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Articles from the November 30, 2017 edition

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 By Ben Muir    News    November 30, 2017

Hospital seeing more flu cases this year

It's flu season, and the Petersburg Medical Center is reporting several cases -- more than usual, including some who were immunized -- but all signs are pointing toward a vaccination that works. "We...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    November 30, 2017

Petersburg honors Jean Ellis at tree lighting ceremony

A crowd gathered outside the municipal building to watch the annual tree lighting ceremony on Friday evening, where onlookers listened and cheered for Jean Ellis, the honored guest and storied Petersb...

 

Yesterday's News

November 30, 1917 — The local lodge of Moose, after a somewhat prolonged vacation, has again become active, and gives promise of holding its place in the future as one of Petersburg’s wide-awake social and beneficial orders. The wake up is largel...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    November 30, 2017

Borough electrician resigns to focus on marijuana facility

Gary Morgan, an electrician operator with Power & Light in Petersburg, recently decided to resign so he could focus more on his marijuana business. Morgan, after three years in the position, is...

 

Editorial: Electrical politics continues

Despite the clearly decisive results of the October election, the borough assembly appears to let politics decide their votes on important electrical issues. The vote to confirm the mayor’s selection to the Southeast Alaska Power Agency seats...

 

To the Editor:

to the Editor: I live in the trailer park on Lumber St. I am writing this letter to let everyone in on what all the good neighbors have had to put up with because of certain neighbors being on really bad drugs. We have had our places ripped off,...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    November 30, 2017

Two Petersburg officers finish first and second in academy training

Two Petersburg police officers who returned from training in Fairbanks recently finished first and second in their graduating class. Officers Louis Waechter and Carl Tate were first and second,...

 

Thefts & burglaries not all related to drug abuse

Police reports over the past year show a significant number of thefts and burglaries each week. Police Chief Kelly Swihart told the Pilot this week that there are numerous reasons for the thefts. It’s not all related to drugs. “There could be a...

 

Police Report

Nov. 22 — Suspicious activity was reported on Lumber St. A deer was hit by a vehicle and injured at Haugen and 7th St. A subpoena was served at the Police Dept. Suspicious activity was reported at Lumber and S. Nordic. A traffic stop was made at...

 

Expert blames poor berry crop for uptick in bear sightings

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) _ Several Kodiak residents have reported seeing bears in town throughout the past few weeks, and at least one area expert believes that’s because of a lackluster berry crop this year. Although the state Department of Fish and...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    November 30, 2017

Three PHS students make all-state music festival

Three Petersburg students were selected to attend the All-State Music Festival about two weeks ago, a three-day trip to Anchorage that ends with some of the best young musicians in Alaska coming together for a concert. Students started auditioning...

 

Alaska governor touts pipeline project that faces hurdles

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Bill Walker on Tuesday touted the benefits a major liquefied natural gas project would bring to Alaska, though the project, which the state is pursuing with Chinese partners, is far from assured. Walker, speaking in Ancho...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 30, 2017

GCI-FOX spat sidelines Sunday football

Sports fans and other television viewers subscribing to General Communication Inc. have likely noticed that its FOX programming has been absent for most of the month. Since November 8 the...

 

Alaska's largest airports launch new security procedures

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — New screening procedures have been put in place for carry-on baggage at Alaska’s largest airports. The Transportation Security Administration announced Tuesday that passengers will be required to place all electronics...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 30, 2017

Special session leaving huge deficit for January session

Legislators wrapped up their fourth special session called for the year last week, passing a crime reform bill but failing to take up any new revenue measures. Passing both chambers, Senate Bill 54...

 

Gov. Walker signs crime bill passed in special session

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) _ Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has signed a crime bill passed this month during a special legislative session. Lawmakers acted in response to a public outcry over crime and concerns that arose from a criminal justice overhaul...

 

Fish Factor: Importance of supporting sustainable fisheries lost in the farmed fish message: Love the Wild

Recurring news headlines that have widely circulated about alarming declines of Pacific salmon have spawned a savvy new marketing strategy that tells consumers they can help save wild fish by eating farmed. Earlier this year actor Leonardo DiCaprio...

 

Malaspina repairs to limit winter ferry service

One of Southeast's primary ferries will be out of service longer than expected as it undergoes annual maintenance, affecting the winter schedule. The Alaska Marine Highway System announced last week...

 

Alaska couple looks to change damaged property tax law

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska couple is looking to change a law that requires people to pay taxes on damaged property. Ron and Jane Hunt lost a house in a fire Jan. 8. Ron Hunt says he went to the Fairbanks North Star Borough to report the...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    November 30, 2017

New Wrangell School programs teaching students tech basics

WRANGELL — The learning experience for Wrangell students continues to get more technological, with new devices and programs hitting local schools this year. Technology director Matt Gore gave the Sentinel a run-through of some of these...

 

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