A record 8 students make the All-State Music Festival

Music teacher Matt Lenhard poses with the eight students who went to the All-State Music Festival: (L-R) Matt Lenhard, Senior Nathaniel Lenhard, Junior Jasmine Ieremia, Sophomore Eva Lenhard, Senior Kelsa Sperl, Freshman Brooklyn Dormer, Junior Julia Murph, Senior Ben Higgins, Junior Brandon Ware. Photo courtesy of Matt LenhardSix choir and two band students in Petersburg High School were accepted into the All-State Music Festival.

Sons of Norway to hold Christmas Bazaar this weekend

Sally Dwyer stands in a decorated Sons of Norway hall in 2015. Photo/Angela DenningPetersburg's Sons of Norway for the second year will fill the upstairs and downstairs of their hall with local vendors selling food, crafts and other items.

Winter coats to be given away to residents in need

These coats are going to be given away this Saturday at the Salvation Army Community Hall. Photo courtesy of Lee's ClothingA new student group has helped collect 80 coats to be giving away Saturday at the Salvation Army Community Hall.

Prince of Wales island community to vote on incorporation this winter

Whale Pass harbor (photo from the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development  Division of Community and Regional Affairs’ Community Photo Library)Residents of the Southeast Alaska community of Whale Pass should be getting their ballots in the mail right before Christmas to decide on forming a new city. The former logging camp and community of around 50 people is voting on whether to incorporate a new second class city, encompassing about 26 square miles of land and water on northern Prince of Wales Island.

Southeast sea cuke diving wrapping up, geoduck clamming continues

Sea cucumber (Photo courtesy of Matt Lichtenstein)The commercial fisheries for two sea floor-dwelling delicacies of Southeast Alaska started in October. The season for sea cucumbers is wrapping up while fishing for geoduck clams is expected to continue this winter.

Petersburg library sees jump in checkouts

Young children make art at the public library during an open play program. Photo courtesy of Petersburg Public LibraryThe Petersburg Public Library has seen a 20 percent increase in checkouts of on-site content over the last fiscal year.

New movie screen, rigging in at Petersburg theater

riggingnewAudiences in Petersburg’s Wright Auditorium might not notice the changes right away, but there’s some new equipment that’s been installed making it easier and safer to show movies and put on performances.

New bulkhead loading dock open for use

The bulkhead loading dock is built onto the approach to the drive down dock, seen here from South Harbor. Photo/Angela DenningThe bulkhead loading dock is built onto the approach to the drive down dock. The bulkhead was built with $1.23 million in leftover funds from the drive down dock project.

Thanksgiving food boxes given to 88 needy families

Volunteers Steve Homer and Mysti Birks pack Thanksgiving boxes for the Salvation Army Church. Photo/Angela DenningCommunity volunteers and Petersburg's Salvation Army Church are donating food boxes to local families to help them have a Thanksgiving meal at home.

Group releases study on fishing, tourism dollars from Southeast Alaska rivers

Kayakers rest near the U.S.-Canadian border on the Stikine River, marked by a line of cleared trees. (KFSK file photo)Three major rivers that flow out of Canada into Southeast Alaska could provide a combined one billion dollars in value for tourism and fisheries on this side of the border over the next three decades. That’s one of the findings in a new study commissioned by a group seeking to highlight potential impacts to those rivers from the mining industry in British Columbia.