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 By Pilot Staff    News    September 30, 2021

Borough and State crews respond to storm damages Friday night

Hurricane force winds with gusts up to 70 mph dropped trees into power lines, bringing out borough line crews, public works employees and emergency services personnel on Friday night. According to a report from Utility Director Karl Hagerman it...

 

Community spread COVID cases stand at 32

Infection Prevention and Quality Manager Liz Bacom gave a presentation during Thursday's Petersburg Medical Center Hospital Board meeting on the status of the COVID-19 outbreak in the community. At...

 

Beat the Odds 5K raises cancer awareness

The Petersburg Medical Center Foundation's cancer fundraising committee Beat the Odds hosted its 21st annual 5K run/walk Saturday. One hundred racers came out to participate and 14 Petersburg High...

 

Proposition 1: Electrical utility upgrades

Voters will decide the future of Crystal Lake hydroelectric power in Petersburg on October 5. Proposition 1 aims to raise an amount not to exceed $7.8 million in electric utility revenue bonds to...

 

32 active COVID-19 cases in Petersburg

The Petersburg Medical Center reported Wednesday that community spread of COVID-19 is occurring and there are now 32 active cases. Eight cases were reported from September 28-29. None of the 29 resident and three non-resident cases are travel...

 

Correction:

A headline to an election story appearing on page 5 of last week’s paper incorrectly stated the borough election will be on October 4. The election is on Tuesday October 5....

 

Yesterday's News

September 30, 1921 The big motor ship Culburra was in port early this week and loaded 19,600 cases of salmon at the plant of the Mitkof Island Packing Company. The Culburra is one of eight motor vessels formerly owned by the Commonwealth of...

 

Proposition 2: Future of Frederick Point East

Petersburg Borough's Service Area One boundaries could shift depending on how people vote on Proposition 2 on the October 5, 2021 ballot. The proposition seeks to remove Frederick Point East...

 

To the Editor

Silent majority must stand up To the Editor: We of the silent majority must stand up and make our voices heard. The only way Covid-19 or its variants will ever be behind us is if the vast majority of us are vaccinated. People say “I probably won...

 

Editorial

We encourage voters to vote YES on the $7.8 million bond issue proposed by Petersburg Power and Light to pay for back-up diesel generation and the refurbishment of the Crystal Lake hydro plant. Petersburg has enjoyed the benefits from the...

 

Guest Editorial

It was the same day that Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced the state would help hospitals cope with record numbers of COVID-19 patients by assisting with decisions to ration care, and the same day that the state’s chief medical officer, Dr. Anne Zink,...

 

Borough Assembly candidates speak at forum

The Petersburg Borough Assembly candidates took part in a virtual forum Monday night hosted by KFSK and the Petersburg Pilot. The candidates were asked about a range of topics including the handling o...

 

Court report

Aug. 3 – Benjamin Berkley, Jr. was arraigned on charges of trapping out of season. The defendant entered a no contest plea and was fined $500 with $250 suspended, a $20 surcharge and the traps were forfeited to the State. Michael E. Nissell was arr...

 

Police report

September 22 — Officer assisted EMS near N. Nordic Dr. A black bear was reported near S. 4th St. and 4.5 St. ADF&G and AST were notified. A canine near Charles W. St. was impounded and returned to the owner. Property was found near Fram St. A bike...

 

Meet the Candidates: Hospital Board

Heather Conn Age: 43 What experience do you have? When you look at board experience I have sat on three boards and one council. The experience I have had has been with the Petersburg Little League...

 

Meet the Candidates - School Board

Carey Case Age: 47 What experience do you have? I have served as board member and president of two local non-profits - Petersburg Children's Center, and WAVE. As board president I helped establish...

 

PMC to invite SEARHC to future board meeting

The Petersburg Medical Center Board unanimously approved a motion Thursday to have PMC CEO Phil Hofstetter extend an invitation to Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium leadership to give a presentation at a future meeting. The aim of the...

 

Assembly supports borough manager

Comments from Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht's performance evaluation reflects strong support from the assembly. The ratings on the evaluation suggest some of Giesbrecht strongest skills are...

 

Alaska Fish Factor

Lost fishing gear - be it nets, lines or pots - continues "ghost fishing" forever, causing a slow death to countless marine creatures and financial losses to fishermen. Now new "smart buoys" can...

 

Covid delays northbound barge

The Alaska Marine Lines barge which departed Seattle on Friday, September 24, has been delayed and all scheduled ports north of Ketchikan will be about 24 hours behind schedule. Members of the tugboat crew towing this barge had positive COVID-19...

 

PHS cross country competes in Capital City Invitational

The Petersburg High School cross country team competed Saturday in Juneau at the Capital City Invitational. The team had a solid performance on the day with multiple students getting personal records...

 

High School, Middle School go virtual

The Petersburg School District announced Tuesday that classes at Mitkof Middle School and Petersburg High School would be held remotely for the remainder of the week because of COVID-19 cases in the district. Students spent the morning half of...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    September 30, 2021

Oyster farm part of a growth industry

WRANGELL - Aquatic farming in Alaska could be a big industry, and completely sustainable. That's according to Wrangell's Julie Decker, executive director of Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, a...

 

Mining company looks for precious metals in SE AK

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A Canadian mining company has been looking for precious metals on Chichagof Island in southeast Alaska. Millrock Resources, a Vancouver, British Columbia-based company, several years ago applied to the U.S. Forest Service...

 

Dividend payments will start the week of Oct. 11

JUNEAU (AP) — Officials are aiming to send out the first wave of Permanent Fund dividend payments to Alaska residents the week of Oct. 11, a Department of Revenue spokesperson said. The department’s Genevieve Wojtusik said in an email Sept. 22...

 

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