Articles from the August 10, 2017 edition


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  • New NOAA monitoring possible in 2018

    Aug 10, 2017

    Beginning in 2018, Alaska fishermen, some of whom may not have the space on their vessel or life raft capacity for a NOAA Fisheries observer, will have the option to use an electronic monitoring (EM) system instead. NOAA Fisheries is integrating EM into the North Pacific Observer Program for the 2018 fishing year. An EM system uses cameras and associated sensors to passively record and monitor fishing activities-work traditionally accomplished by human observers placed onboard commercial...

  • School Board member takes aim at open Assembly seat

    Ben Muir|Aug 10, 2017

    An appointed member of the Petersburg School Board has decided against running for an open position in the October election and instead hopes to be a candidate for one of the open seats on the Borough Assembly. Brandi Thynes Marohl was appointed to the School Board last year. She was expected to run for one of the two open seats in the October election. That is until she announced publicly during a School Board meeting Tuesday that she submitted candidacy paperwork for a seat on the Assembly ins...

  • Construction of Alaska police training facility almost done

    Aug 10, 2017

    BIRCHWOOD, Alaska (AP) – Construction at an Alaska police training facility is nearing completion and project managers have said it should open this fall. The Southcentral Law Enforcement Tactical Training Center in Birchwood will have four shooting ranges for local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Construction is expected to cost $4.6 million, the land was purchased for $1.95 million, and the project design costs were approximately $487,000, said Alan Czajkowski, director of maintenance and operations for the Anchorage Public W...

  • Yesterday's News

    Aug 10, 2017

    August 10, 1917 – The council met and adjourned for lack for quorum Monday and Tuesday evenings. On Wednesday evening all were present, except Councilman Jorgenson, who was out of town. Considerable time was devoted to discussion of Ordinance No. 42, prohibiting the carrying of intoxicating liquors to houses of ill-repute and also making it a misdemeanor for inmates of such houses to appear upon the streets within the corporate limits of the town. The matter was finally deferred to future meeting pending further legal advice. August 14, 1942 ...

  • Kings closed Coho open for trollers

    Aug 10, 2017

    Chinook Salmon A total of 66,000 non-Alaska hatchery origin (treaty) Chinook salmon were harvested by trollers during the first summer opening and mark select fishery, leaving an estimated 31,000 treaty Chinook salmon remaining from the annual troll allocation. However, with many of the Chinook salmon stocks from Alaska, Canada, and Washington that contribute to Southeast Alaska/Yakutat commercial troll fishery exhibiting poor production and not meeting escapement goals or objectives in 2017, conservation measures are necessary to reduce...

  • Wild diamond

    Aug 10, 2017

  • Retention of King Salmon is prohibited in all Southeast Alaska salt water

    Aug 10, 2017

    JUNEAU – The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today that the retention of king salmon is prohibited in all Southeast Alaska salt waters, king salmon may not be retained or possessed; any king salmon caught must be released immediately and returned to the water unharmed. These regulations will be effective 12:01 a.m. Thursday, August 10 through 11:59 p.m. Saturday, September 30, 2017. The Southeast Alaska king salmon sport fishery is managed under the directives of the Southeast Alaska King Salmon Management Plan (5 AAC 47.055). T...

  • Paddle Battle falls short of goal by nearly half

    Ben Muir|Aug 10, 2017

    The Petersburg Medical Center set a goal to generate $10,000 from the 2017 Paddle Battle fundraiser, but nearly a month has passed and the number is about half that, despite there being more participants. The Medical Center had raised $5,535 from the kayaking expedition since last week, said Sarah Holmgrain, the foundation secretary treasurer for the hospital. The event hosted 43 people, which is about 10 more than the previous three-year average. "The last three years we did meet the $10,000...

  • Biologists optimistic for deer season in Juneau area

    Aug 10, 2017

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Wildlife biologists say all indications point to a good season for deer hunters in the Juneau area. During surveys this spring, biologists counted an increase in pellets, and as such, they're expecting an increase in successful hunts. Biologists count “pellet groups” — piles of droppings —to assess the health of deer populations in different areas around the southeast region of the state, the Juneau Empire reported. Alaska Department of Fish and Game regional supervisor Ryan Scott said the amount of pellet groups ca...

  • Police Report

    Aug 10, 2017

    Aug. 2 — Suspicious activity was reported at locations on Excel St., Odin St. and Sing Lee Alley. Police responded to disturbance calls at the airport, Buschmann Park and at an undisclosed location. Police made traffic stops at N. Nordic and Gjoa and at Haugen Dr. and N. 12th St. Wildlife calls were reported on Lake St. and at Vesta & Pearl F Streets. No additional explanation was provided. Police assisted with a lockout at a N. Nordic Dr. parking lot. Aug. 3 — Police made traffic stops at 6-mile Mitkof Hwy. and at an undisclosed location. Tre...

  • Trooper report

    Aug 10, 2017

    On Aug. 6 at about 10:10 p.m., the Juneau based Alaska State Troopers (AST) were contacted by the Juneau Police Department, who reported that Sarah Skrine, age 46 of Juneau, was stuck on a cliff off of the West Glacier Trail. AST contacted Capital City Fire Rescue (CCFR), who responded with their rope team and rescue boat. A hasty team made up of CCFR personnel and State Troopers hiked up to the injured hiker and escorted her down. All searchers and Skrine were out of the field at 1:10 a.m. without further incident. Skrine is a former...

  • Court report

    Aug 10, 2017

    July 27 — Judge Magistrate Burrell recommended the Superior Court grant a default divorce for Thimothy A. and Tierra L. Nichols. Davis Dondi Estes entered a not guilty plea to charges of theft in the 4th degree. The defendant was released OR with conditions. Aug. 3 — Courtney Alexander Brown was arraigned before Judge Magistrate Burrell on a charge of Failure to Appear. $250 bail was imposed. Brown was originally charged with Disorderly Conduct. A summons was issued to Hassen Roodwan for Failure to Appear for an Aug. 1 court hearing. A $250 arr...

  • Study: Alaska has highest rate of gun ownership in U.S.

    Aug 10, 2017

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A new six-year study on guns in Alaska shows the state has the highest rate of gun ownership and one of the top rates of gun deaths and injuries in the U.S. The study was published on Wednesday by the Alaska Section of Epidemiology, the Juneau Empire reported, It examined three statewide databases and found almost 1,500 people were injured or killed by firearms from the start of 2009 to the end of 2015. Figures compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and prevention show Alaska's firearm death rate is the s...

  • Crow 'n carrot

    Aug 10, 2017

  • Scientists share tsunami research with Alaska communities

    Aug 10, 2017

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – Researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks have been looking into the science behind tsunami risk for Alaska's coastal communities. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, reported Sunday Tsunami modelers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, Elena Suleimani and Dmitry Nicolsky, recently shared their discoveries to Juneau and Sitka in hopes of better preparing those communities for potential tsunamis. Alaska is home to 60 and 70 coastal communities that could be hit by Tsunamis. Alaska has the l...

  • Alaska Fish Factor:

    Laine Welch|Aug 10, 2017

    “It’s time for a checkup from the neck up” – meaning an industry time out to evaluate fishing operations and behaviors, advises Jerry Dzugan, director of the Sitka-based Alaska Marine Safety Education Association for over 30 years. Dzugan was speaking in response to the 11 fishing deaths that have occurred in Alaska so far this year. It’s the most in 13 years and follows a 76 percent decrease in commercial fishing fatalities since the 1980s. “The causes are still capsizing, sinkings, swampings and man overboards (MOBs). They haven’t cha...

  • SE Alaska's weekend heat breaks records

    James Brooks Juneau Empire|Aug 10, 2017

    Boats and trailers lined the launch ramps, residents thronged the beaches, plastic ducks bobbed in Twin Lakes, and Juneau basked under the sun on a record-breaking weekend. The capital city has had a full week of temperatures at or above 70 degrees, and the weekend brought the warmest days of the year so far. Saturday’s high temperature of 81 degrees beat the old record of 80, set in 2009, and is the hottest day of the year to date. Sunday’s high was 78, beating the 1999 record of 75. Those temperatures were recorded at the airport, Jun...

  • Plans to move contaminated soil halted by Forest Service

    Aug 10, 2017

    WRANGELL, Alaska (AP) – State plans to store contaminated soil near a recreation area in the Alaska Panhandle could be stalled by the U.S. Forest Service. CoastAlaska News reports, state officials seek to move nearly 20,000 cubic yards (15,291 cubic meters) of lead-laced soil in a rock quarry south of Wrangell. Officials say they want the soil moved because it poses a threat to marine environment and have prepared it with phosphate-based product so the lead won't leach into soil or waterways. To move the soil, the state needs a road permit, w...

  • KFSK's Garden Tour

    Aug 10, 2017

  • Businessmen wants to keep Juneau power company locally run

    Aug 10, 2017

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Alaska state capital's electric utility is set to change hands late next year, but some in the city are looking for a way to keep it under local control. Avista, which is the parent company for Juneau's power company, Alaska Light Electric & Power, is in the process of being bought by Canadian energy company Hydro One. The sale is expected to close in late 2018, the Juneau Empire reported. The two heads of Juneau Hydropower — President and CEO Keith Comstock and Managing Director Duff Mitchell — have expressed inter...

  • Harvey Gilliland came from Seattle to work at the Duncan Canal White Alice project

    Aug 10, 2017

    At the age of 23, Harvey Gilliland left his job at Western Union Telegraph Company in Seattle to take a job at the White Alice Communications System (WACS) in Duncan Canal, just 9-miles from Petersburg. The site was 2.25 miles from the beach, according to Gilliland, and sat on a mountain at a 2,460 ft. elevation. The steep terrain between the site and beach required a 6.25-mile road with 5 major switchbacks, Gilliland noted. Following two weeks of indoctrinization in Anchorage, "another guy and...

  • Code name White Alice, not explained

    Aug 10, 2017

    The history of the code name White Alice is lost to history. Those devising the code name may have selected it as an acronym or just a name with no special meaning. One claim has Alice an acronym for Alaska Integrated Communications Enterprise. Air Force regulations required two words in a code name. A second word White, represented the long Alaskan winter. Alice White would work, but a silent screen star already had that name and person's names could not be used. Transposing the two words...

  • Why Whit­­e Alice was necessary

    Aug 10, 2017

    After the Soviets detonated an atomic bomb on August 24, 1949 the United States nuclear monopoly came to an end. Enemy bombers flying over the Arctic Circle from air bases above the Arctic Circle could reach the American heartland in a few hours. Early warning radar stations in Alaska and Canada could provide advance warning of a Soviet bomber attack, but the radars would only be effective with efficient and reliable communications to military control centers. The first Alaska radar network comm...

  • Obituary: Aaron Daniel Vincent

    Aug 10, 2017

    Aaron Daniel Vincent was reunited in death with his twin brother, Matthew John Vincent, on July 16, 2017. Aaron is survived by his mother, Christi Hammer-Burrows, his bonus dad, Doug Burrows, his sister, Tami Vincent, dad and step-mom, Gene and Sandy Vincent, niece and nephew, Adonica and River Jordan as well as grandmother Beverly Hammer, Don the Great, and many cousins, aunts, uncles and to include: Wendy and Bruce Westre, Roger, Jean and Chase Hammer, Bob and Patrice Hammer, Cari and Jay...

  • Correction:

    Aug 10, 2017

    Last week The Pilot reported that Karl Hagerman is the director of the Community Development department. That is incorrect. Liz Cabrera is the director of Community Development....

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