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 By Brian Varela    News    February 18, 2021

The Riemers: 64 years and counting

Dave and Sally Riemer were students at Shaker Heights High School in Ohio when they had their first date in 1952. The two had attended a choir picnic together, but looking back, Sally said the most me...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    February 4, 2021

Audit finds Tongass timber sales mishandled

A 2020 audit of the Alaska Region timber sales program by the Forest Service Financial Compliance & Oversight Branch of the United States Department of Agriculture concluded that two timber contracts...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    January 21, 2021

Tonka Mountain slide poses low risk

A portion of Tonka Mountain was stripped down to the bedrock in a landslide on Nov. 1, as a result of heavy rainfall and soil saturation, according to District Ranger Ted Sandhofer, with the United...

 

Artifact Archive

By 1923, the U. S. Forest Service managed 140 fox farm permits on the Tongass National Forest, covering 78,000 acres. Petersburg along with Haines-Skagway, and the Mendenhall Valley and Lemon Creek area in Juneau were pioneers in the industry....

 

Yesterday's News

December 31, 1920 Looking back over the past year, it seems to us that Petersburg has taken a rapid stride to the front since we last extended to you the season’s greetings. More new houses and homes have been built than for several years before: t...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    December 10, 2020

ANWL answers landless questions

Cecilia Tavoliero, with Alaska Natives Without Land, addressed the Borough Assembly at their meeting on Monday to answer questions brought up by the community about recent legislation that would...

 

Together Tree from Petersburg at Governor's Mansion

JUNEAU, AK – This year’s Together Tree, a 16-foot Lodgepole Pine harvested from Petersburg on Mitkof Island, was delivered to the Governor’s Mansion in Juneau late last week. The Together Tree’s arrival continues a multi-year tradition of...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    November 19, 2020

Assembly requests delay of ANCSA land claims

The Borough Assembly approved a letter on Wednesday to Alaska's congressional delegation asking they postpone enacting a bill that would transfer borough land to a Urban Corporation in order to...

 

Obituary: Phyllis (Bright) Kimbal

Phyllis (Bright) Kimbal was born in a log cabin in Winder, Idaho to Charles Leland and Sarah (Kendall) Bright. She worked as a Civil Service examiner, legal secretary, and a resource specialist for... Full story

 
 By Brian Varela    News    November 12, 2020

Elementary school hires six new teachers

Rae C. Stedman Elementary School brought on board six new teachers this year as the school looks to create smaller class sizes to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 within the building. One of the new te...

 

Obituary: Kathryn (Kay) Crozer, 85

Kathryn (Kay) Crozer, 85, passed away on Oct. 5, 2020. She was born on April 16, 1935 in Boston, Massachusetts, to Celia (Dolan) and Leo Joseph Doherty. She attended Girls' Latin School and received... Full story

 
 By Brian Varela    News    November 5, 2020

SB playground moves forward

The Petersburg Borough Assembly approved the Petersburg Rotary Club's request to begin construction on their Sandy Beach playground project at their meeting on Monday. As part of the project, trees...

 

USDA Exempts Tongass National Forest from the 2001 Roadless Rule

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a final Alaska Roadless Rule that exempts the Tongass National Forest from the 2001 provision that prohibited road construction, road reconstruction and timber...

 

Zarembo dock and ramp closed

WRANGELL, Alaska – The walkway and ramp of Roosevelt Harbor Dock on Zarembo Island is closed to public use as of Oct. 16, 2020 to ensure public health and safety. The closure order is effective until necessary repairs are completed. The float...

 

Alaska tribes say agency ignored Tongass exemption request

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. government ignored the requests of some Alaska Native groups to uphold national Roadless Rule restrictions in the Tongass National Forest, tribal officials said. The U.S. Forest Service recommended lifting the rule...

 

Yesterday's News

October 15, 1920 Petersburg for the greater part of the week has been a lightless and waterless town. The light and power plant shut down entirely on Tuesday while Robert Allen and his force of men were relining the generator and the old engine with...

 

Alaska conservationists urge officials to halt wolf hunting

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska conservationists are urging state and federal officials not to reopen wolf hunting season around Prince of Wales Island. They are imploring officials to do so in order to allow the population of wolves to recover from...

 

Groups decry Roadless Rule rollback for the Tongass

The U.S. Forest Service is proposing to exempt the country’s largest national forest from a ban on timber harvests and road building in roadless areas, a move conservation groups denounced Thursday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, under which t...

 

Guest Commentary: Protecting Alaska's fisheries

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Alaska has faced its share of monumental challenges. The testing of all incoming travelers, providing relief for devastated tourism businesses, creating a new...

 

Letters to the Editor

Ripple effect To the Editor: It is my hope that when you read my words that you resolve to do better things. We need to start fostering our own indigenous lands and people. This man made aquifer is...

 

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

Years in the making: Private hydro project to begin construction

After over a decade of filing applications, Doug Leen can begin building a micro hydro project this month on both private and federal property. The micro hydro project's turbine and powerhouse will...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    August 27, 2020

Summer camp presents science as career option

Despite the gloomy weather last week, nine students explored the natural world in this year's summer science camp. Every year, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska Sea Grant and the Petersburg...

 

Kake access road project construction pushed back

Construction on the Kake Access Road project was expected to start in early to mid-July, but Joseph Kemp, Alaska Department of Transportation engineering manager for the project, said one last permit...

 

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