Southeast News

Court battle continues, two years after Petersburg home demolished

Homeowners Karen Ellingstad and Fred Triem took down the home at 1011 Wrangell Avenue in 2014.The legal battle continues over a demolished home on Wrangell Avenue in Petersburg. The structure was taken down in 2014 after the borough declared it a dangerous home. The owners of the home are appealing last year’s court ruling in favor of the Petersburg borough and have filed another suit challenging borough staff visits to the property in preparation for demolition.

Petersburg mayor looks ahead to another three years

markjensen2Without any challenger for his seat this October, Petersburg borough mayor Mark Jensen will be continuing on in that role for another three years. The 60-year-old welder and commercial fisherman has been mayor of the borough since the start of the new expanded municipality in January of 2013. Before that he served on the council for the city of Petersburg and filled in for as city mayor when needed.

Fish and Game worker treated following Stikine River shotgun incident

A view from the sand dunes of the Stikine River mouth near Wrangell (KFSK file photo)An employee with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game from Petersburg was treated for a shotgun wound last week following an incident on the Stikine River involving another department employee.

Petersburg’s “purple librarian” passes away at 100

ruthsandvik5Ruth W. Sandvik passed away July 29 in Seattle’s Kline Galland home in the comfort of her family. Ruth, 100 years old, fractured her hip at her assisted living in Petersburg then was air evacuated to Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. After a successful operation she suffered a stroke and didn’t ever fully recover.

Seiners turn in early after weak pink harvest

Despite a one-day seining opening, Petersburg's South Harbor is full of boats, many with their nets removed. (Photo/Abbey Collins)The pink salmon season in Southeast is supposed to be peaking right now. Instead, the run is actually slowing, harvests have been poor, and as KFSK’s Abbey Collins reports from Petersburg, many fishermen are wrapping up the season early.

Preserving the history of Alaska’s canned seafood

Canned salmon label courtesy of Karen HofstadThere used to be hundreds of canneries all along Alaska's coast line. The first ones opened in 1878 in Sikta and Klawock.

Trident Seafoods resumes processing operations

(Photo/KFSK)One of Petersburg’s four main fish processors is back in business after halting operations for part of the summer. Trident Seafood employees are returning to work after the location was closed to fishermen earlier in the season.

Senator Stedman talks about State budget crisis

Sen. Bert Stedman speaks on the floor of the Alaska Senate, Feb. 10, 2014. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)Stedman is running unopposed for Senate District R.

Former Petersburg mayor, Al Dwyer, dies at 74

13920961_10209083855392272_8437492584438196037_nAl Dwyer was known as a community volunteer and "a good guy".

Petersburg fishermen make big catch near town

Brian Mattson, with the 396 pound halibut caught near Petersburg. (photo/Abbey Collins)It wasn’t record breaking. But a nearly 400 pound halibut caught by local fishermen near Petersburg over the weekend was still pretty darn huge. Abbey Collins visited the boat that made the catch on Sunday as it was hauled up to be processed.