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Observers soon start work on SE gillnet grounds

Federal observers are preparing to work the gillnet grounds around Petersburg and Wrangell this summer. Starting in June, National Marine Fisheries Service contractors in small boats will shadow individual gillnetters and monitor any interactions marine mammals or birds. They’ll also be interviewing fishermen about their gear and fishing practices. Federal officials say the information will be kept confidential and the contractors will be as unobtrusive as possible. But fishermen still have concerns as the season approaches.

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Petersburg’s new mammography machine detects cancer two years earlier

Liz Bacom and Renee Hertless stand with Petersburg Medical Center's new mammography machine. Photo/Angela Denning
One in eight women will get breast cancer but Petersburg's new mammography machine will help detect it earlier. more

Hurricane remnants rushing toward Southeast Alaska

Hurricane Oho appears to have extremely long arms in imagery from NOAA's GOES-West satellite on October 7.(Photo from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
The remnants of a hurricane in the Pacific will bring high winds and heavy rains to southern and central Southeast Alaska Friday. The storm is called Hurricane Oho, and it’s a cyclone that is moving rapidly across the Pacific toward Southeast Alaska. As of Thursday morning it had maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour. However, the storm is forecast to strengthen to near hurricane force by the time it nears the Alaska Panhandle early Friday morning. more