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 By Brian Varela    News    August 15, 2019

Assembly to hold meeting tomorrow

The Petersburg Borough Assembly will hold their first meeting of the month on Friday, Aug. 16 at 9 A.M., to vote on three ordinances and discuss raising the minimum age to enter the Parks and...

 

Non-resident anglers may retain king salmon

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced, that the nonresident king salmon closure will be rescinded on August 16. Nonresident anglers may again retain king salmon in Southeast Alaska and...

 

Correction

Last week’s story about revisions proposed for Parks and Rec operations incorrectly stated that Steve Giesbrecht and Director Chandra Thornburg reached out to Kellii Wood to schedule the Aug. 2 meeting. Wood states, “I have been the one to...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    August 15, 2019

Residents sign petition to recall Dunleavy

Organizers working towards recalling Gov. Mike Dunleavy have collected over 18,000 signatures statewide, and as of Tuesday, 427 signatures have been gathered in Petersburg. The effort to recall the...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    August 15, 2019

Ferry capsizes skiff in Wrangell Narrows

MV Columbia was traveling through the Wrangell Narrows Sunday when its wake caused a nearby skiff to capsize. "All indications support that this was a random freak thing," said United States Coast...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    August 15, 2019

PIA to introduce new paratransit program this fall

The Petersburg Indian Association will begin offering a paratransit service to all seniors and those with disabilities to fill a need in the community starting this fall. "I'm excited because...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    August 15, 2019

Two climbers scale Devil's Thumb

Two adventurers were dropped off in Thomas Bay with their gear, two kayaks and a pack raft, which they carried through the terminal moraine to the terminal lake of Baird Glacier. From the glacier,...

 

Dungeness crab fishery closes

PETERSBURG - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced that the summer season for the commercial Dungeness crab fishery in Registration Area A (Southeast) will close by regulation at 11:59...

 

Scientists warn of too many pink salmon

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Biological oceanographer Sonia Batten experienced her lightbulb moment on the perils of too many salmon three years ago as she prepared a talk on the most important North...

 

Bad weather may have caused fatal Alaska airplane crash

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A southeast Alaskan pilot had told family members the weather might be bad before his single-engine plane was found crashed, a report said. An investigation began after the July 11 crash killed 68-year-old Wrangell pilot...

 

Alaska groups urge Gov. Dunleavy not to veto dividend payments

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Leaders of two Alaska groups fighting for a full Permanent Fund Dividend are arguing Gov. Mike Dunleavy should not veto the Legislature’s dividend payment, a report said. The Permanent Fund Defenders are asking the...

 

Governor seeks to tighten rules for food stamps

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska’s governor is seeking to tighten the rules for food stamp recipients. The Anchorage Daily News reported Sunday that Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration wants to implement federal work requirements for low-income...

 

Governor will not veto early childhood funding

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Mike Dunleavy says he will not veto funding for Head Start and other early childhood learning programs from the budget recently sent to him by lawmakers. Dunleavy in June vetoed about $8.8 million for early childhood...

 

Director of Alaska college resigns due to state budget cuts

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — The newly appointed director of Kodiak College has resigned due to budget cuts to Alaska’s public universities, officials said. Jessica Paugh informed the college pn July 31 that she would not fill the post because of the...

 

EPA, Alaska mine reach agreement over alleged violations

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it has reached a settlement with the operator of a gold mine near Juneau over alleged discharge and reporting violations. Coeur Mining, which controls the Kensington Mine through...

 

Devil's Thumb View

A view as seen from the summit of Devil's Thumb. See story on page 9....

 

Rae C. Stedman Elementary Class Lists

Rae C. Stedman Elementary School class lists To register a new student, please stop by the office at 303 Dolphin Street by August 23. Bring current vaccination record and birth certificate (legible...

 

Yesterday's News

August 15, 1919 Mayor P. Jorgensen has received copies of the Petersburg Bonding Bill. The bill provides that the Town shall have the power to issue bonds in the sum of $75,000 for the purposes of constructing a school house and a municipal power...

 
 By Brian Varela    Sports    August 15, 2019

Cross country begins training for their first meet

Running anywhere from four to eight miles a day, six days a week, the Petersburg High School cross country team has begun practicing for their first meet of the season at the end of the month. There a...

 

To the Editor

Thank You for support To the Editor: On behalf of the crews of Coast Guard Cutters ANACAPA and ELDERBERRY, I would like to express my gratitude to the community for their well-wishes on the U.S....

 

Police report

August 7— Disturbances were reported at locations on Sing Lee Alley, N. Nordic Dr. and at the South Boat Harbor. Brina Compton, 24, was arrested on charges of violating conditions of release. An individual was sleeping in the stairwell of a busines...

 

Court report

June 18 — Jason Todd Erskin entered a not guilty plea to a charge of criminal mischief in the 3rd degree. Defendant was released on a $2,500 performance bond with $750 secured, with conditions. July 3 — Kylene Hedlund was arraigned on charges of...

 

Overly cautious?

In a dramatic case of overkill, a California company sent Marj Oines a lithium drill-driver battery measuring no more than 3-inches by 4-inches, boxed and shrink wrapped to a wooden pallet that was...

 

Alaska Chamber of Commerce says seafood industry and coastal community members for the most part aren't speaking up 

The Alaska Chamber of Commerce touts itself as "the voice of Alaska business" but seafood industry and coastal community members are largely left out of the conversation. The Chamber isn't entirely...

 

Museum features collected artifacts

This wooden pulley block was found one mile north of the survivor's camp at China Cove on Coronation Island. The wrecking of the Star of Bengal on the southern shore of Coronation Island is considered...

 

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