Author Archives: Leila Kheiry

POW airport equipment outages spark debate

POW map BWNational Weather Service-run equipment at the Klawock Airport on Prince of Wales Island has been a subject of debate recently.

9th Circuit considering Big Thorne injunction request

Big Thorne cropA coalition of conservation groups that seeks to stop the Big Thorne Timber Sale on Prince of Wales Island has filed an emergency motion for an injunction with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals pending resolution of two appeals filed this spring with that court.

Secure Rural Schools secure for 2 more years

The U.S. Senate approved a bill Tuesday night to extend the Secure Rural Schools program for two more years.

SEAPA bonds up for Council approval

The Ketchikan City Council will consider a resolution Thursday that would allow the city manager to work with Southeast Alaska Power Agency officials on documents allowing SEAPA to sell bonds for the Swan Lake hydroelectric dam expansion project.

Federal agency reviewing yellow cedar for protection

An aerial shot of a yellow cedar stand. (U.S. Forest Service photo)Based on a petition submitted about a year ago by a coalition of conservation groups, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced last week that protection for the Alaska yellow cedar tree might be warranted under the federal Endangered Species Act.

House approves Hyder crossing resolution

Hyder signThe Alaska House of Representatives unanimously approved a resolution Monday urging the Canadian government to resume 24-hour operations at the border crossing between Hyder, Alaska, and nearby Stewart, British Columbia.

Pot committee discusses community survey

MarijuanaThe Ketchikan Marijuana Advisory Committee had its second meeting Monday, and heard from some members of the public before discussing state action and a possible local survey.

Chautauqua ferrying the Inside Passage this year

An old-time Chautauqua in Odebolt, Iowa. (National Parks Service photo)The Pacific Northwest-based New Old Time Chautauqua last brought its mix of vaudeville shows, music performances and workshops to the Inside Passage in the early 1990s. They’re coming back this summer, stopping first in Alaska’s First City.

Marijuana committee to review state legislation

(Creative Commons photo by Brett Levin)Ketchikan’s ad hoc Marijuana Advisory Committee meets Monday evening, and will discuss marijuana legislation moving through the House and Senate.

State releases draft SE State Forest plan

RainforestThe state of Alaska is taking public comment this month on a draft plan for managing the relatively new Southeast State Forest.