PHS science team prepares for statewide competition

Members of Petersburg's Ocean Science Bowl team at practice. From left: Helen Martin, Chauncy Sandhoffer, Tucker Hagerman, Charlie Christensen, Julia Murph, Anders Christensen. Photo/Angela DenningThe high school students are working on two 15-page research papers for a statewide competition. The Alaska Tsunami Bowl, an academic competition, will take place in Seward at the end of February.

Petersburg officials discuss retaining Coast Guard cutter

The Petersburg-based Coast Guard cutter Anacapa (photo courtesy USCG)Petersburg officials are hoping to discuss ways to keep a Coast Guard cutter stationed in this Southeast community. Petersburg’s borough assembly wants to talk about changes to the waterfront to accommodate newer, larger patrol vessels, and it’s part of a discussion going on up and down Alaska’s coastline.

Petersburg awaits court’s decision on municipal boundaries

PSGBORsmallThe Alaska Supreme Court may have a decision in the next month or two on the boundaries of the Petersburg borough. The size of the new municipality has been up in the air since it was approved by area residents in December of 2012. That’s because the city and borough Juneau sought to annex some of the same land on the northern end of the proposed Petersburg borough. A superior court ruled in Petersburg’s favor last year and Juneau appealed that ruling to the state’s highest court.

Petersburg High takes Southeast 2A volleyball crown

Coach Jaime Cabral instructs his team at a home match against Metlakatla in October. (KFSK file photo)Petersburg High School volleyball has earned a berth in the state tournament with a first place finish at the Region Five 2A tournament in Skagway last weekend. The Vikings beat Metlakatla once and Craig twice to secure the region title. Joe Viechnicki spoke with coach Jaime Cabral about the tournament and his team.

Petersburg wakes up to mysterious loud booming noise

This map shows the five reports of people seeing a meteor early Saturday morning. Photo/amsmeteors.orgSome think it was thunder and lightning while others say they saw a meteor.

Jury duty questionnaires go online

Local residents may be seeing a postcard in the mail in the next two weeks, calling them to jury duty at Petersburg trial courts for 2016. There’s a change this year with jury questionnaires. Those forms can be filled out and submitted online now, instead of through the mail.

Forest plan: transition to young growth logging to take 16 years

Logs are loaded onto a truck on Kupreanof Island in 2013.The U.S. Forest Service has released a new plan for managing timber lands on the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska. It puts a timeline on the transition from young- to old-growth logging and it attempts to make it easier to develop hydro projects on forest land.

Mitkof timber sale decision pulled

A tug pulls a log raft down the Wrangell Narrows near Mitkof Island in 2013. (KFSK file photo)The U.S. Forest Service has withdrawn its decision on a proposed timber harvest on Mitkof Island near Petersburg. The proposed logging sparked a lawsuit by a coalition of environmental groups and concerns from the timber industry. The agency plans to take another look at the economics and impacts of logging on Mitkof.

Southeast Alaska humpbacks tagged for annual migration

I humpback whale dives in Frederick Sound near Petersburg. (Photo courtesy of Craig Hayslip, Faculty Research Assistant, OSU Marine Mammal Institute)Researchers from Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute returned to the waters of Frederick Sound and Stephens Passage in Southeast Alaska this month. It’s the second year of a two-year tagging program aimed at finding out more about the timing and nature of the annual migration of humpback whales from Southeast Alaska to the warm waters off Hawaii and Mexico.

Petersburg acting group brings holiday musical to life

Lively elves giggle and sneak around the shoemaker's shop at night making shoes. Photo/Angela DenningMitkof Mummers will be performing "Elves and the Shoemaker" this weekend at the Wright Auditorium in Petersburg.