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Southeast Conference looks at several models for reformed ferry system

Alaska Department of Transportation deputy commissioner Mike Neussl addresses the Southeast Conference annual meeting September 21, 2016.Business and community leaders in Southeast Alaska are looking into how other ferry systems are operated around the world and a different way of managing Alaska’s ferries. The annual meeting of Southeast Conference in Petersburg in September focused on the first steps of a project to reform the state ferry system, find efficiencies and keep ferries running between coastal communities despite the state’s budget crisis.

Mallott discusses Mental Health logging, BC mines

byronmallotSEconf5Alaska’s Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott was the keynote speaker at this week’s annual meeting of Southeast Conference in Petersburg. During his speech Wednesday, September 21, Mallott addressed climate change and fisheries, this year’s failed pink salmon runs, mining concerns on the transboundary rivers in Southeast Alaska, the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission and the Alaska Marine Highway System. Joe Viechnicki spoke with Mallott Tuesday about some of those topics, along with logging of Alaska Mental Health Trust Land near Petersburg.

Southeast commercial king crab season will remain closed

The last commercial opening for red king crab in Southeast was 2011. Photo/ADF&GAlthough king crab numbers remain historically low there have been modest increases in the population since 2013.

23 bulls taken in first week of local hunt

Bjorn Stolpe of Petersburg stands with the antlers of his legal moose taken near Pt. Agassiz. Photo courtesy of Rich LowellOnly eight percent of the first week's harvest was illegal, down from last year's 20 percent.

PHS swimmers take some top spots in Juneau pool

Petersburg High Schools swimmers recorded some top-three finishes at an invitational meet in Juneau last weekend.The Vikings competed against teams from Juneau-Douglas, Thunder Mountain, Sitka and Ketchikan. The boys and girls teams were both fourth on Friday night and fifth on Saturday. The host Crimson Bears won for both boys and girls both nights.

State parks group gives out Petersburg awards

Outlook Park on Sandy Beach Road (KFSK file photo)The Alaska Recreation and Park Association honored a Petersburg resident, a local park project and a local organization at the end of the group’s annual conference in Petersburg last Friday.

State cuts will stifle Southeast’s economic growth

Maelani Schijvens presents "Southeast Alaska by the Numbers 2016" to the Southeast Conference in Petersburg, Sept. 20. Photo/Angela DenningSoutheast has more people, jobs, and money than five years ago but the state budget crisis will stop that growth, according to the annual report, "Southeast Alaska by the Numbers 2016."

New animated film has close ties to Petersburg

It hasn’t made its way to Petersburg’s movie theater yet, but an animated film out earlier this month still has close ties to town. KFSK’s Abbey Collins spoke with a former Petersburg resident who worked with the artists behind the faces of a new stop motion film.

Long distance bike rider for spinal cord research heads south from Alaska

ianandersenbikeA 24-year-old bike rider has started a 10-month journey through 14 countries from Alaska to Argentina. He’s not even the first in his own family to make that trip. However, along the way, he’s hoping to raise money and awareness for spinal cord injuries. He's heading way south on the Alaska Marine Highway, making stops in Southeast Alaska.

Southeast Conference begins in Petersburg

Candidates for the Southeast Conference board of directors introduced themselves Tuesday morning. Photo/Angela DenningA few hundred of Southeast's community and business leaders are attending the annual meeting, which runs Sept. 20-22.