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 By Brian Varela    News    August 29, 2019

Zarlengo breaks two more USCG Academy records

A Petersburg High School graduate broke two 50-year-old school records at the United States Coast Guard Academy this spring. Ben Zarlengo set a new school record in the discus and hammer, throwing 49....

 
 By Brian Varela    News    August 29, 2019

Utility project loans to go on October ballot

Voters will decide if they want the borough to take out loans to fund eight utility projects totaling no more than $8 million after the assembly passed ordinance #2019-05 in its third reading last...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    August 29, 2019

PSD remains above statewide scores in PEAKS assessment

The Petersburg School District maintains a higher percentage of students scoring proficient or higher in English language arts (ELA), math and science in statewide testing. The Performance Evaluation...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    August 29, 2019

Ordinance on written comments to assembly fails

An ordinance that would have added language to borough code outlining a procedure for addressing the assembly by written comment was stricken down at an assembly meeting last week. Ordinance #2019-07...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    August 29, 2019

New magistrate learning the ropes of her new job

Petersburg has found its next magistrate judge and since her arrival earlier this month, she has been getting to know her job and her new home. Debra O'Gara first arrived in Petersburg on Aug. 1 and...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    August 29, 2019

Hospital CEO improves staff communication

Phil Hofstetter has begun blogging and holding daily morning safety briefings to improve the communication of Petersburg Medical Center staff. The morning meetings allow department managers to discuss...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    August 29, 2019

Hospital completes first steps in master plan

Petersburg Medical Center introduced the early findings of its master plan to renovate the current hospital or build a new facility at a public meeting last week. NAC Architecture was awarded the requ...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    August 29, 2019

Juneau diocese releases names of seven with sexual misconduct allegations

The Diocese of Juneau released a letter and report last Wednesday, Aug. 21, naming seven people with allegations of sexual misconduct against minors and/or vulnerable adults. The letter, signed by...

 

Correction:

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — In a story Aug. 15 about Alaska salmon hatcheries, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Alaska salmon hatcheries release 1.8 billion pink salmon fry annually. Total Alaska hatchery releases of all salmon and...

 

AK police arrest students for planning school shooting

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska authorities say two middle school students have been arrested after another student overheard their plans to carry out a school shooting, officials said. The Juneau Police Department arrested two 13-year-old students...

 

Alaska governor cuts $5M in additional ferry service funding

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska’s governor has vetoed additional funding for the state’s ferry service that was placed in the budget by the Legislature, a report said. Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoed $5 million Monday that was added to the...

 

Alaska weakens air ambulance membership plan regulations

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska health insurance officials have announced the state’s plan to weaken air ambulance membership plan regulations, officials said. The Alaska Division of Insurance will no longer review and pre-approve consumer...

 

Alaska adding second insurer to individual insurance market

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state says a second company will offer health insurance plans on Alaska’s individual marketplace next year. Division of Insurance Director Lori Wing-Heier says Moda Assurance Co. will join Premera in offering plans...

 

Alaska salmon deaths blamed on record warm temperatures

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Add salmon to the list of species affected by Alaska’s blistering summer temperatures, including the hottest July on record. Dead salmon have shown up in river systems throughout Alaska, and the mortalities are probably...

 

Watercolor Society Honorable Mention

For the second consecutive year, Angele (McDonald) Jones had one of her works accepted for the Alaska Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition. This year she was awarded First Honorable Mention for her...

 

Back to School!

Monday, August 26... Full story

 
 By Ron Loesch    Opinion    August 29, 2019

Clerk or assembly can read letters

The public should be given the maximum opportunities to make public comments at any gathering of the borough assembly. Written comments can be read by the city clerk, when requested, and the writer...

 

To the Editor

Thank you To the Editor: St. Andrews Episcopal Church would like thank all who helped with the "Walk to Remember, Children Gone Too Soon: " Diamantes: for sponsoring our ad in the Pilot; Hammer and...

 

Police report

August 21 — Individuals at a location on Harbor Way were made aware of open container laws. Authorities responded to a disturbance at Buschmann Park. Extra patrols were requested on 2nd St. August 22 — Brian Kandoll was issued a speeding...

 

Artifact Archive

Sheep Horn Spoons The Tlingit fashion spoons for utilitarian uses, such as the ones pictured here, as well as ornate and intricately carved spoons and ladles that are used for ceremonial purposes....

 

Foggy valley

After a two hour hike to the first lookout on Raven's Roost Trail, low-lying clouds cleared for about 15 minutes....

 

Alaskans applied for over 2,000 acres of new or expanding undersea farms

Underwater and out of sight are the makings of a major Alaska industry with two anchor crops that clean the planet while pumping out lots of cash: shellfish and seaweed. Alaskans have now applied for over 2,000 acres of new or expanding undersea...

 

Lofty heights

LeConte Bay as viewed from along a ridge on the north side of the bay. LeConte Glacier is seen at the left of the photo and snow capped peaks and snowfields in the background that extend into British...

 

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