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  1. Forest transfer bill won't impact funding to Tongass, Young saysRead the original story

    Wednesday Apr 12 | KTOO-TV Juneau

    U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, defended his bill that could give up to two million acres of the Tongass National Forest to the state of Alaska. Young told an audience in Petersburg that the municipality would not lose federal funding because of his bill and said he wouldn't run for re-election if it did.


  2. Alaska's congressional delegation sticking by Sea GrantRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Apr 11 | KTOO-TV Juneau

    When President Donald Trump's blueprint budget came out in March, it included eliminating funding for the Sea Grant program for next year. But Alaska's congressional delegation doesn't want it to go away.


  3. Senate passes Petersburg land grant billRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Apr 11 | KTOO-TV Juneau

    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. It and a companion bill in the House would grant 14,666 acres of state land to the borough government.


  4. Petersburg residents ask tough questions on Mental Health land exchangeRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Mar 29 | KTOO-TV Juneau

    The Alaska Mental Health Trust owns land on the hillside south of Petersburg, near the top right of this photo. Alaska Mental Health Trust Land Office representatives faced some tough questions about a proposed land exchange between the Trust and the U.S. Forest Service in Petersburg last week.


  5. Senate panel cuts public broadcastingRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 15, 2017 | KTOO-TV Juneau

    KFSK in Petersburg is among Alaska public radio stations that could end local programming under proposed budget cuts. A state Senate panel wants to eliminate funding for most public broadcasting in Alaska.


  6. More money for the Alaska Marine HighwayRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 10, 2017 | KTOO-TV Juneau

    The fast ferry Fairweather docks in Petersburg on Aug. 20, 2013, after a trip from Juneau. Budget cuts eliminated that route and reduced sailings to and from other communities.


  7. Rep. Ortiz introduces state version of Mental Health land tradeRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 8, 2017 | KTOO-TV Juneau

    While waiting for federal legislation to expedite a land exchange between the U.S. Forest Service and Alaska Mental Health Trust, state officials are working on a companion bill in the Alaska Legislature. The bill would approve exchanging about 18,000 acres of Mental Health land for about 20,000 acres of Forest Service land.


  8. Condemned mobile home burns near downtown PetersburgRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 27, 2017 | KTOO-TV Juneau

    Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department spokesman Dave Berg said the call came in just after 6 a.m. Monday for a trailer at 11 Lumber Street. "When we got on scene we found that the trailer had vented," Berg said.


  9. State cuts bring changes to Southeast commercial fisheriesRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 23, 2017 | KTOO-TV Juneau

    The dark areas are pink salmon between the falls in the Anan Creek south of Wrangell, Alaska. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Division of Commercial Fisheries has cut some positions, ended some monitoring programs, and found some new funding sources.


  10. Petersburg police seize $8,000 worth of meth in bustRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 8, 2017 | KTOO-TV Juneau

    Petersburg police seized $8,000 worth of methamphetamine and a large amount of illegal marijuana at a trailer home in town Feb. 3. Police initially were responding to a report from parents of high school students concerned that their kids were using and buying drugs. Police investigated and eventually got a search warrant for the No.


  11. 'They Don't Talk Back' comes home to Southeast with Perseverance Theatre premiereRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 27, 2017 | KTOO-TV Juneau

    "They Don't Talk Back" opens at Perseverance Theatre tonight . Among other themes, it's a play about family, identity, colonization and cultural preservation.


  12. Mental Health Trust backs off Southeast timber salesRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 24, 2017 | KTOO-TV Juneau

    Petersburg resident Jeff Meucci points to a lands map while Ed Wood looks on during a meeting on Alaska Mental Health Trust Land Office timber sales. The Alaska Mental Health Trust Land Office will not pursue timber sales at controversial sites in Petersburg and Ketchikan - at least for now.


  13. After months of controversy, Deer Mountain might not be logged after allRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 23, 2017 | KTOO-TV Juneau

    Last summer, the Alaska Mental Health Trust announced its intent to log Deer Mountain - a popular scenic spot in Ketchikan. The trust uses its lands to make money for state programs, like mental health services, housing and addiction treatment.


  14. Deer Mountain logging off the table for nowRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 19, 2017 | KTOO-TV Juneau

    The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority's Trust Land Office is no longer pursuing action toward timber sales on Deer Mountain or land in Petersburg. The trust board meets next week - Jan. 25 and 26 - and in the meeting packet is a memo from Trust Land Office Executive Director John Morrison.


  15. Coastal lawmakers consider ferry system's futureRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 18, 2017 | KTOO-TV Juneau

    The fast ferry Fairweather docks in Petersburg Aug. 20, 2013, after a trip from Juneau. Budget cuts eliminated that route and reduced Fairweather sailings.


  16. Southeast land exchange bill reintroduced in CongressRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 14, 2017 | KTOO-TV Juneau

    With a new U.S. Congress convening, Alaska's Congressional Delegation has reintroduced a bill that would trade federal land for land owned by Alaska Mental Health Trust - including Ketchikan's Deer Mountain. A joint statement Thursday from Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young announced that companion bills to accelerate the exchange have been filed.


  17. Petersburg advisory committee may try again for brown bear huntRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 8, 2017 | KTOO-TV Juneau

    Petersburg's Fish and Game Advisory Committee might try again to propose a fall hunt for brown bears on the islands around Petersburg, Wrangell and Kake. The committee this month discussed ways to convince the state Board of Game to look more favorably on the proposal.


  18. Ketchika Electric turns on diesel generators due to cold, dry weatherRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 5, 2017 | KTOO-TV Juneau

    The City of Ketchikan's holiday light display came down early this year because of low lake levels and lack of hydroelectric power. Ketchikan Public Utilities Electric Division started supplementing the community's hydroelectric power with more expensive diesel about a week ago.


  19. Forest plan has some changes for central Southeast AlaskaRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 29, 2016 | KTOO-TV Juneau

    Timber production suitable lands are in green, dark green for old growth and light green for young growth, while conservation areas are shaded in blue. Streams and watersheds in the Petersburg area are among those placed off-limits to old growth logging in an amendment to the Tongass Land and Resource Management Plan released in December.


  20. Southeast's Dungeness harvests lower than expectedRead the original story

    Dec 19, 2016 | KTOO-TV Juneau

    Commercial Dungeness crab fishing in Southeast Alaska this fall turned out to be below average in both harvest and participation and below what managers expected for the season. Kellii Wood is a Crab Biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.


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