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19 positions up for election in October

voteheresignPeople can file for office until Aug. 23. The elected positions range from the mayor to the library board.

Petersburg Ranger District, community celebrate Three Lakes Shelter

U.S. Forest Service botanist Joni Johnson shows community members how to core a tree to determine the age (photo/Orin Pierson)Earlier this month, the U.S. Forest service celebrated the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act with a picnic celebration at the Three Lakes Shelter near Petersburg. Abbey Collins made the trip out the road to see science, history and community come together in the woods.

Finkenbinder runs against Kreiss-Tomkins for District 35

Republican Sheila Finkenbinder of Sitka is running for House District 35.Finkenbinder says as a Republican she'll have a better chance to make changes than her Democratic opponent.

Ferry breakdown strands passengers in Petersburg

Joe Yuhas and brothers Steve and Larry Banwart were stranded in Petersburg after the Columbia ferry broke down on Wednesday. (Photo/Abbey Collins)Nearly 200 passengers were stranded in Petersburg this week, after a mechanical issue on one of Southeast Alaska’s main ferries caused it to stall there Wednesday morning.

Paddle Battle postponed until July 30

Photo courtesy of Rick MozolicOrganizers say the weather forecast for this weekend is unsafe for paddlers.

Borough assembly favors state income tax over sales tax

Chris Cotta, Assistant Public Works Director, addresses the Petersburg borough assembly July 18.Petersburg borough’s assembly was united in voting at Monday’s regular meeting. Everything they voted on ended with unanimous support including two ordinances on marijuana.

Southeast’s Columbia ferry stalls in Petersburg

One of Southeast Alaska’s ferries stalled near Petersburg on Wednesday. The southbound Columbia ferry arrived in Petersburg early this morning and was scheduled to depart shortly after, but an unexpected delay left the boat parked in town all day.

Yachters share liveaboard experiences in Petersburg

Lynda and Jim Frantz stand near their boats galley. Photo/Abbey CollinsOver 100 boaters visited town in Nordhavn yachts to share tricks of the trade and talk about what it takes to live aboard.

Should commercial marijuana in Petersburg be illegal?

Petersburg borough assembly members at the July 18 meeting (from left): Eric Castro, Jeigh Stanton-Gregor, Nancy Strand, Bob Lynn. (Cyndi Lagoudakis and Mark Wohlhueter were on teleconference)The Petersburg borough assembly approved the ballot question in response to a citizens initiative that gathered enough signatures for a vote. The question would ask voters if all sales and importation of marijuana should be illegal, including cultivation and testing.

Petersburg crew works to fight invasive plants

Reed canary grass (photo/Abbey Collins)It’s the middle of the summer, the time of year when many teenagers are on break from school and looking to make a couple extra bucks with a summer job. For a few Petersburg teens that means traveling around Mitkof Island lighting the side of trails on fire, tearing plants out of the ground… and getting paid for it. They’re stopping invasive plants in their tracks.