Southeast News

Rep. Oritz talks budget issues ahead of legislative session

dan ortizState lawmakers are heading to Juneau for the legislative session that starts Jan. 19. House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz visited Wrangell last week to talk to constituents before the session starts.

Ferry fares rise 5 percent for most routes

The ferry Malaspina awaits passengers at Juneau's Auke Bay ferry terminal. Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska.Ferry fares went up 5 percent for most routes Jan. 1. The hike comes on the heels of a 4.5 percent increase that began in May.

Petersburg-Wrangell priest dies after heart attack

weiseA Catholic priest who served parishes in Wrangell and Petersburg died Sunday night, 10 days after suffering a heart attack.

TAC ends series of meetings with review of forest plan proposal

tongassThe Tongass Advisory Committee ended a 16-month series of meetings Thursday, formally completing its effort to advise the Tongass National Forest in a transition from old to young growth logging.

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.