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!!


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.

Sound the Alarm Save a Life

Sound the Alarm. Save a Life.

This spring the American Red Cross needs your help to install 100,000 free smoke alarms and raise funds for lifesaving services in more than 100 cities in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands during Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events.

One day of your life can change someone else’s forever. Join us in your community, April 27 – May 12, 2019. 


Day 51 since the landslide & finally good news folks, the OVK DOT Crew is mobilizing equipment to the site of the landslide today & tomorrow to begin the clean up! There will be equipment on the road and trucks running from the site of the slide to the Thorne Bay Landfill as soon as work begins, please respect our crews and use caution. I do not have a date of when the road will be open, please continue to be patient and know we are working as quickly as allowed.

The Lake Ellen Road will continue to be utilized through the clean up until we can ensure public safety. Snow removal will continue, please folks also use caution on the bypass road. Pay attention to blind spots, going up hills and around corners, go slow, you cannot stop if you are going too fast! I appreciate your continued patients, please feel free to call me with any questions, contact information is listed below.

Sara Yockey

Landslide IC

Direct Number (907) 617-9970

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