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

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

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

Commission Members Needed


Thorne Bay is currently seeking persons interested in being appointed to the following Boards and Commissions:

Planning & Zoning Commission  (7 vacancies) Planning Commission Performs the city-wide functions of planning,platting and zoning for the city.  This commission shall consider and advise the city council concerning the removal, location, widening, narrowing, vacating,abandonment, change of use, or extension of streets, alleys, grounds, open spaces, and buildings. The Commissions consists of not more than 11, but not less than 5 commission members.  Meets the 1st Monday of every Month.

Streets & Roads Commission – (7 vacancies) a 7-member advisory commission – develops and prepares a priority program for the maintenance, repair, construction and funding of roadways within the City of Thorne Bay. The priority program shall address but not be limited to vehicle and pedestrian safety, present and future uses, road classification, right of way and roadway ownership, parking and economic impacts to the local business,residents and city in general. Recommendations should be based on sound engineering practices using local, state and federal guidelines for streets and roads. (Meeting dates have not been established)

The City of Thorne Bay is asking that anyone with interest in the Streets and Roads Maintenance within Thorne Bay, sign up for the commission. We need the community feedback to determine the best actions for moving forward on a long term maintenance plan. 

Contact the City Clerk for the complete Commission Recruitment Posting, or visit our website at

Streets and Roads Commission. 

This commission will consist of 7 members. 

The streets and roads commission shall consist of members from the community and the number of commission members shall be:

            two (2) from the South Thorne Bay Subdivision,

            two (2) from North Thorne Bay,

            one (1) from the Goose Creek Subdivision,

            one (1) from Greentree Heights Subdivision, and

             one (1) at large member.

All of who shall be property owners within their respective areas. Members shall be appointed by the chief administrative officer and confirmed by the council. Commission members shall elect a chairperson from members, subject to confirmation by the council, to conduct the affairs of the commission.









A primary structure encroached on a public street or thoroughfare will be removed by the owner of the improvement by 4:30 p.m. on July 1, 2033.  In the meantime, such structures may be maintained within the confines of this covenant so long as the present structure exists, but may not be structurally altered or rebuild as to that portion involved in the encroachment.  For purposes of this covenant.  A primary structure is defined as a privately-owned residence or place of business exceeding 600 square feet in outside dimensions, which cannot readily, without structural damage or undue economic hardship, be relocated off of the encroachment.  A secondary structure encroached on a public street or thoroughfare will be removed by the owner of the improvement by 4:30 p.m. on July 1, 1986.  Such structures may be maintained within the confines of this covenant but may not be structurally altered or rebuilt as to that portion involved in the encroachment.  For purposes of the covenant, a secondary structure is defined as all other structures not herein defined as primary structure.


Plat No. 83-42

Alaska State Land Survey 82-139

Thorne Bay Alaska

Within un-surveyed sections 27 & 28, Township 71 South, Range 84 East, Copper River Meridian.