Joe Viechnicki, KFSK - Petersburg

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Joe Viechnicki is a reporter at KFSK in Petersburg.

A major increase to the land granted to the new Petersburg borough is now official. Governor Bill Walker Thursday signed legislation granting over 14-thousand acres of state land to the local government.

Motorists are complaining about the state of Alaska’s road painting job this week, with bright yellow line paint smeared along several state roads. The paint has also stained some vehicles and spread in yellow footprints and tire tracks.

Alaska’s Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott has denied a proposed ballot initiative designed to offer greater protections for salmon habitat from mining or other development. Listen now

The National Marine Fisheries has published a final rule allowing use of electronic monitoring instead of an on-board human observer for smaller longline and pot gear fishing vessels.

The largest vessel in the Alaska Marine Highway fleet will be late to return to service this summer. Listen now
Troll caught winter king salmon (Photo courtesy of Matt Lichtenstein)

The spring season for commercial salmon trolling in Southeast Alaska is shutting down Monday, May 29 except for a few areas near hatchery salmon release sites. The spring season began in May and was to run through the end of June. However, poor returns of king salmon are prompting the closure. Listen now
The Petersburg Borough with its final boundaries. (File photo)

Legislation to increase the Petersburg Borough’s land grant from the state passed the Alaska Senate on Monday (April 10). The bill would transfer more than 14,000 acres to the new borough, which hopes to develop or sell off some of the property. Listen now

Commercial longliners in Alaska can go fishing on March 11 after all. The National Marine Fisheries Service announced Friday (March 3) that March 11th will be the start date for halibut and black cod fishing. Listen now

The results are final and residents of Whale Pass have approved the incorporation of Alaska’s newest second class city. The small community on Prince of Wales Island voted this winter on forming a new city government. Residents also elected seven people to a new Whale Pass city council. Listen now

The U.S. Forest Service is moving forward with a project to restore a stream damaged by decades-old logging and road-building south of Petersburg. The work will likely mean logging some other trees on another part of the island, and that’s generated some opposition.

Students headed back to class Monday, August 29, in Petersburg as the new school year gets underway.

Petersburg middle and high schoolers are back taking mandated-state tests Thursday, March 31 after a cable-break in Kansas knocked out testing statewide Tuesday morning. Students in in grades six through 10 were part-way through completing the math portion of the test when the interruption happened. Officials think the students answers were recorded and not lost. Download Audio
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Alaska’s Board of Game voted to remove a requirement that animal traps have some kind of identification in Southeast Alaska and the Tok region. The Board met on statewide proposals to change hunting and trapping regulations last week in Fairbanks.

Two crab fisheries in Southeast Alaska started up Wednesday, February 17. Fishing for Tanner crab and golden king crab opened at noon.

Petersburg Police have apprehended an inmate who escaped from the Petersburg jail Friday morning. Police chief Kelly Swihart says officers arrested 22-year-old Jacob Sturgeon of Petersburg just before 4 p.m. on Friday in a shed behind a home on Lumber Street near downtown Petersburg.

Petersburg police are searching for an inmate who escaped from the Petersburg jail Friday morning. Police reported the escape of 22-year-old Jacob Sturgeon of Petersburg just before 11 a.m. on Friday. He reportedly removed his shirt and shoes while running past the borough’s public works shop on South Second Street. Sturgeon was described as 5 foot nine inches, 180 pounds with brown hair.
(Photo from http://pacificmarinedist.com)

Fishermen in Southeast Alaska are learning about new safety requirements for life rafts that take effect later this month. The changes are included in past Coast Guard re-authorization bills and will mean smaller fishing boats will have to have a life raft to go three miles offshore.

The International Pacific Halibut Commission Friday approved an increase in halibut catch limits for most of the coast. The joint U.S. and Canadian body oversees management of the prized bottom fish from California to Alaska. The commission held its annual meeting in Juneau this week.

The International Pacific Halibut Commission Friday approved an increase in halibut catch limits for most of the coast. The joint U.S. and Canadian body oversees management of the prized bottom fish from California to Alaska. The commission held its annual meeting in Juneau last week and approved a coast-wide catch of just under 30 million pounds for 2016. That’s an increase of two point two percent from last year’s limits.

School administrators in Petersburg are floating the idea of adding one more day a month off from school for students next year. It’s a proposal to help teachers catch up with required training and the district is hoping to hear feedback on the plan.