Southeast News

Kake rebuilds community library, one book at a time

For over a decade, there was no place to check out a book in Kake, Alaska. The school district closed the library in 1999 due to funding loss. But through outside partnerships and the hard labor of volunteers, the books were put back on the shelves and the library re-opened one year ago.

A record 8 students make the All-State Music Festival

Music teacher Matt Lenhard poses with the eight students who went to the All-State Music Festival: (L-R) Matt Lenhard, Senior Nathaniel Lenhard, Junior Jasmine Ieremia, Sophomore Eva Lenhard, Senior Kelsa Sperl, Freshman Brooklyn Dormer, Junior Julia Murph, Senior Ben Higgins, Junior Brandon Ware. Photo courtesy of Matt LenhardSix choir and two band students in Petersburg High School were accepted into the All-State Music Festival.

Teri Rofkar, innovative Tlingit weaver, dies at 60

Tlingit weaver Teri Rofkar died today (12-02-16). The Sitka resident was internationally renowned for her baskets and textiles, made from cedar, spruce tree roots, and mountain goat wool collected along Sitka’s shores. She was 60 years old.

Opportunities continue for maritime industry

Doug Ward at the November 30th Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce luncheon.The Ketchikan Marine Industry Council supports growth and expansion of Ketchikan’s marine economy. Doug Ward gave an update on KMIC at Wednesday's Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Terrifying visages: Native armor inspired fear in foes

Tlingit battle helmets were designed to inspire fear. The thick, wooden head armor carried imagery of strong warriors, fierce animals or revered ancestors.

Sons of Norway to hold Christmas Bazaar this weekend

Sally Dwyer stands in a decorated Sons of Norway hall in 2015. Photo/Angela DenningPetersburg's Sons of Norway for the second year will fill the upstairs and downstairs of their hall with local vendors selling food, crafts and other items.

Council OKs two retail pot license applications

(Creative Commons image)The Ketchikan City Council agreed in a split vote Thursday to not protest two marijuana retail stores in the downtown area.

Snagging Savings: Energy audit aims to cut costs for fishermen

An energy audit aims to help Sitka’s fishermen increase their profit margins.

Ferry Lituya to get new payment system

The ferry Lituya loads vehicles onto its car deck at the Ketchikan Ferry Terminal before sailing to Metlakatla. (Photo by Linda Hall/Alaska DOT&PF)People ferrying from Ketchikan to Metlakatla will soon pay double for their tickets. But the return trip will be free.

Sitka cruise line captures more small-ship market share in ’17

A Sitka-based tour company has become a dominant player in the small-ship cruise industry. Alaskan Dream Cruises was launched 5 years ago by Allen Marine, and expects to top 3,000 passengers next summer.

Winter coats to be given away to residents in need

These coats are going to be given away this Saturday at the Salvation Army Community Hall. Photo courtesy of Lee's ClothingA new student group has helped collect 80 coats to be giving away Saturday at the Salvation Army Community Hall.

Shopping and eating in Afghanistan

Afghan market (photo courtesy of Sabra Simmonds).Ketchikan resident Sabra Simmonds spent the past two years living and working in Afghanistan. She spoke about what Afghanistan is really like, including preparing food and shopping.

Ketchikan Senior Services relocating

The Saxman Senior Center, new home to Ketchikan Senior Services.Ketchikan Senior Services is moving to a new location. Programs will move from the Water Street building to the Saxman Senior Center in mid-December.

Prince of Wales island community to vote on incorporation this winter

Whale Pass harbor (photo from the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development  Division of Community and Regional Affairs’ Community Photo Library)Residents of the Southeast Alaska community of Whale Pass should be getting their ballots in the mail right before Christmas to decide on forming a new city. The former logging camp and community of around 50 people is voting on whether to incorporate a new second class city, encompassing about 26 square miles of land and water on northern Prince of Wales Island.

Southeast sea cuke diving wrapping up, geoduck clamming continues

Sea cucumber (Photo courtesy of Matt Lichtenstein)The commercial fisheries for two sea floor-dwelling delicacies of Southeast Alaska started in October. The season for sea cucumbers is wrapping up while fishing for geoduck clams is expected to continue this winter.

Munson: SEARHC must control Sitka hospital consolidation

An expert in tribal law and health care says it would be possible for Sitka Community Hospital and the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium to combine operations, but control over the organization would primarily rest with SEARHC.

Ocean acidification threatens Alaska waters, workshop to be screened in Sitka

A workshop held in Anchorage Wednesday (11-30-16) aims to bring together scientists and stakeholders to better understand the threat ocean acidification poses to the state.

Petersburg library sees jump in checkouts

Young children make art at the public library during an open play program. Photo courtesy of Petersburg Public LibraryThe Petersburg Public Library has seen a 20 percent increase in checkouts of on-site content over the last fiscal year.

Ketchikanite shares experiences living in Afghanistan

Sabra Simmonds on top of the Kabul Wall overlooking the city.Ketchikan resident Sabra Simmonds spent almost two years living and working in Afghanistan. She recently made a presentation at the Ketchikan Public Library about her life in the Middle East. In the first part of a series, we look at day-to-day life.

Modern ‘warriors’ protect language, water, subsistence, families

What makes a modern warrior? A tribal organization says it’s someone who fights to preserve subsistence rights, Native languages, clean water and families.

New movie screen, rigging in at Petersburg theater

riggingnewAudiences in Petersburg’s Wright Auditorium might not notice the changes right away, but there’s some new equipment that’s been installed making it easier and safer to show movies and put on performances.

Sitka Trail Works to get $1.8 million for Cross Trail completion

Sitka Trail Works announced last week that $1.8 million in federal funds have been approved for the final phase of the Cross Trail.

Sitka Assembly reviews floating dock plan

On Tuesday (11-22-16), the Sitka Assembly held a joint work session with the Gary Paxton Industrial Park Board to review design plans for a multi-purpose dock.

Partnership entered to expand NWC art education

UAS Chancellor Richard A. Caulfield, SHI President Rosita Worl, and IAIA President Robert Martin signing the MOA.Three organizations have entered into a partnership to provide enhanced and expanded Northwest Coast art programs and opportunities for Alaska students.

New bulkhead loading dock open for use

The bulkhead loading dock is built onto the approach to the drive down dock, seen here from South Harbor. Photo/Angela DenningThe bulkhead loading dock is built onto the approach to the drive down dock. The bulkhead was built with $1.23 million in leftover funds from the drive down dock project.

UAS receives endowment for fisheries scholarships

Bob Henderson (photo credit - the Henderson family)The UAS fisheries program got a boost recently. The family of Robert E. Henderson created a $375,000 endowment that will provide scholarships and research experiences for students studying mariculture or fisheries.

Feds OK selling or scrapping ferry Taku

(Creative Commons photo by Ted McGrath)The marine highway is moving ahead with plans to sell or scrap the ferry Taku. But it’s keeping its options open for a second sidelined ship, the Chenega.

Thanksgiving food boxes given to 88 needy families

Volunteers Steve Homer and Mysti Birks pack Thanksgiving boxes for the Salvation Army Church. Photo/Angela DenningCommunity volunteers and Petersburg's Salvation Army Church are donating food boxes to local families to help them have a Thanksgiving meal at home.

Group releases study on fishing, tourism dollars from Southeast Alaska rivers

Kayakers rest near the U.S.-Canadian border on the Stikine River, marked by a line of cleared trees. (KFSK file photo)Three major rivers that flow out of Canada into Southeast Alaska could provide a combined one billion dollars in value for tourism and fisheries on this side of the border over the next three decades. That’s one of the findings in a new study commissioned by a group seeking to highlight potential impacts to those rivers from the mining industry in British Columbia.

Council supports Akeela’s sobering center proposal

The Ketchikan Regional Youth Facility will close Sept. 15th due to state budget cuts. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)The Ketchikan City Council agreed unanimously Monday to support Akeela-Gateway’s application for a state grant to develop a sobering center at Ketchikan’s former state-run juvenile detention center.