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 By Chris Basinger    News    August 19, 2021

Assembly reviews school reopening plan

The Borough Assembly discussed the Petersburg School District's reopening plan during Monday's meeting. PSD released their moderate risk reopening plan Friday which includes a two week universal mask...

 
 By Chris Basinger    News    August 19, 2021

Raven's Roost cabin construction under way

Construction on a new cabin along the Raven Trail is currently in progress according to Cabin and Trails Program Manager Paul Olsen. The 16' by 20' cabin is about 1.2 miles closer to the start of the...

 

School district releases reopening plan

The Petersburg School District released its reopening plan Friday which outlines COVID-19 guidelines for the upcoming school year. The school district formed a moderate risk plan that includes a...

 

Yesterday's News

August 19, 1921 That the salmon pack of Alaska is almost a failure is indicated by reports being received from all sections. The Petersburg cannery and one cannery in the Ketchikan section are about the only ones reporting any prospect of securing...

 
 By Chris Basinger    News    August 19, 2021

New teachers for 2021-22 school year

The Petersburg School District has hired seven new teachers for this upcoming school year as the schools seek in person instruction under the new COVID-19 protocols. A few of the new teachers are...

 

Feeding time

Frederick Sound humpback whales were in spectacular form last Saturday. More than 40 humpbacks surrounded the Five Finger Lighthouse waters and provided repeated breeches, pec slapping, lunge feeding...

 

To the Editor

Editor's note: The following letter is published as submitted, unedited. We just don't know To the Editor: Seems like a lifetime ago the consensus was to lockdown, shutdown, close schools, business we...

 
 By Ron Loesch    Opinion    August 19, 2021

Editorial: Avoid Covid-19 fatigue

It seems like we've been here before. Mask use is low, positivity rates are low (3.3%), only 3 active cases in town and 55.6 % of us are fully vaccinated. The temptation is to let our guards down as...

 

Three new COVID-19 cases identified locally

The Petersburg Medical Center reported three new active cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, all of whom are non-residents. One non-resident case was identified on Sunday and two non-resident cases were...

 

Police report

August 11 — A sex offender registered. A parking complaint was reported near Harbor Way. A missing canine near Neptune St. was later found by the owner. A noise complaint of a barking dog was reported near Mitkof Highway and was later resolved by...

 
 By Chris Basinger    News    August 19, 2021

Electric Utility Revenue Bonds Ordinance adopted

The Borough Assembly conducted their third and final reading of Ordinance #2021-12 during Monday's meeting. The assembly voted unanimously 7-0 to adopt the ordinance which added the Electric Utility...

 
 By Chris Basinger    News    August 19, 2021

Borough Assembly considers forming COVID Committee

The Borough Assembly voted 4-3 to empower Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht to create a committee to serve as a COVID information response system during Monday's meeting. The discussion of the action i...

 
 By Chris Basinger    News    August 19, 2021

Composting offers second life to food waste

Tongass Botanicals & Soils has started a composting program to reduce the amount of waste in Petersburg that is being shipped to landfills. Carrie Martinsen, who runs the composting operation,...

 

Peek-a-boo

A squirrel hides out in a tree....

 

A historical walking tour

William Moulton gives his second historical walking tour for Viking Travel. "We start at the Sons of Norway. I introduce myself and explain why I am wearing Xtratufs; cause it rains all the time!"...

 

A simple fix may help mitigate bycatch problem in Alaska's fisheries and elsewhere

Bycatch gives Alaska's otherwise stellar fisheries management its biggest black eye. The term refers to unwanted sea creatures taken in trawls, pots, lines and nets when boats are going after other...

 

Palmer Haakon Thomassen Sr., 79

Palmer Haakon Thomassen Sr., 79, of Petersburg, Alaska, passed away suddenly on July 19, 2021 from pneumonia due to COVID-19 in Anchorage, Alaska. Palmer was born in Petersburg to Haakon Thomassen... Full story

 
 By Chris Basinger    News    August 19, 2021

Borough Assembly debates quorum ordinance

The Borough Assembly voted on Ordinance 2021-13 during Monday's meeting, which allows assembly members to be counted for the purposes of determining a quorum if they are communicating via...

 

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