Southeast News

Scientists use deer pellet DNA to study populations in Southeast Alaska

ADF&G wildlife technician, Lucas Baranovic, holds a q tip with DNA from a deer pellet. Photo/ADF&GTraditional deer pellet counts have been going on for three decades but biologists are seeing more detailed results from DNA studies.

Ketchikan Superintendent Boyle finalist for state job

Ketchikan School District Superintendent Robert Boyle speaks Wednesday during the regular Chamber of Commerce lunch.Ketchikan’s School Superintendent Robert Boyle is one of four finalists for the job of Alaska Department of Education and Early Development commissioner.

Sealaska finances improve, but losses continue

Sealaska CEO Anthony Mallott discusses the regional Native corporation's finances May 2, 2016, during a press briefing in the Sealaska Board Room. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Sealaska just released its 2015 annual report, which illustrates its financial ups and downs. Those affect more than 22,000 shareholders, who receive dividends twice a year.

Property destroyed by slide still taxable

A new home under construction on Sitka's Kramer Avenue was totally obliterated in the slide. A neighboring new home stands unscathed. Four people remain missing . (NOAA/NWS photo, Joel Curtis)A Sitka property wiped out by last year’s deadly landslide is still taxable, at least according to city code.

SeaTech students research whales

IMG_4859 (1)Although graduation is this week, school is not over for some science students at Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka. The class, known as SeaTech, is headed to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego to present their original research on beluga and narwhal bioacoustics.

Downtown pot ban up for City Council discussion

Downtown Ketchikan. (KRBD file photo)A proposed ban on retail pot in Ketchikan’s downtown core is on Thursday’s Ketchikan City Council agenda.

Dog declared dangerous, will be euthanized

The Pat Wise Animal Shelter.A dog that attacked a group of children and later bit an adult man in the Christopher Road area has been declared dangerous and will be euthanized by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Animal Protection Department.

Port project ‘done’ in time to plan more renovations

The multi-year renovation to Berths 1 and 2 are pretty ,much done, for the moment. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)The Port of Ketchikan has four cruise ship berths, which will accommodate about 950,000 cruise passengers this season.

Lutomski takes over Petersburg Chamber of Commerce

Mara Lutomski joined the Petersburg School Board in April. Photo/Angela DenningMara Lutomski takes the place of John Havrilek as the Administrative Manager of the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce.

Harry Race burglar indicted

A Sitka man is facing three felony charges for breaking into Harry Race Pharmacy last November. A Sitka Grand Jury on Friday indicted Derek R. Baird, age 28, for burglary in the second degree, after he allegedly entered the pharmacy after it was closed.

Assembly adds WAVE funding to FY 2016-17 budget

The WAVE office is on Sing Lee Alley near the Sons of Norway hall. Photo courtesy of WAVEAssembly members decide to pull $20,000 from Petersburg Mental Health Services funding and put it towards WAVE.

UAS Ketchikan celebrates 2016 graduates

UAS Ketchikan 2016 graduates. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)

UAS Ketchikan 2016 graduates. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)

Non-traditional students who overcome challenges to succeed in academics was the overriding theme during Saturday’s University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan campus graduation ceremony

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Putting your best foot forward at the Native Youth Olympics

IMG_2635Mt. Edgecumbe High School sent fifteen students to the Native Youth Olympics in Anchorage last weekend (4-2-16 to 4-23-16). The event draws Alaskan Native teens from around the state in three days of intense competition.

Marten-chicken struggle leads to car crash

A marten. (Alaska Department of Fish and Game image.)A marten dragging a chicken across North Tongass Highway caused a two-vehicle collision just before noon on Saturday.

Borough assembly to vote on FY 2016-17 budget

dollar bills closeupToday's meeting will be the first one in the conference room on the second story of the Hallingstad-Peratrovich building.

Ferry fares rise for third time in a year

Passengers board the ferry Malaspina while vehicles wait to load at the Auke Bay terminal in Juneau. Travelers will no longer be able to take advantage of some discounts, due to budget cuts. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News)It’s costing 10 percent more to take the ferry to and from the Lower-48. The higher fare is part of another round of tariff increases aimed at boosting income and equalizing rates across all routes.

Assembly considers opening boats to tourists

IMG_5095On Tuesday night (4-26-16), the Assembly considered allowing rentals, on a conditional use basis, in Sitka’s municipal harbors and slips. They also received an update on branding for tourists and firmed up zoning laws for marijuana business.

Little scientists examine ecosystems in bioblitz

IMG_5054How many things live in our backyard, and how are they connected? That’s what little scientists were trying to discover during a Junior BioBlitz on Wednesday. The kids tromped in muskeg and listened to birds during the daylong survey of ecosystems.

Four Petersburg artists to show work in Anchorage

Wet Meadow Stream, oil painting by Beth FlorThe Rasmuson Art Acquisition Fund requested the art pieces owned by the Clausen Museum.

Sitka drivers told: Hands off your cell phone

Tuesday night (4-26-16), the Sitka Assembly passed a law that would fine those using their phone while driving. Exceptions are made for hands-free use. (Photo courtesy of Her Campus Media)Tuesday night (4-26-16), the Sitka Assembly passed a law that would fine those using their phone while driving. Exceptions are made for hands-free use. The policy is intended to reduce distracted driving and prevent accidents.

Scholarship program boosts training for Native teachers

Juneau's Joshua Jackson earned both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Education in the PITAAS program. (UAS photo)While 15-percent of the state’s population is Alaska Native, under five-percent of its teachers are. PITAAS grooms future teachers and administrators while they’re still in college.

Mallott talks mines, Tongass timber, budget

Byron Mallott poses at KRBD-FM in Ketchikan during a campaign visit. The candidate for governor says he will leave Sealaskas board of directors next month.Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott visited Prince of Wales Island and Ketchikan this week. He stopped in at KRBD to talk about his visit to the big island, current issues facing the State of Alaska and his “weird” job.

PHS track teams take 3rd in Ketchikan

Coach Brad Taylor tries to stay dry at the Ketchikan track meet. Photo/Debyy EddyPetersburg beat larger 4A teams from Juneau and Ketchikan in the invitational meet. Several runners beat their personal records.

Borough offices open for business in new building

Stacy Lohr sits at the desk of the borough's new finance office in the second floor of the Hallingstad-Peratrovich building. Photo/Angela DenningPetersburg borough offices will be in the second floor of the Hallingstad-Peratrovich building for about a year while the old municipal building is renovated.

Tree takes out SEAPA & KPU power lines

KPU crews work on downed power lines in the Ward Cove area. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)A tree took out power lines in Ketchikan’s Ward Cove area Tuesday morning, affecting power throughout Ketchikan and the Southeast Alaska Power Agency system. Power was fully restored in Ketchikan by mid-afternoon.

PHS music makers get high ratings at regional event

editedHundreds of high schoolers from around Southeast recently gathered in Ketchikan for Music Fest. Petersburg’s concert band, jazz band, and concert choir were recognized for the quality of their performances by earning superior ratings.

Missing hiker’s body recovered on Deer Mt.

A view of Deer Mountain. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)Ketchikan search and rescue crew members have recovered the body of 22-year-old Justin Nathan, missing on Deer Mountain since November.

Antique fire trucks in Petersburg get road ready

Jack Slaght points to the engine he overhauled in the 1928 Model A fire truck. Photo/Angela DenningPetersburg resident, Jack Slaght, has been spending the last few years making two fire trucks--from1928 and 1936--like new again.

Cancer surivors celebrated, loved ones remembered in 5K Run-Walk

This rosemaled hanging mitten bowl was donated by The Muskeg Maleriers. It will be auctioned off as a fundraiser for Beat the Odds.The Circle of Life 5K Run-Walk will start at Sandy Beach Park at 9 a.m. Saturday and head out on Cabin Creek road before returning back to the park.

Hydaburg to enhance POW wolf study

Alaska Department of Fish and Game photo.How many wolves are on Prince of Wales Island? It’s an important question because wolves are an important predator – part of the chain of life in the forest. A POW tribal group has been awarded a federal grant to help gather data used to determine that number.