Southeast News

Three apply for school board vacancy

Brent Edwards, Jennifer Carter and Dionne Brady-Howard have applied to fill a vacancy on the Sitka School Board.

Kentucky man mauled by brown bear on Admiralty Island

Adkins and his Juneau-based guide were hunting in Chaik Bay near Angoon, about 35 miles northeast of Sitka.Mauling victim Douglas Adkins and his Juneau-based guide were hunting in Chaik Bay near Angoon, about 35 miles northeast of Sitka.

Sitka’s hospitals consider integrating operations

Sitka Community Hospital. (Photo courtesy of the Sitka Community Hospital Foundation)A consultant’s plan recommends Sitka Community Hospital combine operations with the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium’s Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital.

Southeast Conference looks at several models for reformed ferry system

Alaska Department of Transportation deputy commissioner Mike Neussl addresses the Southeast Conference annual meeting September 21, 2016.Business and community leaders in Southeast Alaska are looking into how other ferry systems are operated around the world and a different way of managing Alaska’s ferries. The annual meeting of Southeast Conference in Petersburg in September focused on the first steps of a project to reform the state ferry system, find efficiencies and keep ferries running between coastal communities despite the state’s budget crisis.

Mallott discusses Mental Health logging, BC mines

byronmallotSEconf5Alaska’s Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott was the keynote speaker at this week’s annual meeting of Southeast Conference in Petersburg. During his speech Wednesday, September 21, Mallott addressed climate change and fisheries, this year’s failed pink salmon runs, mining concerns on the transboundary rivers in Southeast Alaska, the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission and the Alaska Marine Highway System. Joe Viechnicki spoke with Mallott Tuesday about some of those topics, along with logging of Alaska Mental Health Trust Land near Petersburg.

Students learn about earthquake preparedness

Mike Drummond briefs students at the Quake Shack while Jared Woody assists.An earthquake simulator has been visiting Southeast communities the past few months. It made two stops in Ketchikan. A few third graders at Fawn Mountain Elementary School share their experiences.

School district takes on poor attendance

The Sitka School Board met Tuesday (9-20-16) at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School to discuss absenteeism.Sitka’s School District is beginning a new effort to target absenteeism.

New SNHP superintendent has spent a lifetime in parks

David Elkowitz started his career as a 10-year-old volunteer. (KCAW Photo/Emily Russell)There’s a new superintendent at Sitka National Historical Park, and he may not mind a rainy weekend. David Elkowitz just wrapped up two weeks on the job, after arriving from west Texas.

Southeast commercial king crab season will remain closed

The last commercial opening for red king crab in Southeast was 2011. Photo/ADF&GAlthough king crab numbers remain historically low there have been modest increases in the population since 2013.

Stormy weather diverts three Sitka cruise ships

The Holland America Cruise Ship Westerdam prepares to dock in Juneau July 16, 2012. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)Gale-force winds and high seas on the outer coast are keeping about 4,500 cruise ship travelers from seeing Sitka this week.

Chamber forum features City Council candidates

A view of Ketchikan from the top of the Edmonds Street stairs.Questions and answers progressed quickly during the one-hour lunchtime candidate forum featuring incumbent City Council members Julie Isom and Judy Zenge, and challenger Spencer Strassburg.

23 bulls taken in first week of local hunt

Bjorn Stolpe of Petersburg stands with the antlers of his legal moose taken near Pt. Agassiz. Photo courtesy of Rich LowellOnly eight percent of the first week's harvest was illegal, down from last year's 20 percent.

UPDATE: Body of missing hiker found

Michael Hansen was last seen leaving his apartment at 10:30 a.m. Monday. His vehicle was found at the trailhead, off Sawmill Creek Road, at noon today , 9-20-16. (Courtesy Sitka Search and Rescue)The body of Michael Hansen was found by searchers earlier today (09/23/16). Hansen’s family has been notified of his death and the investigation is ongoing.

Mallott discusses opportunities and issues facing Alaska

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 was in Ketchikan earlier this week to address Ketchikan Indian Community’s Southeast Tribal Environmental Conference. At a press conference, he spoke about the "Our Ocean" conference and issues facing Alaska.

State cuts will stifle Southeast’s economic growth

Maelani Schijvens presents "Southeast Alaska by the Numbers 2016" to the Southeast Conference in Petersburg, Sept. 20. Photo/Angela DenningSoutheast has more people, jobs, and money than five years ago but the state budget crisis will stop that growth, according to the annual report, "Southeast Alaska by the Numbers 2016."

Dead Sitka Sound whale probably killed by ship

Researchers collect samples from a beached humpback whale carcass Saturday on a Sitka Sound beach.A dead whale found floating near Sitka last week was probably killed by a ship. That’s the conclusion of a pathologist who inspected the carcass.

Long distance bike rider for spinal cord research heads south from Alaska

ianandersenbikeA 24-year-old bike rider has started a 10-month journey through 14 countries from Alaska to Argentina. He’s not even the first in his own family to make that trip. However, along the way, he’s hoping to raise money and awareness for spinal cord injuries. He's heading way south on the Alaska Marine Highway, making stops in Southeast Alaska.

Southeast Conference begins in Petersburg

Candidates for the Southeast Conference board of directors introduced themselves Tuesday morning. Photo/Angela DenningA few hundred of Southeast's community and business leaders are attending the annual meeting, which runs Sept. 20-22.

Saxman rally supports Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Protesters carry signs opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline.A peaceful gathering took place Monday afternoon in Saxman in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. But speakers expressed concerns beyond what is happening in North Dakota.

Landis running unopposed for borough mayor job

Borough Mayor David Landis speaks during a recent Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce candidate forum. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Ketchikan Gateway Borough Mayor David Landis is running unopposed for re-election. He joined candidates for Borough Assembly during last week’s Chamber of Commerce candidate forum, answering questions submitted by audience members.

Petersburg assembly considers revenue from proposed pot tax

boroughsealA proposed tax on marijuana and marijuana products advanced in second reading Monday before the Petersburg borough assembly. However, the assembly voted to change the wording for future use of the proceeds of such a tax.

Assembly starts home-rule charter process

Borough SealDespite reservations from some Assembly members, a resolution calling for the formation of a home-rule charter committee was approved Monday by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly.

Columbia damage means less ferry service to Sitka

The M/V Columbia, recently re-powered, is not one of the three ships which could possibly be retired soon. (Flickr/Gillfoto)Sitka will have no Alaska Marine Highway service Sept. 26 to Oct. 9. The two-week gap comes because the ferry Columbia will soon head to a drydock for repairs.

Kayaker completes ‘Paddle to Battle Myeloma’

John Taussig kayaked to Ketchikan from Bellingham, Wash., to raise awareness and funds for multiple myeloma. (Photo by Leila Kheiry.A California man rowed his converted kayak up the Inside Passage from Bellingham, Wash., to Ketchikan, raising awareness and funds for multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood that affects his family in a deeply personal way.

Sitkans join North Dakota pipeline fight

IMG_8858Thousands continue to protest in North Dakota, at the site where an oil pipeline is under construction. The events in Standing Rock have sparked demonstrations for clean water and tribal rights across the country, including Sitka.

Commission would draft home-rule borough charter

Borough SealTwo Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly members hope to kickstart a process to develop a home-rule charter for the borough.

Paintballers learn tips from a former professional

A member of the Blue Team rushes the field (photo credit Nathan Kuehl).Ketchikan Youth Initiatives had a Sunday-Funday event at the Woodsball Paintball Course September 11. Novice and veteran players participated in a clinic with a former professional paintballer.

Petersburg domestic violence support non-profit lands three-year grant

WAVEwindowPetersburg’s domestic violence advocacy organization has received some good news on the funding front. WAVE, or Working Against Violence for Everyone, has landed a three-year federal grant that will allow the organization to keep its doors open, expand its staff and pay for equipment.

50 gather for parks and recreation conference in Petersburg

gregmortonThe first of two large conferences planned in Petersburg this month kicked on Wednesday night. The annual meeting of the Alaska Recreation and Park Association runs through Friday with 50 parks and recreation directors or employees from around the state attending.

Ketchikan Council limits pot stores in city to 2

National Public Radio image.No more than two retail marijuana stores will be allowed within city limits following Thursday’s vote by the Ketchikan City Council.