Welcome to the Situk River Fly Shop news and information web site.
Last week, Yakutat had our first “scheduled” cruise ship
stop-over. Yakutat has a rick “anti-cruise ship” history, so
this was a big step for us to look at diversifying our economy. It was a
small ship with only 90 passengers, which is probably the kind of ship
we want to attract, as opposed to the mega-ships that cruise the waters
of Alaska and dump thousands of people all at once onto Juneau’s downtown.
As part of this “historic” visit (although I consider the explorers
Vancouver, Bering, La Perouse, etc. to have been just early
foreign-owned cruise ships…), CBS affiliate news reporter Heather
Hintze came down for the event and made several reports about and around
Yakutat. On the KTVA web site, they have four clips up and
available for viewing. The last one is from last night, but is
only a teaser for a longer report focused on our dear ol’ hangar…
The full-length one isn’t posted yet, but if they put it up,
I’ll post a link (if it isn’t too embarrassing).
Enjoy a little taste of Yakutat from the Anchorage TV news:
This one covers the cruise ship visit and what they experienced:
A delightful interview with Jennie Wheeler, with her small
craft and fur shop – if you haven’t been to Jennie’s store on your visit
to Yakutat, YOU MUST!
Covering our slow start to the sockeye run and how dire it is
financially for the community:
The teaser for the segment on the Alaska Warbird Museum (with a
disturbing close-up of my head):
Heather was a delight to have, had a great sense of humor and genuine
interest in our community. She did a nice job on these reports. I
believe she has a few more recorded that will come out over the next couple
Warbird Museum, Fishing,
in Yakutat, Salmon,
Suspect in 20-year-old Yakutat murder sentenced
A man who long had been the suspect in the murder of a woman in Yakutat
nearly 20 years ago has been sentenced to prison.
The Juneau Empire reports Sunday that Robert D. Kowalski was sentenced to
serve 40 years in prison on Friday. Kowalski was convicted of killing
39-year-old Sandra Perry in 1996, shooting her with a shot gun during a dispute.
During the sentencing trail, Kowalski continued to say the shooting was an
The 53-year-old was only charged with first-and second-degree murder in
connection to Perry’s death because another one of his girlfriend’s died in
a nearly identical fashion, causing the Yakutat case to be re-opened. Kowalski
fatally shot 45-year-old Lorraine Kay Morin in Montana in 2008. Kowalski was
convicted of homicide via an Alford Plea for Morin’s death.
Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, http://www.juneauempire.com
Beginning at 12:01am Wednesday July 15th, 2015, the bag and
possession limits for sockeye salmon on the Situk River will increase to 6 per
day and 12 in possession. The biological escapement goal for sockeye
salmon in the Situk River is between 30,000 and 70,000 fish. As of July
13th, 2015, 47,176 sockeye salmon have been counted through the
Situk River weir. Average run timing data for sockeye indicates that 40%
of the run is still to come and the escapement goal range is projected to be
Anglers are reminded that sport fishing for king salmon was closed by
Emergency Order #1-KS-H-17-15 effective at 12:01am Saturday July 11th.
King salmon caught while fishing for other species may not be removed from the
water and must be released immediately.
For further information, please call the Division of Sport Fish,
Alaska Department of Fish and Game at (907)784-3222.
Sockeye EO 2015 in PDF
bag limit, situk
daily limit, situk
fishing regulations, situk
Reporter Mary Catharine Martin of the Capital City Weekly came to Yakutat a
few weeks ago and interviewed a few of our locals (including me…). She
has been writing a series of articles about Yakutat, appearing in the
Capital City Weekly newspaper, along with appearing online at their
sister paper Juneau Empire. There have been 5 major articles over the
past month. If you would like to check them out, here they are…
Click on the linked headline to read the full articles:
The first one was the article about the Alaska Warbird Museum and my
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Story last updated at 4/29/2015 – 1:41 pm
Alaska’s WWII history
In an old Army Air Force hangar in Yakutat, Bob Miller has boxes of
World War II-era letters from soldiers to loved ones. He has more than 400
posters exhorting the reader to “do your part,” or fight for “freedom
from fear,” or remember December 7. He has Disney drawings from the war…
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Story last updated at 4/29/2015 – 1:41 pm
Day in the Life of: Kadashan
Yakutat – After he graduated from Mount Edgecumbe High School in
Sitka, Bertrand J. Adams Sr., who writes under his Tlingit name, Kadashan,
didn’t want to go to college…
Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Story last updated at 5/6/2015 – 5:23 pm
For the hundred or so years cruise ships have been visiting Southeast
Alaska, the residents of Yakutat haven’t been so sure about them. But this
summer, prompted by a declining population and economy, the town will come out
in force to welcome two shiploads of tourists…
Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Story last updated at 5/6/2015 – 5:23 pm
Tlingit artist Jeremiah James always knew he wasn’t meant for the 9-5
working life. What he didn’t know is that hunting could be a part of how he
makes his living…
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Story last updated at 5/13/2015 – 10:10 am
annual tern festival to welcome Aleutian terns
YAKUTAT – Some humans may think of Yakutat as out-of-the-way, but
it’s right where one of the world’s largest known breeding colonies of
Aleutian terns wants to be. So for the fifth year, organizers of the Yakutat
Tern Festival are hoping people will join terns in making Yakutat a
destination. “The idea was around for many years to do some sort of wildlife
birding festival,” said Yakutat-based wildlife biologist Susan Oehlers.
“There’s definitely interest in the community for having folks come in to
do more than just fish, but there’s not that awareness…. We’re looking
at it from the ecotourism standpoint, and to support the local economy, which
Nice to have someone else writing about Yakutat now! I don’t know
how many more articles she has on her laptop, but I’ll keep you posted
if any more pop up…
SITUK RIVER CLOSED TO RETENTION OF KING SALMON GREATER THAN 20 INCHES IN
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today that the Situk
River drainage is closed to the retention of king salmon 20 inches or
greater in length, beginning 12:01 a.m., Friday, May 8. King salmon 20
inches or greater in length that are caught, may not be removed from the
water and must be released immediately.
The Situk River drainage is managed for a biological escapement goal of
450 to 1,050 large king salmon. In 2010-2012 the Situk River king salmon
goal was not achieved. In 2013 and 2014 the goal was achieved after
restrictions were implemented in the sport and commercial fisheries.
The 2015 pre-season forecast is for a total run of approximately 600 large
king salmon. Given recent fishery and harvest trends, a run of that
size is not expected to achieve the escapement goal without these pre-season
For further information, anglers should call the Division of Sport Fish,
at (907) 784-3222.
Read the full Emergency Order text here:
Situk King Closure
King salmon stacked up in the 9 Mile Pool
king closure, situk
river king closure, situk
river kings, Yakutat,
From the Juneau Empire:
Yakutat to welcome first-ever cruise ships this year
Posted: May 6, 2015 - 12:02am
For the hundred or so years cruise ships have been visiting Southeast
Alaska, the residents of Yakutat haven’t been so sure about them. But this
summer, prompted by a declining population and economy, the town will come
out in force to welcome two shiploads of tourists.
“Historically Yakutat has been unwelcoming to cruise lines, and so this
is a big step,” said Yakutat Chamber of Commerce President and city
assistant finance director Martha Indreland. “I think Yakutat has gotten
into an economic crisis, so to speak, and the community is desperate enough
now to be open-minded.”...
From the Juneau Empire:
Catching 'chromers' in Yakutat
Situk River home to half the steelhead caught in
Posted: May 1, 2015 - 12:01am
To fly to Yakutat in April or early May is to become acquainted with a
certain fishy sense of anticipation.
I’d never been to Yakutat before, nor had I fly fished; I’d just
practiced casting in the Glacier Elementary School gym with the very patient
and skilled president of Juneau’s Raincountry Flyfishers, Tony Soltys.
But to visit Yakutat when the steelhead are running requires at least an
attempt to catch one. So I borrowed a fly rod from my boyfriend Bjorn’s
brother, Reid, and called around ahead of time to see if there was someone
in Yakutat who might be willing to show me the basics.
As I passed through security at the Juneau airport, one of the TSA
workers came around the scanner with the fly rod (in its case) in hand.
“Going to Yakutat?” he asked, and handed it to me. “I didn’t want
it to get banged up.”
I was contacted by the GSA today about a bid sale of the old Weather
Balloon Shed at the Yakutat airport. The info is as follows with photos
of the building at the bottom:
Government Building For Sale
No underlying land
Upper Air Inflation Shelter
Sealed Bid Sale Bid Opening 5/13/15
NO BID IS TOO LOW!
Point of Contact: Andrew
Disposal Realty Specialist
General Services Administration
Auburn Field Office (9P2PZF)
400 15th St. SW, Room 1161
Auburn, WA 98001
Fax (253) 931 7554
The location of the building at the PAYA airport
The photo he sent me with the airport ramp in the
Northwest elevation – these are my photos…
Northeast elevation from Alsek Air hangar is kind
Southeast elevation from the ramp
The building is being offered for sale as is/where is, with no claim
to the land it sits on… If you want to utilize the land, that
would require a State DOT lease like I have for the WWII hangar. Or,
you could move the structure… I always wanted to sneak onto the roof
and paint the ball as a basketball, or golf ball… You could do
Laser Floyd inside the dome… Just some possible ideas for it… :-)
From the Juneau Empire:
Craig women top defending Gold Medal champ Yakutat 60-50
Posted: March 17, 2015 -
The Craig women made their return to the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament
worth the travel difficulties, earning a 60-50 win over defending Womens
Bracket champion Yakutat in a late game on Tuesday night during the Juneau
Lions Club 69th Annual gathering.
A lightning storm near Prince of Wales meant rescheduling their early game
to a later contest but Craig showed no ill effects as Vanessa James scored a
game-high 28 points, including 15 in the first half.
James helped Craig take an early 13-6 advantage while Yakutat relied on
Lorena Williams to find the rim.
After a Craig basket by Tina Steffan, Yakutat’s Katrina Fraker hit a
bucket and a deep jumper to pull her team to within two points, 15-13.
Craig then went on an 18-6 run to close out the half with a 33-19 lead.
“I think we need to do a little more conditioning,” Fraker said. “Move
the ball a little more. Set some more screens. Our defense was a little off.
Our shooting was a little off but I think that next game we will get better
Craig’s Steffan opened the second half with a bucket but Yakutat answered
with a score by Fraker and two by Kim Buller to close within nine points,
James pushed the lead out to 12 with her second deep shot of the night.
“I felt like in the second half we out-hustled the other team,” James
said. “We fought for the 50-50 balls and ripped down more rebounds like we
From the Juneau Empire:
Yakutat eliminates Filco 70-60 in C Bracket action
Posted: March 17, 2015 -
7:44pm | Updated: March
18, 2015 - 12:11am
Damien Long scored a game-high 20 points to lead Yakutat over Filco 70-60
in an C Bracket elimination game at the Juneau Lions Club 69th Annual Gold
Medal Basketball Tournament on Tuesday.
“The key for us was our big guys definitely played a good game,”
Yakutat coach Greg Indreland said. “We were moving the ball and getting
more familiarity with each other. It is hard when your players are spread
out all over the nation.”
Yakutat used deep shots from Jerry Riddlington and Jimmy Jensen in the
first half to open up the inside game for Long, who scored 13 of his
game-high 20 points in the first half.
“That was fun,” Yakutat’s Robbie Eklund said. “We just need to
keep playing. We haven’t played together very much. The more we keep
playing the better we get. We have some big guys that are pretty fun to play
with. I am just glad to be here.”
Eklund scored nine of his 12 game points in the first half and provided
defensive pressure through the backcourt.
Yakutat led 39-27 at the half and opened the second stanza on a 15-7 run
to lead by 20 points, 54-34, at the 13:05 mark.
Yakutat Native Son Elected Lt. Governor of Alaska
remain to be counted as of 11/6/14. The Alaska races won't be official
till the vote is certified on November 28th... US Postmarked absentee
ballot deadline is November 14th, Foreighn postmarked deadline is
The team of
Walker/Mallott received the most votes last night to eclipse incumbent Sean
Parnell and his running mate Dan Sullivan. Byron Mallott grew up in
Yakutat, served as Yakutat’s mayor for a time, before moving on
to mayor of Juneau and various boards throughout the state. The
Walker/Mallott ticket received 3,165 more votes than Parnell/Sullivan for a
47.83% to 46.42% result. 224,541 total votes were cast in the Governor
race. This year’s gubernatorial race was packed with controversy,
when Mallott chose to step out of the Governor race to join forces with
Independent Bill Walker and unite the anti-Parnell vote. The ploy
In other races,
Representative Don Young cruised to an easy reelection, while Senator
Mark Begich lost his reelection effort to Dan Sullivan. Oddly,
there were two different people named Dan Sullivan running for election in
Alaska – GOP Lt. Governor candidate as well as our GOP US Senator-elect.
State Senate District
P (including Yakutat) reelected Gary Stevens for another term with over 72% of
the vote. House District 32 (including Yakutat) elected Louise Stutes by
All three ballot
measures passed. One to legalize and tax marijuana scraped by with a
margin of just 9,000 votes. Oddly, more than 2,100 people left
that blank without voting… The measure to increase the State minimum
wage passed easily, along with the restrictions on mining in the Bristol
Bay drainage. Both of those should do wonders for stimulating Alaska’s
economy (sarc off).
For complete Alaska
vote totals, go here:
(sarc back on again…) PS. For those looking to invent conflict,
the common colloquialism “native son” has nothing to do with ethnicity.
Get a life.
October 23rd, 2014
Download the official vote count tally here:
Signed Canvass Committee Report in PDF
I don’t have the total count numbers, but these are the official
Mayor – Cindy Bremner
Assembly – Ralph Wolfe, Charlie Russell
and Paul Harding (with absentee ballots counted, Paul
overtook Daryl James by just three votes)
School Board – Gloria Wolfe and Sean Langhelm
Proposition 1 – Yes
Preliminary Election Results
One thing seems to be sure from Yakutat’s local election yesterday
– Yakutat Loves their taxes. Proposition 1 won with 119 votes yes to
57 no. The “unofficial” election results are in and at least one
assembly seat remains too close to call, with only a single vote
separating the #3 and #4 vote getters.
Later tonight, the Canvass Committee (consisting of several current
Assembly members) will meet to open and count the absentee ballots and the
election will be certified at the next regular Assembly Meeting on November
6th. 21 absentee and 4 question ballots remain to be counted. Here
are the preliminary vote counts from the in-person vote yesterday:
Cindy Bremner – 128
David Stone – 46
Ralph Wolfe – 125 Charlie
Russell – 99 Daryl James (incumbent) –
Paul Harding – 76
Reginald Krkovich – 65
Gloria Wolfe – 158 Sean Langhelm
Yes – 119
No – 57
There were 250 ballots printed, 206 issued, 181 regular ballots
cast, 4 questioned ballots, 21 absentee ballots received,
with 44 ballots not used. With 21 absentee ballots to be counted tonight
and only 12 votes separating the 3rd and 5th place candidates, any of
the three bottom Assembly candidates could receive enough votes to take the
2014 Yakutat Forelands Moose Season Closed West of Dangerous
|For Immediate Release:
October 13, 2014
|Contact: Lee Benson
Federal Subsistence Board News Release:
Federal Subsistence Season for Moose Closed in a Portion of Unit 5A
The Yakutat District Ranger, under authority delegated by the Federal
Subsistence Board, is closing the 2014 Federal subsistence moose season for
that portion of Unit 5A west of the Dangerous River, except the Nunatak Bench,
effective October 13 2014 at 11:59 p.m.
As of October 12, 2014, the reported harvest of bull moose taken by Federal
hunters from the portion of Unit 5A west of the Dangerous River, except
Nunatak Bench, reached 25 bulls. The quota for the 2014 moose season in Unit
5A, except Nunatak Bench, is 55 bulls, with no more than 25 of those bulls to
be taken from the area west of the Dangerous River. Hunters are reminded that
the remainder of Game Management Unit 5A east of the Dangerous River will
remain open for moose hunting through November 15, 2014, or until the overall
harvest of bull moose in Unit 5A, except Nunatak Bench, reaches 55 bulls.
For additional information, contact U.S. Forest Service Yakutat District
Ranger Lee Benson at (907) 784-3359.
2014 Moose Harvest Quota
Bull Moose Harvest Quota Established for Unit 5A, except Nunatak Bench
Release Date: Sep 5, 2014 Yakutat, Alaska
USDA Forest Service News Release
The Yakutat District Ranger, under authority delegated by the Federal
Subsistence Board, has established the moose harvest quota for Unit 5A, except
the Nunatak Bench, at 55 bulls. No more than 25 of those bulls are to be taken
from the area west of the Dangerous River. This quota is effective for the
2014 Federal Subsistence moose season, which is October 8 to November 15,
2014. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) has established the
same quota in Unit 5A for the State season, effective October 15, extending
through the end of the State season on November 15. The State and Federal
quotas are not cumulative.
Recent surveys by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the U.S.
Forest Service indicate a low bull:cow ratio, particularly on the western
forelands. The Yakutat area received heavy snowfall during the 2011-2012
winter, which may have impacted the overall population. The harvest quota has
been established to improve the bull:cow ratio and increase productivity of
the herd, thereby providing long-term subsistence harvest opportunities.
Please be aware of recent land status changes in the Yakutat area.
Specifically, National Forest lands within the Nine Township area are now
designated as Federal Lands open to subsistence hunting. Updated maps are
available at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and U.S. Forest Service
offices in Yakutat.
For additional information, contact U.S. Forest Service Yakutat District
Ranger Lee Benson or Wildlife Biologist Susan Oehlers at 907-784-3359.
Democrat and independent merge campaigns in Alaska
The Democratic nominee for governor of Alaska and an independent candidate
announced Tuesday that they have merged their campaigns, marking the beginning
of an unprecedented political alliance in the state that could put a
Republican-held seat in play this fall.
Walker will continue his run for governor and Mallott will become his running
mate, the two men announced. Speaking at a press conference in Anchorage, they
showered each other with praise, and vowed to pursue the campaign ahead as
"We will work as a team," said Walker. "We will work as a team
in the next 60 days. We will work a team in our administration."
The move allows the two candidates, who hold similar views on many issues and
have a friendly personal relationship, to combine forces against Gov. Sean
Parnell (R). In a three-way race, Mallott and Walker would have competed for
many of the same anti-Parnell voters and potentially canceled each other out.
The unified ticket applies new pressure on Parnell, who until now has not been
viewed as terribly vulnerable.
MORE**** at the Washington Post
Byron Mallott Resigns from Governor’s Race, Changes to
I have been following the polls through RealClearPolitics,
as we inch closer to our Gubinatorial election in November. A
fascinating year of politics, with a local Yakutat resident running for
Governor on a major party ticket. As the polls have been evolving over
the past few months, Bill Walker (Republican turned Independent) was
increasing his standing mostly at the expense of Byron Mallott (Democrat).
It was announced today that they are joining forces and running on the
Independent ticket with Walker taking the Governor spot and Mallott taking the
Lieutenant Governor spot. Either candidate had been trailing sitting
Governor Sean Parnell by 15-20 points.
In a nutshell… Byron has resigned
from running for Governor as a Democrat and has signed on to run as Lieutenant
Governor on Bill Walker’s Independent ticket. They are calling it a
non-partisan “unity ticket”. I’ll let you decide if this latest
ploy comes across as smart strategy – or desperation…
From the Alaska Dispatch:
Bill Walker, Byron Mallott make ticket for
September 2, 2014
Their arms raised and hands clasped in a victory embrace, Bill Walker
and his new running mate, Byron Mallott, declared at a rally and press
conference Tuesday that their race for Alaska’s chief executive
would be non-partisan and inclusive.
Holding the event in the symbolic Hotel Captain Cook — the place
where the late Gov. Wally Hickel, the hotel’s developer, endorsed
Walker’s failed bid for governor as a Republican in 2010 — Walker and
Mallott declared that Alaska was hurting and they were the team to rescue
To get this far, the former opponents will need the Division of
Elections to put Mallott’s name on Walker’s independent ticket. Lt.
Gov. Mead Treadwell said early Tuesday afternoon that the
division has received the paperwork from Walker’s campaign but hadn’t
yet decided how to proceed. While state law governs how parties can
replace candidates who leave a partisan ticket, the law is silent when it
comes to candidates like Walker who petitioned to be placed on the ballot.
MORE**** at the Alaska Dispatch for the rest of the article
Yakutat resident Byron Mallott continues to struggle with name recognition
in his effort to unseat Alaska Governor Sean Parnell. In a poll released
this week from Public Policy Polling, a Democrat-leaning polling firm
based in Raleigh, NC, Parnell leads the three-way race for
reelection by 15 points, over Mallott and 17 points over Independent
“In the race for Governor incumbent Sean Parnell looks to be safe,
leading Democrat Byron Mallott and Independent Bill Walker 37/22/20. Both
challengers appear to be suffering from a lack of name recognition. More than
half the electorate, 58%, are unsure of what they think of Mallott. Walker
faces a similar battle, with 49% of voters having no opinion about him.”
The PPP poll surveyed 673 Alaskan voters between July 31st and August 3rd.
This is the third consecutive PPP poll showing Parnell leading Mallott and
Walker by double digits. No other major polling firms have waded into
the Alaska Gubernatorial race so far this cycle. It would appear that
the gradual improvement in Walker’s poll numbers come at the expense of
Mallott, even though Walker is a Republican-turned Independent and
potential spoiler candidate. Real Clear Politics rates the Governor race
as “Safe Republican”.
Real Clear Politics Tracking of the 2014 Alaska
For details, here is the PPP news release:
Results of this same poll also show Democrat Senator Begich holding a 4
point lead over his closest challenger Dan Sullivan, indicating that the
election in November may have a split ticket in Alaska.
The RCP average shows a very close race between
Incumbent Begich and Sullivan
RCP’s Alaska Governor Race tracking page:
RCP’s Alaska Senate Race tracking page:
Special Meeting to Interview City Manager
July 29th, 2014
The Yakutat Borough Assembly will be holding
interviews with two finalist candidates for City/Borough Manager. The
first interview will be conducted tomorrow July 30th at 6pm, at the High
School Auditorium for Jon Erickson. The public is encouraged to attend and
participate in the process, however expect that the assembly will enter
Executive Session to discuss the personal and financial details of the candidate
following the public portion of the meeting.
A final decision will not be made at this
meeting. A second interview with additional finalist David Richards is
scheduled to take place August 14th. Details of that meeting will be
posted when final arrangements have been made.
Yakutat has been operating without a Borough
Manager since July 1st, when the previous manager Frank (Skip) Ryman's
resignation took effect. At the last assembly meeting, the assembly
voted to have current billing clerk Martha Indreland to act as Interim Manager
until the permanent position is officially filled.
Yakutat was rocked again this morning, by several strong earthquakes
centered about 70 miles west of Gustavus between Lituya Bay and Cape Spencer.
Right around 3am, residents were rolled out of their sleep by what
seemed to be a quake lasting more than two minutes, with two good sized
jolts mixed in the middle. According to the USGS, they were two
separate quakes measuring 4.7 and 5.9 beginning 44 seconds and 2 km apart.
7 more aftershocks between 4.5 and 3.8 hit the same area throughout the next
Yakutat had several earthquakes near Mt St Elias last week of a similar
magnitude and frequency of aftershocks. The largest was a 6.0, 93
km to the NNW. Today’s quakes occurred 195 miles to the ESE of
The two recent earthquake events on either side
I happened to take a photo of the location of the
quakes just yesterday!
Special Budget Work Session and Rescheduled
Borough Assembly Meeting
July 23rd, 2014
Tonight, the City and Borough Assembly is
holding a spoecial work session to discuss the 2015 budget. The meeting
will take place at the CBY Office starting at 5:30pm Wednesday July 23rd.
The regular assembly meeting was rescheduled for
Thursday July 24th at 7pm alaso at the CBY Office. There will be two
Public Hearings - ORD 14-574 covers the 2015 budget and ORD 14-575
would ammend the borough code relating to the multi-purpose dock and boat harbor
Resolution 14-220 is also being considered
to dramatically increase the moorage rates at the boat harbor and establish
additional fees and rates for parking, use of the TraveLift,
building stall rent and per-boat launch fees.
Both meetings are open to the public and the
public is encouraged to come and voice your support, concerns and/or
19 Earthquakes This Morning
Yakutat has been rocked repeatedly this morning by a series of earthquakes
centered right around Mt St Elias. The largest quake hit just before 4am
registering a 6.0, centered 95km NNW of Yakutat and 14.8km deep.
Smaller aftershocks continue to rock the area up to 3.5 in magnitude.
No damage has been reported and no tsunami warning was issued.
Location of today’s earthquake activity around
From the Alaska Department of Fish and Game…
SITUK RIVER SOCKEYE SALMON SPORT FISHING HARVEST LIMITS INCREASED
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today that the bag and
possession limits for sockeye salmon on the Situk River will be increased to 6
per day, 12 in possession effective 12:01 a.m. Thursday, July 17, 2014. The
biological escapement goal for sockeye salmon in the Situk River is 30,000 to
70,000 fish. As of July 14, 2014 more than 52,000 sockeye salmon have
been counted through the Situk River weir. Average run timing data for sockeye
salmon on the Situk River indicates that 40% of the run is still to come, and
the escapement goal range will be exceeded. Increasing the sockeye
salmon bag and possession limits will provide additional opportunity to
harvest fish surplus to the escapement goal without putting achievement of the
escapement goal in jeopardy.
Here to download PDF of ADF&G EO
ADF&G Emergency Order increasing the sockeye
bag limit on the Situk River to 6 fish daily
4th of July Schedule for Yakutat
Saturday Markets Return to the Hangar
Our first Saturday Market of the season will be this coming Saturday June
28th, 2014. Here is the summer schedule:
- June 28th
- July 26th
- August 30th
This week, we will have Rainier Cherries, Green Beans,
Full-flats of Strawberries and 1/2 flats of Raspberries. Just a warning
on the strawberries – they are “over-ripe” and may be ready for jam…
As always, tables are free. Bring garage-sale items,
crafts, baked goods and anything else you want to sell.
Noon to 2pm – don’t be late…
We have a tenant in the back of the hangar this month, so we are
planning to have the market enter through the door mid-building along the side
– midway between the fly shop and the back corner. Park at the back
along the road, or in the grass field as usual.
See you this weekend!
Sponsored by the Yakutat History Foundation and the Alaska Warbird Museum
Market Schedule PDF
Yakutat Assembly Corner
June 18th, 2014
website is about to evolve into something more... I have wanted it to me a
good source of information and news for the community of Yakutat, however
I have not been able to dedicate the time necessary to create the content and
redesign the site into a more user-friendly site. That is about to change.
Since the Monti Bay Times stopped
publishing the weekly newspaper a few years ago, we have been in dire need
of a good source of news. The Yakutat School began publishing a newspaper
that held great promise, however budget cuts to the school have put the
publication of the paper on hold indefinitely.
Beginning this fall, a new local
weekly newspaper will appear. Stay tuned! If you are interested in
subscribing, or contributing, feel free to contact me and I will get
your info to the right person. The paper will not be mine, so rest
assured you may see an unbiased newspaper...
In the meantime, I have wanted to
publically post all of the non-confidential assembly paperwork that we
receive. Look for the link to the left called ASSEMBLY
CORNER, for all attachments the Yakutat Borough Assembly receives that
are NOT confidential, so you THE PUBLIC have an opportunity to see what
your local government is up to.
Alaska to get More Payment in Lieu of Taxes this
June 18th, 2014
The Federal Government recognizes that
local municipalities throughout Alaska can not tax Federal lands within their
boundaries and set up the "PILT" (payment in lieu of taxes"
program to help offset revenue losses. PILT payments help local
governments carry out vital services suck as firefighting, piloce,
schools and road construction.
For the 2014 fiscal year, Alaska
communities are expected to receive a total of $28.5 million dollars from the
PILT program - an increase of $2 million over 2013. Yakutat's share of the
PILT payments will be $114,369.
For additional background on the PILT
program from the US Department of the Interior, visit the DOI.GOV
web site HERE. There is also a brief article on KTOO's
website HERE with a listing of communities and their expected payments
Actual year payment from PILT to Yakutat
for 2012 was $107,265 and $108,371 in 2013.
Campaign reports missing laptop with donor info
The Associated Press
May 30, 2014
JUNEAU, Alaska — The campaign of Alaska
gubernatorial candidate Byron Mallott is reporting that a laptop computer with
donor financial information is missing.
KTOO-radio (http://bit.ly/1keOGLn) reports the laptop was determined to be
missing Wednesday night from the Anchorage campaign office.
Campaign adviser Bruce Botelho (boh-TEL'-oh) says the laptop had been in a
restricted area at the back of the office.
He says a back door had not been properly latched and someone may have come
in while volunteers were in the front, public area.
The computer contained copies of checks and credit card numbers with
addresses and security codes.
The computer was shut down and password protected.
The campaign on Thursday sent letters to more than a thousand contributors
recommending they monitor their accounts.
Anchorage police are investigating the incident.
Information from: KTOO-FM, http://www.ktoo.org
Wave and Tidal Power Hit First in Remote Communities
The still nascent technology to generate electricity from the sea may find its
first economical uses far from the grid
If you ask the people of Yakutat, Alaska, the best part about living in this
small, remote town is the breathtaking natural beauty. The worst part is the
price of electricity.
Yakutat's 1.5-megawatt electrical system is completely reliant on diesel
fuel, which is delivered four times per year at a price of $4.50 per gallon. In
recent years, the community's electricity prices have been consistently between
50 and 60 cents per kilowatt-hour. In February, according to the Department of
Energy, the average residential user in the United States paid less than 12
cents per kWh.
High energy costs are threatening the very existence of the community, said
Scott Newlun, general manager of Yakutat's municipally owned power plant. People
have been living in Yakutat for thousands of years. But in the last two decades
the population has dropped by half -- from 1,200 to 600 -- as residents have
been forced to move somewhere with more job opportunities and a lower cost of
To try to reverse this trend, Newlun started looking for alternative ways to
power his town. Having worked for years as a commercial fisherman, Newlun
decided to look to the ocean for a solution and started to explore the
possibility of powering Yakutat with wave and tidal power, known collectively as
marine hydrokinetic (MHK) energy.
Yakutat is now in line to become home to one of the first remote marine
energy projects in the United States, in partnership with Resolute Marine
Energy. According to Bill Staby, founder and CEO of the Boston-based company,
Resolute's novel wave energy converters are expected to cut Yakutat’s
electricity costs in half.
Technologies being born
The MHK industry as a whole is still in the development stages, with companies
eagerly looking to get their technologies in the water in places where they're
economically viable. In the United States, companies have been struggling to
deploy projects in the face of funding shortages and an arduous regulatory
One of the first places wave and tidal projects are likely to take off in the
United States is Alaska, where high energy costs help make the economic case for
capital-intensive renewable power.
"There are dozens of communities in Alaska that are cut off from any
kind of regional or interstate grid, and they all have extremely high
electricity costs, which has quite a profound social impact on the people that
live there," Staby said.
According to the Alaska Energy Authority, there are nearly 200 communities in
the state without access to the main power grid. Last year, these towns received
$39.7 million in public subsidies to keep their lights on and businesses
Before deploying a wave energy converter in Yakutat, Resolute has to complete
another six to nine months of site research, including environmental and
engineering studies, in order to comply with a patchwork of U.S. regulations.
The company plans to deploy a demonstration project next fall and will seek to
get it commercially licensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
The Portland, Maine-based tidal company Ocean Renewable Power Co. (ORPC) is
also looking to tap into the Alaska market. In 2012, the company built one of
North America's first grid-connected tidal generator projects in the waters off
Eastport, Maine, and plans to deploy a scaled-down version of that technology to
serve remote, off-grid communities.
ORPC currently has a FERC permit to test an ocean project in Cook Inlet and
two-month permit to test a generator this summer in the Kvichak River that will
power the town of Igiugig in southwest Alaska. The 25-kilowatt project is
expected to meet half of the 70-person community's electricity needs.
"All around the world there are literally hundreds of millions of people
who live in these communities who either have no electricity or are paying very
high costs because of the price of diesel," said Chris Sauer, president and
CEO of ORPC.
In Igiugig, diesel costs nearly $8 per gallon, which translates to about 80
cents per kWh. Towns in countries across Africa and in Latin America lack
electricity altogether. According to Sean O'Neill, president of the U.S. trade
group Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition, developing communities outside the
United States represent the MHK industry's largest commercial opportunity.
2014 Situk King Closure
Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced an Emergency Order closing the
Situk River to retention of King Salmon 20 inches or greater effective May
14th, 2014. Any kings caught must be immediately released and may
not be removed from the water for photos.
ADF&G is expecting a return of 826 King Salmon in the 2014 season.
The Situk River is managed for an escapement goal between 450 and 1,050 large
kings. In recent years, the Department has closed the Situk to
even targeting kings for catch-and-release, but this restriction has
been lifted for the start of the 2014 season.
Read the complete EO PDF HERE
Public Policy Polling (a Democrat-leaning
polling firm based in North Carolina) shows Republican Governor Sean Parnell
leading his Democratic challenger Byron Mallott by 10 points. This is a
three-way race with Republican-turned-independent Bill Walker trailing another
10 points behind Mallott.
Parnell – 37%
Mallott – 27%
Walker – 17%
The same poll shows incumbent Democrat Senator
Mark Begich with a 5 point lead over his best Republican challenger Dan
Sullivan. Sullivan now holds a 14 point lead over his next closest
challenger for the Republican nomination Mead Treadwell.
You can read the complete press release from
Tsunami Warning System Test Scheduled for
Friday April 18th at Noon
April 14th, 2014
The Yakutat Police Department will be conducting
a series of emergency Tsunami broadcast tests on Friday, April 18th,
2014 at 12:00 noon. The test will start with a test announcement,
quickly followed by a "real" tsunami announcement and finish with
another test announcement. This series of test announcements will help the
department better evaluate the tsunami warning system.
A previous test coordinated with state and
federal agencies took place two weeks ago on the anniversary of the 1964 Good
Friday Earthquake. Several comments were received at the April 3rd
assembly meeting, indicating the previous warning test did not reach
vulnerable parts of town.
This test on April 18th will be more
extensive, as an effort to discover the reach of our tsunami warning
system and what efforts need to be made to ensure populated areas of Yakutat can
effectively hear warnings in the future, in the event of a real
If you have any questions, or concerns
regarding your ability to hear and recognize the warning system from your home
or business, contact the Public Safety Department at (907)784-3206.
Eulachon are In the Situk and Ahrnklin Rivers
March 19th, 2014
The Eulachon (aka Hooligan) have returned for
their annual spawning migration to local Yakutat area rivers and
estuaries. Three large schools of the smelt species are in the Situk
between the old Forest Service cabin site and the train trestle ruins.
Large flocks of gulls and eagles are working the Ahrnklin Inlet indicating there
are plenty more Eulachon coming into fresh water this week.
The 2013 Eulachon returns in the Yakutat area
were tremendous, with many local elders saying it was the best run they
could remember. Other southeast Alaska areas found weak runs, while
Yakutat was experiencing a bounty of fish.
Eulachon are a popular subsistence food in many
coastal communities. Dip-netting is the most common method of harvesting
the small fish. They are weak swimmers, so children find catching
them by hand to be a fun and easy activity.
Common methods of cooking Eulachon are to pan fry
the fish in oil with a light breading, or canning for later use.
They have a very high fat content, providing a rich calorie-dense food in
the late winter and early spring, before other traditional foods are
differ from their cousin Capelin,
although both are species of Smelt. Capelin spawn on saltwater beaches
where moderate wave activity occurs, instead of in freshwater streams and
estuaries. Capelin are smaller than Eulachon and usually spawn a couple
weeks to a month earlier than our local Eulachon populations.
Yakutat Will Have Another Air Taxi This Spring
March 19th, 2014
The name Gulf Air returns to Yakutat this
spring! Kip Fanning is in the final stages of getting FAA approval for a
Part 135 air charter company, reviving the old Gulf Air name for his new
charter business. This means we will have additional options for flying
through the summer, as well as services during the fall hunt and spring
The FAA paperwork has not been completed
yet, so the new company can not start promoting their services. In
the meantime, if you have any questions, call Situk Leasing at
The "new" Gulf Air Cessna 185 arrived in Yakutat in
The "old" Gulf Air fleet circa 1974
In addition to the City Manager post, the City and Borough of Yakutat
will be hiring three additional positions:
- Planning and Zoning Compliance Officer
- Supervisor of Public Works and Facilities
- Property Maintenance Manager
Planning and Zoning Compliance Officer – Salary between
$43,700 and $62,300 depending on qualifications
Supervisor of Public Works and Facilities - Salary between
$36,400 and $51,000
Property Maintenance Manager - Salary between $49,000 and
Planning and Zoning Compliance Officer (page 1)
– click image for a larger (more readable) version
Planning and Zoning Compliance Officer (page 2)
Supervisor of Public Works and Facilities
Property Maintenance Manager
…and a reposting of the Borough Manager position – this position will
remain open for another month, as we look at as many candidates as
Now hiring! Yakutat Borough Manager – click the
above link to download the PDF Job Notice
Public Policy Polling Results for Alaska
February 4th, 2014
With Yakutat resident Byron Mallot in the race
for Alaska Governor, a lot fo attention is being paid to our little
coastal village. Public Policy Polling (PPP), a Democrat leaning
national polling organization based in Raleigh, NC has released their
first state-wide survey for the 2014 Alaska election cycle.
For the upcoming gubernatorial race,
incumbent Republican Sean Parnell leads Democrat Byron Mallott and Independent
Bill Walker. Parnell receives 41%, Mallott gets 25% and Walker
receives 16%. The poll also covers Alaska's upcoming Senate and House
For complete polling results, click
On Friday January 24th, 2014, a series of large snow avalanches
near Valdez, Alaska closed the only road access. The
Richardson Highway is the only road access to the town of approximately 4,100
people. As the highway passes through the Keystone Canyon, wet,
heavy snow in the mountainous region collapsed, blocking the highway and
the Lowe River. Water has backed up over the highway for 1,500 feet
behind the dam of ice and snow.
Photo courtesy of State of Alaska DOT&PF
Another major avalanche blocks the Richardson Highway as it passes
through Thompson Canyon making the route impassable from 12 Mile to 42
Mile. Removal of the blockages is problematic due to water backed up
behind the dams. A breakthrough could send a wall of water through the
canyon destroying everything in its path. State of Alaska DOT is still
evaluating the situation and determining if the remaining mountainsides are
Photo courtesy of State of Alaska DOT&PF
Census Info from ADN
Alaska’s population grows to over 736,000
The Associated Press – January 19, 2014
JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska gained more than 26,000 residents between April
2010 and July 2013, bringing the total population to roughly 736,400.
Estimates from the state labor department show 26 of Alaska’s 29 boroughs
and census areas grew. State demographer Eddie Hunsinger says notable among
the statistics was the municipality of Anchorage topping 300,000 residents.
Anchorage also saw the largest population growth, adding more than 9,300
people. That was followed by the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Fairbanks North
Star Borough, City and Borough of Juneau and Kenai Peninsula Borough.
Among the areas that lost residents, the Bristol Bay Borough lost the most,
more than 60 residents. The City and Borough of Yakutat lost 40
and the Denali Borough, just over 30.
The department says Alaska’s overall growth outpaced that of the U.S. as
Article Source: http://www.adn.com/2014/01/19/3281169/alaskas-population-grows-to-over.html
For my own number crunching…
Bristol Bay Borough is larger than Yakutat with 937
residents compared to our 622. Comparing apples to apples, both
Bristol Bay and Yakutat declined by 6%. Denali is
larger than the other two combined, so their 1,795 population is only a
2% drop. Yakutat has been consistently ranking #1 for
fastest shrinking population in Alaska and although we lost 20 people less
than Bristol Bay, we are actually tied for 1st place by percentage
We’re #1! We’re #1! Woo, hoo! Go Yakutat!
How can a community this incredible be
disappearing? By choice.
Yakutat Winter Flooding
The ground was already saturated from the previous two storms last week.
Flow on the Situk had hit 1,700 CFS on the 18th, then had dropped down
to about 600, back up to 750 and then…
We just barely missed hitting 4,000 CFS. We just barely hit
3,000 twice in 2013, so this is one heck of a way to start the new year!
What does 4,000 CFS look like?
Panorama from 9 Mile Bridge, standing in line
with the boat launch
The water wouldn’t actually hit the peak for
several more hours. It’ll rise another couple feet to be just shy of
hitting the superstructure below the road deck.
Water is flowing up into the campground, with
river water up to the bulletin board
This is a LOT of water! 10 inches of rain fell over a 36 hour period
according to the 9 Mile gage. Not quite so much at the Weather Service
station at the airport, but still enough to have the ditches overtop the
road to the airport in several places, flood the school parking lot,
Weather Service parking lot and wash out several places along Forest Highway
10 inches of rain, but at 48 degrees, it also washed away most
of the remaining snow throughout the forest and along the roads. This
was a GREAT week to be at the cabin!
Thank you USGS for the cool graphs and equipment at 9 Mile. Thank you
Ryan Baker for the great photos of the mess at the bridge!
Road wash-out at 10 Mile Meadow from the air
Fuzzy photo of the boat launch area after the
water had dropped to 1600 CFS… You can see the high water mark flooding
the entire parking lot where the ice is gone.
Tremendous number of trees down along the entire
river course. This will be a big mess to get cleared for the spring
First Winter Storm Warning of 2013
November 20th, 2013
From the National Weather Service office in Juneau, Alaska
CAPE FAIRWEATHER TO CAPE SUCKLING COASTAL AREA- INCLUDING THE CITY
115 PM AKST WED NOV 20 2013 ...
WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM THURSDAY TO 6 AM AKST
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN JUNEAU HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR
HEAVY SNOW WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM THURSDAY TO 6 AM AKST FRIDAY.
* TIMING...SNOW WILL DEVELOP TONIGHT BUT INCREASE IN
INTENSITY THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING THEN GRADUALLY CHANGE OVER TO RAIN LATE
* SNOW ACCUMULATION...OF 11 TO 18 INCHES.
* WINDS...WILL BECOME GUSTY WITH THE FRONT STARTING
THIS EVENING WHEN GUSTS TO 40 MPH ARE POSSIBLE OUT OF INTERIOR PASSES.
* IMPACTS...SNOWFALL RATES AND BLOWING SNOW WILL
REDUCE VISIBILITY. CHANGE OVER TO RAIN WILL CAUSE SNOW LOADING.
A WARNING MEANS THAT A WINTER STORM IS ALREADY OCCURRING OR IMMINENT. THIS
STORM COULD POSE A THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY. DRIVING WILL BE HAZARDOUS.
From the Alaska
Alaska Democratic Party leaders offer
Mallott a unanimous endorsement for governor
Alaska Democrats hope to resuscitate their recent political
misfortunes and see Byron Mallott as the candidate who can invigorate
On Saturday, the Democrats officially endorsed Mallott, who serves
in various capacities on the boards of Alaska Airlines and the
Southeast Alaska Native regional corporation Sealaska. Mallott
officially kicked off his campaign last Tuesday in his hometown of
Yakutat, where he was born in 1943.
Mallott is an ancestral Tlingit and has “served every Alaska
governor since statehood,” Zack Fields, who handles the media for
Democrats, wrote in a press release Saturday afternoon.
Mallott planned to visit as many communities across the state as
possible over the 12 months between now and the gubernatorial election
in November 2014, Fields said.
The announcement comes just days after state Sen. Hollis French,
who has lived in Alaska since 1978, announced he'd forego a run for
governor and instead seek the party's nomination to run for lieutenant
French narrowly won re-election last year to his West Anchorage
district and isn't up for election again until 2016. Even if the
Democrats lose the gubernatorial race, French doesn't risk losing his
Mallott will first have to win the Democratic primary, to be held
in August 2014. If he wins, he'll face at least two rivals for the
governor's mansion: Bill Walker, a Valdez Republican who's chosen to
avoid a GOP primary and run independent of a political party, and the
winner of the Alaska Republican Party primary. Thus far, Alaska Gov.
Sean Parnell is running unopposed for the GOP nomination.
Contact Eric Christopher Adams at eric(at)alaskadispatch.com
or follow him on Twitter
at @earth2eric .
The “unofficial” results from the 2013 local Yakutat City and Borough
election are in. Although there are three “question ballots”,
the margin of victory for all the candidates for Assembly and School Board
exceed the question number.
There were a total of 144 ballots cast. 138 in-person voters have
been counted, along with the three question ballots and three absentee
ballots. Results are as follows:
Borough Assembly – two-year terms (3 open seats)
School Board – One year remaining on a three year term (1 open
Victoria Yvonne Baker
School Board – Three year term (2 open seats)
David Fred Drumm
April Newlun 100
The election was certified by:
Elizabeth Piccard, Election Judge
John Williams, Election Judge
Judy Israelson, Election Clerk
Ingrid Shodda, Election Clerk
Unofficial Election Results for Local 2013
Election – Yakutat, Alaska
City and Borough of Yakutat
Local Election October 15, 2013
With Yakutat's local municipal
election approaching, we wanted to announce the current slate of
candidates, as well as include the pertinent Borough codes.
4.04.030 Regular Election -- Date. On the third
Tuesday of October of each year a regular election will be held in the Borough
for the election of vacant Borough offices and the determination of such other
matters as may be placed on the ballot.
TWO YEAR TERMS
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN THREE CANDIDATES
1) NICK HOLCOMB
2) NELSON INADA
3) BOB MILLER
ONE YEAR REMAINING IN A 3 YEAR TERM
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN ONE CANDIDATE
1) VICTORIA YVONNE BAKER
THREE YEAR TERMS
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN TWO CANDIDATES
1) DAVID FRED DRUMM
2) APRIL NEWLUN
4.20.040 Ballots -- Form.
A. A ballot shall
consist of a list of candidates and issues to be decided at the election.
B. The title of the
office, and "Vote for no more than (the number of offices to be
filled)" shall precede the list of candidates.
C. Under the title of each office and below the printed names of the
candidates, there shall be
printed blank lines for write-in candidates equal to the number of offices to be
4.04.080 Who is Declared Elected.
A. In a Borough election, the top vote-getting candidate for the office of
Mayor, or for the unexpired term of a specific School Board or Borough Assembly
vacancy shall be declared elected, whether or not any candidate receives greater
than forty percent of the votes cast for that office.
Here is a posted flier from the bulletin boards
around town. Consider that if you do not like ANY candidate, you
have the ability to write-in a better selection. Here is but one example:
Three Yakutat Assembly Openings Attract ONE (1) Candidate
The opportunity to declare a candidacy for assembly ends tomorrow and so
far, only one candidate has filed his name at the Yakutat Borough
office. There are three open seats on the Yakutat Assembly, all
three are two-year terms.
There are also three open seats on the Yakutat School Board, with two
declared candidates as of 4pm Wednesday. The declaration period ends at
5pm Thursday, September 26th, 2013.
Three (3) Borough Assembly
2 Year Terms
1 – Nick Holcomb
One (1) School Board Member
1 Year remaining in a 3 Year Term remainder of unexpired term
1 – Yvonne Baker
Two (2) School Board Members
3 Year Terms
1 – David Drumm
The City and Borough of Yakutat local election will be held on October
15th, 2013. The polling location has changed this year to the
Public Safety Building in the EMS Training Room.
Sport Fishermen Cross the Line on Native Lands
Bob Miller - September 17th, 2013
Aggressive sport fishermen along the Situk River
Drainage hassled the land owner on his private property. Law Enforcement
and the Yakutat Tlingit Tribe became involved with the dispute. Due to the
controversy, they will now be enforcing "no trespassing" laws on
the private lands and allotments around the Yakutat area. This incudes the
Situk River, Lost River, Tawah Creek and Ankau Saltchucks.
Please respect signs and markers.
Trespassers will be prosecuted for violations of the law on private lands.
All land below navigable water and land below the mean high tide line (of 9.6
feet) is State of Alaska land. The vast majority of land along the Situk
River falls under Forest Service jurisdiction. The limited private
inholdings can easily be avoided using the Forest Service's designated trail
system at the Lower Landing.
Two recent articles covering the announcement
of Byron Mallott running for Alaska Governor in 2014:
Byron Mallott Jumps Into Governor’s Race
The field for governor just got a more crowded. Byron Mallott says he plans
to take on Sean Parnell as a Democrat.
Mallott is a familiar face in Alaska politics. He’s served as mayor of both
Juneau and Yakutat. He was the first commissioner of the Department of Community
and Regional Affairs. He’s headed the Sealaska Corporation, and directed the
Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation.
While Mallott still hasn’t filed the paperwork needed to run, he declared
his candidacy on Monday, in an interview
with the Alaska Dispatch. There had been some speculation that he might follow
his fellow candidate’s Bill Walker’s lead and run as an independent.
Instead, Mallott wants to earn the Democratic nomination.
That means he could face off against State Senator Hollis French in a party
primary. French hasn’t officially committed to entering the race, but he’s
announced he exploring a run and he’s registered with the state as a
candidate. French says Mallott’s announcement shouldn’t affect his final
decision on the issue.
“I’ve never been one to try to arm-twist other candidates into getting in
or out of the race. I think this is a good development.”
Mallott could not be reached for comment for this story.
From the following website:
The second article is from the Alaska
Byron Mallott to run for Alaska
Before the average Alaskan was born 34 years ago, Byron Mallott had
already served as a mayor, a state commissioner and a rising leader at a
regional nonprofit corporation in Southeast Alaska. And his career,
like the man himself, was still young. His next step will be a run at the
state's highest office, as a Democrat.
Now 70 years old, Mallott's résumé includes stints as executive
director of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, president of the Alaska
Federation of Natives, and a director of the Alaska Public Radio Network,
to mention a few stand-out roles.
About the only thing he hasn’t done is run for governor. Until now.
Mallott said in an interview Monday night that he'll gun for the office
next year, and will file an official letter of intent to do so in the
Mallott is the lone committed Democrat in a field that so far consists
of Republicans Gov. Sean Parnell and oil and gas attorney Bill Walker, who
will avoid a Republican primary contest with the governor by running
independent of any party.
Democrat Sens. Bill Wielechowski and Hollis French are also exploring
Mallott, a Tlingit born in Yakutat in Southeast Alaska, said he never
set out in life to build a résumé. His decision to run -- after talking
with numerous friends and acquaintances -- is based on a sense of public
"I was born and raised in this state, in a village," he said.
"I have held many positions both in public service and government,
business, and the nonprofit sector over the years, and I've just come to
sense after all of that service that maybe there is something I can give
back in a way that moves Alaska down the road in a positive way."
How would he improve Alaska's future? He said he wouldn't discuss
policy during a brief phone interview late Labor Day evening, as he was
preparing for a trip to the University of Alaska Fairbanks where he's
providing input on the creation of a campus park to honor the region's
Alaska Native history.
"It's far too early" to discuss policy, he said. "There
will be more to come."
Why did he decide to run against Parnell?
"I'm not running against anyone," he said. "I’m
running for the office of governor in the belief that we can be a better
Alaska, and that there is greater opportunity before us than I think the
current leadership on the statewide level -- within the state -- are
providing to the people of Alaska."
"But that doesn’t mean I don’t respect Gov. Parnell,"
Mallott said. "It isn’t about him. It isn’t about me. It’s
about trying to figure out a way to move Alaska ahead on a continuing
journey to be one of the best places on Earth. It’s as simple as
Polls suggest Parnell has relatively
solid ratings. He came to power in the afterglow of a golden era in
Alaska, with billions of dollars bouncing off the state's walls after
former Gov. Sarah Palin hiked taxes on the state's oil producers, then
quit early in her term in 2009, leaving open her seat for then-Lt. Gov.
Parnell, elected directly to the gubernatorial role in 2010, has
avoided controversy by keeping a low profile with limited public
appearances and press conferences, while still continuing to satisfy
constituencies in part because of the enormous wealth that the 2007 tax
But the fiscal picture is rapidly changing. And some opponents such as
Walker and possibly French hope Parnell's flagship success -- pushing
through a major tax cut in 2013 to spur oil production -- will be his
State revenue officials say the cut will remove billions of dollars
from the Alaska treasury in the coming years, throwing it into severe
deficit spending. The tax cut generated surprising opposition in the form
of a repeal initiative signed by
51,000 Alaskans, about two-thirds more than the minimum amount needed.
Parnell's campaign manager Jerry Gallagher -- also Parnell's former
legislative director -- did not immediately return an email seeking
comment about Mallott's decision. But by midday Tuesday, Gallagher
replied: "While Governor Parnell continues to work each and every day
to increase economic opportunity for Alaskans and strengthen Alaskan
families, he looks forward to the 2014 campaign and welcomes others who
participate in this process."
Though no final decision on the repeal initiative has been made --
state election workers have spent weeks sifting through the petition
booklets -- it appears the measure will be on the ballot during the
primary election next August.
And in November, Mallott, Walker and Parnell could wind up facing off.
Despite Mallott's extensive public roles -- including serving as mayor
of both Yakutat and Juneau -- he'll have to work to build statewide name
recognition. But his gift for speaking and his penetrating views on a
range of topics could quickly attract attention.
"I'll be the youngest 70-year-old you’ll ever see in a
race," Mallott said.
French said Mallott's announcement doesn't change his current plans as
a potential candidate. French just booked a trip to the Alaska Federation
of Natives annual convention in Fairbanks in October, where he'll continue
to seek feedback on a run.
"I'm still doing my exploratory work, talking to people around the
state," French said. "Byron is an excellent candidate."
But French said he'll meet with Mallott soon. "He and I have
scheduled a coffee in the not too distant future," French said.
Contact Alex DeMarban at alex(at)alaskadispatch.com
From the following website:
Forest Highway 10 Washed Out
The road to the Dangerous River and Harlequin Lake has washed out at Miller
Creek. All three culverts have eroded due to heavy flood waters. 6
people (and two dogs) are reported to be stranded on the opposite side of the
Heavy rains continue to fall, after two straight days of stormy
weather. Winds have been exceeding 50 knots throughout much of Saturday,
with approximately 8 inches of rain falling through the two-day event.
Rain is expected to continue throughout the rest of the weekend:
Tonight: Rain…heavy at times. Lows around 51. East wind 10 to 20
mph with gusts to 45 mph in exposed locations. Gusts will taper off after
Sunday: Rain…heavy at times. Highs around 57. Southeast wind 5 to
15 mph becoming southwest in the morning.
Sunday Night: Numerous showers…diminishing through the night.
Patchy fog late. Lows around 48. West wind 5 mph in the evening becoming light
There is significant flooding in the rivers throughout the region.
The Situk River flow gage is currently reading 2,250 cubic feet per second and
rising. Water threatens to overtop the Situk Lower Landing road at this
Situk Coho Bag Limit Increased!
The State of Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced that they are
raising the silver salmon (coho) bag limit to 4 fish per day on the Situk
River drainage. The limit increase takes effect at 12:01am Wednesday
September 4th, 2013. Here is the ADF&G press release:
Two press releases from the City and Borough
of Yakutat, regarding the 2013 elections:
October 15th, 2013 Local Elections for Yakutat
Two press releases from the City and Borough of Yakutat this week
regarding the October 15th, 2013 local elections… 1) The
official polling place has moved from the City offices to the Public Safety
Building. 2) Three City Assembly seats will be open, as well as
three School Board seats. The election will be held on the third
Tuesday of October (October 15th, 2013).
See you on election day!
company notified me this morning and scheduled a power outage Friday, July 12,
TOMORROW – Friday, July 12th
1:30 pm to 3:30
City Feed: from the Clinic and all of down town
NOT effected: Yakutat Seafood, Airport and West Addition area
you have any questions please contact Scott Newlun, General Manager at Yakutat
Effective Wednesday July 3rd, 2013, the daily bag limit for
sockeye salmon on the Situk River has been increased to 6 fish per day,
according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Anglers may now
retain twice the regular daily limit while fishing the Situk River. The
Lost River and Ahrnklin River (including the Ahrnklin Inlet) remain at 3 fish
per daily limit. Other rivers and streams along the Yakutat coast
(including the Italio, Akwe and East Rivers) have an established daily
limit of 6 sockeye salmon per day and remain unchanged.
As of midnight July 2nd, the official sockeye escapement count on the
Situk Weir has exceeded 58,000 mature sockeye salmon. The minimum
escapement goal of 40,000 has been exceeded significantly, allowing Fish
and Game biologists to consider the increase in daily bag limit for the 2013
It is generally considered that Sockeye salmon have a primary age-class
of 5 years. The 5-year parent year on the Situk River was the only year
in the Situk’s history not to exceed the minimum escapement goal of 40,000
fish. The total count in 2008 was only 22,522 sockeye, missing the
goal by a tremendous margin. The forecasted expectation for the
Situk’s sockeye run was low, however the returns in 2013 have been
exceedingly good thus far.
Comparative graph for 2008 and 2013
Even with the dismal parent-year return, the ocean survival
conditions for those that hatched in 2008 could have overcome the poor
numbers. Also, due to flooding and stormy weather in Yakutat
during the summer of 2008, the Situk weir was removed three weeks
earlier than usual. It did appear however that the vast majority of the
sockeye run had already returned and late arrivals would have been minimal.
Feeders on zoo plankton and invertebrates,
sockeye will hit small sparse flies that are dead-drifted in fresh water
Although the sockeye run is going strong and showing all signs of a healthy
run, the Situk King Salmon run continues to be closed to the retention
of all fish larger than 20 inches. Any questions regarding to closures
can be directed to Brian Marston at the local State of Alaska Department of
Fish and Game office.
Sockeye Emergency Order:
King Emergency Order:
We’ll be having the first of our Saturday Markets at the hangar this
Saturday, June 29th. We did this in 2010 to moderate success,
but having it every Saturday was hard to maintain enthusiasm. This year,
we’ll be holding one at the end of each month through the summer. Come
on out if you are in town!
Saturday June 29th:
* We have fresh Bing Cherries from Washington in 2lb clam packs
* Blueberries in 2lb clam packs
* Seedless watermelon from who knows where
Other people have committed to bring:
* Fresh organic grain
* Locally hand-made soaps
* Local Jewelry
* Local Crafts
* Garage-sale Items
* Locally grown eggs
Open for business from 1pm to 3pm at the back end of the hangar. If
you want a table (AKA a sheet of plywood), they are free and unlimited.
Just show up early and we’ll set one up for you. Inside if rainy,
outside if sunny (or both inside and outside).
I’ll have the hangar renovation plans out and available, if you are
interested on the renovation and timeline for completion. Also,
info on the Yak-tat KWAAN BT-13B salvage and restoration plan.
Next Saturday Market scheduled for July 27th, 2013.
I’d expect to have Raspberries and Blackberries by then, depending on
what is good.
Sponsored by the Alaska Warbird Museum
Rainstorm Hits Yakutat, Closes Road to Situk
May 5th, 2013
By Bob Miller
Following this weekend's big storm, the lower road to the Situk Lower
Landing is CLOSED! There is a 6 foot by 6 foot wash-out, with the
rut about a foot deep. The whole wash-out area is very soft and NOT
RECOMMENDED for crossing. Last night, Fred the Taxi Guy went through
to pick up a group at 4pm and with his big high 4-wheel drive truck, he
barely made it through.
DOT is waiting for the water to recede, so they can do the needed
repairs. Please don't harass DOT... they are trying to get this
repaired and the more phone calls they have to field, the less resources
they will have to fix the problem...
I would expect there to be a fix by tomorrow, since the rains have
subsided and tomorrow is expected to be sunny. That'll help try things
out. As of today, piling mud on the wash-out wouldn't be a
productive use of DOT's time.
500 points overnight, but is still showing 1,710 right now (2:30pm AK
time). That is a drop of nearly 700 CFS since
the leak yesterday, but it will take another day or two before the river
even comes close to being fishable.
But... that group Fred salvaged were able
to catch 8 steelhead as the flow went from 1,000 to 1,800 CFS
on Friday... I think they were the only ones with lines in the water that
The Situk River gauge recorded a top flow rate Saturday May 4th of 2,380
Cubic Feet per Second, before beginning the slow decline as the rains
ebbed. This was double the historic flow record set for that date,
back in 2006.
ACE Aircraft Crash Near Dillingham,
March 29th, 2013
By Bob Miller
Alaska Central Express (ACE) operates the
"mail plane", bringing the boxed mail and Priority Mail to
Yakutat. There has been a backlog of mail waiting in Anchorage bound for
Yakutat for the past couple weeks. We asked the local postmaster about the
delay in servicing the community of Yakutat. She said the delay is due
primarily to an ACE accident in the Dillingham area. On March 8th,
an ACE BEECH 1900C went down approximately 10 miles east of Aleknagik,
Alaska. The airline lost two of their pilots in the accident. For a
small carrier like ACE, losing an aircraft and two pilots has a dramatic
impact on their operations and I imagine they are coping with the tragedy as
best they can.
Here is the preliminary NTSB report:
NTSB Identification: ANC13FA030
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Friday, March 08, 2013 in Aleknagik, AK
Aircraft: BEECH 1900C, registration: N116AX
Injuries: 2 Fatal.
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain
errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has
been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this
investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without
any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft
On March 8, 2013, about 0814 Alaska standard time, a twin-engine turboprop Beech
1900C airplane, N116AX, was destroyed when it impacted rising terrain about 10
miles east of Aleknagik, Alaska. The airplane was operated as Flight 51, by
Alaska Central Express, Inc., Anchorage, Alaska, as an on-demand cargo flight
under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 135. The
airline transport certificated captain and the commercial certificated first
officer sustained fatal injuries. Instrument meteorological conditions were
reported in the area at the time of the accident, and the airplane was operating
on an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan. The flight had originally
departed Anchorage about 0544, and made a scheduled stop at King Salmon, Alaska,
before continuing on to the next scheduled stop, Dillingham, Alaska.
According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) personnel, as the airplane
approached Dillingham, the flight crew requested the RNAV GPS 19 instrument
approach to the Dillingham Airport about 0757 from controllers at the Anchorage
Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC). The ARTCC specialist on duty
subsequently granted the request by issuing the clearance, with instructions to
proceed direct to the Initial Approach Fix (IAF) to begin the approach, and to
maintain an altitude of 2,000 feet or above. A short time later the flight crew
requested to enter a holding pattern at the IAF so that they could contact the
Flight Service Station (FSS) for a runway conditions report, and the ARTCC
specialist granted that request. The ARTCC specialist then made several attempts
to contact the aircraft, but was unsuccessful and subsequently lost radar track
on the aircraft.
When the airplane failed to arrive at the Dillingham Airport, ARTCC personnel
initiated a radio search to see if the airplane had diverted to another airport.
Unable to locate the airplane, the FAA issued an alert notice (ALNOT) at 0835.
Search personnel from the Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Air National Guard, and
the U.S. Coast Guard, along with several volunteer pilots, were dispatched to
conduct an extensive search effort.
Rescue personnel aboard an Air National Guard C-130 airplane tracked 406 MHz
emergency locater transmitter (ELT) signal to an area of mountainous terrain
about 20 miles north of Dillingham, but poor weather prohibited searchers from
reaching the site until the next morning. Once the crew of a HH-60G helicopter
from the Air National Guard's 210th Air Rescue Squadron, Anchorage, Alaska,
reached the steep, snow and ice-covered site, they confirmed that both pilots
sustained fatal injuries.
The closest official weather observation station is at the Dillingham Airport.
At 0745, an aviation routine weather report (METAR) reported, in part: Wind from
100 degrees (true) at 17 knots with gusts to 30 knots; visibility, 7 statute
miles in light rain; clouds and sky condition, 1,500 feet overcast; temperature,
34 degrees F; dew point, 34 degrees F; altimeter, 29.09 inHg.
On March 9, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
investigator-in-charge, along with an additional NTSB air safety investigator,
and an FAA operations inspector from the Anchorage Flight Standards District
Office (FSDO), examined the airplane wreckage at the accident site. A
comprehensive wreckage examination and layout is pending following recovery
Airship scheduled to tour Alaska this summer
Published: March 13, 2013 Anchorage
ANCHORAGE — Eighty-six years have passed
since an airship cruised over Alaska. But a Florida company, Skyship Services
Inc., has announced plans to fly a 200-foot-long blimp to Anchorage and
demonstrate its capabilities around Alaska this summer.
According to an announcement from state Sen. Lesil McGuire, the Skyship 600
craft will be in Anchorage around the July 4 and return to the Lower 48 in
Jesse Logan, a member of McGuire's staff working on the project, said the
Senate issued the press release at the request of the Department of
Transportation. The department had been approached by the company, which was
hoping to spread the word and attract sponsorship for the trip.
"Since (airships) are something we're interested in, we put out the
release," Logan said. "We've been interested in this for more than a
decade, working with NASA, trying to encourage them to come up with alternate
forms of air transportation."
The flight plan calls for a Seattle departure with stops in Vancouver, Port
Hardy on the northern tip of Vancouver Is., Ketchikan, Juneau and Yakutat
before arriving in Anchorage.
The longest legs in that itinerary will be between Yakutat and
Anchorage and between Port Hardy and Ketchikan, about 370 miles for each.
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Earthquakes Continue to Rock Yakutat Region
November 13th, 2012 9:30am AK
moderate sized earthquakes have rocked the area around Yakutat, Alaska
since 11:42am yesterday when a magnitude 6.4 quake rocked buildings in the small
coastal village. Most of the seismic activity centers approximately 150
miles south of Cape Yakataga. Movement of the plates ranges in depth from
35 miles deep to the surface. There have been no tsunami warnings issued
for any of the quakes so far.
located along a very active subduction zone, as the Pacific Plate drifts
north, moving under the Alaska Plate. The actively growing St Elias
Mountain Range is the result of these two landmasses colliding, reaching
upwards of 19,600 feet in elevation. Dramatic tectonic uplift can be seen
throughout the topography of the area.
home to some of the largest and most dramatic seismic events in recorded
history. Three massive earthquakes hit the region in early September,
1899, causing tremendous devastation. A quake in 1957 redirected
rivers and created the largest wave ever recorded on earth in Lituya Bay.
The Lituya Bay wave denuded the forest as high as 1,700 feet above sea level
when the hillside on the opposite side of the bay collapsed into the water.
been no reports of injuries or damage from this latest series of earthquakes.
Yakutat turns out mayor in favor of challenger
October 17, 2012 11:04 PM EDT
Yakutat Mayor Dave Stone failed to secure another
term in office Tuesday as voters in Alaska’s least-populous borough
elected Cindy Bremner as his successor.
Bremner, a former president and chief executive
officer of Yak-tat Kwaan, Inc., and a former member of the City and
Borough of Yakutat Assembly, captured 104 votes to Stone’s 79 in
unofficial Election Night returns.
Stone had no opponent in the race until just
before the candidate filing period closed (http://bit.ly/Td6E57).
“It’s something I’d been thinking about for
a little while,” Bremner said Wednesday of running for mayor. She
served on the Assembly from 2007 to 2010, but took a break from public
office. In the mayoral race this year, she said, “I had hoped there
would be other entries, and when there was not, was when I made my final
decision to put my name in.”
Bremner identified energy costs almost immediately
as a priority she intends to pursue during her two-year term.
Tongass National Forest Sustainable Cabin Management Program
August 17th, 2012
Susan Jennings - USDA Forest Service
The Tongass National
Forest is seeking comment on a proposal to remove nine public recreation use
cabins and convert three to shelters due to poor condition, low use, and
funding. The twelve cabins are on Admiralty National Monument, and
Ketchikan-Misty, Petersburg, Sitka, Wrangell, Thorne Bay, and Yakutat Ranger
(Including Yakutat Ranger District's Square Lake Cabin)
A few of these cabins,
are collapsed and beyond repair. Many are dilapidated and have not been on the
cabin reservation system for many years. The cabins that were available for rent
received very little or no use. After these cabins are removed or converted to
shelters, 143 cabins and 43 shelters will remain on the Tongass for public use.
some of the cabins are in Wilderness areas, the Tongass will request approval
from the Regional Forester to remove the Wilderness cabins. If the
Regional Forester approvals the proposal, the Secretary of Agriculture will
inform the House Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, and the Senate
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the intent to remove public use
cabins in Wilderness areas.
information and maps are available on the internet at: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=39863.
Tongass National Forest
In Search of Tsunami Debris
May 23rd, 2012
A CNN news crew descended on Yakutat,
Alaska this week to film segments for their cable news program. They had
hoped to find lots of Japanese tsunami debris. Unfortunately for
them, our beaches look relatively clean. They did manage to scrounge
up a small pile of fishing buoys and a gas can - things that litter our beaches
every season - to use as their make-shift studio props. Watching this
segment, you can only laugh about the exaggeration and hype. Enjoy a
DOT Reaches 9 Mile Bridge
April 19th, 2012
State of Alaska DOT work crews reached the Situk
River at 9 Mile Bridge, 11am today. They have another day of
clearing snow from the parking lot and boat launch area before access is
completely restored. Steelheaders can now drive all the way to the bridge
and more easily fish the upper river.
A LENGTHY article about Yakutat's snow and the
Situk in the Alaska Dispatch, with WAY TOO MUCH of me in it...
As if the winter of epic snowfall wasn't enough to suffer in coastal Alaska,
now comes some really bad news: the lily white fallout is messing with the start
of fishing season.
At Yakutat on the Gulf of Alaska coast, the Alaska Department of
Transportation is in an all-out war with remnants of Mother Nature's big dump as
it tries to open road access to the upper reaches of the fabled Situk River, the
most renowned steelhead trout stream in the state. The fishing action on that
stream usually starts the first of the month.
Not this year.
"There's a lot of fish in the river, and nobody's really fishing it
yet," said Bob Miller, owner of the Situk River Fly Shop. Anglers who'd
scheduled trips early have canceled or rescheduled, hoping that snow blockading
the river eventually melts.
12 feet of snow on road
Road crews facing 10 to 12 feet of wet, heavy compacted snow covering the
road to the bridge across the upper river, some nine miles out of town, have
been working almost around the clock for a week, advancing only a half-mile per
day. "We haven't had snow like this since 1974 or 1975," said foreman
Alaska Marine Highway - Ferry Openings to
Yakutat Available on Stand-by Basis
April 15th, 2012
The State of Alaska Marine Highway ferry stops in
Yakutat twice in April and five times in May this season. Reservations are
extremely limited into and out of Yakutat, however they do reserve three
additional "stand-by" spaces on the elevator exclusively for Yakutat
vehicles between Juneau and Whittier.
If you attempt to make a reservation and there is
no space available, you can get on the stand-by list by calling Joanne
Mason at (907)465-8818, or Allison Cheeseman at (907)465-8816. You
must first be rejected for confirmed space, before calling these
lines. Be advised that "reserved" space on the elevator is not a
guarantee of passage. Availability is at the captain's discretion and the
space may be closed due to sea and weather conditions.
This opportunity is limited, but it does
provide Yakutat-bound travelers with an additional option for vehicle transport
both into and out of Yakutat.
April 2012 Kennicott Schedule
800-382-9229 907-235-7099 www.akmhs.com
2012 Kennicott Schedule
800-382-9229 907-235-7099 www.akmhs.com
Cold case murder trial pushed to November
Posted: April 8, 2012 - 12:10am
8, 2012 - 04:10am
Cold case murder trial pushed to November
The upcoming spring trial for a re-opened “cold case” was pushed back
to this fall.
Juneau Superior Court Judge Louis Menendez this week rescheduled a jury
trial for Robert D. Kowalski, 50, to begin in November instead of May.
Kowalski is accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend in a Yakutat lodge
15 years ago. Alaska investigators at the time had ruled the death accidental,
but re-opened the case in January 2009 after Kowalski was charged and
convicted in the 2008 murder of his girlfriend in Montana.
Lower Road to Situk River Opens
DOT Changes Goal to 9 Mile
Date: April 7th, 2012 11:10am AKT
The long-awaited goal of opening road access to
the Situk River, near Yakutat, Alaska has been partially achieved -
weeks later than normal. Heavier than usual winter snows left more than 10
feet of snow on the roads, for State of Alaska DOT crews to remove.
Spring steelhead fishermen have been delaying, or cancelling their fishing
trips, as the start of the season pushed later and later into the prime
season due to a lack of river access.
The Situk River is an internationally famous
fishing destination, with the largest wild steelhead run in all of
Alaska. Tens of thousands of sea-run rainbow trout return to the
crystal-clear water of the Situk each April and May, making this remote
stream one of the best runs in the world. The Situk is located
approximately 10 miles southeast of Yakutat, a small village along
Alaska's Gulf Coast. Yakutat's economy is highly dependent on the visiting
sport fishermen for its survival and the delay in opening river access has cost
the local community dearly in the already troubled economic times of the
DOT crews will now switch their focus to removing
snow from Forest Highway 10, which accesses the Situk River 13.5 miles
farther upstream from the recently opened Lower Landing road. With both
access roads open in the near future, fishermen will be able to launch
drift boats to float the river all the way to tidewater at the ocean
outlet. With as much as 12 feet of heavy snow on the upper road, it
will be a difficult challenge to State of Alaska Department of Transportation
crews, working double shifts with bulldozers, loaders and road
grader equipment. The tremendous difficulty and slow progress the local
team experienced while exceeding the capabilities of man and equipment required
a second crew to be flown in from other southeast Alaska towns to supplement the
exhausted local workers.
It is estimated that Forest Highway 10 will be
open for traffic on or around April 24th, providing Yakutat does not
receive any additional snow. In the meantime, fishermen can walk the
river channel from the Lower Landing road, or utilize one of the jet-boat
authorized guides to access areas of the river farther upstream. The
Yakutat Lodge is also offering access to 9 Mile Bridge on Forest Highway 10 via
snow machines until that road opens.
Jet-boat Authorized Guides:
No Phone Available
U.S. Coast Guard sinks Japanese ghost ship
The Associated Press
Date: Thu. Apr. 5 2012 11:19 PM ET
long, lonely voyage of the Japanese ghost ship is over.
A U.S. Coast Guard cutter unleashed cannon fire on the abandoned 164-foot
Ryou-Un Maru on Thursday, ending a journey that began when last year's tsunami
dislodged it and set it adrift across the Pacific Ocean.
It sank into waters more than 1,000 feet deep in the Gulf of Alaska, more
than 150 miles from land.
The crew pummeled the ghost ship with high explosive ammunition and, soon
after, the Ryou-Un Maru burst into flames, began to take on water and list,
A huge column of smoke could be seen over the gulf.
The Coast Guard warned mariners to stay away, and aviation authorities did
the same for pilots. A Coast Guard C-130 plane crew monitored the operation.
In about four hours, the ship vanished into the water, said Chief Petty
Officer Kip Wadlow in Juneau.
Officials decided to sink the ship, rather than risk the chance of it running
aground or endangering other vessels in the busy shipping lanes between North
America and Asia...
Read more: http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/TopStories/20120405/US-Coast-Guard-to-sink-Japanese-ghost-ship-120405/#ixzz1rIB7H3Se
boat spotted off western Canada
| Associated Press
British Columbia – A large fishing vessel swept away by the tsunami
that devastated Japan
last year has been spotted adrift off British Columbia in western Canada.
Jeff Olsson of Victoria's
Joint rescue coordination center says an airplane contracted by the government
spotted the 50-foot-long vessel recently about 160 miles west of Haida Gwaii,
slowly drifting toward shore.
The vessel has been
identified as coming from Hokkaido, Japan. Olsson says no one is believed to be
aboard and there's no environmental danger.
A maritime warning has
been issued because the vessel could pose a navigational hazard.
About 5 million tons of
debris were swept into the ocean in March 2011 when a magnitude-9.0 earthquake
and tsunami struck Japan.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/03/24/tsunami-tossed-boat-spotted-off-western-canada/#ixzz1q3wpOGWn
Sick seal near Yakutat shows possible spread of disease
By DAN JOLING
Published: March 7th, 2012 04:22 PM
Federal scientists said Wednesday that a nearly bald, lethargic seal recovered from the Southeast Alaska coast showed the same symptoms of a disease that sickened ringed seals and Pacific walrus on the state's north coast last year.
Fishermen last week spotted the seal near Yakutat at the top of the Alaska Panhandle, where it was captured and taken to Anchorage. The seal was determined to be so ill that it was euthanized.
Believed to be a ringed seal, it suffered symptoms similar to the ones found in 60 dead seals and 75 diseased seals that were discovered along the Beaufort and Chukchi seas of northern and Northwest Alaska beginning in July, according to a National Marine Fisheries Service statement. The areas where the latest animal and the seals were found last year are separated by thousands of miles of water.
"The seal, determined to be a yearling, exhibited almost total hair loss and nodular, ulcerated scabbed skin sores," said veterinary pathologist Kathy Burek-Huntington, who is part of an international group of experts working to the disease's cause. "These sores are consistent with the disease process we have been seeing in the ice seals in the North Slope and Bering Strait areas."
Most of the sickened animals were ringed seals but include 11 spotted seals and eight bearded seals, said Julie Speegle, a spokeswoman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Diseased ringed seals also were found last year in Canada and Russia.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today announced
that the U.S. Forest Service is distributing more than $18.1 million to Alaska
communities for improvements to public schools, roads and stewardship projects
under the Secure Rural Schools program.
The Secure Rural Schools program, which officially expired at the end of
last fiscal year, has historically shared revenue from Forest Service timber
sales with local governments and schools, including communities in the Tongass
and Chugach National Forests. However, since timber sale levels have declined
dramatically in recent years, Congress has provided supplemented funding.
Unless the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act is
re-authorized these represent the final payments under the program. If not
renewed, communities will continue to receive 25 percent payments from the
Forest Service’s average receipts from timber harvests and other activities.
Murkowski has co-sponsored a bill (S. 1692) that would extend payments to
boroughs, unorganized communities and schools in southeast and southcentral
Alaska through 2017.
Murkowski is the ranking member of the Senator Energy and Natural Resource
Committee, with oversight of the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land
Management, which are responsible for making these payments to the local
governments in Southeast Alaska.
The Forest Service manages 24.3 million acres of public lands in Alaska.
Community payments under the Secure Rural Schools program for 2012 are
FY 2011 SRS Payment
For further information, please contact Robert Dillon at
202.224.6977 or Robert_Dillon@energy.senate.gov
or Megan Hermann at 202.224.7875 or Megan_Hermann@energy.senate.gov.
Visit our website at www.energy.senate.gov/public/
January 10th, 2011 - Not much else to
report on other than weather, but Cordova seems to have it worse this
winter. Yakutat traditionally holds the Alaska record for most snowfall of
any "city" (and I use that term loosely). This season, we
have been just a degree or two warmer than Cordova, the next
"city" to our northwest up the coast. We had 7 1/2 feet of snow
fall in November, but December warmed just enough to change Yakutat's
precipitation to rain and washed most of that snow away. We are back to
heavy snowfall here, with a winter storm warning through tomorrow
AM. An additional 16 inches is expected to fall here at sea level.
Here is a news report sent to me today about
Cordova's and Nome's winter plight:
Towns Seek Help Weathering Harsh
Winter (Even by Alaska's Standards)
Published January 10, 2012 -Associated
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Residents
of two Alaska communities are seeking outside help after an exceptionally harsh
winter left one buried in snow and the other iced in and facing a fuel shortage.
Dozens of U.S. National Guard members are helping the
fishing town of Cordova dig out from mountains of snow that collapsed roofs,
triggered avalanches and trapped some people in homes.
By one count, more than 10 feet of snow has fallen in
the town of 2,000 in the last few weeks.
With high winds, more snow and possibly rain in the
forecast, responders and local volunteers Monday were trying to shovel out
buildings considered most at risk...
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/01/10/towns-seek-help-weathering-harsh-winter-even-by-alaskas-standards/#ixzz1j5b01eEl
More exciting news from the National Weather
November 27th, 2011 at 2:47PM AK
...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN
EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO 3 PM AKST MONDAY...
A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO 3 PM AKST
* SNOW...8 TO 13 INCHES FOR YAKUTAT.
* SNOW...5 TO 10 INCHES FOR ELFIN COVE AND PELICAN.
* SNOW...6 TO 8 INCHES NEAR HAINES AND 8 TO 10 INCHES NEAR THE BORDER.
* WIND...S TO SE WIND GUSTING TO 40 MPH LATE TONIGHT AND EARLY MONDAY ALONG THE
...CHANGING WEATHER PATTERN FOR THE
ALASKAN PANHANDLE MID WEEK...
A STRONG AREA OF HIGH PRESSURE IS FORECAST TO BUILD OVER THE NORTHEAST
PACIFIC. THIS WILL SEND A WARM AND VERY WET WEATHER SYSTEM INTO THE EASTERN GULF
WEDNESDAY AND ACROSS SOUTHEAST ALASKA BY THURSDAY. THIS WILL BRING THE POTENTIAL
FOR HEAVY RAIN TO AREA WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY.
THE HEAVY RAIN WILL FALL ON AN UNUSUALLY HIGH NOVEMBER SNOW PACK WHICH WILL
INITIALLY RESULT IN INCREASED SNOW LOADS ON BUILDINGS, ESPECIALLY FOR THE
YAKUTAT AND HAINES AREAS. IT WILL ALSO INCREASE THE AVALANCHE DANGER.
AS TEMPERATURES CONTINUE TO WARM AND THE SNOW MELTS, THERE WILL BE THE
POTENTIAL FOR URBAN TYPE FLOODING WHERE DITCHES AND STORM DRAINS ARE BLOCKED BY
PERSONS ACROSS SOUTHEAST ALASKA CAN PREPARE FOR THIS EVENT BY REMOVING SNOW
FROM STRUCTURES AND OBJECTS THAT CAN BE DAMAGED BY THE EXCESSIVE WEIGHT OF THE
WET SNOW. STORM DRAINS SHOULD BE CLEARED OF SNOW.
CAPE FAIRWEATHER TO CAPE SUCKLING COASTAL AREA- INCLUDING THE CITY
456 AM AKST TUE NOV 22 2011
WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 AM AKST
A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 AM AKST WEDNESDAY.
* SNOW...5 INCHES OF SNOW HAS FALLEN OVERNIGHT WITH ADDITIONAL 1 TO 3 INCHES
EXPECTED THROUGH EARLY TUESDAY MORNING. SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH TONIGHT WITH
ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATIONS OF UP TO A FOOT BY LATE TONIGHT. STORM TOTALS WILL
RANGE FROM 15 TO 20 INCHES BY LATE TUESDAY NIGHT.
* VISIBILITY...VISIBILITY WILL DECREASE TO LESS THAN ONE MILE AT TIMES IN
* IMPACTS...TRAVEL WILL BE HAZARDOUS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A
WARNING MEANS THAT A WINTER STORM IS ALREADY OCCURRING OR IMMINENT. THIS STORM
COULD POSE A THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY.
Major Snow Fall
-Bob Miller Posted November 4th,
Yakutat received its first major snow fall last
night, with residents waking to about a foot of white fluff. The
forecast was calling for one to three inches overnight, however at least
10 inches fell in the morning hours. Snow continues to come down,
but temperatures are warming and it is expected to turn to rain this afternoon.
is our first snow event of the season. With the new road surfaces,
the asphalt along Max Italio Drive is much more slick than the gravel of the
past. Expect problems to develop over the winter months, as
responsibility for snow removal passes from the State Department of
Transportation to the City of Yakutat. Ownership of Max Italio Drive (the
old gravel road that curves along the waterfront from the Yakutat Seafoods fish
plant to near the Blue Heron Inn) changes now that the road surface has been
paved. With guardrails along the more hazardous sections of the
road, it will be more difficult to remove large amounts of snow. In
the past, State DOT simply plowed the snow off the cliff with no guardrail
in the way.
to the Situk River for the winter steelhead run remains open for vehicles with
4-wheel drive and sufficient clearance.
From the National Weather Service:
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY UNTIL 4 PM AKDT THIS AFTERNOON...
REST OF TODAY...SNOW...THEN
RAIN IN THE AFTERNOON. NEW SNOW ACCUMULATION 3 TO 5 INCHES. HIGHS AROUND 36.
EAST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH. WEST OF ICY BAY...EAST WIND 35 MPH DECREASING TO 15 TO
TONIGHT...RAIN IN THE
EVENING...THEN SNOW LIKELY LATE. SNOW ACCUMULATION UP TO 1 INCH. LOWS AROUND 34.
EAST WIND 10 MPH.
HIGHS AROUND 40. EAST WIND 10 MPH IN THE MORNING BECOMING LIGHT AND
LIKELY. LOWS AROUND 32. WEST WIND 10 MPH.
AROUND 39. SOUTH WIND 15 TO 20 MPH.
Sorry, I missed this article in the
Juneau Empire from back in September when I was on the river... Worth
going to the Juneau Empire page if only to read the comments... (What
an awful headline... Does this mean they will destroy him?)
Man sentenced for destruction within Glacier Bay National Park
Posted: September 19, 2011 -
Arizona resident Andrew R. Varni, 52, of Phoenix was sentenced by U.S.
Magistrate Judge Leslie Longenbaugh on Sept. 15 in Juneau for destruction of
Varni was sentenced to pay a fine of $1,685 for his conviction on one
count of destruction of natural resources on National Park Service land.
According to information presented to the court by Assistant U.S.
Attorney Jack S. Schmidt, Varni is permitted by the National Park Service to
operate a seasonal fish camp in Dry Bay within the Glacier Bay National Park
On Aug. 24, 2010, a National Park Service Ranger observed that Varni had
cut down 21 large trees and an additional 100 smaller trees on park land
near his fish camp. Varni did not have a permit and was not authorized to
cut these trees on park lands.
National Weather Service - Coastal Flood
Storm-driven tidal water will
"inundate" Situk River fish camps at Strawberry Point and other areas
along the Gulf Coast near Yakutat, Alaska
October 25th, 2011
CAPE FAIRWEATHER TO CAPE SUCKLING COASTAL AREA-
112 PM AKDT TUE OCT 25 2011
...COASTAL FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM TO 3 PM AKDT WEDNESDAY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN JUNEAU HAS ISSUED A COASTAL FLOOD
WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM TO 3 PM AKDT WEDNESDAY.
* LOCATION...ALONG THE NE GULF COAST NEAR YAKUTAT
* COASTAL FLOODING...EXPECT WATER LEVELS 1.5 TO 2 FEET ABOVE
NORMAL TIDE LEVELS.
* TIMING...DURING TIME OF HIGH TIDE EARLY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.
* IMPACTS...WATER WILL INUNDATE SITUK FISHING CAMP.
A WARNING MEANS AREAS ALONG THE COAST ARE EXPECTED TO BECOME...OR HAVE
BECOME...INUNDATED BY SEA WATER ABOVE THE TYPICAL TIDE ACTION.
Small earthquake strikes near Yakutat
National Weather Service: Quake not expected to
generate a tsunami
Posted: September 14, 2011 -
7:11pm | Updated: September
15, 2011 - 12:06am
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.7 struck 70 miles southeast
of Yakutat on Wednesday evening, according to a release from the National
The temblor was felt in Juneau, approximately 225 miles southeast of Yakutat.
The quake in Yakutat, which struck at 6:07 p.m., is not expected to generate
a tsunami, according to the NWS. Calls to the City and Borough of Yakutat office
and the Yakutat Police Department were not answered.
Men sentenced on wildlife charges
Posted: August 25, 2011 - 10:01pm
Juneau Empire Staff Report
David M. Demers, 56, and Reginald D. Krkovich, 67, both of Yakutat, and
Daniel Lee Hertzog, 52, a resident of Pleasant Hill, Mo., were sentenced
Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Timothy M. Burgess in Anchorage for illegal
brown bear guiding and witness tampering, according to a press release from
United States Attorney Karen Loeffler
Demers was sentenced to pay a fine of $5,000, forfeit his hunting rifle and
was placed on three years probation with a no hunting condition as well as six
months home confinement, for conspiring to violate the Lacey Act and witness
Krkovich was sentenced to a term of three years probation, no hunting for the
three-year term and ordered to pay a fine of $10,000 for a felony violation of
the Lacey Act and a felony violation of witness tampering.
Hertzog was sentenced to two years probation, a fine of $10,000, no hunting
for two years and forfeiture of the illegally killed bear and his hunting rifle
for committing a violation of the Lacey Act...
MORE***** from the Juneau Empire
And... same case from the Anchorage
Prosecutors: Men sentenced in illegal guide scheme
The Associated Press via Anchorage Daily News
Published: August 26th, 2011 05:12 AM
Last Modified: August 26th, 2011 05:13 AM
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The U.S. attorney's office
say two Yakutat men have been sentenced on charges related to illegal brown bear
David M. Demers' sentence includes a fine, three
years' probation with no hunting and six months' home confinement for conspiring
to violate the Lacey Act and witness tampering. Reginald Krkovich was sentenced
to three years' probation with no hunting and a fine for a Lacey Act violation
and witness tampering.
Another man, Daniel Lee Hertzog of Pleasant Hill, Mo.,
was fined, got two years' probation with no hunting and forfeited an illegally
killed bear and his rifle for a Lacey Act violation.
Prosecutors say the Yakutat men weren't guides. They
say Hertzog took his bear using Krkovich's tag, and Demers and Krkovich tried to
get him to not cooperate with authorities...
An interesting article about the Yakutat Glacier
on Harlequin Lake:
Researcher studies the death of Yakutat Glacier
Anchorage Daily News
Published: August 13th, 2011 04:44 PM
Last Modified: August 13th, 2011 06:35 PM
Yakutat Glacier, near the Alaska town of the
same name and flowing from the mountains near the Canada border, calves into a
lake as deep as an ocean bay.
The ice field that feeds Yakutat is large enough to
cover the five boroughs of New York City. Despite its bulk, the glacier is
doomed unless we experience a drastic change in climate.
Barbara Truessel has been on deathwatch for this
interesting glacier for the past few years. The graduate student at the
University of Alaska Fairbanks' Geophysical Institute has witnessed Yakutat's
fade in the short time it takes to earn a college degree.
"It's dramatically falling apart," Truessel
Truessel and her adviser, Martin Truffer, along with
glaciologists Chris Larsen and Roman Motyka, recently witnessed the fragmenting
of the glacier's massive tongue, which coats part of Harlequin Lake.
"The breakup of the floating tongue started last
year," Truessel said. "Huge tabular icebergs were floating away from
the glacier. We were just lucky to be there to see that."
The glaciologists say the glacier is melting so fast
that a few of its lobes will separate from the main ice mass, maybe within a
year. Truffer said Yakutat, one of the fastest changing bodies of ice in Alaska,
would soon become at least three glaciers...
Aircraft Crashes into Icy Bay Near
-August 27th, 2011
State Troopers recovered the battered wreckage of
a Super Cub from the ocean near Icy Bay, 70 miles west of Yakutat,
Alaska. Unconfirmed reports are that the plane originated from the Tsiu
River, where the passenger was staying at a lodge for a fishing
trip. They may have intended to land in an effort to pick up some glacier
ice from the shoreline of Icy Bay.
One body was recovered, the
passenger. Efforts to locate the remains of the pilot have not yet been
Further details are unknown at this time.
Road Repaving Nearly Complete
-August 14th, 2011
State of Alaska DOT repaving project here in Yakutat is nearing completion -
nearly two months ahead of schedule. Secon Construction removed all old
asphalt road surfaces and repaved from the airport to the boat harbor
dock. Max Italio Drive (formerly Bayview Drive) has also been paved from
the cannery dock, past Mallott's General Store, all the way beyond
Blue Heron Inn. This week, the painting sub-contractor is finishing
the lines, with new guard railing work to be completed by the end of
project was expected to take until October to be completed, however our
exceptionally dry summer enabled the contractor to work much faster than
anticipated to complete the project early and well under budget. Yakutat
should have a relatively maintenance-free road system for the next 20
years. Most city-owned roads were not included in this project, such
as Ridge Road, or the ASHA developments. Also, Forest Highway
10 remains unpaved beyond the dump.
Secon Construction Available for Additonal
-July 1st, 2011
Secon Construction, the contractor
resurfacing most of Yakutat's main roads this summer, is available to pick
up additional asphalt paving work in August. Anyone interested in getting
some paving work done should contact Bryce Iverson at (907)784-3590, or
stop by the Secon offices at The Hangar on the second floor.
Costs can be estimated using the following
-Square footage of your lot divided 80 square feet per ton at 2" depth = #
of tons of asphalt
-Multiply that number by $200 per ton
-Additional grading and base work will cost around $.25 per square foot
If you need assistance to calculate your square
footage, contact Bryce and he can assist. You must request the work
prior to July 5th to ensure extra oil is shipped from Seattle on the next AML
Losses Continue in Yakutat, Alaska
-July 1st, 2011
In the past week, there have been two
additional deaths of Yakutat residents. One male and one female,
these two deaths are unrelated. No details are confirmed yet, so I
will withhold names for now. The female was found unresponsive in her
Anchorage apartment yesterday. I do not know where the male was
living, or any circumstances surrounding his passing.
Interesting Tsiu River Data Relating to the
-June 30th, 2011
TSIU RIVER: FISHERIES AND
LAND MANAGEMENT REPORT
Prepared for the City and Borough of Yakutat in March, 2009 by
In the early 2000s the City and Borough of Yakutat (CBY)
acquired approximately 21,500 acres of land west of
Icy Bay area from the State of Alaska as part of its municipal entitlement. This
included the mouth and first mile or so of several salmon
bearing streams and rivers including the Tsiu River
with its productive coho salmon run. Subsistence, commercial and sport fishers
all utilize Tsiu River coho.
State leases (lodges, airstrips, cabins) on this new CBY land
were transferred from the State to the borough in
about 2005. Recent activity in the area includes five‐six sport fishing
and hunting lodges (one lodge did not operate in
2008) that together have about a 100‐bed capacity and
hosted approximately 875 anglers (2007), up to six air carriers bringing in day‐fishers,
a commercially used airstrip and fish buying station
supporting 10‐12 set gillnetters fishing commercially
and staying in personal cabins.
Most of the activity occurs during the 6‐8 week coho
fishing season in August to early October. The
fishable portion of the Tsiu River is quite small. It is, depending on weather
and sea conditions, about 3‐3.5 miles long, 20
to 60 feet wide (though it can be as wide as 150 feet depending
on conditions) and 2 to 3 feet deep. Above the fishable part of the river is a
“lake system” that is a braided swampy area
approximately 5 to 7 miles wide with no clear channel to funnel
fish in a concentrated way (so not good for fishing). Both commercial and sport
fishers target the deeper (3‐4 feet) holes in
the Tsiu River where fish congregate. *****READ
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Yakutat fishermen died of exposure and drowning
Attempted to swim to shore with lifejackets
Posted: June 21, 2011 - 11:25pm
According to an uncle of one of the two fishermen who died in Monday’s
commercial fishing accident near Yakutat, both of the victims were wearing
life jackets and died due to the extreme temperature of the water.
Alaska State Troopers spokesperson Megan Peters said the boat appeared to
have been swamped, and the deaths were likely a combination of hypothermia and
Yakutat residents Rex Newlun, 16, and Wayne Grey, 29, died as they tried to
swim to shore after the 20-foot set net skiff they were in flipped over. A
third Yakutat man, Jonathan Pavlik, 30, was found clinging to the overturned
skiff and rescued.
Jack Endicot said his nephew, Newlun, was washed overboard by a rogue wave
that flipped the boat over as the trio of commercial sockeye salmon set-net
fishermen were exiting Dangerous River southeast of Yakutat.
The Dangerous River flows from Harlequin Lake, near ice fields at the base
of the Brabazon Mountain Range in the Yakutat Ranger District in the Tongass
National Forest, down to the Gulf of Alaska. The river mouth creates an
estuary with the ocean waters and is known for treacherous currents and
undertows that can suck a person underwater even if wearing a life jacket. The
river is deceptively shallow in areas as well.
The skiff overturned roughly three quarters of a mile off the river mouth.
“They tried to swim to shore,” Endicot said. “They had life jackets
on. The water is extremely cold.”
Pavlik is an experienced Alaska commercial fisherman from a well-known
fishing family and Grey and Newlun were experienced in the waters around
Newlun would have been 17 in a few days and was captain of the Yakutat High
School track team. Newlun placed second at the state championships in the shot
put according to Yakutat track coach Alex Souza.
“I just spoke with him five days ago,” Souza said. “I reminded him he
still had the school track uniform.”
Souza coached Newlun for two years.
“I have never coached and known such a strong, bright, outgoing, and
polite kid,” Souza said. “Rex was one of a kind. He was one of those kids
that you knew was going to make it in the real world and make a name for
himself. He told me his plan was to be a state trooper, break the school
record in shot and discus, and so much more. The world lost a kid that made
everyone around him better. He was a person you wanted to be around. A student
everyone looked up to and wanted to be. I looked forward to practice because
of him. I am in shock with the outcome. As a teacher, coach, and friend. I
will always remember Rex until the day I die. My condolences go out to the
Souza also said that he grew up next door to Grey as kids.
“We went to weddings together and enjoyed many experiences as we grew
up,” Souza said. “He was a hunter, a devoted brother and son, and he was a
part of everyone’s life in a positive way. We loved him very much. I will
miss Wayne and hold on to my friends even tighter after this tragic event.”
The Coast Guard Juneau Command Center was contacted at 5:09 p.m. Monday by
pilot Les Hartley of Alsek Air Service in Yakutat who spotted an overturned
skiff with a person clinging to the top of it. A seafood company in Yakutat
was also notified and launched a boat to rescue the survivor. Hartley later
spotted the two bodies of the dead fishermen on a nearby beach.
• Contact reporter Klas Stolpe at 523-2263 or at email@example.com.
A Tough Week in Yakutat -
June 23rd, 2011
Over the past week, six Yakutat residents
have died. Cecilia Mapes (86) on June 14th and Barbara Mapes (56) on June
16th both passed away from natural causes. Rex Newlun (17) and Wayne Gray
(29) passed following the boating accident on the Dangerous River on June
20th. We just learned that two other male former Yakutat Residents have
died as well, one in Anchorage and another in Fairbanks. The
Fairbanks death is considered a suicide and since I do not have full details on
the situation of either of these, I will not release the names here at
The Yakutat Clinic will be having grief
counseling throughout this week in the evenings. Please contact the clinic
if you have any questions, or would like to make an appointment.
Services for Ces and Barbie will be held this Saturday June 25th. I do not
know when the other memorial services will be held.
Young Fishermen Die on Dangerous River
(Revised) - Bob Miller
June 21st, 2011
Updated @4pm June 21st: Names have
officially been released. Wayne Gray (29 yo) and Rex Newlun (17 yo).
Jonathan Pavlik survived the ordeal.
Three local fishermen ran into trouble Monday
morning at the Dangerous River. Two drowned, a third was flown out
to the hospital in Sitka last night. While commercial fishing, the
three were heading back to Yakutat when a wave swamped the skiff they were in at
around 11am Monday. A second wave capsized the boat. The two men
lost had flotation devices and were on the hull of the upturned boat. At some
point, two of the men decided to try to swim to shore. At around
4pm, Les Hartley of Alsek Air Service spotted the man on the boat and help
was able to get out and rescue him from the Situk River. The other two men
never reached the shore.
Ocean temperature is 55.6 degrees F,
however the water in the glacially fed Dangerous River is generally in the low
to mid 30's. Survival at these temperatures is measured in under 10
minutes. Outgoing tidal flow can be extremely strong, with
unpredictable wave development. Low tide yesterday occurred at
11:01am, creating shallow water across the outer bar of the river mouth
and maximum wave development at the time of the accident.
At last report, the police were still
officially withholding the names of the deceased, so I will here as
well. The men
involved are some of Yakutat's most responsible, experienced and respected
young men and this tragedy is hitting our community very hard. Consider
sending your respects through Lakeside Chapel Assembly of God, or the LDS
church here in Yakutat.
Note: Secon knocked the phones out this
morning, therefore additional information was not verifiable at this
Anchorage Daily News report:
links, not all the info is accurate:
Secon Construction Begins Yakutat Road
- Bob Miller
June 20th, 2011
A major $5 million road improvement project began
in earnest in Yakutat today. Secon Construction began work removing old
asphalt between Ophir Creek Bridge and the Yakutat Airport. The entire
paved road surface from the airport to the harbor dock will be removed,
recycled and repaved throughout the summer, followed by paving of Max
Italio Drive (formerly Bayview Drive) and several side streets. Expect
delays and difficulties getting around town from now till October as the project
Simms Out-Of-The-Dark Promotion Winners
June 20th, 2011
The winners of the Simms Out-Of-The-Dark
promotion for 2011 were announced today:
G4 River Package (G4 Pro Waders, G4 Guide Boots & G4 Pro Jacket) ($1229.85
Three Rivers Fly & Tackle, Clyde
Layering Package (Simms Guide Fleece Top, Guide Fleece Pant, Guide
Fleece Bib, Simms Exstream Socks) ($344.80 value)
Mt. View Sports. Eric Goosman
Around Town Package (Simms Rogue Fleece Hoody, Simms Cascadia Ball Cap)
Situk River Fly Shop, Jim Shew
4th-10th Place Finishers
Simms Hat & Accessory Package ($19.95-$29.95)
4th Mossy’s Fly Shop, Brad Beiser
5th Mt. View Sports, Keith Wagoner
6th Juneau Fly Fishing Goods, Robert Josh Keaton
7th Juneau Fly Fishing Goods, Dave Lustyitz
8th World Wide Angler, Scott Lyke
9th Mossy’s Fly Shop, Shawn Woodmansee
10th World Wide Angler, James Christmas
If you are one of the lucky drawing
winners, contact your shop.
Yakutat Dungeness Crab Fishery Announcement
Season to Remain Closed:
ADF&G Office - Douglas, AK
June 14th, 2011
Juneau... The Alaska Department of Fish and
Game reminds fishermen that the commercial fishery for Dungeness crab in
Registration Area D (Yakutat) will remain closed for both summer and fall
portions of the 2011/12 fishing season. The fishery has been closed for
the past eleven seasons since being designated as collapsed and recovering by
the Board of Fisheries at their January 2000 meeting. A survey of Yakutat
Dungeness stock conducted in May 2004 showed no signs of stock recovery.
Following this survey the Yakutat sport and personal use Dungeness fisheries
were also closed in the fall of 2004. The department is currently planning
to resurvey the Yakutat Dungeness stock in June of 2012.
High fashion or bait? Fly ties now hair extensions -
By JESSIE L. BONNER
, 06.03.11, 06:35 AM EDT
BOISE, Idaho -- Fly shop manager Jim Bernstein was warned that hair stylists
would come banging on his door, but he didn't listen.
Sure enough, less than 24 hours later, a woman walked
into the Eldredge Bros. Fly Shop in Maine and made a beeline toward a display
of hackles - the long, skinny rooster feathers fishermen use to make lure.
"She brought a bunch up to the counter and asked if
I could get them in pink," he said. "That's when I knew."
Fly fishing shops nationwide, he learned, are at the
center of the latest hair trend: Feather extensions. Supplies at stores from
the coasts of Maine to landlocked Idaho are running out and some feathers sold
online are fetching hundreds of dollars more than the usual prices.
"I'm looking around the shop thinking hmmm, what
else can they put in their hair?" Bernstein said.
Fly fishermen are not happy, bemoaning the trend in
online message boards and sneering at so-called "feather ladies."
Some also blame "American Idol" judge and rocker Steven Tyler, who
began wearing the feathers in his long hair. *****READ
deal hearing in Congress this week
Tongass selection plan battle has gone on for years.
May 22nd, 2011 10:39 PM
Last Modified: May 22nd, 2011 10:46 PM
WASHINGTON -- For
decades, conservationists, the U.S. Forest Service, tribes, Native corporations
and the people who live in the Tongass National Forest have warred over how to
manage the vast temperate rain forest covering most of Southeast Alaska.
resurfaces in Washington this week, as the Sealaska Native Corp. makes a case to
a Senate committee that it should be able to pick as much as 85,000 acres
outside of its original land grants in the forest.
company's picks are controversial, in part because they include valuable old
growth timber that many would like to see off-limits to logging. Some local
groups, including the Craig Tribal Association, also have concerns about how
Sealaska plans to address important cultural locations in the acres the company
wants, including places that are part of their ancestral history.
argues it has sought for decades to assume ownership of all the acreage it was
granted under 1971's Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, the landmark
legislation that settled aboriginal land claims by the state's Native people.
has turned its attention to Congress, which must approve the Native
corporation's proposal to choose land outside of the original and amended
"boxes" they picked in the early 1970s. ****READ
May 22nd, 2011
No major Yakutat news at the
monent, so here is an "entertaining" read. I'm tired of
having the snarky article about Yakutat's silly politics on top, so I'm posting
this from www.reason.com...
This has nothing to do with fishing, but a lot to do with Yakutat and the
rest of America... As a conservative, not many news and information
sites write with my common sense perspective - including supposed right-wing
sources like "The Weekly Standard" - a joke in and of itself. I'm
warming to "Reason Magazine" though (according to Tanis,
you put magazine titles in quotes, but underline book titles). Here is a sample:
Why should the American people keep extending credit to Capitol Hill?
The Honorable _________
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
The Honorable _________
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510
Dear Mr. or Ms. _______,
Thank you for your interest in the American Public Trust's Gold Card credit
program. Rest assured your application has been given thorough and careful
consideration by the American people.
After reviewing the information provided in your application as well as your
credit report, we regret to say that we are unable to extend you further credit
at this time. The reasons for our decision are as follows:
(1) Inadequate income.Our records indicate that your annual income
for the 2011 taxable year was $2,170,000,000,000. You have requested a credit
limit of $17,000,000,000,000. These figures exceed the American Public's
debt-to-income guidelines for credit issuance.
(2) Excessive spending. The receipts you provided indicate your
annual expenditures for the 2011 fiscal year total $3,820,000,000,000, or
$1,650,000,000,000 more than your total income for the year. The American Public
prefers that its members of Congress maintain a positive or neutral rather than
a negative cash flow.
(3) High debt utilization. Your credit report indicates that you
have a credit limit of $14,300,000,000,000, and of that amount you have utilized
$14,300,000,000,000, for a debt utilization ratio of 100 percent. Consumer
banking industry guidelines recommend a debt utilization ratio of no greater
than 30 percent for standard creditworthiness, and 10 percent for exemplary
creditworthiness. A debt utilization rate of 100 percent meets our
classification of "You're *&^%$#@! kidding, right?"
(4) High credit activity. Our records indicate you have credit
accounts open with the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States, the Social
Security Administration, the People's Bank of China, the Bank of Japan, the
European Central Bank, the Bank of the Republic of Burundi, Bank Frick & Co.
AG Liechtensteiner Privatbank, Quik-Cash Loans, Three Gold Balls Pawn Shop (Ann
Arbor, Mich.), MyFast Loan.com (Antigua), paydayloans-r-us.com (Cayman Islands),
Frank the bartender (Old Towne Tavern), and several members of the extended
family of Salvatore "Sammy Meatballs" Montigliano of Montclair, N.J.
While account activity threshholds vary by lender, your activity exceeds
American Public guidelines for further credit issuance.
(5) Multiple recent credit inquiries. Records indicate your credit
report has been accessed more than 6,437 times in the past 60 days. Inquiries
may be triggered by applications for credit, employment or both and represent
one factor in determining an applicant's loan risk to a credit issuer. The Fair
Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), as amended, requires businesses to have legitimate
grounds for requesting your credit history. If you feel your credit information
is inaccurate or has been accessed for unacceptable reasons, you may wish to
contact the Federal Trade Commission... ****READ
"Yakutat postal clerks stop delivery of anonymous letters containing
allegations of improprieties by city officials
Envelopes contained allegations of improprieties by
*****Bob's Comment about this article*****
This has to be the most poorly written "professional" news article I
have ever read. The headline is redundant enough, the body of the
article isn't any better...
Yakutat postal clerks stop delivery of anonymous letters containing
allegations of improprieties by city officials
Envelopes contained allegations of improprieties by
Standing at the Yakutat Post Office counter last week, resident Rube Evans
was hoping to read some mail other than his wife’s Chinese newspapers and was
pleasantly surprised to find an envelope with his name on it.
“I would never make it through one of those newspapers,” Evans said.
“They have some nice photos but, unless my wife reads them to me, they are
Unfortunately for Evans he would never make it through the letter, either, as
postal clerk Jenn Bell asked to have it back.
It was part of a stack of envelopes which the postal clerk said were not
properly addressed, and were supposed to be sent to a mail recovery center in
Inside the envelopes were various court documents pertaining to a Superior
Court case in Juneau May 11 between the City and Borough of Yakutat and Alaskan
Adventure Tours, Inc., and a letter claiming to be from a concerned citizen of
Yakutat who stated he or she was following the case... *****READ
Hunting and Fishing News
Introduced To Protect Lead Based Ammo And Fishing Tackle
|Friday, April 22, 2011
On April 14th, U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and John
Thune (R-S.D.) and U.S. Representatives Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), Mike Ross
(D-Ark.), Bob Latta (R-Ohio) and Heath Shuler (D-N.C.), introduced
legislation to protect traditional lead ammunition and fishing tackle from
a potential ban by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
1558 would protect the rights of sportsmen to use traditional
ammunition by clarifying that the components used in manufacturing shells,
cartridges, and fishing tackle are exempt from EPA regulation under the
Toxic Substance Control Act. *****READ
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