Southeast News

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.

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.

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.

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.

Medevac insurance biz regains state license

A view inside an Alaska medevac flight. Courtesy nocatsallowed blog.Apollo Medi Trans, a popular medevac insurance company, has its state license back.

Marshall sentenced to 15 years

Steven Marshall, of Wrangell, was convicted of assault in June. His sentencing hearing was Tuesday. Judge William Carey sentenced Marshall to 15 years imprisonment with five years suspended.

Update: Kookesh upgraded to fair condition

Albert Kookesh sits in hid Capitol office when we was a state senator.Former state Senator Albert Kookesh's condition has been upgraded from serious to fair.

Yellow cedar ‘declines’ in Southeast

Yellow cedar foliage and wood block - Photo by Shady Grove Oliver/KSTK NewsThe Tongass National Forest makes up a large part of Southeast Alaska and is one of the wildest places in North America. But some of its trees are dying. Depending on where you are in Southeast, there’s Sitka spruce, hemlock, and in certain areas a type of tree called the yellow cedar. This type of tree is suffering from yellow cedar decline.

SEAPA seeking innovative ways to make hydropower more effective

A diagram from SEAPA's Hydro-to-Hydrogen proposal showing how the energy storage setup might look.

The Southeast Alaska Power Agency is seeking new ways to make hydropower more efficient and more consistent through innovative new technology. KSTK’s Anne Hillman found out more about the study.

http://www.kstk.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/13SEAPApkg.mp3

The problem with hydropower is that sometimes the water … more