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 By Brian Varela    Sports    August 20, 2020

Cross country begins amid pandemic

The Petersburg High School cross country team is about three weeks into their season, and Coach Tom Thompson said this season's young team is showing great potential. The team, which is made up of 16...

 

M/V Matanuska sailings to resume Friday

The M/V Matanuska's sailings were cancelled through Aug. 20 after five passengers on board the vessel on Aug. 10 tested positive for COVID-19, according to a press release from the Alaska Department...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    August 20, 2020

One case of COVID-19 in town

The test result for a non-resident traveler came back positive on Friday, Aug. 14, according to a joint press release from the Petersburg Borough and Petersburg Medical Center. The individual has been...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    August 20, 2020

Assembly appoints attorney as meeting moderator

The Petersburg Borough Assembly chose Sarah F. Fine at their meeting on Monday as the moderator for the Sept. 10 community meeting to discuss the civil emergency provisions ordinance. The third...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    August 20, 2020

Parties have to bid on sought after Ira II St. lot

The borough assembly passed a resolution at their meeting on Monday that puts a parcel of borough land on Ira II St. up for a competitive bid after two parties expressed interest in the property. The...

 
 By Brian Varela    Sports    August 20, 2020

Swim season gets September start date

Although the Petersburg Parks and Recreation community pool has reopened on a limited basis, Petersburg High School students will have to wait until Sept. 2 for the swim and dive season to start....

 

Rae C. Stedman Elementary Class Lists

*To register a new student, please stop by the office at 303 Dolphin Street by August 28th *You will need to bring current vaccination record and birth certificate (legible copy ok) *Current students...

 

Alaska tribal group sues over commercial fishing system

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska tribal group has filed a lawsuit against state officials claiming the commercial fishing permit system unfairly prevents local anglers from fishing on their traditional grounds. The lawsuit filed by the...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 20, 2020

Wrangell Salvation Army offering services in time of COVID-19

WRANGELL - In March, when the COVID-19 pandemic first began to impact Alaska, many local businesses and organizations in Wrangell shut down. While many groups saw the time as an opportunity to wait...

 

 U.S. Senate candidate Gross says he has 'prescription for change'

It was inaction on health care that ultimately made Dr. Al Gross of Juneau decide to challenge Republican Dan Sullivan, who is running for a second, six-year term to represent Alaska in the U.S....

 

Sullivan, Gross headline primaries for Alaska Senate seat

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Independent Al Gross led the field in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate in Alaska, while the incumbent, Republican Dan Sullivan, ran unopposed in his primary Tuesday. Gross, an orthopedic surgeon, was endorsed by the...

 

Tribal Health exec named to AK PFD board

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) —Alaska’s governor has named an investment executive with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium to serve on the board of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy appointed Ethan Schutt last week to...

 

US approves oil, gas leasing plan for Alaska wildlife refuge

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Trump administration gave final approval Monday for a contentious oil and gas leasing plan on the coastal plain of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, where critics worry about the industry’s impact on polar...

 

Cannery Park

Verne Craig, maintenance manager at OBI Seafoods, screws in additional panels at Cannery Park. Photos are placed in windows to give the structure the look of an old cannery. Cannery Park was...

 

Newt on a trail

A roughskin newt crosses the Haugen Dr. bike path dodging pedestrians and bicyclists....

 

Police report

August 12 — Extra patrols were conducted on Mitkof Highway, N. Nordic Dr. and Cornelius Rd. A vehicle accident occurred on Howkan St. A person was yelling at vehicles on S. 3rd St. to slow down. An eagle struck a power line on Tango St. and caused...

 

The first step

Sig Burrell, of Rock-N-Road Construction, uses an excavator to demolish one of three houses located on Excel St. on Aug. 17 as bystanders watch. Swell LLC, a real estate development firm, plans on...

 

Pit stop

An Aero L-39 Albatros jet touched down at Petersburg Airport on Tuesday on its way to Elmendorf Air Force Base. Tonka Toy Rentals/ Fuel refilled the jet with about 460 gallons of jet A fuel,...

 

A decoration invitation

Tula Winje and her dad Paul Winje paint Daniel Christensen's wall around his front yard. Christensen invited the children in town to paint fishes, plants, mollusks and crustaceans on the...

 

Fast food

A hummingbird feeds out of a nasturtium....

 

Kake access road project construction pushed back

Construction on the Kake Access Road project was expected to start in early to mid-July, but Joseph Kemp, Alaska Department of Transportation engineering manager for the project, said one last permit...

 

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