Joe Viechnicki, KFSK - Petersburg

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Joe Viechnicki is a reporter at KFSK in Petersburg.
A photo of a normal black colored orca breaching in the water at the same time as a mottled white orca.

Rare white orca spotted in Southeast Alaska

A Petersburg-based whale watching and charter company documented the white orca in the Inside Passage this summer. It’s been sighted frequently in British Columbia and Washington state as well.

Petersburg mourns four killed in crash

Four people died in a vehicle wreck south of Petersburg. It’s believed the late model SUV went off Mitkof Highway sometime Monday night.

Alaska clarifies new rules for ferry travel, no test required for short trips

The Alaska Marine Highway System announced the new coronavirus-related protocols on Sunday. Three days later, it sent out a statement tweaking some of them.

Due to COVID-19, spring bear hunting isn’t happening for non-residents

After announcing there would be no spring bear hunting in the state, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has partially changed its mind. All non-resident brown and black bear hunts will remain closed through May 31. Spring bear hunting for Alaska residents remains open during that time.

For the first time in 62 years, village of Petersburg cancels Little Norway Festival

The week-long festival celebrates the fishing village's Norwegian heritage.

Longtime Petersburg resident, hospitalized in Washington state, has died of coronavirus

A Petersburg man in a Seattle hospital after testing positive with COVID-19 Monday, March 16, his family said.

Delays to Matanuska repairs mean limited ferry service likely to persist across Southeast Alaska

Service on the state ferry Matanuska may not resume in early March as repairs to the fleet’s sole operating mainliner have yet to begin.

Former Kake man, back in Alaska, arraigned on murder charge

Isaac David Friday, 27, is facing one charge of murder in the first degree for the 2017 death of 19-year-old Jade Williams.

More changes on tap for charter halibut fishing fleets in Southeast, Southcentral Alaska

For Southcentral, some of the measures under consideration include a one fish bag limit, additional closed days or size limits.

LISTEN: Film crews recorded thousands of hours with four Alaska police departments, and this is what they saw

Film crews followed police officers for 10-16 hours a day in Fairbanks, Kodiak, Kotzebue and Petersburg as they answered calls for criminal activity and wildlife problems.

Kake road project seeks to expand access to Southeast Alaska forestland

Permitting work and environmental review will continue into 2020.

Alaska Native group seeks support for Southeast land selections

Representatives of an effort to seek land for Alaska Natives in five Southeast Alaska communities spoke briefly with Petersburg’s borough assembly this month in hopes of gaining the support of the municipality.

Federal spending bill extends payments for rural Alaska communities

Alaska’s Congressional delegation announced a two-year extension for Secure Rural Schools payments, money paid to municipalities for school operations and maintenance, road work and special projects around forest land.

ATVs on city streets? Petersburg says no, again.

The proposed ordinance, similar to another proposal defeated by voters in 2017, would have allowed ATVs and other off-highway vehicles on borough streets with a number of conditions.

A relic from a century-old barge sinking has found a new resting place in Petersburg

A real piece of local history is now on display at the Petersburg Public Library. It’s part of a wooden barge that wrecked in a notoriously bad part of the Wrangell Narrows south of Petersburg at the turn of the last century.

Push to grow Alaska’s mariculture includes new how-to training for budding seaweed farmers

The training is geared toward those in commercial fishing, tribal organizations or other coastal residents.

Petersburg sewer project wins federal recognition

The Environmental Protection Agency has singled out a sewer pump station replacement project in Petersburg as a good example of saving energy and using federal funding to repair infrastructure.

Federal managers extend comment period for humpback whale critical habitat decision

The decision could affect coastal waters from southern California to the Aleutian Islands.

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.