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Wrangell and Petersburg lose power

The cities of Wrangell and Petersburg both briefly lost power on Friday morning, Jan. 10. The power outage occurred a little before 11 a.m. and lasted about an hour. Both cities typically receive...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    December 5, 2019

A warmer, wetter winter for Wrangell this season

For the next three months, Wrangell will be experiencing above normal precipitation levels and temperatures, according to the National Weather Service in Juneau. The Climate Prediction Center is...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    December 5, 2019

Petersburg man indicted on two controlled substance counts

PETERSBURG – Garitt Johnston, 30, was indicted by a Grand Jury on Nov. 21 for his involvement with Eric Jennings, who had received a package with heroin, methamphetamine and gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) in it on Nov. 9. Johnston was indicted on...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    November 28, 2019

Tracked package leads to controlled substance arrest

PETERSBURG – A Grand Jury indicted Eric Jennings, 39, on three of the five counts set before them on Nov. 14. Jennings was indicted on misconduct involving a controlled substance in the fourth...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    November 28, 2019

Tyee Lake set to power Wrangell through winter

PETERSBURG – The water level at Tyee Lake was at 1,380.6 feet as of Nov. 18, which will allow the hydro plant to produce power for over seven months should all inflows to the lake stop. As part of...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    October 31, 2019

Moose season finishes with Unit Three record

This year’s moose season finished with a final count of 127 animals, which is a new Unit Three record, according to Petersburg Fish & Game. Last week when the season ended on Oct. 15, final preliminary numbers showed 125 moose harvested this year,...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    October 24, 2019

Preliminary moose harvest sets unit record

The 2019 moose season ended with a preliminary count of 125 animals, setting a new record in unit three. Moose season began on Sept. 15 and ended Tuesday, Oct. 15. As of Wednesday afternoon, the...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    October 24, 2019

Hunter recalls night the skiff capsized

PETERSBURG – Mike Payne, a local resident was part of a hunting trip last Friday when a skiff capsized in Duncan Canal around 1 A.M. that resulted in the death of Doug Larson. Payne said that...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    October 10, 2019

Tyee Lake 60' above year-ago water levels

The water level at Tyee Lake was at 1,344.9 feet on Sept. 30, which is roughly 60 feet higher than it was this time last year. As part of the Southeast Alaska Power Agency, Tyee Lake dedicates its...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    October 3, 2019

Deteriorating batteries at Tyee facility to be replaced

The Southeast Alaska Power Agency Board approved $97,750 to replace the backup battery bank at the Tyee Lake hydro facility at a regular board meeting last Thursday. Early last month, Petersburg and...

 

$62,000 in heroin, meth seized by Petersburg police

PETERSBURG — The Petersburg Police Department served search warrants at 410 Mitkof Highway at approximately 3:50 P.M. on Tuesday, Sept. 10 and found distribution quantities of heroin and...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    August 29, 2019

Four residents become U.S. citizens

In the past year, at least four citizens from Petersburg and Wrangell have sought and gained their U.S. citizenship to be with their families and for peace of mind. Elisa Teodori originates from...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    August 22, 2019

Tires burn in Public Works fire

PETERSBURG ­– A call was placed to the Petersburg Fire Department at 7:40 P.M. Monday night after residents reported seeing dark, black smoke coming from the Public Works Department lot on 2nd St....

 
 By Brian Varela    News    August 15, 2019

Water levels in Tyee Lake below six-year average

As the dry weather persists though the summer, Tyee Lake water levels continue to be below the normal levels for early August. As part of the Southeast Alaska Power Agency, Tyee Lake dedicates its...

 

Ferry workers' strike brings travel disruptions

With approximately 400 members of the Inlandboatmen's Union going on strike last Wednesday, July 24, the Alaska Marine Highway System came to a halt. Without ferry services, many people across the...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    June 20, 2019

Fireworks allowed in service area one three days a year

PETERSBURG – An ordinance allowing the use of fireworks within service area one three days out of the year was passed by the borough assembly in its third reading on Monday. Ordinance #2019-04 allow...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    February 7, 2019

Petersburg City Cargo notes delivery delays from airline

PETERSBURG – There has a been a decrease in air cargo coming into Petersburg that is affecting the timely arrival of residents’ packages after the retirement of Alaska Airline’s combi 737-400 aircraft, a half passenger and half cargo jet, at th...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    January 31, 2019

USCG, Petersburg Search and Rescue search for overdue aircraft near Kake

The United States Coast Guard has located possible debris from an aircraft with three people onboard that was due to land in Kake Tuesday evening at 6:19 P.M., according to a USCG press release. On... Full story

 
 By Brian Varela    News    January 3, 2019

Petersburg Borough approves $600,000 for new baler in first reading

PETERSBURG – The borough assembly passed ordinance 2018-21 on Dec.17 in its first reading which allocates $400,000 from the sanitation fund and $200,000 from the Motor Pool to replace the borough’s baler. Last month, the assembly had voted to...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    November 1, 2018

Poker tournament raises funds for Beat the Odds

PETERSBURG – Participants in the fifth annual Annabelle Baker Poker Tournament raised $1,500 on Sunday for the Beat the Odds organization, which raises money for support groups and services for local cancer patients. The tournament was established...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    October 25, 2018

106 moose taken this year

This year's moose season finished with a final count of 106 animals, down from last year's unit record breaking 117, according to Petersburg Fish & Game. Moose season began on Sept. 15 and ended O...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    October 4, 2018

Petersburg post office reopens following week long shut down

PETERSBURG ­– After mercury leaked out of a package at the Petersburg Post Office and closed the facility for just over a week, the post office reopened September 28. "[Post office staff] handled it great and they adapted to the changes as...

 
 By Brian Varela    News    October 4, 2018

Petersburg hospital board votes to invest up to $1.5 million

PETERSBURG – The Petersburg Medical Center board of directors passed a motion on Sept. 19 to invest up to $1.5 million at the CFO and CEO’s discretion in bonds and treasuries. The decision came at the suggestion of hospital CFO Doran Hammett. He...

 

Petersburg post office shut down due to hazardous material incident

PETERSBURG – The Petersburg Post Office has been closed since Thursday after a package leaked mercury inside of the facility, according to a statement issued by the United States Postal Service....

 
 By Brian Varela    News    August 30, 2018

Petersburg Assembly responds to closure of Ocean Beauty

PETERSBURG – In response to Ocean Beauty announcing that they’ll be closing their plant in Petersburg, the borough assembly discussed a draft letter in response on Monday. In the draft letter from Vice Mayor Jeigh Stanton-Gregor to Ocean Beauty...

 

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