Southeast News

Winter coats to be given away to residents in need

These coats are going to be given away this Saturday at the Salvation Army Community Hall. Photo courtesy of Lee's ClothingA new student group has helped collect 80 coats to be giving away Saturday at the Salvation Army Community Hall.

Prince of Wales island community to vote on incorporation this winter

Whale Pass harbor (photo from the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development  Division of Community and Regional Affairs’ Community Photo Library)Residents of the Southeast Alaska community of Whale Pass should be getting their ballots in the mail right before Christmas to decide on forming a new city. The former logging camp and community of around 50 people is voting on whether to incorporate a new second class city, encompassing about 26 square miles of land and water on northern Prince of Wales Island.

Southeast sea cuke diving wrapping up, geoduck clamming continues

Sea cucumber (Photo courtesy of Matt Lichtenstein)The commercial fisheries for two sea floor-dwelling delicacies of Southeast Alaska started in October. The season for sea cucumbers is wrapping up while fishing for geoduck clams is expected to continue this winter.

New movie screen, rigging in at Petersburg theater

riggingnewAudiences in Petersburg’s Wright Auditorium might not notice the changes right away, but there’s some new equipment that’s been installed making it easier and safer to show movies and put on performances.

Thanksgiving food boxes given to 88 needy families

Volunteers Steve Homer and Mysti Birks pack Thanksgiving boxes for the Salvation Army Church. Photo/Angela DenningCommunity volunteers and Petersburg's Salvation Army Church are donating food boxes to local families to help them have a Thanksgiving meal at home.

Group releases study on fishing, tourism dollars from Southeast Alaska rivers

Kayakers rest near the U.S.-Canadian border on the Stikine River, marked by a line of cleared trees. (KFSK file photo)Three major rivers that flow out of Canada into Southeast Alaska could provide a combined one billion dollars in value for tourism and fisheries on this side of the border over the next three decades. That’s one of the findings in a new study commissioned by a group seeking to highlight potential impacts to those rivers from the mining industry in British Columbia.

Southeast pink salmon forecast strong

Pink salmon return to spawn every summer in most waterways large and small in Southeast Alaska.Next year’s harvest of pink salmon in Southeast could be more than double this year’s according to a forecast out this month from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The state agency is forecasting a commercial catch of 43 million pinks in 2017. That compares to this year’s harvest of over 18 million humpies.

Woodpecker sighting a first for Alaska

Photo courtesy of Karen CorneliusResidents in the Southeast Alaska community of Petersburg have made the first recorded sightings in Alaska of a kind of woodpecker that’s more commonly found in the western United States and British Columbia. The Lewis’s Woodpecker was sighted in an apple tree near downtown Petersburg last week.

Borough OK’s two of three remote docks from State

Kupreanof dock is located near the mouth of Petersburg Creek on Kupreanof Island. Photo/Angela DenningThe assembly agreed that the borough does not want the Entrance Island dock in Hobart Bay. They would consider taking over Kupreanof and Papkes under certain conditions.

Petersburg supports Trump and most Republicans

Petersburg voting signPetersburg voters got what they wanted in the general election for the most part. Local voters favored Republicans across the board except for the House 35 race.