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Assembly candidate Jeigh Stanton-Gregor talks borough issues

Jeigh Stanton--Gregor, 39, of Petersburg is running for reelection for Petersburg borough assembly.There is only one race in Petersburg's municipal election on Tuesday. Three people are running for two open seats on the Petersburg borough assembly.

Petersburg votes on commercial pot sales prohibition

Photo from flickrCreative CommonsBrett LevinLEGAL Colorado marijuana growPetersburg voters on Tuesday will be deciding whether to allow commercial marijuana sales and importing pot into the borough for sale. Supporters of prohibition don’t want the new industry or increased drug use in the borough, while opponents say pot sales should be done out in the open, regulated and taxed.

Southeast candidates suggest a range of state budget fixes

Bob Sivertsen, Sheila Finkenbinder, Bert Stedman, Sam Kito III and Dan OrtizCandidates 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.

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.

Petersburg man pleads to child porn charge

A Petersburg man has pleaded guilty to transporting child pornography and will be sentenced for that crime in December.28-year-old Marvin Jackson entered a guilty plea in U.S. District Court September 14th and signed a plea agreement with prosecutors in August.

Petersburg man charged with rape and assault

Joshua Hall Blewett, age 28. Photo courtesy of Petersburg Police Dept.Police say Joshua Blewett, 28, of Petersburg restrained a female victim and assaulted her with a knife.

Guitarist performs in Petersburg for second time

chris-3-200x250Guitarist Chris Proctor makes his second visit to Petersburg this week, almost exactly five years after his first concert here. Proctor plays solo, acoustic six and 12-string guitar.

Maritime industry looks to train a skilled workforce

The Maritime Works panel sits in front of the Southeast Conference gathering, Sept. 20, in Petersburg. (from left) Kris Norosz, Julie Decker, Doug Ward, Cari Ann Carty. Photo/Angela DenningThere is a lack of skilled workers in the maritime industry so a group of maritime industry businesses called Maritime Works has partnered with training programs in the state to fill that gap.

Southeast Conference looks at several models for reformed ferry system

Alaska Department of Transportation deputy commissioner Mike Neussl addresses the Southeast Conference annual meeting September 21, 2016.Business and community leaders in Southeast Alaska are looking into how other ferry systems are operated around the world and a different way of managing Alaska’s ferries. The annual meeting of Southeast Conference in Petersburg in September focused on the first steps of a project to reform the state ferry system, find efficiencies and keep ferries running between coastal communities despite the state’s budget crisis.

Mallott discusses Mental Health logging, BC mines

byronmallotSEconf5Alaska’s Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott was the keynote speaker at this week’s annual meeting of Southeast Conference in Petersburg. During his speech Wednesday, September 21, Mallott addressed climate change and fisheries, this year’s failed pink salmon runs, mining concerns on the transboundary rivers in Southeast Alaska, the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission and the Alaska Marine Highway System. Joe Viechnicki spoke with Mallott Tuesday about some of those topics, along with logging of Alaska Mental Health Trust Land near Petersburg.