Southeast News

Legislature considers conflict of interest bill for boards of fish, game

The Alaska legislature is considering a bill to allow members of the Board of Game and Board of Fish to deliberate on topics even after declaring a potential conflict of interest.

Four located overdue outside Kake

Four women from Kake were found on a logging road outside that Southeast Alaska town Saturday, February 11 after their vehicles slipped off the icy road.

Petersburg land grant bills move out of committees

Portions of this map in dark blue are state lands that could be selected by the Petersburg borough.Legislation that would boost the amount of the Petersburg borough’s state land grant moved out of committees in both the Alaska House and Senate this week. Supporters of those bills are making the case that additional state land would help make the new borough more self-sufficient.

Southeast’s first crab fisheries of the year set to open

Tanner crab get dumped from a pot. Photo/ADF&GThe first fisheries of the year for many Southeast fishermen are about to get started. That’s the Tanner and golden king crab fisheries, which open February 17. Managers are predicting a healthy harvest for Tanners and another slow year for king crab.

Petersburg assembly considers charter change votes

boroughsealLocal voters could be deciding some changes to the Petersburg borough charter this fall. Petersburg’s borough assembly has started a discussion about possible charter changes that could impact sales and property tax rate decisions, membership on the planning and zoning commission and other areas.

Petersburg continues with self-pay paving process

roadworkaheadThe Petersburg borough still plans to offer a self-pay paving option for some neighborhood streets this year. The borough assembly Monday continued with changes to an ordinance for a Local Improvement District. That’s an existing process in borough law that allows residents to petition for a new service like water, sewer, electricity or, in this case, paved streets, if residents in an area agree to pay the cost of that project. The assembly approved the second reading of changes to that local law.

Meth seized in Petersburg drug bust

Methamphetamine is a synthetic stimulant that affects the central nervous system. Photo/U.S. Drug Enforcement AdministrationPetersburg police seize meth, marijuana, guns, and cash in a drug bust, Feb. 3.

Ocean Beauty won’t can salmon in Petersburg in 2017

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPetersburg will only have one salmon cannery operating this summer. Ocean Beauty Seafoods will not be canning fish at the company’s plant in Petersburg in 2017.

Petersburg moves forward with electric building remodel

An architect's drawing of a remodeled Power and Light building. The front door entrance at the right is at a 45 degree angle at the corner of Nordic and Haugen drives. (Drawing from the Petersburg borough)Petersburg’s borough assembly voted Monday to go forward with a half million dollar remodel of the Petersburg Municipal Power and Light building at the corner of Haugen and Nordic drives. The project will be paid for with electrical department reserves. The assembly also talked about spending down some of that reserve money by offering a reduced power rate to some customers.

First marijuana business in Petersburg approved by State

SE Moog Droog logo-editThe first license for a commercial marijuana cultivation business in Petersburg was approved by the Alaska Marijuana Control Board Thursday. SE Moog Droog will likely be growing marijuana by the end of the month.