About a week after the Ketchikan Gateway Borough asked the Alaska Supreme Court to reconsider its order for a stay pending appeal of the borough’s education funding lawsuit, state attorneys filed their expected opposition.
A second coalition of conservation groups that opposes the Big Thorne Timber Sale on Prince of Wales Island has filed its own appeal and motion for an injunction following a U.S. District Court ruling against them.
A power agency that supplies electricity to three Southeast communities is moving forward with plans to expand its hydro storage capacity by selling bonds.
Less than a week after losing a lawsuit in U.S. District Court, a coalition of conservation groups seeking to stop the Big Thorne Timber Sale has filed a Notice of Appeal with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and asked for an injunction pending the outcome.
Southeast Alaska’s commercial salmon trollers are heading back into port after the winter season closed this week. Thanks to strong catches of king salmon on the outer coast near Sitka, it’s the earliest closure on record for the winter fishery.
Ketchikan residents have been encountering art in unusual places. It’s part of an experiment that the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council has launched, to see whether unexpected art is welcome in Alaska’s First City.
It looks like the Petersburg borough will be purchasing some land at Papke’s Landing, about 10 miles south of town.
A Nevada man was found dead this week at a logging site 12 miles west of Wrangell. Alaska State Troopers say the cause of death is unknown.
The Wrangell Borough Assembly voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt an ordinance banning the public consumption of marijuana in the borough.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is cancelling a permit for a Bellingham company to study potential for a hydro-electric power plant in Thomas Bay near Petersburg. It’s a site that has drawn interest from other companies in the past.
A three-day paddle making workshop gets started Friday at the Petersburg High School shop. Jim Zeller and Doug Chilton from the One People Canoe Society are teaching the class to make canoe journey paddles. The non-profit organization helped with 12 similar workshops in nine Southeast communities last year.
Many Saxman residents packed a meeting held at that village’s community center. That was expected. Somewhat less expected was the number of Saxman residents and their supporters who also spoke during the subsistence meeting in Sitka the very next day.
The British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office announced Thursday it's adding information requirements for mines undergoing environmental review to ensure the safety of new tailings facilities. The changes were prompted by last year’s tailings dam collapse at the Mount Polley mine, which spilled millions of gallons of mine waste into creeks and lakes.
Alaska U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline granted summary judgment Friday in favor of the defendants, and quite decidedly rejected every argument brought forward by the plaintiffs.
Jean Ellis has officially resigned from the Petersburg School Board. March 17 marked her last meeting as board president. While she enthusiastically led the meeting that night other board members were reluctant to see her leave.
Southeast Alaska dive fishermen are nearly done with their harvest of geoduck clams.
The Ketchikan City Council spent a lot of time on hawking Thursday night. Almost a full hour of public comment kicked off the meeting, with most of the comments devoted to that topic.
People who live in the D-1 Loop area of North Tongass Highway are used to hearing gunshots from the Ketchikan Rod and Gun … more
Petersburg’s School District is in better fiscal shape than many other schools in the state. That’s the message the superintendent brought to the school board at its last meeting.
The Petersburg Arts Council is bringing the April Verch Band to town for one performance Thursday. March 19. The band is a trio featuring fiddle, guitar, base and banjo.
The University of Alaska Southeast will have a full-time presence in Wrangell starting this spring. UAS will base a tech prep regional coordinator in the Wrangell Public School District, and officials hope the new arrangement will expand opportunities for students and adults.
The Ketchikan Gateway Borough has filed a motion with the Alaska Supreme Court asking for reconsideration of the high court’s stay of the lower court’s ruling in the education funding lawsuit.
Prince Rupert leaders are in Juneau this week to lobby for continued ferry connections with Southeast Alaska.
Petersburg’s borough assembly Monday approved the purchase of a collection truck and new containers for the community’s curbside recycling program. Those purchases will allow the borough to take over the service from a private company and they were not too popular with residents testifying to the assembly this week.
An official with the Ketchikan shipyard made his pitch for more technical training for the future workers in a maritime industry in Southeast Alaska. Director of shipyard development Doug Ward spoke at Saturday’s annual banquet for the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and outlined ways to train young people for new jobs in shipbuilding and other industries.
Business, government and other regional leaders will meet in Juneau March 17-18 for the Southeast Conference’s Mid-Session Summit.
The Wrangell Borough Assembly gave first-round approval Tuesday to an ordinance banning the public consumption of marijuana. But assembly members disagreed on the timing and language of the measure.
The jury trial of Wrangell doctor Greg Salard, accused of possessing and distributing child pornography, has been delayed another three months. Assistant Federal Defender Cara McNamara requested more time to prepare her defense.
The federal Bureau of Land Management will sign paperwork Friday turning over 70,000 acres of Tongass National Forest to Sealaska Corp.
Wrangell’s new carving facility hosted its first Alaska Native craft class last weekend, and about 20 residents signed up to learn the basics of sewing otter skins.