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 By Larry Persily    News    February 15, 2024 

Seafood industry expects 'another bad year' of weak markets

“I’ve never seen market conditions as bad as they are now,” Doug Vincent-Lang, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, told a...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    February 15, 2024 

State ferry system in 3rd year of crew shortages

Crew shortages continue to plague the Alaska Marine Highway, the ferry system’s director told a gathering of Southeast officials last week. “Our...

 
 By Olivia Rose    News    February 15, 2024 

Assembly considers raising the value of borough property that can be sold without a vote of the public

An ordinance amending Petersburg municipal code was passed in its first reading by the Petersburg Borough Assembly last week. At its second reading du...

 
 By Olivia Rose    News    February 15, 2024 

Blind Slough Hydro Project selected for $2.9 million federal energy grant

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) selected the Blind Slough Hydroelectric Project to receive up...

 

Capitol Updates

­Dear Friends and Neighbors: Last week was a bucket-filler: I was able to connect with...

 
 By Claire Stremple    News    February 15, 2024 

Alaska's courts are mired in cases, with gradual progress on pandemic backlog

Alaska’s courts have had a backlog of cases since courts shut down for months during the COVID-19 pandemic. The backlog has persisted, in part becau... Full story

 
 By Olivia Rose    News    February 15, 2024 

IPHC releases halibut numbers and regulations for 2024

The International Pacific Halibut Commission released the halibut numbers for 2024 on Feb. 5 following their annual meeting. The IPHC oversees...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    February 15, 2024 

State issues preliminary report of Nov. 20 landslides

WRANGELL — State geologists were able to more accurately measure the movement and damage from massive landslides that poured across roads in the...

 
 By Olivia Rose    News    February 8, 2024

Hammer & Wikan grocers named USA Retailers of the Year

The Independent Grocers Alliance (IGA) named Hammer and Wikan Grocery - represented by CEO General...

 
 By Olivia Rose    News    February 8, 2024

Resource fair connects with people experiencing housing insecurity

The seventh annual Project Connect Resource Fair was held in Petersburg on Jan. 30. Organized under...

 
 By Olivia Rose    News    February 8, 2024

Celebrated concert pianist and teacher Tony Lu comes to Petersburg

Concert pianist Tony Lu, 26, arrived in Petersburg on Tuesday for a week of piano performances and...

 

Alaska must face food stamp litigation after a year of stays, court says

In January of last year, 10 Alaskans sued the state because they said the Department of Health failed to provide food stamps within the time frames... Full story

 
 By Scott Bowlen    News    February 8, 2024

Ketchikan police, troopers report seizure of fentanyl, meth with street value of nearly $1.7 million

The Ketchikan Police Department and Alaska State Troopers have announced the seizure of fentanyl and methamphetamine with a total street value of...

 
 By Olivia Rose    News    February 8, 2024

Open house presents hospital project updates

At a joint work session last week, the Hospital Board and Petersburg Borough Assembly discussed the...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    February 8, 2024

Family learns homeowner's insurance does not cover landslides

WRANGELL — John Florschutz was surprised to learn that his parents’ homeowner’s insurance policy did not cover the loss from the Nov. 20...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    February 8, 2024

Landslide families could receive state parcels under disaster program

WRANGELL — The borough assembly has declared as “hazardous” and assigned a property value of zero to the two lots owned by victims of the...

 
 By Larry Persily    News    February 8, 2024

Proposed ordinance takes aim at illegal dumping in harbor dumpsters

The dumpsters at Wrangell’s public harbors are for boat owners only and for their household trash only — but that hasn’t stopped people from tos...

 
 By James Brooks    News    February 8, 2024

Gov. Dunleavy bans big new contracts with companies that boycott Israel

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy issued a far-reaching administrative order on Monday that calls for public agencies to stop doing business with companies... Full story

 
 By Olivia Rose    News    February 1, 2024

Medicare reimbursement's role in hospital's finances

The Medicare reimbursement program for Critical Access Hospitals was a key topic at the Petersburg... Full story

 
 By James Brooks    News    February 1, 2024

Some skepticism as Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposes biggest use of executive power in decades

In an unusual use of executive powers, Gov. Mike Dunleavy this month issued 12 executive orders abolishing state boards and granting new powers to... Full story

 
 By Olivia Rose    News    February 1, 2024

Walk-in barber shop Spruce Frisør opens downtown

In January, a newly-installed barbershop pole light turned on outside of Spruce Frisør, a walk-in...

 
 By Olivia Rose    News    January 25, 2024

Can Petersburg build a landslide warning system like Sitka's?

In 2015, a deadly landslide occurred in Sitka. Anxiety swept the community as a result, and the...

 
 By Olivia Rose    News    January 25, 2024

PIA Tribal Administrator steps down; New council members swear in

The Petersburg Indian Association is seeking to hire a tribal administrator after Chad Wright...

 

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