Petersburg’s new mammography machine detects cancer two years earlier

Liz Bacom and Renee Hertless stand with Petersburg Medical Center's new mammography machine. Photo/Angela DenningOne in eight women will get breast cancer but Petersburg's new mammography machine will help detect it earlier.

Hurricane remnants rushing toward Southeast Alaska

Hurricane Oho appears to have extremely long arms in imagery from NOAA's GOES-West satellite on October 7.(Photo from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration)The remnants of a hurricane in the Pacific will bring high winds and heavy rains to southern and central Southeast Alaska Friday. The storm is called Hurricane Oho, and it’s a cyclone that is moving rapidly across the Pacific toward Southeast Alaska. As of Thursday morning it had maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour. However, the storm is forecast to strengthen to near hurricane force by the time it nears the Alaska Panhandle early Friday morning.

Wrong-size moose kill threatens central Southeast hunt

A legal moose antler configuration with two brow tines on one side and three tines on the other (file photo courtesy ADF&G)Hunters continue to have success shooting moose on the mainland and islands around Petersburg, Wrangell and Kake. However, the high number of illegal moose shot during the month-long season is also climbing.

PHS swim team looks to improve for Regions

At the last home meet, Petersburg swimmers Molly Parks, Alyssa Guthrie, Isabel Ith, and Mariah Taylor check out swim details on paper as Coach Andy Carlisle looks on. Photo/Brad Taylor
Coach Andy CarlisleCoach Andy Carlisle says the team performed well at the Juneau meet but has room for improving.

Petersburg woman arrested for burglary

Brittany Martin, age 22, of Petersburg. Photo courtesy of Petersburg PD.22-year-old Brittany Martin of Petersburg was arrested Tuesday for allegedly stealing money and valuables from Beach Bum Tanning Salon in downtown Petersburg.

PHS volleyball splits with Juneau to start the season

Petersburg High School varsity volleyball split their season opening series at home against Juneau Douglas Friday and Saturday, winning on Friday and losing on Saturday. On Friday Petersburg lost game … more

Summer schedule keeps Alaska’s fast ferries sidelined

The fast ferry Fairweather in the Wrangell Narrows near Petersburg (KFSK file photo)People who use the Alaska Marine Highway System ferries will have longer travel times and less service next year under a proposed summer schedule released by the state this week. The Marine Highway is proposing to keep the state’s two fast catamarans tied up next year along with two other, older vessels. That will mean fewer stops in some coastal communities.

Voters nix income disclosure for Petersburg office holders

Voters Tuesday agreed to remove a financial disclosure requirement for Petersburg elected officials and the vote was not close. In unofficial results, 306 people said yes to the only question on Petersburg’s ballot this year, compared to 93 no votes. That’s a margin of more than three to one. That measure asked to exempt local candidates from filing income information with the Alaska Public Offices Commission. The same question was on the ballot and failed narrowly last year, when turnout was much higher at 39 percent.

Financial disclosure, harbor seats on Petersburg ballot

voteheresignVoters head to the polls Tuesday, October 6 in Petersburg and will be deciding one ballot measure and one contested race for harbor board. As of 11:30 a.m., 95 people had voted at the polls in the community gym activity room. Another 92 borough residents had voted absentee by yesterday’s deadline. Add those together and the turnout for this election so far is 187 people. That’s just over seven percent of the 2,631 registered voters in the Petersburg borough. The polls are open until 8 p.m. at the community gym activity room, a different location past years.

PHS girls cross country fourth at state

The 2015 PHS girls cross country team at the state meet in Anchorage. From left Alexandra Bless, Erin and Hannah Pfundt, Kayleigh Eddy, Julia Murph, Avery Skeek and below, Madisyn Parker. (Photo courtesy of Tommy Thompson)The Petersburg High School girls cross country team finished in fourth place among smaller schools at the state meet at Bartlett High School in Anchorage. The girls team came in fourth behind teams from Homer, Grace Christian and Anchorage Christian, all 3A schools. Team titles are only awarded to the top 4A schools and the top schools among the 1A-2A and 3A conference combined.