Southeast News

Farm brings fresh goat milk by skiff to Petersburg

Victor and Tabitha Nelson and their daughter tend to some of their over 30 goats on their farm at Point Agassiz on the mainland north of Petersburg.Buying fresh dairy produce in Southeast Alaska isn’t easy. The rugged, mountainous landscape doesn’t lend itself well to farming. Now, though, a farming couple near Petersburg are trying to change the way people consume milk in town. For the past year they’ve been selling raw milk processed by their own heard of dairy goats. But producing and selling dairy products in Southeast Alaska provides its own unique set of challenges.

Scientists discover the cause of Baird Glacier’s extreme outburst flooding

This aerial view of the Baird Glacier terminus shows recent flooding. Photo/USFS

This aerial view of the Baird Glacier terminus shows recent flooding. Photo/USFS

This aerial view of the Baird Glacier terminus shows recent flooding. Photo/USFS

Scientists now have a better idea about what caused the outburst flooding at Baird Glacier near Petersburg at … more

Ketchikan police warn of PFD phone scam

Following yesterday’s payment of Permanent Fund Dividends, citizens of Ketchikan have been targeted by scams, according to the Ketchikan Police Department.

Active underwater volcano found near Dixon Entrance

A screen shot from a scientific sounding device shows the newly-discovered volcano and its plume of methane gas. The lower line is an echo, not another volcanic cone. (Image courtesy Canadian Geological Survey)Southeast Alaska has more ‪volcanoes‬ than most residents realize. Geologists just found a new one, south of Prince of Wales Island. Unlike the others, it's not dormant

Federal-state land transfer testimony heard

(USDA photo)Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Chelsea Goucher recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to testify in support of transferring federally managed lands to state control.

Central Southeast moose hunt tally hits 54

It’s halfway through the month-long moose hunting season near Petersburg, Wrangell and Kake and hunters have killed 54 bull moose so far. The season opened September 15 and the first week of hunting saw 35 moose harvested from the islands and mainland in central Southeast Alaska. Seven of those in the first week did not meet the state’s requirements for antler configuration. The harvest during the second week was 19 bull moose, with no illegal animals checked into the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Red and blue king crab fishery closed again

State managers are trying to grow the Red King crab population in Southeast. Photo/ADF&GCommercial fishing for red and blue king crab will be closed again this year for Southeast Alaska but the population is showing slow growth.

PeaceHealth awarded $3.6 million grant

HospitalPeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center announced this week that it has been awarded a $3.6 million grant for the entire PeaceHealth system from the federal Department of Health and Human Services to help improve community health through changing clinical practices.

South Mitkof Highway not a state plowing priority

endoftheroadAlaska’s Department of Transportation says clearing state roadways from ice and snow may take longer than usual this winter because of state budget cuts. In the Petersburg area, that announcement could impact drivers on the southern end of Mitkof Highway, including passengers on a new ferry service planning to make stops on southern Mitkof through the winter months.

Prince Rupert, BC, port busy and growing

Prince Rupert's container facility. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)To say Prince Rupert, British Columbia, has an active port would be an understatement. Its port is bustling, and it has plans to become even busier.

Planning team offers feedback on two Petersburg plans

Petersburg waterfront

Consultants drafting a revision of Petersburg’s comprehensive plan and a water front master plan were back in town this month gathering input on drafts of those planning documents. The planners … more

Failing bridges close forest road near Petersburg

Damage is shown under one of the bridges on the Tonka Road. Photo/USFSTwo bridges on the road along the Lindenburg Peninsula are damaged and the road will remain closed until the Forest Service can get them fixed.

Petersburg planning documents comment deadline nears

The state-owned float at Papke's Landing 10 miles south of Petersburg is a potential site for maintenance and repairs if the Petersburg borough ever takes over the well-used dock.Should subdivision layout rules be extended throughout the entire Petersburg borough? Should the local municipality invest time and money in certain remote boat ramps and docks? Those are some of the issues raised this year by two long-term planning documents. Those documents are in draft form now and undergoing revisions. The deadline to get comments in on those drafts is Wednesday.

Flooding at Baird Glacier spreads green water

View of the out wash at Baird Glacier. Photo/Karen DillmanWhen 83-year-old Paul Bowen was out hand trolling near Petersburg and noticed green water he knew something had happened at the glacier.

Tourists spent more in Southeast this season

A cruise ship is docked at Ketchikan's downtown Berth 2. Such ships brought about 1 million passengers to Southeast this season. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Southeast Alaska tour operators say their customers were willing to spend more money this cruise-ship season.

Petersburg volunteers to improve trails this weekend

The William Musson Memorial Pathway runs from the Petersburg ball fields to the Tlingit and Haida Housing subdivision. Photo/Donnie HayesThe Petersburg trails that connect the ball fields to Tlingit and Haida Housing and then from the Hammer and Wikan grocery store to the post office are getting upgrades this weekend.

N. Tongass board talks about City of Ward Cove

Ward Cove. (KRBD file photo)A group that wants to create a new home-rule city from what’s now the North Tongass Service Area plans to have an official charter petition ready for signatures by mid-October at the earliest, but perhaps later in November.

Sitka man facing felony charges for sex-related crimes

A Sitka man is facing fifteen felony counts on sex-related crimes.

Sitka’s disaster response bills approach half-million mark

Sitka has spent almost a half-million dollars since August on emergency cleanup, and is counting on having most of that reimbursed by the state.

AK budget director: Legislature must act

State Budget Director Pat Pitney speaks during Southeast Conference in Prince Rupert, BC, Sept. 16.A former Olympic gold medalist in Women’s Rifle, Pitney said she expects to be a target -- for criticism – as she travels around the state providing information about Alaska’s budget crunch and the options for the state to overcome that crunch.

Assembly adjusts loan for OceansAlaska to continue

Oyster spat from Oceans Alaska.The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly agreed Monday to adjust its loan agreement with OceansAlaska shellfish hatchery, advancing $50,000 from the 2017 allocation so that the facility can continue operations.

Overdue boater rescued from Betton Island

Betton Island. (Alaska Department of Natural Rescources photo)A boater reported overdue Sunday evening was rescued early Monday morning from Betton Island close to Ketchikan.

Basketball in Memory of the Diaz Brothers

DiazbrothersToday marks the one month anniversary of the August 18th landslide, which claimed the lives of three men in Sitka. Two of them were brothers. Elmer and Ulises Diaz were 26 and 25. And last week (09-08-15), the gym opened it’s doors for friends to play in their honor.

Geo Task Force looks for answers in Sitka landslide

A screen capture of a 3-D image of the Kramer Avenue slide area, produced by the state Division of Geophysical Survey.One month after a deadly landslide struck in Sitka, the Sitka Sound Science Center's Geo Task Force is starting the complicated task of learning what happened.

With six months on the clock, citizens’ task force gets to work

IMG_4097Soon after passing the 2016 budget, the Assembly directed the city to create a citizens' task force. The seven-member group will have six months to take a deep dive into city finances and if successful, emerge with a path forward for Sitka. At least, that’s the plan.

Lawyers advocate to keep politics out of judge selection

Justice Not Politics formed shortly after the introduction of SJR 3 in January of this year.A proposal to change the way judges are chosen in the state is getting some pushback -- from the legal profession. Justice Not Politics opposes giving the governor greater power in selecting judges.

Community Schools to move under private management

Filipinos make up 9% of the Sitka School District, yet there is no Tagalog-speaking staff member or formal support group to help new students. In her own way, Jasmine has taken up that cause. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)Sitka’s Community Schools program will be under private management starting October 1. The Sitka School Board had hoped for proposals this summer. When none came in, they put the program out to bid.

Feds: B.C. mines won’t go before international commission

Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Anchorage Aug. 30. Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, in suit, and First Lady Donna Walker are among those greeting the secretary. (Photo courtesy Office of Gov. Walker)The U.S. State Department will not propose putting Southeast Alaska’s transboundary mine conflict before the International Joint Commission. That’s the U.S.-Canada panel that addresses cross-border water issues.

Sitka man indicted on drug and weapon charges

A Sitka man is facing felony charges for misconduct involving a controlled substance. The three charges include delivering and possessing methamphetamine, as well as knowingly possessing a weapon during the commission of an offense.

Bear vs. chicken: How to protect your hen house

Crupi electrifiesTKE crowd 050815-02pm (1)A killer is on the loose in Sitka and he’s hairy, stinky, and walks on all fours. For the past two and a half weeks, a juvenile brown bear has been breaking into Sitka backyards and nursing an appetite for chickens.