Local News

Date set for Petersburg borough vote

Petersburg area residents will decide whether to form a borough just before Christmas. Election Day is officially December 18th according to the State Division of Elections, which is administering the vote. However, it’s actually a mail-in election.  Ballots will go out in the mail starting November 26th and voters have to return them in the mail no later than December 18th. According to the division, residents will also have the option to vote in-person absentee at Petersburg’s city offices starting December 3rd.

If voters approve, Petersburg’s city government would be dissolved and reformed as a borough government with expanded municipal boundaries as well as taxing and planning authority over a much larger area.

Voters within the proposed borough area will also elect a new Mayor, Borough Assembly, Planning Commission, School Board and Hospital Board. The wining candidates will take their seats if the public approves borough incorporation.

The new borough would include Petersburg’s home Island of Mitkof as well as Woewodski Island and a large portion of Kupreanof Island to the west. The boundaries also encompass   the mainland territory from LeConte Bay to Holkham Bay. The small city of Kupreanof across the Wrangell narrows on Kupreanof Island would remain a municipality within the new borough.

To find out more about how the vote will be conducted, Matt Lichtenstein spoke with State Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai:

Recent News

Logging restrictions in place for dry weather on Tongass

IMG_3158
Officials on the Tongass National Forest are restricting logging activities because of the hot, dry weather and some lightning strikes in the region. The forest has been placed on “Hoot Owl” restrictions, effective Friday, May 22nd. That means some logging work cannot take place during the afternoon and evening. The limitations are in place for the Craig and Thorne Bay districts on Prince of Wales Island along with the Wrangell ranger district. more

Lohr opens art show at Petersburg’s museum

alohrwallart
Artist Ashley Lohr Friday, May 22 opens a new exhibit of paintings and collage at the Clausen Museum in Petersburg. Lohr this year is finishing up a master’s program in fine art through the Maryland Institute College of Art. more