Articles from the October 12, 2023 edition

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  • Stanton Gregor wins assembly seat by one vote

    Olivia Rose|Oct 12, 2023

    On Monday, Clerk Debbie Thompson and Deputy Clerk Becky Regula opened and counted the final votes for Petersburg's 2023 municipal election, as candidates and their supporters anxiously watched in assembly chambers and listened via the live broadcast on KFSK radio. A total of 12 out of 24 uncounted absentee ballots reached the clerk's desk before the election was certified on Monday, Oct. 9. The four questioned votes were determined invalid by the state and did not count toward the election. This...

  • Official certified municipal election results October 9, 2023 Total ballots cast – 1,262

    Oct 12, 2023

    Assembly: Rob Schwartz – 698 Jeigh Stanton Gregor – 597 Rick Perkins – 596 Jeff Meucci – 548 Hospital Board: (Two 3-year terms) Jerod Cook – 901 Marlene Cushing – 808 Don Koenigs – 442 (One 1-year term) Mika Hasbrouck – 602 Jim Roberts – 527 Public Safety Advisory Board: Mark Tuccillo – 649 Stanley Hjort – 412 Jacob Slaven – 403 Tony Vinson – 391 Russell Thynes – 324 Library Board: (Three 3-year terms) Mary Ellen Anderson – 850 Lizzie Thompson – 734 Marilyn Menish-Meucci – 514 Tina Buschm...

  • Spooky season

    Oct 12, 2023

    Jon Hammer, in costume as Jack Skellington, brings the creepy Halloween vibe to opening weekend of the 7th annual Pumpkin Patch hosted by Anchor Properties. Face painting and fall season fun are all part of the festivities, which will be open throughout October with times and details listed on the Anchor Properties Facebook page....

  • Skylark LLC lands at planning and zoning again with plans for more property

    Olivia Rose|Oct 12, 2023

    At the regular Planning & Zoning Commission meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 10, the commission considered the rezoning and sale of five lots on Odin Street and one parcel near Skylark Way at the request of Rock'n'Road Construction and Skylark LLC owners Sig and Ambre Burrell. The Burrells put forward the request for the borough to rezone and sell the properties with the intention to purchase and develop them. "If we can buy these lots, put the utilities in, turn around and sell them, put the utilities...

  • AK Seaplanes will end service to Wrangell and Petersburg

    Larry Persily, Wrangell Sentinel Writer|Oct 12, 2023

    Alaska Seaplanes has decided to shut down its Wrangell and Petersburg operations, citing poor economics. Its last flights to the communities are scheduled for Oct. 31. "Unfortunately, it wasn't financially sustainable with the ridership," Carl Ramseth, general manager, said Thursday, Oct. 5. "It hurts to pull out of those two communities." Alaska Seaplanes started scheduled service into Petersburg in spring 2021, with daily flights from Juneau, and added a Sitka-Petersburg-Wrangell-Sitka flight...

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

    Oct 12, 2023

    October 12, 1923 – Work has been started on the erection of a Catholic Church on the recently purchased property on Third Street, opposite the little school house. The new structure will cost between three and four thousand dollars when completed, according to a statement made by Father Gallant, of Skagway, who is here overseeing the work of the erection. Arrangements for the erection of the building were completed some time ago and the lumber arrived last week from Wrangell. Father Gallant stated that, for the time being at least, the work o...

  • To the Editor

    Oct 12, 2023

    Thanks Jeff! To the Editor: With the election over, I’d like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Jeff Meucci for his many years of service to the community. I’ve known Jeff a long time, but really got to know him through his excellent marine biology tours on the Kestrel that he gave to my 5th grade class for many years. As a mayor and assembly member, I can think of no one who worked harder to understand complex problems and look at all sides of issues. He was relentless when asking questions – some found this off putting, but as a cit...

  • Police report

    Oct 12, 2023

    October 4 – A runaway dog was returned to its owner on North 3rd Street. An officer assisted Emergency Medical Services (EMS) on Sandy Beach Road. An officer conducted extra patrols on Gjoa Street. After speaking with a complainant who’d submitted a report of suspicious activity on Mitkof Highway, an officer determined it was unfounded. October 5 – The Petersburg Police Department (PPD) received a report of suspicious activity on Fram Street. An officer responded to a report of a suspicious individual on Fram Street and found they’d left th...

  • Long Term Care staff awarded for excellent quality of care

    Olivia Rose|Oct 12, 2023

    At the Alaska Hospital and Health Care Association (AHHA) conference in Girdwood last month, Petersburg Medical Center Long Term Care received the top award of Excellence in Quality for the 2023 Nursing Home Quality Awards. The Alaska Nursing Home Quality Achievement Award was bestowed to PMC by Mountain Pacific, a nonprofit corporation that oversees the quality of care for Medicare and Medicaid members through federal and state contracts, as a Gold Pan award for the quality of care delivered... Full story

  • PHS volleyball test their skills in front of home crowd

    Liam Demko|Oct 12, 2023

    Petersburg's junior varsity volleyball squads were able to practically triple their game time from last season during a home meet in Petersburg last week. After barely having any opportunities to play against other teams last year, the JV girls are finally getting some much needed practice on the court, helping accelerate their improvement at a rapid pace. "Just to get them to play in front of their families was really cool... so it was really good all around court time for the kids, working on...

  • PHS cross country finish their season in stride

    Liam Demko|Oct 12, 2023

    Petersburg High School's cross country team finished their season off strong at the state championships last weekend in Palmer. With a third place podium finish for the boys as a team and high placing individual performances across the board for the girls, both squads of Petersburg runners have quite a few accomplishments to be proud of. "I'm really proud, if I could describe them in one word I would just say tough. They were a tough group, they went out there every day and worked hard, they got...

  • State pauses cancellation of Medicaid due to missing paperwork

    Annie Berman, Anchorage Daily News|Oct 12, 2023

    The Alaska Division of Public Assistance has temporarily stopped dropping people from Medicaid for paperwork-related reasons after thousands of low-income Alaskans — including families with children — lost health coverage that they may still be eligible to receive. Nearly 14,000 households have lost their Medicaid coverage in the past two months. Almost 265,000 households were enrolled in the program as recently as April, before the state embarked on the federally required review of participants’ eligibility. The state Division of Public Assis...

  • Federal fisheries agency conducts new analysis of king harvest

    Meredith Jordan, Juneau Empire|Oct 12, 2023

    Commercial trolling for king salmon in Southeast is back on the desk of the National Marine Fisheries Service, following on judicial rulings this past summer that saw the fishery shut down — and then reinstated — as a case brought by environmentalists wound its way through the courts. NMFS issued notice on Oct. 4 that it is beginning work on an environmental impact statement and review of alternatives to its incidental take permit which allows Southeast trollers to harvest kings, many of which are destined for the Pacific Northwest feeding gro...

  • Fire prevention week at Good Beginnings

    Oct 12, 2023

    Josh Rathmann and Ryan Welde visited Good Beginnings for Fire Prevention Week. The students got to explore the ambulance and learn about fire safety. From L-R Kaili Simbahon, Tomi Taylor, Cameron Versteeg, Flora Smith, Maeve Uppencamp, Josh Rathmann, Ryan Welde, Levi Clemens and Hayley Short....

  • Wrangell has lot of decisions to make on next year's subdivision land sale

    Larry Persily, Wrangell Sentinel Writer|Oct 12, 2023

    WRANGELL — While ground work is underway at the Alder Top Village (Keishangita.’aan) subdivision upland from Shoemaker Bay, borough officials are at work researching options for how the residential lots — as many as 42 — will be sold. The sale is expected by next summer or fall. “People are excited about it,” said Kate Thomas, the borough’s economic development director. The community has never seen so many building lots come up for sale at one time, she said in an interview Friday, Oct. 6. “This is a new opportunity for us.” Borough officials...

  • SOUPerheroes show up for Empty Bowls event

    Oct 12, 2023

    Local nonprofit Humanity In Progress hosted their second annual Empty Bowls event Saturday evening at the Sons of Norway Hall, where 167 community members gathered for soup, silent dessert bidding, live music, and to support people in Petersburg experiencing food insecurity through proceeds raised during the event. Passing last year's 124-person attendance record in under an hour, "SOUPerheros" who spent $10 for their pick between nearly 30 different soup options, bid on a multi-table spread of...

  • Petersburg Sport Fishing Report

    Oct 12, 2023

    Salmon: This fall has presented challenges for coho fishing as the rain has continually swelled the streams, giving the fish the advantage. If you have had the opportunity to fish in a lake, you might have experienced good to great coho fishing as even the heavy rains still allow for effective angling. Typically, freshwater coho fishing opportunities will continue through October for the majority of systems in the area, though the peak fishing occurred in September. One should expect coho to be in their spawning colors, but the occasional...

  • Obituaries - David Dodsworth Wallen, 79

    Oct 12, 2023

    David Dodsworth Wallen, a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend, passed away at the Evergreen Health Center in Kirkland, Washington, on September 23, 2023, surrounded by his family. The oldest of eight children, David was born to Glenn and JoAnne (Dodsworth) Wallen on December 25, 1943 in Macomb, Illinois. He graduated from Western High School in Macomb in 1961, then attended the University of Washington, where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Oceanography. While pursuing a... Full story

  • Obituaries - Ted Weisenburger, 79

    Oct 12, 2023

    November 4, 1943 – September 14, 2023 Ted Weisenburger, a former resident of Petersburg, passed away on September 14, 2023. Ted was a logger and the long time owner of J&S Automotive in Petersburg, Alaska. He was preceded in death by his parents and his younger brother, Mike. He is survived by his wife, Becky; daughter, Becky (Jimmy) Luttrell; sons, Seth and Colin Perry; grandchildren, James, Grayson, and Shayne Luttrell, Jaden, Adam, Gabe and Cora Perry; and three great-grandchildren, James, B... Full story

  • Pink salmon harvest volume exceeds preseason forecast with lower value

    Olivia Rose|Oct 12, 2023

    Commercial salmon fishing in Southeast is mostly finished for the year and the volume of salmon caught far exceeded expectations, but due to low prices, the value of the harvest fell short of recent years. Troy Thynes, Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s (ADF&G) regional management coordinator for commercial fisheries, told the Pilot that this season was “actually a pretty good year” in terms of total number of fish. The preliminary total estimated number of fish currently stands at 65,737,799 salmon for the region, most of that being 47,64...