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State cuts bring changes to SE commercial fisheries

This super cub at Eliza Lake allows biologists to track pink escapements. Photo courtesy of Troy ThynesCommercial fisheries in Southeast Alaska have survived two years of state budget cuts but not without some changes. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Commercial Fisheries has cut some positions, ended some monitoring programs, and found some new funding sources.

Longline fleet awaits word on fishing season start

Commercial longline fishing fleets in Alaska are awaiting word about whether the season for halibut and black cod will actually start on March 11th. That’s the date voted on for halibut fishing by the International Pacific Halibut Commission in January. Typically the National Marine Fisheries Service also opens long-line fishing for black cod on the same day. This year that’s all up in the air.

Ballot selfies bill moves in the Alaska House

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALegislators are considering a bill this winter to clarify that someone voting in Alaska can post an online photo with their ballot. That’s currently not allowed under state law.

Community talent featured at the Wright Auditorium

The 2017 Art Fest logo was created by Sydney Guthrie.A community talent show Thursday night will raise funds for Art Fest happening in Petersburg in April. The money will help pay fees for students participating in the event.

Petersburg case challenges civil seizures, search warrants

Police shieldA lawsuit filed in Petersburg is challenging the seizure of personal property by local, regional and state law enforcement along with the search warrants that led to that property seizure. The plaintiffs are also arguing to expand the civil suit to include law enforcement agencies statewide.

Buzzer beater pushes Vikings past Kayhi Kings

Petersburg's Mark Neidiffer plays defense against Ketchikan's Jake Smith.A last second steal, full court dribble and buzzer-beating lay up gave Petersburg a 62-60 win over the visiting Kayhi Kings of Ketchikan Thursday night before a fired up crowd of Petersburg fans.

Tanner fishing expected to go an extra day

Tanner crab photo courtesy of ADF&GThe Tanner fishery opens Feb.17 in Southeast and because of the numbers of vessels and pots registered managers expect the fishery to go for six days in the main areas.

PHS students paint new mural outside band room

A new mural is going up this winter on the hallway leading into the band room at Petersburg High School. Petersburg’s school board got a tour of the work in progress this week. Art teacher Ashley Lohr said students are painting the mural the first hour of every school day, painting while the band is also practicing.

WAVE seeks support by the inch this weekend

"Art by the Inch" patrons use frames to find their favorite pieces of art to cut out. Photo courtesy of WAVECutting up a painting and selling it in parts might not sound like a good idea but that’s exactly what’s happening this Saturday night at the Sons of Norway Hall.

Petersburg school board approves calendar with spring break for next year

highschoolbannersPetersburg’s school board Tuesday approved next year’s calendar after having a discussion about Christmas holiday and spring breaks. The school district has considered a calendar without a spring break week in March and an earlier end to the school year. But that option was not supported this year. The board also approved the first reading of a new policy on payment for school meals.