Articles from the June 6, 2024 edition

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  • Bear on a berg

    Jun 6, 2024

    Boaters sightseeing at LeConte Glacier last weekend were surprised to see a bear riding an iceberg in LeConte Bay....

  • One rescued, one deceased after Narrows boat collision

    Orin Pierson|Jun 6, 2024

    After a six hour search, divers recovered the body of a woman who perished due to a boat collision between a 20-foot Hewescraft skiff and a 58-foot commercial fishing vessel in the Wrangell Narrows near the mouth of Blind Slough on Wednesday morning. A second individual, thrown from the skiff into the water, was rescued by a good samaritan on-scene, according to a USCG press release. "We offer our sincerest condolences to those affected by this terrible tragedy," said Coast Guard Lt. Katy...

  • Borough budget funds school district to the cap

    Olivia Rose|Jun 6, 2024

    The next Petersburg Borough budget was passed by the assembly on Monday after amending it three times in its final reading. This approved budget for fiscal year 2025 will start at the top of July and includes maximum funding for Petersburg School District to the tune of $3.4 million. Several speakers from PSD testified their gratitude to the borough for supporting the so-called "to-the-cap" funding in the borough's FY25 budget. "Inconsistent and unreliable state funding has created instability...

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

    Jun 6, 2024

    May 30, 1924 – E.J. McKechnie, one of the U.S. Forest Service stationed at Petersburg, says that four miles will be added to the road at Farragut Bay this year. He hopes to have his equipment and men ready around June 5 so that work can then be started. The roadway now begins at the Wallace Homestead and runs toward the river. More settlers are moving into the Farragut Bay section. Mr. McGregor is prospecting along the river and there is a chance that paying mines may be added to the resources of the district. June 3, 1949 – At the May 26t...

  • Correction:

    Jun 6, 2024

    In a story published on May 30, the Pilot incorrectly listed Jason McCormick’s job title as “PMC Finance Director.” His current position at PMC is CFO.... Full story

  • School meals free for all students in Petersburg School District

    Olivia Rose|Jun 6, 2024

    For the next few years, school meals will be free to all students enrolled in Petersburg School District. All three school sites in PSD now qualify for the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, which allows schools to offer breakfast and lunch at no cost to student families because the meals are ultimately reimbursed by money from the federal government. PSD Food Program Director Carlee Johnson McIntosh managed the administrative push for getting the CEP. "It's such a great need ... I've seen it...

  • PIA Tribal Council fills vacant seats

    Olivia Rose|Jun 6, 2024

    Later this month, the Petersburg Indian Association Tribal Council will have every seat occupied after swearing in Christine Yatchmenoff as a newly appointed Councilmember. The council filled one vacant seat in March, swearing in Brandon Ware, and sought to fill another vacancy left by Everett Bennett, who was elected to the council in January but later resigned to pursue the PIA tribal administrator position left by Chad Wright and started the job May 20. Yatchmenoff will be sworn in to fill Be...

  • Petersburg expands summer programs for kids

    Jake Clemens|Jun 6, 2024

    Through recent surveys, Kinder Skog families and Petersburg Medical Center employees showed interest for more summer enrichment options for youth, and the Community Wellness program of PMC has worked to meet that demand. More camps will be offered through the ORCA (Outdoor Recreation Creation Adventure) program in Petersburg this summer, including a kayaking expedition, fly-fishing, and an extra session of theater. The POD (Play Outside Days) programs will include running and basketball again,...

  • Federal review will decide if king salmon should be listed as an endangered species

    Nathaniel Herz, Northern Journal|Jun 6, 2024

    The Biden administration says that listing numerous Alaska king salmon populations under the Endangered Species Act could be warranted, and it now plans to launch a broader scientific study to follow its preliminary review. Citing the species’ diminished size at adulthood and spawning numbers below sustainable targets set by state managers, the National Marine Fisheries Service announced its initial conclusion in a 14-page federal notice on May 23. It said a January 2024 listing request from a Washington state-based conservation group had m...

  • Police report

    Jun 6, 2024

    May 29 – Officers conducted extra patrols. An officer assisted a citizen. An officer provided a courtesy transport. Petersburg Police Department (PPD) received a report of a deer killed by a vehicle on Mitkof Highway. Its meat was unsalvageable. An officer assisted with a registration check. PPD received a report of a found phone. PPD received a report of a found bicycle. May 30 – Officers conducted extra patrols. An officer attempted to assist with a lockout at the South Harbor boat launch. An officer responded to a report of harassment on...

  • Retiring superintendent cherished by many who worked with her

    Lizzie Thompson|Jun 6, 2024

    After twenty three years working for the Petersburg School District, Superintendent Erica Kludt-Painter will retire on June 30. In early 2001, Kludt-Painter's dad told her there was a job opening for a principal in Petersburg, Alaska, and said he thought she'd like Petersburg, a town about the same size as her hometown of Orofino in rural northern Idaho. She jumped at the opportunity. Barb Marifern, who was on the hiring committee, said that after a series of phone interviews with each...

  • Rookie pitchers lead Vikings to fourth place finish at state championships

    Liam Demko|Jun 6, 2024

    Petersburg High School's baseball team capped off a historic season last weekend, taking fourth place at the Alaska State Tournament in Wasilla. After losing their first game against Kenai Central Kardinals, the Vikings fought through their loser's bracket games without taking another loss, with the team's freshman and sophomore pitchers stepping up to carry them to victory. "We were 9-11 for the season... For our baseball program three or four wins in a season is actually considered to be a...

  • Wrangell Chamber moves salmon derby fishing days to June 15-30

    Larry Persily, Wrangell Sentinel writer|Jun 6, 2024

    WRANGELL — The Wrangell Chamber of Commerce has moved the dates for this month’s salmon derby to June 15-30 to allow anglers more time to try their luck after popular areas near Wrangell open to sportfishing on June 15. The chamber had initially scheduled the derby for two weekends — June 7-9 and June 14-16 — but decided at a May 28 derby committee meeting to move the days to later in the month. State Department of Fish and Game District 6, west of Etolin and Zarembo islands, and most of District 7, east and south of Wrangell, are closed to kin...