The Cannery Tales: Nichelle Stanfield

DSCN5471Today we meet Nichelle Stanfield, a 29 year old graphic design student from California. She spoke with Joe Sykes about disability, depression and coping with death. But first she recounted her encounter with one of Alaska’s most famous residents.

Sixteen file for Petersburg’s October ballot

boroughsealThe deadline has passed and sixteen people have filed paperwork to get their names on the Petersburg borough ballot for the October 6th election. That means voters will be filling 15 of the 21 open seats on the ballot this October.

B.C. minister: Tulsequah mine leak should be fixed

B.C. Mines Minister Bill Bennett answers reporters' questions Monday after touring the Taku River area. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)British Columbia’s top mine official says the province needs to address pollution pouring out of the Tulsequah Chief Mine near Juneau.

New ferry to start up Friday in Southeast

Photo from rainforestislandsferry.comAfter months of delays, a new ferry in Southeast Alaska is planning to start up service this Friday, August 28. The Rainforest Islands Ferry will offer four-day a week service connecting Petersburg, Wrangell and Coffman Cove on Prince of Wales Island.

Southeast troll fleet numbers drop for coho, chum fishing

Troll-caught coho on ice (Photo courtesy of Matt Lichtenstein)After this summer’s one-and-only opening for king salmon, many Southeast commercial trollers have found something else to do, instead of fishing for coho or chums. King fishing was open for eight days in July and the fleet landed just over 165,000 Chinook during that time.

One up, one down for Petersburg assembly seats

nancystrand2015One incumbent on the Petersburg borough assembly is running for re-election; another is holding fast to his decision to step down. Nancy Strand will seek her second term on the borough assembly, while John Havrilek says he won’t seek a second term.

Financial disclosure question back on Petersburg’s ballot

Petersburg mayor Mark Jensen (KFSK file photo)Petersburg voters have only one ballot question to decide this fall and it’s a question voted down by a narrow margin a year ago. The borough assembly Thursday voted to put an exemption to state financial disclosure requirements on the ballot for the second year in a row. People who run for mayor, borough assembly, school board and planning commission, along with the borough manager are required to disclose their income sources to the Alaska Public Offices Commission.

SEAPA looks to Thomas Bay for the region’s hydro future

DSCN5783-002For the past 30 years,Thomas Bay, on the mainland north of Petersburg has been under consideration as a site ripe for hydroelectric development. Some private companies have looked to export that hydro energy for profit. Now the Southeast Alaska Power Agency is trying to make sure future hydro sites serve only Wrangell, Petersburg and Ketchikan.

Southeast Alaska pink salmon harvest well short of forecast

(KFSK file photo)Southeast Alaska’s commercial pink salmon catch has reached 25 million fish by the third week in August. That’s well short of the pre-season forecast and nowhere near the record setting run from two years ago. While pink returns elsewhere in the state have been strong, Southeast pink numbers this summer have fishery managers scratching their heads.

Ferry Columbia in for repairs until August 31

(File photo by Ed Schoenfeld/ Coastalaska)The state ferry Columbia will be out of service for nearly the rest of the month as the Alaska Marine Highway repairs its largest vessel at the Ketchikan shipyard. The 418-foot ferry was docked in Ketchikan Monday following problems with a part of its exhaust system. While in Ketchikan, workers discovered damage to one of the ferry’s propellers, caused by striking a log in the water.