Sea star wasting syndrome, or disease as it has become known, hit Kachemak Bay hard in 2016, killing about 90 percent of sunflower and true star populations. Researchers eagerly waited for spring to roll around in hopes their numbers would rebound.
How a custom processor for a group of Bristol Bay drift boats ran late and ran out of money in 2017. The owner went broke, the fishermen lost their market, the crew was never paid, and for some ten days the troubled vessel and crew languished against their will in the Nushagak River. Liens piled up on the 130,000 lbs of frozen sockeye onboard as the captain steamed to Dutch Harbor for repairs.
Siblings from Fairbanks lead by businessman Ryan Binkley and Jason Evans originally of Nome took control and plan to take ownership. Evans currently owns three small Alaska papers: the Arctic Sounder, Bristol Bay Times-Dutch Harbor Fisherman and Homer Tribune.
Juneau’s Docks and Harbors board has given the green light for firefighters to burn down the former Thane Ore House restaurant. The 35-year-old former attraction is being razed to make way for a Alaska Native cultural immersion park.