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Small boats, halibut fleet now in groundfish observer program

Some of Alaska’s small-boat fishermen will have to carry an onboard observer when they participate in federal fisheries next year. The government’s newly-restructured program goes into effect in January. For the first time, boats under sixty feet and halibut vessels are included. Federal staffers will hold a meeting to talk about the program with fishermen in Petersburg’s firehall tonight at 6. Matt Lichtenstein has a preview of the issues.

Observer sorting fish. Photo by NOAA Fisheries.

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Voters nix income disclosure for Petersburg office holders

Voters Tuesday agreed to remove a financial disclosure requirement for Petersburg elected officials and the vote was not close. In unofficial results, 306 people said yes to the only question on Petersburg’s ballot this year, compared to 93 no votes. That’s a margin of more than three to one. That measure asked to exempt local candidates from filing income information with the Alaska Public Offices Commission. The same question was on the ballot and failed narrowly last year, when turnout was much higher at 39 percent. more

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