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Articles from the July 30, 2015 edition

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 By Mary Koppes    News    July 30, 2015

Study of harbor financials yields 11 percent rate increase recommendation

A public comment period is currently underway for two draft documents released as part of the Comprehensive Plan process-a land use map and a document outlining the financial state of the Borough's... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 30, 2015

PPD gets new officers and scheduling model

Staffing changes at the Petersburg Police Department (PPD) have led to a new scheduling model that will have police officers filling in on dispatch shifts as part of their weekly duties. Police Chief Kelly Swihart said that the idea for the new... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 30, 2015

Raven Trail revamp in progress until Oct.

The US Forest Service and Korpela Construction crews have broken ground on a new half-mile portion of the Raven's Roost Trail. Construction began July 17 on the section which will connect the new... Full story


Yesterday's News

July 31, 1915 – John A. Einmo, for the Pacific Mildcure Company, on Tuesday purchased 182 barrels of herring from Louis Seiversen, of the seine boat John P., and 31 barrels from R. Enge. The price paid was $9.00 per barrel. The fish were repacked...

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 30, 2015

Hospital pilot program to help streamline school enrollment

School enrollment will be a little bit easier for parents and staff this year as the Petersburg Medical Center (PMC) was selected to pilot a program that will transmit vaccine records, sports physicals and other pertinent medical information...


To the Editor: Thank you for support

I would like to thank everyone who has supported me in raising funds to travel to Mae Wang Lampang, Thailand for my Rotary Youth Exchange. People came to each fundraiser showing complete support of my exchange and have offered an endless amount of...


Police reports

July 22 An officer responded to multiple reports of a barking dog. A caller reported two near-accidents with drivers on Mitkof Highway. Police received a report of trespassing. Possible gunshots were reported near Skylark Way. An officer issued a...

 By Dan Rudy    News    July 30, 2015

Salard found guilty, faces 10-40 years

WRANGELL — The jury in the trial of Greg Salard found the former family physician guilty of two child pornography charges, for receipt and distribution. A lesser, third count was not deliberated by jurors. Judge Anthony Burgess presided over the...



July 23 Marybeth Johnson appeared before Magistrate Judge Desiree Burrell for an arraignment on a minor offense charge of Dogs at Large. The defendant pled no contest to the charge and was sentenced to pay a $50 fine and a $10 surcharge. July 28...


Trooper report

July 19 James Vick and Julie Ruhle were cited by Alaska Wildlife Troopers for Dungeness Crab Marking Requirements. Vick and Ruhle are the registered permit holders on the F/V Midnight Ryder. They were documented fishing with crab gear marked with...

 By Mary Koppes    News    July 30, 2015

Erickson earns Eagle Scout rank

Eighteen-year-old Skipper Erickson was the most recent in the Petersburg troop to join the rank of Eagle Scout. Erickson took the scouting oath for the rank in a ceremony on July 3, capping off six...


Glacial fjord tours may harm harbor seals

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Tourists who want to look at seal pups resting among Alaska’s glacial fjords may be making things harder for the marine animals. Cruise ship traffic in the glacial fjords an import nursery area for harbor seal pups has...

 By Dan Rudy    News    July 30, 2015

Stikine ceremony to mark Mt. Polley disaster anniversary

WRANGELL — On Sunday Alaska Native and Canadian First Nations groups will mark the first anniversary of the Mount Polley tailings dam collapse in a ceremony on the Stikine River. On Aug. 4, 2014, a rupture in the tailings dam servicing the British...

 By Laine Welch    Dockside    July 30, 2015

Fish Factor: Bristol Bay sockeye prices plunge to 50 cents a pound

Shock and dismay were heard from Bristol Bay fishermen when they finally got word last week that major buyers would pay 50 cents a pound for their sockeye salmon.  That’s a throwback to the dock prices paid from 2002 through 2004, and compares to...


Alaska governor discusses Medicaid expansion decision

JUNEAU (AP) — Gov. Bill Walker said he believes his bill to expand Medicaid would have passed the Legislature if brought to a vote but that the legislation never seemed to be progressing toward that end. Walker announced this month his intention...


Local humpback obtains longest re-sighting record

A humpback whale that was first sighted in Lynn Canal in 1972 was re-sighted by researchers earlier this month feeding off Cape Fanshaw in Frederick Sound. The 44-year span between the two sightings...


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