The Petersburg Borough Assembly is set to consider a resolution that would run two curbside recycling programs at the same time, one for blue recycling bags and one for carts.
Thursday’s Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling against an emergency motion for an injunction to delay the Big Thorne Timber Sale was greeted with pleasure or disappointment, depending on who you talk to.
The doors of one of the oldest family-owned stores in Sitka closed last month. Brenner’s Fine Clothing and Gifts has been a staple on Lincoln Street for the past 65 years.
Competitive roller derby returns to Petersburg this weekend with two bouts hosted by Petersburg’s Ragnarok Rollers.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has denied an emergency motion for an injunction that would have delayed the Big Thorne Timber Sale pending an appeal of a lower-court ruling.
With only a few days left in regular session for the Alaska Legislature, House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz held a teleconference Wednesday evening with constituents in Wrangell and Ketchikan to answer questions and hear concerns.
Petersburg School District could lose about $425,000 in state funding if things stay where they are.
April is National STD Awareness month. The Public Health Office in Petersburg is trying to get the word out to the public of the importance of testing for sexually transmitted diseases.
National Weather Service-run equipment at the Klawock Airport on Prince of Wales Island has been a subject of debate recently.
The Assembly voted Tuesday night to put the Centennial Hall renewal project out to bid. The renovation will expand the building’s meeting and convention spaces and create a new, second entrance on the waterfront. Assembly members stressed that the project is being paid for entirely with state grants -- not with city money.
The Assembly put off a discussion of whether to raise electric rates until a special meeting on April 23. And while assembly members expressed support for finding an additional $1-million for Sitka schools, they couldn’t muster much enthusiasm for any of the specific proposals before them.
A coalition of conservation groups that seeks to stop the Big Thorne Timber Sale on Prince of Wales Island has filed an emergency motion for an injunction with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals pending resolution of two appeals filed this spring with that court.
Some Alaska public broadcasters would have to give up local programming if the state Senate’s budget cuts go through.
Fifty-eight high school students along with their music director, Matt Lenhard, will be attending Southeast Alaska High School Music Fest this year. They leave today for Juneau.
Based on a petition submitted about a year ago by a coalition of conservation groups, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced last week that protection for the Alaska yellow cedar tree might be warranted under the federal Endangered Species Act.
Petersburg’s School Board will be getting an update on state funding and the kitchen remodeling project at a regular meeting tonight.
The Alaska House of Representatives unanimously approved a resolution Monday urging the Canadian government to resume 24-hour operations at the border crossing between Hyder, Alaska, and nearby Stewart, British Columbia.
A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued a hiker early Saturday morning (4-11-15) after she went missing from a lodge on Chichagof Island.
The Pacific Northwest-based New Old Time Chautauqua last brought its mix of vaudeville shows, music performances and workshops to the Inside Passage in the early 1990s. They’re coming back this summer, stopping first in Alaska’s First City.
Paper and pencil testing are becoming products of the past. Petersburg School District has implemented a new testing method that puts annual state testing all on-line.
If you thought this past winter was warmer, wetter, and grayer than normal…well, you’re right. It was THE warmest winter on record for Petersburg. And it was one of the lowest snow years on record as well.
The Sitka School Board's budget assumes the city will increase its funding by $1-million this year. Now, the Assembly is considering where that money might come from. Options range from eliminating sales tax exemptions to cutting library hours to putting a tax increase on the October ballot.
Despite the risk of paralytic shellfish poisoning -- or PSP -- Southeast Alaska has a robust dive fishery that includes geoduck clams. The entire industry hinges on weekly testing results from the Department of Environmental Conservation laboratory in Anchorage. This scenario could change in the not-too-distant future, as Sitka Tribe of Alaska seeks to open an independent testing lab for Southeast.
The state of Alaska this month is taking public comment on a draft plan for managing the newly created 48-thousand acre Southeast state forest. It’s the third state forest in Alaska and much smaller than the other two state forests in the Tanana Valley and near Haines. The Southeast forest lands were set aside by the state legislature in 2010 and acreage was added the following year.
A Juneau theater group is coming to Petersburg this weekend to bring Shakespeare’s Henry V to the stage. Theater in the Rough will perform the play on Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. at the Wright Auditorium.
During a presentation this week to the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce, Southeast Alaska Regional Dive Fisheries Association Executive Director Phil Doherty touched on some of the challenges the industry faces, such as new testing demands from mainland China, and the bane of shellfish fishermen: Sea otters.
The state Senate’s capital budget for fiscal year 2016 includes new harbor and energy projects for Southeast Alaska. But there are no funds for Petersburg or Wrangell.
It may be the cheapest route into a brand new family home in Sitka. It will have two-stories, three bedrooms, a yard, and off--street parking. It has just about everything, in fact, except a long list of people eager to buy it.
The state Department of Transportation has told city officials that budget cuts may mean shorter hours for Sitka’s Rocky Gutierrez Airport. The airport is currently staffed 24 hours a day. DOT is considering cutting one staff member, perhaps reducing operating hours to 18 or 20 hours a day.
The Alaska Legislature continues to wrestle with a deficit of billions as lawmakers try to come up with a budget. Education funding got a big cut last week by a Senate committee, and the Ketchikan School District is keeping its own budget flexible in the face of ever-changing funding levels.