Southeast News

KPU back on hydro after warm, wet weekend

(KRBD file photo)All that rain was good for something. But it wasn't all good: One power outage over the weekend was storm-related.

Southeast legislators hope to maintain Fish and Game funding

A state Department of Fish and Game staffer works on sampling fish for a study on toxic metal concentrations in Tulsequah and Taku river fish. (Photo courtesy Department of Fish and Game)

Gov. Bill Walker proposed cutting about 45 positions and $3.5 million from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s fiscal year 2018 budget in December. That’s significantly smaller than the $11.5 million in cuts over the past two years. But … more

Assembly delays decision on taxing shipyard

Ketchikan's shipyard is seen in 2012. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld)A proposal to charge the Ketchikan Shipyard property tax or an equivalent payment in lieu of taxes was postponed by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly on Monday.

Zoning permit in question for Wrangell assisted-living home

The former Old Sourdough Lodge will become a assisted living facility (Aaron Bolton, KSTK News)

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 … more

Land exchange bill reintroduced in Congress

A springtime view of Deer Mountain. (KRBD file photo by Leila Kheiry)With a new U.S. Congress convening, Alaska’s Congressional Delegation has reintroduced a bill that would trade federal land for land owned by Alaska Mental Health Trust – including Ketchikan’s Deer Mountain.

New Museum Director arrives in Ketchikan

Lee GrayKetchikan’s new museum director, Dr. Lee Gray, arrived in the First City recently, and started work Monday. Gray is originally from Minnesota and most recently worked as the assistant director of exhibitions and outreach at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

House Rep. Ortiz tours District 36 ahead of legislative session

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House District 36 Rep. Dan Ortiz stopped in Wrangell Tuesday to give the Wrangell Borough Assembly a preview of his goals going into the legislative session beginning on Jan. 17. With few options to fill the $3 billion budget gap, … more

Ketchikan man found dead after apartment fire

From left, Firefighter/Medic Terry Roberts, Assistant Chief Scott Brainard, Senior Medic Greg Karlik,  and Captain Dave Breitkreutz respond to a Tuesday fire at Tongass Towers. (Photo courtesy of Gretchen O’Sullivan, Senior Medic, Ketchikan Fire Department)A 49-year-old Ketchikan man was found dead late Tuesday after an apartment fire on the 11th floor of the Tongass Towers condominiums building.

My Place hotel gears up for February opening

The new My Place hotel in Ketchikan is under construction, but officials plan to open in early February. (KRBD photo by Leila Kheiry)A new extended-stay hotel is set to open in Ketchikan early next month.

Bill reinstates ferry discharge rules, cuts costs

Extra ferry life rings lean against other spare parts at the Ketchikan Marine Engineering Facility at Ward Cove last January.A Southeast lawmaker introduced a bill this week to help Alaska ferries meet state pollution-control rules. It would also exempt new ships from a law requiring a percent of construction spending go toward art.

Local women’s shelter has new executive director

MoranThe Women in Safe Homes board has hired Agnes Moran to lead the local emergency women's shelter.

Tangled humpback whale rescued off POW

A tangled humpback whale was rescued by a group of Ketchikan good Samaritans this week. (Photo by Oscar Hopps)A group of local good Samaritans banded together this week to help a humpback whale that had become tangled in a barge anchor cable off Prince of Wales Island.

Ketchikan teen earns Eagle Scout ranking

LukeDossettA Ketchikan teen recently achieved the highest rank attainable in the scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America. Luke Dossett has completed the requirements to become an Eagle Scout, which included overseeing a community service project.

Deed to AICS clinic in question as it merges with SEARHC

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There are still some unanswered questions in the merger between a Wrangell medical provider and Sitka-based Southeast Regional Health Consortium. SEARHC announced that it would be taking over Alaska Island Community Services or AICS in October. AICS will retain its … more

Gov. Walker proposes stable Fish and Game budget

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Gov. Bill Walker proposed cutting about 45 positions and $3.5 million from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s 2018 budget last week, significantly smaller than the $11.5 million in cuts over the past two years. But, Walker’s proposal calls … more

Funding for Shoemaker Harbor project included in Gov. Walker’s budget

Unusable dock at Shoemaker Bay Harbor

Wrangell received good news regarding the Shoemaker Bay Harbor project Thursday. Gov. Bill Walker proposed to appropriate $5 million for the state’s 50/50 harbor matching grant fund, just enough to cover Wrangell’s request.

The borough has been working to replace … more

Native support for Wrangell boarding school is uncertain

The final design proposal for the former Wrangell Institute property.

A committee overseeing a proposal for a 400-bed boarding school in Wrangell is seeking support from the Tanana Chiefs Conference, a non-profit Native corporation which serves 39 villages near Fairbanks. But, that support isn’t certain.

Master plan for Wrangell Institute

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Wrangell residents stand with Standing Rock

Wrangell residents protest Dakota Access oil pipeline at Kik-setti Totem Park (Aaron Bolton, KSTK News)

 

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 … more

Few changes made in final Tongass forest plan decision

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The Tongass Land Management Plan amendment, a 16 year transition toward young-growth logging, was finalized Friday. Tongass Forest Supervisor Earl Stewart signed the record of decision after considering objections from environmental and industry groups. Some have applauded the decision … more

Wrangell pot shop receives conditional use permit

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A proposed Wrangell marijuana business is one step closer to opening its doors. The Planning and Zoning Commission approved a conditional use permit Thursday, requested by Happy Cannabis owner Kelsey Martinsen, for a retail store and grow operation.

All Wrangell … more