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Attorney represents client months after her demise

Local attorney Fred Triem appeared before Superior Court Judge William Carey on August 22, to argue that his client Helen Lingley had given him verbal permission to reach a settlement with her former...

 

Here's lookin' at ya

A Blue Heron studies its reflection in the water along the shoreline....

 
 By Ben Muir    News    September 7, 2017

Former Petersburg cop accused of sexual harassment

The Petersburg Police Department was unaware when it hired an officer in 2015 that he had allegedly been fired for sexual harassment from his last position. The officer would later have an affair with an informant in Petersburg, allegedly, then...

 

Yesterday's News

September 7, 1917 – When the period for military registration in Alaska closed, 189 men between the ages of 21 and 31 had received cards from Registrar Otness. A summarization of the cards show that of the 145 citizens and declarants who...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    September 7, 2017

Moose season to start next week

The 2017 moose season is set to begin next week, with the monthlong harvest opening on September 15. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has already seen an increase in permits being issued as the...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    September 7, 2017

Assembly awards bid to crush asphalt waste to be used as gravel replacement

The Petersburg Borough is one step closer to saving thousands of dollars on gravel road upkeep in residential areas, said Chris Cotta, the assistant director at Public Works. The Borough Assembly approved a bid award to Reid Brothers Construction in...

 

Web of water

Water droplets outline and accentuate the fragile spider web woven across deck supports of a local home....

 

Editorial: Police conduct is of public concern

Why do a story about a Petersburg police officer that left the department a year ago? Because the public needs to know that performance standards are being upheld and that the people that enforce the laws are doing so with integrity. Despite the...

 

Letter to The Editor: Community water fluoridation

To the Editor: Community Water Fluoridation(CWF) has been proven by reputable scientific sources to be effective and safe. These studies are Evidence Based Science Research, and Peer Reviewed, where all evidence and data pertaining to the subject is...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    September 7, 2017

Approved resolution starts project to rid Petersburg of scrap metal waste

The Borough Assembly on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution supporting the Southeast Alaska Solid Waste Authority recommendation to participate in a regional scrap metal recycling system. The approval fast tracks a financial plan that will orga...

 

Scouller arrested on multiple theft charges

Stephen Scouller, 48, was arrested on charges of theft in the 2nd degree and theft in the 3rd degree on Aug. 30. Theft in the 3rd Degree places property value at $250 to $999. Theft in the 2nd Degree...

 

Police Report

Aug. 30 — Police made a traffic stop on S. Nordic Dr. Suspicious activity was reported along the airport access road at Hungerford Hill. Police are investigating a littering incident at an undisclosed location. A bear rummaging through garbage was...

 

3 indicted on big game hunt charges in Alaska national park

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted three men on charges connected to illegal hunting in an Alaska national park. The indictment announced Tuesday names 44-year-old Jeffrey Harris of Poulsbo (PAWLS-boh), Washington,...

 

Fishing guide forfeits boat after repeat violations

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The owner of a southeast Alaska fishing charter service has been ordered to stay out of boats in Alaska waters for one year after pleading guilty to repeat fishing violations. Alaska State Troopers say 75-year-old Stuart...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    September 7, 2017

Private documentary screening shows ailments of ALS and a conflict with wolves

After years of filming, Jeff Mittelstadt was able to offer a private screening to about 140 people in Petersburg, the town which supported the making of his whirlwind documentary, "Staring Down...

 

Unsafe bridge on Tonka Road

Forest Service System Road 43501 on the Tonka road system is closed to motor vehicles at milepost 0.513 due to an unsafe bridge. The road will be reopened when the structure is replaced according to...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    September 7, 2017

Southeast Conference to focus on ferries, budget

WRANGELL — Later this month the region’s economic development organization will be meeting in Haines to discuss new trends, problems and opportunities it will face in the coming year. Representing many of the area’s municipalities,...

 

State of Alaska weighing options for conducting elections

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state of Alaska is exploring options for conducting elections after 2018, as it is faced with an aging voting system and financial pressures amid an ongoing state budget deficit. A bipartisan working group established by...

 

Lance Mearig Named ADOT&PF Southcoast Region Director

(JUNEAU, Alaska) – Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) Commissioner Marc Luiken has named Lance Mearig as the Southcoast Region Director. "Lance is precisely the...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    September 7, 2017

Rain Forest Run on Labor Day

A 13-mile race on Labor Day is often not the first activity that comes to mind on a day that celebrates hard work, yet more than a dozen Petersburg folks laced-up to run or walk a half-marathon on...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    September 7, 2017

Wrangell café raising funds for Hurrican Harvey relief

WRANGELL - A Wrangell café is raising funds for disaster relief, following the hurricane and deadly floods affecting Texas last month. Zak's Cafe owners James George and Katherine George-Byrd plan...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    September 7, 2017

Fourth special session may be called for revenues

WRANGELL — Last week, Alaska’s lawmakers received word from the governor’s office another session may be called for October. On August 31 emails were sent to members of the Alaska Legislature, letting them know a special session – the fourth...

 

Majestic view

A Bald Eagle makes use of a waterfront foundation to scout for a meal along Wrangell Narrows earlier this week....

 

Ketchikan may break 50-year rain record

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — The rainfall this summer in one Alaska city is getting close to shattering a 50-year record. Ketchikan is on track to have its wettest summer since 1967, according to the National Weather Service in Juneau. National...

 

Fish Factor: Sea Cucumbers added to list of foods claiming to kill cancer cells

Alaska sea cucumber divers could be helping to cure cancer! Sea cucumber meat and skins have long been considered a delicacy in Asian cuisines; they also are hailed for having healing properties that soothe sore joints and arthritis. Most recently...

 

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