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.
Alaska’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.
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.
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.
A 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.