Southeast News

Four Petersburg artists to show work in Anchorage

Wet Meadow Stream, oil painting by Beth FlorThe Rasmuson Art Acquisition Fund requested the art pieces owned by the Clausen Museum.

Mallott talks mines, Tongass timber, budget

Byron Mallott poses at KRBD-FM in Ketchikan during a campaign visit. The candidate for governor says he will leave Sealaskas board of directors next month.Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott visited Prince of Wales Island and Ketchikan this week. He stopped in at KRBD to talk about his visit to the big island, current issues facing the State of Alaska and his “weird” job.

PHS track teams take 3rd in Ketchikan

Coach Brad Taylor tries to stay dry at the Ketchikan track meet. Photo/Debyy EddyPetersburg beat larger 4A teams from Juneau and Ketchikan in the invitational meet. Several runners beat their personal records.

Borough offices open for business in new building

Stacy Lohr sits at the desk of the borough's new finance office in the second floor of the Hallingstad-Peratrovich building. Photo/Angela DenningPetersburg borough offices will be in the second floor of the Hallingstad-Peratrovich building for about a year while the old municipal building is renovated.

Tree takes out SEAPA & KPU power lines

KPU crews work on downed power lines in the Ward Cove area. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)A tree took out power lines in Ketchikan’s Ward Cove area Tuesday morning, affecting power throughout Ketchikan and the Southeast Alaska Power Agency system. Power was fully restored in Ketchikan by mid-afternoon.

PHS music makers get high ratings at regional event

editedHundreds of high schoolers from around Southeast recently gathered in Ketchikan for Music Fest. Petersburg’s concert band, jazz band, and concert choir were recognized for the quality of their performances by earning superior ratings.

Missing hiker’s body recovered on Deer Mt.

A view of Deer Mountain. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)Ketchikan search and rescue crew members have recovered the body of 22-year-old Justin Nathan, missing on Deer Mountain since November.

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.

Antique fire trucks in Petersburg get road ready

Jack Slaght points to the engine he overhauled in the 1928 Model A fire truck. Photo/Angela DenningPetersburg resident, Jack Slaght, has been spending the last few years making two fire trucks--from1928 and 1936--like new again.

Cancer surivors celebrated, loved ones remembered in 5K Run-Walk

This rosemaled hanging mitten bowl was donated by The Muskeg Maleriers. It will be auctioned off as a fundraiser for Beat the Odds.The Circle of Life 5K Run-Walk will start at Sandy Beach Park at 9 a.m. Saturday and head out on Cabin Creek road before returning back to the park.

Science club starts up for Petersburg middle school

Joni Johnson instructs Chase Lister and Rose Lane on dissecting squid. Photo/Angela DenningInstructors hope the club will serve as a feeder program into the high school's National Ocean Science Bowl team.

Hydaburg to enhance POW wolf study

Alaska Department of Fish and Game photo.How many wolves are on Prince of Wales Island? It’s an important question because wolves are an important predator – part of the chain of life in the forest. A POW tribal group has been awarded a federal grant to help gather data used to determine that number.

Music Fest comes to Ketchikan

Kayhi Concert Choir

Kayhi Concert Choir

More than 650 students from a dozen schools brought their instruments and voices to Ketchikan High School last weekend for Southeast Music Fest. The three-day festival features workshops, performances and adjudication.

Students in the flute and


City Creek and Hungry Point trails to get upgrades

Petersburg Parks and Recreation Director Donnie Hayes holds plans for two trail expansion projects this summer. Photo/Angela DenningThe Hungry Point trail will be expanded by about a half a mile and the start of the City Creek trail will be redone.

9 PHS students participate in Skagway’s Art Fest

Petersburg High School students in Skagway for Art Fest with teacher, Ashley Lohr. Photo courtesy of Ashley LohrNine Petersburg high schoolers make art in Skagway with 80 other students from Southeast.

Absences almost lead to Assembly vacancy

Borough SealAccording to borough code, if Assembly members miss more than two meetings in a row, they can be kicked off unless the rest of the Assembly votes to excuse them. Felix Wong has been in Seward for work, and Monday’s meeting was his third consecutive absence.

Ketchikan airport’s new boiler to fire up soon

Airport Manager Mike Carney stands next to the Ketchikan International Airport's new biomass wood-pellet boiler. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Ketchikan International Airport is just a few weeks away from switching its heat source to a high-efficiency biomass boiler system.

Commercial fishing to be opened for Stikine River kings

ADF&G Area Management Biologist, Troy Thynes, looks at historical run data of Stikine River kings in his Petersburg office. Photo/Angela DenningThe allowable catch for the U.S. is 1,100, according to preseason estimates. There will be an commercial opening in District 8 on May 2 for trolling and drift gill netting.

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.

City fares well in head tax audit; borough less so

Tourists disembark from the Ruby Princess this spring, beginning the 2015 tour season in Ketchikan. The Ruby is permitted to discharge graywater while docked. (KRBD file photo).The City of Ketchikan came out looking pretty good, with no recommendations in the audit regarding how the city uses its CPV funds. The Ketchikan Gateway Borough, though, had some potential concerns identified in the audit.

Conservation groups sue to stop Shelter Cove Rd

Shelter_Cove_Road cropCiting the potential negative effects on wildlife of the planned Shelter Cove Road project, five environmental organizations filed a lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court objecting to the U.S. Forest Service’s recent decision to grant an easement for the road’s construction.

MAC to discuss local-testing requirement

(Creative Commons image)Officials have expressed concern that shipping marijuana off-island for testing would violate federal law, because pot remains illegal at the federal level.

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.

Alaska sends second draft of transboundary agreement to B.C.

red chris mineLt. Gov. Byron Mallott sent the second draft of a Statement of Cooperation to British Columbia officials last week as part of an ongoing effort to preserve water quality and fisheries of the Stikine, Taku, Unuk and Alsek rivers.