Articles from the September 14, 2017 edition


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  • Attorney Triem removed from case

    Ron Loesch Publisher|Sep 14, 2017

    Attorney Fred Triem this week filed a motion for reconsideration on the appointment of class officers in the case of Arlene Bell Hanson et al., vs. Kake Tribal Corporation and the motion was rejected by the Superior Court and returned to Triem because he is no longer a party to the case. Court Clerk Brandy Boggs returned Triem’s documents with a memo stating: “You are not a party to this case. Only parties to the case are allowed to file documents in the case…. There will be no action on your filing and they are being returned to you.” Superio...

  • Colorful rainbow

    Sep 14, 2017

    A break in the rain and clouds gave way to a rainbow last Thursday, over the Petersburg Creek....

  • Schools transition to toll-free one phone number system

    Ben Muir|Sep 14, 2017

    The Petersburg School District wants to be clear to the public why it switched to a single phone system, and how a toll-free number will increase accessibility and better facilitate workflow for educators and administrators. Jon Kludt-Painter, the technology director of the Petersburg High School, headed the integration of a one number system. He said recent reports on school bulletins have advertised the new phone as a “District Office” number. It is not an office, rather an operator with nine call options, including a line to every sch...

  • Alaska seniors look to revive sales tax issue

    Sep 14, 2017

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A group of Juneau seniors has registered as a special interest group with the Alaska Public Offices Commission in an effort to make a difference in the Oct. 3 election. The aim of Juneau Seniors Supporting Seniors is to get the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly to restore full senior sales tax exemptions, as restrictions have been in effect for two years, group treasurer Ron Somerville said. The group’s stated purpose is “to influence the 2017 Juneau Municipal Election concerning Assembly seats and ballot initi...

  • Yesterday's News

    Sep 14, 2017

    September 14, 1917 – Jacob Johnson, I. J. Erickson , and Dr. J. L. Buckley received notice last week that, upon recommendation of Governor Strong, President Wilson has appointed them members of the exemption board for the town of Petersburg. The appointments to the board, the governor’s letter states, are in the nature of a draft, and they are advised that the board will in all probability continue in existence during the period of the present war. “The duties of the local or city, exemption boards,” the instructions read, “are broadly,...

  • Annual state test results for Petersburg students

    Ben Muir|Sep 14, 2017

    Administrators gave a report to the School Board on Tuesday on the state assessment tests that Petersburg rolled out for the first time in Spring 2017. After results from the assessments of Petersburg students came flooding in through spreadsheets and color-coded graphics, comparison tables and measurements of proficiency, Superintendent Erica Kludt-Painter said it remained an indicator, just “one piece of the picture of a kid.” Test results from the Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools, also known as PEAKS, were reported to the Peter...

  • Honoring PHS seniors

    Sep 14, 2017

    Cross Country seniors Erin Pfundt, Julia Murph, and Maddy Parker were honored at a dinner this weekend, hosted by Meghyn Parker....

  • Salmon Harvest Week 36

    Sep 14, 2017

  • Petersburg man, 24, drowns near Rocky Point Resort late Monday

    Ben Muir|Sep 14, 2017

    The body of 24-year-old Jase Payne was found late Monday near a dock at Rocky Point Resort in Petersburg, Ending what had been a four-hour search by family members, state troopers and local police. Alaska Wildlife Troopers were notified at 6:52 p.m. on Monday that Payne was missing, last seen on the dock of Rocky Point Resort about 10 miles south of town. “Family members had been conducting hasty searches of the nearby Wrangell Narrows with no results,” wrote a press release from the State of Alaska daily dispatches. “Petersburg Alaska Wildl...

  • Letters to the Editor

    Sep 14, 2017

    All is not clear To the Editor: This is regarding your article in the August 31, 2017 edition “PMC & physicians face wrongful death claim". I am sorry to see this kind of reporting and journalism in your paper. There are many issues in a case like this and much emotion, obviously. The reporting of a claim that has not been settled in the court, by judge, jury and peers of those involved such as this results in, loss of confidence in your local medical institution and staff without due process, that would have been fair. Thus, I think that y...

  • Brown bear eats shot black bear on Mitkof Highway

    Ben Muir|Sep 14, 2017

    Alaska state troopers are asking for the public’s help in seeking the person who fatally shot a black bear and left it in a ditch along Mitkof Highway on Monday or Tuesday. Trooper Cody Litster responded to a call Wednesday morning of a black bear dead at mile marker 19 near Crystal Lake Hatchery. It had been shot but the bear had been dragged from the ditch and onto the road, left mangled and half eaten. “You wouldn’t want to eat in a wet, nasty ditch, right?” Litster said. “Might as well put...

  • Police Report

    Sep 14, 2017

    Sept. 6 — An abandoned vehicle was reported on Fram St. A report of indecent exposure was reported along S. Nordic Drive. The person had left the area. A deer/vehicle collision was reported on Mitkof Hwy. Police made a traffic stop on Dolphin St. Isaac B. Taylor, 16, was cited for Violation of Provisional License. Extra patrols were requested on Sandy Beach Rd. and at Sandy Beach Park. Sept. 7 — A motor vehicle accident was reported on Mitkof Hwy. at Twin Creek Rd. Gunnar B. Payne, 16, was cited for Reckless Driving. A traffic hazard was rep...

  • Court report

    Sep 14, 2017

    Aug. 30 — Judge Stephens granted a one-month continuance in the case of State of Alaska vs. Christopher William Allen. Sept. 1 — Matthew Boseman was arraigned before Magistrate Judge Burrell on a charge of Assault 4 Domestic Violence. He entered a not guilty plea and was released OR with conditions. Sept. 6 — Pricila G. Chim entered a no contest plea to a charge of carry proof of insurance. She was sentenced to a $500 fine and a surcharge of $10 concurrent with another case....

  • PHS Cross country top five in Wrangell meet

    Ben Muir|Sep 14, 2017

    Both Petersburg Cross Country teams finished in the top five at the Wrangell Invitational on Saturday, with runners clocking personal records despite an uphill-finishing course. The men's team finished in fifth place, out of 10 teams competing, and the women's team finished in third among seven. Of the 118 male runners, Petersburg's Brennan Skeek came in 15th place and ran a personal record time of 18:23. Sophomore Kole Sperl placed in 22nd place with a time of 18:45. Junior Tolin Eddy finished...

  • Wrangell bar to celebrate decade of libation

    Dan Rudy|Sep 14, 2017

    WRANGELL - One of Wrangell's watering holes will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary this weekend. Rayme's Bar owner Reme Privett had purchased the establishment – then the Brig Bar – back in 2007, reopening its doors on September 14. The Brig's longtime owner, Lawrence Bahovec, had been running the bar since 1962. Though he had just turned 90, Privett recounted Bahovec still worked in the bar six days a week. He was looking to get out of the business as Privett was hoping to get into it, and...

  • Delicious fun

    Sep 14, 2017

    Aria Swanson with the cookies she decorated, all with a rainforest theme during an Rainforest Festivial event with Sally Dwyer at the Public Library on Saturday....

  • 2 Alaska nuisance bears relocated from panhandle community

    Sep 14, 2017

    PETERSBURG, Alaska (AP) — Two nuisance black bears that were lurking around Petersburg have been captured and relocated. A 200-pound (91-kilogram) bear was caught Sept. 3 near downtown Petersburg after a slightly smaller bear was captured in August, KFSK-FM reported Monday. The bears were dropped off near Farragut Bay and Thomas Bay. A poor berry crop, reduced fish runs or fish not being accessible to the bears could be causing the bears to look for food near populated areas, said Rich Lowell, a state Fish and Game wildlife biologist. ...

  • Wrangell approves lease extension for new concrete at boatyard

    Dan Rudy|Sep 14, 2017

    WRANGELL - At a rescheduled meeting of the Port Commission last Friday, members approved a request for an extension by a lease holder at the boatyard. Contractor Don Sorric requested the addition of three years to his current lease, which at the moment is due to expire July 31, 2019. He requires the extension for a bank loan, which would finance the addition of new concrete pads at his Superior Marine Services. "The bank has asked for more time on his loan than he has on his lease," commission...

  • 2017 Rainforest Festival

    Sep 14, 2017

  • Wrangell Byford soil removal postponed until April

    Dan Rudy|Sep 14, 2017

    WRANEGLL — The state environmental regulator last week announced it would be postponing a planned monofill project on Wrangell Island until next year. In a press release issued September 7, the Department of Environmental Conservation announced it will hold off on construction of a monofill site on the island. The department is currently engaged in the cleanup for the former Byford site, a property south of Wrangell that had for several decades been used as a junkyard. The first phase of thi...

  • Fish Factor: ​The catch of 213 million salmon has surpassed the forecast

    Laine Welch|Sep 14, 2017

    Alaska’s salmon season is nearly a wrap but fall remains as one of the fishing industry’s busiest times of the year. For salmon, the catch of 213 million has surpassed the forecast by nine million fish. Highpoints for this season are a statewide sockeye catch topping 50 million for the tenth time in history (37 million from Bristol Bay), and one of the best chum harvests ever at more than 22 million fish. The total 2017 salmon catches and values by Alaska region will be released by state fishery managers in November. Hundreds of boats are now f...

  • Wrangell Legion unit remembers 9/11 victims with service project

    Dan Rudy|Sep 14, 2017

    WRANGELL - The local American Legion unit held a day of service and remembrance over the weekend, dedicated to the September 11 attacks. The American Legion Auxiliary of Alaska Unit #6 was awarded a $1,000 grant this summer from the national organization, one of 50 such awards provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The funds would go toward projects across the country, held between September 8 and 13 in memory of those involved in the attacks of September 11, 2001....

  • Ahtna rejects settlement offer in 2008 land-access dispute

    Sep 14, 2017

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Native regional corporation has rejected a proposed settlement from the state of a dispute over public access to Klutina Lake. Ahtna Inc. has been embroiled in a lawsuit with the state since 2008 over the public’s access to the historic Brenwick-Craig Road, leading from Copper Center to Klutina Lake. Ahtna’s board of the directors voted to reject the settlement offer after considering comments from villages in the area and those submitted to the state during the public comment period, the company said in a...

  • Bioblitz fun

    Sep 14, 2017

    Kade Norheim looks at fungi during a Rainforest festival event called Bioblitz at Sandy Beach Park on Sunday. The kid-friendly event was hosted by Ron Hamill, Joni Johnson and Karen Dillman....

  • Alaska state representative accused of ethics violation

    Sep 14, 2017

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska state representative has been accused of ethics violations by the Legislative Ethics Committee. The Daily News-Miner reported Tuesday that the Committee claims Republican Rep. Tammie Wilson of North Pole violated two parts of the Ethics Act in January 2014. The Committee claims Wilson produced and sent a postcard about air quality issues to constituents outside her legislative district using state resources and included the return address of an official legislative office on the postcard. Wilson has long b...

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