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 By Mary Koppes    News    December 11, 2014

Assembly votes down local matches for capital projects; approves allocation of surplus to Property Development fund

Assembly members unanimously voted against a resolution to dedicate local funds to capital improvement projects pending the allocation of State funds by the Alaska legislature. Assembly member Bob... Full story

 By Erik LeDuc    Sports    December 11, 2014

Wrestlers win 3A Region tournament, four heading to state meet

The Vikings more than held their own against a fuller regional pool than usual, coming out on top of the 3A southeastern region schools during the battle in Wrangell. The 3A team racked up 11 pins in... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    December 11, 2014

Annual Pickled Herring Contest draws a hungry crowd

This year's Pickled Herring Contest held at the Sons of Norway Hall Wednesday evening was one of the biggest ever. Four tables showcased over a dozen entries apiece, each competing for the top prize... Full story


Yesterday's News

December 12, 1914 – The Petersburg Weekly Report, a new publication with the first issue dated Dec. 5th. It is a neat and well put up sheet of six columns and full of local news items. It reflects great credit on the publisher, Lynn W. Miller. The...

 By Mary Koppes    News    December 11, 2014

Small crane headed south for repairs; tree cutting ordinance receives an update

The Assembly speedily approved two housekeeping matters at Monday’s regular meeting in addition to approving funds to ship a crane off for repairs after failing a recent OSHA inspection. Some $60,000 was allocated for the repairs to the small...

 By Mary Koppes    News    December 11, 2014

To bid or not to bid?

Four parties expressed their opinions on the acquisition of land at Papke's Landing, which will go up for sale Dec. 15. The initial public comment period was held at Monday's regular Assembly...


To the Editor

In favor of land acquisition To the Editor: The Petersburg Borough Assembly should make every effort to acquire Lots 5, 6 and 7 of the Seaduck Subdivision. The Papke’s Landing harbor facilities will become increasingly important to the whole...


Police reports

December 3 An officer responded to the scene of a disabled vehicle that broke down on Mitkof Highway and was a hazard to traffic. The vehicle was moved off the road and its owner was working on moving it. A caller reported dangerous driving. Police...

 By Mary Koppes    News    December 11, 2014

Nature's palette: local artist dyes fibers with fungi

Petersburg resident Karen Dillman's studio is a split between a mad scientist's lab and a serious crafter's work space. There are jars filled with all manner of dried mushrooms and lichen and others...

 By Mary Koppes    News    December 11, 2014

Borough sees bump in tourist-related tax revenues for 2014

Summer 2014 was a busy one for Petersburg, with tourists bringing more charter business to town and spending more on hotels and retail than the previous summer. This summer the Borough collected over $35,000 in sales taxes from charter businesses,...

 By Erik LeDuc    News    December 11, 2014

New board members fill PMCs ranks, officers elected

With the addition of Marlene Cushing and Kris Thynes, the Petersburg Medical Center (PMC) now has a full board of seven, as well as new officers for the coming year. Tim Koeneman was named board president and cautioned the board that they would have...


Borough Manager's Report

Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht gave the following report to the Assembly at Monday’s regular meeting: Breakfast with Santa is Sat., Dec. 14 at 9 a.m. for the whole family. The Aquatic Center will be closed from Dec. 14-21 for its annual...


Obituary, Benjamin Iltanen Bunge, 40

Benjamin Iltanen Bunge, 40 died suddenly, at his home in Burlington, Vt. Ben, the second son of Linda and Sam Bunge, graduated from Petersburg High School in 1992. Ben served as a firefighter and... Full story


Decades-long halibut decline appears to be turning around

The Pacific halibut stock appears to be rising from the ashes and that bodes well for catches in some fishing regions next year. It would turn the tide of a decades-long decline that has caused halibut catches to be slashed by more than 70% in...


Herring fishery's quota down sharply

SITKA (AP) — The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced the preliminary guideline harvest level for the 2015 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery is 8,712 tons. That’s just over half of last year’s quota of 16,333 and the lowest...


ADF&G releases '15 Stikine and Taku King Salmon Forecast

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced the following information concerning the preseason forecast for king salmon returning to the Stikine and Taku Rivers in 2015. The 2015 preseason terminal run size forecast for large Stikine River king...

 By Erik LeDuc    Sports    December 11, 2014

All-Stars split with Wrangell in final game of youth season

The Parks and Rec All-Stars were fast and fiery for their final matches of the season, running ahead of even themselves as they strove for victory against visiting Wrangell. The matches came out with...


Girls on the Run improvise 5k in the snow

Girls on the Run participants traded their running shoes for snow shoes after slick, icy roads prohibited the group of young runners from completing a scheduled 5k race on Saturday. "Mother nature...


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