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 By Brian Varela    News    July 25, 2019

Sewage discharge "not likely" from the Le Soléal, says DEC

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...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    July 25, 2019

Borough assembly votes against filling second police sergeant position

The borough assembly denied Police Chief Jim Kerr's request to advertise and fill a vacant police sergeant position at an assembly meeting last week. While the borough's 2020 operating budget does...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    July 25, 2019

Vacant EMS coordinator position to remain vacant

The borough assembly voted against filling a vacant EMS coordinator position last week that would free up Fire/EMS Director Sandy Dixson's time to apply for grants, while designating an individual tha...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    July 25, 2019

USCGC ELDERBERRY returns to Petersburg

From Oct. 31, 2018 through July 6, the United States Coast Guard Cutter ELDERBERRY, home ported in Petersburg, was dry docked in Ketchikan for routine maintenance. Coast Guard civilian employees...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    July 25, 2019

Hemlock sawfly outbreak continues for a second summer

Southeast Alaska is currently going through its second year of increased hemlock sawfly activity, but an entomologist with the United States Forest Service said the trees that the insects feed off of...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    July 25, 2019

Part 2: Food fight between SE fishermen and sea otters

Sea otters are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act, a federal law that prohibits the harvesting of marine mammals. However, this law does allow for some exceptions. Under section 101 of the...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    July 25, 2019

Water and wastewater projects move to second reading

The borough assembly approved an ordinance last week in its first reading that would give voters the opportunity to decide whether or not to allow the water and wastewater departments to take out...

 

Hundreds of Alaska ferry workers go on strike

Juneau, Alaska (AP) - A spokesman for a union representing workers for the Alaska ferry system says the union has gone on strike. Hundreds of ferry workers went on strike Wednesday after failing to...

 

Alaska House comes up 1 vote short on capital budget funding

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska House failed by one vote Monday to win sufficient support to use reserve funds to help pay for a state infrastructure budget. The vote came on reconsideration, after a similar vote failed Sunday. Lawmakers still...

 

Stikine River Federal subsistence Sockeye Salmon fishery closed

Wrangell District Ranger Clint Kolarich, under authority delegated by the Federal Subsistence Board, is closing the June 21 – July 31, 2019 Federal subsistence Sockeye Salmon fishery in the Stikine...

 

Fast food

A rufous hummingbird was attracted to a scarlet bee balm plant on Tuesday....

 

Guest Commentary: To: Petersburg Borough Assembly

Over the past 10 months, the Petersburg Borough Assembly has debated the necessity of filling a vacant position in the Police Department. Assembly member Meucci has asked for a discussion multiple...

 
 By Ron Loesch    Opinion    July 25, 2019

Editorial: IBU strike benefits Gov. Dunleavy

The strike called for by the Inlandboatmen's Union of the Pacific (IBU) this week defies all logic. Talk about giving the governor exactly what he wants at a most expeditious time - the script...

 
 By Ron Loesch    Opinion    July 25, 2019

Be part of the solution

While last week's unfounded account that the visiting cruise ship Le Soleal discharged sewage into Frederick Sound gave anti-cruise ship groups a reason to oust the ships from Borough area waterways,...

 

To the Editor

PVFD strive to be ready for anything To the Editor: Some of the amateurs on the borough assembly criticize the Volunteer Fire Dept. for the fire suppression, rescue, and emergency medical equipment...

 

Family picnic

Whales bubble net feed in the haze near Big Creek in Frederick Sound on July 10....

 

Police report

July 17 — Randall Sassine was issued a citation for driving without a valid license. Brina Compton, 24, was arrested on charges of violating conditions of release. Kaitlin DuRoss, 32, was issued a citation for excessive speed. July 18 — Extra...

 

Court report

May 30 — Ivan Antonio Gil entered a guilty plea to a charge of DUI. The court sentenced the defendant to 30 days/27 suspended home confinement, a $1,500 fine, $200 in surcharges, $66 for cost of imprisonment, 90 days license revocation, 6 months...

 

Sitting pretty

A rufous hummingbird takes a break on local resident John Havrilek's porch. Havrilek believes it to be a female because he saw a darker one the day after that could be its mate...

 

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