Southeast News

SE Dungeness crabbers see full-length summer, fall seasons

Commercial Dungeness crabbers have a full two-month summer and two-month fall season for most of Southeast Alaska again this year. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced this week the summer season would continue through August 15 and a fall season is planned for October and November. The season length is set based on the catch from the first week of fishing. Crabbing opened on June 15th.

Troll fleet heads out for first summer king opening

Spring season troll caught king salmon (KFSK file photo courtesy of Matt Lichtenstein)Southeast Alaska commercial trollers have their first summer opening for king salmon July 1st. Managers are hoping the fleet will catch around 122-thousand wild stock kings, managed under the Pacific Salmon Treaty between the U.S. and Canada, along with several thousand more Alaska hatchery kings.

Kake Petersburg road one of eight state projects put on hold

Kake road mapA road on Kupreanof Island between Kake and Petersburg is now on hold because of Alaska’s budget crisis. Among his announcements of budget vetoes Wednesday morning, Governor Bill Walker said the state would be pausing eight highway road projects around Alaska. The projects are state-funded and they include a proposed road link across the northern side of Kupreanof Island.

Update: Walker lowers PFDs, cuts school funds

Gov. Bill Walker announced vetoes totaling $1.29 billion at a press conference in Anchorage on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. (Screenshot via web stream courtesy Gov. Walker’s office)Gov. Bill Walker cut Permanent Fund dividends today to $1,000 per person, about half of the projected amount.

Forest Service releases draft decision on Kake electrical line

kakepanoramaThe U.S. Forest Service is a step closer to choosing a route for a proposed electrical transmission line to the Southeast Alaska community of Kake. The agency June 24th released a draft decision on the Kake Petersburg Intertie. Once it’s finalized, the environmental review could authorize the construction of a 60-mile long power line across Tongass National Forest land on Kupreanof Island.

Small town on Prince of Wales Island looks to start new city

The harbor in Whale Pass (Photo from the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development; Division of Community and Regional Affairs’ Community Photo Library)Residents of the small town of Whale Pass on northern Prince of Wales Island could have a chance to vote on forming a new second class city sometime later this year. The state’s Local Boundary Commission will be meeting in August in Whale Pass to determine whether the community should be allowed to proceed with a vote. A final report out this month from LBC staff recommends approving a petition from residents of that town.

Second king salmon release done near creek outside Petersburg

netpencitycreek2Another batch of small hatchery king salmon has been released from a net pen near City Creek, about three miles from downtown Petersburg. The Chinook are born and reared at the Crystal Lake Hatchery about 18 miles south of Petersburg. Hatchery manager Loren Thompson says just under 100,000 young Crystal Lake king salmon were released on May 15th.

State seeks company to survey Kupreanof road

The Twelve Mile Creek drainage on northeastern Kupreanof Island is the proposed route for a road connection across the island. (KFSK file photo)The Alaska Department of Transportation is looking to hire a company to survey a proposed road on Kupreanof Island near the Southeast communities of Kupreanof, Petersburg and Kake.

Residents will try for Petersburg pot business vote

Photo from flickrCreative CommonsBrett LevinLEGAL Colorado marijuana growVoters in the Petersburg borough may be weighing in on prohibiting or allowing local marijuana businesses sometime this year after all. Petersburg’s borough assembly earlier this month voted not to put that issue on the October 4th ballot. Residents on Monday asked the assembly to re-consider that decision. Meanwhile, an effort is underway to put some pot business questions to voters, possibly in a special election later this year.

Petersburg starts discussion on addiction solutions

Petersburg school students  met a drug dog and his Juneau handler in 2011. (KFSK file photo)Community members in Petersburg have started up what they hope is a regular, perhaps monthly, discussion on drug abuse in the community and possible solutions. The first meeting this month focused on prosecution of drug dealers and help for those addicted.