Alaska’s Junior U-S Senator made a stop in Petersburg over the weekend. Democrat Mark Begich got a tour of the city and visited with town officials, fishermen and other residents. During an interview with the press on Saturday, Begich discussed a variety of issues including local projects, sea otter concerns, the Sealaska lands bill, and the effort to renew the Secure Rural Schools Act which is a key source of funding for local schools. KFSK’s Matt Lichtenstein and the Petersburg Pilot’s Suzanne Ashe spoke with Begich when he stopped by the harbor master’s shack during the salmon derby. It was his first visit to town as a Senator.

Begich also touched on the Alaska Mental Health Trust land exchange proposal, the ferry system, and redistricting among other issues. You can listen to the entire interview below:

Senator Mark Begich stops by the Salmon Derby weigh-in station in Petersburg