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Hate graffiti found at gravel pit near Petersburg

Whether the person intended to use "hail" meaning ice pellets or "hale" referring to a person is unknown. Photo/Angela DenningThe police department is looking to get more information about who’s responsible.

Petersburg High baseball opens region tournament at home Thursday

KFSK file photoFive high school baseball teams will be battling for two state tournament berths at the region five tournament in Petersburg Thursday through Saturday. Sitka is the top seed among the five Southeast schools and will open up play Thursday afternoon at 4:30. The Wolves will take on the winner of the opening game of the tournament, the number four seed Thunder Mountain against the number five seed Petersburg. That game is at 10 a.m.

Gillnetting, trolling closed for Stikine king salmon

Commercial fishing for Stikine River king salmon has been closed down in Southeast Alaska because of low numbers in early May.

Petersburg High School expands LeConte Glacier research

Alexandra Bless, Chauncy Sandhofer and Emma Chase survey points on LeConte Glacier this month. (Photo courtesy of Jon Kludt-Painter)Petersburg High School students report another successful trip into the LeConte Bay on the mainland near Petersburg, to survey the southernmost tidewater glacier in the northern hemisphere. This is the 33rd year for the high school’s LeConte Glacier survey and the amount of research and knowledge about the ice mass continues to expand. This year more students are looking into different aspects of the position and characteristics of that glacier.

Kupreanof home loses generator shed to Saturday fire

Dave Beebe waits with water from a nearby creek while Petersburg volunteers work to cool down the embers of a burnt generator shed Saturday (Photo courtesy of the PVFD)Fire destroyed a generator shed at a home on Kupreanof Saturday afternoon but did not spread to two nearby cabin buildings. The structure caught fire around one o’clock Saturday afternoon, sending black smoke into the sky with flames visible across the Wrangell Narrows in Petersburg. As locals and visitors enjoyed Petersburg’s Little Norway Festival and sunny weather, the blaze was reported to Petersburg emergency dispatchers by multiple callers. The fire was behind a home about halfway between the Kupreanof state dock and Sasby Island along the Kupreanof shoreline.

Petersburg hires new parks and rec director

Chandra ThornburgPetersburg has hired a new director for its Parks and Recreation department. Two out-of-town applicants for the job got a chance to tour local recreation facilities and meet the public Tuesday. An aquatics center supervisor who works in Lynnwood, Washington has been chosen for the post.

Norwegian ambassador in for Petersburg’s Little Norway festival

ambassadoraasNorway’s ambassador to the U.S. arrived in Petersburg Wednesday to enjoy the community’s Little Norway Festival. Kåre Aas is from Oslo, and began working for Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1983. He has served as Norway’s ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan as well as political director in the foreign affairs ministry before becoming the ambassador to the U.S. in 2013.

Busy paving, construction season underway in Petersburg


Like the rest world, in Petersburg the warmer months mean construction season. That’s even more the case this year with numerous public paving, infrastructure and construction projects underway or on … more

Petersburg assembly discusses opting out of pot industry

Susie Burrell is planning to open a retail pot store at the rear of her restaurant on main street in Petersburg next year.Petersburg’s borough assembly next month will continue work on a local law to regulate how future marijuana businesses will be able to operate in the borough. Some local residents are asking for a public vote on whether such businesses should be allowed here at all. A community “opt out” vote is allowed under the statewide ballot initiative passed by voters in 2014. However, the assembly did not make any decisions about an “opt out” vote, or the pot law last night.

Sacred harp singers swell Sons hall with sound

sacredharpsingersPetersburg’s Sons of Norway Hall Monday swelled with the sound of Sacred Harp singing. The tradition features four-part hymns and anthems and dates back to the earliest days of the country. Singers sit facing each other in a square and are encouraged to stand in the square and lead the group. Audience members and the public are also welcomed to join in – several did at the Sons of Norway Monday. Joe Viechnicki recorded the singers and spoke with David Ivey, one of the group’s members.