Shelby Herbert, KFSK - Petersburg

Shelby Herbert, KFSK - Petersburg
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Stikine River

New report questions business model of British Columbia gold mines

The report says mines are allowing day traders and Canadian taxpayers to assume most of the financial risk, while a much smaller group of shareholders reaps the rewards.
A woman stands by a door

Reality TV crews bring economic boost to Petersburg, but many locals wonder if it’s worth it

In 2023, three reality TV shows and a documentary were shot in the remote Southeast town, a small windfall for many local businesses.
a state ferry

Alaska ferry system awarded $132M in federal grants

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said the funds, largely intended to replace the ferry Tustumena, represent “a big, fat deal” for Alaskan ferry riders.
students

Petersburg High School students raise and release pink salmon

Science teacher Alice Cumps' class, in which students help hatch salmon into the wild, offers university credits and has kids competing to get in.
a landslide

Storm that hit Wrangell brought wider Southeast Alaska damage

The storm that caused Monday's deadly landslide in Wrangell also triggered slides near Ketchikan and knocked out Coast Guard radio relay towers.
a helicopter

First responders to Coast Guard helicopter’s crash were the Southeast Alaska fishing crew it came to rescue

The crew of the Lydia Marie say they heard the rescue helicopter's rotors, as their vessel was taking on water late Monday night — then silence.
A helicopter in the sky

4 Coast Guardsmen hurt in helicopter crash near Petersburg

The Coast Guard says all four crew members were rescued and flown to Petersburg for initial treatment, then to Seattle for additional care.
a Petersburg van crash memorial

A Petersburg family is trying to change Alaska’s workers’ comp laws in honor of their daughter

The family wants to hold employers more accountable for negligence, which could affect thousands of Alaskans working dangerous jobs.
a moose

Hunters report record harvest for Central Southeast moose hunt

Hunters harvested 141 bulls, nine more than the previous record set.
a band

A Petersburg tender holds open mics on board, with its fish hold as the sound stage

A nearly 100-year-old wooden boat in Petersburg has become a staple of the tight-knit local music scene.
Little Duncan Bay

Filming of reality show near Petersburg could interfere with subsistence hunting

The U.S. Forest Service has authorized Netflix and the BBC to shoot the second season of “Outlast” in Little Duncan Bay, southeast of Petersburg.
two men

Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell summit Devil’s Thumb, with help from a local climbing legend

Dieter Klose said it wasn’t love at first sight — or first summit. His enchantment with the Southeast Alaska mountain grew over the course of his life.
Kake

Kake breaks ground on Alaska’s first modern clam garden

The Southeast Alaska community hopes the project will preserve an important food source and keep traditional knowledge alive.
a cookie

2 swimmers cross Southeast Alaska’s Frederick Sound for the first time in living memory

Scott May and Andrew Simmonds took different miles-long routes to swim the sound days apart, but both feel a kinship after the feat.
a birding trail

Audubon Alaska launches virtual birdwatching trail for Southeast Alaska

The new Southeast Alaska Birding Trail is a free virtual guide to 18 communities across the bird-rich region.
wildfire smoke

Smoke from Canada wildfires reaches Southeast Alaska

People in Southeast Alaska are starting to see smoke from Canada's record-breaking wildfire season — and there’s more to come.
COVID home tests

Petersburg sees wave of COVID cases after large gatherings

Petersburg hosted the Little Norway Festival in May, and two weddings in early June. Tourists are now arriving on cruise ships as well.
a rapper

Petersburg fisherman moonlights as up-and-coming rap musician

Petersburg-based fisherman Ashon McCay — who performs under the name Lil Realist X — sometimes even raps about fishing.
Petersburg dispatchers

Petersburg police receive first ‘text for help’ from sinking vessel

The April 30 text marks the first use of a two-year-old system police say is vital for areas people can't call 911 from.
raptors and students

Sitka raptors visit Petersburg schools

Owlison the owl and Jake the hawk from the Alaska Raptor Center in Sitka recently paid Petersburg students a visit.