Articles from the August 25, 2022 edition

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  • A regional specialty

    Aug 25, 2022

  • Meet Petersburg School District's new teachers, Part 2

    Chris Basinger|Aug 25, 2022

    Some new and some returning faces have joined the ranks of the Petersburg School District staff in preparation for the upcoming school year. Elsa Wintersteen will teach English language arts and a drama class at Petersburg High School. She completed her undergraduate studies at Montana State University, earning a literature degree and an interdisciplinary degree, and for a short time studied theater at the University of Montana. Wintersteen is originally from Montana, but her mother's family is...

  • Municipal election filing closes, three run for mayor

    Chris Basinger|Aug 25, 2022

    The period to file for candidacy in this year's municipal election ended on Tuesday, signaling the start of campaign season. The election will feature contested races for mayor, Petersburg Borough Assembly, the Petersburg Medical Center Hospital Board, and the Harbor and Ports Advisory Board. Mayor Mark Jensen will run for reelection against two sitting assembly members-Bob Lynn and Jeff Meucci. Meucci ran against Jensen in the 2019 mayoral election, coming up short by 61 votes. Assembly...

  • Yesterday's News

    Aug 25, 2022

    August 25, 1922 Interest in the Southeastern Alaska County Fair has grown with surprising force during the last two weeks. The expression of good will toward the movement whose aim is to create local interest in home grown farm products and other articles of an Alaskan manufacture isn’t confined to any particular section or community, but is distributed over the greater part of Southeastern Alaska. Men who are engaged in almost every line of business have expressed their approval of holding an exhibit of this kind and offered to render the F...

  • Commercial Dungeness crab fall season will have normal length

    Chris Basinger|Aug 25, 2022

    The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced last Thursday that the commercial Dungeness crab fall season in Southeast Alaska will have a normal length. The length of the fall season was determined after an analysis revealed that an above-average proportion of male legal-sized soft-shelled Dungeness crabs discarded in the first week of the summer season contributed to the full season harvest projection failing to meet the management plan threshold according to Region I Lead Shellfish...

  • "Ulti-ball"

    Aug 25, 2022

  • To the Editor

    Aug 25, 2022

    Why I’m running for mayor To the Editor: Greetings, I am running for the office of mayor in the October 4th election and I would appreciate your vote. I think Petersburg is a great place to live, raise a family and enjoy a pretty special way of living. We have a great school system, a critical care hospital with a great staff in need of a new building, dedicated borough employees, and a community filled with independent people caring for one another in difficult times. We are very fortunate. The borough faces a few challenges that include c...

  • Editorial : By popular demand the Pilot adds comics

    Orin Pierson|Aug 25, 2022

    "Yes! Finally, I will get to read the paper!" said third-grader Libby Taiber. She and her mom Molly high-fived when I reached out to tell them that, after repeated requests from their family and others, the Pilot is adding comics. For now, we've selected Ritter's River and Tundra. Ritter's River is drawn by Marc Lutz in Wrangell. Lutz works as editor for the Wrangell Sentinel and has been drawing comics for years, starting back in the mid-90s in California with a strip published in the Stockton...

  • Police report

    Aug 25, 2022

    August 17 – An officer responded to a report of an individual behaving erratically on Fram Street, but the individual had left the area. A suspicious vehicle was reported to be parked on a private driveway at Papke’s Landing. Vehicles were reported to have been parked for an extended period of time on North First Street. Paul Winje was issued a citation for failure to secure a dangerous dog on Hungerford Hill Road. A citizen reported receiving fraudulent calls and texts. A driver on Mitkof Highway was issued a warning for excessive speed. A d...

  • Court report

    Aug 25, 2022

    August 10, 2022 In the Petersburg District Court, Superior Court Judge Katherine Lybrand presided over State of Alaska v Cedric Denard Simmons in a status hearing. The defendant was present, but not in custody. Simmons waived extradition and asked to return to Florida on his own. Another status hearing for both cases, pending resolution, was set for August 19. August 11, 2022 In the Superior Court at Petersburg, Superior Court Judge Katherine Lybrand presided over a quash of warrant hearing in State of Alaska v Austin Strickland. The warrant...

  • Rapt attention

    Aug 25, 2022

    This Merlin falcon spent around twenty minutes on a boat in South Harbor searching, according to the witness and photographer of the event, for the small bird it had chased into a collision with the boat's windows. "She was certain her prey was there and would not give up," wrote photographer Carol Ogden....

  • Much needed repairs made to Clausen Museum building

    Chris Basinger|Aug 25, 2022

    The Clausen Museum has been getting some much needed restoration work done over the summer to help keep the building standing. Building Maintenance Techs Jim Holder and Sam Jackson have been working since June, replacing rotting wood, putting on a fresh coat of paint, and adding safety equipment as part of the work. "They really have been going to town," Museum Director Cindi Lagoudakis said. The museum, built in 1967 and expanded in 1976 with the Heritage of the Sea wing, needed some serious...

  • Coming soon in the Rainforest Festival: Community art show, mushroom expert, and raptor center

    Aug 25, 2022

    Petersburg's Rainforest Festival has two seasons under their belt now working in their new year-round format. Since their start on Earth Day, they've hosted six events, including guided walks, art workshops and a solstice ephemeral art show. "I think it's going pretty well," said festival organizer Sunny Rice. "We've been able to spread out the work a little bit and take advantage of people coming through town that we otherwise would have missed." As they move into the season when the festival w...

  • PHS cross country warms up in Juneau mini-meet

    Chris Basinger|Aug 25, 2022

    The Petersburg High School cross country team got its first taste of competition at the Sayeik Invitational last Saturday in Juneau. Five Petersburg runners made the trip up on the plane and down on the ferry to compete against students from Juneau-Douglas, Thunder Mountain, and Haines as they prepare for the season. "I was really happy with how all the individual performances were," said Coach Tom Thompson. Vikings newcomer Daniel Asprey placed third in the race with a time of 18:03. The...

  • Stedman Elementary Class List for 2022-2023

    Aug 25, 2022

    *To register a new student, please stop by the office at 303 Dolphin Street by August 29th *You will need to bring current immunization record and birth certificate (legible copy ok) *If you have any questions, please call the office at 907-302-2385 or 877-526-7656 ext. 400 Mrs. Willis, Kindergarten Erik Adams, Emma Aikins, Annika Barosy Flor, Ryder Bradford, Ole Buotte, Sawyer Cole, Cora Corrao, Brynnleigh Hudson, Henry Kandoll, Mateo Maldonado, Hayden McCay, Lawson Mullen, Amalia Norheim, Heidi Versteeg, Madalina Ward, Amara Westhoff Ms....

  • Biden to wipe out $10,000 in student loan debt for many borrowers

    Ariana Figueroa, Alaska Beacon writer|Aug 25, 2022

    WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that he will cancel up to $20,000 in federal student loan debt for Pell Grant borrowers and up to $10,000 for all other borrowers with an income of less than $125,000 for an individual and $250,000 for a household. Biden also announced his administration is extending a pause on student loan repayments until Dec. 31. The decision comes one week before the expiration of a pause of student loan repayments put in place at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. “Here’s the deal, the cost... Full story

  • To encourage more young fishermen, look to farm programs as models, new study argues

    Yereth Rosen, Alaska Beacon writer|Aug 25, 2022

    Young Alaskans seeking to break into commercial fishing face a lot of the same barriers that confront young farmers in the Lower 48 states, but they have far fewer resources to help overcome those barriers, according to newly published research. A study by Alaska experts with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration argues that the fishing industry and the communities that depend on fishing should have support similar to that offered to young farmers. “The sheer scale, depth, and breadth of programming for beginning farmers makes t... Full story

  • Artifact Archive: Wooden letterpress for the Petersburg Press

    Aug 25, 2022

  • How 26K+ votes left to be counted could impact the race to finish Don Young's term:

    Lisa Phu, Alaska Beacon writer|Aug 25, 2022

    At least 26,400 votes are still left to be counted in the Aug. 16 election in Alaska. Democrat Mary Peltola currently leads the special general election race to fill the remainder of the late Congressman Don Young’s term with about 38% of the votes counted so far ranking her first. The remaining more than 60% of votes are mostly split between two Republican candidates. Whoever comes in third place in this race will be eliminated first under the state’s new ranked choice voting system. While it remains to be seen how the uncounted votes mig... Full story

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