Arctic voyager to address Petersburg audience
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Global voyager and arctic adventurer David Scott Cowper Thursday, June 6th will detail changing climate conditions in the arctic and show photos from his travels to an audience in Petersburg. Cowper of Newcastle, England piloted the motor vessel Polar Bound through the normally frozen Northwest Passage last summer, the first pleasure craft to make that crossing through a portion of the passage called the McClure Strait. For his six solo circumnavigations of the globe and five solo transits of the Northwest Passage, Cowper was honored this March by the Cruising Club of America with it’s Blue Water Medal. He made last year’s journey with Jane Maufe and the two have returned to Petersburg to prepare for another adventure through the Northwest Passage.
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Their vessel, the Polar Bound, spent the winter in Petersburg’s north harbor, where Joe Viechnicki found them back onboard this week.
Cowper will speak about his travels as part of the Petersburg Marine Mammal Center and Alaska Seagrant’s Thursday science series tonight at 7 p.m. at the Lutheran Church’s Holy Cross House.
Business and community leaders in Southeast Alaska are looking into how other ferry systems are operated around the world and a different way of managing Alaska’s ferries. The annual meeting of Southeast Conference in Petersburg in September focused on the first steps of a project to reform the state ferry system, find efficiencies and keep ferries running between coastal communities despite the state’s budget crisis. more
Alaska’s Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott was the keynote speaker at this week’s annual meeting of Southeast Conference in Petersburg. During his speech Wednesday, September 21, Mallott addressed climate change and fisheries, this year’s failed pink salmon runs, mining concerns on the transboundary rivers in Southeast Alaska, the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission and the Alaska Marine Highway System. Joe Viechnicki spoke with Mallott Tuesday about some of those topics, along with logging of Alaska Mental Health Trust Land near Petersburg. more