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Board of Fisheries keeps Dungeness management plan in place

The Alaska Board of Fisheries voted Thursday to keep the Southeast commercial Dungeness crab management plan in place, while changing Dungeness season start times from noon to 8 a.m.

Board of Fisheries chairman resigns

Alaska Board of Fisheries Chairman Karl Johnstone resigned Tuesday after Gov. Bill Walker said he would not submit his name to the legislature for reappointment. His resignation came after the Board of Fisheries blocked a candidate for Fish and Game commissioner from being interviewed for the position.

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.

Wrangell Port Commission talks rate changes for boat yard

marine service centerThe Wrangell Port Commission Tuesday continued discussing a possible rate increase for work space in the Marine Service Center. The increased rates could help hire an additional boat lift operator and increase efficiency in the boat yard.

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.

USFS proposes floating dock at Anan Observatory

anan trailThe U.S. Forest Service is taking public comments on a proposal to build a floating dock at the Anan Wildlife Observatory, with the goal of improving safety for visitors.

2014: Year in review

boat liftIn 2014, Wrangell saw the addition of a 300-ton boat lift, the arrest of a doctor, and the election of a new state representative.

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.

Eight Southeast cities plan for scrap-metal recycling

Heavy equipment loads junk cars and scrap metal onto a  barge in Ketchikan. (Photo courtesy Ketchikan Gateway Borough)A Ketchikan company will soon begin collecting and recycling scrap metal from Wrangell, Petersburg and six Prince of Wales Island communities.

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.