Petersburg’s newest, largest committee tackles pot regulation Petersburg’s newest, largest committee tackles pot regulation

Petersburg's newest, largest committee tackles pot regulation

Petersburg’s newest committee is tackling the thorny issues around regulating the production, sales and use of marijuana in the community. The large new group met for the first time Wednesday and split up into subcommittees.

Petersburg considers end to visitor industry grants Petersburg considers end to visitor industry grants

Petersburg considers end to visitor industry grants

A committee that recommends how to spend Petersburg’s hotel bed tax proceeds may not be meeting anymore after next year. The transient room tax committee this week voted to recommend dissolving their group and changing the way the borough handles the revenue in the future. Joe Viechnicki reports.

Strong king catch means early closure for Southeast trollers Strong king catch means early closure for Southeast trollers

Strong king catch means early closure for Southeast trollers

Southeast Alaska’s commercial salmon trollers are heading back into port after the winter season closed this week. Thanks to strong catches of king salmon on the outer coast near Sitka, it’s the earliest closure on record for the winter fishery.

Petersburg sole bidder on three Mental Health Trust parcels Petersburg sole bidder on three Mental Health Trust parcels

Petersburg sole bidder on three Mental Health Trust parcels

It looks like the Petersburg borough will be purchasing some land at Papke’s Landing, about 10 miles south of town.

Federal commission cancels permit for Thomas Bay hydro plant Federal commission cancels permit for Thomas Bay hydro plant

Federal commission cancels permit for Thomas Bay hydro plant

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is cancelling a permit for a Bellingham company to study potential for a hydro-electric power plant in Thomas Bay near Petersburg. It’s a site that has drawn interest from other companies in the past.

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Petersburg’s newest, largest committee tackles pot regulation

Photo from flickr/Creative Commons/Brett Levin/LEGAL Colorado marijuana grow

Petersburg’s newest committee is tackling the thorny issues around regulating the production, sales and use of marijuana in the community. The large new group met for the first time Wednesday and split up into subcommittees. more
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Petersburg considers end to visitor industry grants

Photo courtesy Petersburg Chamber of Commerce

A committee that recommends how to spend Petersburg’s hotel bed tax proceeds may not be meeting anymore after next year. The transient room tax committee this week voted to recommend dissolving their group and changing the way the borough handles the revenue in the future. Joe Viechnicki reports. more
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Strong king catch means early closure for Southeast trollers

Troll caught winter king salmon (Photo courtesy of Matt Lichtenstein)

Southeast Alaska’s commercial salmon trollers are heading back into port after the winter season closed this week. Thanks to strong catches of king salmon on the outer coast near Sitka, it’s the earliest closure on record for the winter fishery. more
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Petersburg sole bidder on three Mental Health Trust parcels

Petersburg is the sole bidder on the three uppermost parcels toward the top of this image. (Image from the Alaska Mental Health Trust Land Office).

It looks like the Petersburg borough will be purchasing some land at Papke’s Landing, about 10 miles south of town. more
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Federal commission cancels permit for Thomas Bay hydro plant

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is cancelling a permit for a Bellingham company to study potential for a hydro-electric power plant in Thomas Bay near Petersburg. It’s a site that has drawn interest from other companies in the past. more
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Southeast News

School, borough officials discuss Wrangell Public Schools budget

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The Wrangell School Board met with the Wrangell Borough Assembly last week to discuss the school district’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year and the potential shortfall it is facing from a loss of state and federal funding.

Reconsideration opposed

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About a week after the Ketchikan Gateway Borough asked the Alaska Supreme Court to reconsider its order for a stay pending appeal of the borough’s education funding lawsuit, state attorneys filed their expected opposition.

2nd set of groups appeals Big Thorne ruling

A second coalition of conservation groups that opposes the Big Thorne Timber Sale on Prince of Wales Island has filed its own appeal and motion for an injunction following a U.S. District Court ruling against them.

SEAPA moves forward with plans for Swan Lake expansion

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A power agency that supplies electricity to three Southeast communities is moving forward with plans to expand its hydro storage capacity by selling bonds.