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Strong king catch means early closure for Southeast trollers

Troll caught winter king salmon (Photo courtesy of Matt Lichtenstein)Southeast Alaska’s commercial salmon trollers are heading back into port after the winter season closed this week. Thanks to strong catches of king salmon on the outer coast near Sitka, it’s the earliest closure on record for the winter fishery.

Petersburg sole bidder on three Mental Health Trust parcels

Petersburg is the sole bidder on the three uppermost parcels toward the top of this image. (Image from the Alaska Mental Health Trust Land Office).It looks like the Petersburg borough will be purchasing some land at Papke’s Landing, about 10 miles south of town.

Federal commission cancels permit for Thomas Bay hydro plant

cascadecanyon1The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is cancelling a permit for a Bellingham company to study potential for a hydro-electric power plant in Thomas Bay near Petersburg. It’s a site that has drawn interest from other companies in the past.

Three-day paddle making workshop opens in Petersburg

Doug Chilton and Jim Zeller (Photo courtesy of the One People Canoe Society)A three-day paddle making workshop gets started Friday at the Petersburg High School shop. Jim Zeller and Doug Chilton from the One People Canoe Society are teaching the class to make canoe journey paddles. The non-profit organization helped with 12 similar workshops in nine Southeast communities last year.

Petersburg’s elderly housing residents riding in new van

Activities director Jordan Stafford helps manor resident Lorraine Thompson into the new van.Residents at Petersburg’s Mountain View Manor are enjoying a new set of wheels this year. The borough’s elderly housing and assisted living facility has a new wheelchair accessible van, a big upgrade from the old vehicle. It makes for a much more enjoyable Sunday drive.

Petersburg’s step challenge underway March 23rd

pedometerPetersburg’s community-wide pedometer challenge is back this spring. Petersburg’s 10-thousand steps, 6-week challenge starts up March 23 with prizes for people counting and logging their steps each week.

Jean Ellis resigns as Petersburg School Board President

Jean Ellis sits serves her last meeting as President of the Petersburg School Board. Photo/Angela DenningJean Ellis has officially resigned from the Petersburg School Board. March 17 marked her last meeting as board president. While she enthusiastically led the meeting that night other board members were reluctant to see her leave.

Geoduck season in Southeast nearly over

geoduck1Southeast Alaska dive fishermen are nearly done with their harvest of geoduck clams.

Petersburg School District plans for state cuts

dollar bills closeupPetersburg’s School District is in better fiscal shape than many other schools in the state. That’s the message the superintendent brought to the school board at its last meeting.

Petersburg’s assembly denies land use appeal

Petersburg’s borough assembly Monday denied an appeal of a conditional use permit for fishing gear storage on residential property about two miles south of downtown Petersburg. The decision will allow construction of a net storage building, against the wishes of one neighboring property owner.