The question has been looming since December: will Haines lose its only Alaska State Trooper? The final answer is yes. The division chief said amid a shrinking budget, Haines’ level of crime isn’t great enough to maintain the local trooper post.
A mechanical problem wasn’t at fault for forcing down one of Grant Aviation’s planes, causing it to belly flop at the Unalaska Airport last month, the regional airline said. Beyond that, airline officials are keeping quiet about the accident’s cause — at least for now.
Ocean acidification has been big news lately. Experts have spoken about the possible consequences for shellfish and the critters that eat them but, its actual impact in Southeast Alaska is not known. Southeast Alaska Tribal Ocean Research, a network of 15 Southeast tribes, hopes to answer that question.
A search is underway for a young ring seal that came ashore Sunday in Unalaska. The stranded marine mammal was first spotted near the Kloosterboer facility at the Port of Dutch Harbor, but Melissa Good said it made its way to the Alyeska seafood plant before disappearing back into the water Monday night.
Four Alaska communities from Haines to Bristol Bay have applied for high-level water body protections. The Outstanding National Resource Water, also known as Tier 3, nominations have been in limbo for a few years. That’s because the state is still figuring out what evaluation process to use.
Things are not looking good for Haines’ Alaska State Trooper post. Trooper Director Col. James Cockrell intends to reassign Haines’ one trooper position to Bethel. The decision isn’t final yet, but the community conversation about how to handle the loss continued at a Public Safety Commission meeting this week.