Southeast News

Project looks to spark Alaska conversation on King salmon

Free copies of "King of Fish" by David Montgomery are available at the Petersburg Library through Saturday. Photo/Angela DenningSalmon is something that most Alaskans share. It holds different meaning to different people but it is a resource that is familiar to most. That commonality is what’s behind a non-profit called, “The Salmon Project” and a book drop initiative that’s in Petersburg this weekend.

Metlakatla group plans canoe trip to B.C.

A colorful canoe is towed from Saxman after a group of paddlers landed and disembarked in August 2013.About two years ago, a group of First Nations and Alaska Native canoeists paddled from Canada’s northwest coast, across the U.S. border to Alaska’s only Indian reservation, on Annette Island. Now, a group is planning a return journey, paddling the same route back toward the Tsimshian Native community’s roots in British Columbia.

Tonka Seafoods tests out the shrimp market

Seth Scrimsher stands in one of Tonka's freezers with blocks of frozen pink shrimp. Photo/Angela DenningOne of Petersburg’s seafood processors is trying to make a go at shrimp. Tonka Seafoods, Inc. is starting small to see if the market is there for their limited operation. As Angela Denning reports, they should have their answer in a few weeks.

Petersburg recycling upgrade survives another budget vote

recyclesymbolAn upgrade for Petersburg’s curbside recycling program survived another vote by the Petersburg borough assembly Monday, again by just one vote. Borough staffers say the switch away from blue plastic bags and contracting for the collection service will save the municipality in the long run.

Salard trial delayed until May

Salard102814bThe jury trial of Wrangell doctor Greg Salard, accused of possessing and distributing child pornography, has been delayed another three months. Assistant Federal Defender Cara McNamara requested more time to prepare her defense.

Feds turning Tongass acreage over to Sealaska

sealaska plaza, 12-09The federal Bureau of Land Management will sign paperwork Friday turning over 70,000 acres of Tongass National Forest to Sealaska Corp.

Ketchikan residents testify on budget proposals

Ketchikan residents crowd into the local Legislative Information Office for Tuesday's House Finance Committee hearing on proposed budget cuts. (Photo by Marc Osborne)Alaska’s House Finance Committee heard public testimony Tuesday on proposed budget cuts, and got an earful from Alaskans calling in from all over the state, including 15 from Ketchikan.

Large new committee to tackle pot in Petersburg

12160800144_b570f00ab5_z (640x424)Petersburg’s newest committee has 19 members and will be tasked with coming up with recommendations for regulating marijuana in the community. Petersburg’s committee will look at pot growing businesses and retail stores, as well as potential problems from use of the now-legal drug, including second hand smoke.

Southeast power agency plans to bond for dam raising

The spillway in the middle of the Swan Lake dam would be filled in, under plans to increase storage capacity at the hydro site. (Photo courtesy of seapahydro.org)A power agency in southern Southeast is floating plans to finance a project to increase its hydro storage capacity by selling bonds.

Petersburg turns over skate park to Little League

skatersatparkPetersburg’s borough assembly Monday voted to transfer operations of the borough’s skate park to the Petersburg Little League. That organization plans to convert the covered area into a batting cage. The borough and the local youth sports organization are also talking about Little League taking over management of the entire ball field facility in the future.

Otter hide sewing is first class held in Wrangell’s carving facility

sewing otter skinWrangell’s new carving facility hosted its first Alaska Native craft class last weekend, and about 20 residents signed up to learn the basics of sewing otter skins.

Petersburg police chief talks about legalized pot

Petersburg Police Chief, Kelly Swihart. Photo courtesy of Petersburg Police Dept.Marijuana was legalized in Alaska February 24 after voters statewide supported the move during last fall’s election. So what does that mean for the borough right now?

PHS cheerleaders compete at regionals

Molly Parks is a Junior on Petersburg High School's cheerleading team. Photo/Rosa LopezRegional basketball isn’t the only competition happening this week for Petersburg High School. The school’s cheerleaders are also competing in Ketchikan at regionals.

New extended-stay hotel coming to Ketchikan

My Place HotelA new hotel chain is coming to Ketchikan, with construction expected to start – and finish – this year. And it’s not just Alaska’s First City; the franchise is expanding into Anchorage and Fairbanks, as well.

Judge Carey denies stay in education funding lawsuit

Ketchikan's state courthouse in downtown.A superior court ruling that invalidates the State of Alaska’s longheld practice of requiring municipal governments to contribute a specific amount toward public education remains in place for now.

Deeper state ferry cuts planned by House panel

The ferries Malaspina and Columbia are out of service for repairs at the Ketchikan Shipyard in 2012. More ferries will be tied up this summer under planned legislative budget cuts. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Alaska’s ferry system is facing even more service cuts. A House panel yanked money from the marine highway budget that the governor had restored.

Food and flower growers gather in Petersburg

Photo courtesy of Farragut FarmsCommercial growers all over Southeast are coming to Petersburg this weekend to network. It’s the inaugural Southeast Alaska Commercial Growers Conference and runs Friday through Sunday.

PHS to perform the play “The Moss Trap”

Petersburg High School actors rehearse the play, "The Moss Trap". Photo/Angela DenningPetersburg High School students are putting on a play this weekend called, “The Moss Trap”.

Waterfront draft plan includes boat storage, fishing pier

waterfront master planAfter several public meetings and community votes, a team of designers presented a nearly complete Waterfront Master Plan Wednesday for the space between Wrangell's City Dock and the Marine Service Center.

Boro files cross appeal with Supreme Court

Alaska State SealWhile the Ketchikan Gateway Borough and the State of Alaska wait for Superior Court Judge William Carey to rule on a motion for a stay in the ongoing education funding lawsuit, the borough has filed a cross appeal with the Alaska Supreme Court.

Training set to help artists become teachers

The Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council is one local nonprofit that receives community agency grants from the City of Ketchikan.The Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council is offering a day-long teaching artist academy in Ketchikan on March 7, to help Southeast artists become eligible for the statewide Artist in the Schools program.

More charges unlikely in case of restrained child

Additional charges likely won’t be filed against a couple that police say had restrained their 5-year-old grandchild by taping her legs and holding her in a makeshift cage.

Judge hears arguments on stay in education lawsuit

Ketchikan Gateway Borough officials attend Friday's hearing in Judge William Carey's courtroom.Ketchikan Superior Court Judge William Carey likely won't reach a decision on the motion for a stay until Monday at the earliest.

Child allegedly caged, bound by grandparents

On Tuesday, Ketchikan police officers did a welfare check at a Woodside Drive home after getting a tip that a little girl was allegedly restrained at night by her grandparents.

Wrangell loses wildlife trooper to state budget cuts

department of public safetyWrangell could lose its only Alaska Wildlife Trooper to state budget cuts. The Department of Public Safety is not planning to fill the vacancy left in January by Alaska Wildlife Trooper Scott Bjork.

Tongass transition back on the table

1-20-14 USFS Jason Anderson and Kirk Hardcastle listed during a Tongass Advisory Committee meeting at Juneau's Aspen Hotel.A citizens’ panel continues wrestling with the future of Southeast Alaska’s national forest. The Tongass Advisory Committee resumes meeting Tuesday in Juneau.

B.C. mine gets OK to test mill and tailings pond

The Red Chris Mine site is about 120 miles northeast of Petersburg. The mine is testing its mill and tailings pond dam under an interim permit issued Feb. 2. (Courtesy Imperial Metals website)A new copper and gold mine in Southeast Alaska’s Stikine River watershed is a significant step closer to opening.

Mt. Polley Mine dam collapse report cites design

8-5-14 Polley tailings pond break imageA government investigation says poor design led to last summer’s catastrophic failure of British Columbia's Mount Polley Mine tailings pond.

Board of Fish changes some shrimp pot reporting requirements

The Alaska Board of Fisheries Saturday changed reporting requirements for shrimp pot fishermen in Southeast. All shrimp pot catcher-processor vessels in Registration Area A will have to submit a logbook to the Department of Fish and Game at the end of a shrimp fishery.

Innovation Summit looks outside the box

Armelle Solelhac croppedMore than 200 business leaders, researchers and policy-makers gather in Juneau this week for the 2015 Innovation Summit.