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 By Brian Varela    News    July 11, 2019

Millage rate increases to 12.3 mills

The borough assembly approved a resolution on Friday increasing the millage rate in service area one to 12.3 mills in response to Gov. Mike Dunleavy's decision to veto 50 percent of the School Bond De...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    July 11, 2019

Residents protest governor's vetoes

Cars were driving by honking and rock 'n' roll music was playing as nearly 100 residents gathered in front of the Petersburg Courthouse on Tuesday at 12 P.M. to protest Gov. Mike Dunleavy's 182...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    July 11, 2019

SE harvests 532,000 salmon this season to date

For this season, about 532,000 salmon have been commercially harvested in the Southeast Alaska region, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Blue Sheet that is updated daily. Chum...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    July 11, 2019

Two high temperature records broken in June

The warm and dry period that began in the latter half of June and continued into July has been unusually long and broke two high temperature records, according to Tom Ainsworth, meteorologist in...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    July 11, 2019

Porcupine carcasses clutter the roadway near Blind Slough

It was around noon on July 3 when Tim Koeneman was driving out the road to take his dog for a walk when he began to notice porcupine carcasses scattered on Mitkof Highway between Blind Slough and...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    July 11, 2019

PHS student to spend a year studying in Sweden

Since she was 12 years old, Kara Newman has dreamed of living in Scandinavia and later this month, she will finally achieve that goal. Newman, 15, said she wanted to go to Scandinavia to better...

 

"Rock Your Freedom"

Britton Erickson marches in the Fourth of July parade holding up one of the famous rocks for the Festive Family Rocks Your Freedom group....

 

Yesterday's News

July 11, 1919 Three local boys, are in jail charged with having robbed the United States Post office, the Sons of Norway store, and the Wheeler Drug and Jewelry Company store.. All of the boys have pleaded guilty to most of the charges and have been...

 

Patterson River

Dan Sullivan stands between the Patterson River and the exposed rock face near the Patterson Glacier terminus. Less than 20 years ago, this location was buried in ice....

 

Letters to the Editor

Who benefits? To the Editor: How can it be that we are knee-deep in tourist effluent and Medicaid is being cut? Why isn't the State Treasury fat with income from the tourist industry? Southeast...

 

Police report

July 2 — A disturbance was reported at a location on S. Nordic Dr. A patrol was requested at Parks and Recreation. July 3 — A structure fire occurred at a location on Cornelius Rd. An assault was reported at the 700 block of Haugen Dr....

 

Australia company seeks exploratory drilling OK in Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Australia mining company is seeking permission to start exploratory drilling for the rare element vanadium in southeast Alaska. Northern Cobalt Ltd. has applied to the U.S. Forest Service for the proposed project on...

 

Surf & Turf

A Sitka blacktail deer runs through the water on July 2nd....

 

Legislators brace for showdown over governor's vetoes

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The message on the front page of Alaska's second-largest newspaper was unmistakable. A nearly 2-inch (5-centimeter) headline, outlined in red, in Monday's edition of the Fairb...

 

Economists: Budget vetoes could result in job losses

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Budget vetoes of $444 million by Alaska’s governor could cause widespread job losses, economists said. Analysts and business leaders predict lost jobs are only one of the consequences of Republican Gov. Mike...

 

Wasilla or Juneau? Disagreement over special session locale

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — One of the most powerful Republicans in the Alaska Senate is bucking the Senate president’s call to meet in Juneau on Monday, as legislative factions barrel toward trying to hold special sessions in two different cities,...

 

Racing the ducks

During the Rotary Duck Race on the Fourth of July, Soren Eddy, Cedar Littleton and Hakon Eddy (front to back) race the ducks down Excel St.....

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 11, 2019

One fisheries item that appears to have escaped Gov. Dunleavy's veto pen is desire to divert local fish taxes from coastal communities into state coffers

One fisheries item that appears to have escaped Governor Mike Dunleavy’s veto pen so far is his desire to divert local fish taxes from coastal communities into state coffers. Dunleavy’s initial budget in February aimed to repeal the sharing of...

 

Looking for shade

A wild goat and a couple of her kids were seen near the LeConte Glacier on Sunday....

 

Alaska officials close forest  areas as wildfire approaches

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska officials closed some forest lands to all uses as a wildfire approached the Chugach National Forest, a report said. Smoke from the growing Swan Lake wildfire pushed into Anchorage Sunday, The Anchorage Daily News...

 

Hazel Pauline O'Donnell Benson Wilcoxon, 80

Hazel Wilcoxon, passed away Nov. 19, 2018 on her 80th birthday. Born in Petersburg, Alaska in 1938, Hazel was the oldest of the three daughters of John "Jack" and Vera O'Donnell. She graduated from... Full story

 

Happy 4th of July

About 900 pounds of shells were shot during this year's Fourth of July fireworks show on Wednesday evening, according to Assistant Fire Chief Dave Berg....

 

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