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 By Brian Varela    News    August 16, 2018

Dry summer increases power costs

After a dry summer season, Crystal Lake’s water levels are 11 feet below the crest of the dam, according to utility director Karl Hagerman. “We’re having a very, very, very dry summer,” said Hagerman. Since the water level is so low, the...

 

Two US Senators and 2 Admirals visit Petersburg

On Friday, August 10 two U.S. Senators and two U.S. Coast Guard Admirals visited Petersburg to tour the local ships and to talk about the importance of the U.S. Coast Guard missions in Alaska. Mayor...

 

Yesterday's News

August 16, 1918 A vicious lible on the good name of the town of Petersburg has been uttered and spread broadcast by Assistant District Attorney Steve Ragan, is credited by the Daily Dispatch with having made the statements against the good name of...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    August 16, 2018

Mitchell Creek fish pass to be rebuilt by USFS

The U.S. Forest Service is rebuilding the Mitchell Creek Fish Pass on Kupreanof Island, which was originally built in 1992, to ensure that the self-sustaining coho salmon population continues. "This f...

 

Alaska men charged in deaths of mother bear, shrieking cubs

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska authorities say two men skied to a remote bear den on an island, pulled out their weapons and shot a mother bear in front of her two newborns. They say one of the men then turned his weapon and killed “the...

 

Petersburg Fishing Report

Coho Salmon Coho salmon are now regularly being intercepted in the marine sport fishery. Catch rates have continued to increase as we are entering the time period when our highest marine catch rates historically occur during mid-August. Anglers can...

 

To the Editor

Public responsibility To the Editor: I wish and hope that people would be responsible but I have not found that to generally be the case. I am promoting the banning of plastic bags or at least charging people a $.25 tax for each because I know...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 16, 2018

Wrangell officer takes job in Hoonah as chief of police

WRANGELL - Rick Groshong has been a part of the Wrangell Police Department for 22 years, according to his resume, having joined the force in 1996. As senior patrol officer, Groshong has been...

 

Police report

August 8 — An internet scam was reported to police. An ongoing investigation is looking into stolen items from a stored boat. Helen Olson, 49, was issued a summons for violating conditions of release. Pallets from a local business were reported...

 

Court: Some sex offenders don't need to register in AK

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court has ruled that some sex offenders convicted outside the state are not required to register in Alaska. The court ruled Friday that a strict reading of the 1994 Alaska Sex Offender Registration Act...

 

Court report

Aug. 13 — Judge Kevin Miller granted the eviction requested by Skylark Park, LLC against Janie and Wayne Collins. Following testimony by Sig and Ambre Burrell and the defendants, the court set the eviction date for noon Wed. Aug. 15. Aug. 9 ...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 16, 2018

Rally For Cancer Care golf tournament results

Last weekend was the annual Rally For Cancer Care golf tournament, organized by the Wrangell Medical Center Foundation. The tournament on Saturday was less of a serious competition and more for fun...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    August 16, 2018

School board approves 6-year project priority list

With a total estimated cost of approximately $3.5 million, the Petersburg School Board approved its project priority list for the 2020 through 2025 fiscal years on Tuesday. The Department of Education requires school districts to submit a 6-year...

 

Rae C. Stedman Elementary Class Lists

To register a new student, stop by the office at 303 Dolphin Street by August 24. Bring current vaccination record and birth certificate (legible copy ok). Students currently enrolled do not need to register. Supply lists can be found online at...

 

Alaska Fish Factor: Researchers hopeful cod fish stock recovering

Tiny cod fish are reappearing around Kodiak. Researchers aim to find out if it is a blip, or a sign that the stock is recovering after warming waters caused the stocks to crash. Alaska's seafood...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    August 16, 2018

Summer science camp introduces kids to scientific careers in the community

The Petersburg Marine Mammal Center is hosting a summer science camp this week to expose middle school aged kids to the scientific jobs available in the community. "We're excited," said Sunny Rice,...

 

Obituary: Trygve (Trig) Thorsen, 88

Trygve Thorsen, 88 passed away peacefully at his home on June 19, 2018. He was born in Petersburg on October 28, 1929 to Edward and Ingeborg Thorsen, the eldest of four children and the only boy with...

 

Obituary: John Clay Phillips, 59

John Clay Phillips, 59, unexpectedly lost his life at Clark’s Point in Nushagak Bay near Dillingham, Alaska on the morning of Wednesday, July 25, 2018. He was born to Nancy C. Phillips and Jack D. Phillips in Sitka, Alaska in August of 1958. He...

 

Alaska Supreme Court orders parts of salmon initiative cut

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered that portions of an initiative aimed at protecting salmon be stricken as unconstitutional but decided that the rest of the measure can advance to the fall ballot. In a written...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    August 16, 2018

School board approves new time, policy updates

The Petersburg School Board on Tuesday approved seven changes to its policy and one change to its bylaws, which changes future board meeting times. “If we’re going to have a focus on kids and have kids at our board meetings to do presentations, I...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 16, 2018

WCA shares grant money with Wrangell community

WRANGELL - The Wrangell Cooperative Association recently received a $50,000 grant from SEARHC. According to WCA Tribal Administrator Esther Ashton, several other communities with First Nations entitie...

 

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