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 By Larry Persily    News    March 25, 2021

Higher oil prices, federal aid ease state budget woes

Legislators started the session in January amid a shortage of revenues and debate whether the state could even afford a dividend this fall unless it exceeded its annual limited draw from the...


GCI will move call-center operations overseas

GCI, the largest telecommunications provider in the state, is planning to move all of its call-center operations out of Alaska and will contract with a third-party vendor to provide the service from the Philippines. The move will start this summer,...


FBI arrests Wasilla man on Capitol riot charges

ANCHORAGE (AP) – A Wasilla construction worker faces federal charges in the January breach of the U.S. Capitol. Aaron James Mileur, 41, was arrested March 16 by the FBI on charges of knowingly entering a restricted building without lawful...


First Sitka test set conducted

Wednesday’s aerial herring survey covered Sitka Sound from Redoubt Bay to Shoals Point and north to Krestof Sound. Weather during the flight was poor with 20-knot winds, low overcast, and occasional snow flurries. No herring or herring spawn were...

 By Brian Varela    News    March 25, 2021

Six residents test positive for COVID-19

Six cases of COVID-19 were reported in Petersburg on Monday, according to a joint press release from the Petersburg Borough and Petersburg Medical Center. Five of the cases were identified through... Full story

 By Larry Persily    News    March 18, 2021

Legislators, governor differ on ferry system advisory board

Gov. Mike Dunleavy wants to create a new state ferry system advisory board with one state official and 10 public members to replace an existing advisory panel, similar to a separate proposal from...

 By Brian Varela    News    March 18, 2021

Pink salmon run expected to increase state's salmon harvest

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is predicting an increase to the total statewide salmon harvest this year thanks to a pink salmon run expected to bring in 63.5 million fish over last year's har...

 By Brian Varela    News    March 18, 2021

Local student fights cancer in Seattle

About a week before Christmas, Joseph Tagaban, 13, started experiencing a toothache in the lower left side of this jaw. His parents, Ed and Je Tagaban, made an appointment with a local dentist after...

 By Brian Varela    News    March 18, 2021

COVID-19 case count down to 10

Petersburg's COVID-19 case count remained at 10 on Wednesday, as no new cases of the virus were reported and no infected residents were released from isolation, according to a joint press release for...

 By Brian Varela    News    March 18, 2021

Medical experts layout local COVID-19 outbreak

State health officials held a town hall meeting via Zoom on Wednesday to give an overview of the recent COVID-19 outbreak in Petersburg and answer any questions. Since Feb. 18, Petersburg has...

 By Larry Persily    News    March 18, 2021

State sells fast ferries to Spanish operator

After spending almost $1.1 million to keep the vessels out of service to save money and safely tied up the past several years, the state last week sold its two fast ferries - built at a combined cost...

 By Brian Varela    News    March 18, 2021

Residents urged to be cautious of scammers

The Petersburg Police Department is warning the public to be on their guard as scammers look to swindle residents into sending them money. "Historically this time of year there is an increase in...

 By Brian Varela    News    March 18, 2021

Salmon harvest takes hit in 2020

The overall 2020 salmon harvest in Southeast Alaska was down by about 56 percent compared to 2019, as all five commercially harvested salmon species runs came in below recent and long term averages....

 By Brian Varela    News    March 18, 2021

COVID-19 vaccines reach over 1,000 residents this month

Approximately 250 residents were vaccinated at Petersburg Medical Center's COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Friday, which was the hospital's second vaccination clinic this month, according to PMC Phil...

 By Brian Varela    News    March 18, 2021

Concerns continue over access across future native lands

Six people addressed the Borough Assembly at a work session on March 10 to express their support and opposition to legislation that would transfer 23,040 acres of federal land within the Petersburg...


Southeast Alaska Sablefish tag recovery drawing winners

Each year the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) rewards all persons who return an ADF&G sablefish tag with a tag reward (e.g., hat or t-shirt). Additionally, each tag returned to the department with complete recovery information...

 By Brian Varela    News    March 18, 2021

Active cases of virus drops down to 13

Petersburg's COVID-19 case count continued to fall on Thursday. With three new cases identified and six infected residents released from isolation, the active case count is at 13 as of Thursday... Full story

 By Brian Varela    News    March 11, 2021

PMC anticipates 1,000 to be vaccinated

About 400 residents received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at Petersburg Medical Center's vaccine clinic on March 5, and 1,000 residents are expected to be fully vaccinated in the next...

 By Brian Varela    News    March 11, 2021

Two-hundred affected by hospital data breach

About 200 patients at Petersburg Medical Center may have had their medical records viewed inappropriately in a data breach, said PMC CEO Phil Hofstetter in a prepared statement on KFSK on March 4....

 By Brian Varela    News    March 11, 2021

Local COVID-19 cases falls to 16

Sixteen infected residents were released from isolation on Wednesday, while just one new active case has been added to Petersburg's active COVID-19 case count, according to a joint press release from...

 By Brian Varela    News    March 11, 2021

Audit shows borough's finances in good standing

An audit of the borough's finances for the 2020 fiscal year reveals an overall positive change in the borough's net position from July 1, 2019 through June 20, 2020, according to documents presented...


Triem v. Alaska Airlines:

The Supreme Court of the State of Alaska ruled last month that Superior Court Judge William Carey acted correctly in disqualifying Petersburg Attorney Fred Triem from representing the Estate of Helen...

 By Brian Varela    News    March 11, 2021

Visitor industry planning document completed after two years

A Petersburg Economic Development Council document that highlights opportunities within the community to improve the local tourism industry has been given to the Borough Assembly to be reviewed. The...

 By Brian Varela    News    March 11, 2021

User fees reset at P&R

The Borough Assembly approved an ordinance in its third reading on Monday that reinstates user fees at the Parks and Recreation Center and makes changes to the fee structure. Ordinance #2021-03...

 By Brian Varela    News    March 11, 2021

PHS to test athletes for COVID-19 weekly

Petersburg High School will test students involved in interscholastic, in-person sports that involve competition and travel on a weekly basis as the Petersburg School District looks for ways to get st...


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