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18 candidate vacancies remain on Oct. ballot

There is still time to register for one of the 18 remaining candidate positions before the deadline Tuesday. There are 37 positions total to fill on the Oct. 7 ballot. There have been no new filings for Borough Assembly since last week. Two 2-year... Full story


A short history of the Kake Access (road) project

The Kake Access project, or "road to Kake," has a long history. Below is information about the project in the last five years. The Kake Access road was included as a budget item in 2010, but Governor Sean Parnell vetoed the project after receiving...

 By Mary Koppes    News    August 21, 2014

Letter to Mental Health will ask for suspension of Papke's land sale

The Petersburg Borough Assembly unanimously voted at Monday's meeting to send a letter to the Petersburg Mental Health Land Trust asking them to postpone the sale of three land parcels near Papke's... Full story


Yesterday's News

August 22, 1914 – Every fisherman is disgusted with the season's work. Every cannery man is disappointed by the scarcity of fish. A good season had been expected, but so far it has been altogether contrary to the general expectation. And as the...

 By Mary Koppes    News    August 21, 2014

ADOT officials present transportation plan, face scrutiny from residents

Representatives from the Alaska Department of Transportation (ADOT&PF) gave a public presentation on their long-range transportation plan for Southeast Alaska last Wednesday. The presentation was followed by a public comment period, which centered... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    August 21, 2014

Petersburg voters diverge with state on Measure No. 1

The primary election wrapped up Tuesday evening and Petersburg voters aligned with the state in all but two contests. The biggest difference between state and local voters was seen in Measure No. 1....


Rae C. Stedman Elementary Class Lists

Mrs. Martin, Kindergarten: Abby Worhatch, Anna Baekkelund, Brylea Johnston-Kivisto, Damon Berkley, Damon Bradford, Danny Stocks, Destiny Franklin, Elias Anderson, Fyscher Humphrey, Gianni Harvey, Maria Toth, Mette Miller, Nolan Lutomski, Paige... Full story


Police reports

August 13 A caller reported a power outage. Power and Light responded. A caller reported a loud bang, power outage and smoke at a location. Police, Fire and Power and Light responded. A caller reported a disabled vehicle in the road. A caller reporte...

 By Mary Koppes    News    August 21, 2014

Assembly support for location of interim ferry terminal shifts

The assembly voted unanimously in favor of a motion to change the wording in their letter to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in support of the North End Ferry Authority's Rainforest Islands Ferry using a Petersburg launch point. The...



July 31 Magistrate Judge Desiree Burrell presided over an arraignment proceeding for James Richey on a charge of Petition to Revoke Probation. The defendant was ordered to provide a letter of compliance to the court by Aug. 1 to have the PTRP...


Staff and students readying for first day of school

Three Petersburg School Board seats are up for grabs during this year’s Borough election and all remain vacant, though the three incumbent board members said they would run for their seats again at Tuesday's meeting. Vice-President Sarah...


School Registration times and locations

High School Registrations Petersburg High School office 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Monday, August 25 12th grade students Tuesday, August 26 11th grade students Wednesday, August 27 10th grade students Thursday, August 28 9th grade students Friday, August...

 By Mary Koppes    News    August 21, 2014

Assembly approves electric rate increase, service agreement with ADOT

The Petersburg Borough Assembly met Monday evening and approved several ordinances and motions. The assembly unanimously approved on the third and final reading the ordinance to increase and restructure electric rates. Mayor Mark Jensen was not...


Cleanup underway at Cold War radio site in Alaska

PETERSBURG (AP) — A federal contractor is removing soil contaminated by fuel and debris at a Cold War mountaintop radio site near Petersburg. The Kupreanof Island site was a manned U.S. Air Force communications station, one of 18 built in Alaska...


Fish Factor

Seafood is by far Alaska’s top export and as it heads overseas, global politics play a big role in making sales sink or swim. That dynamic took center stage last week when Russia banned imports of foods for one year from the US, Canada, Europe,...


Borough manager's report

Borough Manager Steve Geisbrecht gave his report to the assembly at Monday's meeting. Replacement lighting at the South Harbor should be completed this week, including installation of the final five new fixtures and the removal of the old fixtures....

 By Mary Koppes    News    August 21, 2014

Northwood Sand and Gravel wins bid award

The Borough Assembly voted unanimously to accept the bid award from Northwood Sand and Gravel to furnish 1000 tons of 3/8"-minus traction sand to the Public Works Department. Public Works Director Karl Hagerman recommended the company's low bid of...

 By Mary Koppes    News    August 21, 2014

Superior Court denies Juneau's motion for a stay

Juneau Superior Court Judge Louis J. Menendez denied the City and Borough of Juneau's (CBJ) motion for a stay pending appeal. CBJ appealed the Local Boundary Commission's decision on the northern boundary of the Petersburg Borough in October 2012....


Debate continues over old legislation regarding pre-enrollment physical exams

The beginning of the new school year has brought an old debate to the fore, of whether or not school nurses could provide pre-enrollment physical examinations for students. During the Petersburg School Board meeting on Tuesday, Board President Jean...

 By Dan Rudy    News    August 21, 2014

Alzheimer group holds state-wide quilting bee

Alzheimer's Resource of Alaska (ARA) is hosting its first-ever Unity Quilting Bee this year to celebrate its 30-year anniversary. Alaskans whose lives have been affected by Alzheimer's are being invited to send in 12-inch by 12-inch cotton squares,...


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