Author Archives: Joe Viechnicki

Petersburg to seek larger land grant through legislation

landselectmapPetersburg is hoping for legislative help to boost the size of a state land entitlement that comes with the formation of a new municipality. A local committee is recommending the borough seek all of the un-spoken for state land within Petersburg’s boundaries.

Mitkof Mummers scale back for mini murder mystery

Kaitlin DuRoss and other Mitkof Mummers rehearse this week for "Ole and Lena's Three Doors to Death". Photo/Angela DenningThe Sons of Norway has partnered with the local acting troupe to fund raise for both groups.

Petersburg assembly prepares talking points for Juneau

dollar bills closeupThree assembly members are traveling to Alaska’s capital city this month and the assembly came up with seven issues for them to bring up during their trip.

Will legal pot be possible in rural Alaska?

Photo from flickr/Creative Commons/Brett Levin/LEGAL Colorado marijuana growResidents and borough staff in Petersburg are trying to come to grips with state regulations for marijuana that take effect later this month. The regulations create a new licensing process for businesses that could grow, test and sell pot in the state. But they have some in Petersburg thinking the hurdles for new pot businesses will be too difficult and local marijuana sales will remain underground and off the books.

Coast Guard in Petersburg recognized for rescue missions

Kupreanof sinkingTwo skippers recount rescues when their boats sank and their crews were saved.

Halibut commission boosts catch limits for most of the coast

IPHC staff and commissioners meet at Juneau's Centennial Hall (Photo from IPHC Facebook page)The International Pacific Halibut Commission Friday approved an increase in halibut catch limits for most of the coast. The joint U.S. and Canadian body oversees management of the prized bottom fish from California to Alaska. The commission held its annual meeting in Juneau this week. Commissioners approved a coast-wide catch of 29,890,000 pounds for 2016. That’s an increase of 2.2 percent from last year’s limits.

No herring fishery in Seymour Canal this year, good run predicted in future years

The herring market in Southeast targets the herring roe. Photo/ADF&GMost of the herring this year are four-year-olds and are too small to harvest for roe.

Halibut commission tackles catch limits in Juneau meeting

Photo courtesy of the IPHC

The International Pacific Halibut Commission is deciding catch limits and other regulations for commercial, sport and subsistence fisheries this week in Juneau.

The commission manages fishing and research on the … more

Petersburg boards discuss future of remote dock, boat ramp

papkesdock4Petersburg’s harbor board and planning and zoning commission want the borough to pursue more of the land and facilities at a remote boat launch and dock 10 miles south of downtown. The discussion about the future of Papke’s Landing took up the better part of a meeting this month between the two.

High winds damage homes, drop trees and power lines in Southeast

treesdown1High winds knocked down trees and did other damage around Southeast Alaska early Tuesday morning. Electrical customers on Mitkof Island south of Scow Bay were without power for about an hour and a half Tuesday morning.