Articles from the July 4, 2024 edition


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  • Ephemeral Art

    Jul 4, 2024

    On Saturday, the Rainforest Festival’s Ephemeral Art Show graced the Sandy Beach Park area with numerous installations of art made from materials found in the environment — the art is intended not to last long but to become part of the environment again. Simultaneously in the park , the Petersburg Arts Council’s Moving Music concert series was featuring performances by local musicians....

  • PETERSBURG 4TH OF JULY

    Jul 4, 2024

    Check out 2022 4th of July Schedule ...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

  • New borough policy in the works for dealing with large derelict vessels

    Liam Demko|Jul 4, 2024

    Several large derelict vessels moored in Petersburg's harbors, have reached a point where they might not survive another winter. Harbormaster Glo Wollen is working with Borough Attorney Sara Heideman to adapt Petersburg's municipal code concerning derelict vessels, before it's too late. Currently, Petersburg's municipal code includes a set of procedures that direct the harbor to impound or auction abandoned or potentially dangerous derelict vessels. The new procedure being developed will...

  • Teacher contracts a go after Dunleavy signs one-time public education funding

    Hannah Flor, KFSK Radio|Jul 4, 2024

    Petersburg teachers will likely have a contract for the next three years. That's because a deal between the teachers union and the school district met a final requirement on Friday when Gov. Mike Dunleavy signed the state operating budget without vetoing any one-time public education funding. The two groups came to a tentative contract agreement in May that was contingent on Dunleavy approving all $175 million dollars for public education in the state operating budget. That agreement came after...

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

    Jul 4, 2024

    July 4, 1924 – The Herald fully agrees with Pat O’Cotter in an article in the Alaska Weekly in which he says, among other things: “Captain Lathrop and George Edward Lewis made a real Alaskan picture, ‘The Chechacoes.’ It was financed and also filmed in Alaska, and nine-tenths of the cast were real Alaskans. It was the first picture ever made in Alaska and when the big producers in the East saw it, they grabbed it and they are giving it the biggest kick-off that a picture ever got in America, and it’s all because it’s a genuine Alaska picture. I...

  • Alaska Supreme Court reverses homeschool allotment ruling

    CLAIRE STREMPLE|Jul 4, 2024

    Alaska’s Supreme Court justices on Friday reversed a Superior Court ruling that struck down key components of the state’s correspondence school program. Nearly 23,000 homeschool students may continue to use their allotments of state education money to pay for private school tuition until the Anchorage Superior Court reconsiders the case. The Supreme Court made its decision a day after oral arguments in an appeal of the ruling in State of Alaska, Department of Education and Early Development v. Alexander, in which plaintiffs argued that it is...

  • South Mitkof Subdivision could be good fit for infrastructure development program

    Hannah Flor|Jul 4, 2024

    Alaska's freshly signed capital budget includes state funding for a program meant to encourage land development. It's a single line: Statewide Housing Development, $4 million. But according to Republican Senator Bert Stedman of Sitka, that money could help shake loose some land for much-needed housing. He said there's a lot of land around the state, but it's not getting developed. "The economics don't work, due to the cost of the infrastructure, mainly the roads and the utilities," he said. "So...

  • Guest Editorial: Majority rules, but that doesn't mean dictates

    Larry Persily, Wrangell Sentinel publisher|Jul 4, 2024

    A long time ago, the Sentinel called out a mayor for taking an action without city council approval (this was before Wrangell became a borough). The mayor had sent a letter to a federal agency, stating the city’s official position on an issue — but it was merely his personal opinion. There was no council discussion, no public notice. It wasn’t that controversial a position, but the point was that the mayor, no matter how well meaning, should not speak for the city without first making sure the elected council is in agreement. The mayor came...

  • Breakfast with a view

    Jul 4, 2024

    Hikers make their camp at the high point of the ridge along the ten­ mile unmaintained trail from Twin Creek Shelter to the Raven's Roost Trailhead at Sandy Beach....

  • To the Editor

    Jul 4, 2024

    Thank you for the show of support To the Editor: What an amazing celebration of life for Lyle. The show of support from everyone – all the food, cards, flowers, donations and hugs. And all the warm words of comfort were very much appreciated. It has helped to make Lyle’s passing a little easier. The Bennett family...

  • Police report

    Jul 4, 2024

    June 26 – An officer assisted a citizen on Mitkof Highway. An individual on South 2nd Street spoke with an officer. Found property was turned in to the Petersburg Police Department (PPD). An officer conducted an extra patrol on Frederick Point Drive. An officer conducted an extra patrol of Twin Creeks. June 27 – Property found near Parks and Recreation was turned in to the PPD. An officer responded to a disturbance on South 3rd Street and determined it was non-criminal. June 28 – Property found near Nordic Automotive was turned in to the PPD....

  • City Creek Trail extension

    Jul 4, 2024

    The rock work is well underway on Petersburg Indian Association's City Creek Trail extension project, which is anticipated by the end of the year to complete the mile-long, gravel and boardwalk trail improvement, connecting Sandy Beach Park to City Creek....

  • Author of "Random Acts of Kindness..." hosts community building workshop

    Liam Demko|Jul 4, 2024

    Educator, psychologist, and international advocate Dr. Paloma Pavel will be hosting her workshop "Resilience for Community Builders" on Tuesday, July 9 at 2PM at the public library, Based on her experience as the coauthor of "Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty" and editor of "Breakthrough Communities," Pavel invites attendees to learn how communities like Petersburg can build more personal and community resilience. "Part of what we'll be looking at is how [we can] face the challenges...

  • The Hospital Guild Charity Box:

    Aiden Luhr|Jul 4, 2024

    The Petersburg Hospital Guild is a non-profit organization that was established in 1937. Since the beginning, the Hospital Guild has operated the Charity Box thrift shop – currently located on First Street behind the visitor center and open on Mondays all summer. “We only use it in the summer because it has no heat,” Hospital Guild President Tekla Israelson said. “You couldn’t comfortably work here during the winter.” Every person who works at the thrift store is a volunteer and a member of t...

  • What to expect from this year's 4th of July celebration

    Hannah Flor, KFSK Radio|Jul 4, 2024

    There are a lot of classic games during Petersburg's 4th of July celebration – log rolling, the money pile, the egg toss. Nathan Lopez runs the main street events on the 3rd, hosted by the Lighthouse Church. He said some events do get changed from year to year. "We had one year where we actually had pies with herring in it," he said. "And then we realized that was a bad decision. I mean, I should have just already recognized that was a bad decision." Side note: the herring was raw. "So it was k...

  • Crystal Lake

    Jul 4, 2024

    Ripples on Crystal Lake sparkle during a sunny June hike up Crystal Mountain, around 18 miles south of Petersburg on Mitkof Island....

  • Developer walks away from offer to buy Wrangell hospital property

    Becca Clark, Wrangell Sentinel reporter|Jul 4, 2024

    WRANGELL — Georgia-based real-estate developer Wayne Johnson has rescinded his offer to purchase the former Wrangell Medical Center property and six adjacent lots from the borough. Johnson had negotiated a new purchase agreement covering the parcels, but said he withdrew his proposal due to community concerns over the new deal. He blamed a Sentinel headline for stirring up concerns. Johnson notified borough officials on Friday, June 28, of his decision to walk away from the project. The Sentinel reported on Johnson’s requested changes to the...

  • Wrangell receives $25 million federal grant for downtown harbor rebuild

    Becca Clark, Wrangell Sentinel reporter|Jul 4, 2024

    WRANGELL — The borough has been awarded a $25 million Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity grant to rebuild most of the downtown harbor floats, install new pilings and improve parking. The federal money, which requires no match from the borough, will fund most of the estimated $28 million project that will include an overhaul of the Inner Harbor, Reliance and Standard Oil floats, new fire suppression systems, pilings and relocated parking. The borough will likely get the remaining $3 million for the project t...

  • Trollers begin chase for Chinook on July 1

    ANNA LAFFREY, Ketchikan Daily News Staff Writer|Jul 4, 2024

    Suspense can be felt on docks throughout Southeast Alaska as commercial troll fishermen gear up to chase Chinook salmon during the first general Chinook fishing opener of the summer season. Trollers beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, July 1 can target a total of approximately 66,700 Chinook salmon in an opener that will be closed by emergency order when catch estimates approach that harvest target, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced last Thursday. Fish and Game estimates that trollers will catch 66,700 Chinook in six to seven...

  • Petersburg's utility customers are asked to inspect their water service lines this month

    Orin Pierson|Jul 4, 2024

    Petersburg utility customers are being asked to check what material the water service lines connecting to their homes or buildings are made of. This is part of a nationwide service line inventory required because of an EPA rules revision earlier this year. A survey was mailed out along with June's utility bills; it provides illustrated instructions on how to inspect your water service line, what to look for, and how to report the results. Taking part in the service line inventory is a...

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