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 By Mary Koppes    News    July 23, 2015

Show me the money:

The Borough Assembly is working to put a proposition on the Oct. 6 municipal ballot that exempts candidates running for local public offices from a state requirement to disclose income, business interests and other assets. An ordinance to put the... Full story

 

Paddlers conquer the Narrows

The 2nd annual Paddle Battle sponsored by the Petersburg Medical Center Foundation saw 33 paddlers this year and one ride-along pup. Paddlers from age seven to 66 took to the water with 22 folks... Full story

 

Court fee increases take effect in August

Users of services in the Alaska Court System (ACS) will be seeing new fees for some services and fee increases for other services beginning August 1. The increases were approved by the Alaska Supreme Court in June. “The increased or additional... Full story

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    July 23, 2015

Candidates sought for 20 vacancies

Residents wishing to serve or continue serving as local officials can file for candidacy for 20 vacant positions (see sidebar) on seven different boards and commissions starting Tuesday, July 28....

 

Yesterday's News

July 24, 1915 – Professor Golder, of the University of Washington, claims to have discovered, through study of the government archives in Petrograd, that Russia's reason for selling Alaska was the fear that, when the country's richness in gold was...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    July 23, 2015

Assembly voices concerns about winter ferry schedule

The Assembly agreed to send a letter to the Alaska Department of Transportation (ADOT) as part of the public comment period on the winter schedule that expresses concerns about the schedule’s ability to meet student travel and visitor’s needs....

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    July 23, 2015

Wastewater infrastructure repairs more costly than anticipated

Additional needed repairs to the wastewater infrastructure have been discovered by crews working on the sewer project in conjunction with the Haugen-Nordic Drive road construction project that began earlier this summer. “As the work commenced it...

 

Pilot staff receives national recognition

The Petersburg Pilot won second place for Best Local News Coverage in the National Newspaper Association (NNA) 2015 Better Newspaper Editorial Contest. The Pilot competed for the award against daily and non-daily newspapers across the country that...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    July 23, 2015

Weaver sentencing further delayed

Sentencing in the trial of former Petersburg resident Mark Weaver, 60, has been delayed again. Weaver pled guilty to a felony charge of Possession of Unregistered Destruction Devices in February following an explosion incident in the rock quarry...

 
 By Mary Koppes    News    July 23, 2015

Martin sentenced in residential burglary case

Brittany Martin, 22, of Juneau, pled guilty to two amended charges during a change of plea hearing before Superior Court Judge William Carey on Monday. Martin was indicted on a Class B felony charge for burglary in April after she was identified in...

 

Police reports

July 15 A caller reported an individual passing at 50 miles per hour in the Hungry Point area. A suspicious substance was reported by a caller. Public Works staff requested that abandoned vehicles on Lumber Street be impounded. An officer patrolled...

 

Borough Manager's Report

Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht gave the following report at Monday’s Assembly meeting: - An extreme low tide did damage Sunday morning at the launch ramp float when a random chunk of piling floated in and lodged itself under one of the float...

 

Courts

July 16 Deputy Magistrate Brandy Boggs presided over arraignment for Zachary S. Edwards. The defendant pled guilty to a charge of minor consuming and was sentenced to pay a $600 fine with $400 suspended, a $10 police training surcharge, and he must b...

 

Alaska ferry delayed 3 days, engine problems blamed

JUNEAU (AP) — Those who had hoped to catch a ride on the Alaska ferry Columbia Tuesday should be able to depart sometime Friday. The ferry was supposed to make stops in Sitka, Wrangell, Petersburg, Ketchikan and eventually Bellingham, Washington,...

 

Alaska high court: Local mining initiative unenforceable

JUNEAU (AP) — Alaska's highest court ruled Friday that an initiative seeking to restrict large-scale mining in the Bristol Bay region seriously impedes a regulatory process set out in state law and is unenforceable. The Alaska Supreme Court affir...

 

Ketchikan Boy Scout rescued after 3,000-pound boulder pins his legs

JUNEAU (AP) — Firefighters in Alaska rescued a Boy Scout after a 3,000-pound boulder tumbled onto him at a Juneau camp, pinning his legs. The Juneau Empire reports Capital City Fire/Rescue freed the boy Monday after an intensive rescue that took...

 

Consultant hired to help recommend Medicaid reforms

JUNEAU (AP) — The state health department has hired a consultant to help recommend next steps as Gov. Bill Walker's administration plans to implement Medicaid expansion and looks to make further changes to the existing Medicaid program. The contrac...

 

Fairbanks voters to decide on marijuana tax

FAIRBANKS (AP) — The Fairbanks City Council has approved a proposed tax on marijuana retail sales that will now be up for debate among voters. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that the council on Monday unanimously approved a 5 percent tax...

 

Anchorage man gets 52 years for violent crime spree

ANCHORAGE (AP) — A 27-year-old Anchorage man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for a 2013 crime spree that left three people severely injured. Alejandro Aulman was sentenced Thursday for nine counts of assault, seven counts of robbery,...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 23, 2015

Fish Factor, Record breaking catches during last week of sockeye run

The world’s biggest sockeye salmon run at Bristol Bay went from “bust” to “unbelievable” in one week. Landings last week broke records every day for five days for that time frame, bringing the total sockeye catch to nearly 28 million fish...

 

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