Joe Viechnicki, KFSK - Petersburg

Joe Viechnicki is a reporter at KFSK in Petersburg.

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

Researchers are looking for ways that crab and fish in Alaska may be able to adapt to more acidic ocean water. With carbon dioxide levels rising on the planet, ocean water absorbs some of that...

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.
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Petersburg Medical Center treat flu cases from cruise ship

The same day Petersburg’s post office was shut down last Thursday with a hazardous materials spill, the Petersburg Medical Center was treating an outbreak of influenza among passengers and employees on a cruise ship docked there. Listen now

Southeast’s commercial red king crab fishery won’t open in 2018

Commercial crab fishermen won’t have a season for red king crab in Southeast this fall.

Governor signs pharmacy bill in Juneau

On Tuesday, Governor Bill Walker signed into law a bill that will tighten regulations on pharmacy benefit management companies.
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Ferry Columbia evacuated after docking in Bellingham

The Alaska state ferry Columbia was evacuated Friday morning, June 29 after crew noticed smoke onboard after the ship had docked in Bellingham, Washington. Black smoke was discovered but no flames in the bow thruster room. Listen now

Legislative ethics bill will keep issue off fall ballot

It looks like voters will not have a chance this fall to weigh in on a legislative ethics ballot measure. Listen now