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Fully vaccinated U.S. citizens can enter Canada Aug. 9

TORONTO (AP) - Canada announced Monday it will begin letting fully vaccinated U.S. citizens into the country on Aug. 9 — without a 14-day quarantine requirement and with no restrictions on the reason for traveling — and will allow travelers from...

 By Chris Basinger    News    July 22, 2021

PMC warns of community spread of COVID-19

The Petersburg Medical Center is advising residents to get tested early if experiencing symptoms amid community spread of COVID-19. The Petersburg COVID-19 Dashboard has been updated to reflect that... Full story

 By Chris Basinger    News    July 22, 2021

Petersburg records second death from COVID-19

Petersburg recorded its second COVID-19 death on Friday according to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Service’s COVID-19 Dashboard. The Alaska COVID-19 data summary reported that the... Full story

 By Chris Basinger    News    July 15, 2021

SEARHC yard signs spring up around town

SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium yards signs have begun appearing around town, sparking discussions within the community about the future of healthcare in Petersburg. The prospect of...

 By Chris Basinger    News    July 15, 2021

Petersburg businesses face worker shortage

Businesses across Petersburg are suffering due to the nationwide worker shortage according to local businesses. "If you look, people are trying to hire everywhere," Jim Floyd, the general manager and...



Britton Erickson celebrates his win during 4th of July Log Roll contest. Skipper Erickson was listed in error as the winner in the July 8 edition of the Pilot....


Basinger joins Pilot staff

Chris Basinger, 21, joins the Petersburg Pilot newsroom this week, after arriving in Petersburg last Thursday from his home in Houston, Texas. Basinger is a May 2021 graduate of Auburn University in...

 By Chris Basinger    News    July 15, 2021

Crystal Lake generators need $9 million in repairs

The hydroelectric generators at Crystal Lake are in need of an update, according to Utility Director Karl Hagerman. The plant at Crystal Lake was built in the 1920s and though there have been some...

 By Chris Basinger    News    July 15, 2021

Lynne Cox speaks at the Petersburg Public Library

Lynne Cox spoke at the Petersburg Public Library Saturday about her experience as a long-distance swimmer and as an author. Cox has traveled the world, setting record times including the world record...


Four COVID-19 cases reported since July 9

Petersburg Medical Center reports four positive COVID-19 cases locally since July 9. On Fri., July 9 a resident of Petersburg tested positive for COVID 19 and is isolating at their home. On Sat.,...


Breeann Dawe gets plea deal and suspended imposition of sentence

Breeann Spring Dawe pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of misconduct involving a controlled substance in the third degree and the court entered a suspended imposition of sentence for 30 months. The...

 By Brian Varela    News    July 15, 2021

PIA duplex offers stylish low income housing

Petersburg Indian Association recently completed construction of a 2,190 square foot duplex the organization plans on renting to low and middle income native families this month. "It's small, but it...

 By Brian Varela    News    July 15, 2021

The Edgars make a nearly 100 year old home their own

The day after he got married on Oct. 12, 2016, Jim Edgars was in town running errands before leaving for a Hawaiian honeymoon when the house he had always wanted to live in went on the market. He...

 By Brian Varela    News    July 15, 2021

Carl Roger builder, original owner of Edgars' home

Jim and Alisa Edgars may own the log cabin on N. Nordic Dr. just before the street turns into Sandy Beach Rd., but the house was built by Carl Roger nearly 100 years ago. Roger, originally from...

 By Brian Varela    News    July 15, 2021

The Burrells build home perfect for aging in place

Since 1985, Steve and Desi Burrell have lived in the home that used to belong to Desi's grandparents, Adolph and Bunny Mathisen. The 108-year-old home was comfortable, but it needed repairs that the...


Family following their dreams

Editor's Note: Desi Burrel's cousin Sigurd Mathisen provided a synopsis of the ownership of the family home by Norwegian immigrants who settled in Petersburg. The Petersburg Weekly Report from...


How to store firewood the right way

A fireplace is a cozy and warm spot around which a family can gather. The home and real estate resource indicates that 60 percent of new homes have a fireplace, which is up from 36 percent in the 1970s. Naturally, fueling a fireplace...


How to protect your yard from deer

Deer, which live on all continents except Antarctica, can survive in everything from mountainous areas to wet rainforests to suburban neighborhoods. These herbivores are voracious eaters that will search far and wide for their meals. Home landscapes...


Active COVID-19 case count rises to 10 in Petersburg

Petersburg Medical Center reports 10 active COVID-19 cases with one previous case being considered as recovered. Three additional cases have been confirmed in the past three days. All three cases are... Full story

 By Chris Basinger    News    July 15, 2021

Two Delta variant COVID-19 cases confirmed in Petersburg

Two previously identified COVID-19 cases in Petersburg have been identified as the Delta variant according to the Petersburg Medical Center. One is a resident of Petersburg and the other is a... Full story


Borough continues abatement process over spilled sewage

It's been almost a year since the Petersburg Borough was made aware of raw sewage being dumped from a home owned by Courtney Johnson at 410 Mitkof Highway. At Tuesday's assembly meeting, assembly...


Borough to sell property on Sandy Beach and Kupreanof

The Petersburg Borough Assembly authorized resolutions to sell property on Kupreanof Island and Sandy Beach Road at Tuesday's noon meeting in the assembly chambers. At the request of neighbors living...


Borough and PMC agree on site selection work

The Petersburg Borough Assembly was advised Tuesday that site selection for a new hospital, according to CEO Phil Hofstetter, "is paramount." According to Hofstetter, an environmental assessment of...


July 4th

July 3rd Winners Messy BBQ Wing Eating Challenge: Ages 4-8: Daisy Morrow Ages 9-12: Eli Anderson Ages 13-17: Mason Thynes Ages 18 & Up: Adam Ware Axe Throwing: Ages 4-8: Evalynn Allen Ages 9-12:...


Governor vetoes amount of this year's oil check

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Mike Dunleavy said Thursday he has vetoed from a state spending package this year’s dividend check for residents, calling the amount “a joke.” The budget lawmakers voted on last month proposed a roughly $1,100...


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