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 By Brian Varela    News    June 6, 2019

Study: LeConte Glacier in nearly same location

Six Petersburg High School students made the trip to the LeConte Glacier on May 10 for the annual survey of the glacier's face. According to the coordinator of the program, Victor Trautman, one side...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    June 6, 2019

Trautman retires after 45 years of teaching

When Victor Trautman graduated from Dickinson State University in North Dakota in the early 1970s, the biology major received some wise advice from his brother-in-law: people are always going to have...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    June 6, 2019

PMC board passes phase one of master plan

At a special meeting on Thursday, the Petersburg Medical Center's board of directors approved an agreement with NAC Architecture for the phase one master plan proposal for the construction of a new...

 

Correction:

In last week’s issue of the Petersburg Pilot a story on the Petersburg High School track and field team on page six incorrectly stated that Tolin Eddy broke the school record for the 1600 meter run. Eddy set a school record in the 3200 meter run... Full story

 
 By Ron Loesch    News    June 6, 2019

One guilty, one not guilty after 4-day jury trial

Helen Olson was found guilty, and Carlos Sandoval was found not guilty on single counts of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the 2nd degree. The jury delivered their verdict following a...

 

Yesterday's News

June 6, 1919 That the Masters and Pilots Association has unanimously endorsed the project to dredge Wrangell Narrows is the word brought to Petersburg by Captain Charles Glascock and Pilot Howard Bulenne, of the steamer Admiral Watson. June 2, 1944 E...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    June 6, 2019

Welde steps down as fire chief after 50 years

Doug Welde joined the Petersburg Fire Department in 1969 as a fire fighter and over the years he rose through the ranks and became fire chief in 2013. In February, Welde retired from the department at...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    June 6, 2019

Construction on the Raven Trail begins

Construction on the Raven Trail has begun and residents may have noticed the sound of a helicopter flying near the Reid Brothers Construction rock pit. Throughout the day, a helicopter flies back and...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    June 6, 2019

The Charles T celebrates 100 years afloat

In her 100 years on the water, the Charles T has only had three owners: Earl Ohmer with Alaskan Glacier Seafoods, Chuck Harris and James Eastwood. The Charles T was built in Bellingham, Washington in...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 6, 2019

Wrangell to go back on water watch

WRANGELL - The City and Borough of Wrangell went on a water watch for a few weeks back in March. Due to a forecast of insufficient rainfall, and ongoing drought conditions across Southeast Alaska, a...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 6, 2019

Bear killed east of Wrangell

WRANGELL - A brown bear has been killed by Wildlife Troopers and Forest Service personnel after a run-in with a group of Alaska Crossings campers just north of Berg Bay, across the narrows on the...

 

Alaska senator requests tariff exemption for state's seafood

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska senator has written to the U.S. trade representative asking for Alaska fish species to be removed from a list of goods facing tariffs, a report said. Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan sent a letter to U.S. Trade...

 

Sablefish tag recovery drawing winners

SITKA - Aaron Phillips of Petersburg was the $1,000 Sablefish tag recovery drawing winner. Other drawing winners of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game 2019 annual tag recovery incentive drawing...

 

To the Editor

Outliers feel like second class citizens To the Editor: The Pilot must have misquoted the Honorable Councilmember Jeff Meucci. "I just don't think community members should be paying for roads that...

 
 By Dan Sullivan    Opinion    June 6, 2019

Guest Commentary

This past May was not my first visit to Petersburg as a Senator, but it was my first time attending the Little Norway Festival. And what a weekend it was! Little Norway is giving "Big" Norway a run fo...

 
 By Larry Persily    Opinion    June 6, 2019

Guest Commentary

Maybe the answer is fish. No, not the answer to what’s for dinner tonight. The answer to solving the increasingly acrimonious debate over the amount of this year’s Alaska Permanent Fund dividend. Figuring out how to share the investment earnings...

 

Police report

May 29 — Authorities responded to a report of an intoxicated male at a location on N. Nordic Dr., but they were unable to locate the individual. Authorities responded to a couple arguing in the South Boat Harbor. May 30 — Jason Ratliff, 41, was...

 

Court report

May 8 — Kory Howard Versteeg pleaded not guilty to a charge of display of registration plates. He entered a guilty plea to charges of hunt permit conditions. He was fined $100 with a $20 surcharge. Ryan Daniel Dawson entered a not guilty plea for...

 

Alaska Senate votes down full oil-wealth fund payout

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) —The Alaska Senate on Tuesday narrowly voted down a full dividend payout from the state’s oil-wealth fund this year, with a prominent supporter of the proposal absent. The 10-8 vote came after the Senate, by the same tally,...

 

AK Supreme Court rules against couple in dividends case

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court has ruled against a military couple seeking permanent fund dividends because they were out of state during required periods, a report said. The court denied an appeal by Donald Jones and Annette...

 

Alaska lawmakers prepare for legal fight over education

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature, locked in a fight with Gov. Mike Dunleavy over education funding, moved one step closer Tuesday to a lawsuit over the issue. The House and Senate voted to give the committee that handles legislative...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 6, 2019

Alaska Fish Factor

Shrimp shines in the Panhandle - Southeast Alaska is the state’s biggest producer of America’s #1 seafood favorite: shrimp. And much of it is enjoyed right where it’s landed. Four varieties of shrimp are taken at various times throughout the...

 

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