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  • Petersburg seiner sinks in Anita Bay; all five crew swiftly rescued

    Orin Pierson|Jun 27, 2024

    Coast Guard Sector Southeast received a call Tuesday morning, shortly before 10:00 a.m., that the Petersburg-based seiner the Pamela Rae was taking on water in Anita Bay, located on Etolin Island near Wrangell. The call came from the F/V Confidence, relaying a call from their sister fishing vessel Barbara which was on the scene and providing samaritan support, U.S. Coast Guard spokesperson Lt. Matt Naylor told the Pilot. The Pamela Rae was taking on water fast and was rolling over. They had...

  • Yesterday's News

    Jun 27, 2024

    June 27, 1924 – The cannery of P.E. Harris at Scow Bay ran through 800 salmon Monday. This was the second salmon to be canned this season around Petersburg. The Mountain Packing Company was the first, having run through 86 cases last Saturday. The trollers have been making big hauls. Otto Sutter of the Fidalgo Packing Company, who was in town recently, reported that the big run in the Copper River district near Cordova was of short duration. The Petersburg packing Company canned fish Thursday. The Kingsmill Brought the fish from Colpoys and Eag...

  • Police report

    Jun 20, 2024

    June 12 – An officer responded to a parking complaint on South Nordic Drive and a vehicle was moved at their direction. A complainant spoke with an officer concerning a civil matter. A quarterly sex offender registration was completed. The Petersburg Police Department (PPD) received a post-event report of suspicious activity. PPD received a report of a speeding vehicle at Libby Straits. An officer responded to a noise complaint on South 3rd Street. June 13 – An officer responded to a report of suspicious activity on Birch Street and determined...

  • One rescued, one deceased after Narrows boat collision

    Orin Pierson|Jun 6, 2024

    After a six hour search, divers recovered the body of a woman who perished due to a boat collision between a 20-foot Hewescraft skiff and a 58-foot commercial fishing vessel in the Wrangell Narrows near the mouth of Blind Slough on Wednesday morning. A second individual, thrown from the skiff into the water, was rescued by a good samaritan on-scene, according to a USCG press release. "We offer our sincerest condolences to those affected by this terrible tragedy," said Coast Guard Lt. Katy...

  • PVFD Chief Jim Stolpe is Petersburg's Volunteer of the Year

    Olivia Rose|May 23, 2024

    On Saturday, the Petersburg Community Foundation (PCF) granted over $26,000 to nine Petersburg nonprofits and awarded Volunteer of the Year to Jim Stolpe. The Petersburg Community Foundation formed in 2008 as a local affiliate of the Alaska Community Foundation (ACF). PCF continues to grow its community grant-making endowment fund, thanks to the support of the Rasmuson Foundation, ACF, and generous local charitable giving. Every year, dividends from its investments are used to provide financial...

  • Captain Dan Bird earns statewide Fire Service Leadership Award

    May 9, 2024

    On Monday, Assistant State Fire Marshal Mark Brauneis traveled to Petersburg to announce that Captain Daniel Bird of Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department is the recipient of the 2023 Ken Akerley Fire Service Leadership Award. Recipients of this statewide award are nominated by their peers from among Alaska's 8,000 firefighters. The criteria to be deserving of this award, Brauneis said, the candidate "must exhibit an extraordinary commitment to leading in their fire department and earning the tru...

  • U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Anacapa decommissioned after 34 years

    Olivia Rose|May 9, 2024

    "I want to thank the crew serving today, and all who served aboard Anacapa over these many years, for their dedication and service to our country," said Rear Admiral Charles Fosse, commander of United States Coast Guard District 13, during the decommissioning ceremony for USCG cutter Anacapa on April 26 in Port Angeles, Washington. Commissioned in 1990, Anacapa spent 32 of its 34 years homeported in Petersburg, and the last two years in Port Angeles. The 110-foot Coast Guard Cutter carried a... Full story

  • To the Editor

    May 9, 2024

    PMEA supports the teachers union To the Editor: We, the members of the Petersburg Municipal Employees Association Union (PMEA), support the Associated Teachers of Petersburg Union (ATP). As fellow public servants and advocates for quality education, we recognize the vital role that teachers and staff play in shaping the future of our community. We stand firmly behind the ATP in their current ongoing negotiations for a fair and equitable labor agreement. We believe that investing in our teachers is an investment in the future of Petersburg....

  • Police report

    May 2, 2024

    April 24 – The 3rd Street pump station alarm activated. Water Wastewater (W/WW) was notified and responded. An officer spoke to an individual on 2nd Street concerning a civil issue. Found property was returned to its owner. An officer assisted a citizen. Concerned children called the Petersburg Police Department (PPD) to request assistance for an individual on South 2nd Street. An officer responded and spoke with the children. An officer responded to a parking complaint on Scow Bay Loop Road and found the vehicle had left the area. An o...

  • Fire Department wins the chili cook-off

    May 2, 2024

  • Chili cook-off will raise money for rescue equipment

    Orin Pierson|Apr 25, 2024

    This Friday, the Petersburg Police Department and the Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department are turning up the heat for the annual Guns and Hoses Chili Cook-off fundraiser. This will be the third year Don and Julie Spigelmyre have hosted the cook-off. The event was dreamed up by the couple on an airplane ride from Michigan to Petersburg. "We got to talking about how much we appreciate the volunteerism with the fire department," Don told the Petersburg Pilot. The Spigelmyres decided they wanted to...

  • PVFD responds to fake airplane crash scenario in practice drill

    Olivia Rose|Apr 11, 2024

    "Scenario, scenario, scenario. This is only a drill. There has been an airplane crash at the end of the runway," a voice called out from the emergency fire dispatch radio on April 6. "Repeat, this is only a drill." An emergency drill that occurs once every three years took place Saturday afternoon when members of the Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services and Search and Rescue simulated a response to an airplane crash at the Petersburg airport runway. The first unit to...

  • Police report

    Apr 4, 2024

    March 27 – An officer responded to a report of suspicious activity and determined it was unfounded. Kylene Hedlund, 31, was arrested on charges of allegedly violating conditions of release. A caller reported that someone wrote in the dust on a work vehicle. An officer responded to a report of theft. Petersburg Police Department (PPD) received a report of a single vehicle accident. A warning was issued for an expired registration. March 28 – An officer responded to a report of theft and determined it was unfounded. PPD received a report of a w...

  • Bennett hired as new PIA Tribal Administrator

    Apr 4, 2024

    Everett Bennett is set to serve as the new tribal administrator for the Petersburg Indian Association. PIA announced earlier this week that Bennett was officially hired for the job and will start on May 20. "The council is extremely excited to have them started as the new tribal administrator," PIA Council President Debra O'Gara told the Pilot. "They come with a lot of experience ... I could go on and on..." Born and raised in Petersburg, Bennett is a tribal citizen who has served the community...

  • Police report

    Mar 7, 2024

    February 28 – An officer assisted with a lockout on Wrangell Avenue. An officer assisted in contacting individuals blocking the snow plow on Fram Street. An officer assisted with a lockout on Mitkof Highway. Chris Haerling was cited on Mitkof Highway at Hungerford Hill Road for operating a vehicle without a valid license and failure to provide proof of insurance. A deer was killed on Sandy Beach Road and its meat was salvaged. An officer assisted with a lockout on 4.5 Street. An officer responded to a reported loud noise on North 2nd Street, b...

  • Rocky's Marine awarded Business of the Year Chrystine Lynn named Young Leader

    Olivia Rose, Pilot writer|Feb 29, 2024

    Just before the winter storm rolled into Petersburg Saturday night, business owners and members of the community gathered upstairs at Elks Lodge for the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet. During the banquet, the chamber named Rocky's Marine as Petersburg's 2024 Business of the Year. Rocky's Marine is a family owned boat dealership specializing in Yamaha Outboards, serving Southeast since first opening in Petersburg in 1980. Announcing the award from the stage, chamber president Jim...

  • Police report

    Feb 29, 2024

    February 21 – An officer responded to a report of a puppy wandering on Mitkof Highway. A protective order was served on Chief John Lott Street. An officer conducted a civil standby on Chief John Lott Street. A report of theft was filed with the Petersburg Police Department (PPD). February 22 – PPD received a report of suspicious activity. PPD received a report of a blown transformer on Kiseno Street. Petersburg Power and Light (PP&L) was notified and responded. An officer provided lockout assistance on Rambler Street. An officer assisted Emerge...

  • Beyond the limits of Service Area One

    Olivia Rose, Pilot writer|Feb 29, 2024

    Petersburg became the 19th organized borough in Alaska on Jan. 3, 2013 after the town’s borough vote was certified. In the early 2000s, the City of Petersburg tried to annex all of Mitkof Island after receiving public pushback on forming a borough. This caused an upset outside of city limits for residents who did not want to pay the same taxes as residents inside the city limits. Eventually, after years of mediation and piles of paperwork, a compromise was made and the Petersburg Borough, which encompasses 3,829 square miles of land and w...

  • Health Fair blood draws draw close to close

    Olivia Rose, Pilot writer|Feb 29, 2024

    The second week of blood draw appointments for the upcoming 2024 Community Health and Safety Fair wrapped up today - with a few appointment slots remaining before blood testing draws to a close on March 7. The health fair blood draw tests are discounted tests that PMC offers the community every other year. PMC Community Wellness Manager Julie Walker said health fair blood draws are an opportunity for people to "know your numbers" and discover health risks that may otherwise go unnoticed, and to...

  • To the Editor

    Jan 18, 2024

    Thank you Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department! To the Editor: January 10th at 2:30 am, we were woken to a sound like a jet engine, only to see one of our outbuildings engulfed in flames. The building that housed our hot tub, sauna and large freezer caught on fire and burnt to the ground. In the building were 4 small propane tanks and one medium sized tank. Fortunately the tanks all vented at the top valve, so there were no explosions, just forge like heat. Even though everything in the building mostly melted from the intense heat, no one was...

  • Police report

    Jan 18, 2024

    January 10 – An officer assisted Emergency Medical Services (EMS) on North 12th Street. An officer responded to a request for a welfare check, but the individual had left the area. January 11 – An officer responded to a reported structure fire on Mitkof Highway and assisted the Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department (PVFD). An officer responded to a reported structure fire on Kiseno Street and assisted the PVFD. PPD transferred a report of an animal related incident to the Alaska Fish and Wildlife Troopers (AWT). An officer provided lockout ass...

  • 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...

  • Police report

    Dec 21, 2023

    December 13 – Petersburg Police Department (PPD) received a report of a stolen vehicle. It was recovered. An officer spoke with an individual concerning a civil issue. Kylene Hedlund was remanded for allegedly violating conditions of release. Paper service was completed. PPD received a report of a vehicle executing an illegal u-turn and speeding in a residential area of Excel Street. An officer conducted a welfare check on Unimak Street. December 14 – Officers responded to a disabled vehicle on Frederick Point Drive and provided transit. An...

  • Jingle & Mingle at Sandy Beach on Saturday

    Olivia Rose, Pilot Writer|Dec 14, 2023

    Sandy Beach will be fired up for the holidays this Saturday, Dec. 16, when the first ever Jingle & Mingle event —facilitated through the Parks & Recreation department— will take place at shelters one and two from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Several Petersburg Borough departments will pitch in for an evening of s’mores, music, good company and a special appearance from a certain jolly someone. Attendees from the Petersburg community can look forward to “the camaraderie” of gathering together around the various fires during the event, “seeing people just c...

  • Changing of the guard

    Dec 14, 2023

    Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department decommissioned one of its fire engines on Thursday evening. Engine 5, a four-by-four fire engine built in 1991, is being removed from service and sent to another community in Southeast that has a great need for its capabilities, said Emergency Services Director Aaron Hankins during PVFD's "push-in" ceremony on Thursday evening. As local road conditions have improved, the four-by-four off-road capabilities that Engine 5 was originally purchased for are no...

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