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The Cannery Tales: Nichelle Stanfield

DSCN5471Today we meet Nichelle Stanfield, a 29 year old graphic design student from California. She spoke with Joe Sykes about disability, depression and coping with death. But first she recounted her encounter with one of Alaska’s most famous residents.

New, returning teachers ready for Petersburg school year

marymidkiffTeachers in Petersburg spent this week getting their classrooms ready, training and generally gearing up for the start of school on Monday. There are a few new faces in classrooms in the Petersburg school district this month, along with some teachers who grew up here and are returning to the school they once attended.

Petersburg schools gear up for first day

Teacher Becky Martin works on a new display at Rae C. Stedman elementary school Tuesday.Petersburg schools open their doors to students again this Monday and teachers this week are getting their classrooms ready. Student numbers in the elementary school look to be up from last year while the middle and high school are similar to last year’s count. Principals in the schools say they are ready for the start of the new school year.

Sixteen file for Petersburg’s October ballot

boroughsealThe deadline has passed and sixteen people have filed paperwork to get their names on the Petersburg borough ballot for the October 6th election. That means voters will be filling 15 of the 21 open seats on the ballot this October.

B.C. minister: Tulsequah mine leak should be fixed

B.C. Mines Minister Bill Bennett answers reporters' questions Monday after touring the Taku River area. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)British Columbia’s top mine official says the province needs to address pollution pouring out of the Tulsequah Chief Mine near Juneau.

New ferry to start up Friday in Southeast

Photo from rainforestislandsferry.comAfter months of delays, a new ferry in Southeast Alaska is planning to start up service this Friday, August 28. The Rainforest Islands Ferry will offer four-day a week service connecting Petersburg, Wrangell and Coffman Cove on Prince of Wales Island.

Fire destroys remote garage near Petersburg Saturday

Fire destroyed a garage and damaged two vehicles on Frederick Point Road east of Petersburg early Saturday morning. Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department spokesman Dave Berg said police dispatch received a call reporting a garage fire around 4:30 Saturday morning on the Frederick Point road at 2.75 mile of that road.

Southeast troll fleet numbers drop for coho, chum fishing

Troll-caught coho on ice (Photo courtesy of Matt Lichtenstein)After this summer’s one-and-only opening for king salmon, many Southeast commercial trollers have found something else to do, instead of fishing for coho or chums. King fishing was open for eight days in July and the fleet landed just over 165,000 Chinook during that time.

Major state road reconstruction continues in Petersburg

roadclosedsignPaving work on the street portion of Haugen Drive in Petersburg could be done this year, before the contracting company takes a break during the winter months. That was the update from Petersburg’s borough manager Thursday.

One up, one down for Petersburg assembly seats

nancystrand2015One incumbent on the Petersburg borough assembly is running for re-election; another is holding fast to his decision to step down. Nancy Strand will seek her second term on the borough assembly, while John Havrilek says he won’t seek a second term.