Joe Viechnicki, KFSK - Petersburg

Joe Viechnicki is a reporter at KFSK in Petersburg.

Forest service audit of troubled Alaska timber sale program nears completion

The U.S. Forest Service audit and questions about it spring from multiple internal reviews the agency completed on the Big Thorne timber sale on Prince of Wales Island and the Tonka sale on Kupreanof Island near Petersburg.

Man charged with importing drugs to sell in Petersburg

According to a criminal complaint filed in court, 39-year-old Eric Nash Jennings was arrested on a houseboat Saturday after allegedly retrieving a package mailed to him from California.

Anchorage developer pursues Petersburg affordable housing project

Meanwhile, the Petersburg Borough Assembly is considering an ordinance that could lower property tax bills for low-income housing units.

Petersburg’s connection to main power source down to backup cables

Fixing the underwater line could cost millions of dollars — but if it fails, the community may be forced to turn to expensive diesel power.

Petersburg harbor turns to light show for bird deterrent

The equipment is marketed for deterring birds and will look similar to laser light shows people project on their homes for the Christmas holiday season.

Can crab and fish in Alaska adapt to more acidic oceans? Scientists aim to find out.

Researchers are finding Tanner crab are one species showing effects of more acidic ocean waters. (Photo courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game) Researchers are looking...

A prolonged drought depleted Southeast Alaska hydroelectric lakes — and they still haven’t fully recovered

The Southeast Alaska Power Agency’s hydro plants at Swan Lake and Tyee Lake provide some of the electricity for Ketchikan, Wrangell and Petersburg.

Petersburg assembly to ask for hearing on humpback whale critical habitat

The National Marine Fisheries Service has proposed a rule to designate critical habitat for some populations of humpback whales, a move that could have wide impacts for crabbers, gillnetters and others in Southeast Alaska.

Central Southeast moose hunt total matches 2018 harvest

The record harvest for this hunt was set two years ago with 117 moose killed.

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.