LISTENING PROJECT: Advocating for the Arts in Alaska

In this conversation Polly Lee talks with her daughter Anne Lee about her involvement and advocating for the formation of the original Alaska State Council on the Arts. Polly’s impact on the Arts not only in our community, but also in our State is impressive.



LISTENING PROJECT: Sons of Norway members share their cherished memories

In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Sons of Norway Fedrelandet 23, a group of past officers and long-time members gather together at Petersburg ‘s Mountain View Manor to reflect upon some of their fond memories at the Sons of Norway. Tora Thynes, Neva Christensen, Jimmie Stafford, Roy Otness and June Vick discuss and share memories of how and why the hall was built, making Lutefisk, and their favorite yearly events.

LISTENING PROJECT: Kari & Oliver Petersen

Listen as Kari has a conversation with her young son Oliver to discover his take on girls and his love of Star Wars.  Oliver tells Kari about some of his favorite Star Wars characters and what is so special about the purple light saber.  This interview is a darling glance into the world of a four-year-old boy.

LISTENING PROJECT: Teachers form a lasting bond

(l-r) Kathy Bracken, Mel Stockton, Sally Riemer & Susan Holmes

(l-r) Kathy Bracken, Mel Stockton, Sally Riemer & Susan Holmes

Retired teachers Kathy Bracken, Susan Holmes, Sally Riemer and Mel Stockton sit down during their weekly Thursday morning coffee ritual to talk about how Petersburg’s teachers have formed a lasting bond well into retirement.  Thursday mornings a group of retired teachers meet inside the Scandia House meeting room to stay in touch with each other’s lives and to share information.  While working in the school district they formed tight bonds from shared experiences inside and outside the classroom.  This interview talks about some of those experiences they shared and their admiration for one another.

LISTENING PROJECT: Tareq Haluh and Angele McDonald

Tareq Haluh and Angele McDonald met in 2008 in Petersburg. Angele was working checkout at a local grocery and Tareq was on a student visa in Petersburg, working in a cannery for the summer. They later married and now have a young daughter, Jude.

In this Listening Project conversation, they chatted with Matt Lichtenstein about their lives in Petersburg and Jordon, Islamic faith and culture, and their thoughts about the Arab Spring movements in the middle-east and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

LISTENING PROJECT: Florence LeRoy & Linda Ensign

In this interview Linda Ensign talks with her mother Florence LeRoy about growing up in Canada and training as a nurse. Leroy graduated nursing school on D-DAY in 1944. She eventually came to Petersburg in 1960 and took over as the superintendent of Petersburg’s hospital. But before coming to Petersburg, she moved with her new husband to Craig and was working for a fish processor, when local residents started calling on her to help deliver babies. She had to put her nursing skills to use immediately after giving birth to her second daughter, Debbie, instructing the doctor and attending nurses how to assemble an unused incubator to save her daughter’s life. Leroy also talks about running Petersburg’s hospital, adding long-term care in the facility and the doctors and other nurses who worked there in the 60s and 70s.

LISTENING PROJECT: Dieter Klose & Dylan Klose

In this interview Dieter Klose talks with his son Dylan about growing up in Virginia and discovering climbing, Dieter’s life passion, at the age of 13. Dieter recounts a climb in Yosemite National Park and nearly slipping off the top of Bridalveil Falls, only to be rescued by his climbing partner. He tells Dylan about coming to Petersburg and meeting and marrying Dylan’s mom. Father and son also recount remember hiking together in Nepal and climbing together around Petersburg. One of their favorite memories is of witnessing a giant rockfall in the Witches Cauldron below Devils Thumb.

In another story, Dieter recounts surviving a storm in the Gulf of Alaska in a 32-foot sailboat

Dieter, a carpenter and designer, also talks about the homes and other buildings he’s constructed in Petersburg, including the bridge and troll house on the trail at Sandy Beach.

He also recounts some of the history of climbing on Devils Thumb and some of his climbs on the mountain, including his biggest accomplishment in the mountains, surviving an attempt on the dangerous northwest face of the Thumb.