Author Archives: Maria Dudzak

High-tunnel program accepting applications

High TunnelSoutheast gardeners can apply for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s high- tunnel cost-share program. High tunnels or hoop houses are structures used to extend the growing season.

Funding available for high tunnels

nrcs.usda.govSamia Savell and Will Murray of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service give details about the high tunnel cost share program.

Council approves marijuana cultivation permit application

MarijuanaThe Ketchikan City Council on Thursday approved a marijuana cultivation permit application contingent upon satisfactory review by the City Fire Marshall.

Saxman and Kasaan awarded grants

The Saxman Clan House.U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development awarded a $60,000 grant to the City of Saxman Thursday. USDA-RD has also awarded a $26,250 grant to the City of Kasaan.

Efforts underway to eradicate invasive plants

Orange hawkweed ( photo)A group formed in May is trying to tackle the problem of invasive plants in the Ketchikan area.

Conservator assesses Chief Johnson totem pole

Detail of the Chief Johnson pole when the beak fell off.Conservator Andrew Todd is in Ketchikan this week to assess the condition of the Chief Johnson Totem Pole. Todd was brought up after the beak of the raven figure fell off in early April.

To be or not to be…an organ donor

OrgansToDonate2Signing up to be an organ donor in Alaska is easy. But what does it mean to be an organ donor and what exactly are you agreeing to? Donna Brahaney with Life Alaska Donor Services discussed organ donation during presentations in the First City.

Understanding gardening terms


Master gardener Lee Skidmore explains gardening terms such as dead head, damping off, being leggy, wuzzled and more. GardenTermsmore

Making your website dynamic and attractive to customers

Ketchikan Small Business Development Director Kimberlee Hayward.Kimberlee Hayward is the new director of the Ketchikan Small Business Development Center. She spoke about website design “best practices” at Wednesday’s Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Borough considers logging on Gravina property

RainforestThe Ketchikan Gateway Borough may hire a local logging company to selectively harvest some of its Gravina Island property.