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 By Brian Varela    News    July 18, 2019

Le Soléal captain denies reports of dumping sewage

A fisherman reported raw sewage had been dumped into Frederick Sound near Le Conte Bay on the morning of July 10, but the cruise ship Le Soléal's captain, Erwan Le Rouzic, said any sewage found in...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 18, 2019

Part 1: Fight between fishermen and sea otters

Sea otters are considered by many people to be an adorable animal, an important part of the ecosystem, and also a nuisance that is threatening other marine life populations in Southeast Alaska. In...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    July 18, 2019

USCGC ANACAPA changes command

The authority and accountability of the United States Coast Guard Cutter ANACAPA transferred from Lt. Rachel Kent to Lt. Curtis Gookin in a change of command ceremony last Friday. Capt. Stephen...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    July 18, 2019

Assembly to hold meeting this evening at 6 P.M.

The Petersburg Borough Assembly will hold their second meeting of July this evening, July 18, at 6 P.M. and will discuss the vacant police sergeant and EMS coordinator positions, as well as two...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    July 18, 2019

Off-duty police sergeant helps extinguish residental fire

The Petersburg Fire Department responded to a house fire on the 800 block of Wrangell Ave. on Tuesday that was quickly extinguished thanks to the quick thinking of a neighbor who happened to be...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    July 18, 2019

Sophomore departs for exchange program in Germany

On Aug. 11, Abigail Anderson will be leaving Petersburg to study in Celle, Germany for her sophomore year of high school. Anderson said she was first inspired to study abroad after listening to one...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    July 18, 2019

Hofstetter confident with his first year as CEO

Petersburg Medical Center CEO Phil Hofstetter has been in town for just over a year, and said he has accomplished everything he had set out to achieve during his first year on the job. He came to PMC...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 18, 2019

Michael Nash killed in plane crash

WRANGELL - Wrangell resident and attorney Michael Nash, 68, passed away in a plane crash near Ketchikan last Thursday. Alaska State Troopers were notified by Ketchikan Flight Service of an overdue...

 

UAA Brother Francis Shelter prepare for cuts

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — State budget cuts have University of Alaska officials anticipating the possibility of program and staff reductions, while Anchorage’s largest homeless shelter will cut its hours and services, reports said. The university...

 

AK Legislature fails to override vetoes that prompt cuts

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature failed Wednesday to override budget vetoes by Gov. Mike Dunleavy that will prompt a massive 41% cut of state funding to the University of Alaska and lay waste to other programs the governor deemed...

 

Governor's call amended to include capital budget, full legislature to convene in Juneau

JUNEAU – On Wed., July 17, Gov. Mike Dunleavy amended his call for the Second Special Session to include the unfinished capital budget appropriations bill and to change the session location from Wasilla to Juneau. Lawmakers will gather in the...

 

Head of US Forest Service visits Alaska's Tongass Forest

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) —The head of the U.S. Forest Service visited Alaska’s Tongass National Forest to investigate timber sales and related issues, a report said. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski hosted Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen during the Ju...

 

Breaching the surface

A humpback whale breaches the surface of Frederick Sound on Saturday, July 13....

 

To the Editor

Violation of Trust To the Editor: I am very shocked and disappointed at the callous manner in which the Administration and Legislature have let down Alaska's brightest and promising students....

 
 By Ron Loesch    Opinion    July 18, 2019

Editorial: Look to the future

KFSK radio in Petersburg has a scheduled spring and fall fundraiser, and often an impromptu solicitation each June when the state budget is announced. They've salvaged their state grant from the jaws...

 

Police report

July 10 — A debit card was found at a location on N. 3rd St. and given to authorities. Unauthorized tree harvesting was reported at the .5 mile mark of Frederick Point Rd. July 11 — Authorities are involved in an ongoing drug investigation. A...

 

A sign of the times

The Muskeg Maleriers donated a sign to the Petersburg School District's garden that sits next to the high school track. Founded in 1974, the group tries to make one donation a year. The members spent...

 

Museum features collected artifacts

The Clausen Memorial Museum has a collection of prehistoric stone tools on display that were found on Mitkof and Kupreanof islands. The collection includes t-shaped mauls, hand mauls, and adzes. Some...

 

Chow time

A Robin feeding her offspring who remain nestbound....

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 18, 2019

In terms of budget cuts, fisheries fare better than most people

Fisheries fare better than most people in terms of Governor Mike Dunleavy’s budget cuts. Just under one million dollars was cut from the commercial fisheries division of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, leaving it with an $85 million...

 

Stork report

Gunnar Franklin Lee Seale was born on July 1 in Ketchikan to Rosa and Sam Seale. He weighed 8 lbs, 2 oz, and was 20 3/4 inches long....

 
 By Brian Varela    News    July 18, 2019

DEC: Sewage discharge "not likely" from the Le Soléal

An investigation by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation revealed that the Le Soléal did not dump sewage into Frederick Sound near Le Conte Bay earlier this month after a report of... Full story

 

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