Southeast News

Updated: Wrangell doctor arrested on child porn charges

greg salardA Wrangell doctor was arrested following allegations of distribution and possession of child pornography. Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation served a search warrant yesterday at the home of Greg Salard.

Borough to consider emergency radios and traffic regs

boroughsealPetersburg Borough Assembly will be considering several issues at its meeting Monday night.

New Clausen Museum Director arrives in Petersburg

Brittany Enge stands in front of the Clausen Museum in Petersburg. Photo/Angela DenningThe Clausen Museum has recently hired Brittany Zenge as new Director to replace Sue McCallum who moved to Florida after 16 years on the job.

PHS volleyball gets stronger while wrestling season begins

Petersburg High School signPetersburg High School’s volleyball team finished well in a large Juneau tournament called the Juneau Invitational Volleyball Extravaganza, according to Coach Jaime Cabral.

Wrangell assembly passes ordinance to strengthen leash laws

City Hall - Photo by Shady Grove Oliver/KSTK NewsThe Wrangell Borough Assembly Tuesday passed a new animal control ordinance to tackle the problem of dogs running free downtown.

ANB elects new Grand President in Petersburg

Eric Morrison of Sitka addresses delegates as the new ANB Grand President. Photo/Angela DenningThe oldest Native rights organization in the nation elected a new leader while holding Grand Camp in Petersburg.

US Senate candidates reject efforts to reduce outside spending

Alaska Sen. Mark Begich has signed a pledge that would make third-party ad spending in the Senate race more transparent. Challenger Dan Sullivan refused to sign it, and accused Begich of not signing his pledge to curb outside spending.

Update: Protesters at BC mine step aside

klabona keepersA nearly-completed British Columbia mine in the Stikine River watershed is expected to begin full production at the end of this month. Meanwhile, protesters blocking access to the controversial Red Chris mine may be forced out Tuesday.

Cabrera heads Petersburg Community Development

Liz Cabrera is the new Community Development Director. Photo/courtesy of Petersburg BoroughWith the recent retirement of Petersburg’s long-time Community Development Director, Leo Luczak, comes a new director and some changes in the job description.

More Big Thorne timber sales announced

Clear-cuts and old-growth forests are part of the view of Indian Valley on Prince of Wales Island. The Forest Service just announced three more timber sales in the Island's Big Thorne area.The Forest Service plans three more timber sales in a part of Prince of Wales Island conservationists say needs to be protected. They’re much smaller than a recent sale in the same area.

Deer populations near Petersburg continue to struggle

The abundance of deer like this one in Petersburg are not indicative of the overall population on Mitkof Island. Photo/Angela Denning

Deer hunting is open in some areas in the Unit 3 islands near Petersburg. On the mainland in Unit 1-B, hunters can take two bucks. On Prince of Wales, hunters … more

Sealaska closes Kake office

Kake, in central Southeast Alaska, lost three jobs when Sealaska subsidiary Managed Business Solutions closed its satellite office last month.A Sealaska subsidiary has closed its office in Kake, laying off three people. That's because Colorado-based Managed Business Solutions lost a large contract.

House District 36 candidates talk budget cuts, minimum wage at forum

house 36 forumThe two candidates running to represent Ketchikan, Wrangell and surrounding communities in the Alaska State House of Representatives were in Wrangell Thursday for a candidate forum. Republican Chere Klein and non-affiliated candidate Dan Ortiz took questions from voters on balancing the state budget, Medicaid expansion and the minimum wage.

Philanthropic running group seeks nonprofit status

Running BuddiesA Wrangell running group is trying to become a nonprofit organization so it can give more to local charities and help residents with their medical expenses. The group hopes official nonprofit status will provide more sources of funding and more services for the community.

ANB-ANS Grand Camp begins in Petersburg

ANS drummers perform, "Onward Christian Soldiers" Wednesday morning. Photo/Angela DenningThe 102nd Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood Grand Camp annual convention began in Petersburg Wednesday.

Petersburg to host regional conference in 2016

Former Southeast Conference board president Maxine Thompson of Angoon opened up the annual meeting in Petersburg in 2010. (KFSK file photo)Petersburg will be hosting a regional meeting of community and business leaders in two years.

Petersburg assembly supports ferry use of boat ramp

The Blaquiere Point boat ramp on southeast Mitkof Island was considered by the new ferry authority but deemed too shallow for the 65-foot land craft that will be used.Petersburg is supporting an independent ferry authority’s application to the state to start ferry service at the Banana Point boat ramp on South Mitkof Island next year. Borough assembly members this summer wanted the Rain Forest Islands ferry to look into alternate landing sites after hearing about concerns with the boat ramp use. However, the ferry authority’s manager says that’s the only site that will work.

Update: KSM mine project wins more key permits

A glacier reflects in a naturally occurring pool of rusty, acidic water at the site of one of the KSM Prospect's planned open-pit mines. The British Columbia mine project, northeast of Ketchikan, was just granted permits for roads and construction camps.A controversial British Columbia mine northeast of Ketchikan has gained some key permits needed for construction.

Little Big Thorne: Smaller contract goes to Viking Lumber

The Viking Lumber Mill is on Prince of Wales Island. It was just awarded a contract to log part of the Big Thorne timber sale. (C
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News)The Forest Service has awarded a contract to log two-thirds of a controversial Southeast Alaska timber sale. Officials say it’s the first of several contracts for an area called Big Thorne.

Ketchikan debate features three governor candidates

Bill Walker, Care Clift and Gov. Sean Parnell.About 250 people crowded into Ketchikan’s Ted Ferry Civic Center to hear what Libertarian Care Clift, Republican incumbent Sean Parnell and independent Bill Walker had to say.

Governor debate

From left: Bill Walker, Care Clift and Sean Parnell at Wednesday's debate for candidates running for Alaska governor. Nick Bowman of the Ketchikan Daily News moderates.Three candidates for Alaska governor, independent Bill Walker, Libertarian Care Clift and Republican incumbent Gov. Sean Parnell, participated in a debate Wednesday in Ketchikan. Click here to listen to the entire event.

Cruise traffic level, but could face growth

Tourists off the Norwegian Sun book a Mendenhall Glacier tour near Juneau’s waterfront on one of the last days of 2014′s tourism season, as a staffer watches. Passenger numbers were similar to last year’s. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)This summer's visitors asked about the waterfront's elevation, whether Alaska takes American money and where the Sarah Palin statue is.

Ketchikan shipyard to build two Alaska ferries

Adam Beck and Gov. Sean Parnell sign the contact for Vigor Alaska to build two new state ferries.It’s official: The Ketchikan Shipyard will build two new ferries for the State of Alaska over the next few years.

Report shows plateau in Southeast economy, population

southeast conferenceAfter five years of growth, Southeast Alaska’s labor force and population leveled off in 2013, according to data released Tuesday at the Southeast Conference annual membership meeting.

Southeast Conference will bring 200 people to Wrangell for annual meeting

seconfThe Southeast Conference annual membership meeting will bring about 200 people to Wrangell next week. The organization advocates for economic development in Southeast Alaska.

Thomas Bay commission tries to find its place after SEAPA transfer

The Thomas Bay Power Commission Tuesday resolved to ask the borough assemblies of Wrangell and Petersburg how it can contribute to the communities after a management transfer removed its original responsibilities.

Tribal groups disagree about BC mine projects

The Nisga'a Lisims Government Building is the home of the Canadian First Nation's government. Leaders say their environmental concerns have been answered by the developer of the KSM Mine. (Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News)Some Alaska tribal organizations say Aug. 4’s dam break at a British Columbia mine shows what could happen at proposed near-border mines. But some B.C. tribal governments strongly support development.

Early tests show B.C. tailings spill water ‘safe’

Muddy water from the breached Mount Polley Mine tailings pond dam floods a downstream creek and road Monday. (Cariboo Regional District Emergency Operations Centre photo)The British Columbia Environment Ministry says water that poured out of a massive mine-tailings pond Aug. 4 appears to be safe

Is B.C. mine tailings dam break a warning for Alaska?

This aerial image shows Monday's Mount Polley Mine tailings dam break and some of the damage downstream. Fishing and environmental groups say the same could happen at new B.C. mines near the Southeast border. (Cariboo Regional District Emergency Operations Centre photo)Monday’s tailings-dam break at a British Columbia copper and gold mine could threaten Southeast Alaska salmon fisheries. Critics also say similar dams closer to the border could suffer the same fate.

Wrangell’s new boat lift tests upper limit

A boat lift hauls a 300-ton tug boat at the Wrangell Marine Service Center Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (Katarina Sostaric/KSTK)Wrangell’s new, 300-ton boat lift is the second biggest in Alaska. It hauled a 300-ton tug boat Tuesday after a week of delays.