Maritime industry looks to train a skilled workforce

The Maritime Works panel sits in front of the Southeast Conference gathering, Sept. 20, in Petersburg. (from left) Kris Norosz, Julie Decker, Doug Ward, Cari Ann Carty. Photo/Angela DenningThere is a lack of skilled workers in the maritime industry so a group of maritime industry businesses called Maritime Works has partnered with training programs in the state to fill that gap.

Southeast Conference looks at several models for reformed ferry system

Alaska Department of Transportation deputy commissioner Mike Neussl addresses the Southeast Conference annual meeting September 21, 2016.Business and community leaders in Southeast Alaska are looking into how other ferry systems are operated around the world and a different way of managing Alaska’s ferries. The annual meeting of Southeast Conference in Petersburg in September focused on the first steps of a project to reform the state ferry system, find efficiencies and keep ferries running between coastal communities despite the state’s budget crisis.

Mallott discusses Mental Health logging, BC mines

byronmallotSEconf5Alaska’s Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott was the keynote speaker at this week’s annual meeting of Southeast Conference in Petersburg. During his speech Wednesday, September 21, Mallott addressed climate change and fisheries, this year’s failed pink salmon runs, mining concerns on the transboundary rivers in Southeast Alaska, the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission and the Alaska Marine Highway System. Joe Viechnicki spoke with Mallott Tuesday about some of those topics, along with logging of Alaska Mental Health Trust Land near Petersburg.

Southeast commercial king crab season will remain closed

The last commercial opening for red king crab in Southeast was 2011. Photo/ADF&GAlthough king crab numbers remain historically low there have been modest increases in the population since 2013.

23 bulls taken in first week of local hunt

Bjorn Stolpe of Petersburg stands with the antlers of his legal moose taken near Pt. Agassiz. Photo courtesy of Rich LowellOnly eight percent of the first week's harvest was illegal, down from last year's 20 percent.

State cuts will stifle Southeast’s economic growth

Maelani Schijvens presents "Southeast Alaska by the Numbers 2016" to the Southeast Conference in Petersburg, Sept. 20. Photo/Angela DenningSoutheast has more people, jobs, and money than five years ago but the state budget crisis will stop that growth, according to the annual report, "Southeast Alaska by the Numbers 2016."

Long distance bike rider for spinal cord research heads south from Alaska

ianandersenbikeA 24-year-old bike rider has started a 10-month journey through 14 countries from Alaska to Argentina. He’s not even the first in his own family to make that trip. However, along the way, he’s hoping to raise money and awareness for spinal cord injuries. He's heading way south on the Alaska Marine Highway, making stops in Southeast Alaska.

Southeast Conference begins in Petersburg

Candidates for the Southeast Conference board of directors introduced themselves Tuesday morning. Photo/Angela DenningA few hundred of Southeast's community and business leaders are attending the annual meeting, which runs Sept. 20-22.

Petersburg assembly considers revenue from proposed pot tax

boroughsealA proposed tax on marijuana and marijuana products advanced in second reading Monday before the Petersburg borough assembly. However, the assembly voted to change the wording for future use of the proceeds of such a tax.

Petersburg domestic violence support non-profit lands three-year grant

WAVEwindowPetersburg’s domestic violence advocacy organization has received some good news on the funding front. WAVE, or Working Against Violence for Everyone, has landed a three-year federal grant that will allow the organization to keep its doors open, expand its staff and pay for equipment.