Southeast News

Hospital roof complete after a year of construction

CEO, Liz Woodyard, stands under the new roof at the Petersburg Medical Center. Photo/Angela DenningAdministration at the Petersburg Medical Center is relieved to finally get the new roof project completed this week.

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.

Drive down dock should be ready for February crabbers

Construction continues at Petersburg's drive down dock this fall. (Photo/Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska)Construction of the $9.4 million drive down dock in Petersburg will continue through the end of the year. The public dock will allow everyone an alternative way to reach their boats.

Permanent Fund up $30 Billion in five years

Photo/Elizabeth Jenkins$1,884. That’s the amount of this year’s Permanent Fund Dividend. Governor Sean Parnell made the announcement this morning in Anchorage.

Pinks come in better than expected in Southeast

A seine fishermen closes up his net.The summer purse seine season for pink salmon has wrapped up and the harvest is better than expected.

Southeast cross-country teams race in Petersburg

Members of boys' cross-country teams from around Southeast Alaska begin their race Saturday, Sept. 13, near Petersburg's Sandy Beach. (Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News)Petersburg girls won a regional cross-country meet Saturday in their home town. They topped teams from nine other Southeast cities.

Crane dock construction begins this week

Fishermen move crab pots at Petersburg's crane dock. Photo/Angela DenningThe crane dock widening project at Petersburg’s harbor is set to begin Tuesday. Glorianne Wollen, Petersburg Harbor Master, says the project should be complete in less than two months.

Cheaper turboprops lower some AK jet fares

A southbound Alaska Airlines jet takes off from Petersburg's airport Sept. 13, 2014. Some of the airlines fares have been reduced and other price cuts may be coming. (Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News)Cost-cutting on an Alaska Airlines Railbelt route is lowering fares in Southeast. And more discounts may show up in the future.

240 runners prepare for Petersburg meet

Petersburg High School Cross Country team is hosting a regional meet this weekend. Photo courtesy of Tommy ThompsonMore than 200 runners are descending on Petersburg today for a cross country meet tomorrow. Petersburg High School is hosting a regional meet that includes 15 teams.

Fish and Game gives trollers more time to fish

A troller fishes near Sitka. The troll season has been extended 10 days through the end of September. (Supafly/Flickr Creative Commons)The Southeast Alaska summer troll fishery is being extended by 10 days. But many fishermen won't take advantage of the extension.

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.

Power commission seeks input from its boroughs

The Tyee Lake Power Plant used to be  managed by the Thomas Bay Power Authority. The authority is considering its role, since the Southeast Alaska Power Authority took over management. (Courtesy TBPA)The Thomas Bay Power Commission is asking Wrangell and Petersburg how it can contribute to the communities, after a management transfer removed its original responsibilities.

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.

State issues Alaska Class ferry RFP to Vigor

(Image courtesy ADOT)The Alaska Department of Transportation has released a Request for Proposals to the Ketchikan shipyard for construction of the Alaska Class dayboat.

Saxman files lawsuit over nonrural status

The Saxman Clan House.The Organized Village of Saxman has filed a lawsuit in federal court over the Federal Subsistence Board’s 2007 decision to designate the Tlingit Native village as non-rural.

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.

B.C. gives KSM mine environmental OK

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. B.C. officials just approved the mine's environmental plans. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)A controversial mine planned for an area northeast of Ketchikan just won environmental approval from the British Columbia government.

New roads? Old ferries? A wilderness airport?

The ferry Malaspina makes a rare visit to waters off downtown Sitka during the 2010 Alaska Day celebration. A state transportation plan would route ferries to a new terminal across Baranof Island at the end of a new road. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Southeast Alaskans can learn more about regional transportation projects at a series of meetings starting Aug. 6.

Habituation allows bears and people to coexist at Anan Creek

bearThe fifth annual Bearfest started Wednesday, bringing researchers to Wrangell to discuss the symposium theme, “Bears and People.” At the Anan WIldlife Observatory, a careful relationship is maintained between bears and the people who come to watch them fish.

Wrangell assembly approves Tyee transfer agreement

The Wrangell Borough Assembly Tuesday unanimously approved a contract to transfer the operation and management of the Tyee Lake electrical power plant to the Southeast Alaska Power Agency.

BC’s KSM mine nears environmental approval

Oxidized rock colors a valley where one of Seabridge Gold's KSM Project's open pit mines will be dug. Canadian officials have opened their final comment period before environmental approval. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska)Canadian environmental officials have given provisional approval to a controversial mine planned for an area northeast of Ketchikan.

B.C. mines get financial boost, one to open soon

BC mines map CROPPED - SEACCCanadian investors are putting millions of new dollars into mining projects near the Southeast Alaska border.

Wrangell’s new carving facility nearing completion

carving shed wrangellWrangell’s new carving facility is approaching completion, and the Wrangell Cooperative Association is hoping to have a dedication event this winter.

TBPC fires general manager

The Thomas Bay Power Commission voted Wednesday to fire the general manager of the Thomas Bay Power Authority. The unanimous decision comes after TBPA General Manager Michael Nicholls missed TBPC meetings in June and failed to turn over documents requested by the commission.

New Sealaska leaders promise growth, changes

New Sealaska CEO Anthony Mallott addresses shareholders June 28 at the regional Native corporation's annual meeting near the SeaTac Airport. (Photo Courtesy Sealaska)Sealaska’s new board chairman and CEO say the regional Native corporation is gearing up for growth.

SEAPA moves forward with transfer of Tyee hydroelectric facility

seapa board meetingThe Southeast Alaska Power Agency is moving forward with plans to take over the Tyee Lake hydroelectric facility. SEAPA board chairman Bob Sivertsen said the board Thursday resolved to terminate its contract with TBPA, leaving a year for negotiations.

Stough gives up TBPC presidency, assembly seat

James Stough has resigned as president of the Thomas Bay Power Commission and given up his seat on the Wrangell Borough Assembly. The resignation came after Stough missed two TBPC meetings earlier this month.