Articles from the October 6, 2022 edition

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  • Jensen reelected, Newman and Marsh win assembly seats

    Chris Basinger|Oct 6, 2022

    The long-awaited unofficial results of the 2022 municipal election were released Wednesday evening after early and absentee ballots were counted throughout the day. According to the unofficial results, Mark Jensen won the mayoral race with 642 votes and will retain his seat. He was followed by Bob Lynn with 363 votes and Jeff Meucci with 177 votes Incumbents Jeigh Stanton Gregor and Chelsea Tremblay both lost their seats on the Petersburg Borough Assembly to newcomers Scott Newman and Donna...

  • Community meeting addresses impacts of child care crisis

    Lizzie Thompson|Oct 6, 2022

    Saturday morning a group of concerned Petersburg residents met at the Wright Auditorium to participate in the second Childcare Community Café to address the childcare crisis affecting the local workforce, businesses, families, and economy. The meeting, hosted by the SHARE (Supporting Health Awareness, Resilience, and Education) Coalition, began with a viewing of a 23-minute video entitled "Voices for a Better Future: Community Impacts of Childcare in Petersburg," followed by a community... Full story

  • A view from on high

    Oct 6, 2022

  • PMC selects firm for new facility project

    Chris Basinger|Oct 6, 2022

    The Petersburg Medical Center Board unanimously voted to select architecture firm Bettisworth North to design the new PMC facility project during its Sept. 29 meeting. Bettisworth North, a firm with offices in Anchorage and Fairbanks, names the YKHC Paul John Calricaraq Clinic and Hospital renovation, the North Pole Veterinary Hospital, and the ANTHC Healthy Communities Building among some of its previous healthcare facility projects. According to PMC CEO Phil Hofstetter's report, the hospital... Full story

  • Yesterday's News News from 25-50-75-100 years ago

    Oct 6, 2022

    October 6, 1922 – On the evening of September 30th practically everyone in Petersburg was a guest of the Petersburg Igloo, Pioneers of Alaska at the big house warming held in the new hall. The hall was filled with dancers the entire evening and a delicious luncheon of beans, stew, and other things was served at midnight, it being necessary to reset the tables three times. In all, over two hundred people were served. During the evening Miss Edna Osten, daughter of Chaplain and Mrs. C. D. Osten entertained with several numbers on her violin. T...

  • To the Editor

    Oct 6, 2022

    To the Petersburg community To the Editor: Thank you for supporting the Friends of Petersburg Libraries Used Books and DVD Sale on October 1st. It was a huge success. Many people were involved in setting up and advertising the sale, donating and purchasing books, and showing up to be part of a fun day at the Library. For the first time we had a silent auction of the nicer items. All proceeds are used for the Libraries’ children, teen and adult programs. We look forward to seeing you at our next sale, on December 3rd! Barb Fish Secretary, F...

  • 14 appointed to Housing Task Force

    Chris Basinger|Oct 6, 2022

    The Petersburg Borough Assembly unanimously voted to appoint 14 people to the Housing Task Force during Monday's meeting. Members of the task force include Gary Aulbach, Jay Barnard, Annette Bennett, Joyce Cummings, Darcie Ewert, Larry Hofstad, Sarah Holmgrain, Ashley Kawashima, David Kensinger, Malena Marvin, Jeff Meucci, Erin Michael, Jalyn Pomrenke, and Jeigh Stanton Gregor. The assembly also chose Stanton Gregor to act as the group's facilitator after a unanimous vote. The group was...

  • Police report

    Oct 6, 2022

    September 28 – An alarm activated at pump station #5. Water Wastewater (W/WW) was notified and responded. An officer conducted foot patrols on Dolphin Street. A citizen reported an automated fraud call to “U.S. citizen” claiming the recipient’s identification had been compromised. A run-away canine on the airport access road was returned to its owner. An officer assisted Emergency Medical Services (EMS) with an individual in need of assistance on Scow Bay Loop Road. Petersburg Police Department (PPD) received a report that minors were throwin...

  • Court report

    Oct 6, 2022

    September 21, 2022 Magistrate Judge Rachel Newport in the Petersburg District Court presided over a minor offense trial for Paul Winje. The defendant was charged with failure to secure a dangerous dog. The court found him guilty. Winje was given a $150 fine along with a Police Training Surcharge due within 10 days of $20. September 30, 2022 In the Superior Court at Petersburg, Alaska Superior Court Judge Amy Mead presided over the jury trial of State of Alaska v Brandon Burrell. On the fifth day of the trial the jury was excused. The defendant...

  • Borough FY23 budget adjustment passes first reading

    Chris Basinger|Oct 6, 2022

    The Petersburg Borough Assembly approved an ordinance which would adjust the FY23 budget for known changes in its first reading Monday. The assembly voted 6-1 in favor of Ordinance #2022-15 with Assembly Member Thomas Fine-Walsh opposed. The supplemental budget accounts for some funding received from state grants, items that could be purchased, and repair work that was not included in the original FY23 budget. The adjustments to the budget are as follows: • Accept $123,158 in state l...

  • Assembly proposes dialogue with Wrangell on possible extension of ferry service

    Chris Basinger|Oct 6, 2022

    The Petersburg Borough Assembly voted unanimously to send a letter to the Wrangell Borough Assembly seeking to open a discussion on the possible expansion of the Inter-Island Ferry Authority (IFA) to serve the two communities. The IFA currently runs between Hollis and Ketchikan daily and is composed of two ships-the M/V Stikine and the M/V Prince of Wales. The letter comes after former Gov. Frank Murkowski visited Petersburg on Sept. 22 to discuss the current state of transportation in Southeast...

  • Assembly seeks estimates for subdivision development

    Chris Basinger|Oct 6, 2022

    The Petersburg Borough Assembly voted to spend $20,000 to find out the estimated costs to develop multiple subdivisions during its Sept. 19 meeting as it looks to open up more lots to address the housing crisis. The total expenditure was approved in two parts and the estimations will be completed by PND Engineers. Both expenditures passed in 5-1 votes with Assembly Member Bob Lynn opposed. First the assembly approved spending $4,000 to revise the estimated costs of the Fram Street and Hungry Point subdivisions, which was also completed by PND...

  • HIP fundraiser coming up at the Sons of Norway

    Lizzie Thompson|Oct 6, 2022

    This Saturday evening Humanity In Progress (HIP) is hosting Empty Bowls, a fundraiser working to end hunger one bowl at a time. From 6 - 8:30 p.m. a donation of ten dollars per person will get supporters into the warmth of Sons of Norway Hall, where they’ll be given a bowl of soup and a roll, and invited to listen to live music while they browse the temptations of the silent dessert auction. If they’d like to take a bowl home, a beautiful selection of handmade and donated bowls will be ava...

  • Beavers hard work takes time

    Oct 6, 2022

  • Dr. Mark Tuccillo plans to retire after nearly 30 years practicing in Petersburg

    Jake Clemens|Oct 6, 2022

    Dr. Mark Tuccillo has practiced family medicine in Petersburg since 1993 and soon plans to taper toward retirement starting at the end of October 2022. Growing up in New Jersey, his grandfather glorified Alaska, where he had crash-landed as an aviator with the Army Air Core, forcing him to walk over a week to the nearest village. "He had us all hooked talking about dogsledding and polar bears," Tuccillo remembers. "It was sensationalism, but it stuck with me." Certain he would become a doctor, t...

  • Petersburg women's cross country team places second in region, men take third

    Chris Basinger|Oct 6, 2022

    The Petersburg High School cross country team booked its ticket to the state championships after a dominating showing at the Region 5 Championships last Saturday in Sitka. The PHS women finished second as a team with their five runners scoring 40 points, behind first place Haines with 25. Haines' Ariel Godinez Long finished first overall with a time of 19:56. "We did really good as a team," said junior Kinley Lister. "It was a bit of a rainy day so we were fighting the weather a little but I...

  • PHS swim competes in home meet

    Chris Basinger|Oct 6, 2022

    The Petersburg High School swim team hosted the Petersburg Invite last weekend which saw teams from across Southeast travel to Little Norway to take part in the two-day meet. Brooklyn Whitethorn got two podium finishes on Friday, placing first in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:00 and third in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 27.75. Logan Tow finished second in the 50-yard freestyle with a 27.12 swim. Oliver Peterson placed fourth in the 200-yard freestyle, swimming it in 2:12, and...

  • Wrangell left off list for final federal pandemic assistance funds

    Larry Persily, Wrangell Sentinel Writer|Oct 6, 2022

    WRANGELL—“Not happy” was how Borough Manager Jeff Good described his mood last week when he received word that Wrangell was left off the list of Alaska communities sharing in $27 million in the final round of federal pandemic assistance funding. Wrangell was not alone in receiving nothing. Juneau, Sitka and Anchorage also came up empty. The funding formula was based on federal acreage within each borough, with population and economic conditions, such as poverty levels and unemployment, factoring into the formula. “I think Treasury got it wron...

  • Wrangell Public Works urges residents and restaurants to dispose of grease properly

    Caroleine James, Wrangell Sentinel Writer|Oct 6, 2022

    WRANGELL — It is tempting to imagine that toilets, shower drains and kitchen sinks are domesticated black holes, transporting our waste to some mysterious nether region outside space and time, where it ceases to exist the moment it is out of sight. However, Public Works Director Tom Wetor knows better than anyone in Wrangell that the spoiled milk, blackened cooking oil and remnants of last night’s dinner that are flushed into the sewer do not disappear. Pouring oil, grease and fat down the drain can damage essential infrastructure, strain the...

  • Entomologists searching to learn more about bumblebees in Alaska

    Kyle Clayton, Chilkat Valley News|Oct 6, 2022

    Haines—A couple armed with bug nets wading through roadside fireweed were searching for bumblebees in the Chilkat Valley north of Haines last month as part of a research effort to see if the Western Bumblebee’s range includes Alaska. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service scientists are considering proposing that the species be added to the endangered species list. “It’s disappeared over a big chunk of its former range which stretched from California out to some of the western states and all the way up into British Columbia at about 55 degrees north,...

  • Sitka assembly member and former Hoonah mayor compete for House seat long held by Kreiss-Tompkins

    Lisa Phu, Alaska Beacon Writer|Oct 6, 2022

    A Sitka assemblymember and a former Hoonah mayor are competing for the Alaska House of Representatives seat being vacated by five-term Sitka Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins. Though nonpartisan candidate Rebecca Himschoot had an edge over Republican Kenny Skaflestad in last month’s open primary – about 54% to roughly 46% – it’s a difference of 373 votes. Voters in Sitka overwhelmingly favored their assemblymember – 1,059 votes for Himschoot to 552 for Skaflestad. Voters in Hoonah cast more votes for their former mayor and city council m... Full story

  • Sitka Sound herring winter bait test fishery announcement

    Oct 6, 2022

    The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is soliciting bids to conduct a test fishery harvesting food and bait herring with purse seine gear in Sitka Sound during fall and winter of 2022/23. The Request for Quotation (RFQ) format for this test fishery will be done in tons of herring. The department is seeking to generate $30,000 from a herring food and bait test fishery in Sitka Sound. The quote must be based on tons of herring to reach that dollar amount. The party that quotes the lowest amount of herring in tons will be awarded the...

  • Moose harvest numbers 77

    Chris Basinger|Oct 6, 2022

    The RM038 moose hunt is staying on a steady pace with 77 moose harvested as of Oct. 5 according to Hilary Wood of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Of the 77 harvested, 70 were legal while 7 were determined to be illegal moose. The total number of moose taken is just behind the 81 harvested at this time last year. Hunters have seen by far the most success on Kupreanof Island which has recorded 34 legal moose. The Stikine River and Kuiu Island are currently tied for second in the legal moos...

  • Artifact Archive

    Oct 6, 2022

  • At Kodiak fisheries debate, Gara and Walker find common ground while Dunleavy is a no-show

    Yereth Rosen, Alaska Beacon Writer|Oct 6, 2022

    At a forum on fishery issues held in the seaport town of Kodiak, two of the leading gubernatorial contenders spent time focusing on a man who was not there: incumbent Gov. Mike Dunleavy. After about an hour of in-depth discussions of fishery issues that included climate change and its effects in the oceans, the role of hatchery fish in the ecosystem and economy, the infrastructure and workforce development needs of the fishing industry and state fiscal policies, former state Rep. Les Gara and former Gov. Bill Walker turned their fire directly... Full story