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 By Ben Muir    News    April 19, 2018

23-year-old Wrangell artist has first solo show

A 23-year-old artist from Wrangell had her first solo show in Petersburg on Friday, where she was stunned by the turn out and support. The artist, Jaynee Fritzinger, was nervous for her first show at...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    April 12, 2018

If numbers work, hospital on its way to SEARHC management

If it proves financially feasible, Wrangell Medical Center may soon pass from municipal ownership to new management. At a public meeting held inside the Nolan Center on Monday evening,...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    April 12, 2018

Petersburg man charged in heroin investigation

PETERSBURG – A Petersburg man is facing controlled substance charges after police intercepted a package shipped to him that contained about an ounce of heroin. Kelsey McCay, 25, was arrested on...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    April 5, 2018

Southeast power agency CEO updates Petersburg assembly on savings, water levels

PETERSBURG – The CEO of Southeast Alaska’s wholesale power provider stopped by an assembly meeting on Monday to update Petersburg on its projects and financial wins so far this year. Trey Acteson, CEO of Southeast Alaska Power Agency, the...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    April 5, 2018

Petersburg man charged in heroin investigation

PETERSBURG – A Petersburg man is facing controlled substance charges after police intercepted a package shipped to him that contained about an ounce of heroin. Kelsey McCay, 25, was arrested on... Full story

 
 By Ben Muir    News    March 29, 2018

Two Petersburg residents charged after allegedly shipping meth to Petersburg

PETERSBURG – ­Two Petersburg residents are facing controlled substance charges after they allegedly coordinated the shipment of methamphetamine from Mexico to Mitkof Island. Carlos Sandoval, 53,...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    March 29, 2018

Charges likely to come after police seize items consistent with meth lab

PETERSBURG ­– Police seized items from a residence in Petersburg last week that are consistent with the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine, according to a release from the department. Last Thursday and Friday, Petersburg officers...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    March 29, 2018

Petersburg library totem pole to be installed in mid-May

PETERSBURG – The library in Petersburg is about a month away from unveiling its 20-foot storyteller totem pole. The Petersburg Public Library is adding a roughly $40,000 red cedar totem pole called...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    March 15, 2018

Petersburg teens plead not guilty to deer harassment

PETERSBURG – Two Petersburg teens last week pleaded not guilty to charges of harassment in connection to chasing and hitting multiple deer with a pickup truck in early February. Jasmine Ohmer, 17, and Sebastian Davis, 17, appeared before Judge Will...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    February 15, 2018

Petersburg teens charged after video shows vehicle hitting 2 deer

PETERSBURG – Alaska Wildlife Troopers filed charges against two Petersburg teens who allegedly hit multiple deer with a truck last week, filmed it, and then uploaded it to social media. The teens, 17-year-old Sebastian R. Davis and 17-year-old...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    December 21, 2017

Motion to slash rebate from power agency fails, but topic still on table

A hydro power agency in Southeast Alaska proposed to cut a customer rebate last week after it increased by nearly $1 million in 2017, but the board shot it down while keeping the possibility of a future slash in play. Trey Acteson, CEO of the...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    December 21, 2017

Former Petersburg cop banned from being certified after sexual harassment allegations

PETERSBURG­-A former Petersburg police officer was banned from working in the state of Alaska after sexual harassment allegations against him were presented to a state ethics council in early...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    November 9, 2017

Cody Litster: from alternate recruit to trooper of the year

PETERSBURG ­ – Trooper Cody Litster was about to pack everything he needed for the day into his truck one Thursday morning when he got a phone call about a shooting in his jurisdiction, 50 miles...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    November 9, 2017

Sexual assault response team forms in Petersburg

PETERSBURG – Medical staff, an advocacy group and the police station in Petersburg have created a three-pronged approach to sexual assault cases. “Understanding what sexual assault is, it’s kind of eye-opening,” said Annette Wooton, the...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    October 12, 2017

Altercation in Kake leads to drive-by shooting

State troopers arrested a Kake man last week after he sat in a Chevrolet pickup truck and sprayed semi-automatic gunfire into a construction site trailer with eight people inside, leaving no one hospitalized or shot. Jacob Hallingstad, 46, was...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    September 14, 2017

Petersburg approves resolution to remove scrap metal waste

PETERSBURG — The Borough Assembly on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution supporting the Southeast Alaska Solid Waste Authority recommendation to participate in a regional scrap metal recycling system. The approval fast tracks a financial plan...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    August 17, 2017

Wrangell outing makes $3,200 for cancer care

Fifty women from Petersburg and Wrangell played in a golf outing on Saturday to raise money for cancer patients in southeast Alaska at the 2017 Rally for Cancer Care. The outing, sponsored by the...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    August 17, 2017

The 'Great American Eclipse' is approaching on August 21

The country is preparing for an astronomical moment that hasn’t happened in 99 years, and southeast Alaska will witness about 60 percent of it. For the first time since 1918, a total solar eclipse will cut through the United States on Mon., August...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    July 27, 2017

Five initiatives on the October ballot so far in Petersburg

PETERSBURG – The ballot in October has five initiatives for Petersburg residents to vote on so far, including an amendment to the Charter, a tax break for business owners, off-road vehicles on public roads, a ban of fluoride and the development of...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    July 27, 2017

Petersburg Voters to weigh-in on Scow Bay development

PETERSBURG­ – Qualified voters in Petersburg will be asked to weigh-in on development of the Scow Bay fishing yard, and decide whether to authorize the Borough to put $500,000 down on the project, a fraction of the total cost but a concise stateme...

 
 By Ben Muir    News    July 20, 2017

State prosecutors allege Allen refused treatment for a seizure disorder

PETERSBURG - The Alaska Office of Special Prosecutions issued a press release on Tuesday addressing the murder and manslaughter charges against 24-year-old William Christopher Allen, the driver of a vehicle that landed upside down after running off a... Full story

 

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