Southeast News

Southeast summit looks at food security, development

Business, government and other regional leaders will meet in Juneau March 17-18 for the Southeast Conference’s Mid-Session Summit.

Feds turning Tongass acreage over to Sealaska

sealaska plaza, 12-09The federal Bureau of Land Management will sign paperwork Friday turning over 70,000 acres of Tongass National Forest to Sealaska Corp.

B.C. mine gets OK to test mill and tailings pond

The Red Chris Mine site is about 120 miles northeast of Petersburg. The mine is testing its mill and tailings pond dam under an interim permit issued Feb. 2. (Courtesy Imperial Metals website)A new copper and gold mine in Southeast Alaska’s Stikine River watershed is a significant step closer to opening.

Rep. Kito: Fund the basics, fix what’s broken

Rep. Sam Kito III poses at his desk in the Capitol Jan. 7, 2015. This is the Juneau Democrat’s first full session. He was appointed last February to fill the seat vacated by Beth Kerttula. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Southeast state Rep. Sam Kito III is worried about the impacts of shrinking state budgets on schools, police and basic services.

Rough weather stops some Southeast ferry sailings

Part of Southeast Alaska faces weather-related transportation delays. Juneau and Haines lost a ferry sailing for the second time in three days. Skagway also lost one sailing.

Southeast championships feature Alaska’s first girls’ wrestling meet

wrestlingHigh school girls competed in Alaska’s first-ever girls’ wrestling meet during the Southeast Region championship Saturday. Unlike past tournaments, where girls competed with boys, the region finals alternated girls’ and boys’ spotlight matches.

USFS removes one cabin, adds another in Wrangell Ranger District

The U.S. Forest Service removed one cabin from the Wrangell Ranger District this year and plans to add a new one in a more popular location.

Wrangell assembly to intervene in two more timber lawsuits

big thorneThe Wrangell Borough Assembly voted Wednesday to intervene in two more lawsuits supporting the Big Thorne timber sale on Prince of Wales Island.

Wrangell hospital project closes contracts, starts fresh

The City and Borough of Wrangell and the Wrangell Medical Center closed a settlement this month with a company formerly contracted to help finance a new hospital building. After the hospital project stalled in 2012 with more than a million dollars spent on contracts, city and hospital officials are hoping for a fresh start.

Review of Red Chris Mine finds tailings dam concerns

red chris tailingsAs Southeast Alaskans become more concerned about mine development in British Columbia, a copper and gold mine in the Stikine River watershed is expected to start full operations next month. But an independent review of its tailings facility found issues with the design.