Landslide News

Public Notice

Work continues on the landslide clean up, I will not be providing a date on when the road will be back open. People need to understand this is a big clean up, things could potentially come up that will slow our progress. Please continue to be patient and know we are working as fast as we can. The road is closed, please keep your distance, do not walk up onto the slide and do not proceed past the ROAD CLOSED signs. Please share & continue to watch for more updates.

Thank You,
Sara Yockey
Landslide IC
Cell (907) 617-9970

Basketball Regionals-Watch your players.

For those of you that haven’t been able to follow the teams progress, here is an update:

They won their first game against Gustavus!  then They won their second game against Hydaburg!!!They won their second game against Hydaburg!
They play tonight for the Championship against Kake at 7:45pm. There will be some of us watching tonight here at the school – come join us!!  We will be in the commons.  Feel free to bring something comfy to sit on and a snack.

If you have internet, here is the link to watch live on Youtube:

So proud of our young men and Coach Gunkel!!

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.

Lake Ellen Bypass Road Conditions – Please Use Caution

Press Release

February 13, 2019

The Lake Ellen Bypass road is extremely slick, please use caution! The storm will persist, according the Winter Weather Advisory, until 6:00 a.m. Thursday morning.  There is an anticipated snow accumulation of 3” to 6” inches. The snow removal crew will be out first thing in the morning removing snow & sanding. Please be respectful of our crews & be safe!



The Inter-Island Ferry Authority is accepting applications for Permanent Full-time Terminal Agent at the Ketchikan Terminal.  Duties include but are not limited to customer service, booking reservations, cash/credit card handling, daily reporting, assisting with vessel line handling, janitorial, security, and other duties as assigned by IFA Terminal Supervisor.  Position offers 32 hours per week including weekends, fill-in relief shifts, and an excellent benefit package.

A TWIC is required within 30 days of hire for this position. 

Applications can be submitted by fax to 907-247-4838 or 907-826-4849, emailed to or or delivered in person to any IFA Terminal. Position open until filled. 

For complete job description and application please visit, call 866-308-4848 or pick one up at any IFA Terminal.


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     

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