Southeast News

Public comments on POW subsistence wolf harvest

Alaska Department of Fish and Game photo.The Office of Subsistence Management heard Thursday from the public – some from out of state – about whether to allow a subsistence wolf harvest on Prince of Wales Island and adjacent islands.

BC mines minister talks transboundary issues

Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, left, and BC Minister of Mines Bill Bennett address the Alaska Power Association Thursday morning in Ketchikan. They later talked to the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)British Columbia’s Minister of Mines Bill Bennett was in Ketchikan on Thursday, part of a diplomatic and fact-finding trip to Southeast Alaska related to the issue of transboundary mines.

British Columbia more open to mine treaty talks

B.C. Mines Minister Bill Bennett discusses the week's mine meetings as Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott and other state officials listen during a Wednesday press conference in Juneau. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News).British Columbia’s mines minister says he’s open to involving Canada in resolving transboundary mine conflicts. That’s a change from earlier statements.

Sixteen file for Petersburg’s October ballot

boroughsealThe deadline has passed and sixteen people have filed paperwork to get their names on the Petersburg borough ballot for the October 6th election. That means voters will be filling 15 of the 21 open seats on the ballot this October.

State ferry system raising cancellation fees

8-20-13 Fairweather drawing by Issac Taylor @ Petersburg Ferry TerminalThe state ferry system will soon charge more for canceling reservations. Fee increases begin Oct. 1, the same day the winter ferry schedule begins.

B.C. minister: Tulsequah mine leak should be fixed

B.C. Mines Minister Bill Bennett answers reporters' questions Monday after touring the Taku River area. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)British Columbia’s top mine official says the province needs to address pollution pouring out of the Tulsequah Chief Mine near Juneau.

New ferry to start up Friday in Southeast

Photo from rainforestislandsferry.comAfter months of delays, a new ferry in Southeast Alaska is planning to start up service this Friday, August 28. The Rainforest Islands Ferry will offer four-day a week service connecting Petersburg, Wrangell and Coffman Cove on Prince of Wales Island.

State pot official details cannabis regs timeline

(Creative Commons photo by Brett Levin)The Alaska Municipal League met in Ketchikan last week to talk about issues of shared interest throughout the state. One of those issues is marijuana legalization, and one of the speakers was Cynthia Franklin, director of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and the newly formed Marijuana Control Board.

Southeast troll fleet numbers drop for coho, chum fishing

Troll-caught coho on ice (Photo courtesy of Matt Lichtenstein)After this summer’s one-and-only opening for king salmon, many Southeast commercial trollers have found something else to do, instead of fishing for coho or chums. King fishing was open for eight days in July and the fleet landed just over 165,000 Chinook during that time.

British Columbia mine chief heads to Ketchikan, Juneau

Alaska Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, center, holds a press conference May 4 with B.C. Mines Minister Bill Bennett and Environment Minister Mary Polak. (Photo courtesy B.C. government)British Columbia officials travel to Southeast Alaska Aug. 24-27 to discuss concerns about transboundary mines.

Man in custody for Ketchikan stabbing

Ketchikan's state courthouse in downtown.Zachariah Willard is charged with second-degree murder for the fatal stabbing of 33-year-old Wayne Nathan on the morning of Aug. 10.

State sets POW wolf harvest quota at 9

Alaska Department of Fish and Game image.A wolf harvest quota has been set for Game Management Unit 2, which is Prince of Wales Island and surrounding islands. According to a joint news release from the U.S. Forest Service and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, biologists have set the state harvest at nine wolves.

Garbage bear season

11781656_10153638943734180_3421132456915646599_nLocal garbage bandits have been making their bi-yearly rounds in Ketchikan, leaving messes in their wake. KRBD looked into how residents are and should be warding off these hungry bears.

USFS announces Navy Timber Sale south of Wrangell

A map showing the Navy Timber Sale. (Courtesy of fs.usda.gov)The U.S. Forest Service announced a timber sale last week that makes 13.1 million board feet of timber available on the Tongass National Forest 22 miles south of Wrangell.

One up, one down for Petersburg assembly seats

nancystrand2015One incumbent on the Petersburg borough assembly is running for re-election; another is holding fast to his decision to step down. Nancy Strand will seek her second term on the borough assembly, while John Havrilek says he won’t seek a second term.

Financial disclosure question back on Petersburg’s ballot

Petersburg mayor Mark Jensen (KFSK file photo)Petersburg voters have only one ballot question to decide this fall and it’s a question voted down by a narrow margin a year ago. The borough assembly Thursday voted to put an exemption to state financial disclosure requirements on the ballot for the second year in a row. People who run for mayor, borough assembly, school board and planning commission, along with the borough manager are required to disclose their income sources to the Alaska Public Offices Commission.

SEAPA looks to Thomas Bay for the region’s hydro future

DSCN5783-002For the past 30 years,Thomas Bay, on the mainland north of Petersburg has been under consideration as a site ripe for hydroelectric development. Some private companies have looked to export that hydro energy for profit. Now the Southeast Alaska Power Agency is trying to make sure future hydro sites serve only Wrangell, Petersburg and Ketchikan.

WMC board hires new hospital CEO

Aaron McPherson, Jeffrey Lyle and Robert RangThe Wrangell Medical Center Board of Directors hired Robert Rang of Kodiak on Thursday as the new hospital CEO.

Southeast Alaska pink salmon harvest well short of forecast

(KFSK file photo)Southeast Alaska’s commercial pink salmon catch has reached 25 million fish by the third week in August. That’s well short of the pre-season forecast and nowhere near the record setting run from two years ago. While pink returns elsewhere in the state have been strong, Southeast pink numbers this summer have fishery managers scratching their heads.

Ferry Columbia in for repairs until August 31

(File photo by Ed Schoenfeld/ Coastalaska)The state ferry Columbia will be out of service for nearly the rest of the month as the Alaska Marine Highway repairs its largest vessel at the Ketchikan shipyard. The 418-foot ferry was docked in Ketchikan Monday following problems with a part of its exhaust system. While in Ketchikan, workers discovered damage to one of the ferry’s propellers, caused by striking a log in the water.

Petersburg police department ends DMV service

Starting September 1st, residents can get temporary state licenses and ID cards at the Petersburg Vehicle Title and Registration office on 12th Street. (KFSK file photo)As of next week, the Petersburg Police Department will no longer be the place to take a driver’s test or get your state issued driver’s license or ID card. Those services will be moving up the hill to a private business that already issues titles and registrations for vehicles and boats. The change will mean expanded hours to apply for a license and lessen some of the workload for local police dispatchers.

3 charged with parole violations due to meth

Ketchikan's state courthouse in downtown.Three Ketchikan residents were charged this week with violating their paroles by allegedly owning or using methamphetamine or methamphetamine paraphernalia.

Dock planned for bear observatory raises concerns

bearIn an effort to increase safety at a popular bear observatory near Wrangell, the U.S. Forest Service is moving forward with plans to build a dock at the site for planes and boats to drop off tourists. But Wrangell-based tour guides say the costly dock will essentially be useless and could create more hazards than it prevents.

Arts group wants to re-purpose old fire station

fire hallBuilt in 1943, the Main Street fire station has outlived its use as a fire hall. Now, though, a local nonprofit wants to re-purpose the historic building into a creative space for artists.

One year after mine disaster, Wrangellites protest BC mines

A protest in Wrangell on Sunday, August 2, 2015. (Katarina Sostaric/KSTK)A protest in Wrangell on Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of a mining disaster in Canada and sought to bring attention to mines being developed across the border from Southeast Alaska.

WCA celebrates cultural center’s grand opening

wca cultural centerThe Wrangell Cooperative Association cut the ribbon on its cultural center and carving shed Saturday, completing the second phase of the tribe’s three-part Native cultural revival plan. The center will serve as a place for recreating eight sacred totem poles and for teaching Native arts.

Trial of former Wrangell doctor starts Monday

greg salardThe jury trial of former Wrangell doctor Greg Salard will start Monday at the U.S. District Court in Juneau. He is facing three felony charges related to child pornography.

Wrangell ANS prepares to host 100th anniversary celebration

The Alaska Native Sisterhood was formed 100 years ago in Wrangell, and the community will welcome a few hundred visitors this fall for the ANS centennial celebration.

BC mine to reopen after 2014 disaster

Hazeltine Creek, once a narrow waterway, is filled with mud, silt and logs following August 2014’s tailings dam breach at the nearby Mount Polley Mine. (Photo courtesy Chris Blake/MineWatch Canada).British Columbia will allow the Mount Polley Mine to resume limited operations. The mine's tailings dam broke last year, polluting nearby waterways.

Wildfires also hit Southeast forests

A fire left its mark on this Tongass National Forest tree trunk, as seen in 2008. (Creative Commons photo by Xa’at)Tongass National Forest officials have counted 16 wildfires this season, one more than the regional average for a whole year.