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Assembly to appoint otter resolution committee

Concern over sea otter impacts on commercial fisheries featured prominently in Petersburg’s borough assembly meeting last night. A group of local fishermen urged the assembly to support legislation that would pay a bounty for sea otters that are lawfully killed. The assembly members had been silent on the matter at their previous meeting and they were still not willing to get behind the bounty legislation this time around. Instead, they voted to create an ad-hoc committee that’s tasked with drafting a different resolution on the otter issue. Matt Lichtenstein has more from that discussion:
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Petersburg officials discuss retaining Coast Guard cutter

The Petersburg-based Coast Guard cutter Anacapa (photo courtesy USCG)
Petersburg officials are hoping to discuss ways to keep a Coast Guard cutter stationed in this Southeast community. Petersburg’s borough assembly wants to talk about changes to the waterfront to accommodate newer, larger patrol vessels, and it’s part of a discussion going on up and down Alaska’s coastline. more

Petersburg awaits court’s decision on municipal boundaries

The Alaska Supreme Court may have a decision in the next month or two on the boundaries of the Petersburg borough. The size of the new municipality has been up in the air since it was approved by area residents in December of 2012. That’s because the city and borough Juneau sought to annex some of the same land on the northern end of the proposed Petersburg borough. A superior court ruled in Petersburg’s favor last year and Juneau appealed that ruling to the state’s highest court. more