Southeast News

Southeast crabbers hauling in big Dungeness catch

It’s been a big summer season for commercial Dungeness crabbing in Southeast Alaska with a big harvest, a high price and a bump in crab boat numbers in the Panhandle. more

Petersburg municipal employees have new contract

Borough employees in Petersburg have a new contract this month. Following a closed door executive session Monday, Petersburg’s borough assembly voted to ratify a collective bargaining agreement with the Petersburg Municipal Employees Association. That union represents 79 workers in most municipal departments and also voted to approved the pact this month. more

Electric rate hike on the way in Petersburg

It looks like the cost of electricity in Petersburg will be going up four percent over the next two years. Petersburg’s borough assembly Monday gave the first of three approvals needed for an electrical rate increase. more

Assembly considers vehicle tax to fund roads

Sitka’s car owners may soon see a fee increase. The assembly voted 5 to 1 Tuesday night to raise vehicle registration fees. Money raised through the tax would go towards the city’s roads. more

How many people can the planet hold?

What would the world look like if every human on the planet suddenly vanished? Alan Weisman set out to answer that question, traveling the globe to find out what would happen if nature were suddenly left to its own devices. more

Sturges finds music in life’s final verses

Composer and artistic director Molly Sturges is one of this year’s faculty at the Sitka Symposium. KCAW interviewed Sturges to learn more about one of her specialities, “sound poetry events.” more

Luis Urrea opens his heart to Sitka

Luis Alberto Urrea’s writing was rejected for 10 years before a New York publisher took his first book in 1993. Since then Urrea - currently in town for the Sitka Symposium - has won a slew of prestigious awards, and has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. more

Tresham gets to birds before they get to planes

If you find landing at Sitka’s airport to be a little unnerving, you’re not alone. One man is out there worrying with you: Dave Tresham spends 14 hours a day chasing birds from Sitka’s runway and airspace. He spoke to the Sitka Chamber of Commerce this week. more

BLM denies SJ Redoubt claim

Sealaska has moved one step closer to owning the land surrounding Sitka’s Reboubt Falls. A ruling this month dismissed a claim to the same land filed by the Sheldon Jackson College trustees. If it stands, the ruling will remove a major obstacle from the decades-long effort to gain Native ownership of the site, home to the area’s largest subsistence sockeye fishery. more

Wrangell assembly approves Tyee transfer agreement

The Wrangell Borough Assembly Tuesday unanimously approved a contract to transfer the operation and management of the Tyee Lake electrical power plant to the Southeast Alaska Power Agency. more

Gillnet fishery mixed bag around Petersburg

Commercial salmon gillnet fishing around Petersburg and Wrangell has been somewhat of a mixed bag in the early season with some strong runs of sockeye and coho boosting catches. more

Petersburg sales tax, tobacco tax ballot questions advance

A raft of sales tax exemption changes and a new tobacco excise tax took another step toward making this October’s borough ballot Monday. Petersburg’s borough assembly voted to advance the tax questions and they’ll need just one more meeting’s approval before going to local voters. more

BC’s KSM mine nears environmental approval

Canadian environmental officials have given provisional approval to a controversial mine planned for an area northeast of Ketchikan. more

Daniels pushes students to bring jazz to life

The Dee Daniels Vocal Jazz Workshop is underway this week in Sitka (July 18-25). For the last two years, Daniels has interrupted her touring and teaching schedule to live at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp, and coach a half-dozen students of widely-ranging ages and ability. KCAW’s Robert Woolsey recently stopped by her class and learned how much work it takes to make jazz seem effortless. more

Sitka providers back new parenting program

Parenting is one of the most difficult and complex tasks many of us will undertake in our lifetimes. Kids don’t come with an instruction manual. Yet across cultures, there is a deep-rooted reluctance among parents to ask for help. Sitka is one of the communities being considered for a new program designed to teach healthy parenting. more

Petersburg museum’s WWII era photo project needs help with identifications

A museum in Petersburg is reaching out to try and identify hundreds of World War Two era photos of people from central Southeast Alaska. The images are being archived at Petersburg’s Clausen Museum and may include photos of people from Wrangell, Kake and other remote communities. more

Canadians transport salmon around Stikine tributary slide

Fishery managers in Canada this summer are moving salmon by helicopter around a landslide that’s partially blocked a major tributary of the Stikine River across the border from Southeast Alaska. The May slide created a barrier for Chinook and sockeye salmon returning to the Tahltan River to spawn. more

Women crush record in soggy ’14 Alpine Adventure Run

On a day that seemed almost guaranteed to produce no record times, two Sitka women on Saturday (7-19-14) crushed the course record in the 21st Alpine Adventure Run. Tasha Folsom took first place in the women’s event, with a time of 1:18:10 -- a full two minutes faster than the record set last year by New York runner Emily deLaBruyere. Second-place woman Emily Routon also beat last year's record time. more

Sitka father, son finish 3,000 mile trans-America run

A father-son team from Sitka has completed a six-month run across the United States. Brett and David Wilcox ran into Ocean City, New Jersey, on Saturday (7-19-14), after covering 3,000 miles on foot. The project was intended to raise awareness about the hazards of genetically-modified foods. more

Author writes about Southeast Alaska in new book

David Olson shares his memories of early Southeast Alaska in a new book: Bonded by Water. Olson, who is 85 years-old, started writing to preserve his family stories. Some of that history takes place in Ketchikan in the 1940s. more

B.C. mines get financial boost, one to open soon

Canadian investors are putting millions of new dollars into mining projects near the Southeast Alaska border. more

Schedule slips on two state road projects in Petersburg

Two state road and sidewalk rehabilitation projects planned in Petersburg might not start until later this year or next year. The state plans to redo pavement and sidewalks along big portions of Haugen and South Nordic drives. more

Federal agents blow up explosives at Petersburg’s rock pit

Federal agents destroyed over 50 pounds of an explosive in Petersburg’s rock pit behind the community’s airport Wednesday afternoon. It was a blast that shook some homes and had residents wondering whether an earthquake had struck. The explosives were rounded up by authorities this week after a 59-year-old Petersburg man injured himself in a blast at the rock pit on Sunday. more

Wrangell’s new carving facility nearing completion

Wrangell’s new carving facility is approaching completion, and the Wrangell Cooperative Association is hoping to have a dedication event this winter. more

TBPC fires general manager

The Thomas Bay Power Commission voted Wednesday to fire the general manager of the Thomas Bay Power Authority. The unanimous decision comes after TBPA General Manager Michael Nicholls missed TBPC meetings in June and failed to turn over documents requested by the commission. more

New Sealaska leaders promise growth, changes

Sealaska’s new board chairman and CEO say the regional Native corporation is gearing up for growth. more

Soboleff wins Sealaska board seat, Nelson becomes chairman

The Sealaska regional Native corporation has a new board member and a new board chairman. more

SEAPA moves forward with transfer of Tyee hydroelectric facility

The Southeast Alaska Power Agency is moving forward with plans to take over the Tyee Lake hydroelectric facility. SEAPA board chairman Bob Sivertsen said the board Thursday resolved to terminate its contract with TBPA, leaving a year for negotiations. more

How will Sealaska solve its money problems?

Sealaska's new CEO, new board chairman and at least one new board member face the challenges of a new economic reality. more

Stough gives up TBPC presidency, assembly seat

James Stough has resigned as president of the Thomas Bay Power Commission and given up his seat on the Wrangell Borough Assembly. The resignation came after Stough missed two TBPC meetings earlier this month. more

B.C. developers defend near-border mines

We’ve heard a lot about environmental damage from mines planned for northwest British Columbia, just across Alaska’s border. But we haven’t heard a lot from mine advocates. Now, we have. more

Yacht rally cancellation disappoints Wrangell businesses

The Salty Dog Rally was expected to bring 40 yachts and a lot of business to Wrangell this week. The rally was canceled after the Wrangell Chamber of Commerce and local businesses put time, effort and money into planning for the influx of tourists. more

Wrangell dancers take Celebration 2014 stage

The Old Willow Town Dancers, with students in the community’s Johnson-O'Malley Program, performed at Celebration 2014 in Juneau. more

State turns over Meyers Chuck dock ownership

Wrangell officials have agreed to take over the Meyers Chuck dock. The state will provide funds for a replacement. more

Celebration canoes safely reach Juneau

Dozens of paddlers from Yakutat to Metlakatla and places in between landed their canoes on a Juneau beach on their way to the Southeast Native cultural festival Celebration 2014. more

Wrangell utility rates to increase about 5 percent

Borough Manager Jeff Jabusch says electric rates will go up 5 percent across the board next month. Water, sewer and garbage fees will increase between 4 and 6 percent. more

Southeast loses 10 school superintendents

More than half of Southeast Alaska’s school districts have hired new superintendents this year. Why are so many leaving and what impact will that have? more

Fifteen to review Tongass forest management

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has named 15 people to a committee providing advice on changes in Tongass National Forest management. more

Tribes cross borders to take on Canadian mines

Tribal leaders from Alaska and Canada say it’s time to work together to oppose mines affecting both sides of the border. more

Rain reduces Tongass forest fire warning

The risk of fires in Southeast’s Tongass National Forest has dropped. more