Author Archives: Joe Viechnicki

Winner tops 50 pounds in Petersburg salmon derby

derbyhatA 50.9-pound king was the winner in Petersburg’s 34th annual salmon derby over the weekend. Scott Stafford had the largest salmon for the four day event and wins first prize of seven thousand dollars.

Logging restrictions in place for dry weather on Tongass

IMG_3158Officials on the Tongass National Forest are restricting logging activities because of the hot, dry weather and some lightning strikes in the region. The forest has been placed on “Hoot Owl” restrictions, effective Friday, May 22nd. That means some logging work cannot take place during the afternoon and evening. The limitations are in place for the Craig and Thorne Bay districts on Prince of Wales Island along with the Wrangell ranger district.

Lohr opens art show at Petersburg’s museum

alohrwallartArtist Ashley Lohr Friday, May 22 opens a new exhibit of paintings and collage at the Clausen Museum in Petersburg. Lohr this year is finishing up a master’s program in fine art through the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Petersburg salmon derby underway Friday

karenmalcomThe Petersburg Chamber of Commerce’s 34th annual salmon derby opens Friday, May 22 with over 100 prizes for lucky anglers landing a king salmon during the four-day event. Fishing starts at 7 this morning and is open through 5 p.m. Monday. Event organizers were able to tag two fish this week, good for cash prizes if they’re caught again during the derby.

Student glacier survey reports little change at LeConte

Kyle Hagerman, Skipper Erickson, Ian Fleming, Shalie Dahl, Aaron Murph and Chauncey Sandhofer surveyed the LeConte Glacier this month. (Photo courtesy of Victor Trautman)A team of student surveyors from Petersburg High School just completed an annual visit to the LeConte Glacier on the mainland near Petersburg. This is the 32nd year for the program to record the position of the terminus of the southernmost tidewater glacier in North America. The students have found little change in the location of ice face, no big retreat or advance again this year. They were able to verify their work for the first time using a satellite image.

Memorial Day Ceremony – Monday, May 25 10am at the Petersburg Cemetery

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State budget cuts impact prosecuting attorney for Petersburg

State budget cuts are impacting a prosecuting attorney responsible for some court cases in Petersburg.

Locals, visitors enjoy sunny Little Norway festival

mainstreetfestival1Petersburg on Monday wrapped up a six day Little Norway Festival complete with music, dancing and celebration under sunny skies. The annual event centers around May 17th, marking the signing of the Norwegian constitution and the community’s Norwegian heritage. It also marks Armed Services Day and a lull before the start of the busy fishing season.

Lightning causes power outage in Petersburg

powerpole4A rare thunder and lightning display caused a brief power outage in Petersburg Tuesday afternoon. Petersburg Power and Light superintendent Joe Nelson reported that lightning hit a tree along with a transmission line and distribution line for the local electric utility.

PHS baseball drops three at Juneau-Douglas

Coach Jim Engell talks with his team after a game in Petersburg earlier this month.Petersburg High School’s baseball team lost three games on the road in Juneau last week and heads south to Ketchikan this weekend for another series before the regional tournament.