Articles from the September 1, 2016 edition

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Disappointing salmon harvest winds season down early

With the seasonal peak behind it, Alaska’s commercial fishing industry is expecting one of the worst shortfalls for salmon in recent memory. As of last Tuesday, Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s in-season blue sheet summary estimated just... Full story

 
 By Jess Field    Sports    September 1, 2016

Cross country off to fast start this season

The Petersburg High School cross country teams traveled to Ketchikan last weekend to open the 2016 season. The boys and girls performed remarkably well to kick off the year, with the boys earning a... Full story

 

Floatplane pilot rescues dog struggling in waterway

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) – A dog is back home safe with its owners after a pilot who had just landed a floatplane spotted it struggling in an Alaska waterway and rescued it. Pilot Mike Hudgins pulled the miniature sheltie named Misty from Tongass Nar...

 

Yesterday's News

September 2, 1916 – Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Willard made a trip to Farragut Bay the latter part of last week and staked out a homestead claim. They came up last spring from Seattle to Ketchikan in their launch Daisy, and a couple of weeks since to...

 

To the Editor

Thinking outside the box To the Editor: The Greater Southeast Alaska Conservation Community believes there are better solutions than a land exchange to solve the highly controversial Alaska Mental Health Trust debacle. The exchange is detailed in...

 
 By Jess Field    News    September 1, 2016

New Artist in Town

Jon Pust comes from a family filled with musicians and artists, including a couple of cousins who are "topnotch painters." Pust used to work construction and drove some truck, but after he taught... Full story

 

AMHTA to sell timber on slide-prone land near Petersburg

The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority (AMHTA) board approved the sale of timber on two parcels they own in Ketchikan and Petersburg on August 24. According to the Trust, the sale will move forward if Congress does not pass legislation this...

 

Police reports

August 24 An abandoned vehicle was reported at the Sons of Norway parking lot. Suspicious activity was reported on Gjoa Street. There was a call concerning violation of conditions of release on South Nordic Drive. August 25 There was a call...

 

Correction:

In last week’s article about halibut released it was stated the assumed mortality for released fish was 60 percent, but it should have stated 16 percent. Also a “trawl survey” was referred to as a “troll survey.” The Pilot regrets the...

 
 By Jess Field    News    September 1, 2016

Bowen: PHS glacier survey work started in 1983

LeConte Glacier is a treasure many locals might overlook, but PHS students have been gaining a new respect for the icy giant for over 30 years now, thanks in large part to Paul Bowen. He is not a...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    September 1, 2016

Water plant test shows promise

WRANGELL – A pilot study currently underway seems to be bearing good news for Wrangells water worries. In mid-July the city declared a state of emergency as its water treatment plant struggled to...

 
 By Dan Rudy    News    September 1, 2016

City proposes new home for M/V Chugach

tWRANGELL – The City of Wrangell is applying to the United States Forest Service to give a historic boat a new home. The M/V Chugach was one of 11 ranger boats operating in the state during the first half of the 20th century. Built at the Lake...

 

Fish Factor: Process begins to declare the pink salmon season a disaster

Wheels are already in motion to provide two measures of relief for Alaska’s pink salmon industry, which is reeling from the lowest harvest since the late 1970s. Representative Louise Stutes (R-Kodiak) began the process last week to have the Walker...

 

Gov. Walker puts off fisheries commission decision

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Gov. Bill Walker is holding off on implementing an administrative order that was recently at the center of a lawsuit between the state and a commercial fishing trade association. A release issued Thursday by Walker’s office...

 

Cruise line CEO details Alaska bear mauling of 2 workers

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A bear that mauled two cruise ship wilderness guides during a hiking excursion in Alaska attacked so quickly that there was little time to defend against the animal, the CEO of the cruise ship company said. The attack...

 

Report recommends ways for UA to cut costs in athletics

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A new report highlights the uncertainty of the University of Alaska athletics programs, with some facing elimination as the university prepares to make drastic budget cuts in coming years. The UA Anchorage and UA Fairbanks...

 

Young updating filings to reflect farm stake, lease income

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – U.S. Rep. Don Young is updating his financial disclosures to show ownership in a family farm dating to the 1990s and income from oil and gas leases, omissions that a Young spokesman called inadvertent but that Young’s...

 

4 carved Tlingit shields stolen from elementary school

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) _ Juneau police are investigating a theft of four carved Tlingit shields that hung in the entryway of an elementary school. The shields were taken last week between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning. “They sort of formed...

 

Death Notice

Anne Oak, 93, passed away June 1, 2016 on Maui, Hawaii. An obituary will follow in the future....

 

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