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Hate graffiti found at gravel pit near Petersburg

Whether the person intended to use "hail" meaning ice pellets or "hale" referring to a person is unknown. Photo/Angela DenningThe police department is looking to get more information about who’s responsible.

Grumman Goose may have found a home

Historic signs and photos on the walls of the Goose hangar.Since 1992, volunteers with Ketchikan’s “Save the Goose” project have been working to restore a historic amphibious plane. The Grumman Goose restoration is about 85 percent complete and now those involved are trying to find a permanent home for the plane. They believe they may have found the right place.

ANILCA change opens up USFS job opportunities

birdUntil now, local residents have been preferred for certain positions, because of their local knowledge. But they weren’t able to transition into permanent jobs with the U.S. Forest Service.

Volunteers progress on Goose restoration

From left to right: Don Dawson, Rick Garner, Arnie Enright and Randy Harris (and the Goose).For the past 20 years, a group of Ketchikan volunteers has been working to restore one of the Ellis Airlines Grumman Goose planes, in hopes of putting it on display.

Retirees honored by Ketchikan School Board

kayhiSuperintendent Robert Boyle recognized David Boyd from the district’s maintenance department, Kayhi custodian Larry Mestas, and teachers Cheryl Elliott and Roxanne Abajian.

Alaska-Virgin merger will expand opportunities

A detail of a slide from Scott Habberstad's presentation to the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce.An Alaska Airlines executive gave some details during Wednesday’s Chamber of Commerce lunch about the company’s recently announced merger with Virgin Air.

Petersburg High baseball opens region tournament at home Thursday

KFSK file photoFive high school baseball teams will be battling for two state tournament berths at the region five tournament in Petersburg Thursday through Saturday. Sitka is the top seed among the five Southeast schools and will open up play Thursday afternoon at 4:30. The Wolves will take on the winner of the opening game of the tournament, the number four seed Thunder Mountain against the number five seed Petersburg. That game is at 10 a.m.

Petersburg Community Foundation gives out $15,000

Awardees and board members of the Petersburg Community Foundation. (L-R) John Birks, Mysti Birks, Brandi Heppe, Karen Malcom, Cindy Lagoudakis, Dave Berge, Carin Christensen, Annette Wooton, Tom AbbottSix community organizations are getting a little financial help from the Petersburg Community Foundation.

Gillnetting, trolling closed for Stikine king salmon

Commercial fishing for Stikine River king salmon has been closed down in Southeast Alaska because of low numbers in early May.

Petersburg High School expands LeConte Glacier research

Alexandra Bless, Chauncy Sandhofer and Emma Chase survey points on LeConte Glacier this month. (Photo courtesy of Jon Kludt-Painter)Petersburg High School students report another successful trip into the LeConte Bay on the mainland near Petersburg, to survey the southernmost tidewater glacier in the northern hemisphere. This is the 33rd year for the high school’s LeConte Glacier survey and the amount of research and knowledge about the ice mass continues to expand. This year more students are looking into different aspects of the position and characteristics of that glacier.

KRBD celebrates 40th birthday with on-air party

Tom Miller was the first voice heard on KRBD, on May 22, 1976.KRBD Rainbird Community Radio in Ketchikan celebrated its 40th birthday over the weekend. The party incorporated the station’s annual “Live Day,” a day where everything is read or performed live on the air.

Sounds from Mayfest: an audio postcard

Jeane Osborne and Gladys Carter crochet at a booth in downtown Petersburg. Photo/Angela DenningThe Little Norway Festival also known as Mayfest drew visitors to downtown Petersburg for crafts, food, and good times.

Library director headed to southern Michigan

Ketchikan Public Library. (KRBD file photo)Ketchikan’s Library Director Linda Lyshol is moving on to a new job as library director of the Branch District Library in southern Michigan, starting in just a few weeks.

New artwork brightens Petersburg’s elementary school

Artist Pia Reilly installs new paintings to the outside of the Rae C. Stedman Elementary with help from Rans McIntosh. Photo/Angela DenningLocal artist Pia Reilly created multiple paintings for the outside and inside of the Rae C. Stedman Elementary. It's funded through one percent for art from the school's recent remodel project.

Kupreanof home loses generator shed to Saturday fire

Dave Beebe waits with water from a nearby creek while Petersburg volunteers work to cool down the embers of a burnt generator shed Saturday (Photo courtesy of the PVFD)Fire destroyed a generator shed at a home on Kupreanof Saturday afternoon but did not spread to two nearby cabin buildings. The structure caught fire around one o’clock Saturday afternoon, sending black smoke into the sky with flames visible across the Wrangell Narrows in Petersburg. As locals and visitors enjoyed Petersburg’s Little Norway Festival and sunny weather, the blaze was reported to Petersburg emergency dispatchers by multiple callers. The fire was behind a home about halfway between the Kupreanof state dock and Sasby Island along the Kupreanof shoreline.

Ferry sailings down 7 percent next fiscal year

The ferries Matanuska, right, and Fairweather, left, tie up at Juneau's Auke Bay Ferry Terminal May 19, 2016. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Next winter’s ferry schedule will be leaner than this year’s, and that one was pretty lean. It’s the result of budget cuts, which could lead to the sale of the ferry Taku.

City Council moves ahead with 5% pot tax

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife photo)During Council discussion of the pot tax, there was general agreement on a 5-percent tax – not graduated – with proceeds going into the general fund. The Council directed city management to come back with an ordinance to that effect for the next regular meeting.

Mexican harpist to perform in Petersburg this weekend

Harpist Christina Cabrera is performing in Petersburg Friday and Saturday nights at the Lutheran Church. Photo/cristinacabreraharp.comCristina Cabrera will be performing two concerts this weekend Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. at the Lutheran Church. Weather-permitting, Cabrera will also play at the beer garden on Saturday and on a flatbed truck in the parade.

Students name new ferries Tazlina and Hubbard

A conceptual drawing show what the Alaska Class ferries will look like. (Image courtesy state Department of Transportation)The winners of Alaska’s name-the-new-ferry contest didn’t know about it until they got a call from Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott.

Petersburg hires new parks and rec director

Chandra ThornburgPetersburg has hired a new director for its Parks and Recreation department. Two out-of-town applicants for the job got a chance to tour local recreation facilities and meet the public Tuesday. An aquatics center supervisor who works in Lynnwood, Washington has been chosen for the post.

Wrangell will finish rules before allowing pot biz

marijuanaWrangell won’t approve its first commercial pot operation until it has a better handle on where such businesses will be allowed.

Can Alaska learn from other ferry systems?

The Steamship Authority ferry Eagle sails between Hyannis and Nantucket, southeast of Boston. (Photo courtesy The Steamship Authority)Should the Alaska Marine Highway System be managed differently? That’s a question being asked by ferry advocates as they cope with smaller budgets and reduced schedules.

Weather played a role in Admiralty plane crash

Rescuers work at the site of a crashed small plane on Admiralty Island on Friday. (Photo courtesy Sitka Mountain Rescue)Weather may have been a factor in the April 8 plane crash on Admiralty Island, which killed the pilot and two passengers and badly injured another person on board.

Update: NTSB recovers wreckage from crash that killed three

Rescuers work at the site of a crashed small plane on Admiralty Island on Friday. (Photo courtesy Sitka Mountain Rescue)National Transportation Safety Board investigators have begun the work of determining why a Wrangell plane crashed Friday morning on Admiralty Island.

Traveling artists, Wrangell residents share observations of climate change

A group of artists is traveling through Alaska with the Sitka-based Island Institute to explore how people are navigating climate change in Alaska. The Tidelines Ferry Tour arrived in Wrangell on Monday and started a discussion with residents about changes they’ve seen in the natural world.

Mariculture initiative could boost shellfish farms

Brenda Bryan, left, and Jackie Whitmore clean shellfish at the Moss Island Oyster Farm in Peterson Bay, across from Homer. (Photo by Ron Bader/Moss Island Oyster Farm)Alaska shellfish farmers hope a new state mariculture initiative will help boost their businesses. But they warn it’s not an easy industry to expand.

BC officials introduce mine law changes in response to Mount Polley

This aerial image shows the Aug. 5, 2014, Mount Polley Mine tailings dam break and some of the damage downstream. The mine just won permission to reopen on a limited basis. (Photo courtesy Cariboo Regional District Emergency Operations Centre)British Columbia officials introduced law changes last week that would strengthen its ability to enforce mining laws in response to the Mount Polley tailings dam disaster of 2014. But critics in Alaska aren’t convinced the B.C. government would use those penalties to protect watersheds in Southeast.

Open house kicks off Wrangell’s plan to repurpose old mill for marine industry

millAs Wrangell continues to focus on marine trades as an economic driver, the borough is considering purchasing a former mill site six miles south of town to provide more room for the marine services industry.

SEAPA’s Swan Lake expansion on track for completion this fall

swan lake spillwayThe Southeast Alaska Power Agency (SEAPA) is on track to complete an expansion of its hydro storage capacity by October 2016.

U.S. prosecutors recommend 20 years in prison for Salard

Salard102814bFederal prosecutors are recommending a 20-year prison term followed by a lifetime of supervised release for former Wrangell doctor Greg Salard ahead of his sentencing hearing next week.