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 By Brian Varela    News    January 14, 2021 

Community spread raises COVID-19 case count to 11

A new case of COVID-19 was confirmed in town on Saturday, and the Petersburg Emergency Operations Center is attributing the positive test result to community spread, according to a joint press... Full story

 By Brian Varela    News    January 14, 2021 

State health official talks COVID-19 vaccines

PMC Director of Nursing Jennifer Bryner said at the COVID-19 community update on Jan. 8 that PMC is expecting to have a combined total of about 300 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine to begin...


GCI cable customers lose three network channels as rates negotiated

GCI cable TV customers in Petersburg and across Alaska have lost access to three network channels as negotiations continue over rates the cable company will pay to Vision Alaska and Coastal...


Yule decorations to remain lit

Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht and Utility Superintendent Karl Hagerman have agreed to leave the downtown Christmas tree and main street holiday lights illuminated, perhaps through February. With...

 By Brian Varela    News    January 14, 2021 

Community risk level lowered to yellow

The Petersburg Emergency Operations Center lowered the community risk of COVID-19 transmission from orange to yellow, or level one on Wednesday, according to a joint press between the Petersburg Borou...

 By Brian Varela    News    January 14, 2021 

Local businesses received $15.08 million in aid

In the first round of COVID-19 aid released through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, Petersburg received $15.08 million in bailout funds from the federal government. Funds were...

 By Brian Varela    News    January 14, 2021 

Residents condemn Jan. 6 Capitol takeover

A large group of President Donald Trump's supporters stormed the United States Capitol Building on Jan. 6 while Congress was certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election leaving a wake of...


ANWL to continue landless battle in new Congress

Alaska Natives Without Land now looks to the 117th Congress for the opportunity to acquire land through the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act after legislation that would have established five Urban...

 By Brian Varela    News    January 14, 2021 

New P&R director sets facility priorities

In her first Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting since becoming the new Parks and Recreation director, Stephanie Payne laid out the goals she'd like to accomplish in the coming weeks and month...

 By Brian Varela    News    January 14, 2021 

PMC to seek second PPP loan

The Petersburg Medical Center Board of Directors held a special meeting on Tuesday to approve the hospital's request to apply for a loan from the Small Business Administration through the Paycheck Pro...

 By Brian Varela    News    January 14, 2021 

School board approves sex ed. curriculum

The Petersburg School Board approved the sex education curriculum for Petersburg High School at their regular meeting on Tuesday to comply with HB 156. The house bill requires that the sex education i...

 By Brian Varela    News    January 14, 2021 

COVID-19 weekly update:

COVID-19 vaccine clinic reaches 350 residents January 15 Petersburg Medical Center vaccinated about 350 residents age 65 and older during Thursday’s COVID-19 vaccine drive at the Petersburg School... Full story


PSD returns to distance learning amid virus spike

The Petersburg School District postponed reopening the schools to students on Wednesday following Petersburg Emergency Operation Center's announcement on Monday that it was raising the local risk...

 By Brian Varela    News    January 7, 2021

2020 was an average year for rain

Last year it may have seemed like a record breaking amount of rain fell on the city. After all, Petersburg had the wettest summer on record, and heavy showers in December caused parts of the borough...

 By Brian Varela    News    January 7, 2021

Borough assembly approves COVID-19 dashboard

The Borough Assembly, at their meeting on Monday, approved the Community Risk Communication Plan, which tracks the COVID-19 situation in town and offers guidelines. The Community Risk Communication...

 By Brian Varela    News    January 7, 2021

Vaccine distribution continues locally, statewide

Petersburg Medical Center has administered about 150 COVID-19 vaccines as of Dec. 31 to local residents as the town and state move through the early stages of the vaccine distribution process,...

 By Brian Varela    News    January 7, 2021

USCG airlifts injured fisherman from Bering Sea

The United States Coast Guard medevaced an injured fisherman on board the F/V Magnus Martens 80 miles Northwest of Dutch Harbor in the Bering Sea on Dec. 30, according to a USCG press release. An...

 By Brian Varela    News    January 7, 2021

PMC awards bid for electronic records system

The Petersburg Medical Center Board of Directors awarded a $1.3 million request for proposal to Cerner for a new electronic health records system at an executive meeting on Dec. 22. The electronic...

 By Brian Varela    News    January 7, 2021

Crystal Lake Hatchery faces $200,000 funding gap

Southern Southeast Alaska Aquaculture Association hopes to secure $200,000 to make up for a loss in funding for Crystal Lake Hatchery (CLH) following the expiration of a sport fishing license...

 By Brian Varela    News    January 7, 2021

Unofficial results: close race in PIA election

Petersburg Indian Association tabulated the results of their 2021 election on Jan. 5 following a voting period that began in early December. Unofficial results from the election show Christina Morriso...

 By Brian Varela    News    December 31, 2020

2020: Year in Review

January The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration proposed establishing critical habitat areas for humpback whales in three distinct population segments located off Mexico, Central American...

 By Brian Varela    News    December 31, 2020

Red Kettles bring in $19,879.50

Bell ringers raised $19,879.50 in donations for the Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign this holiday season, said Salvation Army Major Loni Upshaw. The donations will fund the Salvation Army's social...

 By Brian Varela    News    December 31, 2020

Pilot picks up where others left off

Scott Newman had always wanted to fly float planes out of Petersburg. He had flown planes for both Pacific Wing and Pacific Wings on and off since the early 1990s. When COVID-19 shut down the latter...


Petersburg Legislative Information Office

The Petersburg Legislative Information Office is currently closed to walk-in services. Call or leave a message with your name and number, or email for help. Limited live appointments are available. Call to make a plan with us before making a trip...

 By Brian Varela    News    December 31, 2020

Year ends with three active cases

A Petersburg resident who returned from out of state on Dec. 30 has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a joint press release from the Petersburg Borough and Petersburg Medical Center. The indi...


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