The Alaska Power Association met last week in Ketchikan, and among the topics covered was hydroelectric power projects in the state.
On Friday, Governor Bill Walker issued a disaster declaration for Sitka, in response to seven landslides on August 18th. In a letter to the legislature, Walker said he would cap relief at $1 million for the moment, but that the incident is ongoing and total recovery costs are unknown. According to Gorman, the cost of emergency response alone is estimated to be over half a million dollars. Individual assistance and family grants are also available, at a cap of $16,450 per household.
The Coast Guard has determined the source of a large diesel spill that spread from Sitka Sound into ANB harbor yesterday morning (08-31-15). The source was a commercial vessel south of ANB Harbor, Since the spill wasn’t reported for several hours, the size could have been anywhere from 50 gallons to 300 gallons. That made clean-up difficult.
A forest service road eight miles South of Coffman Cove is closed indefinitely due to erosion.
Petersburg and other parts of Southeast set some daily rainfall records last week. Petersburg recorded over three and a half inches of rain, 3.55 to be exact on Saturday, August 29th, the highest total for that date in National Weather Service records dating back to the 1940s.
The Catholic priest who ministers in Petersburg and Wrangell spent a month of his summer at a Jesuit retreat center studying Ignatian spirituality in Los Altos, California. The retreat involved not speaking to anyone except a spiritual director for one month.
A new public sculpture is nearly completed for downtown Petersburg. Artist Eric Larson is putting the finishing touches on a bronze, aluminum and concrete piece that will be installed at the Buschmann Park next to the municipal building on main street.
British Columbia Mines Minister Bill Bennett says tailings dams can be a safe part of his province's mines.
House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz gives an update on current activities, including transboundary mines talks, the Medicaid expansion lawsuit and the upcoming session's most pressing topic: The budget.
Today we meet Nichelle Stanfield, a 29 year old graphic design student from California. She spoke with Joe Sykes about disability, depression and coping with death. But first she recounted her encounter with one of Alaska’s most famous residents.
The Office of Subsistence Management heard Thursday from the public – some from out of state – about whether to allow a subsistence wolf harvest on Prince of Wales Island and adjacent islands.
As the city continues to cope with the aftermath of last week’s landslides, Sitka's emergency responders had one key message on Thursday: take care of yourself, and make sure to ask for help if you need it.
City crews continued to focus Thursday on removing debris from the Kramer Avenue landslide site, working on a cleanup that officials estimate could take a month or more.
The Sitka and Mt. Edgecumbe high school cross-country running teams will hit the trails this weekend when they host their only home meet of the season.
Both of Sitka’s high schools have new principals -- and both are familiar faces with a lot of teaching experience.
British Columbia’s Minister of Mines Bill Bennett was in Ketchikan on Thursday, part of a diplomatic and fact-finding trip to Southeast Alaska related to the issue of transboundary mines.
The saga of Sitka’s Convention and Visitors Bureau continued Tuesday night, as the assembly moved one step closer to fully dissolving the bureau and hiring an outside contractor to do its work -- likely the Sitka Chamber of Commerce.
The Sitka Assembly received an update on last week’s diesel spill at the city’s Jarvis Street Power Plant.
At the first meeting of the Sitka Assembly since last week’s landslides, city officials spoke emotionally about the loss of three local men -- and said they had been overwhelmed by the response of city staff, volunteers, and ordinary citizens.
The deadline has passed and sixteen people have filed paperwork to get their names on the Petersburg borough ballot for the October 6th election. That means voters will be filling 15 of the 21 open seats on the ballot this October.
The state ferry system will soon charge more for canceling reservations. Fee increases begin Oct. 1, the same day the winter ferry schedule begins.
Among all the expertise imported by Sitka to aid in the recovery operation at the Kramer Avenue slide, one man finds this disaster hits very close to home.
British Columbia’s top mine official says the province needs to address pollution pouring out of the Tulsequah Chief Mine near Juneau.
After months of delays, a new ferry in Southeast Alaska is planning to start up service this Friday, August 28. The Rainforest Islands Ferry will offer four-day a week service connecting Petersburg, Wrangell and Coffman Cove on Prince of Wales Island.
The Alaska Municipal League met in Ketchikan last week to talk about issues of shared interest throughout the state. One of those issues is marijuana legalization, and one of the speakers was Cynthia Franklin, director of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and the newly formed Marijuana Control Board.
After this summer’s one-and-only opening for king salmon, many Southeast commercial trollers have found something else to do, instead of fishing for coho or chums. King fishing was open for eight days in July and the fleet landed just over 165,000 Chinook during that time.
British Columbia officials travel to Southeast Alaska Aug. 24-27 to discuss concerns about transboundary mines.
Zachariah Willard is charged with second-degree murder for the fatal stabbing of 33-year-old Wayne Nathan on the morning of Aug. 10.
A wolf harvest quota has been set for Game Management Unit 2, which is Prince of Wales Island and surrounding islands. According to a joint news release from the U.S. Forest Service and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, biologists have set the state harvest at nine wolves.
One incumbent on the Petersburg borough assembly is running for re-election; another is holding fast to his decision to step down. Nancy Strand will seek her second term on the borough assembly, while John Havrilek says he won’t seek a second term.