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Petersburg police arrest escaped inmate

22-year-old Jacob Sturgeon. Photo courtesy Petersburg PDPolice arrested 22-year-old Jacob Sturgeon this afternoon at about 4 p.m. in a shed behind a home on Lumber Street.

Common sense can help keep unwanted animals out of traps

This eagle was found stuck in a trap along Cabin Creek road. The bird was released with the help from ADF&G. Photo courtesy of Jordan WienerLocal trappers and dog walkers weigh in on the traditional yet sometimes controversial hunting practice.

Search on for escaped inmate in Petersburg

Photo courtesy of the Petersburg Police DepartmentPetersburg police are searching for an inmate who escaped from the Petersburg jail Friday morning. Police reported the escape of 22-year-old Jacob Sturgeon of Petersburg just before 11 o’clock Friday morning. He reportedly removed his shirt and shoes while running past the borough’s public works shop on South Second Street. Sturgeon was described as 5 foot nine inches, 180 pounds with brown hair.

Petersburg schools have money to spend on capital project needs

School District building with no snowThe Petersburg School district is dealing with more money than it anticipated going into this year and will be using some of the money to take care of capital project needs around the campus. The school board Tuesday approved a revised budget and also OK’d the purchase of new software for the district’s finance office.

Small commercial fishing boats need life rafts this month

photo from http://pacificmarinedist.comFishermen in Southeast Alaska are learning about new safety requirements for life rafts that take effect later this month. The changes are included in past Coast Guard re-authorization bills and will mean smaller fishing boats will have to have a life raft to go three miles offshore.

Planning commission speaks against federal logging plan

Trees on Mitkof Island in the Tongass National Forest. Photo/Angela DenningPetersburg’s Planning and Zoning commissioners disagreed with the plan’s focus to move from old growth to young growth harvest.

Two fishing boats aground, sunk on Kupreanof shoreline

A man in a skiff brings a pump and fuel drums over to the grounded Moonshadow and Robert G. Johnston Tuesday morning.A Petersburg fisherman is working to recover two boats aground and sunken on the Kupreanof Island shoreline across from Petersburg. The 42-foot fiberglass gillnetter Moonshadow and the 57-foot wooden tender Robert G. Johnston both belong to Arnold Enge.

Family, friends celebrate purple librarian’s 100th birthday

ruthsandvikPetersburg’s purple librarian, Ruth Sandvik, is 100 years old today. Family and friends are marking the occasion with fireworks last night Sunday night and a party this afternoon. Sandvik worked for years as high school librarian and has been honored for bringing the arts and radio to Petersburg.

Petersburg drug cases resolved

Lorry, left, and Lars ChristensenOne Petersburg man will likely be serving jail time for trying to sell heroin and methamphetamine in Petersburg, while his brother will not. 63-year-old Lorry Christensen entered guilty pleas to two counts on Thursday. He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted misconduct involving a controlled substance in the second degree as well as misconduct involving a controlled substance in the third degree. Meanwhile, drug charges have been dismissed against his brother, 57-year-old Lars Christensen.

Petersburg to seek larger land grant through legislation

landselectmapPetersburg is hoping for legislative help to boost the size of a state land entitlement that comes with the formation of a new municipality. A local committee is recommending the borough seek all of the un-spoken for state land within Petersburg’s boundaries.