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 By Brian Varela    News    July 23, 2020

Final emergency ordinance vote deferred

The Petersburg Borough Assembly voted on Monday to postpone the third reading of the civil emergency provisions ordinance to Sept. 21 with a public hearing to be held before the final reading....

 
 By Brian Varela    News    July 23, 2020

Petersburg on track for wettest summer

Petersburg is currently experiencing its fourth wettest summer, with the potential of becoming the wettest summer on record, according to data from the National Weather Service in Juneau. From June 1...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    July 23, 2020

Zero active cases of Covid-19 in town

There have been zero active cases of COVID-19 in town since Thursday, July 16 when the Petersburg Borough and Petersburg Medical Center first announced that all cases of the virus have since...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    July 23, 2020

SEAPA issues intent to award bid for submarine cable

The Southeast Alaska Power Agency Board of Directors has awarded a bid for the replacement of a damaged submarine cable to Sumitomo, a Japanese firm, according to Board Chairman Bob Lynn. Lynn...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    July 23, 2020

Borough Clerk: May, June meetings valid

After the expiration of an emergency ordinance on April 30 that allowed the borough assembly to set a quorum telephonically, the assembly continued to hold remote meetings throughout May and June,...

 
 By Bert Stedman    News    July 23, 2020

Assembly approves in-person voting

The borough assembly voted in favor of having an in-person municipal election this fall at their assembly meeting on Monday, instead of an election held entirely by mail. Borough Clerk Debbie...

 

Some AK cities decline to mandate masks amid virus

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The largest city in Alaska has mandated residents wear masks in public to limit the spread of COVID-19, but several other cities and boroughs declined to follow suit, arguing the mandates weren’t needed, would be...

 

Police report

July 15 — A welfare check was conducted on a resident at Northwind Apartments. A disturbance at the ball field was reported to authorities. Authorities responded to a report of an intoxicated individual at a location on N. Nordic Dr. July 16 — Ex...

 

Clarification

In the Police Report of the July 9, 2020 issue of the Petersburg Pilot, Oliver Christensen was reported as having been arrested on charges of driving under the influence due to incomplete information the Pilot received from the Petersburg Police...

 

Google removes Alaska trooper ad in 'misunderstanding'

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Department of Public Safety accused Google of censorship for canceling a recruitment advertisement for state troopers considered to be political, but the tech giant said it was a miscommunication. The pay-per-click...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    July 23, 2020

New food security project starting up in Wrangell

WRANGELL - "Concern" is a common theme in the COVID-19 pandemic. People are concerned about their health, their jobs, getting their kids back into school, and the economic prospects of their...

 

7.8 Magnitude quake shakes Alaska Penninsula Tuesday night

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A powerful earthquake off Alaska’s southern coast shook sparsely populated coastal communities late Tuesday and prompted some residents to briefly flee to higher ground because of tsunami fears. There were no immediate...

 

Petition seeks endangered species status for Alaska wolves

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A conservation group has filed a petition seeking endangered species status for a subspecies of Alaska wolves. The Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on July 15 for the protections...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 23, 2020

Seafood is Alaska's top export, source of state's largest manufacturing base

Most Alaskans are surprised to learn that seafood is by far Alaska’s top export, the source of the state’s largest manufacturing base and its #1 private employer. More surprising is that those simple to find facts are not included in the...

 

Corps to release review of Alaska mine project this week

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) —The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to release its final environmental review of a proposed copper and gold mine near the headwaters of a major salmon fishery in southwest Alaska, a review a corps official says will inform...

 

Cigarette butt cleanup

Liam Jackson shows off the cigarette butts he collected on July 16 as part of Petersburg Indian Association's Cigarette Butt Litter Cleanup. Jackson and other members of the community searched the...

 

Good hygiene, no social distancing

A buck on a Wrangell Narrows beach grooms itself on July 18, while a second buck pretends not to notice....

 

Letters to the Editor

Can't afford boondoggle To the Editor: Senator Stedman's diatribe defending his second road to nowhere is totally unpersuasive (Petersburg Pilot, July 2, 2020). His persistent opposition to public...

 

Editorial: Just lucky

2,132 Alaskans are reported infected with the Covid-19 virus along with 487 non-residents as of July 21. Petersburg has had zero active cases of COVID-19 since Thursday, July 17 according to Borough...

 

Out for a walk

A family of bears forage for seaweed near Portage Bay on Kupreanof Island on July 17....

 

Lonely hunter

A lone wolf was seen chasing two deer at Blind Slough earlier this month. The deer were able to get away, but the wolf wandered around for a bit and stopped 35 feet in front of photographer Matt...

 

Misty hike

The muskeg hole at the end of the Raven Trail is one of the highest points of the trail....

 

At the top

The end of the Raven Trail loops around a giant muskeg hole. To the right of the muskeg hole is a newly renovated section of the trail that features fresh gravel and concrete stair...

 

Yesterday's News

July 23, 1920 The Petersburg City Council has decided to increase the present capacity of the light plant before the coming winter, the details to be decided at a later meeting when figures have been received from machinery houses. It was brought to...

 

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