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Matt Lichtenstein, KFSK - Petersburg

Matt Lichtenstein is a reporter at KFSK in Petersburg.

New Ferry Service Gets Federal Loan

Northern Prince of Wales Island, Petersburg and Wrangell could be connected by a new year-round ferry service as soon as this spring.

October 10, 2011

Mental Health Trust Reworking Land Exchange

The Alaska Mental Health Trust is changing its approach to a major land exchange with the federal government.

September 27, 2011

Crews Work to Clean Up Petersburg After High Winds, Heavy Rain

City and State crews have been busy in Petersburg Friday, cleaning up damage caused by heavy rains and winds. This morning, a large landslide blocked Mitkof highway in Petersburg.

September 23, 2011

Petersburg and Wrangell Considered for New Mill Site

A former lumber mill owner from Washington State says he’s again considering building a new plant in Wrangell or Petersburg.

September 22, 2011

Congress Considers Big Change to Forest School Funding

A key federal funding program for local schools in the Tongass and other national forests could once again be linked to logging levels, as it was prior to 2001. The US house is considering a draft bill that would substantially change the funding source for… Read More

September 21, 2011

UPDATE: Grounded Vessel Refloated and All Safe, No Damage

A charter tour boat with 11 aboard is reported grounded in Deep Cove, on the southeast side of Baranof Island. The 77-foot vessel “Northern Song” belongs to Alaska Sea Adventures, of Petersburg.

September 9, 2011
AK: Despite Recent Troubles, Daycare Remains Strong

AK: Despite Recent Troubles, Daycare Remains Strong

It can be hard to find child care in small town Alaska. The Petersburg Children’s Center is a lifeline for working families in the small southeast town. But the nonprofit facility has struggled financially recently after a former executive director stole thousands of dollars.

September 9, 2011

Petersburg Landslide Repaired

The City of Petersburg has just about finished fixing its collapsed hillside along downtown Hammer Slough.

September 7, 2011

OCS Says No Plan to Cut Petersburg Social Worker

The Alaska Office of Children’s Services is regionalizing its call-in process for reports of child abuse and neglect.

September 6, 2011

Southeast Borough Plan Draws Ire

Petersburg is on Mitkof Island, where the Wrangell Narrows meet Frederick Sound. Its proposed borough would be about 4-thousand 347 square miles – both land and water.

September 1, 2011

Southeast’s Pink Salmon Fleet Logs Record Year

The Southeast commercial salmon harvest is one for the record books this year and it’s not done yet. While the seine fleet’s Pink Salmon catches in Southern Southeast have remained below expectations, the huge volume from the northern districts and high prices have made this season more valuable than ever.

August 31, 2011

High School Athletes Begin a New Year

Another school year in Alaska means a new season of competition for high school Athletes around the state. Many started coming in to practice several weeks before the start of school. KFSK’s Matt Lichtenstein recently visited with several of Petersburg’s teams and produced this audio postcard:

August 30, 2011
Entangled Whale out of Usual Habitat

Entangled Whale out of Usual Habitat

A team of four, trained volunteers from Petersburg has been trying to free a young grey whale that’s tangled in some sort fishing net and line.

August 29, 2011
Workers Clearing Slide Debris in Petersburg

Workers Clearing Slide Debris in Petersburg

The cleanup and repair work continues in Petersburg at the site of last weekend’s landslide into a downtown stream.

August 24, 2011
Photo by KFSK - Petersburg: Workers assess landslide.

Land Slides into Petersburg’s Hammer Slough

The City of Petersburg is declaring a local disaster after heavy rains caused a substantial landslide into Hammer Slough downtown Saturday afternoon.

August 22, 2011

Petersburg Coast Guard Commander Temporarily Relieved of Duty

There’s been a shake-up in command at Petersburg’s Coast Guard detachment. The Coast Guard announced on Monday that it has temporarily relieved Anacapa commanding officer Lt. Matthias Wholley from his duties in charge of the 110-foot cutter.

May 31, 2011

Court Issues Final Judgement on Reinstating Roadless Protections

A federal court has issued its final judgment for reinstating roadless protections for the Tongass National Forest. It overturns an exemption put in place by the Forest Service under the administration of George W. Bush.

May 31, 2011