Southeast News

How do you run the ferry system with less money?

The fast ferry Chenega is up on blocks for repairs and maintenance at the Ketchikan Shipyard Feb. 21, 2014. The Alaska Marine Highway, roads, airports and other transportation projects could get a funding boost under Legislation moving in the state House. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The Alaska Marine Highway System wants more input into in its long-term planning. It's announced what it’s calling community engagement meetings in six port cities over the next month.

USFS updates Wrangell Island Timber Sale proposal

timber mapThe U.S. Forest Service recently announced it is changing its proposal for a timber sale on Wrangell Island. The Forest Service is proposing a harvest of about 5,300 acres for 73 million board feet of mostly old growth timber.

Wrangell boater found dead

Kenneth Trammel left on the Thalassa Nov. 5.A missing Wrangell boater was found dead Wednesday afternoon, according to a dispatch from the Alaska State Troopers.

Environmental groups ask B.C. to improve mining laws

8-5-14-Polley-tailings-pond-break-imageEnvironmental groups from Alaska and British Columbia are asking the BC government to implement independent oversight of mines and encourage the use of safer mine-waste technologies. The comments were submitted as part of B.C.’s review of its mining policies in response to the tailings dam spill at the Mount Polley Mine last summer.

USFS proposes fee increase for cabins on Tongass, Chugach

cabinThe U.S. Forest Service is proposing increases to cabin rental fees on Alaska’s national forests. Cabin prices have been the same since the 1990s, and now some fees could more than double over the next three years.

Wrangell fishermen plead guilty to Lacey Act violations

halibutA Wrangell father and son have pleaded guilty to federal charges related to Lacey Act violations while commercial halibut fishing in Alaska waters.

Landless Natives bill gets hearing in Senate committee

murkowskiA bill that would create corporations for five “landless” Native communities in Southeast Alaska had its first hearing in the U.S. Senate Thursday.

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.

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.

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.