Sunny Days in Southeast Alaska

We are always excited when the sun is out because we can fly our drone and show those of you who aren’t familiar with Southeast Alaska what it looks like here!

Landslide on Mitkof Island

A landslide occurred on Halloween around 4:30 which cut power off to all of the island. Diesel generators reconnected the town to about 4 mile and hydro connected houses after 6 mile. By November 2nd all internet, power, and phone was restored to the island. No one was hurt and no homes were affected except for one homeowner’s driveway which was degraded. Much thanks to local contractors, state and federal employees to jump on the scene and get the slide cleared! Mitkof island is famous for coming together in a time of need and helping one another out making it one more reason to live Southeast Alaska.

Gorgeous aerial views of Frederick Sound

Gorgeous views of Frederick sound from the four Petersburg baseball fields in Petersburg Alaska. Little league this spring 2021 brought all the kids to the field to laugh, play and be together. Come see what Petersburg has to offer for kids — its a little secret with its award winning school system and small class count. Kids get to be kids and families unite to bring life back into perspective on this little island in Southeast Alaska. Call us to see when you can open your kids’ eyes to nature, the basics, and to being a kid.

Aerial view of Blind Slough/Crystal Lake Hatchery

Summer time and the living’ is easy! HOT HOT HOT last weekend in Southeast Alaska and we hit the water. Take a look at how beautiful the Blind Slough/Crystal Lake Hatchery is from the air this time of year. Salmon fry swim with the kids and bar-b-ques ablaze at the water’s edge. Gorgeous Southeast Alaska at its best!

Petersburg’s Mobile Music Festival

Petersburg’s Parks and Recreation worked with the Petersburg Arts Council to bring their first mobile music festival. It was a beautiful sunny day in southeast Alaska and people walked about to listen to 4 different musical groups pay along the Nature Boardwalk. Its days like this that make one never want to leave the beauty of southeast. The land of the midnight sun and warm summer nights bring smiles to the hearts of the town’s people and calm to the rush of summer business. Come see what we are all about – call us today.

Baranof Warm Springs

Baranof Warm Springs is a wonderful quiet retreat 35 miles from Petersburg, Alaska. Traveling by boat, it would take you around 12 hours to reach this destination. It’s a small, seasonally occupied community located in the city/borough of Sitka, Alaska, on the eastern side of Baranof Island in the Alexander Archipelago. It is occasionally referred to simply as Baranof.

The springs are located on Warm Springs Bay which is just off of Chatham Strait. If you go just about a half mile up from the settlement, you’ll find Baranof Lake. This is a large freshwater lake fed from small unnamed glacial run-off streams as well as the Baranof River. Baranof Lake is between the half mile outlet between Baranof Lake and Warm Springs Bay. There are a series of rapids and waterfalls here that have proven to be lethal when run.

This is a great place to visit year round with the family or alone. Hiking trails, warm hot tubs — peace and quiet. Nothing, and I mean nothing, beats a soak in the natural hot springs! Fish for salmon, halibut, rock fish, prawns, crab … live off the hook and enjoy some peace and quiet.

Our Volunteer Fire Department’s Annual Family Activity Day

Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department, (PVFD) has a yearly Family Activity Day where they invite members of the community to bring the kids and explore the Fire Station and it’s three branches, Fire, Search and Rescue and EMS. They’re always looking for volunteers, so they also take the opportunity to ask people that show up to become part of their team.

The Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department (PVFD) responds to emergencies throughout the Petersburg Borough serving over 3,000 residents. Their primary response area is Service Area 1, however they do respond to emergencies outside Service Area 1. They respond on the road system via vehicles with personnel and equipment. They respond off of the road system and to remote locations via boat, fixed winged aircraft, or helicopter with personnel and equipment.

The Borough employs two people, Fire/EMS Director and Fire Marshal, to oversee the day-to-day activity of the Fire Department. These two positions work closely with the Volunteer Fire Chief to ensure the mission of the PVFD is being met and the Volunteers have adequate training and equipment to respond safely.

PVFD has three branches: Fire, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and Search and Rescue (SAR). They have about 65 adult Volunteer members (17 fire, 13 EMS, 23 SAR, 11 Fire/EMS, and 1 Fire/EMS/SAR) on our roster. They also have a Junior Firefighter (JFF) program for youth ages 15-18 years old with eight Volunteer members on our roster.

The Fire Branch responds to fires, vehicle accidents, bad smells, fire alarms, small fuel leaks, carbon monoxide alarms, earthquakes, aircraft emergencies, building collapses, hazardous materials incidents, technical rescues, explosions, civil disturbances, terrorist attacks, etc. The firefighters regularly train three times per month. The Fire Marshal serves as the training officer for the Fire Branch.

The EMS Branch responds to all medical emergencies, medevac transports, assistance at the hospital, and fire related calls. The EMS personnel are trained from Emergency Trauma Technician (ETT) through Emergency Medical Technician 2 (EMT-2) and regularly train twice per month. The Fire/EMS Director serves as the training officer for the EMS Branch and works closely with the Medical Director to ensure the department stays in compliance with pre-hospital requirements.

The SAR Branch responds to all lost or missing person calls when requested by Alaska State Trooper and the public. They have assisted people stranded due to weather, tides, equipment failure, or injury. They also train in rope rescue techniques. They assist EMS and Fire when more personnel are needed.The SAR personnel regularly train twice per month. The Volunteer SAR Captain serves as the training officer for the SAR Branch.

The Junior Firefighter Program teaches young men and women the necessary skills to assist the Fire Branch in basic fire ground operations. Our goal is to have them develop a sense of public service, team work and leadership skills. The Junior Firefighters regularly train three times per month during the school year. This program is managed by adult Firefighters at the discretion of the Fire Chief.

In addition to responding to emergencies and attending training, the fire department volunteers sponsor community events such as dances, car washes, and family activity nights. We educate preschool through 5th grade students about fire safety with a Learn-Not-To-Burn program during Fire Prevention Week. We participate in the Community Health and Safety Fair and Child Safety Fair.

The Fire Department has two Fire Stations, a training tower/burn room, pump test pit, and 10 vehicles in its fleet. Station 1 is the main station where you can find the Career Staff, three 750 gallon Engines capable of pumping 1,250 gallons per minute, one 250 gallon Engine/Squad, two Basic Life Support/Advanced Life Support Ambulances, one SAR vehicle, and one Admin vehicle. Station 2 is located at Scow Bay and is unmanned. It houses one 750 gallon Engine capable of pumping 1,250 gallons per minute and one 3,500 gallon Water Tanker with a portable tank. The Training tower/burn room and pump test pit are also located at Station 2.

The Volunteer members have an Association to support the Department. The Association, known as Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. The Association can be contacted via mail at P.O. Box 75, Petersburg, AK 99833 or followed on Facebook.  

Check out our Rubik’s Cube Mural of Martin Luther King

Our 5th grade students created a mural of Martin Luther King Jr. out of Rubik’s Cubes and displayed them in the window of the real estate office of Anchor Properties. This colorful puzzle toy which was created in 1974 was put to good use to pay homage to one of Americas great leaders in the Civil Rights movement. The students learned quickly the math needed to solve a Rubik’s cube so teacher Sara Hadad-Dembs took the assignment to a more educational level.

Petersburg Alaska, located in the heart of southeast Alaska, has only one elementary and high school. Our elementary school ranks 52nd (2017) out of 187 public schools in the state and has a student/teacher ratio of 15 to 3. Teachers at Rae C. Stedman Elementary make learning fun with creative ways to teach students. This display was a great hands-on way of educating kids, on many levels, history and math together. The display was completed in time for Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr.’s holiday and will continue to stay up through the month of February, black History month.

If you are around this fantastic fishing town swing by Anchor Properties, have a free cup of coffee and enjoy this tribute to one of America’s great leaders.  

60th Annual Syttende Mai Festival

Petersburg Alaska hosted the 60th annual Syttende Mai in its town this year. In addition to the usual festival events there was a musical addition of Ray Troll and the Ratfish Wranglers. Lots of singing, dancing, drinking, and Norwegian festivities for all were had during the festival week.

Residents and visitors, young and old alike dressed in Norwegian bunader (folk costumes) host as well as partake in the Festival events. Petersburg is transformed for the week in honoring their history and celebrating popular traditions. The rowdy Vikings and Valkyries stir up lighthearted mischief whenever and wherever they can.This annual celebration dates back to May 17th, 1958 when two local women, Bernadine Trones and Alma Wallen chaired the first Little Norway Festival in celebration of our unique Norwegian heritage. Syttende Mai or May 17th, celebrates the signing of Norway’s Constitution in 1814. Petersburg’s Little Norway Festival has grown to span the 3rd weekend of May and celebrates not only Norway’s Constitution, but U.S. Armed Forces Day, the coming of spring and beginning of the fishing season. Great music always plays a large part of the Festival fun and indoor and outdoor dances are scheduled for Friday & Saturday evenings. Art events include; the Annual Mitkof Mummer’s Melodrama written and produced each year by the local theatre group, a variety of artist receptions, and even rosemaling classes.. The heart of downtown is barricaded and booths line the street offering a variety of wares and information. Food, always an important aspect of any festival, ranges from traditional Alaskan Native fare and Petersburg’s world-class seafood to fine Norwegian delicacies. A parade, a walk/run race, a pageant, style shows, many dedications, receptions and open houses fill out the very full Annual Festival Schedule and insure entertainment for everyone.  

We are downtown and lookin’ good!

A little late with the post… come swing in and say hi at our new office in downtown Petersburg Alaska. I must give a personal shout out to my most amazing husband Patrick McGrath for his craftsmanship in transforming the place and in making my desk (honed from a sentimental redwood tree). Our front lounge area is set up with coffee, tea, Le Croix, kids toys — something for everyone!  

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