Southeast News

Katlian kick-off meeting talks sidewalks and first steps

01-IMG_3346With planning underway to revitalize Katlian Street, the steering committee organized a town hall meeting to present the four major facets of the project.

Sitka man faces major theft charge

A Sitka man has been indicted on charges of stealing more than $25,000 in cash from a business, True Value Hardware store.

Where to go when you need a taste of home

Mt. Edgecumbe High School student Korbin Storms chows down on salmon caviar.(KCAW photo/Rich McClear)For some Mt. Edgecumbe High School students, living far from home also means living far from familiar foods. That’s where the culture room comes in. It’s a place where students can learn to prepare traditional foods, exchange treats sent by family in far-flung corners of the state – and, when homesick, get a taste of home.

Sitka to replace transient float

Sitka plans to replace the transient float at Thomsen Harbor, which was originally built in 1973. (Image courtesy of the City and Borough of Sitka)The Sitka Assembly on Tuesday night authorized a $180,000 design contract. The full project, which will replace the 40-year-old transient float in Thomsen Harbor, is expected to cost about $6-million and be completed by March 2016.

B.C. mines concern some, not all, candidates

British Columbia mines are slated to be built close to transboundary rivers. That worries some candidates for the Legislature.British Columbia mines are slated to be built close to transboundary rivers. That worries some candidates for the Legislature.

Wrangell assembly to intervene in timber sale lawsuit

bigthorneThe Wrangell Borough Assembly voted Tuesday to intervene in a lawsuit supporting the Big Thorne timber sale on Prince of Wales Island. Assembly members said they want to support this timber sale because of its potential to affect future sales.

Kreiss Tomkins holds a two-to-one fund raising edge

13135026674_57e26a2946_zThe democratic incumbent in the House District 35 race has a two-to-one fund raising edge heading into the election.

Mark Begich talks about Southeast Alaska issues

Begich at podiumMark Begich is running for re-election for the U.S. Senate and was in Petersburg this month addressing Southeast Alaska issues.

Sam says he’ll put tribal citizens first

4-IMG_3343Bob Sam is one of five candidates running for the Sitka Tribe of Alaska Tribal Council. At age 60, he returns to the ballot an older man and, if elected, he says, a more wise and prudent council member.

Sitka ended FY2014 with surplus, but rate hikes likely

The city ended the last year with a million dollar surplus in its primary operating budget. But finance director Jay Sweeney told the assembly that several of the funds that pay for utilities are in worse shape, and will likely require more utility rate increases.

Report: Second-growth logging can start now

Remains of a Tongass clear-cut and logging road north of Ketchikan. New growth in parts of the forest could be cut to jump-start a modern timber industry, a report says. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska)Two Oregon researchers, one an industry consultant and the other an environmental activist, say the transition to harvesting younger Tongass trees can happen within five years, a half to a third of what the Forest Service expects.

PHS sports and activities fill the fall calendar

This poster hangs in the high school supporting swimmers as they prepare to host the Regions swim meet this weekend. Photo/Angela DenningIt's the finale for some high school sports while other activities are just starting up.

Borough assembly wants a clarification on service areas

The Petersburg Borough assembly wants to look into informing the public about borough service areas.

Wrangell doctor pleads ‘not guilty’ to child porn charges

greg salardA jury trial is set for January for a Wrangell doctor accused of distributing and viewing child pornography. A not guilty plea was entered for Dr. Greg Salard during his arraignment in U.S. District Court in Juneau on Tuesday.

Want to watch the World Series? Good luck.

Baseball fans in Sitka trying to watch the World Series on DirecTV ran into some technical difficulties. (KCAW photo/Rich McClear)Tonight is Game Six of the World Series, and fans across the country have been glued to their TVs. But in Sitka, viewers trying to watch the World Series on DirecTV ran into some major technical difficulties -- sending some baseball fans on a mad scramble for a better way to watch.

Construction on Blue Lake dam is complete

3-IMG_8862Sitka marked a major milestone on Monday: construction on the Blue Lake dam is done. Contractors poured the final layer of concrete onto the top of the dam, which now rises 83 feet above its original level.

Mystery epidemic hits sea stars in Sitka Sound

Taylor White is the aquarium manager at the Sitka Sound Science Center. Since sea star wasting disease hit Sitka a month ago, the aquarium has lost 35 sea stars and now, only two remain in the touch tanks. (KCAW photo/Anne Brice)A mysterious disease has been wiping out the sea star population along West Coast. Researchers hoped Alaska would be spared, but scientists at the Sitka Sound Science Center detected the first mass die-off in the state.

Assembly agrees on project priorities and resolutions

boroughsealThe Petersburg Borough Assembly unanimously passed a resolution that seeks more government involvement for transboundary development along the borders of British Columbia and Alaska.

Mark Weaver pleads not guilty to explosives charges

Weaver paperworkMark Weaver has pleaded not guilty to charges of possessing unregistered explosives.

Dan Sullivan answers questions about Southeast Alaska

SullivanIMG_6838Dan Sullivan interviews with KFSK about Southeast Alaska issues.

Wrangell doctor indicted on child porn charges

A federal grand jury indicted Wrangell doctor Greg Salard Wednesday, charging him with distribution and possession of child pornography.

Petersburg family seeks to bring clean water to Thailand

From Left to Right: Kate Thompson, Clara Medalen, and Lizzie Thompson, and Wear Eide, Photo courtesy of Lizzie ThompsonOne vendor at this weekend's Oktoberfest looks to raise money to bring clean drinking water to a Thailand village.

PHS boys swim team wins meet in Sitka

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Petersburg High School swim team won a meet in Sitka even though their coach says they could have had better times.

Hunters take near-record number of moose near Wrangell, Petersburg

IMG_1321The Wrangell-Petersburg area’s month-long moose hunt ended last week with an almost-record harvest. The harvest from the Stikine River is also the highest going back to 1990.

Lt. Gov candidate Byron Mallot talks Southeast issues

Mallot mugByron Mallot, who is running for Lt. Governor alongside Independent Bill Walker, says education, energy, and transportation are their top priorities.

Updated: Wrangell doctor arrested on child porn charges

greg salardA Wrangell doctor was arrested following allegations of distribution and possession of child pornography. Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation served a search warrant yesterday at the home of Greg Salard.

Wrangell assembly passes ordinance to strengthen leash laws

City Hall - Photo by Shady Grove Oliver/KSTK NewsThe Wrangell Borough Assembly Tuesday passed a new animal control ordinance to tackle the problem of dogs running free downtown.

US Senate candidates reject efforts to reduce outside spending

Alaska Sen. Mark Begich has signed a pledge that would make third-party ad spending in the Senate race more transparent. Challenger Dan Sullivan refused to sign it, and accused Begich of not signing his pledge to curb outside spending.

Update: Protesters at BC mine step aside

klabona keepersA nearly-completed British Columbia mine in the Stikine River watershed is expected to begin full production at the end of this month. Meanwhile, protesters blocking access to the controversial Red Chris mine may be forced out Tuesday.

More Big Thorne timber sales announced

Clear-cuts and old-growth forests are part of the view of Indian Valley on Prince of Wales Island. The Forest Service just announced three more timber sales in the Island's Big Thorne area.The Forest Service plans three more timber sales in a part of Prince of Wales Island conservationists say needs to be protected. They’re much smaller than a recent sale in the same area.

House District 36 candidates talk budget cuts, minimum wage at forum

house 36 forumThe two candidates running to represent Ketchikan, Wrangell and surrounding communities in the Alaska State House of Representatives were in Wrangell Thursday for a candidate forum. Republican Chere Klein and non-affiliated candidate Dan Ortiz took questions from voters on balancing the state budget, Medicaid expansion and the minimum wage.

Philanthropic running group seeks nonprofit status

Running BuddiesA Wrangell running group is trying to become a nonprofit organization so it can give more to local charities and help residents with their medical expenses. The group hopes official nonprofit status will provide more sources of funding and more services for the community.

Update: KSM mine project wins more key permits

A glacier reflects in a naturally occurring pool of rusty, acidic water at the site of one of the KSM Prospect's planned open-pit mines. The British Columbia mine project, northeast of Ketchikan, was just granted permits for roads and construction camps.A controversial British Columbia mine northeast of Ketchikan has gained some key permits needed for construction.

Little Big Thorne: Smaller contract goes to Viking Lumber

The Viking Lumber Mill is on Prince of Wales Island. It was just awarded a contract to log part of the Big Thorne timber sale. (C
Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News)The Forest Service has awarded a contract to log two-thirds of a controversial Southeast Alaska timber sale. Officials say it’s the first of several contracts for an area called Big Thorne.

Ketchikan debate features three governor candidates

Bill Walker, Care Clift and Gov. Sean Parnell.About 250 people crowded into Ketchikan’s Ted Ferry Civic Center to hear what Libertarian Care Clift, Republican incumbent Sean Parnell and independent Bill Walker had to say.

Governor debate

From left: Bill Walker, Care Clift and Sean Parnell at Wednesday's debate for candidates running for Alaska governor. Nick Bowman of the Ketchikan Daily News moderates.Three candidates for Alaska governor, independent Bill Walker, Libertarian Care Clift and Republican incumbent Gov. Sean Parnell, participated in a debate Wednesday in Ketchikan. Click here to listen to the entire event.

Cruise traffic level, but could face growth

Tourists off the Norwegian Sun book a Mendenhall Glacier tour near Juneau’s waterfront on one of the last days of 2014′s tourism season, as a staffer watches. Passenger numbers were similar to last year’s. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)This summer's visitors asked about the waterfront's elevation, whether Alaska takes American money and where the Sarah Palin statue is.

Ketchikan shipyard to build two Alaska ferries

Adam Beck and Gov. Sean Parnell sign the contact for Vigor Alaska to build two new state ferries.It’s official: The Ketchikan Shipyard will build two new ferries for the State of Alaska over the next few years.

Tribal groups disagree about BC mine projects

The Nisga'a Lisims Government Building is the home of the Canadian First Nation's government. Leaders say their environmental concerns have been answered by the developer of the KSM Mine. (Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News)Some Alaska tribal organizations say Aug. 4’s dam break at a British Columbia mine shows what could happen at proposed near-border mines. But some B.C. tribal governments strongly support development.

Early tests show B.C. tailings spill water ‘safe’

Muddy water from the breached Mount Polley Mine tailings pond dam floods a downstream creek and road Monday. (Cariboo Regional District Emergency Operations Centre photo)The British Columbia Environment Ministry says water that poured out of a massive mine-tailings pond Aug. 4 appears to be safe