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 By Brian Varela    News    October 22, 2020 

Declaration of emergency stays intact

The Petersburg Borough Assembly voted against terminating the borough's declaration of disaster emergency, which was enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, at their meeting on Tuesday....

 
 By Brian Varela    News    October 22, 2020 

COVID-19 weekly update:

One new case of COVID-19, three recovered October 23 The Petersburg Emergency Operations Center was informed Thursday evening that a local resident tested positive for COVID-19, shortly after the... Full story

 

Letters to the Editor

Students need your help To the Editor: Since I got into High School the one thing I look forward to every year is volleyball season. For some it might be E-sports, swimming, wrestling, basketball, and...

 

Alaska unemployment payments with $300 increase set to begin

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Eligible Alaska residents receiving unemployment checks from the state are expected to receive a $300 increase to their weekly payments beginning next week, officials said. Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy approved the...

 

AK US Senate debate focuses on mine, money, fisheries

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan and challenger Al Gross met in a debate focused on fisheries policy that ended up focusing on other issues including federal COVID-19 relief funding and Pebble Mine. The candidates for Sullivan’s se...

 

Social event forces Alaska high school to close for 2 days

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A “private social event” held last Saturday has led to a 48-hour shutdown of all sports and activities for an Alaska high school, officials said. The Anchorage School District said Friday in a letter that students from...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    October 8, 2020

No in-person assembly meetings yet

A plan that would have allowed in-person public participation at future assembly meetings failed in a 3-3 vote by the Borough Assembly at their meeting on Monday. Assembly members cited concerns over...

 
 By Ron Loesch    Opinion    October 8, 2020

Editorial

“Don’t forget to sign-up for the National Newspaper Convention,” my wife and co-publisher said. “It’s being held in Jacksonville, Florida this year,” she added. If there was ever a year to leave Petersburg for a Florida destination, this...

 

Official: Alaska hospitals reaching coronavirus space limits

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) —Alaska may have reached the limit of hospital space available for care of people infected with COVID-19, a health care company official said. The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation recently had to keep a patient at its Bethel...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    October 1, 2020

Candidates express opinions, positions at forum

This year's borough assembly candidates took the stage on Sept. 24 to answer questions ranging from the borough's COVID-19 response to the tourism industry in this year's candidate forum. The candidat...

 

Medicaid covering more Alaskans than in past due to pandemic

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has caused a national increase in the number of people enrolling in the federal Medicaid health payment program and officials have said Alaska residents are joining at unprecedented levels. Over the la...

 

Judges: Alaska Native corporations ineligible for aid funds

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Native corporations are not eligible to receive a share of the $8 billion in federal coronavirus relief funding set aside for tribes, a federal appeals court panel ruled Friday in overturning a lower-court decision....

 

Alaska allows online sales of raffle tickets due to virus

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska plans to allow the online sale of raffle tickets for the first time to help nonprofit organizations faced with limited fundraising opportunities because of coronavirus restrictions. The state Department of Revenue...

 

Alaska unemployment numbers improve, still historically high

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska’s unemployment numbers improved in August but still remains historically high amid the coronavirus pandemic, the state’s labor agency reported. In August, the state reported 37,000 fewer jobs than in the same mon...

 

Residents express contempt for emergency provisions

The community had the opportunity to speak out in support or against a permanent civil emergency provisions ordinance at a virtual town hall on Sept. 10, though the feedback the Borough Assembly... Full story

 

Most Alaska wildland fire crews fighting blazes beyond state

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Most of Alaska’s wildland fire crews are helping fight fires in the continental U.S., including western blazes that have triggered evacuations of thousands of people, officials said. U.S. Bureau of Land Management...

 

Borough releases $565,000 in CARES Act funding

The borough assembly approved $565,000 from its Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act special revenue fund at their meeting on Tuesday for businesses and families who are struggling...

 

$608,348 set aside for Medical Center

The Petersburg Borough Assembly agreed to set aside $608,345 at their meeting on Tuesday from its Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act special revenue fund for COVID-19 related costs at...

 

AK Legislature hears opposition to fisheries board pick

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The choice of a director of the disputed Pebble Mine project to sit on the Alaska Board of Fisheries has drawn opposition from fishermen and critics of the proposed mine. Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy appointed Abe...

 

Skagway considers mining traffic to diversify port

SKAGWAY, Alaska (AP) — A southeast Alaska community is considering how to diversify its port traffic when a significant tourism contract ends, which has drawn the interest of the mining industry. The Yukon Producers’ Group industry, an industry...

 

Owner of historic boat shop in dispute with Forest Service

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service issued a deadline to the operator of an Alaska island boat shop to tear down the historic complex and leave, but the owner said the agency’s demands are unrealistic. The federal agency ordered Sam...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    September 3, 2020

PMC net income over $310,000

Petersburg Medical Center started off the 2021 fiscal year by exceeding financial expectations, according to a financial report PMC Controller Rocio Tejera gave to the Board of Directors at their...

 

Alaska tribal groups oppose state's lawsuit over hunting

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska tribal governments and organizations have asked the state to withdraw a lawsuit alleging a federal agency overstepped its authority by granting an Alaska Native village a special hunting permission during the...

 

AK student accused of having gun during online classes

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Anchorage high school student has been arrested on accusations he threatened students and staff with a gun during multiple online classes, officials said. The Dimond High School student attended several online learning...

 

Alaska virus contact tracing program working, officials say

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska’s contact tracing program is working well despite undergoing a strain in recent months during the effort to track coronavirus infections, public health officials said. The state recently increased the size of its...

 

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