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 By Ben Muir    News    October 5, 2017

Mark Jensen returns as mayor

Mark Jensen, who resigned in May over a distaste for borough decisions, was unofficially re-elected as mayor on Tuesday, beating his opponent by 135 votes. Jensen received 631 votes, and his...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    October 5, 2017

Voters have decided: fluoride to stay

Fluoride will remain in the Petersburg water supply and ATVs will remain prohibited to drive on borough streets, two of the many decisions made after 1,159 ballots were cast in the election on Tuesday. Propositions #6 and #7 were struck down handily...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    October 5, 2017

One incumbent keeps assembly seat, new member joins

Jeff Meucci and Brandi Marohl were added to the borough assembly Tuesday night, unofficially deciding the six-person race for two vacant seats. Meucci, who was appointed to the assembly in June, regained his seat and led in votes with 528. “I want...

 

Barry Morrison named President and GM of The Trading Union, Inc.

Barry Morrison, 38, was named President and General Manager of The Trading Union, Inc. at a shareholder's meeting in April of this year. Morrison succeeds A. Ken Slavin who has managed the company...

 

Yesterday's News

October 05, 1917 – A remittance from the clerk of district court, amounting to $3,067.60 was received by the town treasurer. The sum is derived from four licenses of local saloons for the six months ending December 31 and twelve mercantile and...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    October 5, 2017

Petersburg Children's Center expands again

The waitlist to get into the only state licensed children’s center in Petersburg is decreasing in some places and remaining high in others, despite a second expansion in two years, said Heidi Cabral, the director. “I don’t know if I’ve...

 

To the Editor

A public thank you I’d like to personally and publicly thank Bob Lynn and Cindy Lagoudakis for their service to our community. Our assembly is losing two highly qualified individuals who gave countless hours to the complex and often unappreciated...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    October 5, 2017

Voters approve most ballot questions, elect 15 board members

The five propositions that didn’t ask about fluoride or ATVs all passed except one, and 15 board members were added to Petersburg leadership after the uncertified municipal election brought out 43 percent of the voters. The school board had a conte...

 

Police Report

Sept. 27 — Domestic violence was reported to police from a Skylark Way location. Delia J. Dement, 26, was arrested on a charge of Assault in the 4th Degree. Road kill was reported on Haugen Dr. Trespassing was reported at a S. Nordic Dr. location....

 

Court report

Sept. 18 — Thomas McKeowen III was arraigned on a charge of criminal trespass. The defendant entered a not guilty plea before Judge Magistrate Burrell and was released OR with conditions, including seeking counseling with PMHS. Sept. 20 ...

 

Trooper report

Oct. 1 — the Alaska State Troopers arrested Brittany Diaz, age 27 of Craig, in the 3500 block of Tongass Avenue. Diaz was taken into custody on a warrant for Petition to Revoke Probation stemming from the original charge of Attempted MICS III...

 

Petersburg Fishing Report

King Salmon Due to conservation concerns, the retention of king salmon is prohibited in all Southeast Alaska salt waters, including the Petersburg/Wrangell area. This closure went into effect 12:01am, Thursday, August 10, 2017 and will continue...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    October 5, 2017

Moose season may continue triple-digit trend

The Petersburg-Wrangell area moose harvest seems set to break 100 again this year, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. So far 67 moose have been checked in during the first 18 days of the monthlong hunt. Petersburg ADFG wildlife...

 

Kake man found dead during moose hunt trip

On Sept. 26, at about 7 p.m., Juneau based Alaska State Troopers who were visiting the community of Kake responded to a report of an unconscious male found not breathing in the woods approximately 23 miles southeast of Kake near a logging road....

 

Report: SE Alaska economy struggling, tourism excels

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP ) — Southeast Alaska was hit hard in 2016 by government job losses and a lull in fishing production, but the tourism industry continues to grow, a state economy expert said. Economic development officials with the Southeast Confe...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    October 5, 2017

Norwegian ambassador surprises Wollen with medal from the king

The Norwegian ambassador visited Petersburg last weekend to give presentations on the arctic and global warming, Glo Wollen thought, until the underlying agenda was revealed: presenting her a medal...

 

Alaska Senator seeking repeal of crime reforms as rates rise

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska state Sen. Mia Costello is trying to repeal a sweeping reform of the state’s criminal justice system that she supported in 2016. In the year and a half since the change, Alaska crime rates have increased, The Juneau...

 

First passenger jet configured for cargo unveiled in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The first-ever passenger jet converted for cargo use was unveiled Monday in Alaska, and the arrival spells the end for a unique plane configured for the nation’s largest state. Alaska Airlines spent $15 million to convert...

 

Fish Factor: Sea Cucumbers added to list of foods claiming to kill cancer cellsChum returned home this year in record numbers

Chum salmon returned home to Alaska this year in numbers never seen before from Southeast to Kotzebue, and set catch records statewide and in many regions. Chums, also called dogs because of their long use as a prime food source for Alaska Native...

 

Alaska communities weigh pot bans 3 years after legalization

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) —Alaska marijuana grower Mike Emers has been losing sleep with a vote fast approaching that he says could shutter his family’s business and financially ruin them. The statewide initiative that legalized recreational marijuana...

 

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