Robbie Feinberg, KFSK - Petersburg
We’re now in the midst of Ramadan, the holiest month of the year for those of the Islamic faith. Over 1.6 billion Muslims across the globe are observing the holiday each night through the middle of August, many with large community celebrations. But for Muslims in Petersburg, and across Alaska, they’ve adapted to celebrating where they can, and sometimes alone.
With its temperate rainforest climate, Southeast Alaska is a prime location for amphibians like frogs and salamanders. But scientists in the state have barely explored the creatures. One University of Alaska graduate student, with the help of a Petersburg resident, is trying to change that.
Petersburg’s officials and enforcement officers are cracking down on a growing problem in the borough’s harbor – sea lions. More and more of the creatures have arrived in the harbor, lured by the catch of local sport and commercial fishing fleets. Now the problem has turned dangerous.