Articles from the June 20, 2019 edition

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 By Brian Varela    News    June 20, 2019

Heather Ann sinks in Wrangell Narrows

Just before 7 A.M. last Friday, the United States Coast Guard was notified of a wooden, seine fishing vessel that had run aground in the Wrangell Narrows and was sinking with four individuals on...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    June 20, 2019

Assembly, department heads evaluate borough manager

The borough assembly and borough department heads conducted an annual performance evaluation of Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht that found that the manager generally exceeds or meets expectations....

 

Yesterday's News

June 20, 1919 The town of Petersburg will celebrate on the 4th of July and will extend a general invitation to everyone in this section of Alaska. It is expected that a monster celebration will be staged. Committees as follows have been appointed: Fi...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    June 20, 2019

School board passes district 2020 operating budget

The Petersburg School Board approved the district's fiscal year 2020 operating budget at their monthly meeting last week. "This is a solid budget," said Finance Director Karen Quitslund. "It's...

 

Clarification:

A photo on page 15 of last week’s issue of the Petersburg Pilot showed Public Works employees removing a metal grate from around a tree stump near North Boat Harbor after the trees had been cut down. As a point of clarification, it was the... Full story

 
 By Brian Varela    News    June 20, 2019

Eleven school board policy changes approved

Changes to 11 board policies are set to go into effect after the Petersburg School Board approved the alterations in their second and final reading at a board meeting last week. The changes to the...

 

To the Editor:

Borough unfairness To the Editor: I moved here 30 years ago and fell in love with this community. Everyone helped each other and the city government was run quite well and fair. But as time has gone...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    June 20, 2019

Trash in muskeg surrounding baler facility caused by wind

Some residents have noticed trash scattered around in the muskeg near the baler facility, which has been blown out of a nearby open container, and Public Works Director Chris Cotta has taken action to...

 

Police report

June 12— Authorities responded to a report of an intoxicated individual walking in the middle of Odin St., but the man was gone upon arrival. June 13 — An officer responded to a verbal dispute. A barking dog near the 1100 block of S. Nordic Dr. w...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    June 20, 2019

Fisherman helps veterans overcome past experiences

Some veterans have kept their experiences on the battlefield bottled up in their minds where they continually cause suffering, but Steve Henline is getting veterans to open up about what they went thr...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    June 20, 2019

Alaska Fish Factor

Salmon dominates the summer fishing headlines but it’s among many other fisheries going on throughout the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea. Alaska’s salmon season has gotten off to a mixed start, with strong catches in some regions over the past...

 
 By Emmalee Blender    News    June 20, 2019

Sing Lee's murder remains unsolved

Sing Lee’s story started in 1892 when Mar Goey emigrated from China to Alaska. By the time he settled in Petersburg in 1909, he’d married and changed his name to Mar Chan Len. The name of the...

 

Obituary: Judith E. Erickson, 71

Judith (Judy) E Erickson, 71, passed away June 1, 2019 in Juneau, Alaska with her children by her side. The first of five children, Judy was born February 29, 1948 to Delbert (Pete) and Irene... Full story

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    June 20, 2019

Dead whale reported

WRANGELL - The carcass of a gray whale was reported floating between Wrangell and Channel Island, in the eastern passage. According to Kate Savage, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

 
 By Patrick Fowler    News    June 20, 2019

Additional King fishing opens in the Petersburg and Wrangell areas

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game have announced sport fishing regulations for king salmon in the areas near Petersburg, Wrangell, and Kake that are opening to the harvest of king salmon after...

 

Climate change forcing some Alaskan villages to relocate

QUINHAGAK, Alaska (AP) — Accelerating erosion is forcing villages in western Alaska to begin making plans to move, officials said. Erosion caused by climate change threatens village infrastructure and could force the relocation of communities such...

 

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