Southeast News

Man arrested on warrant from Ferguson riots

Ketchikan's state courthouse in downtown.Ketchikan Police arrested a man Wednesday in connection with a felony, related to property damage in Ferguson, Missouri. The alleged crime occurred during the Ferguson trials of a policeman after an incident that left one man dead and many questioning police-race relations.

Coast Guard Cutter Anacapa gets new commander

Before the ceremony, Lt. Peter Vermeer (second from left) and Lt. Kathryn Cyr (third from left) stand with other officers. Photo/Angela DenningThe Coast Guard Cutter Anacapa in Petersburg has a new commanding officer. Lt. Peter Vermeer will relieve Lt. Kathryn Cyr.

Six kittens rescued from POW roadside have died

Henry cuddles with six tiny rescued kittens in May. All the kittens succumbed to kitten fading syndrome. (File photo by Leila Kheiry)The six kittens were found in May in a cardboard box on the side of a road on Prince of Wales Island. They were a little more than a week old at the time.

Petersburg Children Center tries to solve long wait list

Teacher Theressa Phillips reads to the toddler class with Assistant teacher, Brina Compton and teen worker, Kallie Caples looking on. Photo/Angela DenningOne of Petersburg's preschools, the Petersburg Children’s Center, has a waiting list of 45 kids but a planned expansion could help drop that number.

Sealaska board unchanged by election

Sealaska Plaza is the location of the regional Native corporation's Juneau headquarters.  Shareholders are casting ballots to fill five board of directors seats.  (File photo/KTOO)Sealaska shareholders have returned five incumbents to the regional Native corporation’s 13-member board of directors.

Budget cuts sideline three of Alaska’s 11 ferries

The ferry Taku waits to load in Sitka during the winter of 2012. in Early morning Taku in Sitka. The 370-passenger ship is scheduled to be tied up starting in July. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)A draft schedule released Friday shows the Taku out for a year and the fast ferries Chenega and Fairweather tied up starting in the early fall.

Icicle Seafoods is being sold

Icicle's seafood plant in Petersburg is on the town's main street. Photo/Joe SykesIcicle Seafoods, one of Alaska’s largest seafood processors is being sold to Indonesian companies Convergence Holdings and Dominion Catchers owned by the wealthy Soetantyo family.

Nine victims recovered from fatal plane crash

Ella Lake, seen from the U.S. Forest Service cabin at the site. (USFS photo)The nine people killed Thursday when a floatplane crashed into the side of a steep mountain in Misty Fiords National Monument outside of Ketchikan have been identified.

The New Old Time Chautauqua heads to Petersburg

The New Old Time Chautauqua performing on a recent tour. Photo courtesy of www.chautauqua.orgThe New Old Time Chautauqua is coming to town on Sunday. The Chautauqua is a traveling band of about 50 artists, circus performers, kids and musicians journeying around Southeast this summer.

No survivors in Misty Fiords plane crash

MistyMapNine people died Thursday afternoon when the DeHavilland Otter floatplane they were traveling in went down near Ella Lake in Misty Fiords National Monument near Ketchikan.

Tribe boycotts FedEx over ‘Redskins’ support

The Juneau-based Central Council Tlingit Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska announced Thursday that it has sent notice to all employees to stop using FedEx services, citing the national delivery company’s sponsorship of the Washington Redskins football team.

Tobacco tax brings in money to Petersburg Borough

Amy Long-Drew is the Tobacco Prevention and Control Grant Coordinator for the Petersburg Indian Association. Photo/Angela DenningThe Petersburg Borough is making money off the new tax but it’s still unclear how many users will quit the habit because of paying more.

Chautauqua kicks off SE tour in Ketchikan

The Chautaqua kicked off with a parade from downtown to the Gateway Rec Center. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)The event included parades, potlucks, free workshops and a variety show, with everything from jugglers and magicians, to hula hoopsters and musicians.

KSM mine targets richer ore while seeking investors

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 project, northeast of Ketchikan, is drilling for higher-value ore this summer. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)A Canadian mining company says it’s found richer deposits of gold and copper ore at its controversial KSM project.

Possible arson fire near Petersburg destroys car

The car is believed to have gone off the road prior to being set on fire. Photo courtesy of the Alaska Wildlife TroopersThe second suspicious fire in a week hits Petersburg

Dungeness crab season opens in Southeast

Ed Crawford stands by his crab pot in middle harbor. photo//Joe SykesDungeness fishing season starts strong for one local fisherman.

Hyder crossing open

The border gate between Hyder and Stewart, B.C. is decorated with balloons this weekend, as residents celebrate a resolution to the border crossing issue. (Photo by Carol Denton)This weekend, a Canadian border guard unlocked the gate between Hyder and Stewart, B.C., and it’s going to remain that way for the time being.

Bill cuts funding for EPA Waters of the U.S. rule

The Whitman Lake dam. (Alaska Energy Authority photo)The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved a spending measure for the federal Interior Department that Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s office said includes some good news for Southeast.

Vandalism destroys public toilet at lake near Petersburg

The vault toilet completely melted at Man Made Hole near Petersburg. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Forest ServiceArson is believed to be the cause of a fire that melted a toilet at the Man Made Hole recreation site.

Petersburg Public Library access expands exponentially

Lizzie Thompson checks out material at the Petersburg Public Library, June 18, 2015. Photo/Angela DenningPetersburg library users now have access to 1.5 million more books, movies, CDs than before.

French tour company wants to build relationship with Petersburg

A fishing boat passes in front of the French mega-yacht L'Austral. Photo/Angela DenningA French cruise ship company is looking to Petersburg to build a special relationship for its high-end passengers.

Red Chris mine gets final environmental permit

red chris mineThe Red Chris copper and gold mine got final approval last week to discharge wastewater in the Stikine River watershed. Some Alaskans are worried the Red Chris and other British Columbia mines will impact salmon in Southeast.

Report lists watersheds, salmon habitat potentially affected by B.C. mines

This map, found in the FNMEC report, shows potential contaminant flow paths from B.C. tailings dams into Southeast Alaska waters.Thousands of miles of salmon habitat and more than 200 communities across Southeast Alaska and British Columbia could be affected if another mine disaster happens near the border. According to a report released this week by a B.C. First Nations group, 35 tailings ponds in the region are drawing more scrutiny after a mine dam collapsed last summer.

Borough Assembly approves waterfront master plan

waterfront master planThe Wrangell Borough Assembly last week approved a plan for developing Wrangell’s downtown waterfront. The Wrangell Waterfront Master Plan would put $14.7 million into improving the waterfront between City Dock and the Marine Service Center.

Red Chris Mine waits for final permit

red chris mineA controversial British Columbia mine upriver from Wrangell and Petersburg is slated to ramp up to full production this summer. But the Red Chris Mine is still waiting for final approval from the B.C. government and a First Nations group.

Wrangell faces water shortage

faucetWrangell officials are asking residents to reduce water consumption because of a shortage at the community’s reservoirs.

Screened-in hot tub on Stikine to close for one month

The screened-in hot tub at the Chief Shakes Hot Springs will be closed July 15 through Aug. 15, 2015. (Katarina Sostaric/KSTK)The screened-in tub and adjacent changing room at Chief Shakes Hot Springs on the Stikine River will be closed from July 15 to August 15.

Wrangell, Petersburg hospitals share a financial administrator

It can be difficult for rural Alaskan hospitals to recruit experienced financial professionals. That’s why the hospitals in Wrangell and Petersburg are taking a new approach to that challenge by sharing a chief financial officer.

B.C.: Alaska will get larger voice in mine development

British Columbia Minister of Mines Bill Bennett has announced a plan where Alaska officials will have more chances to comment on projects under development. (Photo courtesy of the B.C. government)British Columbia's top mining official says Alaska will soon have more input into the permitting process. That news came after a meeting with Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott.

WCA tests Wrangell shellfish for contaminants

clamThe Wrangell Cooperative Association recently won federal funding to test shellfish from Wrangell beaches. The tribal government wants to make sure clams and cockles are still safe to eat after a sinking tug boat leaked fuel in the area last winter.