Author Archives: Liz Ruskin/APRN

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.

SARDFA director details industry’s challenges

A slide from Phil Doherty's presentation shows a drawing of a diver harvesting geoduck clams. The clams bury themselves in the ocean floor, with their long necks sticking up to feed.During a presentation this week to the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce, Southeast Alaska Regional Dive Fisheries Association Executive Director Phil Doherty touched on some of the challenges the industry faces, such as new testing demands from mainland China, and the bane of shellfish fishermen: Sea otters.

Senate committee adds funding for local projects

While the capital budget overall is less than what had been proposed by Gov. Bill Walker, the committee actually increased funding for projects in House District 36.