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 By Brian Varela    News    December 3, 2020

Dec. 1 breaks local rainfall record

In the 48 hours prior to 11 A.M. on Wednesday, 6.63 inches of rain fell over Petersburg, according to Meteorologist Caleb Cravens with the Juneau Weather Service. An atmospheric river, powered by...

 

A beautiful start

The sun rises over Petersburg Wednesday morning, coloring the cloudy sky purple and orange....

 

Sentinel publishers sell to former Wrangell editor

WRANGELL - Former Wrangell Sentinel owner Larry Persily has agreed to buy the weekly newspaper from Petersburg couple Ron and Anne Loesch, who have owned it for 17 years. Depending on the schedule...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    December 3, 2020

Traveler, college student test positive for virus

Two more positive cases of COVID-19 were identified in Petersburg on Friday, Nov. 27, according to a joint press release between the Petersburg Borough and the Petersburg Medical Center. The first ind...

 

Yesterday's News

December 3, 1920 Inaugurating the new winter mail schedule, the gas boat Trygve went to Wrangell on Wednesday and returned with mail from the states. Hogue and Tveten have been awarded the contract and this service will consist of 6 trips between...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    December 3, 2020

Town's tree lighter survived 1946 ship wreck

In February 1946, the S.S. Yukon ran aground near Seward. The passengers on board were thrown into cold, oily water as they waited to be rescued. One of those passengers was Art Hammer, this year's Ch...

 

Special guests arrive

Mickey (Denise Gubernick) and Minnie Mouse (Rebecca Anderson) make their way down Nordic Dr. on Friday....

 

Wade and Mr. Claus

Wade Hatfield and Santa Claus take a good look at each other during the Christmas tree lighting ceremony....

 

Editorial: Bring me your newspapers

I'm a newspaper addict. I can't help myself. I love reading newspapers, printed on newsprint, in color or in black and white. Smaller community newspapers, like the Petersburg Pilot are of more...

 

To the Editor

Concerns not resolved To the Editor: Dear Senator Murkowski, You may recall my question at your rally at the Sons of Norway hall in Petersburg some time ago. I questioned the wisdom of drafting...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    December 3, 2020

Petersburg officer accused of sexual misconduct

Two Petersburg residents are facing charges after accusing a Petersburg Police Department officer of sexual misconduct. James R. Vick and Julie C. Ruhle claimed that Officer Louis Waechter allegedly t...

 

Police report

November 24— Authorities responded to a disturbance at a location on N. Nordic Dr. Suspicious activity was observed at a location on S. 2nd St. November 25— A sex offender registered with the Petersburg Police Department. A suspicious vehicle was...

 

Court report

Nov. 10 – Jesse Thomas Pilcher failed to appear at arraignment on charges of minor in possession, DUI, driving without driver’s license and open container. The court ordered a $50 bench warrant for Pilcher. Nov. 12 – Superior Court Judge Carey...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    December 3, 2020

Five candidates eye P&R director position

Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht will be narrowing down the list of finalists for the Parks and Recreation Department director position from five candidates to two or three candidates this week, with...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    December 3, 2020

PHS Sophomore rebuilds antique Jeep

Devon Guthrie is fascinated by cars, but never understood how they worked. Then he saw a picture of an old 1951 CJ-3A Willys Jeep sitting in a lot in Skagway. Now it sits in the Petersburg High...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    December 3, 2020

Aquatic Center reopens to the public

The Park and Recreation Center's Aquatic Center opened to the public on Nov. 23 following temporary repairs in the boiler room. Initial contractor estimates projected the pool to reopen on a...

 

No Fish Factor this week

Fish factor will return next week....

 

Fallen trees knock out power in Wrangell

WRANGELL - Due to stormy weather Wrangell saw through the night and morning of Monday and Tuesday, according to Wrangell Municipal Light & Power, some trees fell onto power lines out Zimovia...

 

A tinsel-y feeling

Matt Pawuk put on a festive sweater, hopped on his unicycle and rode to the Christmas tree lighting ceremony....

 

2021 Stikine and Taku River Chinook forecast

The 2021 preseason terminal run forecast for Stikine River large Chinook salmon is 9,900 fish. The forecast is below the lower end of the Escapement Goal Range (EGR) of 14,000 to 28,000 fish. The 2020 terminal run size was 11,750 large Chinook...

 

Remote sales tax in Alaska projected to raise up to $10M

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A group of Alaska communities collecting remote sales tax is projected to take in between $8 million and $10 million in new revenue this year. The 33 communities are part of the Alaska Remote Sellers Sales Tax Commission...

 

Results from Alaska's general election certified

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The results of Alaska’s general election were certified Monday, the Division of Elections announced. Certification followed a review of ballots, voter registers and other materials by a bipartisan board. Certification...

 

Juneau nonprofits awarded $860K virus homeless relief grant

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A group of four nonprofit organizations in Alaska’s capital have been awarded a grant of more than $860,000 to counter homelessness amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Juneau Empire reported Friday that the grant from the...

 

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