Pelican Chamber of Commerce News November 2022 ✧ Norm Carson

    • During the summer of 2021 Couer Mining contracted a small  group of geologists to inspect the Apex El Nido mine area across  the inlet from Pelican. For Approximately 21 days the group  hiked up the trail to the site of the former stamp mill and beyond.  The geologists gathered approximately 1,000 pounds of mineral  samples and took them back for analysis. The results of the  samples were favorable but current federal policies and inflation  caused Couer to not return in 2022. Recent contact with the  project manager for Millrock Mining revealed they are hopeful  that when the economy begins to “normalize” there will be  renewed interest in exploration and development. 
    • The City of Pelican is negotiating the sale of the former Crab  Plant to Yakobi Fisheries (YF). YF has been operating out of the  plant in a lease arrangement for 12 seasons. YF employs  approximately 25 seasonal employees. YF purchases  commercially caught salmon and groundfish, then flash freezes  this value added product for resale. 
    • The Alaska Marine Highway System recently announced it has  submitted a grant to fund expansion of the ferry terminal; the  objective to allow service by the new side loading vessel that will  eventually replace the stern loading LeConte. This project is  anticipated to be completed in 2024. 
    • Barry Bryant has a lease agreement with the City to open a  grocery store in the cold storage plant in the space where there  once was a general store.
    • Jerue & Smith Transport has officially retired; their last trip was  September 23rd. The service provided by Greg & Donica will be  hard to duplicate. 
    • New Business Inquiries. 

    The City is advising new business interest to call the City  and inquire on building permits. The City sewage system is  presently in the process of a major overhaul; new additions  to the system could be problematic.