Articles from the August 25, 2016 edition

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 By Jess Field    News    August 25, 2016

Social media reacts to huge halibut

Earlier this month the buzz around a monster halibut caught by local commercial fishermen in Thomas Bay went crazy after news of the catch spread through social media sites. Many of the comments... Full story

 By Jess Field    News    August 25, 2016

Rotary trying out new, shorter exchange program

The local Rotary club is known for sending students on its year-long exchange program to study abroad, but this summer a PHS student took part in the club's short-term program. Gillian Wittstock... Full story


Yesterday's News

August 26, 1916 – The probable establishment of a new freight service to Southeastern Alaska was announced last week by the Washington Tug and Barge Company. The plan is to handle the freight on covered scows, to be towed north, and to make a speci...

 By Jess Field    News    August 25, 2016

PCC employees complete childcare training

Two employees at Petersburg Children's Center (PCC) recently received their child development associate credential. For Rocky Peeler and Theressa Phillips, both mothers of two, the achievement means... Full story


Police reports

EDITOR’S NOTE: The police department is implementing a new media reporting system. For the past three weeks, no arrest or citation information was provided to The Pilot. This week, arrest, warrant and citation information included names, but not...



August 19 Terry Hasbrouck appeared before Magistrate Judge Burrell for a change of plea hearing. Hasbrouck entered a guilty plea to DUI 2nd offense. Hasbrouck was sentenced to 30 days in jail, with 10 suspended, and fined $3,000. Hasbrouck must have...

 By Jess Field    News    August 25, 2016

Planning and Zoning ponders vacating easement

The Planning and Zoning Commission met Tuesday for their rescheduled meeting, and talked in length about an application from the Petersburg Borough to vacate a portion of a public easement at 919 Sandy Beach Road. “Now I understand we’ve...


Fish Factor: Pace of the Chinook salmon harvest is down 42 percent

Alaska’s 2016 pink salmon fishery is set to rank as the worst in 20 years by a long shot, and the outlook is bleak for all other salmon catches except sockeyes. “Boy, sockeye is really going to have to carry the load in terms of the fishery’s...

 By Jess Field    News    August 25, 2016

Kreiss-Tompkins campaigns for re-election

When it comes to the low voter turnout of last week's primary election, House District 35, Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tompkins says it might be an all time record. "If so, it's kind of shocking," he...

 By Dan Rudy    News    August 25, 2016

PSP detected in Shoemaker Bay clams

WRANGELL – Local shellfish gatherers are advised to steer clear of the beach near Shoemaker Bay, after specimens tested positive for paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP). The alert was posted to the Southeast Alaska Tribal Ocean Research website at...


Water levels back to normal, crisis over

WRANGELL – Last week the City and Borough of Wrangell announced emergency measures no longer needed to be taken to conserve its treated water supply. The announcement came on August 18, nearly a month after a state of disaster was declared by...


Troopers: Bear mauls guides after group got close to cub

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A brown bear mauled two wilderness guides who were leading a hiking excursion in Alaska after the group came between the female animal and her cub in the Tongass National Forest, state troopers said Friday. The guides a man...


Stock picks up endorsement in battle against Murkowski

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Jeff King, a four-time winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, is changing political teams when it comes to Alaska’s U.S. Senate race, pulling his endorsement of Republican incumbent Lisa Murkowski and backing...


Reports on Alaska's major gas project open to public comment

KENAI, Alaska (AP) – The public now has access to new reports detailing the work involved in creating Alaska’s proposed liquefied natural gas project. Project managers submitted the resource reports to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission...


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