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Articles from the November 27, 2014 edition

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 By Mary Koppes    News    November 27, 2014

Assembly seeks input on possible bid for Papke's land

The Borough Assembly will be taking public comment on whether or not the Borough should bid on three land parcels near Papke’s Landing that will go up for public auction next month by the Alaska... Full story

 By Erik LeDuc    News    November 27, 2014

Petersburg man elected to lead Coast Guard Auxiliary

A Petersburg resident will be stepping up to statewide duties, following an October election where volunteer members of District 17 Coast Guard Auxiliary tapped Bruce Jones to take the helm.... Full story

 By Erik LeDuc    News    November 27, 2014

School boiler tops DOE funding list

School board members got a brief breath of hope after the Alaska Department of Education reported that Petersburg was No. 1 on its list, as well as Nos. 9 and 33. But that all will still depend on the budget and how far down the list state appropriat... Full story


Yesterday's News

November 28, 1914 – Miss A. Mary Mitchell, principal of the school of Petersburg, arrived on the S.S. Jefferson Thursday afternoon on a visit to her sister, Miss Neita Mitchell, for a few days. November 24, 1939 – About fifty persons attended...

 By Mary Koppes    News    November 27, 2014

Assembly discusses local contributions to capital projects

At their next meeting on Dec. 8 the Assembly will vote on a resolution proposed by Bob Lynn to dedicate local funds to proposed capital improvement projects that are headed to the Alaska State Legislature at the next legislative session. Under the...

 By Mary Koppes    News    November 27, 2014

Subcommittee to revamp draft ordinance to restrict herbicide use

After discussing a draft ordinance to restrict herbicide use within Borough boundaries at Monday’s regular meeting, the Assembly decided to task a revamping of the ordinance to a sub-committee. While the Assembly was primarily concerned about the...

 By Mary Koppes    News    November 27, 2014

Local writer publishes third book of poetry

Local poet Lee Ribich's first audience was his family members who received an original poem written by Ribich as an annual Christmas tradition. Those poems and others were eventually combined and...


Police reports

November 19 A live seal bomb was thrown onto the sidewalk in front of the Police Department. A hit deer was reported on Mitkof Highway. A caller requested extra patrols near Magill’s Trailer Court. Police received a request for assistance with...



November 11 Magistrate Judge Desiree Burrell issued a $250 warrant for Jack Galaktionoff who did not appear for an arraignment. November 18 Superior Court Judge William Carey presided over a Change of Plea hearing for Wesley Davis. The defendant is...

 By Mary Koppes    News    November 27, 2014

Assembly appointments, approvals and discussions

Several appointments were made at Monday’s Assembly meeting to fill vacancies on various boards. Marlene Cushing, Kris Thynes and Erin Michael expressed interest in filling the two remaining vacancies on the hospital board. After a vote by the...


Borough Manager's Report

Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht gave the following report to the Assembly at Monday's regular meeting: The library landscaping request for proposals is planned for mid-December through January. The...

 By Erik LeDuc    News    November 27, 2014

Sea lions mostly discouraged from floats, construction projects

Harbors continue to be relatively free of Steller sea lions as harbor and DOT staff adapt to work within legal conservation lines to discourage the large mammals from loitering on floats about the harbors. There likely won’t ever be a time of...

 By Erik LeDuc    News    November 27, 2014

School board approves contracts for mental health, technology services

Petersburg school board members accepted the renewal of several contracted services, with four invoices totaling $95,698.75. Most of the contracts were for services where, for a variety of reasons, it was significantly more affordable to seek...

 By Erik LeDuc    News    November 27, 2014

Last change orders on school rebuild reported

The final details on the remodel of the Stedman Elementary School have officially been scratched off the contractor’s and administrator’s checklists as the school, already long open for children, received its last scrutiny from designers. Tony...


Fish Factor

Alaska is poised for some big fish stories next year based on predictions trickling in from state and federal managers. For the state’s (and nation’s) largest fishery - Alaska pollock - the Eastern Bering Sea stock has more than doubled its ten...


Sitka Sound herring fishery announcement

Sitka — The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced the preliminary guideline harvest level (GHL) for the 2015 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery is 8,712 tons based on a 19.7% harvest rate of a forecast mature biomass of 44,237 tons. The...


Obituary, Esther Geneva Evans, 98

Esther Geneva Evans, 98, passed away peacefully in her sleep on November 22, 2014 in Gresham, Or. Esther was born on a farm near Dallas, SD. She was the daughter of James and Hattie Evans. She earned... Full story


Ragnarök Rollers skate Fall Brawl at Wrangell

The Ragnarök Rollers, Petersburg's roller derby team, bouted against Wrangell's Garnet Grit Betties Saturday evening at the Fall Brawl in Wrangell as some 260 spectators cheered on the skaters. "We...


Stand up for small business this Saturday

Have Americans lost hope? The trust-deficit between them and their policymakers is distressingly large, with only 19 percent, according to an October Pew poll, who say that they have faith that the government will do what is right just about always o...


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