Southeast News

Petersburg officials discuss retaining Coast Guard cutter

The Petersburg-based Coast Guard cutter Anacapa (photo courtesy USCG)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.

Petersburg awaits court’s decision on municipal boundaries

PSGBORsmallThe 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 wakes up to mysterious loud booming noise

This map shows the five reports of people seeing a meteor early Saturday morning. Photo/amsmeteors.orgSome think it was thunder and lightning while others say they saw a meteor.

Forest plan: transition to young growth logging to take 16 years

Logs are loaded onto a truck on Kupreanof Island in 2013.The U.S. Forest Service has released a new plan for managing timber lands on the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska. It puts a timeline on the transition from young- to old-growth logging and it attempts to make it easier to develop hydro projects on forest land.

Mitkof timber sale decision pulled

A tug pulls a log raft down the Wrangell Narrows near Mitkof Island in 2013. (KFSK file photo)The U.S. Forest Service has withdrawn its decision on a proposed timber harvest on Mitkof Island near Petersburg.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.

Southeast Alaska humpbacks tagged for annual migration

I humpback whale dives in Frederick Sound near Petersburg. (Photo courtesy of Craig Hayslip, Faculty Research Assistant, OSU Marine Mammal Institute)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.

State testing results coming for Petersburg students

School District building with no snowLocal parents this fall should be getting back the results of a new state standardized test taken by students in third through 10th grades last spring. It’s the first year for the Alaska Measures of Progress assessment and has higher standards than the previous state test in math and language arts. Petersburg’s school board and staff heard about the results at a board meeting and a statewide conference this month.

Petersburg school board waits to vote on memorial policy

Petersburg High School signPetersburg’s school board will wait until next month to decide on a new policy on memorials in the schools. The district is considering a policy that would remove existing tributes and the issue has sparked emotional testimony.

Southeast pink salmon forecast below recent average

Spawning pink salmon fill City Creek near Petersburg in August and September (KFSK file photo)The Alaska Department of Fish and game is forecasting a pink salmon harvest of 34 million fish for Southeast Alaska next summer. That catch would be just below the 35 million caught in the region this year and would be below the 10-year average. It’s still falls in the “strong” category compared to commercial catches dating back to statehood.

Coffman Cove ferry restarts with reduced winter schedule

The Rainforest Islander tied up in Wrangell (Katarina Sostaric/KSTK)A new ferry based in the small Southeast Alaska town of Coffman Cove will be restarting service this Friday. The Rainforest Islander ferry started service this summer to Wrangell and southern Mitkof Island near Petersburg. The independent ferry has been sidelined in Wrangell since mid-October undergoing repairs.