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Derby winner recounts nerve-racking battle

Photo courtesy of Glorianne WollenThis year’s winner of the Petersburg salmon derby says he had a long, nerve-wracking fight with the prize winning 50.9 pound fish.

Petersburg salmon derby totals 364 kings

derbykingmouthHere's the list of salmon weighed in during the 2015 34th annual salmon derby May 22-25:

PHS track teams first, second at regional meet

Photo by Vicki Lee McIntosh courtesy of Petersburg Viking Track and FieldPetersburg High School’s boys track and field team took first in the region for 1A-2A and 3A schools, while the girls team finished second behind Sitka. The regional meet was held in Juneau over the weekend.

Chautauqua visits Southeast Alaska next month

Photo by Michelle Bates courtesy of the New Old Time ChautauquaA large group of traveling performers and educators is visiting seven communities in Southeast Alaska this summer. The New Old Time Chautauqua will be holding parades, performances and workshops and encouraging residents to participate.

Warm weather logging restrictions lifted

IMG_3144The U.S. Forest Service has lifted restrictions on logging companies on the Tongass National Forest because of a drop in forest fire danger over the weekend.

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.