Southeast News

Raven’s Roost and Cascade Creek trails finish up improvement projects

This new section of the Ravens Roost Trail runs from the service road to the bottom of the mountain. Photo/USFSThe Ravens Roost trail and cabin have reopened near Petersburg after half a mile of trail gets a major upgrade.

Alaska Native Sisterhood celebrates 100th anniversary

ANS president speaksThe Alaska Native Sisterhood is celebrating its 100th anniversary this week in Wrangell—where it was founded—in conjunction with the Alaska Native Brotherhood and sisterhood Grand Camp annual convention. The Native rights group is honoring its past while contemplating its future.

Petersburg’s new mammography machine detects cancer two years earlier

Liz Bacom and Renee Hertless stand with Petersburg Medical Center's new mammography machine. Photo/Angela DenningOne in eight women will get breast cancer but Petersburg's new mammography machine will help detect it earlier.

Lybrand remembered for community service

LybrandKetchikan lost a leading citizen on Sunday. George Lybrand remained active in the community until just a few weeks before his death, even putting his name in for local elected office.

Hurricane remnants rushing toward Southeast Alaska

Hurricane Oho appears to have extremely long arms in imagery from NOAA's GOES-West satellite on October 7.(Photo from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration)The remnants of a hurricane in the Pacific will bring high winds and heavy rains to southern and central Southeast Alaska Friday. The storm is called Hurricane Oho, and it’s a cyclone that is moving rapidly across the Pacific toward Southeast Alaska. As of Thursday morning it had maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour. However, the storm is forecast to strengthen to near hurricane force by the time it nears the Alaska Panhandle early Friday morning.

Wrong-size moose kill threatens central Southeast hunt

A legal moose antler configuration with two brow tines on one side and three tines on the other (file photo courtesy ADF&G)Hunters continue to have success shooting moose on the mainland and islands around Petersburg, Wrangell and Kake. However, the high number of illegal moose shot during the month-long season is also climbing.

Drilling for gold: Inside the KSM’s exploration project

A drilling-crew member poses during a break at Seabridge Gold's KSM Mine. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)We've heard the arguments for and against British Columbia’s Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell mining project. But what happens there? Here's a look at its exploration efforts.

PHS swim team looks to improve for Regions

At the last home meet, Petersburg swimmers Molly Parks, Alyssa Guthrie, Isabel Ith, and Mariah Taylor check out swim details on paper as Coach Andy Carlisle looks on. Photo/Brad Taylor
Coach Andy CarlisleCoach Andy Carlisle says the team performed well at the Juneau meet but has room for improving.

Petersburg woman arrested for burglary

Brittany Martin, age 22, of Petersburg. Photo courtesy of Petersburg PD.22-year-old Brittany Martin of Petersburg was arrested Tuesday for allegedly stealing money and valuables from Beach Bum Tanning Salon in downtown Petersburg.

Summer schedule keeps Alaska’s fast ferries sidelined

The fast ferry Fairweather in the Wrangell Narrows near Petersburg (KFSK file photo)People who use the Alaska Marine Highway System ferries will have longer travel times and less service next year under a proposed summer schedule released by the state this week. The Marine Highway is proposing to keep the state’s two fast catamarans tied up next year along with two other, older vessels. That will mean fewer stops in some coastal communities.

Voters nix income disclosure for Petersburg office holders

Voters Tuesday agreed to remove a financial disclosure requirement for Petersburg elected officials and the vote was not close. In unofficial results, 306 people said yes to the only question on Petersburg’s ballot this year, compared to 93 no votes. That’s a margin of more than three to one. That measure asked to exempt local candidates from filing income information with the Alaska Public Offices Commission. The same question was on the ballot and failed narrowly last year, when turnout was much higher at 39 percent.

USFS moving forward with Anan dock despite concerns

anan trailA controversial dock project at a popular bear observatory near Wrangell and Ketchikan is moving forward, despite continued opposition from tour operators and a lack of contractors interested in the work. The money for the dock was originally requested by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, and her spokesman now says the U.S. Forest Service’s dock plan is not consistent with its original intent.

$8 million summer Dungeness harvest for Southeast

dungeness crabCommercial crabbers are out fishing again this month for Dungeness crab in Southeast Alaska. The numbers are in for the summer crab fishery and it looks like it was a pretty average season.

Middle schoolers join in monitoring for invasives in Petersburg harbor

aliceliftingplate1Sixth graders were in Petersburg’s Middle Harbor Thursday morning checking for an invasive species that has shown up on the waterfront not too far away in Sitka. So far students have not seen any sign yet of the marine animal nicknamed D Vex here.

Ketchikan police warn of PFD phone scam

Following yesterday’s payment of Permanent Fund Dividends, citizens of Ketchikan have been targeted by scams, according to the Ketchikan Police Department.

Active underwater volcano found near Dixon Entrance

A screen shot from a scientific sounding device shows the newly-discovered volcano and its plume of methane gas. The lower line is an echo, not another volcanic cone. (Image courtesy Canadian Geological Survey)Southeast Alaska has more ‪volcanoes‬ than most residents realize. Geologists just found a new one, south of Prince of Wales Island. Unlike the others, it's not dormant

Federal-state land transfer testimony heard

(USDA photo)Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Chelsea Goucher recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to testify in support of transferring federally managed lands to state control.

PeaceHealth awarded $3.6 million grant

HospitalPeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center announced this week that it has been awarded a $3.6 million grant for the entire PeaceHealth system from the federal Department of Health and Human Services to help improve community health through changing clinical practices.

A month after starting up, new ferry tries to smooth out service

ferryA new independent ferry connecting Wrangell, Petersburg and Prince of Wales Island’s Coffman Cove started up a month ago, and it’s still trying to work out some kinks. Wrangell officials are working with the Rainforest Islands Ferry to solve its biggest problem—the lack of a suitable place to load vehicles in Wrangell.

Prince Rupert, BC, port busy and growing

Prince Rupert's container facility. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)To say Prince Rupert, British Columbia, has an active port would be an understatement. Its port is bustling, and it has plans to become even busier.

Tourists spent more in Southeast this season

A cruise ship is docked at Ketchikan's downtown Berth 2. Such ships brought about 1 million passengers to Southeast this season. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Southeast Alaska tour operators say their customers were willing to spend more money this cruise-ship season.

N. Tongass board talks about City of Ward Cove

Ward Cove. (KRBD file photo)A group that wants to create a new home-rule city from what’s now the North Tongass Service Area plans to have an official charter petition ready for signatures by mid-October at the earliest, but perhaps later in November.

AK budget director: Legislature must act

State Budget Director Pat Pitney speaks during Southeast Conference in Prince Rupert, BC, Sept. 16.A former Olympic gold medalist in Women’s Rifle, Pitney said she expects to be a target -- for criticism – as she travels around the state providing information about Alaska’s budget crunch and the options for the state to overcome that crunch.

Native groups plan to monitor water quality of transboundary rivers

stikine riverThe Bureau of Indian Affairs is partnering with the Tlingit-Haida Central Council to gather baseline water quality data from three Southeast Alaska rivers that could be affected by British Columbia mine development.

California man found dead on boat in Wrangell

A California man was found dead Tuesday morning on a fishing vessel in Wrangell. Wrangell Police Chief Doug McCloskey said police were notified around 6 a.m. and recovered the body from Wrangell’s downtown harbor.

Rainforest Islands Ferry starts service in Southeast

ferryA new independent ferry connecting Wrangell, Petersburg and Coffman Cove on Prince of Wales Island started up Friday and transported its first passengers between the communities. But the launch of passenger service revealed some logistical problems.

Wrangell’s tourism season winds down with last big cruise ship

cruise shipThe biggest cruise ship to dock in Wrangell this year marked the winding-down of the busy tourism season when it made its last stop of the summer Tuesday at City Dock.

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.

USFS announces Navy Timber Sale south of Wrangell

A map showing the Navy Timber Sale. (Courtesy of 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.

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.