Foundation grants $11,000 to Petersburg non-profits

Photo by Karin McCullough courtesy of the Petersburg Community FoundationA charitable endowment fund in Petersburg has awarded grants totaling 11-thousand dollars to six different local non-profit organizations. That money will fund teaching supplies for young children, food for kids on the weekend, library programs for kids and a shelter building for the humane association among other items.

Chautauqua visits Southeast Alaska next month

Photo by Michelle Bates courtesy of the New Old Time ChautauquaA large group of traveling performers and educators is visiting seven communities in Southeast Alaska this summer. The New Old Time Chautauqua will be holding parades, performances and workshops and encouraging residents to participate.

Warm weather logging restrictions lifted

IMG_3144The U.S. Forest Service has lifted restrictions on logging companies on the Tongass National Forest because of a drop in forest fire danger over the weekend.

Winner tops 50 pounds in Petersburg salmon derby

derbyhatA 50.9-pound king was the winner in Petersburg’s 34th annual salmon derby over the weekend. Scott Stafford had the largest salmon for the four day event and wins first prize of seven thousand dollars.

Logging restrictions in place for dry weather on Tongass

IMG_3158Officials on the Tongass National Forest are restricting logging activities because of the hot, dry weather and some lightning strikes in the region. The forest has been placed on “Hoot Owl” restrictions, effective Friday, May 22nd. That means some logging work cannot take place during the afternoon and evening. The limitations are in place for the Craig and Thorne Bay districts on Prince of Wales Island along with the Wrangell ranger district.

Petersburg salmon derby underway Friday

karenmalcomThe Petersburg Chamber of Commerce’s 34th annual salmon derby opens Friday, May 22 with over 100 prizes for lucky anglers landing a king salmon during the four-day event. Fishing starts at 7 this morning and is open through 5 p.m. Monday. Event organizers were able to tag two fish this week, good for cash prizes if they’re caught again during the derby.

Student glacier survey reports little change at LeConte

Kyle Hagerman, Skipper Erickson, Ian Fleming, Shalie Dahl, Aaron Murph and Chauncey Sandhofer surveyed the LeConte Glacier this month. (Photo courtesy of Victor Trautman)A team of student surveyors from Petersburg High School just completed an annual visit to the LeConte Glacier on the mainland near Petersburg. This is the 32nd year for the program to record the position of the terminus of the southernmost tidewater glacier in North America. The students have found little change in the location of ice face, no big retreat or advance again this year. They were able to verify their work for the first time using a satellite image.

Lightning causes power outage in Petersburg

powerpole4A rare thunder and lightning display caused a brief power outage in Petersburg Tuesday afternoon. Petersburg Power and Light superintendent Joe Nelson reported that lightning hit a tree along with a transmission line and distribution line for the local electric utility.

Petersburg assembly approves Chautauqua camping

Sandy Beach Park low tidePetersburg’s borough assembly approved camping at Sandy Beach next month for a group of performers, educators and chefs planning to visit. The New Old Time Chautauqua may be bringing up to 55 people to Petersburg and other Southeast towns this summer. They’ll be performing while they’re in town and holding workshops.

Governor Walker disappointed over legislative inaction

govdedicate2Alaska’s Governor Bill Walker on Saturday expressed disappointment with legislative inaction over three issues he wanted addressed this month in a special session. The state budget is still up in the air, a little over a month away from the end of the fiscal year leaving school districts, municipal governments and state agencies wondering about funding levels for the year ahead.