Articles from the December 28, 2023 edition


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  • Year in Review

    Olivia Rose|Dec 28, 2023

    In January The Petersburg Borough Assembly unanimously voted to award the construction contract for the Blind Slough Hydroelectric refurbishment project to McG/Dawson Joint Venture for an amount not to exceed $5,744,000. The Petersburg Borough Assembly unanimously approved an ordinance in its first reading that would rezone a lot located at 10 N. 12th Street for commercial use. The rezoning was requested by the Petersburg Indian Association ahead of their prospective purchase of the lot, which h...

  • Yesterday's News: News from 25-50-75-100 years ago

    Dec 28, 2023

    December 28, 1923 – Work on the new Petersburg school building has been completed and the desks and equipment from the old building were moved this week. When school resumes on the 2nd of January it will be in the new building, which is second to none in Alaska and one of the finest north of Seattle. While the gymnasium was not erected this year on account of a shortage of funds, this will no doubt be added next year. The last issue of the Alaska School Bulletin says: The Petersburg school building, now nearing completion, is among the f...

  • To the Editor

    Dec 28, 2023

    Correcting the wrongs of the past To the Editor: As the Landless Native bill works through Congress and many Alaskans eagerly await its passage and others oppose it, a look at the past provides a broader perspective. In the years prior to Statehood when Alaska was a Territory, there was a movement to repatriate lands to Alaska Natives through the creation of a system of reservations throughout the Territory. At the time, the Governor of Alaska was Ernest Gruening, a wise and learned man who believed strongly in Native rights. He did not...

  • Police report

    Dec 28, 2023

    December 20 – An officer responded to a disturbance on Birch Street and determined the disturbance was non-criminal. A warning was issued for failure to obey stop sign at 3rd and Excel Streets. Officer provided lockout assistance on North Nordic Drive. Lost property was reported. A welfare check was conducted on South Nordic Drive. Officer responded to report of suspicious activity on Frederick Point Drive. Officers responded to a noise complaint on S. 2nd Street. Music was turned down at direction of officer. A 911 caller from Kake was connect...

  • Boat Parade brightens dark night

    Dec 28, 2023

  • Court report

    Dec 28, 2023

    November 14, 2023 At the arraignment for State of Alaska (SOA) v. Cody Stelmach a guilty plea was entered by defendant to Hunting Season and Bag Limits for Moose. A $300 fine and $20 police surcharge were imposed. At the arraignment for SOA v Terry Miller a guilty plea was entered by defendant to Hunting Season and Bag Limits for Moose. A $300 fine and $20 police surcharge were imposed. November 15, 2023 At the arraignment for SOA v. Mikel Smith a not guilty plea was entered to the charges of DUI, Refusal to Submit to Chemical Test, and...

  • Artifact Archive

    Dec 28, 2023

    George Henderson founded Dorchester Pottery in Dorchester, Massachusetts, in 1895. The pottery made jugs, jars, flower pots, butter pots, specialty items and, later, dinnerware. This stoneware foot warmer, donated to the museum by Harvey Gilliland, dates back to 1912, the year Henderson was granted a patent for "a new and useful improvement in taps or nipples for earthenware containers" – a leak-proof metal screw-off tap that was used in place of a rubber stopper. The Henderson foot warmer w...

  • Executive order bars imports of Russian fish that is processed in other countries

    Yereth Rosen, Alaska Beacon|Dec 28, 2023

    Russian seafood will no longer be legally allowed in U.S. markets after it is processed in China, under an executive order issued Friday by President Joe Biden. The action seeks to close a loophole that the Russian seafood industry was able to use to skirt import sanctions put in place in 2022 in response to the invasion of Ukraine. The ban is now extended to any seafood caught in Russian waters or by Russian-flagged vessels, "notwithstanding whether such products have been incorporated or...

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