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PSD to trial test to stay protocol

The Petersburg School District updated its testing protocols Friday, Nov. 26 to allow students identified as close contacts at the school to continue attending in person classes according to an...

 
 By Chris Basinger    News    November 25, 2021 

Airport parking will no longer be free

Long-term and short-term parking at Petersburg James A. Johnson Airport will require payment beginning December 1. DMC Enterprises LLC, composed of equal partners Derek Lopez, Michelle Lopez, and...

 

COVID-19 cases down to 68, home antigen testing kits available

The Petersburg Medical Center reported 10 additional cases of COVID-19 Tuesday for a total of 68 active cases. According to the Petersburg COVID-19 Dashboard, there have been seven healthcare worker i...

 
 By Chris Basinger    News    November 25, 2021 

Christmas tree to light up holiday season

Petersburg's annual Parade of Light and Christmas tree lighting ceremony will take place on Friday. The parade portion of the event was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic according to...

 
 By Chris Basinger    News    November 25, 2021 

Increased electric rates pass first reading

The Borough Assembly voted to approve the first reading of Ordinance #2021-18 which aims to cover the utility revenue requirements and update language in the borough code during its November 17 meetin...

 
 By Chris Basinger    News    November 25, 2021 

Ashley Lohr's 'Wander' art show opens at Clausen Museum

After a delayed opening due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, local artist and teacher Ashley Lohr's show "Wander" opened Saturday at the Clausen Museum. The show is Lohr's 13th solo exhibit at the...

 
 By Chris Basinger    News    November 25, 2021 

Assembly approves purchase of new boilers

The Borough Assembly held a special meeting shortly before its regular meeting November 17 to consider Resolution #2021-16, authorizing the sole source purchase of two replacement boilers for the...

 
 By Chris Basinger    News    November 25, 2021 

Weak pink salmon harvest predicted next year

The 2022 pink salmon harvest is forecasted to be in the weak range in Southeast Alaska with an estimate of 16 million fish according to a report from NOAA Fisheries and the Alaska Department of Fish...

 
 By Chris Basinger    News    November 25, 2021 

Long lines and shorter hours at the post office frustrate residents

As the holiday season approaches, the post office continues to shorten the hours of its service window after facing staffing issues. The window's hours were cut in half this week, now only being open...

 
 By Chris Basinger    News    November 25, 2021 

Motor pool shop repairs near completion

The Borough Assembly approved a change order during its November 17 meeting for repairs to the motor pool shop which was damaged in a fire in August of 2019 and the borough is in the process of...

 
 By Chris Basinger    News    November 25, 2021 

Assembly gives guidance for volunteer projects

The Borough Assembly discussed providing guidance for volunteer projects on borough property during its November 17 meeting. Assembly Member Bob Lynn requested Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht draft...

 

Fines cut from ordinance following public outcry

The Borough Assembly passed Ordinance #2021-20 during Wednesday's meeting which amended the previous emergency masking ordinance brought about by the increase of COVID-19 cases in Petersburg. The...

 

Petersburg schools celebrate Veterans Day with parade

Veterans drove by the schools Thursday morning as part of the Veterans Day Parade while students and staff waved flags and cheered them on. Cars lined up on North 5th Street as students assembled in...

 

Elementary and middle schools move to remote learning

Stedman Elementary School and Mitkof Middle school transitioned to remote learning this week due to the rise in COVID-19 cases according to Superintendent Erica Kludt-Painter. The elementary school...

 

COVID-19 case count climbs to 84

The Petersburg Medical Center reported 21 additional cases of COVID-19 Wednesday for a total of 84 active cases. 19 cases were cleared by Public Health and 65 new cases have been reported in the past...

 

Icy road causes vehicle rollover

A car rolled into a ditch near 10 mile Mitkof Highway at around 8 a.m. Monday due to ice on the road according to Assistant Fire Chief David Berg. The Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department, EMS, and...

 

PMC slammed by COVID-19 spike

COVID-19 cases continue to rise, impacting the Petersburg Medical Center's staff and operations as the hospital approaches its breaking point. As cases go up, work effort and stress levels among...

 

School Board accepts FY21 audit

The Petersburg School Board met virtually for its regular meeting on November 9 where members listened to a presentation on the audit for the year ending June 30, 2021. Bikky Shrestha from BDO USA, LLP presented a summary of the company’s findings...

 

Clausen Museum celebrates Alaska Natives with new display

The Clausen Museum is displaying the profiles of six Alaska Natives to mark November as Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month. Clausen Museum Director Cindi Lagoudakis said the profiles...

 

PIA launches subsistence impact program

The Petersburg Indian Association has started a new program to help tribal households whose subsistence harvests have been impacted by COVID-19. According to Tribal Administrator Tracy Welch, the...

 

Petersburg remains with Sitka in final redistricting plan

The Alaska Redistricting Board adopted its final proclamation of redistricting November 10, marking the boundaries that will be used for house districts and senate pairings for the next decade. New...

 

Maestro returns to Petersburg and finds very appreciative audience

A small audience gathered Sunday afternoon, socially distanced in the pews of Petersburg Lutheran Church, to experience the music of concert pianist Roman Rudnytsky. Audience member Susan Erickson...

 

Corroded steel delays Matanuska return by two weeks

WRANGELL — The 58-year-old state ferry Matanuska will spend an additional two weeks in a Ketchikan shipyard so that workers can repair and replace corroded steel discovered below deck. The Kennicott will help cover Southeast during the vessel’s...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    November 18, 2021

Port and harbors junks the clunkers

WRANGELL —The port and harbors department is Marie Kondo-ing the boatyard. But when tossing out what doesn’t bring joy consists of 10 derelict vessels that include steel, wood and fiberglass boats, the scrapping is a multi-step process. The...

 

Kake access road open to public

Construction has finished on the Kake Access Road project and the road and boat launch opened to the public October 29 according to Garrett Paul, project manager with the Department of...

 

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