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S.E. drought won't impact hydroelectric operations

Utility Director Karl Hagerman says there is no present data to support that Petersburg or Wrangell will need to run diesels this winter because of low water levels at Swan and Tyee Lakes.  SEAPA’s recent move to dedicate Tyee capacity to the...

 

Election results unofficial:

October 2, 2018 Total ballots cast - 1090 Assembly - 3 year term: Bob Lynn - 521 Marc Martinsen - 310 Taylor Ladd Norheim - 353 Donald Spigelmyre - 170 Nancy Strand - 294 Bill Tremblay - 321 School board 3 year term: Cheryl H. File 847 Jay Q. Lister...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    October 4, 2018

Beat the Odds race this weekend

The 19th annual Beat the Odds event offers residents the chance to walk or run in a 2.5 race against cancer this Saturday. "Our mission is to bring awareness and education and support to those...

 

Yesterday's News

October 4, 1918 The ladies of the local branch of the Red Cross have during the last week completed 45 girls dresses for refugee Belgian children, and they will be forwarded at once. A box of Sphagnum moss was shipped to Seattle last week, and more...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    October 4, 2018

Election results:

In unofficial poll numbers, Bob Lynn and Taylor Norheim were elected to the borough assembly, with the Annual Sales Tax Rebate for Qualified senior citizens failing to pass. "With only two seats open...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    October 4, 2018

Assembly passes resolution in support of hatchery program

The borough assembly passed resolution #2018-12, which supports the Alaska salmon hatchery program and urges the Alaska Board of Fisheries to further its understanding of the importance of the program to all Alaskans. “As we know, salmon is the...

 

Guest Commentary: Why the Tongass National Forest should be totally exempt from the Roadless Rule

The 2001 Roadless Rule, covering 58 million acres of National Forest Land, including the Tongass and Chugach National Forests, was pushed through the entire national rulemaking and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) processes in 15 months. The...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    October 4, 2018

Assembly postpones discussion on larger ships coming to town

The borough assembly on Monday voted in favor of removing a discussion item from its agenda, which addressed the possibility of 900-passenger cruise ships stopping in Petersburg in 2020. “I think we just need to delay this,” said assembly member...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    October 4, 2018

Forest service informs public about changes to Roadless Rule

On Sept. 25, a meeting was held by officials from the United States Forest Service to inform the public about the state’s plan to alter the Roadless Rule which prevents the construction of roads in nearly 60 million acres of land throughout the cou...

 

Police report

September 26 — Chellsey Musewski, 26, was arrested on charges of probation violation. Suspicious activity was reported on Howkan St., but individuals were gone when authorities arrived. Loud music on S. Nordic Dr. was turned down. September 27 ...

 

Trooper report

On September 29, the Alaska State Troopers on Prince of Wales Island began an investigation into a disturbance that had occurred in Thorne Bay in the early morning hours. Investigation revealed 28 year old Thorne Bay resident Jacob Edenfield had...

 

Bear with cubs kill an Alaska mine worker

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A female bear and her two cubs mauled and killed a young man working at a remote mine site on a southeast Alaska island with one of the highest bear densities in the state, authorities said Monday. Anthony David Montoya, 18, a...

 

HS cross country wraps up season

The Petersburg High School cross country team had their final meet of the season in Anchorage on Saturday. The girls team came in fifth place over all, and the boys team came in ninth. "Getting up...

 
 By Brian Varela    Sports    October 4, 2018

MMS cross country teams take in second place

The Mitkof Middle School cross country team ran their second and last meet this past weekend in Ketchikan at Ward Lake, which is where the high school teams run their meets. Both the boys and girls...

 
 By Brian Varela    Sports    October 4, 2018

Swim team comes in fourth place in Juneau

At a meet in Juneau over the weekend, the Petersburg High School girls swim team came in fourth place overall and the boys team came in fifth place in Saturday’s events. The team had a combined score of 128, coming in fourth place overall behind Th...

 
 By Brian Varela    Sports    October 4, 2018

Volleyball team has first game of the season against JDHS

At their first match of the season, the Petersburg High School volleyball team played against Juneau-Douglas High School, winning three out of eight matches. “All good things that we saw,” said head coach Jamie Cabral. “It showed us what we...

 

Sitka shelves proposal taxing single-use bags

SITKA, Alaska (AP) — Sitka officials have shelved a measure that would tax single-use carryout bags provided to customers by businesses on the Alaska island. The Sitka Assembly voted this week to “postpone indefinitely” the proposed ordinance t...

 

Alaska Fish Factor: October proclaimed Alaska Seafood Month

Salmon that begin their lives in Alaska hatcheries often save the day for thousands of fishermen when returns of wild stocks are a bust. This year was a prime example, when pinks and chums that originated in hatcheries made up for record shortfalls...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    October 4, 2018

Inspections finds Tyee Lake power tunnel and SEAPA submarine cables in good shape

Southeast Alaska Power Agency presented results of inspections of the Tyee Lake power tunnel and SEAPA’s submarine cables to board members on Thursday in Ketchikan. “Everything really looked good,” said Bob Lynn, Petersburg’s voting member...

 

Petersburg Sport Fishing Report

Coho Salmon Coho (silver) salmon catch rates have fallen in the marine fishery while opportunity for coho fishing is still present in freshwater. Typically, freshwater fishing for coho salmon peaks in the month of September and opportunity will...

 
 By Caleb Vierkant    News    October 4, 2018

A piece of Kake: Southeast Alaska town named 2018 community of the year

Southeast Conference held its 60th annual meeting last month in Ketchikan. The conference is a gathering of municipalities, businesses, nonprofits, and other interests across Southeast Alaska for the...

 

Juneau airport awarded $10M federal grant for improvements

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Juneau International Airport will receive nearly $10 million in federal transportation grant money that it will use to address “serious life safety hazards.” KTOO-FM reports the Juneau airport was one of the 37 small...

 

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