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 By Brian Varela    News    May 13, 2021 

PMC seeks assembly support of new facility

The Borough Assembly and Petersburg Medical Center Board of Directors held a work session on May 5 to discuss the next steps in the hospital's goal of building a new facility. Following the...

 By Brian Varela    News    May 13, 2021 

Local mail now processed in Juneau

Due to faulty postmark equipment at the Petersburg Post Office, local mail is now being processed in Juneau before reaching their in-town destinations, according to James Boxrud, a spokesperson with...

 By Brian Varela    News    May 13, 2021 

Community at 4 cases of virus ahead of Mayfest

One new positive case COVID-19 was identified by the Petersburg Medical Center on Tuesday, bringing the local active case count to four, according to a joint press release from the Petersburg Borough...

 By Brian Varela    News    May 13, 2021 

Some residents catch stomach bug

A local resident anonymously reported to the Pilot on Wednesday having experienced a gastrointestinal bug that was affecting at least four other people. The individual said the illness began with...

 By Brian Varela    News    May 13, 2021 

Vaccine required to work at Trident, optional at Tonka

Cannery workers at Trident Seafoods are asked to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to work this season, while Tonka Seafoods is leaving that decision up to their employees. "Like last year, we are...

 News    May 13, 2021 


In the story about Little Norway Festival in the May 6 edition of the Pilot, it was stated that Alaska Department of Fish and Game would be present to teach fundamentals of fishing at the Lil’ Fisk Derby. ADF&G will not be in attendance at the...

 By Brian Varela    News    May 13, 2021 

SB OKs raise for classified staff

The Petersburg School Board approved a two percent salary increase over the 2020-2021 school year for classified staff returning for the 2021-2022 school year at their meeting on Tuesday. "It's been...

 By Brian Varela    News    May 13, 2021 

Bakos' films to air on KTOO 360TV

"Ephemeral," an award winning documentary by local filmmaker Kelly Bakos, will be making its television debut on KTOO 360TV over a four day period next week. The film will first air on May 20 at 8:22...

 By Brian Varela    News    May 13, 2021 

Stockton family replaces memorial bench

Walkers, runners and bikers now have a new bench to stop and catch their breath on as they make their way along the 1.7 mile long Scow Bay Bike Path. The original blue bench was set up in 2007 by Mel...

 By Brian Varela    News    May 13, 2021 

COVID-19 weekly update:

Breakthrough COVID-19 cases found in Alaska April 30 Between Feb. 1 and March 31, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services identified 152 positive cases of COVID-19 among people in the state... Full story

 By Brian Varela    News    May 6, 2021

Frederick Point ballot question goes to final reading

The Borough Assembly approved an ordinance in its second reading that would let voters decide whether or not to remove the Frederick Point East Subdivision from the boundaries of service area one....

 By Brian Varela    News    May 6, 2021

Faulty insulator cause of power outages

A cracked, porcelain insulator on a utility pole in the Scow Bay Turnaround area caused two power outages on May 1, which left parts of the community in the dark for a total of about 4 hours. Petersburg Municipal Power & Light first responded to a...

 By Brian Varela    News    May 6, 2021

FY2022 budget amended in first reading

The Borough Assembly passed an ordinance in its first reading on Monday that would adopt the borough's proposed fiscal year 2022 operating budget. The General Fund's revenues and expenditures equal...

 By Brian Varela    News    May 6, 2021

Borough assembly to weigh term limit ordinance

An ordinance that would ask the voters in the next municipal election whether term limits should be placed on the Borough Assembly will go before the assembly at their meeting on May 17. At the...

 By Brian Varela    News    May 6, 2021

PVFD clocked 987 hours in three months

The Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department donated a total of 987 person hours during the first quarter of 2021, according to the Fire Chief Jim Stolpe at the Borough Assembly meeting on Monday. "As...

 By Brian Varela    News    May 6, 2021

The Little Norway Festival returns for 62nd year

After last year's festival was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 62nd annual Little Norway Festival is slated to begin May 13. "I think everyone can't wait for it to happen," said...

 By Brian Varela    News    May 6, 2021

Breakthrough COVID-19 cases found in Alaska

Between Feb. 1 and March 31, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services identified 152 positive cases of COVID-19 among people in the state who were fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according...

 By Brian Varela    News    May 6, 2021

Three cases of virus identified

Three cases of COVID-19 were identified within a single household over the course of two days this week, according to a joint press release from the Petersburg Borough and Petersburg Medical Center....

 News    May 6, 2021

Pilot wins two Alaska Press Club honors

The Petersburg Pilot earned two awards presented by the Alaska Press Club this weekend. John Havrilek was awarded third place for his photo of a Bald Eagle perched against the backdrop of Petersburg...

 By Brian Varela    News    April 29, 2021

State reports 72% vaccination rate for Petersburg

On Tuesday, the state reported 72.94 percent of Petersburg residents had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, which was the second highest percentage in the state after Skagway Municipality....

 By Brian Varela    News    April 29, 2021

Proposed budget ups millage rate

The Borough Assembly reviewed the proposed fiscal year 2022 budget at a work session on April 21, which has a balanced General Fund. In the proposed budget, the General Fund's total revenues and...



A story about updates to local health mandates on page two of last week’s edition of the Petersburg Pilot had a headline that implied all interstate travelers arriving into Petersburg are exempt from COVID-19 testing and isolation requirements....

 By Brian Varela    News    April 29, 2021

PMC faces monthly losses in 2021

Since January, Petersburg Medical Center has been operating with a negative bottom line, but Controller Rocio Tejera told the PMC Board of Directors at their meeting on April 22 that it's important...

 By Brian Varela    News    April 29, 2021

PHS ranked #1 high school in Alaska

Petersburg High School was ranked the number one high school in Alaska in terms of academic success by the U.S. News & World Report for 2021. Rankings are based on the students' performance on...

 By Brian Varela    News    April 22, 2021

Hammer & Wikan celebrates 100 years

Hammer & Wikan, Inc. kicked off a year's worth of celebrations on April 17 with their Founder's Day event to commentate the business's 100-year anniversary. The festivities began at the grocery...


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