Small town on Prince of Wales Island looks to start new city

The harbor in Whale Pass (Photo from the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development; Division of Community and Regional Affairs’ Community Photo Library)Residents of the small town of Whale Pass on northern Prince of Wales Island could have a chance to vote on forming a new second class city sometime later this year. The state’s Local Boundary Commission will be meeting in August in Whale Pass to determine whether the community should be allowed to proceed with a vote. A final report out this month from LBC staff recommends approving a petition from residents of that town.

Second king salmon release done near creek outside Petersburg

netpencitycreek2Another batch of small hatchery king salmon has been released from a net pen near City Creek, about three miles from downtown Petersburg. The Chinook are born and reared at the Crystal Lake Hatchery about 18 miles south of Petersburg. Hatchery manager Loren Thompson says just under 100,000 young Crystal Lake king salmon were released on May 15th.

Petersburg’s harbor prepares for Nordhavn rendezvous

Next month Petersburg’s Harbormaster will be making room for the biggest group of vising boats she’s ever had in town at once. And right as fishing season is kicking into gear. Abbey Collins spoke with her about how she’s planning to accommodate the fleet.

Residential gun sale business gains permit

Gjoa Street could be getting a new business as one resident there recently received a permit to sell firearms and accessories out of his home office. Abbey Collins reports:

State seeks company to survey Kupreanof road

The Twelve Mile Creek drainage on northeastern Kupreanof Island is the proposed route for a road connection across the island. (KFSK file photo)The Alaska Department of Transportation is looking to hire a company to survey a proposed road on Kupreanof Island near the Southeast communities of Kupreanof, Petersburg and Kake.

Petersburg’s Fourth of July adds activities

The list of fun events for Petersburg's Independence Day celebration looks a lot different this year. New events are on tap and new people are stepping up to help organizer several days of games, food and fun July 2-4th.

Residents will try for Petersburg pot business vote

Photo from flickrCreative CommonsBrett LevinLEGAL Colorado marijuana growVoters in the Petersburg borough may be weighing in on prohibiting or allowing local marijuana businesses sometime this year after all. Petersburg’s borough assembly earlier this month voted not to put that issue on the October 4th ballot. Residents on Monday asked the assembly to re-consider that decision. Meanwhile, an effort is underway to put some pot business questions to voters, possibly in a special election later this year.

Petersburg starts discussion on addiction solutions

Petersburg school students  met a drug dog and his Juneau handler in 2011. (KFSK file photo)Community members in Petersburg have started up what they hope is a regular, perhaps monthly, discussion on drug abuse in the community and possible solutions. The first meeting this month focused on prosecution of drug dealers and help for those addicted.

Petersburg assembly cuts pot cafes from smoking law rewrite

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPetersburg’s borough assembly Monday took a step toward prohibiting local pot smoking rooms for future retail marijuana businesses. The borough has been moving forward with a change to the local anti-smoking law that would have made an exception for pot smoking rooms at a licensed marijuana business. However, the assembly agreed to drop that language, seeing no need for on-site consumption. They also decided against increasing the town’s current five-foot smoking buffer outside businesses.

New District Ranger starts work in Petersburg

The U.S. Forest Service’s new District Ranger for Petersburg is in town. Since arriving this spring he’s been working to learn more about the region and the community, and to develop solutions for budget shortfalls. Abbey Collins reports.