Strong king catch means early closure for Southeast trollers

Troll caught winter king salmon (Photo courtesy of Matt Lichtenstein)Southeast Alaska’s commercial salmon trollers are heading back into port after the winter season closed this week. Thanks to strong catches of king salmon on the outer coast near Sitka, it’s the earliest closure on record for the winter fishery.

Petersburg sole bidder on three Mental Health Trust parcels

Petersburg is the sole bidder on the three uppermost parcels toward the top of this image. (Image from the Alaska Mental Health Trust Land Office).It looks like the Petersburg borough will be purchasing some land at Papke’s Landing, about 10 miles south of town.

Federal commission cancels permit for Thomas Bay hydro plant

cascadecanyon1The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is cancelling a permit for a Bellingham company to study potential for a hydro-electric power plant in Thomas Bay near Petersburg. It’s a site that has drawn interest from other companies in the past.

Three-day paddle making workshop opens in Petersburg

Doug Chilton and Jim Zeller (Photo courtesy of the One People Canoe Society)A three-day paddle making workshop gets started Friday at the Petersburg High School shop. Jim Zeller and Doug Chilton from the One People Canoe Society are teaching the class to make canoe journey paddles. The non-profit organization helped with 12 similar workshops in nine Southeast communities last year.

Jean Ellis resigns as Petersburg School Board President

Jean Ellis sits serves her last meeting as President of the Petersburg School Board. Photo/Angela DenningJean Ellis has officially resigned from the Petersburg School Board. March 17 marked her last meeting as board president. While she enthusiastically led the meeting that night other board members were reluctant to see her leave.

Geoduck season in Southeast nearly over

geoduck1Southeast Alaska dive fishermen are nearly done with their harvest of geoduck clams.

Petersburg School District plans for state cuts

dollar bills closeupPetersburg’s School District is in better fiscal shape than many other schools in the state. That’s the message the superintendent brought to the school board at its last meeting.

Fiddle and step-dancing trio performs in Petersburg

Photo courtesy www.rockpaperscissors.bizThe Petersburg Arts Council is bringing the April Verch Band to town for one performance Thursday. March 19. The band is a trio featuring fiddle, guitar, base and banjo.

Petersburg assembly approves purchases for recycling program

recyclebluePetersburg’s borough assembly Monday approved the purchase of a collection truck and new containers for the community’s curbside recycling program. Those purchases will allow the borough to take over the service from a private company and they were not too popular with residents testifying to the assembly this week.

Ward details shipyard workforce plans at Petersburg chamber dinner

dougwardketchAn official with the Ketchikan shipyard made his pitch for more technical training for the future workers in a maritime industry in Southeast Alaska. Director of shipyard development Doug Ward spoke at Saturday’s annual banquet for the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and outlined ways to train young people for new jobs in shipbuilding and other industries.