Angela Denning, KFSK - Petersburg

Angela Denning is a reporter at KFSK in Petersburg.
A mother and her teenaged daughter hug in a field of sunflowers

Petersburg residents worry about family and friends in Ukraine

Oksana Tolkachova says her family in Ukraine goes to bed every night fully dressed, ready to leave at a moment’s notice.
A bunch of crab in a pot

Southeast Alaska’s upcoming tanner crab fishery could be the best in decades

State crab managers say they haven’t seen this kind of encouraging preview for Southeast’s tanner fishery for a few decades.

Petersburg police officer fired after Nazi-themed social media post

The post appeared to be supportive of Adolph Hitler and Nazi Germany, but the former officer says it was a reference to a comedy film that was taken out of context.
A person in full PPE talks to a woman sitting on a chair.

In Petersburg, home health care nurses are crucial to keep people out of hospitals

A team of 8 home health nurses has been visiting households around the Southeast Alaska community, delivering supplies and caring for COVID patients. Their work has helped keep the town's hospitals from overcrowding during the worst surge of the pandemic.
A sign encouraging COVID-19 precautions

Petersburg’s COVID response team seeks mask mandate amid surge in local cases

A Petersburg leadership team responding to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases is imploring the public for help. Cases were up to about 30 as of Wednesday. The team is asking residents to get vaccinated if they can, mask when indoors, get tested, stay home if they’re sick and limit gatherings.
People in gloves and smocks take the bones out of fish.

Alaska seafood processors expect to spend more this year on pandemic-related costs

Last year, they spent about $70 million on mitigation measures and responding to the pandemic. This year, that total is expected to be even more: Over $100 million.
small white weasel near some ropes on a barn floor

New ermine species found on Southeast Alaska island

It’s called the Haida Ermine, and it’s one of three main ermine species in the world, and scientists who studied the mammal believe there could be other animals that are also unique to this area.
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Petersburg COVID-19 outbreak grows to 46 cases

The medical center in Petersburgh as ventilators on site but would likely medevac patients out for that treatment, they said. They have medevaced one patient so far in the outbreak.
A boy with dark glasses and a white hospital gown with wires on his chest

Petersburg sets aside differences for 13-year-old battling cancer

The community raised tens of thousands of dollars for a local 13-year-old who was fighting cancer in a Seattle Hospital,
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Petersburg cross country team adapts to COVID-19 restrictions with virtual 5K

Runners on Petersburg High School’a cross country team gather under a rainbow at Sandy Beach at the end of a practice run. (Photo courtesy of Debby Eddy) This fall, with the pandemic restricting student contact,...

LISTEN: Petersburg mom lost her sense of smell. Days later, she tested positive for COVID-19

For Megan Litster, the only symptom was a loss of her sense of smell.

A new Southeast Alaska dinosaur species has been given a Tlingit name

A fossil of a marine reptile in Southeast Alaska has officially been declared a new species. The 220-million-year-old Thalattosaur is older than the dinosaurs. Tlingit elders have named it after a well-known creature in their traditional stories.

2019 was highest value year on record for Dungeness crab in Southeast Alaska

The 2019 commercial Dungeness crab season in Southeast Alaska was the most valuable on record. The summer and fall fisheries brought in $16.3 million at the docks.

In Petersburg, Hoopie Davidson, bus driver of 37 years, will soon give her last ride

Next summer, Davidson will start another new lifestyle. It will include traveling with her husband, gardening, arts and crafts, and publishing a picture book of Petersburg. But when she gets behind the wheel she’ll still be one of the safest drivers on the road.

Southeast Alaska fishermen unite against designating critical habitat for humpback whales

About 60 people crowded into the Petersburg borough assembly chambers and others overflowed into the hallway during a three-hour meeting hosted by the National Marine Fisheries Service in Petersburg Jan. 6.

New deer count method shows promising results for Southeast Alaska

Thousands of black-tailed deer are harvested by hunters every year in Southeast Alaska, and scientists have traditionally relied on harvest data and some seasonal alpine surveys to manage the population. A three-year study on Petersburg’s Mitkof Island could change that.

Team video-gaming, also known as “e-sports,” is spreading in Alaska’s high schools

E-sports is growing in many high schools across Alaska. Forty-five schools this fall have video-gaming teams and that’s expected to double in the spring. The sanctioned sport will see its first fall season state tournament.

Generations of Alaska businesswomen build 50 years of success for Petersburg outdoor clothing shop

The local clothing and gear shop opened in 1969, a time when Petersburg was mostly run by women while the men were away fishing.

Drought increases in SE Alaska while July temps break records

Southeast Alaska has suffered from a drought and warmer-than-normal temperatures for about two years now. The month of July broke more records in the region.

Petersburg ferry workers speak out on budget cuts

The ferry union strike might be over but some Petersburg ferry workers are still concerned about the state cuts to the Alaska Marine Highway System and other services.