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 By Brian Varela    News    August 27, 2020

Summer camp presents science as career option

Despite the gloomy weather last week, nine students explored the natural world in this year's summer science camp. Every year, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska Sea Grant and the Petersburg...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    August 27, 2020

Bears to be regular sight until winter

While the number of bear sightings made to the Petersburg Police Department have gone down, Petersburg Area Biologist Frank Robbins, with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, said bears will...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    August 27, 2020

No active cases of the Covid-19 virus in town

The most recent confirmed case of COVID-19 in the community was declared recovered last Friday, Aug. 21. At the COVID-19 community update on Friday, acting Incident Commander Sand Dixson anticipated...

 

Yesterday's News

August 27, 1920 The River and Harbor Act passed by the last session of Congress provides for a survey of Wrangell Narrows for the purpose of obtaining data as to the feasibility of dredging the Narrows and probable cost. One of the chief advantages...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    August 27, 2020

21 candidates in upcoming municipal election

Twenty-one residents filed for candidacy in the Oct. 6 municipal election before the deadline on Tuesday at 4:30 P.M. A total of twenty-six public office seats are up for reelection this fall, includi...

 

Correction:

In the Aug. 20 issue of the Petersburg Pilot, a photo of a hummingbird on page 16 was incorrectly credited to Brian Varela. It was Brian Lynch who submitted the photo to the Pilot....

 

To the Editor

AMHS work group update To the Editor: As the marine highway workgroup strides into August, I want to provide an update on what we have been doing, and where we are heading. Our meetings have been streamed live on Facebook, and recordings are...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    August 27, 2020

Parks & Rec may change schedule

Starting this weekend, the Parks and Recreation Center could see a change to its schedule and availability, though Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht, and acting parks and recreation director, said the...

 

Police report

August 18 — Disturbances were reported at locations on Lumber St. and Cornelius Rd. August 19 — A dangerous driver was reported on S. 4th St. A disturbance was reported at a location on S. 3rd St. A black bear was seen in the 900 block of Odin...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 27, 2020

Wrangell School board discusses Juneau shopping trip in special meeting

WRANGELL - The Wrangell School Board held a special meeting Monday, Aug. 24, to discuss recent travel and purchases made by the superintendent and school staff. Last week, Superintendent Debbe...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 27, 2020

Alaskans for Better Elections campaigning for new election rules

WRANGELL - Shea Siegert, campaign manager for Alaskans for Better Elections, recently spoke to the Wrangell Sentinel about their organization. With limited opportunities for in-person events due to...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 27, 2020

Coho derby kicks off tomorrow, halibut derby on Labor Day weekend

WRANGELL - Wrangell's annual coho and halibut derbies are just around the corner. The coho salmon derby begins tomorrow, Aug. 28, and will run until Sept. 7. The halibut derby, meanwhile, will take...

 

Alaska Supreme Court rules against land transfer to trust

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court has ruled that the state should not have attempted to transfer an area of forest land to the Alaska Mental Health Trust for potential logging. The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council filed a lawsuit...

 

Alaska attorney general quits after texts with woman surface

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson has resigned, shortly after details of text messages that the state’s married and socially conservative top law enforcement officer sent to a female state employee were revealed...

 
 By TOM KRISHER    News    August 27, 2020

NTSB: Lawmaker in plane crash flew despite vision problems

An Alaska state lawmaker who was involved in a July midair collision that killed seven people was piloting his plane even though his medical flight certification was denied eight years ago because of vision problems, a federal agency reported...

 

Alaska Fish Factor

Snacks that are good for people and the planet now come in the form of crispy chips that are made from Bristol Bay sockeye salmon skins. The new, flash fried snack was spawned by a Los Angeles-based company called  Goodfish, which aims to “propel...

 

Alaska tribal groups oppose state's lawsuit over hunting

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska tribal governments and organizations have asked the state to withdraw a lawsuit alleging a federal agency overstepped its authority by granting an Alaska Native village a special hunting permission during the...

 

AK student accused of having gun during online classes

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Anchorage high school student has been arrested on accusations he threatened students and staff with a gun during multiple online classes, officials said. The Dimond High School student attended several online learning...

 

Artifact Archive

Salmon Leather In the 1940s Pacific American Fisheries (PAF) was the world's largest Pacific salmon processor and sought to use fish by-product. Galen Biery--a photographer and mechanic--became...

 

Alaska virus contact tracing program working, officials say

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska’s contact tracing program is working well despite undergoing a strain in recent months during the effort to track coronavirus infections, public health officials said. The state recently increased the size of its...

 

Environmental groups sue to block Alaska's Arctic drilling

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Environmental groups filed lawsuits aimed at halting efforts by the Trump administration to open up wide swaths of Alaska’s Arctic to oil drilling. Two separate lawsuits were filed late Monday challenging the Bureau of...

 

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