Southeast News

Ocean acidification in Southeast, tribal network seeks regional impact

Ocean acidification has been big news lately. Experts have spoken about the possible consequences for shellfish and the critters that eat them but, its actual impact in Southeast Alaska is not known. Southeast Alaska Tribal Ocean Research, a network of 15 Southeast tribes, hopes to answer that question.   Wrangell and fourteen other tribes have […]

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New technology for Alaska’s war on opioids

Alaska has another tool in the fight against opioids. Public health officials are distributing thousands of disposal bags that chemically react and leave no trace of the drugs.

SE Conference gears up for Phase 2 of ferry reform study

Southeast Conference is gearing up for Phase 2 of its Alaska Marine Highway System reform project. Southeast Conference Board President Chelsea Goucher gave an overview of Phase 1 during a presentation this week at the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce lunch.

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School limits, potential boundaries discussed

The Ketchikan School Board talked Wednesday about school enrollment, and possible boundary-based enrollment when class size exceeds the set limit.

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Wrangell borough manager cautions hasty repeal of Obamacare

Wrangell’s borough manager is asking Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski to use caution when repealing the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. The borough fears a hasty approach may have unintended consequences for rural hospitals such as Wrangell’s. Borough Manager Jeff Jabusch wrote a letter to Murkowski earlier this month listing several concerns about repealing President Barack […]

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Murkowski addresses senior healthcare issues

Murkowski addressed many issues at a Ketchikan AARP meeting, including Medicaid and Medicare, the Affordable Care Act, and the high cost of prescription drugs.

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Mt. Edgecumbe High School marks 70th anniversary

Seventy years ago today, Feb. 22, 1947, the Bureau of Indian Affairs opened Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka. It reopened as a public boarding school in 1985 and a lot has changed over the decades. Downloadable audio.

Assembly OKs new playground equipment

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly agreed Tuesday to spend about $89,000 on playground equipment for Triangle Park near the Totem Heritage Center.

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Eight candidates chosen for Sitka’s city administrator

The Sitka Assembly chose eight candidates for city administrator. Two are current city employees and while half live out of state, nearly all have ties to Alaska. All are men.

House Rep. Ortiz supports income tax and PFD bill, for now

Wrangell’s representative in the Alaska House supports a bill in the legislature to implement a state income tax and the use of Permanent Fund earnings to pay for state government. The House Finance Committee heard testimony on House Bill 115 Friday. The legislation is a multifaceted approach to the state’s multi-billion-dollar budget gap. Ketchikan independent […]

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Murkowski discusses Trump administration, meets demonstrators

During a news conference in Ketchikan, Murkowski gave her thoughts on the Trump administration and some of the president’s appointees. She also met with demonstrators before speaking at an AARP meeting.

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Sitka author’s “Alaskan Laundry” wins statewide award

Sitka author Brendan Jones has won a statewide award for his book “The Alaskan Laundry.” Downloadable audio. Created in 1994, the Alaskana Award recognizes one work of fiction or nonfiction that gives “significant contributions to the understanding of Alaska, exhibiting originality and depth of research and knowledge.” But the best part for Brendan Jones, the […]

SEARHC-AICS merger delayed until spring

A merger between Wrangell-based medical provider Alaska Island Community Services and Southeast Regional Health Consortium has been delayed. The affiliation was intended to be completed February 1. Operations Officer Carly Allen said the delay will not change the process. “Unfortunately the combination of holidays and the complexity of our funding relationships with all the various […]

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Tribe takes home two awards at Alaska Forum on the Environment

The Sitka Tribe of Alaska earned an Outstanding Achievement Award and an Environmental Excellence Award at the recent forum in Anchorage.

Collaboration talks over, Sitka hospital looks to possible merger with SEARHC

The Sitka Community Hospital Board has concluded that a joint venture with SEARHC isn’t practical, and is now looking at a possible merger.

Increase in Sitka tax cap passes; electric rates next

The taxable limit for retail sales in Sitka will be going up this fall -- and a hike in electric rates could come much sooner. The Sitka assembly advanced both measures to close the city’s budget gap.

Arts advocates defend Sitka’s PAC – just in case

Although Sitka’s performing arts center is not on the budget chopping block this year, that didn’t stop advocates of the arts at the school district’s first budget hearing last week (2-9-17).

Venables: SE Conf. plan for ferries is not privatization

The proposed reorganization of the Alaska Marine Highway System does not include privatization, according to the SE Conference's Robert Venables.

Sitkans celebrate Peratrovich Day with ‘riveting’ parade

This year's parade in Sitka featured Elizabeth Peratrovich posters portraying Alaska's civil rights heroine as "Rosie the Riveter."

Tug grounds on Rosa Reef, refloated

No injuries were reported when a tug towing a barge ran aground Wednesday night on Rosa Reef on the northeast end of Gravina Island near Ketchikan.

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Interim borough manager in Wrangell possible as search continues

The search for Wrangell’s next borough manager will continue. After interviewing its last candidate, the Wrangell Borough Assembly announced Wednesday it will start from scratch. The assembly interviewed its last prospect, former Bethel City Manager Ann Capela, for the position Tuesday. The assembly discussed its options in executive session for about an hour before assembly […]

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Students celebrate Elizabeth Peratrovich Day

Last Saturday, the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Sisterhood Camps 14 and 15 kicked off a week of events honoring Native civil rights leader Elizabeth Peratrovich. A family celebration was held at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center that day.  The all-day celebration began with a car parade and a showing of the film “For the Rights of […]

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Missing boaters not found after Tuesday search

The Ketchikan Volunteer rescue squad continued its search Tuesday for two missing boaters, but was unable to locate them.

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KIC testing local beaches for PSP toxins

Ketchikan Indian Community began a phytoplankton and shellfish monitoring program in Ketchikan as part of the Southeast Alaska Tribal Toxins Program. Shellfish on local beaches are being tested for the toxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning.

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Ketchikan man arrested on child porn charges

A 25-year-old Ketchikan man was arraigned in Ketchikan District Court Friday on charges of possession of child pornography.

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Ortiz pushes for transboundary river monitoring

House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz introduced a resolution Monday pushing for water monitoring on several transboundary rivers in Southeast Alaska. House Joint Resolution Nine is different from a similar measure Ortiz pushed for in 2015, asking for involvement from the International Joint Commission. That’s a U.S.-Canada panel that addresses transboundary water issues. Ortiz’s current […]

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Two prospects left in Wrangell’s hunt for borough manager

The City and Borough of Wrangell has narrowed down its prospects for the borough manager position to two candidates. Current Manager Jeff Jabusch announced his retirement in September. The hiring committee made up of Wrangell Borough Assembly members and borough administration started the process last fall, sifting through 21 applicants. Assembly member Mark Mitchell said […]

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Zoning permit in question for Wrangell assisted-living home

A conditional use permit for a potential assisted –living home in Wrangell is in question. The Sourdough Lodge, a former bed and breakfast, is planned to offer five assisted-living beds with 11 additional rooms for seniors. The new facility is planned to be called Harbor House. New owners Shannon Bosdell and Daniel Blake requested a conditional […]

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Wrangell residents stand with Standing Rock

  About 20 people gathered at Kiksadi Totem Park in Wrangell on Sunday to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline. The pipeline was set to cross under the Missouri River near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota. The Army Corps of Engineers denied a necessary permit for the project last week. Protest organizer Jillian Privett […]

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Scholarship in name of Wrangell historian awarded for first time

A scholarship in the name of a deceased Wrangell historian, Patricia Roppel, was awarded to its first recipient this summer. The Tongass Historical Society announced the recipient of the THS Patricia Roppel Memorial Scholarship Fund last week. The scholarship is aimed at students studying Alaska’s history, especially history in Southeast. According to a Sit News report, University of […]

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