Articles from the June 23, 2022 edition


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  • Alaska ferry service returns to Prince Rupert

    Ketchikan Daily News and Wrangell Sentinel|Jun 23, 2022

    Alaska state ferry service between Ketchikan and Prince Rupert, British Columbia, resumed on Monday afternoon. The last state ferry voyage to the Canadian port city was in late fall 2019. The Matanuska made a quick round trip Monday and is scheduled for another voyage on Friday. "(The) Matanuska made a test sailing to Prince Rupert about a week ago and all went to plan," state Transportation Department spokesperson Sam Dapcevich wrote in a Friday email. This summer's service is limited, with...

  • Solstice music and ephemeral art

    Jun 23, 2022

  • Al Gross will withdraw from Alaska's U.S. House race

    James Brooks and Yereth Rosen, Alaska Beacon writers|Jun 23, 2022

    Republican candidate Tara Sweeney cannot replace independent candidate Al Gross in Alaska's special election for U.S. House, the director of the Alaska Division of Elections said Tuesday, one day after Gross said he will withdraw from the race. Gross's action and the division's decision means only three candidates will advance to a special general election on Aug. 16, but that could change if the division's decision is successfully challenged in court. Sweeney's campaign will not file a suit,... Full story

  • Three charter changes advance to final reading

    Chris Basinger|Jun 23, 2022

    The Petersburg Borough Assembly voted 6-0 to approve three ordinances, which could amend the charter, in their second readings during Monday's meeting. Mayor Mark Jensen was excused. If the three ordinances pass in a third and final reading, they will be included on this year's ballot for voter consideration. Ordinance #2022-08 would allow the extension of utility services to properties outside of Service Area One if requested and paid for by the property owner. It has been referred to as a...

  • Yesterday's News

    Jun 23, 2022

    June 23, 1922 Block 8 of the Petersburg townsite will be purchased by the Town of Petersburg from the Petersburg Packing Corporation for school purposes. Block 8 is located one block above the cannery and next to the Sverre Johansen residence. It is a scenic site, overlooking the north end of the Narrows, Frederick Sound, and the mainland mountains. It is level, well drained, and with a good gravel subsoil close to the surface which ensures dry playgrounds and a solid foundation. The owners offered the entire block to the town for the sum of...

  • Class of 2022 gifts "Longhouse" sign in high school gym

    Chris Basinger|Jun 23, 2022

    Traveling teams are soon going to receive a new greeting when they enter the Petersburg High School Gym. The Class of 2022 has chosen to make a sign that reads “Welcome to the Longhouse: Home of the Vikings” as its class gift. In a letter to the school board, PHS seniors said the sign would represent Norwegian culture and that funds raised for prom will be repurposed for the project. The sign will hang in the gym above the weight room doors, but it will not formally rename the gym facility and will only be an artistic welcome. Though the des...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Jun 23, 2022

    In response to John Murgas’s letter last week To the Editor: I regularly use the marine haul out services offered by John Murgas and his crew at Petersburg Marine. Over the years, John has taken the initiative to meet the needs of the small boat fleet and kept a lot of boat work in town, to the benefit of his customers, local stores, trades, and sales tax revenue. I have also been on the Harbor Advisory Board for a long time and have not perceived hostility toward his business or seen a plan proposed that did not feature a public haul out ramp...

  • Guest Editorial

    Larry Persily, Wrangell Sentinel Publisher|Jun 23, 2022

    Legislators, the governor, members of the public — and most certainly candidates in this year’s state elections — should be paying attention to stocks, bonds, real estate and other investments. Energy prices are fueling high inflation; stock markets are tumbling steeply downhill; Russia’s war on Ukraine is disrupting most everything in the world of finance and commerce; and a growing number of economists are talking “recession.” But rather than focusing on their own savings, elected officials and candidates need to pay close attention t...

  • Lighthouse Keepers Corner

    Pat and John Gans, 2022 Keepers Five Finger Lighthouse|Jun 23, 2022

    Humans come and go at Five Finger Lighthouse. Early on in it's life since 1902 the "365" teams would stay, four men thrown together through the four seasons. Their names are painted on the rocks beneath the helipad and under the lighthouse itself. Notes in the old log books show they were young men, lonely men, boisterous men, some celebratory, some at peace in nature, not always at peace with each other ...often wanting to go home. Researchers come to Five Finger Lighthouse to study the whales....

  • Alaska Airlines introduces new station manager and larger aircrafts

    Chris Basinger|Jun 23, 2022

    Boeing 737-800s are set to begin arriving in Petersburg on Friday on Alaska Airlines Flight 64 according to Chad Dolbeare, Petersburg's new station manager. Dolbeare, who has a degree in aviation administration, became the station manager in March of this year after having worked in the same position for Alaska Airlines in Utqiagvik, Alaska for five years. His job is to provide support to his agents, whether that be by getting supplies, scheduling maintenance, or working with personnel to serve...

  • Police report

    Jun 23, 2022

    June 15 – An officer spoke with an individual concerning a civil issue. Jacob Sturgeon was arrested on Haugen Drive on a warrant. An officer responded to a report of teenagers boarding people’s boats in Middle Harbor and determined it was unfounded. An officer responded to a parking accident on North 12th Street. An officer responded to a complaint of a barking dog on Kiseno Street. An officer responded to a complaint of loud and intoxicated individuals on North First and advised them of the ramifications. They departed the area at the off...

  • Assembly meetings to remain on Mondays

    Chris Basinger|Jun 23, 2022

    A resolution that would temporarily move assembly meetings from Mondays to Thursdays failed after a 1-5 vote during Monday’s Petersburg Borough Assembly meeting. Assembly Member Dave Kensinger voted in support and Mayor Mark Jensen was excused. Resolution #2022-10 would have changed the meeting schedule to the first and third Thursday of each month from July through September. The request was made by Jensen who will be gillnetting from Sunday through Wednesday of each week during the summer, making him unavailable for Monday meetings. Before th...

  • House District 2 Candidate Questionnaire, Part 1

    Chris Basinger|Jun 23, 2022

    Two candidates have filed for candidacy in this year's election to fill Rep. Jonathon Kreiss-Tomkins' seat in the Alaska House of Representatives. Kreiss-Tomkins, who first elected to the seat in 2012, announced earlier this year that he will not seek reelection. House District 2, which was newly created by the Alaska Redistricting Board, spans Southeast Alaska from Prince of Wales Island to Yakutat and includes Petersburg, Sitka, Kake, and Craig. The candidates running for the seat are Kenny...

  • Revised 2022 regional King Salmon sport fishing regulations for the Petersburg/Wrangell area

    Jun 23, 2022

    The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is announcing revised 2022 sport fishing regulations for king salmon in Southeast Alaska and Yakutat. These regulations will be effective 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 1 through 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 31, 2023. The regulations are: Alaskan Resident The resident bag and possession limit is two king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length; From October 1, 2022, through March 31, 2023, a resident sport angler may use two rods when fishing for king salmon; a person...

  • Stork report

    Jun 23, 2022

    Parents Ian and Shawna (Klein) Braun welcomed baby daughter Malenie Claire Braun, born on May 10th at The Flagstaff Medical Center, Flagstaff, Arizona. She weighed 6 pounds, one ounce and measured 19.5 inches. Proud grandparents are Duke and Kate Klein of Prineville, Oregon and Rick and Sue Braun of Petersburg....

  • School News

    Jun 23, 2022

    Julia Susan Murph earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and graduated cum laude from the University of Alaska Fairbanks on April 30, 2022. Britton Erickson and Gillian Wittstock earned placement on the Gonzaga University Dean’s List for spring semester 2022. Students must earn a 3.5 to 3.84 grade-point average to be listed. Britton Erickson graduated cum laude with a BBA in Business Administration from Gonzaga University....

  • Pride art show in Petersburg

    Jess Field|Jun 23, 2022

    The deadline to drop off submissions for this year's Pride art show came and went with the beginning of the week and, as of Monday, organizer Annette Bennett was still hoping to get a piece of art done in time. June is Pride month and Bennett helped establish the event in 2019 with the goal of helping increase visibility of the LGBTQ community on Mitkof Island. Bennett feels like COVID disrupting life for many people might have temporarily taken some of the wind out of those sails. But they rece... Full story

  • Rally at the courthouse

    Jun 23, 2022

    Around 80 demonstrators gathered at the Petersburg Court House on the evening of Friday, June 24th, 2022 holding signs that read "abortion is healthcare," "we will not go back," and "keep your laws off my body." They cheered as passing cars honked in solidarity then proceeded to march through downtown Petersburg chanting "My body, my choice!" The rally was a response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision earlier in the day which overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that established... Full story

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