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Joe Viechnicki, KFSK - Petersburg

Joe Viechnicki is a reporter at KFSK in Petersburg.

Southeast Divers Finish Up Sea Cucumber Season

Southeast Divers Finish Up Sea Cucumber Season

It was a relatively quick season for Southeast Alaska sea cucumber divers. The season closed in mid-November after the fleet landed a little more than a million pounds of the seafood delicacy. Meanwhile, it looks like diving for geoduck clams might not be over so quickly.

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December 3, 2014

Deadline Set; Southeast Wolves To Undergo ESA Review

The federal government has agreed to a deadline of the end of next year for an endangered species review for wolves in Southeast Alaska.

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September 22, 2014

Alaska Seeks Continued Involvement In BC Mine Review

The state of Alaska is requesting to be involved with Canadian approval of a proposed copper and gold mine across the border in British Columbia. State commissioners of three departments submitted comments on Seabridge Gold’s Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell or KSM mine this month.

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August 26, 2014
Duncan Canal (KFSK file photo)

Air Force Cleans Up Cold War-Era Radio Site In Southeast

A large soil clean-up project at a former Cold War mountaintop radio site near Petersburg is underway this summer. A contractor for the U.S. Air Force is removing soil contaminated by fuel and building debris left at the site after it’s decommissioning almost three decades ago.

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August 19, 2014

Authorities Investigate Explosion in Petersburg

Details are emerging about an explosion that injured a Petersburg person over the weekend and has brought federal explosives agents there to investigate.

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July 16, 2014
Salmon jumping out of the water at Amalga Harbor during last year’s opening. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

Hatchery Chum Salmon Forecast Close To 2013 Levels

The first returns of hatchery chum salmon are showing up in fishing nets in Southeast Alaska this month. Summer chums play an important part in the early season for net fishing fleets and the troll fleet as well. Hatchery officials are forecasting runs close to last year’s.

June 25, 2014
(Photo from Gunnuk Creek Hatchery website)

Hatchery in Kake closing June 30th

A hatchery in the Southeast community of Kake is closing its doors this month and has released its final chum, pink and coho salmon. There’s still some hope that a larger regional hatchery organization can figure out a way to restart the salmon enhancement program there.

June 25, 2014

Groups Ask Seek Endangered Species Protection For Yellow Cedar Trees

Conservation groups are asking for endangered species protection for yellow cedar trees in Alaska. The trees have been dying off in portions of Southeast over the past century. Scientists say it’s likely due to a warming climate and lack of snow cover for vulnerable roots.

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June 24, 2014

Man killed in logging operation south of Petersburg

A 51-year-old Idaho man working on a timber sale near Banana Point south of Petersburg died Thursday after a tree top fell on him.

June 16, 2014
State Releases Plan For Maritime Workforce

State Releases Plan For Maritime Workforce

It’s a topic talked about often around Petersburg – what kind of jobs are most needed for the fishing fleets and boats of this coastal community and how to fill those jobs. A new plan released by state this spring identifies the highest work force needs around Alaska for seafood harvesting, processing, fishery management as well as ship operations and repair. The plan also lists steps forward to fill those jobs.

June 16, 2014
State Ferry Columbia’s Return To Service Is Delayed

State Ferry Columbia’s Return To Service Is Delayed

The state ferry Columbia will not be returning to service in Southeast Alaska this week as expected. A problem with one of the newly-installed engines on the 418-foot ship means the Columbia will remain in Bellingham awaiting a replacement part.

June 11, 2014
(Map from the University of Alaska Southeast)

Groups Seek Decision On Status Of Southeast Wolves

Conservation groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. seeking a decision on the status of wolf populations in Southeast Alaska.

June 11, 2014

Some Southeast Chinook Runs Expected To Be Strong

King Salmon are expected to be plentiful in parts of Southeast Alaska this summer.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game this month announced a king salmon harvest quota allowed under the Pacific Salmon Treaty and based on the forecasts of Chinook returning to rivers and streams on the Pacific coast of the U.S. and Canada.

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April 15, 2014
Fish And Wildlife To Review Southeast Alaska Wolves

Fish And Wildlife To Review Southeast Alaska Wolves

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will review whether or not Southeast Alaska wolves should be listed for protection under the Endangered Species Act. The federal agency this month announced what’s called a “positive 90-day finding” on a petition to list the Alexander Archipelago wolf.

March 28, 2014

University, State Timber Offerings Planned Near Petersburg

Plans are starting to gear up for timber sales on state and university owned lands in the area of the Tongass National Forest.

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March 18, 2014
Record Run Leads To Glut Of Pink Salmon

Record Run Leads To Glut Of Pink Salmon

The record setting pink salmon catch in Alaska last year has left seafood processing companies with several year’s worth of inventory of canned product, although not all of the pink salmon winds up in a can. In fact, industry in recent years has been freezing and reprocessing around half of Alaska’s pink catch. Analysts say that move has helped weather the boom and bust cycles of salmon returns.

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February 12, 2014

Southeast Commercial Halibut Catch Increased For 2014

Southeast Alaska’s commercial halibut catch limit is going up. The International Pacific Halibut Commission concluded its annual meeting Friday in Seattle and approved catch limits for Alaska, British Columbia, and the West Coast of the U.S.

January 20, 2014

Southeast Dungeness Crab Catch Surpasses Expectations

Southeast Alaska’s Dungeness crab fleet has exceeded expectations for the season, thanks to a strong catch during October and November.

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December 24, 2013

Gas Spills From Broken Pipe On Kake Waterfront

Officials say an estimated 5,500 gallons of unleaded gasoline spilled into the water Saturday in the small Southeast community of Kake.

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December 16, 2013

Redistricting Decision Suits Petersburg Officials

Petersburg’s mayor is pleased with the court decision in favor of the state’s latest redistricting plan. The legislative boundary map will put Petersburg in a district with Sitka and 22 other small Southeast communities.

November 26, 2013