Southeast News

Antique fire trucks in Petersburg get road ready

Jack Slaght points to the engine he overhauled in the 1928 Model A fire truck. Photo/Angela DenningPetersburg resident, Jack Slaght, has been spending the last few years making two fire trucks--from1928 and 1936--like new again.

Science club starts up for Petersburg middle school

Joni Johnson instructs Chase Lister and Rose Lane on dissecting squid. Photo/Angela DenningInstructors hope the club will serve as a feeder program into the high school's National Ocean Science Bowl team.

Commercial fishing to be opened for Stikine River kings

ADF&G Area Management Biologist, Troy Thynes, looks at historical run data of Stikine River kings in his Petersburg office. Photo/Angela DenningThe allowable catch for the U.S. is 1,100, according to preseason estimates. There will be an commercial opening in District 8 on May 2 for trolling and drift gill netting.

Deadly bat disease spreading; residents asked to help survey the flying mammals

bats with white nose-Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeWhite nose syndrome has killed seven million bats on the East Coast. Experts fear it’s only a matter of time before it reaches Alaska. But what that could mean for Southeast bats is unclear because so little is known about the population.

Spring spawn-on-kelp herring fishery complete

Photo courtesy of ADF&GSome 137 permit holders participated in the fishery and used 47 herring pound structures, with a number of permit holders sharing those structures.

Legislators into final scheduled week of session

As the regular Legislative session nears its scheduled end date, lawmakers are expecting to continue work on budget solutions past the 90-day mark approved by voters. Legislators still have to reconcile competing versions of the state budget and have yet to approve new taxes, changes to the Alaska Permanent Fund or other fiscal proposals. Petersburg’s representative in the state House, Sitka Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins says those decisions have to be made this year but he thinks that work is going to take awhile.

Update: Three Wrangell men dead after plane crashes on Admiralty Island

A photo of a Cessna 206 from Sunrise Aviation’s website.A plane crashed on Admiralty Island on Friday morning southeast of Angoon after departing from Wrangell. Three people died and one was injured.

One Petersburg business pursues pot license

susieburrellOne business on main street in Petersburg has started the process of applying for a retail marijuana license with the state. The owner doesn’t expect to be operating until 2017 at the earliest.

Bill would allow cities to help fund ferry system

The ferry Taku sails into the Wrangell Narrows on its way south in August of 2013. The ferry will be out of service for repairs in December.  (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)A Southeast lawmaker wants communities to be able to contribute directly to the Alaska Marine Highway System.

State testing continues, despite decision to suspend

The state of Alaska has suspended a state-mandated test because of ongoing problems with the computer based assessment, however some districts are continuing on with testing this week. Students across Alaska started taking the online Alaska Measures of Progress assessment Tuesday. Testing that day was ended when a construction crew severed a fiber optic cable at the University of Kansas, where the vendor Achievement and Assessment Institute is based.