Southeast News

Petersburg Ranger District, community celebrate Three Lakes Shelter

U.S. Forest Service botanist Joni Johnson shows community members how to core a tree to determine the age (photo/Orin Pierson)Earlier this month, the U.S. Forest service celebrated the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act with a picnic celebration at the Three Lakes Shelter near Petersburg. Abbey Collins made the trip out the road to see science, history and community come together in the woods.

Ferry breakdown strands passengers in Petersburg

Joe Yuhas and brothers Steve and Larry Banwart were stranded in Petersburg after the Columbia ferry broke down on Wednesday. (Photo/Abbey Collins)Nearly 200 passengers were stranded in Petersburg this week, after a mechanical issue on one of Southeast Alaska’s main ferries caused it to stall there Wednesday morning.

Southeast’s Columbia ferry stalls in Petersburg

One of Southeast Alaska’s ferries stalled near Petersburg on Wednesday. The southbound Columbia ferry arrived in Petersburg early this morning and was scheduled to depart shortly after, but an unexpected delay left the boat parked in town all day.

Yachters share liveaboard experiences in Petersburg

Lynda and Jim Frantz stand near their boats galley. Photo/Abbey CollinsOver 100 boaters visited town in Nordhavn yachts to share tricks of the trade and talk about what it takes to live aboard.

Should commercial marijuana in Petersburg be illegal?

Petersburg borough assembly members at the July 18 meeting (from left): Eric Castro, Jeigh Stanton-Gregor, Nancy Strand, Bob Lynn. (Cyndi Lagoudakis and Mark Wohlhueter were on teleconference)The Petersburg borough assembly approved the ballot question in response to a citizens initiative that gathered enough signatures for a vote. The question would ask voters if all sales and importation of marijuana should be illegal, including cultivation and testing.

Petersburg public health limits services to cut costs

Erin Michael is the Public Health Nurse in Petersburg.Well child checkups are limited to children six and under. People over 29 can longer get immunizations, STD checks or birth control although there are a few exceptions.

Petersburg court adjusts to statewide changes

Petersburg Trial Court (photo/Abbey Collins)As shrinking finances are felt throughout the state, KFSK is taking a closer look at how people and agencies are affected locally. Earlier this month the Alaska Court System began taking steps to bring down operating costs in anticipation of significant budget cuts. Abbey Collins stopped by the Petersburg Trial Court to see how limited hours and trimmed employee salaries are playing out here.

Petersburg to see another marijuana vote

Danielle Baldwin shows off strains of medical marijuana at a smoke shop in Ashland, Oregon. AP Photo/Jeff Barnard434 petition signatures were checked over and certified. Petitioners only needed 104 signatures to get the issue before voters.

Priest, pilot, policeman, pastor, departs Petersburg

A man who’s headed up two different churches here in Petersburg, flown float planes and done the midnight shift as a local cop has moved out of town this summer. Pastor Mike Schwarte left the Petersburg Lutheran Church and moving with his family to be near Auburn University in Alabama. The 54-year-old Schwarte was a Catholic priest for five years covering churches in Wrangell, Petersburg and Kake and flying a float plane back and forth between the towns. He also worked as a float plane pilot and wore a badge for the Petersburg Police Department.

Rep. Kreiss-Tomkins skeptical of special session

Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins is the representative for Southeast's District 35.The Sitka representative says it's not likely lawmakers will come to an agreement on a sustainable fiscal plan.