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Assembly approves new police chief hire

Petersburg officials say they were impressed with all three finalists for police chief, but Kelly Swihart’s (SWEYE-hart’s) Alaskan experience is one of the factors that helped give him an edge. Swihart is currently Director of Public Safety for Hoonah. Petersburg’s Borough Manager offered Swihart the job and he accepted Monday afternoon. The Borough assembly approved the hire that evening. Swihart will take over this summer for retiring chief Jim Agner. Matt Lichtenstein has more on the new hire:
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Southeast candidates suggest a range of state budget fixes

Bob Sivertsen, Sheila Finkenbinder, Bert Stedman, Sam Kito III and Dan Ortiz
Candidates for state office representing Southeast Alaska presented a wide range of approaches to fixing the state’s multi-billion dollar budget crisis in September. Ideas ranged from use of Permanent Fund earnings, to an income tax, to more budget cuts, to harvesting natural resources. more

PHS girls first, boys fourth at cross country regions

The region champ PHS cross country team from left, Shlya Cook, Eva Lenhard, Meghyn Parker, Kayliegh Eddy, Erin Pfundt, Julia Murph, and Melanie Chase (Photo courtesy of PHS cross country)
Petersburg High School girls cross country team took first place at the region meet in Sitka Saturday, nabbing four of the top five spots. Sitka came in second in the girls race, followed by Mt. Edgecumbe. more