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Telling Stories on the Taku
Taku River records lowest ever king salmon returns
Alaskans Find Flaw in BC Study Showing Acid Drainage from Abandoned Mine Does Not Affect Fish
Taku River remains closed to pre-season king salmon opener, though numbers improving
Tulsequah cleanup won't restart water-treatment plant
Tulsequah Chief ordered to get clean in three months
BC tells Tulsequah mine to control leakage
BC meeting with Tulsequah Chief Mine owner
Opinion: Alaska needs iron-glad guarantees on BC mines
Can BC stop Tulsequah Chief Mine pollution?
Mine cleanup key to BC relations with Alaska
Living Downstream of BC's Gold Rush: Alaska's Fishermen Fear End of 'Last Wild Frontier'
British Columbia officials try to smooth over mine dispute during Juneau trip
Alaskans want long term protection from BC mines
BC minister: Tulsequah Chief Mine leak should be fixed
BC mines minister comes to Juneau
BC tribal protest stops mine exploration, for now
Douglas Indian Association charters cruise to the Taku Glacier
To talk transboundary mining, Taku Tlingit put folks in the same boat
Taku River rising quickly, but no flood warning
Hovercraft To Shuttle Cruise Visitors to Taku Glacier
Juneau Area Management Biologist for commercial fisheries Dave Harris said the Taku’s chinook forecast is for 26,100 king salmon, which is “pretty similar to what we saw last year, but definitely on the low side of things.”
This is a low production period for kings in the Taku, he said, with the ten-year average at 34,900 fish.
They predict sockeye will have an above average return of 216,000 on the Taku; an average return is 175,000. They’re predicting a run size of 158,000 for coho, which is below the long term average but similar to the last 10 years.
They don’t generally make forecasts for pink and chum on the Taku River.
To our friends and neighbors in Taku Inlet and throughout Southeast Alaska,
We at Allen Marine are pleased to announce a new tour operation that will begin in the summer of 2015: the Taku Glacier Hovercraft Adventure. It is our intention to provide a high quality and unique experience to our guests, sharing with them the area and history of Taku Inlet, and the Taku Glacier.
This 4-hour duration tour will operate during daytime hours from early-May through late-September. Originating in Juneau Harbor, we will use a 48-ft waterjet-powered catamaran, the St. Innocent, to ferry our guests to the M/V Glacier, a 140-ft landing craft that will be at anchor just east of Sunny Cove or just north of Jaw Point. The M/V Glacier will serve as the central link of our communications chain, as well as a transfer station for our guests embarking hovercrafts.
The three hovercraft we are employing to conduct this tour are Explorer 22’s manufactured by Amphibious Marine. They are 22-ft long and designed to carry 8 total persons (6 guests plus 2 crew). The lift fan and thrust propeller on these machines produces about the same amount of sound created by a conventional small vessel underway. The hovercraft portion of our tour will traverse the shallow waters of the upper Inlet, to variable intertidal zone landing sites near the face of Taku Glacier. The hovercraft will not be traveling east of Swede Point into the Taku River. Under the close supervision of our crew, guests will have about 30-minutes on foot to photograph and learn about the glacial landscape around them. Any footprints we leave – the only evidence of our presence – will be erased by the next incoming tide.
In addition to the yellow strobe required of the hovercrafts we will have them outfitted with 4 LED lights, 2 directed forward and 2 aft, for easy identification in all conditions. All the vessels in the operation will have VHF radios. Please feel free to direct any general questions or comments to the M/V Glacier via marine radio channel 16.
This is an important milestone in the continuing growth and health of our business. As a company owned and operated by a Southeast family, it is our priority to balance our growth with the impact we may have on our neighbors and our environment. We encourage your questions, concerns, and input. Please direct correspondences to Michael Studt, at email@example.com or 517-281-5811.
Operations Manager Taku Glacier Hovercraft Tours
Allen Marine Tours
Silver Shore Expedition – Taku Glacier Hovercraft Adventure
2015 king salmon sport regulations for Juneau area marine waters
Tulsequah Chief mine determined 'substantially started'
BC upholds certificates for controversial Prosperity, Tulsequah mines
Tulsequah Chief Mine loses big investor
Major investor backs out of Tulsequah Chief Mine project
Tulsequah mine study outlines Taku River barging
Low King salmon count predicted for Taku, Stikine rivers
Chieftain Files Tulsequah Chief 2014 Feasibility Study
ZINC-COPPER: Chieftain choses barge company for Tulsequah Chief
Lynden Logistics signs letter of intent to provide river barge services for Tulsequah Chief Mine Project
Chieftain plans Taku River barge
It’s back to barging for Chieftain Metals’ Tulsequah project
New mine plan brings back old fears in Southeast Alaska
ZINC-GOLD-COPPER: Feasibility optimized for Chieftain's Tulsequah project
(OPINION PIECE) Mine Field : The trout- and salmon-rich rivers of southeast Alaska face a new danger
BC Supreme Court Decision Could Void Major Permit for Chieftain Metals' Tulsequah Chief Mine
BC Government Violated Duty to Consult Taku River Tlingit Regarding Controversial Tulsequah Chief Project
Taku River Tlingit First Nation V. British Columbia
Jökulhlaup triggers flooding on Taku River
Spring False Outer Point Chinooks predominantly wild Taku River returns
MINING BOOM Canadian mine projects pose concerns for fisheries
Study Finds No Discernable Impact From Tulsequah Chief Mine Discharge On Fish
Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage
Chieftan Metals Corporation, based in Toronto, is the owner of the Tulsequah Chief Mine. Company President and CEO Victor Wypryski was traveling and could not be reached for comment today, but a recent posting on the company’s website highlights the results of a February water quality study.
Conducted at the request of the British Columbia ministry of the environment, the study tested four sites on the Tulsequah River, near the confluence of the Taku River near the mine site. Chinook, Coho, sockeye salmon and dolly varden were tested. Researchers reportedly found no discernable impact in fish tissue samples from historic mining discharge
CEO Interview: Chieftain Metals Corp (TSX:CFB) CEO Victor Wyprysky
Weak Taku king salmon forecast; no directed fishery
Chieftain Completes Aquatic Ecological Risk Assessment Report for Tulsequah Chief Mine Site
Legal Challenge From Taku River Tlingit First Nation Threatens Major Permit for Chieftain Metals' Proposed Tulsequah Chief Mine
Taku River Tlingit Sue To Stop Tulsequah Mine
First Nation sues Kamloops area mine builders
Report says British Columbia mine poses low risk to fish in Tulsequah Mine
Chieftain poised to double, possibly triple BC flagship’s resources
Chieftain finds new feeder zone at Tulsequah
Chieftain Achieves Important Milestone by Receiving Completed Independent Engineers Report and Provides Corporate Update
Experts say Tulsequah Chief Mine success depends on ‘blue sky scenario’
HOLLYWOOD RIVER ALERT
Kathy Thatcher is doing good after being flown from the Taku River
by Helocopter after a fall!
Thank you to those that helped and the United States Coast Guard!
Chieftain Identifies Numerous Exploration Targets at Tulsequah
Rescue on the Taku River
Chieftain Metals Seeks to Increase Value of $192 Million Gold
Near Term Production in British Columbia with Chieftain Metals Inc ..
Tulsequah Chief Mine Proposal Extremely Risky According to Independent Analysis
Geological Reinterpretation at Tulsequah
Chieftain Receives Final Permits for Tulsequah Chief
Chieftain Metals' Tulsequah Chief Mine Proposal Continues to Face Major Risks
Chieftain Announces Filing of NI 43-101 Technical Report for its Tulsequah
Chieftain releases feasibility study
Children of the Taku
Andrew Williams & Yvonne Jack(TRTFN)
The AED and oxygen and first aid kit are now back at Jack's for the winter.
Chieftain: complete feasibility study by end of year
The AED is fixed
and at Jean Kline's dock along with the oxygen and first aid kit.
Aerial view of the Tulsequah mining area. (Photo via Chieftan Metals website)
Boaters Lucky to be Alive after Sinking in the Taku River
Southeast Extinguisher is still working on getting pads for the AED. Sounds like it isn't an easy find due to manufacturing.
Will return it to the river as soon as the parts come in.
The oxygen will go up river with Dave after the 4th.
The AED (automatic external defibrilator), which has been stored at Jack Paquans this winter,
will be coming back to town next week for maintainence.
When we take it back up the river, the AED, Oxygen and First Aid Kit will be stored at Jeannie Kline's cabin for the rest of the summer.
|Part of Taku River King regulations rescinded
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is rescinding regulations for Taku River King salmon sport fishing as of Friday for the salt waters of District 11 near Juneau.
Juneau Area Management Biologist Brian Glynn says since the regulations went into effect April 25th they have received new information indicating uncertainty over whether they will meet their escapement goals.
There are two changes to the regulations. One is that anglers may use only one rod rather than two. The other is that the annual limit for non-residents drops from 5 to 4.
The resident bag possession limit will continue to be three Kings, 28 inches or greater in length. The daily non-resident limit is one
The liberalized King salmon regulations announced earlier this week for the Juneau Hatchery Terminal Harvest area and for fresh water drainages crossing the Juneau road network are not affected.
They take effect at 12:01 Friday morning.
The possession limit is four Kings of any size. Kings caught by non-residents under terms of these liberalized regulations do not count toward their annual limit.
Eagle Plains Acquires “Ringer” Property in North-western British Columbia
The first salmon openers for 2012 are kicking off at the Stikine and Taku Rivers
in the Panhandle on May 7, with Copper River following in mid-May. Once again,
there will be no commercial fishery this summer for Yukon River kings.
King salmon sport fishing regulations changed
Chieftain Metals Receives Special Use Permit for Tulsequah Chief
2012 Rat Party Page
Chieftain reiterates: No mine without a road
by Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO
March 20, 2012 8:01 am,
An email from a Canadian mine developer to the Taku River Fact Finding Task Force has flummoxed some members and Juneau’s senator, but the company official who wrote it says it’s just semantics.
The group over the weekend produced its final report.
The task force was created last fall by Juneau legislators to address potential impacts of development in the Taku River watershed, particularly from the Tulsequah Chief Mine in British Columbia.
Rosemarie Alexander takes a look at the confusion that beset the group as it wrapped up its work.
Chieftain Metals’ Chief Operating Officer Keith Boyle recently emailed his comment on the task force draft report: “The financing is not conditional on a road. The project cannot be financed with a barging system that cannot deliver product to market.”
In January, Boyle told the task force that financiers will not loan money for the Tulsequah mine project if it depends on barging equipment up the Taku River to the mine, and barging product down the river to market.
The old mine at the headwaters of the Taku River shut down in the 1950s. Chieftain hopes it will be back in production by 2015.
Boyle couldn’t have been clearer in his January report to the eight-member citizen committee.
“The mine won’t go without the road,” he said by teleconference from his Toronto office.
His March 16 email, he thought, just clarified the point.
Juneau Senator Dennis Egan took it differently.
“It upset me very much when I saw that email. As far as I’m concerned that is absolutely not what was told to us on the Taku River Task Force,” Egan said at Saturday’s meeting, called to finalize the report.
Task Force facilitator Kevin Ritchie said Boyle, perhaps, “changed his mind.”
Neither the task force nor Egan have called Boyle for an interpretation of the email, and it appears only as a comment in the final task force report.
Boyle said Monday in an interview with KTOO that nothing has changed since he spoke to the committee three months ago.
“I have said that before. There’s no mine without a road, because barging does not work,” he said.
Late last spring, Chieftain loaded equipment on barges to be transported up the river to the mine site. A few loads made it, but the rest were stymied by low water and bad weather.
While Boyle has said the Taku River is too undependable, some task force observers, including Chris Zimmer of Rivers without Borders, interpret the email as implying “there might be a barge transportation contingency plan if the road doesn’t work.”
Boyle said his message has been consistent.
“I just wanted to clarify to people the use of the term ‘financing is conditional.’ The way it lands for me is we have the financing upon getting the road. Well, the road is part of a project as a whole, it’s not its own little beast on the side here,” Boyle said. “At the end of the day, there’s no project without a road, because barging does not work.”
When Chieftain Metals bought the Tulsequah Chief Mine out of receivership it inherited permits from previous owner Redfern Resources. The most controversial is a road from Atlin, B.C. to the mine, through Taku River First Nations territory.
The company last month submitted a new route to the B.C. provincial and Canadian environmental assessment agencies. It avoids many of the most contentious places, and is within an area included in a land use agreement signed last summer between the B.C. government and the Taku River Tlingit.
The final application is due soon, then the B.C. government will take public comments on the road. Boyle is hopeful environmental regulators will grant the permit sometime in the next few months.
Representatives for the Taku River Tlingit have not responded to reporters’ phone calls regarding the road.
In the meantime, Chieftain still plans to barge loads up the Taku River beginning in late May, as water levels permit. He also told the task force in January that the company would barge its last loads to the site this summer.
“That’s still the plan, to get equipment to site so we could start building a road this summer,” Boyle said.
Task force to stay in place
The Taku River Fact Finding Task Force final report may not be the end of the group’s work.
Even if Tulsequah gets its permits and a road is built, a separate company has plans to open a mine at the headwaters of the international river.
Task Force member Richard Yamada, representing charter fishermen, says he’s less concerned about the impacts of summer barging than future development on the B.C. side of the river. Alaska has no jurisdiction over Canadian projects.
“What’s happening above the river probably in the long term is going to have a greater risk and we need to get some kind of control over that, or some understanding about what kind of risk it presents us,” Yamada said.
Though the task force has answered the initial questions presented when it was created by Juneau’s legislative delegation, it has not disbanded.
Members said they would be willing to stay together for future discussions on the Taku River.
Taku Task Force completes draft report on Tulsequah Chief Mine facts
A final draft report has been submitted to Juneau's legislative delegation by the Taku River Task Force.
The panel was formed by the local delegation to gather facts on the impact the Tulsequah Chief Mine in British Columbia will have on the Taku River and the salmon run there.
When asked about the next step during a meeting Saturday, Juneau Senator Dennis Egan said he didn't know.
He says it’s possible the state's congressional delegation may need to get involved in the effort to win trans boundary issues with Canada.
Kevin Ritchie, who acted as coordinator during the process, says the process has provided a basic set of facts on the issue.
In addition, he says the legislative delegation now has a group of knowledgeable people it can call on as the process proceeds.
Chieftain Mines has said that it plans to build a road to transport ore to Skagway rather than barging it down the Taku River.
Company President Keith Boyle told the task force the project cannot be financed with a barging system that cannot deliver product to market.
Although he added that financing is not conditioned on a road.
The company has said barging would be used during the construction phase.
Kevin Ritchie, who acted as coordinator during the process, says the process has provided a basic set of facts on the issue.
In addition, he says the legislative delegation now has a group of knowledgeable people it can call on as the process proceeds.
|Taku Task Force completes draft report on Tulsequah Chief
A final draft report has been
submitted to Juneau's legislative delegation by the Taku River Task
The panel was formed by the local delegation to gather facts on
the impact the Tulsequah Chief Mine in British Columbia will have on the Taku
River and the salmon run there.
When asked about the next step during a
meeting Saturday, Juneau Senator Dennis Egan said he didn't know. He says its
possible the state's congressional delegation may not get involved in the effort
to win trans boundary issues with Canada.
Kevin Ritchie, who acted as
coordinator during the process, says the process has provided a basic set of
facts on the issue.
In addition, he says the legislative delegation now
has a group of knowledgeable people it can call on as the process
Chieftain Mines has said that it plans to build a road to
transport ore to Skagway rather than barging it down the Taku River.
Company President Keith Boyle told the task force the project cannot be
financed with a barging system that cannot deliver product to
Although he added that financing is not conditioned on a
The company has said barging would be used during the construction
Kevin Ritchie, who acted as coordinator during the process, says
the process has provided a basic set of facts on the issue.
he says the legislative delegation now has a group of knowledgeable people it
can call on as the process proceeds.
Taku River report released to criticism
"By Aug. 11 they had reached the mouth of the Taku River."
(Read the full story by Jack Marshall)
Chieftain Metals Applies for Road Alignment Amendment
Taku Task Force Third Meeting Overview
Taku River fact finding task force meeting
CHIEFTAIN METALS REACHES DEAL FOR TUSEQUAH CHIEF MINE
MARTY COFFEE R.I.P. (PLEASE SEND ME PHOTOS FOR A TRIBUTE TO MARTY)
Royal Gold's $60m deal important 1st step in Tulsequah Chief Project financing
TAKU RIVER HOVERBARGE GETS A NEW HOME
SEE WHAT THEY ARE DOING WITH THE WORLDS LARGEST HOVERBARGE
Juneau Empire opinion piece below
Taku Task force and River Barging
Juneau Empire Opinion Piece below
Juneau Empire Article
6/24/11..From KINY News
New Tulsequah Mine developer wants to start construction mid-2012
Plans to reopen the Tulsequah Chief Mine, 13 miles upstream of the Taku River and 40 miles northeast of Juneau, are back on again.
The new owner, Chieftain Metals, Incorporated, says a preliminary economic assessment just completed, indicates the project is economically viable.
The assessment completed by SRK Consulting, Incorporated, of Canada, identified improved potential through the addition of historical reserves, construction of a hydro facility nearby, improvements in metallurgical recovery, and addition of the Big Bull Satellite deposit.
Chieftain intends to evaluate that deposit as part of an upcoming feasibility study.
The assessment is based on access to the site via a road from Atlin, British Columbia. It's assumed metal concentrates will be shipped by truck to Skagway. They will then be loaded from the Alaska Industrial and Export Authority terminal there onto bulk concentrate ships for shipment to smelters in Asia.
The company acknowledges concerns by the Taku River Tlingit First Nation about the road and says it's in discussions to come to an agreement on access . In the interim. it has put on hold the transfer of the special use permit of the existing permitted road.
The previous owner, Redfern Resources, had proposed barging the concentrates down the Taku River through Juneau to Skagway.
The company has received most of the permits, licenses, and authorizations previously issued to Redfern which went bankrupt in March of 2009.
Chieftan's goal is to start construction in mid-2012.
It has initiated its operations plan by transporting heavy machinery and equipment by barge to the site.
Commercial fishermen on this side of the border are concerned about the impact of the mine's operation on the valuable Taku fishing grounds.
The mine, according to Canadian environmental officials, leaks sulfuric acid into the Tulsequah River which flows into the Taku River and into Southeast Alaska.
In 2005, Canadian federal officials released a draft report in which it concluded that no significant environment impacts were found.
6/12/11 Pt. Bishop observations is now back up and running LINK
6/5/11 ..Since Club Ranier ( Hurley's) and the Dryrun (Us) have the River Rat party, we are looking
for your RIVER STORIES and PHOTOS this year. Stuck boats, Funny Incidents, or anything like that, EMAIL them in
so we can add them to the Party Fun!
6/5/11 The Wheeler cabin
5/18/11 New cabin will start to go up this year by Canyon Island belonging to the Wheelers. hopefully I can post some photos
4/27/11 River has risen 1 foot since last week. Should continue to rise towards the weekend
with this warm weather although it's still freezing at night!
4/26/11 After spending a day stuck on or near the Rock Pile, "Log Cabin" finally made it up river!
4/25/11/WARNING: THE TAKU RIVER IS VERY DIFFICULT TO TRAVEL AT THIS TIME!
I will be going up Thursday night or Friday morning with the big airboat
4/21/11 A few of the brave tried to make it up yesterday but had to return due to heavy ice.
However one crazy mother got stuck on the ice and spent the night. He finally made it up
this morning as the river fully opened. .. Way to go Karl! ...Email me the photos!
Adams Photo Collection River Rat Party 2011
3/29/11 The Resolution, SCR8 has been "Tabled"
3/29/11 Another Juneau resident among Governor Parnell's appointments to the Board of Fisheries.
Appointed for the first time is Nick Yurko .
3/14/11 Radiation not expected to reach Alaska from Japan
3/7/11 Taku River Rat Party March 19
1/26/11FRESH START FOR TULSEQUAH CHIEF
1/23/11 New junior raises funds for Tulsequah
FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR CHIEFTAIN METALS
(NEW MINE OWNERS WEBSITE) CHIEFTAIN METALS INC
TULSEQUAH MINE MAY BE BACK IN BUSINESS
TULSEQUAH PLANS REVISED
FROM AIRBOATING MAGAZINE
TAKU MOOSE HUNT ARCTICLE IS OUT! ORDER YOUR COPY BY CLICKING THE PAGE BELOW!
SEPT/OCT 2010 ISSUE
HARVEST REPORT TAKU RIVER MOOSE
*2010 ANNUAL FLOOD ONLY REACHED 41 FT
4th of July Picnic
TAKU PACKAGE FROM SENATOR EGAN
6/11/2010 NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
UPDATED INFO FIRST AID/AED
2010 - Fellow River Rats FYI: The AED has been inspected and will be stored along with the first aid kit, in the emergency box at Kline's dock this weekend. The oxygen is at Jack's and will also be returned to the emergency box soon. Thanks to the river rats who completed the CPR/AED class this spring with Paul Hamby. They included: Jean Kline, Judy Ripley, Erik and Jacquelyn Clark, Pete and Joleen Lewis and Ray Kendel. Thanks Paul for helping us out with training. Other rats who have been trained in AED use within the last 2 years include: Karl Vandor, Mike Race, Chris and Dave Gelotte, Russ and Caroline Shiver, Mary Holmberg, Jeff Wheeler, Carlene Conway, Beth Weldon and Maureen Hall. I probably missed some other providers (please let me know ). If there is a group of 4 or more people who would like to take a class in the future contact me and I would be happy to organize it. See you up the river! Chris (780-6255)
Telling the truth (JOKE)
**5/10/2010 TULSUQUAH BUYER AQUIRES REDCORP PORTUGAL
**4/29/2010 FORMER TULSEQUAH MINE CEO WANTS IT BACK
**4/29/2010 FISHERMAN GET TAKU FISHERY STUDY SUPPORT
4/13/2010 CHANGE AFFECTING TAKU SALMON FISHING
Fish and Game officials say the new regulations are intended to provide additional opportunity to harvest Taku River king salmon.
The run is forecasted to exceed escapement goal requirements.
The regulations are expected to remain in effect through Wednesday, June 30th.
Resident anglers will have a bag and possession limit of three king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length;
Nonresident anglers will have a bag and possession limit of two king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length;
The nonresident annual limit will be five king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length;
Sport fishing for king salmon, may be conducted with the use of two rods per angler.
That applies to charter and private vessels.
However, no more than six lines may be fished from any sport vessel in Southeast Alaska;
The salt waters of Taku Inlet, north of a line extending from Cooper Point to the mouth of Dorothy Creek, that are closed to the
taking of king salmon from April 16-June 14, will be open
to king salmon fishing;
**4/11/10 BUYER INTERESTED IN TULSEQUAH MINE!
2010 32nd ANNUAL RIVER RAT PARTY
There will be a CPR/AED/first aid class Thursday April 22, from 6-10pm at Barlett Hos
pital Administrative Bldg., room 204.
Paul Hamby will be teaching the class. The cost will be $35 per person.
Anyone interested in signing up please call me at 780-6255 or e me
at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you at the party! Thanks, Chris
1/25/10 EMPIRE ARCTICLE ABOUT C.H. PROPOSAL
12/12/09 **LEGISLATION AFFECTING THE TAKU RIVER**
YOUR USAGE MAY BECOME LIMITED
11/19/09**REDFERN MINE NEWS