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Assembly unanimously approves emergency mask mandate

The Borough Assembly approved an emergency ordinance Friday which requires that masks must be worn inside all public indoor spaces. Petersburg saw a dramatic increase in cases in the week leading up...

 

Supply chain issues hit Petersburg businesses

Businesses in Petersburg are feeling the impacts of global supply chain challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The manufacturing of some goods is slowing down and shipments are being delayed...

 

COVID-19 active case count reaches record high with 79

The Petersburg Medical Center reported 21 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the total active cases to 79, the most Petersburg has seen since the beginning of the pandemic. 64 new positives...

 

New lights coming to ice skate pond

Parks and Recreation are working on a project to set up lights near the ballfield at the ice skate pond to provide safety to users of the pond during the dark winter months, according to Parks and...

 

Salvation Army prepares to enter holiday season amidst thrift store struggles

With the holiday season coming up many people look to help the Salvation Army by either donating food and clothing or volunteering their time, but some recent challenges are affecting the charitable...

 

PIA making progress on Manor boardwalk trail

The Petersburg Indian Association is making progress on constructing the Mountain View Manor boardwalk trail and now has a 2022 estimated completion date according to Tribal Administrator Tracy Welch....

 

US government finalizes first land allotments under 2019 law

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The U.S. Department of Interior said the first two federal land allotments to Alaska Native Vietnam War-era veterans have been finalized. Frank Nanooruk and Richard Boskoffsky received the first allotments under a 2019 law...

 

Stedman Elementary School moves to remote learning

Stedman Elementary School will transition to remote learning for the rest of the week due to the impact of COVID-19 according to an announcement Monday from Superintendent Erica Kludt-Painter.... Full story

 

Borough buildings close as COVID-19 active case count rockets to 48

The Petersburg Medical Center reported 12 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday for a total of 48 active cases. Community spread is rapidly occurring, causing closures and staff shortages, and PMC is...

 

Local student battling cancer hopeful to return home soon

After months away from family and friends, Joseph Tagaban hopes to return home to Petersburg in time for Thanksgiving. Joseph was checked into Seattle Children's hospital in January after it was disco...

 

Disease and sanitation ordinances passed by assembly

The Borough Assembly approved ordinances #2021-15 and #2021-17 during Monday's meeting in each of their third and final readings. Ordinance #2021-15 would move a chapter of the old city code which...

 

Affordable housing complex opening delayed

The Vakker Sted affordable housing complex, soon to be home to 15 low income housing units, on Excel Street across from the Petersburg Medical Center will have to wait a while longer before it can...

 

PSD welcomes new nurse

Trish Oppenheim was not actively seeking out opportunities for work, but when she heard about the need for a nurse at the Petersburg School District, she stepped up to the challenge. Oppenheim has 14...

 

Electric rate study proposes increases for 2022 and 2023

During Monday's meeting the Borough Assembly listened to a presentation by John Heberling on the Petersburg Municipal Power & Light 2021 electric rate study conducted by D. Hittle &...

 

COVID-19 outbreaks cause continued stress for healthcare workers

The Petersburg Medical Center Hospital Board met Thursday to discuss the latest COVID-19 outbreak attributed to the delta variant and its effects on the community. PMC CEO Phil Hofstetter presented a...

 

Assembly supports Senate minority redistricting plan

The Borough Assembly approved Resolution #2021-14 during Monday's meeting, signifying their support of the map proposed by the Senate minority in the upcoming redistricting of the state. At the last...

 

Statewide salmon fishery doubles in value

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game released its preliminary figures for the total harvest and value of this year’s commercial salmon fishery. 233.8 million fish were harvested statewide, amounting to 858.5 million pounds, with a total worth of...

 

Man arrested in Kake after gunfire lockdown

(AP) – A man was arrested Tuesday in the southeast Alaska community of Kake, which a tribal official earlier said had gone into lockdown. Alaska State Troopers in a statement said they arrived in Kake and arrested the man on criminal trespass charg...

 

PMC hopeful for more federal grant funding

The Petersburg Medical Center is continuing to seek grant funding with its plan for a phased approach to build a new medical facility in Petersburg according to PMC CEO Phil Hofstetter. PMC sent a...

 

Pink salmon harvest far exceeds preseason forecast

Salmon season in Southeast Alaska is wrapping up in a year that has seen an estimated 58 million fish harvested according to Troy Thynes, regional management coordinator for commercial fisheries with...

 

Borough Assembly approves transboundary salmon resolution

The Borough Assembly discussed a resolution during their October 19 meeting which seeks to protect transboundary salmon rivers between Alaska and British Columbia. Resolution #2021-11 asks for a...

 

PMC recuperates from latest COVID-19 outbreak

The Petersburg Medical Center is recovering since the most recent outbreak of COVID-19 in Petersburg according to PMC CEO Phil Hofstetter. The number of cases across the State of Alaska began to...

 

COVID-19 case count up to 11

The active COVID-19 case count in Petersburg rose to 11 Wednesday according to the Petersburg COVID-19 Dashboard. The count is up from the five reported on October 20 with six new positives in the...

 

Arts council revives indoor concerts after two years

After two years of COVID-19 impacting the livelihoods of performers and artists, the Petersburg Arts Council is looking to reunify people and bring about a return to normalcy. Canadian musical artist...

 

Major bridge work expected next year

The Rasmus Enge bridge is expected to see repairs to its deck and structural components next summer according to Public Works Director Chris Cotta. The bridge was built in 1945 and last saw major...

 

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