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The Way We Were

April 18, 1943 The concentration of Alaska’s salmon canning industry is running smoothly and there is every indication that in the season, which begins next month, the industry will be able to increase its pack over last year. The coordination orde...

 

The Way We Were

April 4, 1918 The long awaited Alaska draft will come on June 30, or very near to that date, according to word received by the Governor’s office from Provost Marshal General E. H. Crowder. The Alaska selective service men will not go to Camp Lewis...

 

Williams provides historic photos and information for this User's Guide

We are indebted to former Petersburg Press and Wrangell Sentinel publisher Lew Williams, Jr. for providing stories, photos and information about both Petersburg and Wrangell newspapers. In addition to...

 

This guide explains our work

We're proud of the work our employees accomplish to bring a new edition of the Sentinel and the Pilot to our readers each week. We have published this guide to the Wrangell Sentinel and the Petersburg...

 

Editorial pages are reserved for opinions

Editorial pages are unlike any other pages in the paper, because they are reserved for opinions. News appears on other pages, free from opinions, except those of news sources that may be quoted from time to time. Reader’s opinions and the newspaper...

 

Forms help readers give us news

Both the Pilot and Sentinel have special forms that help people give us news about engagements, weddings, birth announcements and obituaries. The forms list the types of information we publish and...

 

Letters to the editor are welcomed

Both newspapers welcome letters to the editor, particularly letters pertaining to local issues. Letters must be signed and be limited to 350 words or roughly a page and one-half of double spaced type. Writers should include a daytime phone number so...

 

Pilot is Petersburg's 5th local newspaper

Over a period of 60 years, Petersburg has had four weekly newspapers, one of which operated under two different names. The Petersburg Pilot is the fifth paper and was founded on February 8, 1974....

 

Newspaper mission still unchanged

Since the Petersburg Pilot was founded, our mission has remained the same as that stated by its first publisher, Jamie Bryson. Bryson also published the Wrangell Sentinel. The Pilot is a publication dedicated to running news, features and photos...

 

Writing a news release

A press release might be the best way to present news to us for publication. It’s not hard to do. Here are some tips to follow. Today, news releases can be sent to the paper by email. Keep it short. Space is limited in our small paper; so brief...

 

Advertising is news from businesses

Advertising is the bread and butter of both newspapers and makes up about 70% of our annual income. Since we are a business, it is important that we be profitable. If we aren’t, the bills would go unpaid and we would be out of business. Since both...

 

Sources: We depend upon them for news

Our reporters rely upon a variety of people to talk to them each week in order to report the news of the community. The police chief, city clerk, city manager, school principals, parents, children and many others all give us information each week...

 

Press switches to offset printing July, 1964; Sentinel in May, 1965

Taken from: Bent Pins to Chains Since 1930, the Petersburg Press had been printed on a drum cylinder press manufactured in the 1890s by D.B. Cottrell and Sons in Rhode Island. It printed eight full-size pages. The PRESS went to the new photo-offset...

 

Pilot Publishing, Inc. provides all types of printing

The publishers operate one the best-equipped weekly newspaper plants in Alaska. While other newspapers rely on larger newspapers or commercial printers to produce their finished product, Pilot...

 

Tours are available

The Pilot and Sentinel welcomes groups who wish to tour our facilities. We're proud of our employees, our plants and our history and we'd like to share it with you. Please phone us at 772-9393 or at...

 

News tips & photos welcomed

Our news staff at both newspapers are accustomed to digging out the news that appears on our pages every week. That doesn’t mean that we don’t appreciate and respond to “news tips” from anyone in the community. If you see or know of a news...

 

We donate to the community

The publishers support the community with both cash and in-kind donations. They also volunteer time to community organizations, boards and commissions and committees. We encourage our employees to do the same. Our largest contributions are in the...

 

Facts & Figures in 2017

400 lbs. ink 9.5 tons newsprint (Equivalent to 3800 reams of 8.5x11 paper) 928 Pilot pages printed 544 Sentinel pages printed 9 Full-time employees 43 Years Old, Pilot 116 Years Old, Sentinel 6,720 Average weekly readership 3 Office puppies 8 State...

 

The Way We Were

March 21, 1918: The people of Petersburg do not share the opinion of the Ketchikan Miner that the people of Wrangell have the wrong notion in strenuously objecting to the importation of Austrian alien enemies to fish in Alaska this coming season....

 

The Way We Were

March 28, 1918: Delegate Charles A. Sulzer has had the government send a quantity of seeds to the principal of the Wrangell public schools for distribution. Miss Carhart requests the Sentinel to announce that any one desiring any of these seeds may...

 

The Way We Were

March 21, 1918: Capt. H. B. Babbington, I. Less and E. Brennan of Vancouver Dredge and Salvage Company, arrived on the Princess Royal, Tuesday bringing with them a diving outfit. The gentlemen left today with Charles Darwell on the Marguerite for...

 

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