The U.S. Forest Service is considering a new timber sale on Kupreanof Island, west of Petersburg. In October, the agency released a draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Tonka Timber Sale, which could provide up to 53-million board feet of timber to area sawmills. The logging could also fund some second growth thinning and fish habitat work. Joe Viechnicki reports.
- The city thinks Hecla's Greens Creek mine may be responsible. The mine says its discharges in the area meet state requirements.
- Sarah Erkmann, external affairs manager for the Alaska Oil and Gas Association trade group, said the tax amounts to “punishing” oil companies.
- The Tourism Industry Association of the Yukon canceled its annual convention slated to be held in Haines, mainly due to the weak Canadian dollar.
- For now, traffic in Gastineau Channel will not be restricted, but Hilbert said they will likely establish a no-wake zone during the actual salvage operation.