Petersburg Mental Health director awarded sabbatical

Susan Ohmer is the Executive Director of Petersburg Mental Health Services. Photo courtesy of Susan OhmerSusan Ohmer, Executive Director of Petersburg Mental Health Services, was awarded a four month sabbatical through the Rasmuson Foundation.

Bill looks to trade federal land for Mental Health Trust land near Petersburg, Ketchikan

Jeff Meucci pointing at mapWith a new U.S. Congress convening, Alaska’s Congressional Delegation has reintroduced a bill that would trade federal land for land owned by Alaska Mental Health Trust – including Ketchikan’s Deer Mountain and land near homes in Petersburg.

Vikings win four games in Haines after travel delays

basketballscorerstablePetersburg High School basketball teams won four of four games against Haines. Both coaches are looking forward to a good season.

School board considers asking borough for different electric rate

dollar bills closeupPetersburg School Board is looking for ways to offset the loss of future Secure Rural School Funding. The federal program is in place to help schools and communities near national forests.

Construction ramps up on police station as deadline approaches

Police Chief, Kelly Swihart, stands in the unfinished lobby near the front entrance of the new police department. Photo/Angela DenningThe renovated municipal building will double the size of the police department space. Police Chief Kelly Swihart says the area will be more secure.

School board to discuss loss of Secure Rural School funding

School District buildingThe Petersburg School District receives about $600,000 from Secure Rural School funding through the borough.

Whale Pass voters approve incorporation

Whale Pass Harbor. Photo/Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development Division of Community and Regional Affairs’ Community Photo LibraryIn a mail-in election Whale Pass voters showed strong support for becoming a second class city.

PHS basketball teams head to Haines for conference openers

Petersburg High School basketball teams open up conference play in Southeast Alaska Monday in Haines after four games at a tournament in Anchorage. Both boys and girls teams return some experienced players from last year’s state champion and runner up squads.

Hatchery chum release approved near Petersburg

Thomas Bay near the U.S. Forest Service Cascade Creek cabin (KFSK file photo)A Sitka-based hatchery organization has been granted approval for a new remote release site for chum salmon in Thomas Bay on the mainland near Petersburg. The hatchery chums, traditionally released closer to Sitka, could be an early season opportunity for commercial seiners and gillnetters. But the location has been a concern for commercial trollers and sport fishermen.

Petersburg assembly goes forward with self-pay paving

newpavement1Petersburg’s borough assembly Monday moved ahead with a program that could offer paving for some roads in the community, if neighborhoods agree to pay the cost of that paving.