Forest Service technician Gwen Baluss visited Sitka this month to band and measure juncos and other songbirds -- with some help from local students.
The Sitka Police Department is offering a $1,000 reward for information related to the recent string of burglaries. So far, no arrests have been made.
That doesn’t mean the island communities will send in an application to the state Local Boundary Commission anytime soon – and maybe not ever.
On Thanksgiving, one bird rules them all. But how do they get to Baranof Island in the first place?
If you think mustaches are out of fashion....well, you could be right. But that hasn't stopped several men in Petersburg from donning them to bring awareness to men's health issues.
The City and Borough of Wrangell and the Wrangell Medical Center closed a settlement this month with a company formerly contracted to help finance a new hospital building. After the hospital project stalled in 2012 with more than a million dollars spent on contracts, city and hospital officials are hoping for a fresh start.
Petersburg may put aside some money for its top capital project priorities in hopes of attracting some state grant money. Local elected officials are still hopeful for capital project grant money this winter despite a gloomy budget outlook for the state government.
The Sitka Assembly voted Tuesday night to make it easier for residents to sell produce they’ve grown at home. The change is part of an effort to make locally grown food more easily accessible.
John DeLong, the Sitka hunter rescued by the Coast Guard last Wednesday (11-19-14) spent a long, cold night under a tree before the helicopter came to hoist him to safety.
Petersburg’s borough clerk is retiring next spring and she is being recognized for decades of work in local governments in Alaska and Michigan.
A federal grant will help expand class options for some Prince of Wales Island students.
A Superior Court Judge has ruled in favor of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough in its lawsuit against the State of Alaska over the state’s education funding mandate. The Borough Assembly talked about Friday’s ruling during Monday night’s regular meeting, and Borough Manager Dan Bockhorst calls it a “big win” for Ketchikan.
The jury trial of a Wrangell doctor accused of possessing and distributing child pornography has been bumped nearly two months. Doctor Greg Salard’s defense attorney asked for delay until Feb. 23, 2015.
Petersburg’s borough assembly will go back to the drawing board to come up with an ordinance on the use of herbicides and pesticides within the borough. An early draft Monday night raised too many concerns for assembly members. Instead they formed a committee to come up with new language.
The Alaska Marine Highway ferry Taku will go into drydock for repairs the second week of December.
The Alaska Department of Fish & Game, which released its preliminary harvest level for the 2015 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery. The preliminary harvest level is just over 8,700 tons. That would be the lowest level since 2003. And it’s about half of last year’s target.
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.
The Alaska Mental Health Trust land office is proposing to put land at Papke’s Landing south of Petersburg up for sale this winter. That includes several parcels near the public road and boat ramp that have drawn the interest of Petersburg borough officials this year. Representatives with the trust say, if the parcels are put up for sale, the borough can bid for them along with everyone else.
Petersburg’s borough assembly will start a discussion tonight about a new ordinance intended to limit herbicide and pesticide spraying in the borough.
Work is mostly finished on a two and half million dollar renovation project at Petersburg’s Rae C. Stedman Elementary School. Petersburg’s school board discussed that work and other capital project needs at a meeting this week.
Callers reported possible burglaries on Observatory Street, Kincaid Street, Edgecumbe Drive and Halibut Point Road. That brings the total number of burglaries reported this week to ten.
A top Forest Service official says fewer unprocessed logs will be sold overseas under a transition to harvesting younger trees.
As 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.
When 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.
The 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.
A new report says the Forest Service is wasting millions of dollars by propping up a failing Southeast Alaska timber industry.
This week, the Mitkof Mummers acting group in Petersburg is putting on a children’s musical called “Toy Camp”.
The Alaska Marine Highway System won’t ban solo ferry travel by children and teen-agers, at least for now.
A 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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Southeast legislative candidates oppose the marijuana and Bristol Bay ballot initiatives. But they support the minimum wage measure.
The 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.
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.
A 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.
A federal grand jury indicted Wrangell doctor Greg Salard Wednesday, charging him with distribution and possession of child pornography.
The 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.
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.
A controversial British Columbia mine northeast of Ketchikan has gained some key permits needed for construction.