Author Archives: Joe Viechnicki

Petersburg schools open Monday with enrollment up

highschoollockersStudents head back to class Monday, August 29 in Petersburg as the new school year gets underway. Enrollment numbers have increased in two of the three schools and the district welcomes several newcomers to its faculty.

Court battle continues, two years after Petersburg home demolished

Homeowners Karen Ellingstad and Fred Triem took down the home at 1011 Wrangell Avenue in 2014.The legal battle continues over a demolished home on Wrangell Avenue in Petersburg. The structure was taken down in 2014 after the borough declared it a dangerous home. The owners of the home are appealing last year’s court ruling in favor of the Petersburg borough and have filed another suit challenging borough staff visits to the property in preparation for demolition.

Stone sculptor opens show in Petersburg

Photo courtesy of Miele GalleryA sculptor who just moved to Petersburg last year opens up a show at Miele Gallery on main street Friday, August 26, although local art enthusiasts may already be familiar with his artwork.

Petersburg mayor looks ahead to another three years

markjensen2Without any challenger for his seat this October, Petersburg borough mayor Mark Jensen will be continuing on in that role for another three years. The 60-year-old welder and commercial fisherman has been mayor of the borough since the start of the new expanded municipality in January of 2013. Before that he served on the council for the city of Petersburg and filled in for as city mayor when needed.

RAC reccomends area projects for funding

Breiland Slough cabin (photo/Abbey Collins)A committee of Wrangell, Petersburg and Kake residents has recommended 21 area projects and festivals for federal funding. As Abbey Collins reports, nearby communities could soon see a range of projects, from trail and cabin improvements, to festivals and amphibian monitoring.

One race in Petersburg’s October election

voteheresignVoters have just one contested race this October in Petersburg when it comes to candidates for local office. Tuesday, August 23 was the filing deadline for candidates for 19 available seats on the borough assembly and other elected boards and commissions. 15 people filed the paperwork in time to run for one of those seats and the other positions remain vacant and could be filled later by appointment.

Two sentenced for Christmas Eve burglary in Petersburg

Two of three men involved in a Christmas Eve burglary in Petersburg were sentenced to jail time Tuesday, August 23. 27-year-old Taylor Homer and 21-year-old Anthony Sainz both appeared in separate hearings before superior court judge William Carey at the Petersburg court house Tuesday. The men were accused of breaking into a warehouse at Hungerford Hill, south of downtown Petersburg, and stealing a pickup truck, tires, tools and nine guns on Christmas Eve of 2015.

German students explore Alaska through summer Rotary exchange

Svea, Vilja and Jillian went on a glacier tour near Petersburg.  (photo/Bridget Wittstock)
Svea, Vilja and Jillian went on a glacier tour near Petersburg.  (photo/Bridget Wittstock)

Svea, Vilja and Gillian went on a glacier tour near Petersburg. (photo/Bridget Wittstock)

One Petersburg high school student spent part of her summer in Germany this year. Then, she brought … more

Fish and Game worker treated following Stikine River shotgun incident

A view from the sand dunes of the Stikine River mouth near Wrangell (KFSK file photo)An employee with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game from Petersburg was treated for a shotgun wound last week following an incident on the Stikine River involving another department employee.

Petersburg’s “purple librarian” passes away at 100

ruthsandvik5Ruth W. Sandvik passed away July 29 in Seattle’s Kline Galland home in the comfort of her family. Ruth, 100 years old, fractured her hip at her assisted living in Petersburg then was air evacuated to Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. After a successful operation she suffered a stroke and didn’t ever fully recover.