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 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 max...

 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 N...

 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 Woo...

 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. In...

 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 c... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    June 12, 2014

Harbor commission votes to take over Chuck management

The Wrangell Ports and Harbors Commission voted 3-0 June 5 to take over management of the Meyers Chuck dock and seaplane float from the state Transportation Department. State officials originally proposed the transfer and offered $1.4 million to... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    June 12, 2014

Lack of membership could cripple local Forest Service project funding

A committee made up of local citizens who collaborate with and recommend projects to the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) might disappear if new members don’t apply to fill current vacancies on the committee. The Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) is m...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    June 5, 2014

PHS students record LeConte Glacier movement

PETERSBURG ­– ­Last week, the Petersburg High School LeConte Glacier survey team tracked the latest movements of the tidal glacier after surveying its terminus earlier this month. Students traveled by skiff and helicopter to the site where they mea...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    May 1, 2014

Petersburg law enforcement to seek federal resources for drug trafficking

PETERSBURG – The Petersburg Police Department may petition the federal government to become designated as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA). A coalition of law enforcement agencies can petition to become a HIDTA region, however, a... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 17, 2014

Continued hatchery plans moving speedily, official says

PETERSBURG – Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Production Manger Bill Gass said he’s impressed by how fast State officials are moving forward with plans to reconstruct Petersburg’s Crystal Lake Hatchery incubation facility that was destr...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 3, 2014

Assembly moves forward with electric rate increase

PETERSBURG – The Petersburg Borough Assembly voted unanimously to increase electric rates by 4 percent over a two-year period. The rate increase comes after Petersburg Municipal Power and Light (PMPL) Superintendent Joe Nelson asked for guidance f...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 3, 2014

Petersburg rescuers assist Coast Guard with local rescue operation

PETERSBURG­ – A local boater is safe after a search involving Petersburg Search and Rescue members Monday evening, authorities said. The man launched his 14-foot skiff from Banana Point on the south end of Mitkof Island Monday. When a family me...


Crystal Lake Hatchery reconstruction to move forward

PETERSBURG – Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Production Manager Bill Glass said plans are moving forward to continue production at Crystal Lake Hatchery even if it can’t immediately reconstruct the incubation facility destroyed by fire earlie...


Tanner Crab fishery sees increased harvest, price

PETERSBURG – This year’s Tanner Crab season saw the highest harvest since the 2000/2001 season. Alaska Department of Fish and Game Lead Crab Biologist Joe Stratman said Tanner Crab prices and the overall harvest value were also up from last yea...


Fire destroys incubation room at Crystal Lake Hatchery

PETERSBURG – The incubation building and the generator shed at the Crystal Lake Hatchery were both destroyed in an early morning fire Tuesday. Petersburg firefighters responded and fought the blaze i... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    March 6, 2014

Sales tax committee recommends increasing tax cap

PETERSBURG­ – The sales tax ordinance committee will recommend to the borough assembly an increase of the sales tax cap from $1200 to $1500 and to limit senior exemptions to full-time Petersburg residents. The mission of the committee is to simplify...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    February 27, 2014

Business leaders optimistic about increase sales

PETERSBURG – Sales increased for local Petersburg businesses by more than $14 million in 2013 compared to 2012. Business across town such as Viking Travel, Diamante Gift Shoppe and Hammer & Wikan all experienced increased sales. Lee Corrao, m...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    February 20, 2014

FBI verifies images of local children in Petersen child pornography case

PETERSBURG –Investigators discovered images of Petersburg children in connection with the pending criminal case against Tye Leif Petersen, former Petersburg School District maintenance director, who was arrested last fall for multiple charges r...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    February 20, 2014

Petersburg and Wrangell support SEAPA takeover of Tyee plant

The Petersburg Borough assembly unanimously approved a resolution supporting a similar Wrangell resolution recommending the operations and management of the Tyee Hydro Electric project be transferred from Thomas Bay Power Authority (TBPA) to the...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    February 13, 2014

Assembly closer to approving hospital ordinance

PETERSBURG – The Petersburg Borough Assembly ironed out language in the ordinance governing the Petersburg Medical Center hospital board and settled on a relationship between the two bodies that is somewhat ambiguous. Despite months of discussion b...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    February 13, 2014

Citizens save commercial salvage program

PETERSBURG – Petersburg residents who utilize the landfill for commercial salvaging will still be able to take scrap metal after assembly voted down a proposed change that would have eliminated for-profit salvaging. Public Works Director Karl H...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 30, 2014

PIA experiments with 'sludge'

PETERSBURG – The stuff you flush down the toilet might spruce up town if Petersburg Indian Association’s new compost plan works out. “It’s a lot less gross than you think,” said Jason Wilson, PIA tribal resource director. Justin Haley, wastewate...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 30, 2014

Tongass Democrats accepting nominees for Kerttula seat

PETERSBURG – The Tongass Democrats announced yesterday its process for selecting three nominees to fill the Juneau House District 32 seat vacated by Rep. Beth Kerttula. Interested individuals should send a cover letter and resume to t...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 23, 2014

New library usage nearly doubles

PETERSBURG – The new library is buzzing since its opening last fall. “It’s been pretty steady,” said Borough Librarian Tara Alcock. “Some days are pretty manageable and other days we’re screaming busy.” As of October through December of 2013, the...


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