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 By Kyle Clayton    News    August 2, 2023

Federal grant will help determine if a squid fishery can work in Southeast

Which came first, the magister squid fishery or the magister squid market? A Juneau charter fishing operator was recently awarded a $230,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    March 15, 2023

Stolen money from Haines Senior Center windowsill unfolds at pot shop

Haines police have connected a suspect to a Senior Center break-in after locating stolen tightly folded, pyramid-shaped $2 bills that had decorated a windowsill and were later spent at the local pot s...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    September 7, 2022

Entomologists searching to learn more about bumblebees in Alaska

A couple armed with bug nets wading through roadside fireweed were searching for bumblebees in the Chilkat Valley north of Haines earlier this month as part of a research effort to see if the Western Bumblebee’s range includes Alaska. U.S. Fish...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    April 20, 2022

Ukrainian refugee flees to Haines to live with daughter

Of the more than 4.8 million Ukrainian refugees who have fled their country since Russia's invasion started in late February, one, an 82-year-old woman from Odessa, is now living in the Upper Chilkat...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    February 23, 2022

Juneau charter operator thinks squid may be eating young salmon

A Juneau-based fishing charter and lodge owner has a hunch that a viable commercial squid fishery could exist in Southeast. Richard Yamada, who's been operating fishing charters for 40 years, has...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 6, 2022

Disney music video features Klukwan songwriter

Klukwan resident and Diné (Navajo) artist Clara Natonabah wrote and sang a Navajo song that was featured in a Disney Junior Shake Your Tale with Chip 'N Dale music video. The song, titled...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 21, 2021

Siri saves Haines man trapped under icy woodpile

HAINES – Mark Kelly, 50, manager of the Funny Farm lodge north of Haines relied on a weak Wi-Fi signal and his iPhone’s Siri voice command app to call for help after he was buried and pinned underneath a pile of snow, ice and firewood on Jan. 4....

 By Kyle Clayton    News    January 7, 2021

Anchorage retiree remembers kindness and repays Haines

Wally Smith, 83, a retired industrial arts teacher in Anchorage, donated $1,000 to Haines disaster relief efforts last month because he “had a kindness to repay to those who were kind to me” during a trip to the Southeast community in 1964....


Christmas lights

Local business 56 North decorated with Christmas lights and other decorations. As the holiday season nears, many businesses and homes have decorated to bring some cheer to the seas...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    June 16, 2016

Petersburg police make several meth busts

PETERSBURG – Local, state and federal law enforcement made two arrests last week associated with the possession and distribution of methamphetamine. After the Petersburg Court issued a warrant June 6, police searched 214 North Nordic Drive Apt # 5...


Harbor video may help track meteor path over Petersburg

PETERSBURG ­–­ Petersburg Harbor video surveillance footage may confirm a meteor did pass over Petersburg in the early morning hours of Sat., Nov. 21. Eyewitness reports placed the fireball at times ranging between 2:22 a.m. to 2:33 a.m....

 By Kyle Clayton    News    December 3, 2015

NASA scientist cites evidence for meteor plummeting over Petersburg

(Updated November 28, 2015 @ 2:35 p.m.) PETERSBURG – Amongst the rumors and speculation pulsing through Petersburg’s streets and social media news feeds last weekend, a Johnson Space Center NASA scientist points to data that suggests a falling...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    November 5, 2015

UFA Board meets in Petersburg

PETERSBURG – United Fisherman of Alaska members gathered in Petersburg last week when it conducted its 2015 Fall Board Meeting. Board members representing 35 Alaska commercial fishing organizations began their meeting Tuesday Oct. 27 where...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 24, 2014

Canadian fisheries staff move fish across blockage in Stikine tributary

Canadian officials are airlifting Chinook and sockeye salmon over a landslide that caused a barrier to salmon passage in the Tahltan River, a tributary of the Stikine. Steve Gotch, Fisheries and...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 24, 2014

No criminal charges yet filed against man injured by explosives

PETERSBURG – A 59-year-old Petersburg man was injured Sunday afternoon in the borough rock quarry after handling what explosive experts have identified as Tovex — a commercial grade explosive typically used for blasting in quarries, mines and...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 24, 2014

Petersburg Assembly approves Thomas Bay Power Authority transfer

PETERSBURG — The Petersburg Borough Assembly authorized Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht to sign off on the agreement between the Petersburg Borough, the City and Borough of Wrangell and the Thomas Bay Power Authority (TBPA) that transitions...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 17, 2014

Thomas Bay Power Authority Commission terminates general manager

The Thomas Bay Power Authority (TBPA) Commission terminated TBPA General Manager Michael Nicholls' contract with three months of severance pay after months of lack of communication from him to the... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 17, 2014

New superintendent meets community, prepares for school year

Incoming Wrangell School District Superintendent Patrick Mayer is busy meeting residents and preparing for his first school year when State mandated education standards will change the curriculum and teacher evaluations. “A big part of my job is... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 17, 2014

Assembly to spruce up downtown and advance marine service project

The Wrangell Assembly approved bids for two projects at a special meeting last week. The assembly will use Commercial Passenger Vessel excise tax funds to purchase $22,340 worth of new park benches and waste receptacles that will be installed in... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 17, 2014

Grand jury indicts suspected heroin dealer

PETERSBURG – A grand jury indicted Christafur Morrell, 19, for two out of the three charges Petersburg Police filed against him related to heroin distribution last week. Police seized around $75,000 worth of heroin last Thursday after arresting...


New B&B opening in Wrangell

Christie Jamieson and Bruce Jamieson are spending their summer opening Squawking Raven Bed & Breakfast. Christie Jamieson said she and her husband have been thinking about turning their home at...

 By Kyle Clayton    Dockside    July 17, 2014

Seine fishery closes harvest area

The Southeast Seine fishery is performing as expected despite a closure last week, said Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) biologist Dan Gray. “As expected, we have a fairly low pink salmon forecast and it’s early yet in the development...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 10, 2014

Police seize large amount of heroin and suspected dealer

PETERSBURG – Local, regional and federal law enforcement officers seized around $75,000 worth of heroin last Thursday after arresting Christafur Morrell, 19, of Des Moines, Wash. on multiple felony... Full story

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 10, 2014

Wrangell business competes in regional contest

A Wrangell business is a semi-finalist in a contest amongst Southeast Alaska entrepreneurs competing for a $40,000 award to grow and expand their business. Path to Prosperity (P2P), a partnership between the Haa Aani Community Development and The...

 By Kyle Clayton    News    July 3, 2014

TBPA Commission places employees on leave

The Thomas Bay Power Authority (TBPA) Commission placed General Manager Michael Nicholls and Administrative Clerk Rhonda Christian on paid leave last Friday after a reported lack of communication from the TBPA office. TBPA, the organization responsib... Full story


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