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Joe Viechnicki, KFSK - Petersburg

Joe Viechnicki is a reporter at KFSK in Petersburg.

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 - 11:00 am

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 - 10:13 am
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 - 10:05 am

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 - 5:59 pm

Troopers Investigating Kake Teenager’s Death As A Homicide

Alaska State Troopers are investigating the death of a 13-year-old girl in the small Southeast community of Kake as a homicide.

February 7, 2013 - 5:30 pm

13-Year-Old Girl Found Dead Inside Kake Church

Family members have identified the person found dead in the Southeast community of Kake Tuesday night as a 13-year-old girl, Mackenzie H. Howard of Kake. Alaska State Troopers say Howard was found by a member of the community inside the Memorial Presbyterian Church.

February 7, 2013 - 10:15 am
Petersburg Officials Review Tsunami Evacuation

Petersburg Officials Review Tsunami Evacuation

Petersburg officials are reviewing the community’s response to a tsunami warning from the January 4th earthquake that rattled Southeast Alaska and sent residents scrambling to higher ground in the middle of the night. The voluntary evacuation went smoothly by many accounts but also highlighted some possible areas of improvement.

January 28, 2013 - 12:45 pm

Petersburg Becomes 19th Borough In Alaska

It’s official. Petersburg is now a borough. The state’s Division of Elections certified the town’s borough vote Thursday January 3rd and the final results did not changed from the initial counts in December. The final tally is 782 votes in favor and 600 opposed.

January 3, 2013 - 5:16 pm
State Looks At Southeast Alaska Wolf Control Programs

State Looks At Southeast Alaska Wolf Control Programs

Southeast game managers are working on new wolf control programs for Southeast Alaska. The state’s Board of Game will hear about the plan when it meets in January in Sitka. The Department of Fish and Game is looking at reducing wolves near Petersburg and Ketchikan to help boost deer numbers. Predator control efforts are underway in other parts of the state but these new programs would be the first of their kind in decades for Southeast.

December 18, 2012 - 10:51 pm
Low Forecasts For Two Southeast King Salmon Runs

Low Forecasts For Two Southeast King Salmon Runs

Low forecasts for next year’s Stikine and Taku river king salmon returns will mean no opportunity for commercial fishing fleets to target those king runs early next May. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game this month released its forecasts for Chinook expected to return to the two rivers in Southeast Alaska next spring and summer.

December 14, 2012 - 6:07 pm

Petersburg Voters To Decide On Creation Of New Southeast Borough

While the rest of the Alaska is done with elections for a while, one is heating up in Petersburg. Voters there are deciding this month whether to create a new borough in Southeast. The proposal would dramatically expand municipal boundaries and the tax base for Petersburg and increase the population by about 10 percent.

December 11, 2012 - 5:43 pm
Beth Kerttula

Juneau State Legislator Gets To Know Expanded District

Juneau Democratic state representative Beth Kerttula is spending time this fall getting to know the residents and issues in several smaller Southeast Alaska communities that will be part of her district in 2013. Because of redistricting, Kerttula’s House District 32 will include Petersburg, Kupreanof, Gustavus, Tenakee and Skagway. She’s running unopposed for the seat and considers it an opportunity to represent an expanded district.

October 31, 2012 - 11:30 am

Campaigning Heats Up For Petersburg Borough Vote

Petersburg is far from the presidential swing state circuit and does not even have any contested state legislative races to weigh in on this fall. However, yard signs are up around town showing a political campaign of a different sort heating up this fall. Supporters and opponents of the creation of a new Petersburg borough are making their case through mailings and on the airwaves, editorial page and online.

October 31, 2012 - 11:26 am

Juneau Appeals Decision On Petersburg Borough

The City and Borough of Juneau is appealing a decision by the state’s Local Boundary Commission on the northern boundary of a proposed Petersburg borough.

October 25, 2012 - 4:21 pm

State Awaits Outcome of Remaining Roadless Forest Lawsuits

The state of Alaska has the only remaining legal challenge pending against a nationwide ban on logging and road building on roadless forest lands. That’s after the U.S. Supreme Court decided this week not to hear an appeal on a lawsuit brought by the state of Wyoming and a mining industry group from Colorado.

October 4, 2012 - 11:14 am

Icicle Settles EPA Complaint for Refrigerant Leaks

Icicle Seafoods has agreed to pay a fine over refrigerant leaks at some of the company’s seafood processing vessels and plants.

August 13, 2012 - 5:28 pm

Report Blames Current, Maneuvering Error For Ferry Crash

The Alaska Marine Highway has concluded that a strong tidal current and a maneuvering error by the captain of the state ferry Matanuska resulted in the May 7 crash with a seafood processing plant in Petersburg.

July 12, 2012 - 2:05 pm
School Funding Programs Extended For A Year

School Funding Programs Extended For A Year

A federal funding program key to Southeast school districts will remain in place for another year. An extension of the Secure Rural Schools Program is part of a recently passed transportation bill. The program has been a mainstay for districts in or near National Forests in and outside of Alaska.

July 11, 2012 - 4:45 pm

Fish Processor Won’t Reopen This Summer After Crash

Ocean Beauty Seafoods won’t be processing fish at the company’s cannery in Petersburg this summer because of damage from the state ferry Matanuska.

June 7, 2012 - 5:05 pm

Ocean Beauty To Keep Petersburg Plant Open

The seafood processing company Ocean Beauty says it will keep its Petersburg plant open in 2012, despite another low pink salmon forecast.

January 2, 2012 - 4:25 pm