Stikine sockeye run is the best return in a decade

Gill netter Lincoln Rock in Dist 8-Troy ThynesThe sockeye salmon run returning to the Stikine River near Petersburg and Wrangell was predicted to be good, but it’s turning out to be even better than expected.

U.S. Senator Murkowski campaigns in Petersburg

Petersburg Democrats, Sally and Al Dwyer, are supporting Murkowski in this race. Photo/Angela DenningDuring an Alaska campaign tour, Murkowski stopped into Petersburg Tuesday night to hold a two-hour meet and greet at the Sons of Norway hall.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Borough assembly to consider marijuana proposals

boroughsealPetersburg's borough assembly meets Monday to consider marijuana proposals, a state income tax, and other issues in a regular meeting.

Petersburg Police Chief says new crime bill won’t help

Petersburg Police Chief, Kelly Swihart. Photo courtesy of Petersburg Police Dept.Police Chief Kelly Swihart says SB 91 creates softer arrest and bail conditions and will make it more difficult to keep the public safe.

Petersburg public health limits services to cut costs

Erin Michael is the Public Health Nurse in Petersburg.Well child checkups are limited to children six and under. People over 29 can longer get immunizations, STD checks or birth control although there are a few exceptions.