69 passengers and 5 crew members are safe after being evacuated from a tour boat Thursday afternoon (5-21-15) in Sitka.
It’s a seller’s market at Sitka’s Gary Paxton Industrial Park. Although much of the uplands in the former mill site remains on the market, park director Garry White told the Sitka Chamber of Commerce this week (5-20-15) that the waterfront continues to attract suitors.
It can be difficult for rural Alaskan hospitals to recruit experienced financial professionals. That’s why the hospitals in Wrangell and Petersburg are taking a new approach to that challenge by sharing a chief financial officer.
Craig Fleener, the governor's Arctic policy head, says communities could better adjust to climate change if hunting and fishing rules become more flexible.
Harrigan Centennial Hall was re-opened this afternoon (Wed 5-20-15), after an asbestos scare forced an emergency closure on Tuesday. Building Manager Don Kluting said a gray substance was found on spare door and a sample sent to a lab in Washington state, with negative results.
Sitka has the number-two roller derby team in the state. The Sitka Sound Slayers lost only two games in the state roller derby tournament over the weekend (May 16-17) -- both to the Rage City Rollergirls from Anchorage.
The Sitka school board wants to develop a more strategic budgeting process in the next couple of years -- assuming the state government is functioning and lawmakers fund education.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s office announced today that after many discussions with her office, the Canadian government has agreed to work with U.S. officials to open the gate -- and keep it open, all the time.
Law enforcement officers killed a young brown bear in a Sitka campground over the weekend, after the animal had become aggressive.
It may be the next best thing to time travel, for the hook-and-line crowd. An author and photojournalist who worked as a deckhand in Sitka in the 1980s has rediscovered some of her early work, and published it in a new book.
Could Sealaska make more money, pay higher dividends and make better use of its land? Yes, say some shareholders critical of the Southeast regional Native corporation’s management.
Look out Alaska Airlines. Delta announced last fall it would begin operating non-stop flights from Seattle to Sitka for the summer season. And at 7:25 last Friday (05-15-15), the first flight landed. Delta also began operating one daily flight from Seattle to Ketchikan. The season will end on September 7th.
The Native American Fish and Wildlife Society meets in Juneau May 20-22. Tribal experts will discuss climate change, subsistence and Arctic policy.
After a quick trip to Juneau early this week that didn't result in any action by the Legislature, House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz returned to Ketchikan for a town-hall-style meeting with constituents Thursday evening.
The new Tongass National Forest Supervisor Earl Stewart has worked for the U.S. Forest Service since 1991, moving through various forests. But, he says, he’s always wanted to live and work in Alaska.
Henry’s strong mothering instinct is a surprise, and it’s also a gift, because he could make all the difference to whether the kittens survive.
An ammonia leak led to a compressor shut-down at a Ketchikan fish processing plant Tuesday night, and prompted an evacuation of the surrounding area.
The Walker-Mallott administration will include transboundary mine critics’ concerns in its negotiations with British Columbia.
Citing the City of Saxman’s decade-long fight to regain its residents’ subsistence rights, Sen. Lisa Murkowski introduced a measure on Monday that would require congressional approval before a community’s rural designation could be removed in the future.
The first set of regulations will cover local control options, and should be available for public review by the end of the week. A second set later on will deal with products, and the last set will cover licensing requirements. The state needs to have regulations in place by Nov. 24.
House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz is headed back to Juneau on Monday to complete work on the state budget, but there probably won’t be much work taking place.
British Columbia's top mining official says Alaska will soon have more input into the permitting process. That news came after a meeting with Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott.
The Wrangell Cooperative Association recently won federal funding to test shellfish from Wrangell beaches. The tribal government wants to make sure clams and cockles are still safe to eat after a sinking tug boat leaked fuel in the area last winter.
Gov. Bill Walker says the state ferry system needs more money to avoid “crippling cuts” during the next fiscal year
A British Columbia mine upriver from Wrangell and Petersburg is one step closer to full production after reaching a benefits agreement with a First Nation group last weekend.
State budget-writers have reversed one of cuts made to the Alaska Marine Highway. But officials say it's too early to say how much service will be restored.
Some Alaska public broadcasters would have to give up local programming if the state Senate’s budget cuts go through.
The Wrangell School District brought its elementary school up to a one-to-one student-to-computer ratio last month by giving each student an iPad to use in class. Wrangell second-graders got to start using their new iPads by creating multimedia books about weather.
Federal child porn charges against former Wrangell doctor Greg Salard have led the state of Louisiana to revisit an old sexual assault investigation and charge him with aggravated rape.
A former Wrangell doctor awaiting trial on child pornography charges is also wanted in Louisiana to face sexual assault charges. Greg Salard appeared in Juneau court Tuesday on a felony charge of a fugitive from justice.