Southeast News

Police report spate of home burglaries

Burglaries were reported on Biorka, Etolin, and Charteris Streets, Petersen and Moller Avenues and Tlingit Way. (Map by Multiplottr)Sitka police are investigating a spate of home burglaries since Monday. Police received reports of four home burglaries between midnight and 3AM today (11-20-14), all within walking distance of downtown.

Coast Guard rescues stranded Sitkan

A Coast Guard helicopter rescued a hunter stranded south of Sitka on Wednesday morning (11-19-14), after his boat sank.

Review of Red Chris Mine finds tailings dam concerns

red chris tailingsAs Southeast Alaskans become more concerned about mine development in British Columbia, a copper and gold mine in the Stikine River watershed is expected to start full operations next month. But an independent review of its tailings facility found issues with the design.

Petersburg Arts Council seeks volunteers

These are some of donated art pieces that are in the gift baskets. Photo/Ashley LohrWhen concerts come to Petersburg, when there’s an art show or poetry reading, chances are the Petersburg Arts Council has its hands in the event.

Delta will start flying to Sitka

An Alaska Airlines jet touches down in Sitka. Both runway approaches are over ocean. (Flickr photo/Pat Groves)Alaska Airlines is about to get some competition in Sitka: Delta Airlines announced on Wednesday that it is launching daily, nonstop flights between Sitka and Seattle, beginning May 15, 2015.

Obama highlights Sitka Schools on technology

Obama ConnectED SpeechThe Sitka School District got a major shout-out from President Barack Obama on Wednesday. Sitka Schools Superintendent Mary Wegner was in Washington D.C. for a White House summit on technology and education.

MEHS girls volleyball crowned state champions

The team went into the state championship undefeated and secured their victory in a tie breaking match. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo).On Saturday afternoon (11-15-14), the Mt. Edgecumbe Girls’ Varsity Volleyball team won their State Championship after a nail biting tie-breaker against the Monroe Catholic Rams.

Report: Subsidized logging costs feds millions

Beached logs pile up in Shoal Cove on Revilla Island in the Tongass National Forest. A new report challenges old-growth logging spending in the forest. (Jim Baichtal/USFS)A new report says the Forest Service is wasting millions of dollars by propping up a failing Southeast Alaska timber industry.

Tongass Advisory Committee meets in Sitka

Part of the Tongass National Forest, on mainland between Wrangell and Petersburg, is seen in this view from an airplane. A Senate measure calls for the state to take over some Tongass timberlands. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Representatives from across Southeast and the country will meet in Sitka this week to hash out timber issues on the Tongass, as the U.S. Forest Service tries to switch its focus from old-growth logging to harvesting smaller, younger trees.

Mitkof Mummers bring toys to life in children’s musical

Actors with the Mitkof Mummers talk on stage before rehearsal. Photo/Angela DenningThis week, the Mitkof Mummers acting group in Petersburg is putting on a children’s musical called “Toy Camp”.

Teaching Tlingit tradition, culture — and pride

Chuck Miller performs at a memorial. Miller says when he dances, he can feel his ancestors all around him. (Photo courtesy of Chuck Miller)With elders in the community growing older or already gone, Chuck Miller of the Sitka Native Education Program says it's his responsibility to pass along the teachings to the younger generation so they can grow up proud to be Tlingit.

Southeast expects another big pink salmon catch in 2015

spawningpinks2Fishery managers are forecasting another big harvest of pink salmon in Southeast Alaska next year. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is estimating the region’s catch in 2015 could hit 58 million pinks and is forecast to fall somewhere between 37 and 79 million humpies.

Ferry system delays youth travel restrictions

8-13-2013 The ferry Taku sails into the Wrangell Narrows on its way south. croppedThe Alaska Marine Highway System won’t ban solo ferry travel by children and teen-agers, at least for now.

Chautauquas planned for Southeast in 2015

Paul Magid with the New Old Time Chautauqua was in Petersburg planning for the group's 2015 visit. Photo/Angela DenningThe country used to have traveling shows that came to rural communities called Chautauquas. A new kind of Chautauqua will be coming to Petersburg and other Southeast towns next year.

Sitkan charged for possesion of fentanyl

A Sitka man is being held on drug charges in the state prison in Juneau, pending $12,000 in bail.

Repatriated Wrangell clan hat arrives in Juneau

frog clan hatA clan hat from an Alaska Native tribe in Wrangell returned to Alaska Thursday. The Khaach.ádi or frog clan of Wrangell signed a repatriation claim in 2008 to get the hat back from a museum in California.

KSM mine critics target investors, B.C. officials

The KSM project's operational phase mine site layout includes pits to access ore, rock storage, a dam and a water treatment plant. (Courtesy KSM environmental assessment certificate application)Transboundary mine critics are trying a new tactic in their opposition to the KSM mine. They’re telling investors it's a bad place to put their money.

With the snip of a ribbon, Blue Lake project is complete

08-IMG_9114Although there are a lot of loose ends to tie up, the Blue Lake Expansion Project came to a formal close in Sitka Wednesday (11-13-14) with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new powerhouse.

Tribal Council election draws 174 voters, some turnover

The candidates for Tribal Council took audience questions last Sunday (11-2-14). The event was organized to encourage voting. (Mike Hicks/KCAW photo)The Sitka Tribal Council will see some turnover if the unofficial results of Tuesday’s (11-11-14) election hold up. Even fewer voters than usual, 174, turned out to decide who will control Sitka’s federally-recognized tribal government.

BC says mine concerns heard, critics disagree

Oxidized rock colors a valley where one of Seabridge Gold's open pit mines will be dug. (Ed Schoenfeld/ CoastAlaska News)British Columbia officials say they understand why Alaskans are concerned about new mines planned for transboundary rivers. But critics on this side of the border say they’re not doing anything about it.

Petersburg responds to a beached crab boat

Rescue volunteers responded to people on board a small crab boat that went onto the rocky beach north of town.

Transboundary group wants a voice in BC mining process

Salmon Beyond Borders-editProposed copper mines in British Columbia have a coalition speaking out on what they say could potentially hurt salmon runs for people on both sides of the border.

Petersburg boys swim team takes 4th at state meet

Abel Aulbach finishes the 100 yard freestyle event nearly two seconds ahead of the competition. Photo/Doug FlemingSenior Abel Aulbach broke the state record in the 100 yard freestyle event which had been held since 1998 by Petersburg swim star, Derek Gibb.

When war images are replaced with something new

Sam and his wife Linda volunteering in Vietnam in 2010. Photo courtesy of Sam Bunge.Sam Bunge, a Vietnam veteran in Petersburg, finds peace while volunteering back in Vietnam.

New tagging project to track humpback whales to Hawaii

Ladd Irvine is with Oregon State's Marine Mammal Institute.A scientist is looking to learn exactly where humpback whales are swimming on their way back and forth from Southeast Alaska to Hawaii.

Hungry Point Trail could be a lot longer next year

Hungry Point Trail proposed expansionThe Petersburg Borough and the Petersburg Indian Association are teaming up to extend one of the most popular trails in town.

Ferry system limits solo travel by kids, teenagers

A marine highway staffer watches as passengers and dogs reboard the ferry Matanuska before departing Wrangell Jan. 16, 2013. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The Alaska Marine Highway System will no longer allow children and teenagers under 18 to travel solo. The current rules place no restrictions on 16- and 17-year-olds.

SE candidates stake out ballot measure positions

i_voted_cropped-300x266Most Southeast legislative candidates oppose the marijuana and Bristol Bay ballot initiatives. But they support the minimum wage measure.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.