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 By Brian Varela    News    August 13, 2020 

Lack of food brings bears into town

The Petersburg Police Department received over 30 calls in the past week from residents reporting bears in garbage cans or on their property. Petersburg Area Biologist Frank Robbins, with the Alaska...

 By Brian Varela    News    August 13, 2020 

COVID-19 daily update:

Recent positive case was from local resident August 14 Earlier this week, the borough’s Emergency Operations Center reported that a traveler in town had tested positive for COVID-19, but at the... Full story

 By Brian Varela    News    August 13, 2020 

MMS, PHS to meet in-person every other day

The Petersburg School Board approved schedules for Mitkof Middle School and Petersburg High school at their meeting on Tuesday that includes alternate days of in-person instruction at the start of...

 By Brian Varela    News    August 13, 2020 

Traveler tests positive for COVID-19

A traveler tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 4 after previously testing negative for the virus, according to a press release from the Petersburg Operations Center. The traveler arrived in town at...

 By Brian Varela    News    August 13, 2020 

Slow start for elementary school students

Starting Aug. 31, students will return to Rae C. Stedman Elementary School under a schedule that splits the student body into two groups to avoid the possible spread of COVID-19 among students and...

 By Brian Varela    News    August 13, 2020 

Eighteen local election seats vacant

This year's municipal elections will be held in person at the Parks and Recreation Center on Oct. 6 and some residents have already filed for candidacy. Twenty-six public office seats are up for...

 By Brian Varela    News    August 13, 2020 

Alaska behind in 2020 Census response

Alaska is ranked last among the 50 states in its response to the 2020 United States Census, as of Tuesday, Aug. 11. Only Puerto Rico is behind Alaska in its response to the census, according to...

 By Brian Varela    News    August 13, 2020 

PMC needs $1 million in COVID funds

The Petersburg Medical Center Board of Directors agreed to request $1,004,638.50 at a special board meeting on Friday from the Petersburg Borough's COVID-19 fund should grants from the state fall...

 By Brian Varela    News    August 13, 2020 

White orca seen in Frederick Sound

Passengers onboard Dennis Rogers' charter boat, Northern Song, were treated to a rare surprise last Thursday, Aug. 6, when they witnessed a white killer whale hunting with two other orcas near Kake. "...

 By Brian Varela    News    August 6, 2020

Troopers: Driver may have lost control of vehicle

Alaska State Troopers continue to investigate a fatal accident that claimed the lives of four seine boat crewmembers sometime after 10 P.M. on Monday, July 27. A Ford Excursion driven by Siguard...

 By Brian Varela    News    August 6, 2020

Recycling program to up rates over five years

Public Works Director Chris Cotta presented the assembly with a summary of the findings of a recent rate study on the borough's recycling program at their regular meeting on Monday that suggested...

 By Brian Varela    News    August 6, 2020

Interstate travel restrictions for non-residents

Starting Aug. 11, non-residents entering the state of Alaska will have to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result that was received within 72 hours prior to departure or proof that test results...

 By Brian Varela    News    August 6, 2020

Assembly approves $778,000 to PSD

The Petersburg Borough assembly passed a resolution at their meeting on Monday that transfers $778,000 from the borough's Coronavirus Aid, Revenue, and Economic Security Act special revenue fund to th...


AK Airlines: No mask, no travel, no exceptions

Alaska Airlines announced on Wednesday that starting Aug. 7 all passengers ages two years and older must wear a face covering at all times while in the airport and onboard their aircraft, according...

 By Brian Varela    News    August 6, 2020

PMC may see more onsite testing

Petersburg Medical Center may receive a second cepheid testing unit that would increase the hospital's capacity to test for COVID-19 onsite from two tests per hour to six tests per hour, according to...

 By Brian Varela    News    August 6, 2020

PMC brings in $20 million this year

Petersburg Medical Center ended its 2020 fiscal year with a gross operating revenue of $20,325,510, which is one percent over what the hospital had anticipated at the start of the fiscal year, accordi...

 By Brian Varela    News    August 6, 2020

Borough assembly sets September date for town hall

The borough assembly agreed at their regular meeting on Monday to hold a remote town hall meeting on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 4 P.M. to inform the public on the details of the civil emergency provisions...


Petersburg Fishing Report

King Salmon The entire Petersburg and Wrangell area is now open to marine king salmon fishing. King salmon bag limits were increased as of July 15th. The following regional king salmon regulations...

 By Brian Varela    News    July 30, 2020

Four dead in car crash

Four individuals died in a car crash that occurred late Monday night or early Tuesday morning on Mitkof Island when their SUV drove off the roadway near the 27 mile marker of Mitkof Highway at a high...

 By Brian Varela    News    July 30, 2020

Staff shortage at PO leads to long lines

With the retirement of one long time postal employee and the resignation of another, the Petersburg Post Office has been left short staffed, causing shorter window hours and longer wait times,...

 By Brian Varela    News    July 30, 2020

Two active cases of Covid-19 virus not in town

Two positive cases of COVID-19 have been identified among non-residents who arrived in the community on July 20, according to a joint-statement between the Petersburg Borough and Petersburg Medical Ce...

 By Brian Varela    News    July 30, 2020

Assembly renews interim emergency provisions

The Petersburg Borough Assembly extended the borough's temporary civil emergency provisions emergency ordinance for a third time at a special meeting on Friday, July 24 after three amendments were...



In last week’s paper, the Petersburg Pilot published a story titled, “SEAPA awards bid for submarine cable,” which cited SEAPA Board Chairman Bob Lynn as saying SEAPA had awarded the submarine cable bid to Sumitomo, a Japanese firm. The Pilot...

 By Brian Varela    News    July 30, 2020

State chose unpopular courthouse color

Since 1984, the building that houses the Petersburg Courthouse has been painted white with brown trim running along the top edge of the building and down the front, but the colors have been inverted...

 By Brian Varela    News    July 30, 2020

SEC survey shows bleak economic outlook

The Southeast Conference released the results of a business survey the organization conducted in June that shows all responding businesses, including those in Petersburg, reporting significant...


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