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 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 21, 2021

Siri saves Haines man trapped under icy woodpile

HAINES – Mark Kelly, 50, manager of the Funny Farm lodge north of Haines relied on a weak Wi-Fi signal and his iPhone’s Siri voice command app to call for help after he was buried and pinned underneath a pile of snow, ice and firewood on Jan. 4....

 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 7, 2021

Anchorage retiree remembers kindness and repays Haines

Wally Smith, 83, a retired industrial arts teacher in Anchorage, donated $1,000 to Haines disaster relief efforts last month because he “had a kindness to repay to those who were kind to me” during a trip to the Southeast community in 1964....


Christmas lights

Local business 56 North decorated with Christmas lights and other decorations. As the holiday season nears, many businesses and homes have decorated to bring some cheer to the seas...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    June 16, 2016

Petersburg police make several meth busts

PETERSBURG – Local, state and federal law enforcement made two arrests last week associated with the possession and distribution of methamphetamine. After the Petersburg Court issued a warrant June 6, police searched 214 North Nordic Drive Apt # 5...


Harbor video may help track meteor path over Petersburg

PETERSBURG ­–­ Petersburg Harbor video surveillance footage may confirm a meteor did pass over Petersburg in the early morning hours of Sat., Nov. 21. Eyewitness reports placed the fireball at times ranging between 2:22 a.m. to 2:33 a.m....

 By Kyle Clayton    News    December 3, 2015

NASA scientist cites evidence for meteor plummeting over Petersburg

(Updated November 28, 2015 @ 2:35 p.m.) PETERSBURG – Amongst the rumors and speculation pulsing through Petersburg’s streets and social media news feeds last weekend, a Johnson Space Center NASA scientist points to data that suggests a falling...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    November 5, 2015

UFA Board meets in Petersburg

PETERSBURG – United Fisherman of Alaska members gathered in Petersburg last week when it conducted its 2015 Fall Board Meeting. Board members representing 35 Alaska commercial fishing organizations began their meeting Tuesday Oct. 27 where...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 24, 2014

Canadian fisheries staff move fish across blockage in Stikine tributary

Canadian officials are airlifting Chinook and sockeye salmon over a landslide that caused a barrier to salmon passage in the Tahltan River, a tributary of the Stikine. Steve Gotch, Fisheries and...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 24, 2014

No criminal charges yet filed against man injured by explosives

PETERSBURG – A 59-year-old Petersburg man was injured Sunday afternoon in the borough rock quarry after handling what explosive experts have identified as Tovex — a commercial grade explosive typically used for blasting in quarries, mines and...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 24, 2014

Petersburg Assembly approves Thomas Bay Power Authority transfer

PETERSBURG — The Petersburg Borough Assembly authorized Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht to sign off on the agreement between the Petersburg Borough, the City and Borough of Wrangell and the Thomas Bay Power Authority (TBPA) that transitions...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 17, 2014

Thomas Bay Power Authority Commission terminates general manager

The Thomas Bay Power Authority (TBPA) Commission terminated TBPA General Manager Michael Nicholls' contract with three months of severance pay after months of lack of communication from him to the... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 17, 2014

New superintendent meets community, prepares for school year

Incoming Wrangell School District Superintendent Patrick Mayer is busy meeting residents and preparing for his first school year when State mandated education standards will change the curriculum and teacher evaluations. “A big part of my job is... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 17, 2014

Assembly to spruce up downtown and advance marine service project

The Wrangell Assembly approved bids for two projects at a special meeting last week. The assembly will use Commercial Passenger Vessel excise tax funds to purchase $22,340 worth of new park benches and waste receptacles that will be installed in... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 17, 2014

Grand jury indicts suspected heroin dealer

PETERSBURG – A grand jury indicted Christafur Morrell, 19, for two out of the three charges Petersburg Police filed against him related to heroin distribution last week. Police seized around $75,000 worth of heroin last Thursday after arresting...


New B&B opening in Wrangell

Christie Jamieson and Bruce Jamieson are spending their summer opening Squawking Raven Bed & Breakfast. Christie Jamieson said she and her husband have been thinking about turning their home at...

 By Kyle Clayton    Dockside    July 17, 2014

Seine fishery closes harvest area

The Southeast Seine fishery is performing as expected despite a closure last week, said Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) biologist Dan Gray. “As expected, we have a fairly low pink salmon forecast and it’s early yet in the development...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 10, 2014

Police seize large amount of heroin and suspected dealer

PETERSBURG – Local, regional and federal law enforcement officers seized around $75,000 worth of heroin last Thursday after arresting Christafur Morrell, 19, of Des Moines, Wash. on multiple felony... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 10, 2014

Wrangell business competes in regional contest

A Wrangell business is a semi-finalist in a contest amongst Southeast Alaska entrepreneurs competing for a $40,000 award to grow and expand their business. Path to Prosperity (P2P), a partnership between the Haa Aani Community Development and The...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 3, 2014

TBPA Commission places employees on leave

The Thomas Bay Power Authority (TBPA) Commission placed General Manager Michael Nicholls and Administrative Clerk Rhonda Christian on paid leave last Friday after a reported lack of communication from the TBPA office. TBPA, the organization responsib... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 3, 2014

Fishing lodge tourists perish Sunday evening

Two men died Sunday evening after their 18-foot skiff capsized near Level Island 22 miles south of Petersburg According to an Alaska State Troopers press release, a United States Coast Guard (USCG) helicopter found Jonathan Comfort, 45, and Kenneth...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 3, 2014

Petersen enters guilty pleas for child pornography charges

PETERSBURG – Former Petersburg Community School District Maintenance Director Tye Petersen, 46, pleaded guilty last week to Distribution, Receipt and Possession of Child Pornography—three counts that carry up to a minimum of five years and a...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 3, 2014

Southeast transportation project plans include a Petersburg to Kake road

PETERSBURG – The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT) released a draft Southeast Alaska Transportation Plan (SATP) for public review. The plan includes the construction of a road from Kake to Petersburg and a Wrangell...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 3, 2014

Borough and hospital straddle muddled line dividing autonomy and oversight

PETERSBURG – Issues of funding assistance continue to crop up between the Petersburg Borough Assembly and Petersburg Medical Center, and an ambiguous relationship between the two bodies isn’t clarifying the matter. Last week, PMC CEO Liz...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    June 26, 2014

Medevac service buys insurance membership program

Alaska’s largest air medevac provider Guardian Flight bought ApolloMT, the state’s largest membership program. Guardian Flight transports urgent and non-urgent patients from rural healthcare facilities to tertiary care facilities across Alaska....

 By Kyle Clayton    News    June 12, 2014

Chamber of Commerce seeks refund for cancelled boat rally

The Salty Dog yacht rally scheduled to stop through Petersburg and Wrangell this month has been canceled, and Chamber of Commerce officials in both communities are hoping to get back the money they paid to the rally’s organizers. The boat rally... Full story


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