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Ravens Roost Trail closed for phase two remodel

Nick Corpela with Corpela Construction out of Hyder is creating phase two of the trail. Photo/Angela DenningIn a multi-year project, the Ravens Roost trail is currently in phase two.

The Cannery Tales: Cecilio Escatell

Cecelio Escatell takes break from work at the cannery to enjoy the Petersburg sunshshine.(Facebook)Meet Cecilio Escatell, a cannery worker at PFI this summer.

Petersburg’s community gym gets makeover

Parks and Rec Director Donnie Hayes stands near the newly surfaced community gym. Photo/Angela DenningThe gym in the Petersburg Recreation Center will reopen Monday after being resurfaced.

Petersburg voters to elect 20 positions

The Petersburg School District has three seats open on its board.This fall's municipal election will ask Petersburg voters to elect 20 positions for the borough, school district, hospital and library.

Cuts to State Troopers threaten community jails

Kelly Swihart, Petersburg's Chief of Police, stands in front of one of the cells in the community jail. (Joe Sykes)Budget cuts to state troopers are taking place all over Alaska. But in small Southeast communities, like Petersburg, it’s a double whammy. That’s because community jails are also taking a big hit. And the two are inextricably linked.

Local assembly tells state the ferry system is vital

ferrycolumbia1The Petersburg Borough Assembly tells the state that the ferry system is vital to commerce.

Tourists flock to Five Finger Lighthouse

Cruise ship tourists practice yoga in front of the backdrop of Five Finger Lighthouse.(Joe Sykes)Five Finger Lighthouse is bringing in tourists to help pay for whale research and the upkeep of the 1932 art deco building. This gives the tiny island in Frederick Sound a slightly different feel from the usual peace and quiet.

Petersburg Borough to buy new street sweeper

The borough's old street sweeper has had maintenance issues. according to Public Works Director, Karl Hagerman. Photo/Angela DenningThe Petersburg Borough Assembly Monday approved the purchase of a new street sweeper for $213,811.

Petersburg assembly drafts letter on ferry service

fastferryfw3Petersburg’s borough assembly Monday will vote on sending a letter on state ferry service and get an early glimpse at the October borough ballot. A letter drafted to the Alaska Marine Highway System says the state’s proposed fall, winter and spring schedule will impact student and visitor travel because of the length of time between trips to some communities in Southeast.

Renovation work begins on remote Forest Service trail near Petersburg

The lower falls at Cascade Creek are a short hike from the trail head near Thomas Bay.A popular hiking trail on the mainland near Petersburg is getting some major renovation work this summer. The Cascade Creek trail, in Thomas Bay on the mainland about 16 miles northeast of Petersburg, will see reconstruction of about one half mile of the trail’s four mile length.