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Floathouse removal still at standstill

The state has so far not received any applications from a number of floathouse owners contacted last autumn. Since October, the Department of Natural Resources has been reaching out to identified owners of floating facilities anchored along the...

 By Jess Field    News    January 19, 2017

Chum release in Thomas Bay given green light

PETERSBURG – ­An application for an Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) permit alteration to release 40 million chum salmon in Thomas Bay brought forth by the Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (NSRAA) has been approved....

 By Jess Field    News    October 13, 2016

Moose total coming up on 100

The end of the RM038 moose season is in sight, and as of noon Tuesday the total stood at 97 moose taken, including 11 illegal kills. The season total is on track to exceed 100 moose for the third year in a row, according to Rich Lowell, area...

 By Jess Field    News    October 6, 2016

M/V Columbia done for 2016

Repairs to the Alaska Marine Highway System’s M/V Columbia are going to take longer than anticipated and it won’t return to service this year, according to Jeremy Woodrow, Alaska Department of Transportation spokesman. The ferry headed for dry...

 By Jess Field    News    September 22, 2016

M/V Columbia heading to dry dock to fix prop

The Alaska Marine Highway System’s M/V Columbia is scheduled for a trip to Oregon for repairs after divers noticed a bent starboard propeller late last week, according to Jeremy Woodrow, Alaska Department of Transportation spokesman. “Not a huge...

 By Jess Field    News    September 1, 2016

Social media reacts to huge halibut

PETERSBURG ­­– Earlier this month the buzz around a monster halibut caught by local commercial fishermen in Thomas Bay went crazy after news of the catch spread through social media sites. Many of the comments expressed amazement for the monster...

 By Jess Field    News    August 25, 2016

LeConte Glacier fieldwork is underway

Researchers involved in a four-year collaborative project to study the impact of subglacial discharge at LeConte Glacier were in town this week to conduct fieldwork in LeConte Bay. The study is...

 By Jess Field    News    August 18, 2016

Port Protection loses community kingpin

Port Protection lost a larger than life resident last week when Jack Mason passed away, and the impact will be felt for years to come. Mason, 88, passed away Aug. 11, 2016 at Harborview Medical...

 By Jess Field    News    August 11, 2016

Petersburg fishermen bring big halibut onboard

PETERSBURG – Brian Mattson and Doug Corl are no strangers to catching fish, the pair have fished together for almost two decades, and last weekend was no exception. Around 10 p.m. on Saturday the...

 By Jess Field    News    August 4, 2016

Historic USFS vessel up for lease

Alaska Region. The Chugach was part of a ranger boat fleet that once numbered 11 strong, and worked along 12,000 miles of Alaska coastline. By 2005, the majority of the other ranger boats were in... Full story

 By Jess Field    News    August 4, 2016

Montana man rows into Petersburg

PETERSBURG – When a person is rowing a freshly licensed, hand-constructed 16-foot boat from Washington to Juneau, bad days are bound to happen. One happened right before Blake Miller of Missoula,... Full story

 By Jess Field    News    August 4, 2016

Fisherman found deceased aboard Petersburg vessel

A 28-year-old Seattle man working aboard the F/V Odin was found deceased in his bunk by a fellow crew member Saturday morning. The cause of death is unknown, according to Tim Buness, Wrangell... Full story

 By Jess Field    News    July 7, 2016

Candlelight vigil held for car crash victims

PETERSBURG – Hundreds of Petersburg residents turned out to take part in a candlelight vigil for the victims in a one-­vehicle crash July 4 morning. The vigil began downtown and made its way to the ballfields, where paper lanterns were released,...

 By Jess Field    News    June 30, 2016

Ketchikan swimmer takes on the Wrangell Narrows

Navigating the Wrangell Narrows can be tricky, if not treacherous, depending on the vessel size and time of year. On June 14, Britta Adams of Ketchikan became the first known individual to swim the... Full story

 By Jess Field    News    June 16, 2016

SEAPA seeks control of Swan Lake hydro in Ketchikan

PETERSBURG – The Southeast Alaska Power Agency (SEAPA) board held its regular meeting in Petersburg last week, with board members in attendance from Ketchikan, Wrangell and Petersburg. Much of the meeting focused on project updates and approving... Full story

 By Jess Field    News    March 17, 2016

SEAPA board holds special meetings

Southeast Alaska Power Agency (SEAPA) board of directors held a special board meeting telephonically to approve a budget increase and construction contract. During a February meeting in Wrangell the board discussed the possibility of completing the...

 By Jess Field    News    February 11, 2016

Catholic church welcomes new pastor

Life is an open book for Fr. Steven Gallagher, the new pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Petersburg and St. Rose of Lima Parish in Wrangell, and there is one common theme-public service. Fr....

 By Jess Field    News    December 3, 2015

Tagging and tracking humpback whale migration

PETERSBURG – Earlier this month a team of Oregon State University researchers visited Southeast to tag humpback whales and track their winter migration. The four person team is part of a Marine Mammal Institute (MMI) study that began tagging the...

 By Jess Field    News    November 12, 2015

Rural Alaska National Guard:

In the early-2000s, the Alaska National Guard (ANG) relied upon a rural presence. Guardsmen of that rural force were deployed to Iraq in 2005 and 2006, which was the first time ANG members were... Full story

 By Jess Field    News    October 8, 2015

Inadequate snow cover linked to yellow cedar decline in Southeast

If you have traveled around Southeast in the past couple of years, you have probably noticed the white, almost ghostly looking trees heavily peppered among what was once healthy forest. Those are...

 By Jess Field    News    September 24, 2015

SEAPA holds regular board meeting in Petersburg

PETERSBURG – For its September regular board meeting, Southeast Alaska Power Authority (SEAPA) board members met in Petersburg earlier this week. The board heard updates concerning the company’s ongoing efforts to catalog hydro sites in...


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