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Joe Viechnicki, KFSK - Petersburg

Joe Viechnicki is a reporter at KFSK in Petersburg.

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
Petersburg Remains Among Nation’s Top Fishing Ports

Petersburg Remains Among Nation’s Top Fishing Ports

Commercial fishing boats landed 52 million pounds of seafood worth 50 million dollars in Petersburg last year. Those landings rank the volume of Petersburg’s catch at 24th among fishing ports in the nation for 2012. By value of catch, Petersburg ranked 20th.

October 31, 2013

UPDATE: Former Petersburg School Maintenance Director Charged For Child Porn

The former maintenance director of the Petersburg School District appeared in a Juneau courtroom Wednesday after being charged with distribution and possession of child pornography.

October 30, 2013

Secure Rural Schools Program Extension Approved

Congress has passed a one-year extension of a program that pays out millions of dollars to communities in Alaska near national forest land, like Petersburg. The extension of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act of 2000 was approved by the house and senate this week.

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September 27, 2013

School Board Questions Laws On New Student Physicals

Should parents pay for a state required physical exam for new students entering a public school in Alaska? That was the question raised by a member of Petersburg’s School Board this summer.

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September 23, 2013
Dead Humpback Whale Examined Near Kake

Dead Humpback Whale Examined Near Kake

An adult female humpback whale was found dead near the Southeast community of Kake earlier this month. Kate Savage, a marine mammal specialist with the NOAA Fisheries protected resources division in Juneau, says the dead whale was first reported around Sept. 1 in Keku Strait near Kake. It was later floated to an island outside of Kake and Savage led a team performing a necropsy on the animal on Sept. 11.

September 20, 2013

Petersburg Republican to Seek House Seat

A Petersburg Republican plans to run for House District 35 in hopes of unseating a freshman Democratic representative from Sitka. Legislative districts for next year have not cleared a legal challenge but at least two people intend to run for the new district that includes Sitka, Petersburg, Craig and other communities on the northern half of Prince of Wales Island.

September 2, 2013
Whale Tangled in Gillnet Heads North

Whale Tangled in Gillnet Heads North

Volunteers from Petersburg were not able to free a humpback whale tangled up in a gillnet near Petersburg on Friday and Saturday.

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August 27, 2013

Petersburg Concerned With Future of USCG In Community

Petersburg officials are seeking answers about the future of Coast Guard ships in the community. Borough Mayor Mark Jensen sent a letter to Senator Mark Begich this month voicing concern that the cutter Anacapa could be replaced by larger vessels planned for other Southeast ports.

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August 13, 2013

Record-Setting Pink Run Hits Southeast

A huge and record-setting run of pink salmon is hitting Southeast Alaska this summer. The region’s purse seine fleet has been netting around 8 million pinks per opening in late July and early August. The overall catch for all of last season was around 21 million.

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August 8, 2013
Warm Weather Kills Hatchery Chinook Near Petersburg

Warm Weather Kills Hatchery Chinook Near Petersburg

Over a thousand hatchery king salmon died at Blind River rapids sometime last week. The Chinook were returning to the Crystal Lake Hatchery on southern Mitkof Island, south of Petersburg. Warm water temperatures appear to be the culprit.

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July 24, 2013

Petersburg Man Killed In Trailer Fire

A trailer fire early Saturday morning claimed the life of an elderly Petersburg man. Frank Neidiffer was found dead once volunteer fire fighters were able to get in.

July 23, 2013
Photo courtesy of the Alaska State Troopers

Preliminary report out for fatal float plane crash

The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary report on last week’s fatal crash of a floatplane near Petersburg. The report summarizes the circumstances in the June 4th accident but does not yet include a probable cause for that fatal crash.

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June 14, 2013
Photo courtesy of the Alaska State Troopers

Float Plane Crash Victim Recovered From Steep Mountainside

Alaska State Troopers and other rescuers Wednesday recovered the body of a Santa Fe man killed in Tuesday’s float plane crash near Petersburg.

June 6, 2013

Body Recovered From Fatal Plane Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board needed help from mountain rescue specialists to get to the site of Tuesday’s fatal plane crash near Thunder Mountain east of Petersburg.

June 6, 2013
One Dead, Six Survive Float Plane Crash Near Petersburg

One Dead, Six Survive Float Plane Crash Near Petersburg

One person is dead and six were rescued from a floatplane crash Tuesday on the mainland near Petersburg.

June 5, 2013

Federal Judge Dismisses Alaska’s Challenge of Roadless Rule

A federal judge has dismissed Alaska’s court challenge of the roadless rule for national forest land. Alaska had the last remaining legal case against the 2001 nationwide rule, which prohibits new road construction, reconstruction or logging on large undeveloped areas of national forest land across the U.S. That includes parts of the Tongass and Chugach national forests in Alaska.

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March 25, 2013