Fisheries Association Special Meeting Notice

There will be a Special Meeting of the Fisheries Association April 3rd, 2019, beginning at 1:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers.

City Hall Council Chambers is located at 120 Freeman Drive, Thorne Bay, AK 99919.

Proposed Drafted Agenda Items Include:

  1. Review of Fisheries Association Distribution Policy for Charter Halibut Permits (CHP). (*attached)
  2. Review of Charter Halibut Permit Applications received for CY19, & establishment of approval, discussion and action item:
  3. Review of Bylaws and discuss actions for handling possible conflict’s of interest, discussion and action item:
  4. Review of current Board Terms and Roles and Responsibilities, discussion and action item:

City Council Meeting Notice

There will be a meeting of teh City Council on March 19, 2019,

 City Council Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers with a workshop beginning at 6:00 p.m.


There will be for the South Thorne Bay/Kasaan Road

There are NO long-term scheduled road closures for the South Thorne Bay/Kasaan Road.

It has been rumored of upcoming road closures to the South Thorne Bay/Kasaan Road for lengths of time anywhere from 3 weeks to 18 months..  Rest assured THIS IS NOT TRUE.

As road work continues over the next few months there will be flaggers to guide the traffic through the construction site.  Delays are NOT expected to exceed 20 minutes. 

During parts of the construction projects there may be a need to have the road closed for a longer length of time which is estimated to be between 2 and 4 HOURS (120 MINUTES to 240 MINUTES). 

I can assure you that when this needs to happen, THERE WILL BE NOTICES POSTED in advance  so people know what to expect.


Please, if you hear a rumor concerning the construction, upgrades or repairs of the South Thorne Bay Road, call Sara Yockey, Incident Commander and Tribal Transportation Director for the Organized Village of Kasaan by phone or email.

Main Phone:  (907) 617-9970 
Msg.Phn: (907) 542-2230


On Thursday, February 28, Senate State Affairs will be reviewing: SB23 – “An Act making special appropriations from the earnings reserve account for the payment of permanent fund dividends” – this is the payback of the full dividend from 2016-2018, which would reduce funds within the earnings reserve and begin payments in FY21 SB24 – “An Act directing the Department of Revenue to pay dividends to certain eligible individuals” – determining eligibility based on past and future dates.

While the Committee hearing begins at 3:30pm, public testimony is anticipated at 6:00pm.
Participate from your local LIO – – 586-9085, Anchorage – 563-9085, Other, 1-844-586-9085.  

Cleanup Underway

Cleanup underway! OVK Crew began on Monday, February 25th, clearing the road where the January 1st landslide occured.

Cleanup underway! OVK Crew began on Monday, February 25th, clearing the road where the January 1st landslide occured.

Photo’s are credit of Sara Yockey, Incident Commander

 There will be equipment on the road and trucks running from the site of the slide to the Thorne Bay Landfill throughout the cleanup process.

Please continue to respect our crews and use caution.

Landslide Update – Press Release

Press Release 2/7/2019

The Organized Village of Kasaan (OVK) was successful in obtaining funds through the Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads Program (ERFO).

The request has been submitted for a Quick Release of funds for immediate repairs to the Kasaan Road for restoring essential travel. In order to acquire the additional funds awarded a Damage Survey Report (DSR) will be completed and submitted for approval. The DSR will detail the scope of work to be followed for any permeant repairs to the road. My hope is to receive funding and be able to begin the clean up before the end of the month, but it is tough to predict as there is a lengthy process to follow. It was also acknowledged that the USFS is the owner of the section of the roadway where the slide occurred.

I’d like to thank the residents of Kasaan and South Thorne Bay for your continued patients and understanding and as always please feel free to contact me with any questions, my contact information is listed below. I’d also like to state that OVK, City of Thorne Bay & the USFS are ALL working tirelessly to resolve this problem. Acts of hostility, finger pointing and the blame game will not speed up this process. We need to come together as communities despite our differences of opinion, negativity is not productive. 

Thank You,

Sara Yockey

Landslide Incident Commander

Cell: (907) 617-9970

Home: (907) 329-2012     


Thorne Bay, OVK and the City of Kasaan continues to seek funding for the repair of South Thorne Bay / Kasaan Road through State and Federal Agencies.

Thorne Bay, Kasaan and OVK formed an Emergency Management Team per the State and Federal requirements if one is to seek funding assistance.  OVK was elected to head the Team with all three entities seeking assistance.  OVK thru their federal contacts, Thorne Bay and Kasaan through their city contacts.  OVK, having equipment available would also make improvement to the bypass road using the $10,000 allocated by each entity.

Routine maintenance and winter maintenance will continue to be done in the South Thorne Bay Subdivisions, on the Kasaan Road and on the bypass Road by OVK through their  agreement with Thorne Bay.

Free Narcan Training POW Opioid & Addictions Task Force,

Dear Members and Friends of the POW Opioid and Addictions Task Force,

We are pleased to announce that we now have Peer Support Specialists with a Recovery Support Team on the Island! You are invited to come and hear about it and what it means for our island at the next monthly meeting on Feb. 4th at 5 PM at the POW Health Care Facility in the Craig/PeaceHealth Conference Room.

Future Training and Event planning will also be on the agenda.

On Feb. 9th at 9:30 AM the Peer Support Specialists will be having a Narcan Kit Building Event in the PeaceHealth Conference Room followed by a

Narcan Training open to you and the public at 10 AM – 11 AM in the same room.

Narcan reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. It is the only thing that will reverse the effects of respiratory shut down from having too much opioid in the brain.

Save a life, get a Narcan Kit.

Narcan Resource List:

Please print the flyers and share this information. Hope to see you there!

With great appreciation,

Colleen Watson

POW Opioid and Addiction Task Force Facilitator