Author Archives: Joe Viechnicki

Petersburg man pleads to child porn charge

A Petersburg man has pleaded guilty to transporting child pornography and will be sentenced for that crime in December.28-year-old Marvin Jackson entered a guilty plea in U.S. District Court September 14th and signed a plea agreement with prosecutors in August.

Petersburg man charged with rape and assault

Joshua Hall Blewett, age 28. Photo courtesy of Petersburg Police Dept.Police say Joshua Blewett, 28, of Petersburg restrained a female victim and assaulted her with a knife.

Guitarist performs in Petersburg for second time

chris-3-200x250Guitarist Chris Proctor makes his second visit to Petersburg this week, almost exactly five years after his first concert here. Proctor plays solo, acoustic six and 12-string guitar.

Maritime industry looks to train a skilled workforce

The Maritime Works panel sits in front of the Southeast Conference gathering, Sept. 20, in Petersburg. (from left) Kris Norosz, Julie Decker, Doug Ward, Cari Ann Carty. Photo/Angela DenningThere is a lack of skilled workers in the maritime industry so a group of maritime industry businesses called Maritime Works has partnered with training programs in the state to fill that gap.

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Southeast Conference looks at several models for reformed ferry system

Alaska Department of Transportation deputy commissioner Mike Neussl addresses the Southeast Conference annual meeting September 21, 2016.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.

Mallott discusses Mental Health logging, BC mines

byronmallotSEconf5Alaska’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.

Southeast commercial king crab season will remain closed

The last commercial opening for red king crab in Southeast was 2011. Photo/ADF&GAlthough king crab numbers remain historically low there have been modest increases in the population since 2013.

23 bulls taken in first week of local hunt

Bjorn Stolpe of Petersburg stands with the antlers of his legal moose taken near Pt. Agassiz. Photo courtesy of Rich LowellOnly eight percent of the first week's harvest was illegal, down from last year's 20 percent.

Mallott calls for pristine trans-boundary rivers into Alaska’s future

byronmallotSEconf4Alaska’s Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott was the keynote speaker at this week’s annual meeting of Southeast Conference in Petersburg. During his speech Wednesday morning, 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.