Commercial Dungeness crabbers have a full two-month summer and two-month fall season for most of Southeast Alaska again this year. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced this week the summer season would continue through August 15 and a fall season is planned for October and November. The season length is set based on the catch from the first week of fishing. Crabbing opened on June 15th.
A road on Kupreanof Island between Kake and Petersburg is now on hold because of Alaska’s budget crisis. Among his announcements of budget vetoes Wednesday morning, Governor Bill Walker said the state would be pausing eight highway road projects around Alaska. The projects are state-funded and they include a proposed road link across the northern side of Kupreanof Island.
The U.S. Forest Service is a step closer to choosing a route for a proposed electrical transmission line to the Southeast Alaska community of Kake. The agency June 24th released a draft decision on the Kake Petersburg Intertie. Once it’s finalized, the environmental review could authorize the construction of a 60-mile long power line across Tongass National Forest land on Kupreanof Island.
Residents of the small town of Whale Pass on northern Prince of Wales Island could have a chance to vote on forming a new second class city sometime later this year. The state’s Local Boundary Commission will be meeting in August in Whale Pass to determine whether the community should be allowed to proceed with a vote. A final report out this month from LBC staff recommends approving a petition from residents of that town.
Another batch of small hatchery king salmon has been released from a net pen near City Creek, about three miles from downtown Petersburg. The Chinook are born and reared at the Crystal Lake Hatchery about 18 miles south of Petersburg. Hatchery manager Loren Thompson says just under 100,000 young Crystal Lake king salmon were released on May 15th.
Voters in the Petersburg borough may be weighing in on prohibiting or allowing local marijuana businesses sometime this year after all. Petersburg’s borough assembly earlier this month voted not to put that issue on the October 4th ballot. Residents on Monday asked the assembly to re-consider that decision. Meanwhile, an effort is underway to put some pot business questions to voters, possibly in a special election later this year.