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 By Brian Varela    News    August 6, 2020

Troopers: Driver may have lost control of vehicle

Alaska State Troopers continue to investigate a fatal accident that claimed the lives of four seine boat crewmembers sometime after 10 P.M. on Monday, July 27. A Ford Excursion driven by Siguard...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    August 6, 2020

Recycling program to up rates over five years

Public Works Director Chris Cotta presented the assembly with a summary of the findings of a recent rate study on the borough's recycling program at their regular meeting on Monday that suggested...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    August 6, 2020

Interstate travel restrictions for non-residents

Starting Aug. 11, non-residents entering the state of Alaska will have to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result that was received within 72 hours prior to departure or proof that test results...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    August 6, 2020

Assembly approves $778,000 to PSD

The Petersburg Borough assembly passed a resolution at their meeting on Monday that transfers $778,000 from the borough's Coronavirus Aid, Revenue, and Economic Security Act special revenue fund to th...

 

AK Airlines: No mask, no travel, no exceptions

Alaska Airlines announced on Wednesday that starting Aug. 7 all passengers ages two years and older must wear a face covering at all times while in the airport and onboard their aircraft, according...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    August 6, 2020

PMC may see more onsite testing

Petersburg Medical Center may receive a second cepheid testing unit that would increase the hospital's capacity to test for COVID-19 onsite from two tests per hour to six tests per hour, according to...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    August 6, 2020

PMC brings in $20 million this year

Petersburg Medical Center ended its 2020 fiscal year with a gross operating revenue of $20,325,510, which is one percent over what the hospital had anticipated at the start of the fiscal year, accordi...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    August 6, 2020

Borough assembly sets September date for town hall

The borough assembly agreed at their regular meeting on Monday to hold a remote town hall meeting on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 4 P.M. to inform the public on the details of the civil emergency provisions...

 

Petersburg Fishing Report

King Salmon The entire Petersburg and Wrangell area is now open to marine king salmon fishing. King salmon bag limits were increased as of July 15th. The following regional king salmon regulations...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 6, 2020

Wrangell comes together in memory of Deckers

WRANGELL - Last week, four people died in a car wreck in Petersburg. Among them were two Wrangellites, Siguard and Helen Decker, 21-years-old and 19-years-old. Their deaths shook the community, which...

 

Anti-Trump group ad supports Gross for Alaska US Senate seat

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An outside group focused on defeating President Donald Trump in November and “Trumpism” is running an ad in Alaska in support of independent Al Gross in Alaska’s U.S. Senate race. Gross is seeking to challenge...

 

Alaska's capital on track to break summer rainfall record

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The area encompassing Alaska’s capital city is on track to break summer rainfall records, a state weather expert said. National Weather Service Meteorologist Cody Moore said that Juneau had already reached its summer rain...

 

'Into the Wild' bus likely lands a home at Fairbanks museum

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - An infamous bus appears headed to a new home at a museum in Fairbanks after being removed from Alaska's backcountry to deter people from making dangerous, sometimes deadly...

 
 By Laine Welch    Dockside    August 6, 2020

Seafood netted historic firsts in nation's new dietary guidelines

It got little attention from the mainstream media but seafood netted some historic firsts in the nation’s new dietary guidelines. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee submitted a report in July to the Secretaries of Agriculture and Health and...

 

Federal policy change sparks debate over Alaska's Tongass

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Critics and proponents are debating the merits of changes to federal environmental policy, including the effects on management of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. The largest U.S. national forest will probably be impacted...

 

Siberia wildfire smoke could remain over Alaska for weeks

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Wildfire smoke from Siberia has moved into Southcentral Alaska and left a haze lingering over the region that the National Weather Service said could remain for weeks. The agency said smoke from the fires began spreading ov...

 

Alaska reports 159 new virus cases, with 111 in Anchorage

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska health officials reported that there were 159 new COVID-19 cases in the state Sunday, including 111 within the Municipality of Anchorage. The new cases included 145 Alaska residents and 14 non-residents, The...

 

Power maintenance

A line crew works to reroute the feed to and from the substation at the power plant to eliminate the span across Hammer Slough, said Utility Director Karl Hagerman. The previous feed was held over...

 

Modern solutions

Rick Fish was already in line shortly after 1 P.M. on Monday waiting for the Petersburg Post Office to open its front window at 2 P.M....

 

Thunderstorm

Lightning could be seen over Petersburg during the thunderstorm over the weekend....

 

Massive halibut

Doris Ann Baldwin stands with the 265 pound halibut she caught on Saturday. The halibut measured in at 79 inches long....

 

Calm waters

The waters in the Wrangell Narrows were calm Sunday morning after Friday night's storm....

 

Early morning sun

Sun shines through the trees just south of Papke's Landing last Wednesday morning....

 

Editorial: Accident was newsworthy

We’ve had phone calls from a handful of people about our use of the photo and page one coverage of last week’s fatal Mitkof Highway crash. It saddens us to have to report on such a tragedy that impacts the lives of so many in both Wrangell and...

 

Police Report

July 29 — Extra patrols were requested near the one mile mark of Mitkof Highway and in the downtown area. Suspicious activity was observed at a location on S. Nordic Dr. July 30 — A dangerous driver on Mitkof Highway was reported to authorities....

 

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