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 By Jess Field    Sports    August 18, 2016

Viking swimmers prepare for first meet

The Petersburg High School swim team is busy getting ready for the upcoming season, and the numbers are better than normal, according to head coach Andy Carlisle. “We had 14 in the water yesterday,’’ he said on Tuesday. “They look pretty... Full story

 By Jess Field    News    August 18, 2016

Assembly talks state proposal to spray pesticides

The Petersburg Borough Assembly voted unanimously to request greater community input on the spraying of pesticides to control vegetation in the borough. The issue is the result of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issuing a... Full story


Yesterday's News

August 19, 1916 – The City of Seattle, to arrive from the south this morning, is making her last tourist voyage of the season, and the Spokane, sailing from Seattle tonight, also closes her excursion season with the trip. Officers of the Pacific...

 By Jess Field    News    August 18, 2016

LeConte glacier fieldwork is underway

Researchers involved in a four-year collaborative project to study the impact of subglacial discharge at LeConte Glacier were in town this week to conduct fieldwork in LeConte Bay. The study is... Full story

 By Jess Field    News    August 18, 2016

Movie night fundraiser draws big crowd

The Petersburg Humane Association held a fun event last Friday centered around a family-friendly movie at the Northern Nights Theater. The movie was “The Secret Life of Pets,’’ a newly released animated film from Disney Pixar, and the event...

 By Jess Field    News    August 18, 2016

Marijuana ordinance passes final reading

The question of prohibiting marijuana licenses in the Petersburg Borough will appear on the regular municipal ballot in October. The ordinance passed unanimously in its third and final reading at the...


Police reports

August 10 An abandoned vehicle was reported at the Sandy Beach Park parking lot. There was a call concerning theft on Mitkof Highway. Suspicious activity was reported on Harbor Way. A traffic hazard was reported on Sing Lee Alley. August 11...



August 16 Christopher Dunlap appeared before Magistrate Judge Burrell for a representation hearing. Sean Casey appeared before Superior Court Judge Carey and a change of plea hearing was scheduled for Aug. 23. Dustin Delong appeared before Superior C...

 By Jess Field    News    August 18, 2016

Preserving fishing industry history

Anjuli Grantham visited Petersburg for the first time this week, and gave a presentation about the Alaska Historic Canneries Initiative (AHCI) at the library. Over 30 people attended the event, which...


AMHS Releases Winter 2016-17 Schedule

The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) today announced the release of its 2016-17 winter schedule. Reservations are now available for booking at, by calling 1-800-642-0066, or visiting ferry terminal staff throughout the system. The...

 By Dan Rudy    News    August 18, 2016

Cabin on Zarembo now open to public

WRANGELL – Last week a new public cabin was added to Wrangell Ranger District’s list, with the U.S. Forest Service’s administrative camp at Deep Bay converted into a two-building recreational site. The cabin will be the district’s 23rd, and...


Rae C. Stedman Elementary Class Lists

Mrs. Willis Kindergarten: Brody Bell, Aisha Bliss, Braelyn Caulum, Connor Cummins, Wesley Durst, Aldric Jackson, Camden Johnson, Coleman Lyons, Emett Moore, Charlotte Nilsen, Sailor Odegaard, Nate Olson, Gavin O’Neil, David Owens, Ashlyn...



Rae C. Stedman Elementary School Registration for new students only: (Returning students do not need to register), register at school office. Kindergarten students must be five (5) years old by September 1. Provide student’s immunization record...


Petersburg facility resumes fish processing

Trident Seafoods will resume fish processing in Petersburg after a light pink salmon run brought an early end to the processing work in the Wrangell plant. Plant manager Dave Ohmer said Wednesday that 43 Trident Seafoods workers who were temporarily...


Alaska is more susceptible to Ocean AcidificationFish Factor:

Alaska is one of a handful of U.S. states to launch a go-to website aimed at keeping ocean acidification in the public eye. The Alaska Ocean Acidification Network, a collaboration of state and federal scientists, agencies, tribes, conservation,...


Petersburg Borough Manager's Report

Shelyn and staff at Mountain View Manor are working on our Medicaid Provider recertification, and grant reporting for the van. Shelyn met with Alan Murph last week and he will begin drawing plans for the portico repair at the Manor. Shelyn is...


Credit union closes accounts connected to pot businesses

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – A federally chartered Alaska credit union has restricted the personal accounts of people starting marijuana businesses. A spokeswoman for Alaska USA Federal Credit Union confirmed that 10 accounts linked to people starting...

 By Jess Field    News    August 18, 2016

Port Protection loses community kingpin

Port Protection lost a larger than life resident last week when Jack Mason passed away, and the impact will be felt for years to come. Mason, 88, passed away Aug. 11, 2016 at Harborview Medical...


Obituary, Pilot founder Jamie Bryson, 81

Jamie Bryson, 81, died surrounded by his children and his wife Marjorie on August 8, 2016 at his home in Paonia, Colorado, after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease. Jamie was born to Stuart... Full story


Obituary, Matt Thompson, 50

Matt Thompson, 50, died in Wrangell on June 24, 2016. He was born on December 24, 1965 in Petersburg, Alaska to Jim and Clara Thompson. They moved in 1968 and made their home in Wrangell. Matt loved... Full story

 By Dan Rudy    Sports    August 18, 2016

Cancer care tourney pencils in $6,000 over weekend

WRANGELL – Area golfers raised close to $6,000 over the weekend during the annual Rally for Cancer Care and Blue Tees Tournament. Money raised from the two-part tournament go to support Wrangell...


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