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 By Ron Loesch    News    November 29, 2012

Borough election ballots are here

Over 2500 ballots arrived in the mail Wednesday, Nov. 28 asking voters in the proposed Petersburg Borough boundaries if the City of Petersburg shall be dissolved and a Petersburg Borough shall be incorporated. Ballots were mailed to voters who were r... Full story

 By Shelly Pope    News    November 29, 2012

Petersburg Elementary School will receive a facelift

The State has rated all of the district Capital Improvement Projects and Petersburg’s Elementary School Exterior Walls Renovation Projects was placed third on the preliminary list to be funded. Petersburg City School’s Maintenance Director Tye... Full story

 By Shelly Pope    News    November 29, 2012

PIA tribe members question board

The Petersburg Indian Association has been the object of controversy in the past year due to the recent termination of the tribal administrator, the hiring practices of the board and the tribal members want to know why. A letter from a tribal member... Full story


Borough Formation and Petersburg City Schools

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following information was provided to The Pilot at the request of the publishers to provide factual information about the formation of the Petersburg Borough and its effect on funding for the Petersburg City Schools. Approval or...


The numbers behind the “graying of the fleet”

The “graying of the fleet” continues in Alaska as fewer young folks obtain permits for various fisheries. Data from 2011 show that 45 percent of all Alaska permit holders were between the ages 45 and 60, with an average age of 47. That was roughl...

 By Greg Knight    News    November 29, 2012

Stikine skull could be carbon dated

A skull found near the mouth of the Stikine River in October may require radiocarbon date testing to determine if it came from a Native Alaskan. The skull, which was discovered by Wrangellite Vena Sto...

 By Shelly Pope    News    November 29, 2012

Cook re-elected as Fire Chief for another three years

Earlier in the year, Petersburg Fire Chief Jerod Cook, stated that he would not seek re-election to the position but was recently elected into the job for another three years. “I wasn’t going to...


Police reports

November 20 Officers responded to an assault on Sandy Beach Road. Caller requested assistance getting a juvenile home on Excel Street. November 21 Snowball throwers were aiming at vehicles on Haugen Drive. Kids were throwing snowballs with rocks at...



November 26 Drew Tom Stearns, Jr., 75, appeared before Judge William Carey on the charge of driving with license cancelled, suspended or revoked. The case was dismissed. Eli Everett Tomal, 31, appeared before Judge William Carey for a change of plea...


Trooper report

November 10 Alaska Wildlife Troopers, onboard the P/V Enforcer issued Steven L. Forrest, 59, of Wrangell, citations for operating personal use shrimp pots inside of Anita Bay that did not have bio-degradable escape mechanisms, and for operating perso...



Voting on the formation of the Petersburg Borough is underway with the arrival of mail-in ballots provided by the State of Alaska Division of Elections. The state, not the city will conduct the election. Voters have the opportunity to vote in person...


To the Editor

Borough will benefit surrounding area To the Editor: I believe formation of the borough is a good thing for the people of Petersburg and the surrounding area. The people living in this region want a say in what goes on around us. We’ve seen many...


Fish Factor

The “graying of the fleet” continues in Alaska as fewer young folks obtain permits for various fisheries. Data from 2011 show that 45 percent of all Alaska permit holders were between the ages 45 and 60, with an average age of 47. That was roughl...

 By Shelly Pope    News    November 29, 2012

Proposed Borough: Candidates

Newly elected Petersburg City Schools Board member, Cheryl File, is the mother of three boys in the Petersburg schools and hopes to win a seat on the school board of the proposed Petersburg Borough....

 By Shelly Pope    News    November 29, 2012

School district receives grants

The Petersburg City School District receives preliminary grant amounts for state and federal grants early in the school year and then an additional amount in October. PCSD received an additional $237,617 in grant funds this year. The PCSD School...


Terry Joe Smith, 57

Terry Joe Smith died November 11, 2012 while enduring cancer treatment. Born to Howard and Esther Joan Smith on April 17, 1955, Terry was born and grew up in Lafayette, Ind. where he enjoyed working...


Volleyball season wraps up with honors

The Petersburg Viking Volleyball girls came in second in regional play and several of the players were honored with All-Academic, All-Conference and Sportsmanship Award Team. Petersburg City Schools...


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