Articles from the October 26, 2017 edition

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 By Ben Muir    News    October 26, 2017

Borough: Local businesses must collect sales tax if they sell at Oktoberfest

The Muskeg Maleriers are sponsoring the 41st Oktoberfest Art Share in Petersburg on Saturday, and a borough official said businesses have to charge a sales tax. The Oktoberfest craft fair Saturday at...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    October 26, 2017

Local traveler takes Northwest Passage cruise

Karen Hofstad, an independent traveler from Petersburg, recently spent a month on a cruise that sailed through the Northwest Passage. Aboard the Crystal Serenity, Hofstad started a month-long...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    October 26, 2017

Bethesda Fellowship pastors honored for 30 years in the ministry

Pastors Lloyd and Yvonne Thynes were recognized for 30 years of partnership with the Faith Christian Fellowship church at a recent conference in Tucson, Arizona. Lloyd and Yvonne have pastored the...

 

Yesterday's News

October 26, 1917 – Postmaster Refling has received notice from the department that, commencing with October 1, the postoffice at Petersburg has been advanced to the third, or presidental, class. As a fourth-class office, the postmaster’s...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    October 26, 2017

Seafood production about wrapped up for winter

Preliminary harvest and value figures for the 2017 commercial salmon fishery indicate the season was a step up above the previous year's disastrous harvest. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    October 26, 2017

Community tree location to be moved

The Petersburg Christmas Tree will be located outside the municipal building this year instead of next to the Scandia House hotel. The tree had for years been on Pete and Theresa Litsheims’ lot. The borough decided to change its location to the...

 

To the Editor

Glacier research To the Editor: Thank you for the article covering our research at LeConte Glacier. We wish to acknowledge the decades-long collaboration with Petersburg High School (PHS), without which our research program would not have been...

 
 By Kyle Clayton    News    October 26, 2017

Former Pilot reporters Kyle Clayton and Mary Koppes win cooking competition in Haines

It's not easy to create a five-star dish using beets, anchovies, chili powder, Cheetos and gummy bears. But that's just what the 16 chefs in this year's Chilkat Chef Competition in Haines had to...

 

Police Report

Oct. 18 — Jason L. Ratliff, 39, was arrested on charges of Unlawful Contact 1st Degree, Assault 4th Degree, Criminal Mischief 5th Degree, Unlawful Contact 1st Degree and Violation of Conditions. Police were notified of a small deer limping near...

 

Court report

Cases appearing before Judge Magistrate Burrell: Oct. 10 — James Donald Polwarth was charged with making false statement on license or application. The court found the defendant did not meet State residency requirements and sentenced him to a $300...

 

Allen trial reset to July 30

A trial for William Christopher Allen scheduled for trial in November has been rescheduled to July 30, 2018. The trial is scheduled to last 10 days according to court records. Allen was the driver of a Parks and Recreation Dept. vehicle that crashed...

 

Lutheran pastor to start this week

Eric Olsen, 60, ferried into Petersburg on Monday and will begin as pastor at the Lutheran Church this week. Olsen moved with his wife, Carol, from central Idaho where he was the director of a bible...

 

Troubled historic hotel up for sale after manager's arrest

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Owners of Juneau's condemned Bergmann Hotel have put the historic building up for sale, days after its former manager was arrested on suspicion of distributing methamphetamine. Breffni Place Properties announced on Sunday it...

 

Trooper report

On Oct. 22, Prince of Wales State Troopers contacted 46 year old Sean Kaer of South Thorne Bay. Investigation revealed that Kaer had violated his conditions of probation. Kaer was remanded to the Craig Jail pending arraignment....

 

Official totals for the 2017 moose harvest

Kupreanof Island – 48 Stikine River – 25 Mitkof Island – 13 Thomas Bay – 8 Farragut Bay – 8 Wrangell Island – 4 Kuiu Island – 4 Zarembo Island – 3 Wrangell mainland – 2 Petersburg mainland – 2 Woewodski Island – 1 Total – 117...

 

Norwegian Air Force pilot tests F-35A fighter jet in Alaska

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A test pilot from Norway has begun working with the F-35A fighter jet at Eielson Air Force Base. Norwegian Air Force pilot Eskil Amdal on Tuesday tested the jet’s ability to taxi, turn and stop on a frozen, slippery...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    October 26, 2017

Exam results suggest Alaskan schools struggling

A statewide assessment of grade schoolers taken this spring has suggested education has some room for improvement. The Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools (PEAKS) exam was administered for the first time to students between third and 10th...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    October 26, 2017

Wrangell hospital request for help from city

WRANGELL — Cash flow problems have again been ailing Wrangell Medical Center, with the public hospital putting forward a request for $250,000 to the city on Tuesday. At its own board meeting on October 18, WMC’s chief financial officer, Doran...

 

Obituary: Ingvald Ask, 96

Ingvald Ask, 96, died on the October 10, 2017 at Anderson House, near his home in Shoreline Washington. He was born to Andreas and Ingrid Ask in Petersburg, Alaska in 1921. Ingvald's father arrived...

 

Alaska Senate to split session time in Juneau, Anchorage

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Members of the Alaska Senate do not plan to spend all their time in Juneau when the fourth special session this year convenes in the capital city next week. Senate President Pete Kelly told The Associated Press that after...

 

Fish Factor: Southeast Alaska residents own nearly 2,700 fishing vessels and they own more fish quota shares than other regions

Alaska’s fishing fleet of 9,400 vessels would span nearly 71 miles if lined up from bow to stern. And Alaska’s fishing industry catches and processes enough seafood each year to feed every person on the planet one serving; or a serving for each...

 

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