Byford Junkyard after cleanup. (Courtesy of DEC)
Wrangell’s former Byford Junkyard site about four miles south of town has a clean bill of health. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation announced last week that soil contaminated with lead and petroleum … more
Representatives of Ketchikan High School’s volleyball team came to the Ketchikan School Board Wednesday with a long list of complaints, including gender bias, alleged violations of Title IX, and objectification of the athletes involved in volleyball.
During their regular meeting last Tuesday night (09-27-16), the Assembly approved - on first reading - a dedicated fund for student activity travel using marijuana fees. They also set aside money for landslide mitigation and received a half a million dollar check from Sitka Community Hospital.
The Wrangell Borough Assembly passed a resolution Tuesday urging the Alaska Mental Health Trust to reconsider trading 115 acres of land to the Forest Service and passed the first reading of Marijuana zoning codes.
The Wrangell assembly’s resolution supports an … more
Vandals caused upwards of $1,400 worth of damage earlier this week to vehicles that are dedicated to transporting Ketchikan seniors and people with disabilities.
Candidates for Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly joined KRBD’s Leila Kheiry for a live on-air forum on Tuesday. Here is a summary from that event.
The city of Sitka is struggling to pay off the Blue Lake Dam in a big way. The project was largely funded through bond proceeds. But due to a major decline in electric usage by Sitka customers, the city doesn’t have enough money to meet the bond payment.
About 4,500 acres of heavily-logged forest will return to wilderness under a deal involving the federal government and a Southeast Alaska Native corporation.
Sitka Community Hospital must integrate operations with the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, or risk closing within three years.
Last week, Ketchikan residents gathered at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center auditorium to watch an hour-long video called “Chasing the Dragon.” It’s an FBI-produced film about opioid abuse. After the film the audience and a panel of experts talked for two more hours about the problem of drug abuse, and what individuals in the community can do to help.
The body of a missing hiker was found by searchers in Sitka on Friday afternoon (09-23-16). SAR captain Lance Ewers believes Hansen slipped while hiking off-trail on his way down Mt. Verstovia.
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.
Voters throughout the Ketchikan Gateway Borough not only will choose Borough Assembly and School Board members next week, they also will decide two tax issues.
Brent Edwards, Jennifer Carter and Dionne Brady-Howard have applied to fill a vacancy on the Sitka School Board.
Mauling victim Douglas Adkins and his Juneau-based guide were hunting in Chaik Bay near Angoon, about 35 miles northeast of Sitka.
A consultant’s plan recommends Sitka Community Hospital combine operations with the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium’s Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital.
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.
Sitka’s School District is beginning a new effort to target absenteeism.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A group of Alaska Native leaders said the Alaska congressional delegation’s Sept. 8 letter to the U.S. State Department on transboundary mining is not enough.
The United Tribal Transboundary Mining Group, a union of 15 federally recognized Alaska tribes, said … more
Wrangell could soon see a sustainable solution to its growing scrap metal pile at the city dump. Waste Management is working on proposals for all Southeast Alaska Regional Solid Waste Authority – or SEASWA – communities that could provide regular … more
The U.S. is in the midst of negotiations with Canada over an agreement on Canadian lumber imports. Many U.S. sawmill owners argue that the Canadian mills receive government subsidies on government-owned lands, making it difficult for the U.S. market to … more
The Wrangell Fire Department transported five Petersburg residents to the Wrangell Medical Center Sunday night after a boating accident on the Stikine River. Wrangell Fire Chief Tim Buness said the call came in around 5:23 p.m.
“So we were notified … more
Mining at Red Chris in February 2015. (imperialmetals.com)
Alaska’s congressional delegation released a letter today to Secretary of State John Kerry, reiterating several requests it would like the U.S. State Department to address on transboundary mining in British Columbia.
The … more
Sam Cornthwaite (photo from Go Fund Me page.)
Co-founder of a Beijing non-profit with ties to Southeast Alaska died Sept. 6. Sam Cornthwaite, 26, was the co-founder of GoodWorks Coffee & Tea.
Cornthwaite became ill last week and was moved … more
European green crab. (courtesy of Washington Sea Grant.)
Last week, an invasive species known as the European green crab was found in Puget Sound. The marine-focused environmental group that found the crab, Washington Sea Grant, is still trying to find … more
Garnet Ledge near Wrangell is a well-known spot for locals and tourists, but little is known about its long history, most notably the all-women cooperation that operated the mine in the early 1900s. A former Wrangellite has brought the history … more