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.
The 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 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.
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.
The U.S. Forest Service has withdrawn its decision on a proposed timber harvest on Mitkof Island near Petersburg.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.
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.