Joe Viechnicki, KFSK - Petersburg

Joe Viechnicki is a reporter at KFSK in Petersburg.

Lightning strikes reported on two Alaska Airlines flights Sunday near Juneau

Alaska Airlines confirms that flights 64 and 65 both had lightning strikes from storms that moved through the northern panhandle and also knocked out power in the capital city Sunday.

State warns striking ferry workers of loss of health coverage

The state sent a letter to the more than 400 striking workers represented by the Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific warning employees that the state would not be paying health insurance premiums or unemployment compensation if the strike lasts past August 1.

Dunleavy veto cuts school project debt reimbursement in half

Governor Mike Dunleavy’s vetoed half of the state’s contribution towards debt service for school projects. Local governments will likely dip into reserves, or raise taxes, to make up for the nearly $49 million shortfall.

Aggressive bear killed southeast of Wrangell

State and federal law enforcement officers killed a brown bear Sunday on the mainland southeast of Wrangell. They believe it was the same bear that was threatening some campers in the area.

Electricity conservation still urged to refill Southeast hydro lakes

Petersburg’s utility director doesn’t foresee the need for more diesel power generation this spring but says the community’s conservation measures will continue to help hydroelectric reservoirs refill this spring.

Legislature considers plastic bag ban

The state legislature is considering a ban on plastic shopping bags.

Black box recovered from crashed Southeast flight

An air ambulance company says it has recovered the cockpit voice recorder for its plane that crashed in Southeast Alaska’s Frederick Sound in late January.

Search continues for missing medevac plane near Kake

The U.S. Coast Guard and others are searching for a medevac aircraft that went missing Tuesday night on a flight from Anchorage to Kake.

Regional airline ends scheduled Juneau-Petersburg service

Island Air Express is discontinuing scheduled stops in two Southeast Alaska communities on Jan. 15.

Winter salmon trolling starts slow in Southeast Alaska

From October through the end of December, winter trollers had caught only around 5,500 king salmon. That’s almost 2,000 fewer kings than last winter’s catch during the same time period.

Fish and Game review recommends hatchery stray research in Farragut River

King salmon produced at Southeast Alaska hatcheries have been found at a higher level in the Farragut River, about 30 miles from Petersburg.

Petersburg Medical Center treat flu cases from cruise ship

The same day Petersburg’s post office was shut down last Thursday with a hazardous materials spill, the Petersburg Medical Center was treating an outbreak of influenza among passengers and employees on a cruise ship docked there. Listen now

Southeast’s commercial red king crab fishery won’t open in 2018

Commercial crab fishermen won’t have a season for red king crab in Southeast this fall.

Governor signs pharmacy bill in Juneau

On Tuesday, Governor Bill Walker signed into law a bill that will tighten regulations on pharmacy benefit management companies.

Ferry Columbia evacuated after docking in Bellingham

The Alaska state ferry Columbia was evacuated Friday morning, June 29 after crew noticed smoke onboard after the ship had docked in Bellingham, Washington. Black smoke was discovered but no flames in the bow thruster room. Listen now

Legislative ethics bill will keep issue off fall ballot

It looks like voters will not have a chance this fall to weigh in on a legislative ethics ballot measure. Listen now

Alaska Legislature passes pharmacy bill

Alaska pharmacists celebrated the passage of a bill making changes to prescription drug benefits and how businesses are reimbursed for that medication. House Bill 240 was opposed by health insurers and the companies they hire to oversee pharmacy drug sales. Listen now

Alaska Senate passes Stedman’s sea otter resolution

The Alaska Senate passed a resolution Wednesday calling on the federal government to take steps to increase the harvest of sea otters in Southeast Alaska. Senate Joint Resolution 13 is sponsored by Sitka Republican senator Bert Stedman. Listen now

Ferry Columbia out for repairs at least one week

If repairs are successful, the Columbia would next head north from Bellingham on Jan. 26 with service to Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Juneau, Haines and Skagway. Listen now

Shellfish first, finfish second at Sitka meeting of Board of Fish

Changes to fisheries for crab, shrimp and other shellfish will be first on the agenda for a meeting of the Board of Fish in Sitka in January. Listen now