Petersburg Mental Health director awarded sabbatical

Susan Ohmer is the Executive Director of Petersburg Mental Health Services. Photo courtesy of Susan OhmerSusan Ohmer, Executive Director of Petersburg Mental Health Services, was awarded a four month sabbatical through the Rasmuson Foundation.

Vikings win four games in Haines after travel delays

basketballscorerstablePetersburg High School basketball teams won four of four games against Haines. Both coaches are looking forward to a good season.

School board considers asking borough for different electric rate

dollar bills closeupPetersburg School Board is looking for ways to offset the loss of future Secure Rural School Funding. The federal program is in place to help schools and communities near national forests.

Construction ramps up on police station as deadline approaches

Police Chief, Kelly Swihart, stands in the unfinished lobby near the front entrance of the new police department. Photo/Angela DenningThe renovated municipal building will double the size of the police department space. Police Chief Kelly Swihart says the area will be more secure.

School board to discuss loss of Secure Rural School funding

School District buildingThe Petersburg School District receives about $600,000 from Secure Rural School funding through the borough.

Whale Pass voters approve incorporation

Whale Pass Harbor. Photo/Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development Division of Community and Regional Affairs’ Community Photo LibraryIn a mail-in election Whale Pass voters showed strong support for becoming a second class city.

Hatchery chum release approved near Petersburg

Thomas Bay near the U.S. Forest Service Cascade Creek cabin (KFSK file photo)A Sitka-based hatchery organization has been granted approval for a new remote release site for chum salmon in Thomas Bay on the mainland near Petersburg. The hatchery chums, traditionally released closer to Sitka, could be an early season opportunity for commercial seiners and gillnetters. But the location has been a concern for commercial trollers and sport fishermen.

Petersburg assembly goes forward with self-pay paving

newpavement1Petersburg’s borough assembly Monday moved ahead with a program that could offer paving for some roads in the community, if neighborhoods agree to pay the cost of that paving.

Petersburg fish and game committee may try again on brown bear hunt

Brown bear at Frederick Point on eastern Mitkof Island (Submitted photo)Petersburg’s Fish and Game Advisory Committee might try again to propose a fall hunt for brown bears on the islands around Petersburg, Wrangell and Kake. The committee this month discussed ways to convince the state Board of Game to look more favorably on the proposal.

Two new Petersburg police officers are sworn in

David Plagens (left) and Luis Waechter were sworn in as Petersburg police officers Jan. 3. Photo/Angela DenningThe Petersburg police department has nine police officers with the new hires. Another hire coming in February will fully staff the officer positions.