Youth crew cleans Tongass, even under rain

0726151328a (1)The Youth Conservation Corps came to Ketchikan and the surrounding Tongass National Forest this past month to work with a local branch of the U.S Forest Service. That meant helping out timber crews, cleaning up around fisheries and clearing trails -- rain or shine.

Tobacco tax ordinance ready for Assembly vote

(Creative Commons image)The Ketchikan Gateway Borough has completed drafting an ordinance that would impose a $3-per-pack tobacco tax within borough boundaries. The ordinance also would tax other tobacco products – including e-cigarettes – at 75 percent of their wholesale price.

Schulte takes interim UAS provost position

University of Alaska Southeast 2University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan Campus Director Priscilla Schulte has accepted a temporary assignment as provost for UAS, effective Aug. 9, and will relocate to Juneau for the coming academic year.

Council talks water rate hikes, overtime, library

The Ketchikan City Council talked money for about half an hour Thursday, including rate hikes – particularly for city water.

Groups seek halt to POW wolf hunting, logging

POW wolf pupCiting a state study that shows a sharp decline in the wolf population on Prince of Wales Island and surrounding islands, six conservation groups have asked state and federal officials to take steps to help preserve the remaining animals.

Ratfish Wranglers release new CD

Ray Troll and Russell Wodehouse of the “Ratfish Wranglers” speak about the band, their music and a CD release party July 25th. RatfishWranglersmore

Southeast cities ask for fewer ferry cuts

The ferry Taku sails into Juneau’s Auke Bay terminal. It’s tied up for the year, affecting seafood processors who transport their fish via Prince Rupert, British Columbia. (Photo by LCGS Russ/Wikimedia Commons)Southeast Alaska community leaders hope to restore some ferry sailings cut due to state budget reductions.

Smoke detector sparks reminder

SmokeDetectorAn incident last week at a Bear Valley home sparked a reminder, both literally and figuratively, to check your smoke detectors, and possibly replace them.

Filing period to open for city, borough office

The filing period for candidates seeking local elected office opens Aug. 1st, and will remain open through 5 p.m. Aug. 25th.

UAS Ketchikan hosts beach food seminar

IMG_1465Ketchikan recently hosted a seminar on beach foods and foraging that garnered more interest and a bigger crowds than anyone expected. While there's plenty of edible morsels on the beach, people learned that there's some potentially deadly drawbacks to eating what you find.