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Most Alaska wildland fire crews fighting blazes beyond state

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Most of Alaska’s wildland fire crews are helping fight fires in the continental U.S., including western blazes that have triggered evacuations of thousands of people, officials said. U.S. Bureau of Land Management...

 

Sidewalk to remove foot traffic from roadway

Instead of dodging traffic while walking to the grocery store or bus stop, residents and students will be able to walk safely on a sidewalk Petersburg Indian Association is building on N. 12th St....

 

Crystal Lake Hatchery funding in peril

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game will be shutting down its Southeast Alaska enhancement program due to an absence of funding, leaving the future of Crystal Lake Hatchery (CLH) in jeopardy, sai... Full story

 

School begins under split schedules

Petersburg School District students are glad to be back at school, despite COVID-19 protocols in place, and have been adapting to the new split schedules, said PSD principals Heather Conn and Rick...

 

No new cases of COVID-19 in 20 days

Twenty days have gone by since Petersburg has had a positive case of COVID-19 in the community as of Wednesday, Sept. 9. The last confirmed case of the virus was a non-resident who tested positive for...

 

Assembly requests action due to poor salmon run

A letter asking state officials to declare Southeast Alaska an area impacted by an economic disaster due to fishery losses was approved by the borough assembly at their meeting on Tuesday. The...

 

Borough releases $565,000 in CARES Act funding

The borough assembly approved $565,000 from its Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act special revenue fund at their meeting on Tuesday for businesses and families who are struggling...

 

$608,348 set aside for Medical Center

The Petersburg Borough Assembly agreed to set aside $608,345 at their meeting on Tuesday from its Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act special revenue fund for COVID-19 related costs at...

 

Hunters asked to steer clear of Kake

Kake is asking hunters and others not meeting specific travel exceptions to avoid travel to or through the community to avoid the spread of Covid-19. In August, the community established travel restrictions for people traveling to or from Kake. Only...

 

Petersburg Fishing Report

Coho Salmon Marine catch rates for coho salmon are now on the decline but freshwater fishing is getting better and better. Anglers can expect freshwater opportunity to continue over the next several weeks as coho salmon return to their natal...

 

AK Legislature hears opposition to fisheries board pick

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The choice of a director of the disputed Pebble Mine project to sit on the Alaska Board of Fisheries has drawn opposition from fishermen and critics of the proposed mine. Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy appointed Abe...

 

Skagway considers mining traffic to diversify port

SKAGWAY, Alaska (AP) — A southeast Alaska community is considering how to diversify its port traffic when a significant tourism contract ends, which has drawn the interest of the mining industry. The Yukon Producers’ Group industry, an industry...

 

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

Petersburg sets new record for wettest summer

This summer's wet weather set a record for the most summer rainfall ever in Petersburg with 31.6 inches of rain, just barely surpassing the previous record of 31.06 inches of rain in the summer of...

 

Emergency ordinance town hall next Thursday

The public will get their chance to ask questions and give feedback on the borough's civil emergency provisions ordinance during a virtual town hall at 4 P.M. on Thursday, Sept. 10. Ordinance...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    September 3, 2020

Limited visitors allowed at MVM

Mountain View Manor Assisted Living has begun allowing visitors into the facility under a limited basis, according to acting Incident Commander Sandy Dixson at the COVID-19 community update on...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    September 3, 2020

Lifelong swimmer takes over VSC

Scott Burt began his role as the new head coach of the Viking Swim Club this week and brought his passion and dedication for the sport along with him. "Swimming is in my DNA," said Burt. "It's just...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    September 3, 2020

$600,000 needed by PMC for virus response

The Petersburg Medical Center Board of Directors agreed at their Aug. 27 board meeting to ask the Petersburg Borough to set aside $608,345.25 from its COVID-19 fund in the event the hospital can't...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    September 3, 2020

PMC net income over $310,000

Petersburg Medical Center started off the 2021 fiscal year by exceeding financial expectations, according to a financial report PMC Controller Rocio Tejera gave to the Board of Directors at their...

 
 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    September 3, 2020

Assembly to award Ira II St. lot next week

Two bids were made for a vacant, borough owned lot at 705 Ira II St. in a virtual competitive bid hearing on Wednesday. Kathy Holtzinger placed a bid of $40,101 for the lot, and Tlingit-Haida...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    September 3, 2020

Harbor port of entry mandate extended

Vessels arriving in Petersburg Harbor with non-residents onboard will have to continue to seek approval from the borough public health officer before docking through Dec. 31 under public health...

 

Official results in for Alaska primaries

The official results of the Aug. 18, 2020 state primary election are in and Petersburg residents can expect to see familiar names on the ballot in November. Republican incumbent Dan Sullivan will face off against Independent Al Gross for the United...

 
 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...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    August 27, 2020

Bears to be regular sight until winter

While the number of bear sightings made to the Petersburg Police Department have gone down, Petersburg Area Biologist Frank Robbins, with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, said bears will...

 

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