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 By Brian Varela    News    January 31, 2019

Assembly addresses troll bridge safety concerns

The borough assembly discussed possible solutions to address the safety of the troll bridge near Sandy Beach Park after Kathryn Schneider submitted a letter last week expressing concern for residents...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    January 31, 2019

USCG, Petersburg Search and Rescue search for overdue aircraft near Kake

The United States Coast Guard has located possible debris from an aircraft with three people onboard that was due to land in Kake Tuesday evening at 6:19 P.M., according to a USCG press release. On...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    January 31, 2019

Hospital CFO announces exit from local hospital

After nearly five years with the Petersburg Medical Center, chief financial officer Doran Hammett announced his departure from the hospital during an executive session at Thursday's board meeting....

 

Yesterday's News

January 31, 1919 Several of the drafted boys from Petersburg, who have been stationed at Fort Seward, returned on the City of Seattle. They were forced to make the trip round by way of Ketchikan to get here. Among them were A. Todal, A.H. Beujaminson...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    January 31, 2019

City Cargo notes delivery delays from airline

There has a been a decrease in air cargo coming into Petersburg that is affecting the timely arrival of residents' packages after the retirement of Alaska Airline's combi 737-400 aircraft, a half...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    January 31, 2019

Petersburg Medical Center hires fourth physician

The Petersburg Medical Center has hired Dr. Selina Burt, the facility’s fourth physician, who has a tentative start date of April 15, according to PMC CEO Phil Hofstetter. “I feel very fortunate to have a physician that’s willing to come up...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    January 31, 2019

PMC up in net operating revenue half way through fiscal year

Petersburg Medical Center CFO Doran Hammett gave his financial report at Thursday’s board meeting detailing the hospital’s financial standing as of the month of December. PMC’s net operating revenue was down for the month of December, but conti...

 

Coast Guard dockside exams

Coast Guard personnel will be in Petersburg February 4-8 to conduct dockside safety exams on commercial fishing vessels. Sign up at the harbormaster’s office for an exam. These exams are free, take about an hour and help ensure vessels are being... Full story

 

Police report

January 22 — Chellsey Musewski, 27, was arrested on charges of probation violation and assault in the 4th degree on a police officer. An abandoned vehicle that was blocking the entrance to the fire hall was impounded. A possible theft was reported...

 

Court report

Jan. 23 — James Donald Polwarth was charged with Assault in the 4th degree. Judge Carey accepted a not guilty plea and the defendant was released O.R. with conditions. Christopher L. Malcom entered a not guilty plea to a charge of DUI second...

 

Vikings dominate Haines in weekend games

The Vikings basketball team won their two home games against Haines on Saturday and Sunday. "We had good, positive energy," said Coach Richard Brock. "Definitely playing at home helps the guys keep...

 

New Shoemaker floats to be installed starting next week

WRANGELL - The project to renovate Shoemaker Bay Harbor, which has been ongoing since last September, is about to enter a new stage in renovation. The project, a joint venture by Tamico Inc. and...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    January 31, 2019

Lady Vikings finish with a 36-point lead

The Lady Vikings basketball team out beat Haines by over 30 points in two home games over the weekend. "It was a good weekend," said Coach Dino Brock. "We continue to work hard and get better. That's...

 

Alaska Fish Factor

Heading into the 2019 salmon season markets are looking good as global demand exceeds supply. That’s due in part to constraints on the world’s biggest producers of farmed Atlantic salmon – Norway and Chile. While farmed production continues to...

 

Recycling work session Feb. 6

The Petersburg Borough Assembly will convene on Feb. 6 for a work session to discuss options and ideas for solid waste disposal and recycling. The community is welcome to participate and share ideas, according to a Borough release. The session will...

 

District 8 beam trawl fishing closes

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) announced this week that the District 8 commercial beam trawl shrimp fishery closed January 23, 2019. Effort levels and harvest data obtained from fish tickets and call in information indicate that the...

 

Obituary: Ricarda M. Owens, 46

Ricarda Marie Owens, 46, of Petersburg Alaska, passed away peacefully on January 18, In Anchorage. She was surrounded by her family. Ricarda was born to Mae E. Heitstuman and Carl Norgren on December... Full story

 

Fatal house fire on Saturday

KAKE — At 5:52 a.m. Saturday Alaska State Troopers received a report of a structure fire on Silver Spike Road in Kake. The owner of the residence, Loren Jackson, 39 of Kake, was unaccounted for. The Kake Fire Department extinguished the fire but...

 

School News

Luke Boyles was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2018 term at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Oregon....

 
 By Brian Varela    News    January 31, 2019

Families furloughed receive support from local organizations

Petersburg families affected by the 35-day long government shutdown are receiving continued financial support from local organization despite the government reopening on Friday after President Donald Trump signed a bill temporarily opening the...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    January 31, 2019

UPDATE: USCG suspends search for overdue aircraft

The United States Coast Guard suspended its 63-hour search Thursday evening for an overdue Guardian King Air 200 medical life flight near Kake. On board were pilot Patrick Coyle, 63, flight nurse... Full story

 

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