Articles from the June 22, 2023 edition

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  • In "major victory" for SE Alaska trollers, federal appeals panel reverses king fishery closure

    Nathaniel Herz, Northern Journal|Jun 22, 2023

    A federal appeals panel issued a last-second ruling Wednesday that will allow this summer’s Southeast Alaska troll Chinook salmon fishery to open as scheduled July 1 — reversing a lower court ruling that would have kept the $85 million industry off the water. “It’s a major victory,” Alaska Fish and Game Commissioner Doug Vincent-Lang said in a brief phone interview. “We can go fishing.” The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel, in a five-page ruling, said that the entities defending the fishery — the Alaska Trollers Association, th...

  • Southeast Summer

    Jun 22, 2023

  • Assembly approves rezoning for future hospital in first reading

    Chris Basinger|Jun 22, 2023

    The Petersburg Borough Assembly approved an ordinance in its first reading that would rezone 43 undeveloped lots located at the planned site of the new hospital during its meeting on Monday. The assembly voted 5-1 in favor with Assembly Member Donna Marsh opposed and Mayor Mark Jensen excused from the meeting. The 43 lots are currently zoned as single-family residential, multi-family residential, commercial, and open space-recreational, but would have to be rezoned to public use ahead of the...

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

    Jun 22, 2023

    June 22, 1923 – Newt Casperson, well known business man of Ketchikan and Cordova, was shot three times by a prohibition officer at Ketchikan recently and is in the hospital recovering from wounds to his right chest, leg and hand. The shooting affair occurred about one o’clock Sunday morning when D.W. Flanagan, prohibition enforcement officer, attempted to raid an apartment above Otto Soberg’s store which the government alleges was the location of Casperson’s bootlegging joint. Dr. R.V. Ellis, who is attending Casperson, says his chances...

  • School Board adopts 'solid' budget for next year

    Chris Basinger|Jun 22, 2023

    The Petersburg School Board approved the district's FY24 budget at its last meeting of the school year on Tuesday. The uncertainties surrounding education funding in Alaska as well as rising inflation and utility costs have made the budget's development a long and winding road, but advocacy efforts by school officials on both the local and state level have helped ensure stability in the district for another year. "Honestly this is a much better scenario than what I had...predicted, so I mean...

  • Guest Commentary

    Frank Murkowski|Jun 22, 2023

    I congratulate the Permanent Fund trustees for adopting Resolution 23-01 at their April 12 meeting to limit additional investment in the in-state investment program in which Barings and McKinley Capital Management have each been given $100 million to place in Alaska investments. The decision appears to have been made in part because of the dismal rate of return received from the in-state investments by the two managers. The decision was also made to see whether the poor performance improves over time. I fully support the trustees’ decisions not...

  • Correction:

    Jun 22, 2023

    In the article titled “‘Let Freedom Ring’ named July 4 parade theme” in the June 15, 2023 edition of the Petersburg Pilot, it was reported that Rock-N-Road Construction will be sponsoring trophies and prizes for the top three floats in this year’s Fourth of July parade. The correct amount of winnings is $200 for first place, $100 for second place, and $50 for third place....

  • Search effort conducted for missing Kake fisherman

    Liam Demko|Jun 22, 2023

    A Kake resident was reported missing Friday night after failing to return from a fishing trip, prompting a search over the weekend, according to Petersburg Fire/EMS/SAR Director Aaron Hankins. A U.S. Coast Guard press release identified the missing man as Timothy Wilson Jr., 70, last seen Friday morning departing aboard a 15-foot Lund near Pup Island. Coast Guard Sector Juneau received a relayed report from the Alaska State Troopers at 8:30 p.m., Friday, of an overdue boater. Using a cell phone...

  • Police report

    Jun 22, 2023

    June 14 – A driver at the South Boat Harbor was issued a warning for failure to maintain lanes and failure to signal a turn. An officer assisted Emergency Medical Services (EMS) on Papke’s Landing Road. Property found at the crane dock was turned in to the Petersburg Police Department (PPD). Kelsey Hammer was cited for excessive speed on Mitkof Highway. An intoxicated person on Valkyrie Street was warned for abuse of PPD services. An officer responded to a report of suspicious activity on Chief John Lott Street and determined it was unf...

  • Columbia cancels sailings for at least a week due to repairs

    Mark Sabbatini, Juneau Empire|Jun 22, 2023

    The Columbia state ferry has cancelled its sailings for at least a week due to a mechanical issue, affecting stops at ports between Haines and Bellingham, Washington, according to a service notice by the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS). The primary interruption to service is a seven-day period starting Wednesday, with a sailing from Ketchikan to Bellingham and back through Southeast Alaska cancelled, the AMHS notice issued Monday notes. The decision is due to a "mechanical issue with the ves...

  • Moving music

    Jun 22, 2023

  • Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoes half of proposed funding increase for K-12 public schools

    James Brooks, Alaska Beacon|Jun 22, 2023

    Gov. Mike Dunleavy signed Alaska’s $6 billion state budget into law Monday after vetoing more than $200 million from the document approved in mid-May by the Alaska Legislature. The governor’s biggest single cut was half of a $175 million one-time funding boost for K-12 public schools. Lawmakers intended the addition to partially compensate for inflation-driven cost increases. Because school districts have already had to set their budgets for the coming year, Dunleavy’s veto leaves some of them facing additional budget cuts or the prosp...

  • Warmack, 12, rocks lead guitar in New York City benefit concerts

    Lizzie Thompson|Jun 22, 2023

    The day after Petersburg Middle School let out for summer, 7th grader Ari Warmack boarded a plane bound for New York City to perform with his guitar at the invitation of Kids Rock For Kids (KRFK), a Brooklyn-based nonprofit that raises money for kid-related charities by producing rock benefit shows featuring outstanding teen musicians from around the world. In March, Ari received a direct message on Instagram from KRFK inviting him to a zoom interview. He discussed it with his parents, Eliza...

  • American Legion retires over 150 unserviceable flags

    Chris Basinger|Jun 22, 2023

    Petersburg's American Legion Edward Locken Post 14 held a ceremony at Sandy Beach on June 14 to honor and properly destroy faded and worn flags. Members of the American Legion, Active Duty Coast Guard Service Members, and others in the community were present to see over 150 American, Alaskan, Canadian, British, and POW/MIA flags retired. The Ceremony for Disposal for Unserviceable Flags, typically held on Flag Day, was adopted by the American Legion "to encourage proper respect for the Flag of...

  • Concert pianist to perform at Petersburg Lutheran Church

    Caroleine James|Jun 22, 2023

    For many, classical music evokes images of evening gowns, baroque concert halls and impassioned, white-gloved conductors. Its mood is reverent, its audiences are serious and ever-so-slightly snobbish. But concert pianist Roman Rudnytsky has set out to buck classical piano's black-tie reputation. The music, he argues, is not only for a knowledgeable few - its beauty can be appreciated by everyone, regardless of whether they know a "madrigal" from a "minuet." Rudnytsky, a professional musician...

  • Petersburg to welcome Hōkūle'a crew this week

    Chris Basinger|Jun 22, 2023

    Community members are preparing to welcome the crew of the Hōkūle'a when it visits Petersburg this week as part of its Moananuiākea Voyage, a journey that will cover 43,000 nautical miles around the Pacific Ocean over the next four years. According to the Polynesian Voyaging Society, the Hōkūle'a, meaning "Star of Gladness," is a deep sea double-hulled voyaging canoe built in a traditional Hawaiian style that can be crewed by about a dozen people. Its voyage will take 400 crew members, who will...

  • Grant could help create Southeast squid market

    Kyle Clayton, Chilkat Valley News|Jun 22, 2023

    Which came first, the magister squid fishery or the magister squid market? A Juneau charter fishing operator was just awarded a $230,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to find out, and area fishermen might soon have a chance to diversify in the face of declining stocks and high barriers to entry in other markets. “It’s the chicken and the egg. Do you start researching on how to catch them or if there’s a market?” said Richard Yamada, who’s dedicated the last several years to learning more about magister...

  • Days of summer

    Jun 22, 2023