Articles from the November 9, 2023 edition


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  • Six arrested on drug distribution charges in Petersburg

    Olivia Rose|Nov 9, 2023

    An investigation by the Southeast Alaska Cities Against Drugs task force (SEACAD) led to the indictment and arrest of six Petersburg residents last week. A press release from the Juneau Police Department reported that a Juneau Grand Jury indicted Petersburg residents Palmer Thomassen Jr., Gabriel Volk, Dazzlin Frentz, Edward Rayborn, Amanda Loucks, and Austin Strickland on Oct. 26, 2023 for various counts of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the Second and in the Third Degree....

  • Direct sale of borough property to Skylark approved in first reading

    Olivia Rose|Nov 9, 2023

    During a regular meeting on Nov. 6, the Petersburg Borough Assembly passed a resolution in its first reading to approve an application for Skylark Park LLC to purchase borough land. The purchase includes five lots on Odin Street, of Skylark II Subdivision, and one parcel, Government Lot 21, near Skylark Way. The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended the assembly approve the application during the commission's most recent meeting on Oct. 10. Skylark LLC requests to purchase the six...

  • Fall color

    Nov 9, 2023

  • Stronger winds yet to come

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  • Keeping the light on at Five Finger Island

    Olivia Rose|Nov 9, 2023

    From atop the helicopter pad at Five Finger Lighthouse station, visitors experience a nearly unobstructed 360-degree vista of Alaska's Inside Passage. The air is rich with the scent of saltwater, the calls of the island's abundant birdlife, and echoes of humpback whales breathing and breaching in Stephens Passage throughout the summer feeding season. A narrow path leads between the station's 120-year-old boat house and carpenter shop and gently traverses the less-than-three-acre island's green... Full story

  • PHS wrestling competes in Anchorage invitational

    Liam Demko|Nov 9, 2023

    Petersburg High School's wrestling team faced off against competitors from all across the state at the Mountain City Wrestling Invitational in Anchorage last weekend. Despite a large setback with weather conditions causing three team members to miss weigh-ins, Petersburg's four competing wrestlers each came out of the tournament with strong individual performances and highlights, and at the largest tournament in the state no less. Kaden Duke-the team's highest finisher at the event-took fourth...

  • Varsity volleyball raises the bar during final conference games

    Liam Demko|Nov 9, 2023

    Petersburg High School’s varsity volleyball team played through their second set of conference games in Haines last weekend. Keeping up their dominant streak, the young PHS squad went five and one in a series of best of three matches, showing off some new defensive techniques and beating the team that held them back from a perfect record in the first phase of conference games. “They were a little bit more confident this time around with how they're playing,” said head coach Jaime Cabral. “You...

  • PHS swim finishes 2023 season at state championships

    Liam Demko|Nov 9, 2023

    Petersburg High School's swim team of two wrapped up their season at the Alaska Swim & Dive State Championships last weekend in Juneau. Both of Petersburg's sophomore swimmers-Logan Tow and Brooklyn Whitethorn-maintained their placements and times from regionals at the tournament, and the young duo already has their sights set on the next season. Logan Tow competed in the Boys 200 Yard Freestyle and the Boys 500 yard Freestyle, placing 13th and 14th with times of 1:55.52 and 5:13.00...

  • Obituary: Dorothy Irene Thynes, 88

    Nov 9, 2023

    Dorothy Irene (Blair) Thynes was born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada, on June 9, 1935, the first child of Cyril Arnot Blair and Eunice Kathleen (Farquhar) Blair. With her sister Anita and brother Bruce, her youth was spent in central Canadian prairie towns and cities as her family gradually moved west. An accomplished figure skater, swimmer, and basketball player, Dorothy remained active throughout her life, maintaining exceptional physical health and fitness – she asked for roller blades for...

  • Obituary

    Nov 9, 2023

    Roald Norheim was born on October 30, 1929, in Petersburg, Alaska, to parents Tora and Jorgen Norheim who had relocated to Petersburg from Norway. Born and raised during the depression, Roald would say there wasn't a lot of money, but there was always plenty of food. He attended school in Petersburg where he was part of the "Road Gang," a group of kids that would remain some of his lifelong friends and included his brother Arvid Norheim, Lloyd and Lyle Roundtree, and Ben Baker among others.... Full story

  • Vikings swimmer Gibb recognized for 2003 NCAA title

    Jake Clemens|Nov 9, 2023

    Derek Gibb, a 1999 PHS graduate, traveled last month back to his alma mater, Auburn University in Alabama, to be recognized along with his team for their NCAA title for swimming in 2003. He hadn't seen most of his teammates in 15 years, but the majority of them were there. There was a reception for the alumni, then a recognition ceremony on October 28th at the Auburn football game in front of 88,000 people. "It was cool to see everyone after so long . . . they're all successful with families."...

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