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Heavy rainfall damages fish weir and road on POW

Sandy Beach Road near Coffman Cove on Prince of Wales Island eroded from recent rainfall. Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest ServiceA forest service road eight miles South of Coffman Cove is closed indefinitely due to erosion.

PHS cross country opens season on winning note

Petersburg High School cross country teams finished the first meet of the season in Sitka on Saturday in the top two for small schools in Southeast. The PHS girls team came in first for 1A-2A and 3A schools, finishing behind only the 4A schools in Juneau and Ketchikan. The boys team was the second place small school. The Sitka boys won on their home course, followed by Juneau-Douglas, Thunder Mountain and Ketchikan.

Heavy rain sets daily records in Petersburg, Southeast

raindropsPetersburg and other parts of Southeast set some daily rainfall records last week. Petersburg recorded over three and a half inches of rain, 3.55 to be exact on Saturday, August 29th, the highest total for that date in National Weather Service records dating back to the 1940s.

Petersburg, Wrangell priest stays mostly silent for a month

The Catholic priest who ministers in Petersburg and Wrangell spent a month of his summer at a Jesuit retreat center studying Ignatian spirituality in Los Altos, California. The retreat involved not speaking to anyone except a spiritual director for one month.

New Petersburg sculpture nearly set for installation

Photo courtesy of Eric LarsonA new public sculpture is nearly completed for downtown Petersburg. Artist Eric Larson is putting the finishing touches on a bronze, aluminum and concrete piece that will be installed at the Buschmann Park next to the municipal building on main street.

The Cannery Tales: Nichelle Stanfield

DSCN5471Today we meet Nichelle Stanfield, a 29 year old graphic design student from California. She spoke with Joe Sykes about disability, depression and coping with death. But first she recounted her encounter with one of Alaska’s most famous residents.

New, returning teachers ready for Petersburg school year

marymidkiffTeachers in Petersburg spent this week getting their classrooms ready, training and generally gearing up for the start of school on Monday. There are a few new faces in classrooms in the Petersburg school district this month, along with some teachers who grew up here and are returning to the school they once attended.

Petersburg schools gear up for first day

Teacher Becky Martin works on a new display at Rae C. Stedman elementary school Tuesday.Petersburg schools open their doors to students again this Monday and teachers this week are getting their classrooms ready. Student numbers in the elementary school look to be up from last year while the middle and high school are similar to last year’s count. Principals in the schools say they are ready for the start of the new school year.

Sixteen file for Petersburg’s October ballot

boroughsealThe deadline has passed and sixteen people have filed paperwork to get their names on the Petersburg borough ballot for the October 6th election. That means voters will be filling 15 of the 21 open seats on the ballot this October.

B.C. minister: Tulsequah mine leak should be fixed

B.C. Mines Minister Bill Bennett answers reporters' questions Monday after touring the Taku River area. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)British Columbia’s top mine official says the province needs to address pollution pouring out of the Tulsequah Chief Mine near Juneau.