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  • Petersburg Borough develops tiny home designs in hopes of easing housing market

    Hannah Flor|Jul 11, 2024

    Petersburg has a tight housing market - last year a survey found the town would need an additional 300 homes in the next decade. But a new local program aims to make it easier for people to add small homes, also known as Accessory Dwelling Units, or ADUs, to their property. The Borough of Petersburg has developed detailed, pre-permitted blueprints that are available to residents free of charge. Community Development Director Liz Cabrera said she hopes it provides people with affordable, doable...

  • Teacher contracts a go after Dunleavy signs one-time public education funding

    Hannah Flor, KFSK Radio|Jul 4, 2024

    Petersburg teachers will likely have a contract for the next three years. That's because a deal between the teachers union and the school district met a final requirement on Friday when Gov. Mike Dunleavy signed the state operating budget without vetoing any one-time public education funding. The two groups came to a tentative contract agreement in May that was contingent on Dunleavy approving all $175 million dollars for public education in the state operating budget. That agreement came after...

  • South Mitkof Subdivision could be good fit for infrastructure development program

    Hannah Flor|Jul 4, 2024

    Alaska's freshly signed capital budget includes state funding for a program meant to encourage land development. It's a single line: Statewide Housing Development, $4 million. But according to Republican Senator Bert Stedman of Sitka, that money could help shake loose some land for much-needed housing. He said there's a lot of land around the state, but it's not getting developed. "The economics don't work, due to the cost of the infrastructure, mainly the roads and the utilities," he said. "So...

  • What to expect from this year's 4th of July celebration

    Hannah Flor, KFSK Radio|Jul 4, 2024

    There are a lot of classic games during Petersburg's 4th of July celebration – log rolling, the money pile, the egg toss. Nathan Lopez runs the main street events on the 3rd, hosted by the Lighthouse Church. He said some events do get changed from year to year. "We had one year where we actually had pies with herring in it," he said. "And then we realized that was a bad decision. I mean, I should have just already recognized that was a bad decision." Side note: the herring was raw. "So it was k...

  • Alaska State Troopers identify boater killed in collision near Petersburg

    Hannah Flor, KFSK Radio|Jun 13, 2024

    Alaska State Troopers have identified the person who died in a boating accident near Petersburg last week as Susan Paul, age 73 of California. She was in a 20-foot Hewescraft skiff that sank after a collision with a larger seine boat. A spokesperson with the U.S. Coast Guard, which is leading the investigation, says it's unclear what led to the accident. A second person on board the skiff - 71-year-old Gordon Paul also of California - survived. He was taken to a local hospital after the two...

  • Petersburg resident L'xeis' Diane Benson reflects on acting in the latest season of HBO's True Detective

    Hannah Flor, KFSK Petersburg|Mar 7, 2024

    Alaskan actor L'xeis' Diane Benson plays Bee, an Inupiaq cleaning woman, in the HBO series True Detective. The season finale aired last month, which meant the embargo was lifted and Benson was free to talk about the experience of performing in the show. Benson lives in Petersburg now, but she has lived all over the state. And she's done all sorts of things. She was a professor of Alaska Native Studies at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, an activist politician and Democratic candidate for stat...

  • "Landless" legislation passes Senate committee for the first time in history

    Hannah Flor, KFSK Community Radio|Dec 21, 2023

    "Landless" legislation passed a new milestone on December 14 after winning approval of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee. The bill still has a long way to go to become law. But if it does, it would return land to the original occupants of five Alaska Native communities in Southeast Alaska. Those communities were left out of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971. Senator Lisa Murkowski, who sponsored the bill, said in a statement that the omission was "hampering their...