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 By Ben Muir    News    December 28, 2017

Fisherman fined $12,000 for crab gear violations

A Petersburg man pleaded guilty last Tuesday of interfering with crab pots belonging to four other fishermen in town, coming after a hearing with testimony from a remorseful defendant and community members questioning whether the punishment was...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    December 28, 2017

KSTK to transfer assets to CoastAlaska in sale

WRANGELL — The board of Wrangell’s public radio station last month approved a deal which would transfer its ownership to a regional corporation. Following a decision by its governing board to do so in November, Wrangell Radio Group (WRG) on...

 

Yesterday's News

December 28, 1917 Mr. Anderson reports that the company’s manager, M.B. Dahl, who is now in Tacoma, plans to return north in February, when it is probable he will start the building of a one-line cannery at Saginaw Bay. The company is also...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    December 28, 2017

P&L superintendent job down from ten to three applicants, borough considers re-advertising

The search to find an electrical superintendent in Petersburg has narrowed to three applicants, coming after a borough screening committee started with 10, a number the manager called low last week. There were two internal applicants and eight...

 

Local fuel price notices to end

With the next edition, the Wrangell Sentinel and the Petersburg Pilot will discontinue the Posted Fuel Notice that has been published in both papers since October 2015. Fuel prices were more volatile then and the price fluctuation was of more...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    December 28, 2017

Salvation Army distributes over $8,000 in gifts and food

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Salvation Army in Petersburg distributed about $8,000 worth of food and gifts to about 85 families. Last week, a day before Major Loni Upshaw with the...

 

Editorial: KFSK should broadcast signal to Wrangell

Lack of support from KSTK public radio listeners and businesses in Wrangell may bring ownership changes to the station. A public notice published in last week’s Wrangell Sentinel foreshadows the transfer of radio station assets to CoastAlaska in...

 

Man charged with assault on Prince of Wales Island

On December 15, Alaska State Troopers on Prince of Wales were advised of a domestic violence assault in Coffman Cove. Investigation revealed Walter Brian Carter, 38, of Coffman Cove, assaulted a family member causing injury. An arrest warrant was...

 

PVFD extinguishes chicken coop fire

Firefighters responded to a blaze at 7.6 mile Mitkof Highway at 2 a.m. Wednesday and found a 20x20 chicken coop fully involved upon their arrival. Fire Chief Doug Welde reported that many of the chickens and rabbits inside the structure were saved...

 

Police Report

Dec. 20 — Christopher J. Miller, Jr., 27, was cited for liability insurance required. Stephen L. Waddle, 41 was arrested on 3 counts of violating conditions of release and one count of stalking. A burglar alarm was activated on Nordic Drive. A...

 

Court report

Dec. 8 — Patricia McMurren was awarded judgment of $4,410 plus interest along with possession of the trailer occupied by Chris Miller Jr. Stephen Lee Waddle was arraigned before Magistrate Judge Ellis on charges of violating a protective order and...

 
 By Pilot Staff    News    December 28, 2017

Two more boat fires extinguished

The Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department responded to two more boat fires this week. Two engines responded to the South Boat Harbor last Thursday, where a fire aboard the Carolyn Ann was likely ignited by an electrical mishap. “A harbor officer...

 
 By Ben Muir    Sports    December 28, 2017

Two Viking wrestlers place in state tourney

The Petersburg high wrestling team placed 22nd at the division two state tournament last week, where two Viking wrestlers placed top five in their weight classes. The Viking wrestling team sent five...

 

Red Kettle donations top 2016

Red Kettle donations to the Salvation Army increased by $4,000 compared to last year's contributions. Loni Upshaw with the Salvation Army in Petersburg reported Christmas season donations totaled...

 

Regulators consider reducing Pacific halibut quota next year

KENAI, Alaska (AP) — Regulators are considering reducing the amount of halibut that fishermen are allowed to catch along the Pacific coast next year. The International Pacific Halibut Commission is expected to consider next month adopting a 24...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    December 28, 2017

Draft action plans released for 2018 Chinook fisheries

Action plans for the emergency management of Chinook salmon in Southeast Alaskan rivers have been drafted ahead of next month's Board of Fisheries meeting in Sitka. The board, which reviews...

 

Decorating Contest Winners

Winners of the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce Christmas Decorating Contest were announced this week. Winners receive a $50 gift certificate. Family category winner is Andy and Katie Yeckley at 105...

 

Man still looking for owner of plaque he found 11 years ago

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Eleven years ago, Guy Holt was walking on Sandy Beach when something caught his eye. An intricately carved piece of wood lay on the beach, with large letters on it saying “TAKA: You saved my life. I will love you and miss...

 

Fish Factor: Aging of the fleet prompts recommendations for deckhand apprenticeships

The clamor of “take me fishing” is taking on new meaning in Alaska. Prospects for a deckhand apprenticeship program just got a big lift from a $142,000 national grant awarded to the Sitka-based Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association (ALFA), an...

 

Alaska leaders claim victory with refuge drilling provision

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska political leaders on Wednesday hailed as historic the passage of federal legislation that will allow for oil and gas drilling in a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The state’s Republican congressional d...

 

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