Southeast News

New extended-stay hotel coming to Ketchikan

My Place HotelA new hotel chain is coming to Ketchikan, with construction expected to start – and finish – this year. And it’s not just Alaska’s First City; the franchise is expanding into Anchorage and Fairbanks, as well.

Drones don’t fly at Alaska’s Board of Fish

Not all drones are alike. This unmanned aircraft -- now banned by the Board -- is just large enough to carry a camera. (Flickr photo/Don McCullough)The Alaska Board of Fisheries closed some waters near Angoon to purse seining in order to improve subsistence harvests, in action over the weekend (3-1-15). They also shot down the use of unmanned aircraft to aid in salmon fishing.

Improbable archaeology: Stone tool found in Sitka landslide

150228_handmaul2_woolseyA devastating landslide near Sitka last year has produced an improbable discovery: evidence of early human occupation.

At Board of Fish, a preview of pot vs. longline conflict

A proposal before the Board of Fish would have allowed finfish pots like these to be used in parts of the Southeast black cod fishery. (Photo courtesy of Neptune Marine Products)The Alaska Board of Fisheries on Friday took no action on a set of proposals to allow pots in the Southeast black cod fishery. But the debate previewed a larger fight brewing later this spring, over what kind of gear will be allowed across the entire Gulf of Alaska.

Judge Carey denies stay in education funding lawsuit

Ketchikan's state courthouse in downtown.A superior court ruling that invalidates the State of Alaska’s longheld practice of requiring municipal governments to contribute a specific amount toward public education remains in place for now.

Deeper state ferry cuts planned by House panel

The ferries Malaspina and Columbia are out of service for repairs at the Ketchikan Shipyard in 2012. More ferries will be tied up this summer under planned legislative budget cuts. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Alaska’s ferry system is facing even more service cuts. A House panel yanked money from the marine highway budget that the governor had restored.

Board of Fish leaves herring status quo intact

The seiner Infinite Grace pursing up during the third opening in the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery, on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)The Board of Fish began deliberations Thursday, the fourth day of their meeting in Sitka. But when it came to one of the most contentious issues, Sitka Sound herring, the Board chose to leave the status quo intact.

Bomb squad to investigate Sitka Firehall ‘donation’

Sitka Fire Chief Dave Miller says the device looks like "something you'd see on the television news." (SVFD photo)The Sitka Fire Department has taken an apparent explosive device under its protection, until military ordnance experts can investigate.

Food and flower growers gather in Petersburg

Photo courtesy of Farragut FarmsCommercial growers all over Southeast are coming to Petersburg this weekend to network. It’s the inaugural Southeast Alaska Commercial Growers Conference and runs Friday through Sunday.

Lowly no more, chum salmon center stage in allocation dispute

Chum salmon, which develop distinctive striping as the reach spawning maturity, have increased steadily in value over the last decade. (Flickr photo/Watershed Watch)Southeast trollers want a larger share of hatchery-produced chum salmon. Trollers on Wednesday (2-25-15) asked the Board of Fish for more access to this increasingly valuable species.

PHS to perform the play “The Moss Trap”

Petersburg High School actors rehearse the play, "The Moss Trap". Photo/Angela DenningPetersburg High School students are putting on a play this weekend called, “The Moss Trap”.

Mt. Edgecumbe High School cuts off the table

Sitka’s Mt. Edgecumbe High School has escaped the chopping block -- for now. Lawmakers dropped talk of cuts after hearing it would cost more to educate students in their home districts.

State considers B.C. mines as promoters plan visit

2-25-15 Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott sits at his desk, beneath the state seal 1 fullA new Walker-Mallott administration working group is addressing British Columbia's mining boom near its border with Alaska.

Budget deficit forces tribal administrator out in Petersburg

bobbischerrerThe newly hired tribal administrator at the Petersburg Indian Association is leaving that job on Friday after finding the tribal government cannot afford her position.

PHS recommended for accreditation

Teresa Johnson, lead evaluator for the AdvanceEd's review of Petersburg High School, explains what they learned to school staff, Feb. 24. Photo/Angela DenningHigh schools all over the country get checked out by education officials every five years to make sure standards are being met. Petersburg High School had its evaluation this week.

Individual, commercial fishing interests clash in board testimony

A seiner purses up as a tender pulls alongside to start pumping herring, during the fourth and final opening in the 2014 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Many of the players and stakeholders in Southeast Alaska’s salmon and herring fisheries laid out their positions Tuesday morning (2-24-15), as the Alaska Board of Fisheries opened its spring meeting to public testimony.

Sitka’s first marijuana law makes it onto the books

Marijuana consumption is now legal in Alaska, but public consumption is prohibited. Sitka's first marijuana ordinance defines what counts as "public." (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)On Tuesday night, Sitka passed one of the first marijuana ordinances in the state. The ordinance passed on the day that marijuana use became legal in Alaska -- and just hours after the state issued its own emergency regulations.

Boro files cross appeal with Supreme Court

Alaska State SealWhile the Ketchikan Gateway Borough and the State of Alaska wait for Superior Court Judge William Carey to rule on a motion for a stay in the ongoing education funding lawsuit, the borough has filed a cross appeal with the Alaska Supreme Court.

School District plans to hire Kludt-Painter as superintendent

ericaKPteriTPetersburg School District has decided to suspend its search for a new superintendent and instead offer the job to Erika Kludt-Painter.

Training set to help artists become teachers

The Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council is one local nonprofit that receives community agency grants from the City of Ketchikan.The Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council is offering a day-long teaching artist academy in Ketchikan on March 7, to help Southeast artists become eligible for the statewide Artist in the Schools program.

More charges unlikely in case of restrained child

Additional charges likely won’t be filed against a couple that police say had restrained their 5-year-old grandchild by taping her legs and holding her in a makeshift cage.

PHS student plays in a 230 piece band at festival

Skipper Erickson played in a band with 230 students from six states. Photo/Matt LenhardPetersburg High School euphonium player, Skipper Erickson, just returned from the All Northwest Music Festival along with music teacher Matt Lenhard.

Judge hears arguments on stay in education lawsuit

Ketchikan Gateway Borough officials attend Friday's hearing in Judge William Carey's courtroom.Ketchikan Superior Court Judge William Carey likely won't reach a decision on the motion for a stay until Monday at the earliest.

Child allegedly caged, bound by grandparents

On Tuesday, Ketchikan police officers did a welfare check at a Woodside Drive home after getting a tip that a little girl was allegedly restrained at night by her grandparents.

Council wants restrictions on hawking from shops

Welcome Arch Mission Downtown KetchikanThe Council directed City Attorney Mitch Seaver to draft an ordinance that would make it illegal for people standing outside a downtown business to call out to people walking along the street, if it is an attempt to initiate a commercial transaction.

Art sales to raise funds for domestic violence awareness

Art by the InchLocal Petersburg artists are allowing their drawings and paintings to be cut up this weekend in a fundraising event for the WAVE which stands for Working Against Violence for Everyone.

Hearing in borough lawsuit set for Friday morning

Oral arguments are scheduled for Friday morning on the State of Alaska’s motion for a stay in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough’s ongoing lawsuit challenging the state’s required local contribution for public education.

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“Words for Whiskers” raises funds for new shelter

A display at the Petersburg Public Library details plans for the new shelter. Photo/Jessica IeremiaWrite a review about a book, movie, or album and help fund a new cat shelter in Petersburg. That’s the idea behind a new program at the Petersburg Public Library.

Petersburg health officials warn public of measles

Photo/James Gathany, Centers for Disease Control and PreventionMeasles is making a comeback in the Lower 48 and health officials in Petersburg say residents here should be prepared for it to spread.

Tanner and Golden King fisheries open Friday

Golden King CrabTwo major crab fisheries in Southeast open Friday. The tanner and golden king crab fisheries are the first big fisheries of the year. The opening starts at noon.