Articles from the October 11, 2018 edition

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 By Brian Varela    News    October 11, 2018

Senior tax exemption remains following 3rd repeal effort

In the recent municipal election, Proposition 1 failed to pass, which would have replaced the senior sales tax exemption with a rebate for qualified senior citizens and bring an influx of money to the borough’s budget from having additional seniors...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    October 11, 2018

Beat the Odds race raises over $20,000

There were about 170 participants in the Beat the Odds race on Saturday morning, which raised over $20,000 to support local cancer patients. "A Race Against Cancer isn't just a race, but a race to...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    October 11, 2018

Assembly canvasses municipal election

The borough assembly held a special meeting on Friday to tally the final votes of the municipal election and certify the results. Both out-going assembly members Eric Castro and Nancy Strand, Mayor Mark Jensen and assembly member Jeff Meucci were...

 

Yesterday's News

October 11, 1918 Petersburg is now connected directly with Juneau, Sitka, Wrangell and Ketchikan with cable. The cableship Burnsides was in port most of last week and part of this making the connection. The present wireless office will be discontinue...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    October 11, 2018

Petersburg High School may bring esports to its list of activities

Sixteen-year-old Jack Byrer, of the new esports club at Petersburg High School, gave a presentation at a school board meeting on Tuesday explaining that the club is looking to compete with other...

 

To the Editor: Roadless Rule our trust fund

Roadless areas are the cornerstone to the economy and well being of southeast. The Roadless Rule is working for its designed purpose which is to ensure that the 99% of the economy that depends on intact old growth forest is protected from the less...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    October 11, 2018

Paintings focusing on color theory by local artist on display at museum

Local artist Ashley Lohr was featured at a reception at the Clausen Museum on Friday showcasing her solo exhibit Room of Squares, which she has been working on for nearly a year. "Things can feel out...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    October 11, 2018

Students from Northern Lights Theater give yearly update to school board members

Student representatives for Northern Lights Theater gave school board members a yearly update at a board meeting on Tuesday. In the past year, the Northern Lights Theater board hired a new manager, Stacy Fredricksen, and assistant manager, Justin...

 

Police report

October 3 — A warning was issued at the two mile mark of Mitkof Highway for basic speed. October 4 — Behind Rae C. Stedman Elementary School on Hungry Point Trail, a bear was sighted and reported to authorities. An officer responded to...

 

Court report

Oct. 5 — Robert R. Bowlin entered a not guilty plea before Judge Carey on a charge of violating conditions of release. The defendant was released O.R. with conditions. Judge Carey scheduled a 2-day non-jury trial on Oct. 22 to hear the case of...

 

Volleyball teams each finish in top three

The Petersburg High School volleyball teams finished in the top three in each of their matches over the weekend in Ketchikan. The Petersburg C team finished in second place in the C bracket; the Petersburg junior varsity team finished in third place...

 

Future of Alaska PFD program weighs on governor's race

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Tension over changes to Alaska’s famed oil-wealth checks hangs over this year’s governor’s race, threatening Gov. Bill Walker’s chances for re-election. For decades, residents have shared in the state’s oil wealth,...

 

Boaters find dead bear cubs tied to weight in AK waters

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Two men boating in Prince William Sound in southern Alaska found a pair of dead bear cubs tied to a concrete weight. Peter Montesano and Paul Wunnicke saw something strange floating in Squaw Bay while on their boating trip...

 

Bears fed on man's body killed at Alaska mine

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Authorities say three bears fed on the body of a contract employee who was killed this week at a remote southeast Alaska mine site. Ken Marsh, a spokesman with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, said Wednesday the...

 

NTSB finds cause of deadly helicopter crash near Skagway

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A deadly helicopter crash in southeast Alaska was caused by the pilot’s choice to fly in poor weather and”self-induced pressure to complete the flight,” according to a federal investigative report. The National...

 

Alaska plans changes to how it taxes marijuana

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The state of Alaska is changing how it taxes marijuana in response to industry concerns. The current tax is $50 an ounce for any part of the bud and flower and $15 an ounce for the remainder of the plant. New rules, set to...

 

31 cruise ships scheduled to visit Kodiak next year

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) – Kodiak is expecting 31 cruise ships next year, the most vessels the Alaska city has seen in a single year, officials said. The last cruise ship of the season docked in Kodiak last week, bringing the 2018 total to 19 vessels,...

 

Alaska Fish Factor: Crab catches dominate Alaska's fish news as boats gear up

Crab catches dominate Alaska’s fish news in early October as boats gear up for mid-month openers in the Bering Sea. As expected, crabbers will see increased catches for snow crab after the annual survey showed a 60 percent boost in market sized...

 

Obituary: Larry "Woody" Allen Wilson, 72

Larry "Woody" Allen Wilson, 72, of Washington, Missouri, passed away September 15, 2018, at his home near Greentop, Missouri, after an 18-month battle with cancer. He was born on March 14, 1946, to Ja... Full story

 

Alaska mine proposes road to possible expansion sites

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A large lead and zinc mine in northwest Alaska is planning to build a 10-mile (16-kilometer) road to a pair of possible expansion sites. Red Dog Mine operator Teck has applied for state and federal permits for the road...

 

AK GOP to weigh potential action against Murkowski

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Alaska Republican party leaders plan to consider whether to reprimand U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski for opposing Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation. The party has asked Murkowski to provide any information she...

 

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