Salmon 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.
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.
One 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.
An 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.
The 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.
The federal Bureau of Land Management will sign paperwork Friday turning over 70,000 acres of Tongass National Forest to Sealaska Corp.
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.
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.
A power agency in southern Southeast is floating plans to finance a project to increase its hydro storage capacity by selling bonds.
Petersburg’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.
Wrangell’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.
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?
Regional basketball isn’t the only competition happening this week for Petersburg High School. The school’s cheerleaders are also competing in Ketchikan at regionals.
A 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.
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.
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.
Commercial 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.
Petersburg High School students are putting on a play this weekend called, “The Moss Trap”.
After 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.
While 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.
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.
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.
Ketchikan Superior Court Judge William Carey likely won't reach a decision on the motion for a stay until Monday at the earliest.
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 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.
A citizens’ panel continues wrestling with the future of Southeast Alaska’s national forest. The Tongass Advisory Committee resumes meeting Tuesday in Juneau.
A new copper and gold mine in Southeast Alaska’s Stikine River watershed is a significant step closer to opening.
A government investigation says poor design led to last summer’s catastrophic failure of British Columbia's Mount Polley Mine tailings pond.
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.
More than 200 business leaders, researchers and policy-makers gather in Juneau this week for the 2015 Innovation Summit.