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 By Larry Persily    News    February 1, 2023 

Trident will reopen this summer after 3-year shutdown

After a three-year closure blamed on weak chum returns, Seattle-based Trident Seafoods plans on running its Wrangell processing and cold storage plant this summer. “We’re going to operate in July and August,” focusing on chums and pinks, employ...

 By Caroleine James    News    February 1, 2023 

State board approves elk hunt on Zarembo for next year

The state Board of Game has approved a proposal to reopen an elk hunt on Zarembo Island, though the odds that a local could nab a tag and take a bull will be low — a small number of tags will be available and the drawing will be open to hunters...


Polar bear kills mother and son in Northwest Alaska village

A mother and her young son died Jan. 17 in an extremely rare attack by a polar bear in the Northwest Alaska village of Wales, the state’s first fatal polar bear mauling in more than 30 years. Alaska State Troopers identified the victims as 24-year-...


New area sportfish manager moved into job from commercial fisheries

Whether locals or visitors, newbies or experienced sportsmen, recreational fishers who cast their lines in the Petersburg-Wrangell management area have a new resource for all things sportfishing. After spending the past 18 years working in the...

 By Yereth Rosen    News    January 11, 2023

State Senate leader lists school funding, teacher retention as priorities

As the Alaska Legislature’s 2023 session approaches, a state Senate leader last Thursday highlighted the potential benefits of that body’s newly formed bipartisan majority coalition. Incoming Senate Majority Leader Cathy Giessel said the nine... Full story


The Way We Were

Jan. 4, 1923 A record crowd witnessed the opening game of the basketball tournament Thursday afternoon between Wrangell and Ketchikan and got their money’s worth of thrills without a doubt. Kayhi played a fast game from the beginning and drew...


Musk ox kills court services officer in Nome

A procession of emergency vehicles traveled through Anchorage with the body of Court Services Officer Curtis Worland on Dec. 14, a day after the 36-year-old died in a rare attack by a musk ox in Nome, where Worland worked for the Department of...


Study finds killing wolves and bears did not increase moose harvests

A new study found that killing thousands of wolves and bears did not make for better moose hunting in a popular Southcentral game unit over nearly four decades. The study, by retired Alaska Department of Fish and Game and University of Alaska...

 By Max Graham    News    December 7, 2022

Biggest salmon processor in Haines will not operate for third year in a row

The biggest fish processing plant in the Haines borough will stay closed next summer for the third straight season, OBI Seafoods’ Excursion Inlet plant manager Tom Marshall said last week, citing a low pink salmon forecast and the company’s...

 By Alena Naiden    News    December 7, 2022

Rescuers carry moose out after it fell through a window and into Soldotna home basement

Rescuing a moose that fell into a Soldotna basement was not something that Kenai Peninsula firefighter Gunnar Romatz expected on his shift Nov. 20. Nonetheless, that’s just where Romatz found himself — helping extract a young moose from the... Full story


Southeast pink salmon harvest came in at 53% of 10-year average

The 2022 Southeast Alaska salmon harvest is estimated at 29.6 million fish, mostly comprised of 17.6 million wild stock pink salmon, according to Troy Thynes, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's regional management coordinator for commercial...


State euthanizes black bear cub infected with avian flu

JUNEAU (AP) — A black bear cub in Southeast Alaska was euthanized after it became ill with avian influenza, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said. It is believed that the cub, which was located in Bartlett Cove in Glacier Bay National Park...


Southeast pink salmon forecast for 2023 comes in at significantly lower harvest

State and federal fishery managers are forecasting a commercial harvest of about 19 million pink salmon in 2023 in Southeast Alaska, which would be a “significant drop” from the parent-year harvest of 48.5 million pinks in 2021, according to last...

 By Scott Bowlen    News    November 9, 2022

State sets 31-day wolf season on Prince of Wales Island

The wolf hunting and trapping season for Prince of Wales Island will be the same as last year — Nov. 15 to Dec. 15 — though a number of individuals who trap wolves in the area criticized the Alaska Department of Fish and Game last week for its wo...

 By James Brooks    News    November 2, 2022

Governor, Peltola request federal aid for crab industry hit by shutdown

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has requested a federal disaster declaration and U.S. Rep. Mary Peltola has requested $250 million in relief funding after the failure of this year’s Bering Sea snow crab and Bristol Bay red king crab fisheries. Last week,... Full story


Hunters take 116 moose in Wrangell area this season

Not every year can be a record-breaker, and after an exceptional 2021 yield, the 2022 Wrangell moose harvest has returned to average levels. Hunters took 116 moose in the region, according to Frank...

 By Yereth Rosen    News    October 19, 2022

Metlakatla working to prevent spread of invasive green crabs

Natalie Bennett was walking surveying a beach on Annette Island as part of a team trying to defend Southeast Alaska from marine invaders when she made a major but ominous discovery: the state’s first documented shell of an invasive European green... Full story


State closes Bristol Bay red king crab and snow crab harvests

SEATTLE (AP) — Alaska officials have canceled the fall Bristol Bay red king crab harvest, and for the first time have also scrapped the winter harvest of smaller snow crab. The move is a double whammy to a fleet from Alaska, Washington and Oregon...

 By Yereth Rosen    News    October 19, 2022

State task force focusing on possible answers to salmon bycatch

The stakes in Alaska are high in the search for a solution to the problem of bycatch, the unintended at-sea harvest of non-target species, such as hundreds of thousands of salmon a year, by commercial fishermen that are going after pollock or other f... Full story

 By Max Graham    News    August 31, 2022

Genetic testing confirms five young dogs in Haines are part wolf

Five dogs born in Haines in February were confirmed this month to be part wolf, according to Alaska Department of Fish and Game wildlife biologist Carl Koch. The state last month sent samples from six suspected wolfdogs to the University of...

 By Clarise Larson    News    August 31, 2022

Juneau bears have learned to get into parked cars in search of food

Bear activity has been increasing in Juneau in August, said wildlife officials, and some of the bruins are looking in parked cars to grab some food. Carl Koch, assistant area management biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, said the...


Ferries should mean more to voters than PFD

People vote their pocketbook, or so the old adage says. And certainly more so in this year of high inflation, painful gas prices at the pump and fears of a global recession. It’s understandable that Wrangell voters will think about their household...

 By Kody Malouf    News    August 24, 2022

More invasive crabs collected around Metlakatla; harmful to juvenile salmon

The total of invasive European green crabs found in the waters around Metlakatla has risen to 34 live ones, plus some dead ones and a dozen shells of the destructive species. The latest count, from Aug. 9, follows the discovery in July of the first...


Applications open for second round of pandemic relief aid for fishing industry

Applications are due by Oct. 31 for more than $39 million in the second round of federal relief funds for those in Alaska’s fishing industry who incurred a greater than 35% income loss in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The state was...

 By Gene Johnson    News    August 17, 2022

Court ruling could cut into king harvest by Southeast trollers

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal court ruling last week has thrown into doubt the future of a valuable commercial king salmon fishery in Southeast Alaska, after a conservation group challenged the government’s approval of the harvest as a threat to...


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