeast Alaska communities while repairs are done on an Inter-Island Ferry Authority vessel. The authority halted service between Ketchikan and...

 

Alaska's Mount Marathon race postponed by virus until 2021

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An annual extreme mountain race in Alaska has been postponed until next year over coronavirus concerns, organizers said. The committee that oversees the Mount Marathon Race in Seward announced Sunday that the 93rd running...

 

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