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Roller derby gets rolling in Petersburg

Interest is building for a new women’s roller derby league in Petersburg. The Ragnarök Rollers is one of 14 derby leagues in Alaska. The contact sport involves two teams of five women each. They roller skate around a track while trying to pass or block members of the opposing team. The Ragnarök Rollers have about 36 members so far and they’re looking for more. Men can join as skating referees. The group practices in the Community Gym and they’re offering a roller-derby boot-camp this weekend. Matt Lichtenstein spoke with Ragnarök Board Members Lisa Nilson, Lynette Smith, and Holly Winje.
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Rollers board members Lisa Nilson, Lynette Smith and Holly Winje.


The Ragnarok Rollers Roller Derby Boot Camp takes place this Saturday and Sunday in Petersburg’s community gym from noon to six. For more information on getting involved with the league and taking part in this weekend’s event, you can contact Lisa Nilson at 650-7354.

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Student glacier survey reports little change at LeConte

Kyle Hagerman, Skipper Erickson, Ian Fleming, Shalie Dahl, Aaron Murph and Chauncey Sandhofer surveyed the LeConte Glacier this month. (Photo courtesy of Victor Trautman)
A team of student surveyors from Petersburg High School just completed an annual visit to the LeConte Glacier on the mainland near Petersburg. This is the 32nd year for the program to record the position of the terminus of the southernmost tidewater glacier in North America. The students have found little change in the location of ice face, no big retreat or advance again this year. They were able to verify their work for the first time using a satellite image. more