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 By Brian Varela    News    June 13, 2019

Borough fiscal budget passes in third reading

The borough assembly adopted the 2020 fiscal year operating budget in its third reading on Monday after making 11 amendments to it since the assembly received the proposed budget on April 1....

 
 By Brian Varela    News    June 13, 2019

Assembly talks feasibility of harbor warehouse on Public Works property

Mayor Mark Jensen requested a discussion on the Petro 49 land exchange during Monday's assembly meeting to hear Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht's input on the matter, since the manager wasn't...

 

Yesterday's News

June 13, 1919 A special election will be held by the citizens in Petersburg for the purpose of ascertaining their wishes regarding the bonding of the town. It is proposed to ask Congress to allow the town to bond itself for the purpose of raising...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    June 13, 2019

Updated zoning map to go before assembly

The Planning Commission approved an updated zoning map for service area one at their meeting on Tuesday, which will go before the Petersburg Borough Assembly for three readings. The commissioners...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    June 13, 2019

Fireworks allowed in service area three days a year

An ordinance allowing the use of fireworks within service area one three days out of the year was passed by the borough assembly in its third reading on Monday. Ordinance #2019-04 allows residents to...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    June 13, 2019

Borough assembly discusses services offered throughout the borough

Assembly Member Jeff Meucci requested a spreadsheet of what services are provided to individuals living within service area one, outside service area one and at Frederick Point and what their millage rate is. During a discussion item that was request...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    June 13, 2019

Burrell retires after 20.5 years at the Courthouse

In 1998, Desi Burrell was hired as the clerk of court at the Petersburg Courthouse, and 20.5 years later, she retired as magistrate judge on May 20. "It's been an amazing career," said Burrell. "I...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    June 13, 2019

Special Report: Parking largely uncontrolled

Although Alaska Airlines is expecting to bring upgrades and improvements to its terminal in Petersburg through its 2020 Great Land Investment Plan, the airline company will not be increasing the...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    June 13, 2019

Special Report: Airline plans terminal upgrades

The Petersburg Alaska Airlines terminal is one of five terminals throughout the state that are next in line to receive some form of upgrades as part of a $100 million initiative to either expand or...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    June 13, 2019

Special Report: Patty Nelson remembers her 28 years with Alaska Airlines

In her 28 years working for Alaska Airlines, Patty Nelson has seen and done it all. Her duties consisted of taking reservations, checking luggage, running security and everything in between. In 1965,...

 

Alaska Senate fails to revive oil-wealth fund dividend bill

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Senate failed Monday to revive a bill that would pay residents a full dividend of about $3,000 from the state’s oil-wealth fund this year, a sign of the struggle lawmakers are having in reaching agreement on one...

 

Police report

June 5 — Harassment at a location on Kiseno St. was reported to authorities. Individuals were seen on an abandoned piece of property at the 1300 block of S. Nordic Dr., but were gone upon officer’s arrival. June 6 — A summons was served to an...

 
 By Ron Loesch    Opinion    June 13, 2019

Special Report:

Petersburg’s Alaska Airline terminal is a busy place. Since 1998 departures from the facility have increased by 31 percent, from 34,376 to 49,521 in 2018. Even infrequent travelers take note of the crowded terminal on heavy travel days. Parking...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 13, 2019

Alaska Fish Factor

Alaska fishermen are still awaiting disaster relief funds for the 2016 pink salmon run failure, which was the worst in 40 years.          Congress approved $56 million that year for Alaska fishermen, processors and communities hurt by the...

 
 By Larry ORear    Sports    June 13, 2019

Devil's Thumb Shooters club in their fifth year

It's been five years since the inception of the Devil's Thumb Shooter's Club, now a 501(c) non-profit youth organization with focus on shotgun competition sports. The club has grown from five members...

 

Report: Ak jobs gain after 3 years of losses

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A state labor department report says recent job gains after three years of losses could signal the end of Alaska’s recession. The report says the state saw year-over-year job growth for seven straight months, starting in...

 

Alaska awards contract to study Medicaid

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska has awarded a contract to study whether the state can become the first in the nation to change its Medicaid program into a block grant system. Alaska Journal of Commerce reported Wednesday that the state Department...

 

Officials rethink park use after concert cancelled

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska officials are reconsidering whether special events like outdoor concerts are a responsible use of state park land. The Anchorage Daily News reported Sunday that a concert in Chugach State Park was cancelled...

 

Senator Sullivan wants new icebreaker to spend time in Arctic

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is expected to take possession of a new heavy icebreaker within five years and Alaska’s junior U.S. senator would like to see it spend time in U.S. waters. Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan said Antarctic...

 

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