Southeast News

Maritime industry looks to train a skilled workforce

The Maritime Works panel sits in front of the Southeast Conference gathering, Sept. 20, in Petersburg. (from left) Kris Norosz, Julie Decker, Doug Ward, Cari Ann Carty. Photo/Angela DenningThere is a lack of skilled workers in the maritime industry so a group of maritime industry businesses called Maritime Works has partnered with training programs in the state to fill that gap.

Ketchikan voters to decide tobacco, schools taxes

tobacco smokeVoters throughout the Ketchikan Gateway Borough not only will choose Borough Assembly and School Board members next week, they also will decide two tax issues.

Southeast Conference looks at several models for reformed ferry system

Alaska Department of Transportation deputy commissioner Mike Neussl addresses the Southeast Conference annual meeting September 21, 2016.Business and community leaders in Southeast Alaska are looking into how other ferry systems are operated around the world and a different way of managing Alaska’s ferries. The annual meeting of Southeast Conference in Petersburg in September focused on the first steps of a project to reform the state ferry system, find efficiencies and keep ferries running between coastal communities despite the state’s budget crisis.

Mallott discusses Mental Health logging, BC mines

byronmallotSEconf5Alaska’s Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott was the keynote speaker at this week’s annual meeting of Southeast Conference in Petersburg. During his speech Wednesday, September 21, Mallott addressed climate change and fisheries, this year’s failed pink salmon runs, mining concerns on the transboundary rivers in Southeast Alaska, the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission and the Alaska Marine Highway System. Joe Viechnicki spoke with Mallott Tuesday about some of those topics, along with logging of Alaska Mental Health Trust Land near Petersburg.

Students learn about earthquake preparedness

Mike Drummond briefs students at the Quake Shack while Jared Woody assists.An earthquake simulator has been visiting Southeast communities the past few months. It made two stops in Ketchikan. A few third graders at Fawn Mountain Elementary School share their experiences.

Southeast commercial king crab season will remain closed

The last commercial opening for red king crab in Southeast was 2011. Photo/ADF&GAlthough king crab numbers remain historically low there have been modest increases in the population since 2013.

Chamber forum features City Council candidates

A view of Ketchikan from the top of the Edmonds Street stairs.Questions and answers progressed quickly during the one-hour lunchtime candidate forum featuring incumbent City Council members Julie Isom and Judy Zenge, and challenger Spencer Strassburg.

23 bulls taken in first week of local hunt

Bjorn Stolpe of Petersburg stands with the antlers of his legal moose taken near Pt. Agassiz. Photo courtesy of Rich LowellOnly eight percent of the first week's harvest was illegal, down from last year's 20 percent.

Mallott discusses opportunities and issues facing Alaska

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 was in Ketchikan earlier this week to address Ketchikan Indian Community’s Southeast Tribal Environmental Conference. At a press conference, he spoke about the "Our Ocean" conference and issues facing Alaska.

State cuts will stifle Southeast’s economic growth

Maelani Schijvens presents "Southeast Alaska by the Numbers 2016" to the Southeast Conference in Petersburg, Sept. 20. Photo/Angela DenningSoutheast has more people, jobs, and money than five years ago but the state budget crisis will stop that growth, according to the annual report, "Southeast Alaska by the Numbers 2016."

Long distance bike rider for spinal cord research heads south from Alaska

ianandersenbikeA 24-year-old bike rider has started a 10-month journey through 14 countries from Alaska to Argentina. He’s not even the first in his own family to make that trip. However, along the way, he’s hoping to raise money and awareness for spinal cord injuries. He's heading way south on the Alaska Marine Highway, making stops in Southeast Alaska.

Southeast Conference begins in Petersburg

Candidates for the Southeast Conference board of directors introduced themselves Tuesday morning. Photo/Angela DenningA few hundred of Southeast's community and business leaders are attending the annual meeting, which runs Sept. 20-22.

Saxman rally supports Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Protesters carry signs opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline.A peaceful gathering took place Monday afternoon in Saxman in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. But speakers expressed concerns beyond what is happening in North Dakota.

Landis running unopposed for borough mayor job

Borough Mayor David Landis speaks during a recent Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce candidate forum. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Ketchikan Gateway Borough Mayor David Landis is running unopposed for re-election. He joined candidates for Borough Assembly during last week’s Chamber of Commerce candidate forum, answering questions submitted by audience members.

Petersburg assembly considers revenue from proposed pot tax

boroughsealA proposed tax on marijuana and marijuana products advanced in second reading Monday before the Petersburg borough assembly. However, the assembly voted to change the wording for future use of the proceeds of such a tax.

Assembly starts home-rule charter process

Borough SealDespite reservations from some Assembly members, a resolution calling for the formation of a home-rule charter committee was approved Monday by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly.

Kayaker completes ‘Paddle to Battle Myeloma’

John Taussig kayaked to Ketchikan from Bellingham, Wash., to raise awareness and funds for multiple myeloma. (Photo by Leila Kheiry.A California man rowed his converted kayak up the Inside Passage from Bellingham, Wash., to Ketchikan, raising awareness and funds for multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood that affects his family in a deeply personal way.

Native leaders call for federal involvement on transboundary mining

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A group of Alaska Native leaders said the Alaska congressional delegation’s Sept. 8 letter to the U.S. State Department on transboundary mining is not enough.

The United Tribal Transboundary Mining Group, a union of 15 federally recognized Alaska tribes, said … more

Commission would draft home-rule borough charter

Borough SealTwo Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly members hope to kickstart a process to develop a home-rule charter for the borough.

Paintballers learn tips from a former professional

A member of the Blue Team rushes the field (photo credit Nathan Kuehl).Ketchikan Youth Initiatives had a Sunday-Funday event at the Woodsball Paintball Course September 11. Novice and veteran players participated in a clinic with a former professional paintballer.

Petersburg domestic violence support non-profit lands three-year grant

WAVEwindowPetersburg’s domestic violence advocacy organization has received some good news on the funding front. WAVE, or Working Against Violence for Everyone, has landed a three-year federal grant that will allow the organization to keep its doors open, expand its staff and pay for equipment.

Wrangell may have solution to growing scrap metal issue

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Wrangell could soon see a sustainable solution to its growing scrap metal pile at the city dump. Waste Management is working on proposals for all Southeast Alaska Regional Solid Waste Authority – or SEASWA – communities that could provide regular … more

U.S.-Canada trade deal creating uncertainty in Southeast timber market

Part of the Tongass National Forest in April 2008. (Creative Commons photo by Xa’at)

The U.S. is in the midst of negotiations with Canada over an agreement on Canadian lumber imports. Many U.S. sawmill owners argue that the Canadian mills receive government subsidies on government-owned lands, making it difficult for the U.S. market to … more

Five Petersburg residents involved in boat accident on Stikine

The Stikine River Delta, as seen from the air. (Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News.)

The Wrangell Fire Department transported five Petersburg residents to the Wrangell Medical Center Sunday night after a boating accident on the Stikine River. Wrangell Fire Chief Tim Buness said the call came in around 5:23 p.m.

“So we were notified … more

Alaska’s congressional delegation pens letter to State Department on transboundary mining

The Red Chris Mine in the Stikine River watershed began operations earlier this year. (Photo courtesy of imperialmetals.com)

Mining at Red Chris in February 2015. (imperialmetals.com)

Alaska’s congressional delegation released a letter today to Secretary of State John Kerry, reiterating several requests it would like the U.S. State Department to address on transboundary mining in British Columbia.

The … more

Founder of Beijing non-profit with ties to Southeast dies at 26

Sam Cornthwaite (photo from Go Fund Me page)

Sam Cornthwaite (photo from Go Fund Me page.)

Co-founder of a Beijing non-profit with ties to Southeast Alaska died Sept. 6. Sam Cornthwaite, 26, was the co-founder of GoodWorks Coffee & Tea.

Cornthwaite became ill last week and was moved … more

Green crab invade farther north on B.C. coast

European green crab. (courtesy of Washington Sea Grant.)

European green crab. (courtesy of Washington Sea Grant.)

Last week, an invasive species known as the European green crab was found in Puget Sound. The marine-focused environmental group that found the crab, Washington Sea Grant, is still trying to find … more

Former Wrangellite releases Garnet Ledge book

Garnet Ledge

Garnet Ledge near Wrangell is a well-known spot for locals and tourists, but little is known about its long history, most notably the all-women cooperation that operated the mine in the early 1900s. A former Wrangellite has brought the history … more

Regional bat surveys play a larger role in bat research

A bat with white nose syndrome. (Public Domain photo by Jonathan Mays/USFWS)

All over Southeast Alaska this summer, volunteers have been conducting bat surveys for the state Department of Fish & Game. The surveys are being conducted to monitor bat populations regionally. But, the data is playing a bigger role in bat … more

As Anan’s season closes, Forest Service to continue use of temporary float

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As the Wrangell ranger district moves forward with improvements to the Anan Bear Observatory trailhead and observation deck, some may have noticed one change within the Anan master plan already happening.

“We placed a larger float in Anan Bay this … more