For the past two summers, the Five Finger light house near Petersburg has hosted humpback whale research. A graduate student from Oregon State works with a rotating team of interns to study the impact of vessel noise on humpback whale communication. The historic building perches at the confluence of Stephen’s passage and Frederick sound – and brings a healthy dose of whimsy to the earthly world of science.
While some communities in Alaska this year are discussing a possible ban on marijuana businesses with the legalization of pot in the state, a committee in Petersburg heard last week about the possibilities for a dispensary run by the borough. more
A new independent ferry service is planning its first sailings in Southeast Alaska in June. The Rainforest Islands Ferry plans to offer a four-days-a-week connection between northern Prince of Wales Island, Wrangell and Petersburg by ferry and mini-coach vans. more