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AMHS taking comments on summer 2017 schedule

The ferry Taku loads up at the Prince Rupert, B.C., ferry terminal July 24, 2014. Rupert officials are in Juneau, lobbying for continued ferry service. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Written comments on the schedule can be submitted through Oct. 24. A public hearing for Southeast is set for Oct. 27th at the Ketchikan office.

Craig Tribal Association first to try ‘land into trust’

birdIndian law is often complex and obscure. But one bit of Indian law just got a lot more concrete for the Southeast community of Craig: the concept of land into trust.

Minor injuries after driver swerves to avoid deer

Alaska State Troopers station in Ketchikan. (KRBD file photo)A 16-year-old driver and her 20-year-old passenger suffered minor injuries following a single-vehicle accident early Monday morning near Mile 12.6 North Tongass Highway.

Ketchikan School Board to choose new officers

birdTrevor Shaw and Kim Hodne will take the oath of office Wednesday before taking their seats for the first Ketchikan School Board meeting since last week’s local election. The Board also will select a new president, vice president and clerk-treasurer.

6-day meeting to review Tongass plan objections

(USDA photo)The federal government is getting close to finalizing a plan that could shape the future of timber in the Tongass National Forest. Various stakeholders have given input through the years. But if the objection letters are any indication, several agencies and groups are still not content -- for different reasons.

Tying up ferries costs nearly half a million dollars

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)The Alaska Marine Highway System is paying more than $1,200 a day for long-term storage of two unused ferries. One critic says it would be better to sell them than to tie them up.

No injuries after dryer catches on fire

(Ketchikan Fire Department photo)An overheated dryer caught fire Sunday afternoon at the Highliner Laundromat on Tongass Avenue north of the mall.

Christianson named interim chair

Hydaburg Mayor Tony Christianson goes seine fishing for salmon in Eek Inlet off Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska. (Photo courtesy The Nature Conservancy)Anthony “Tony” Christianson of Hydaburg has been named interim chair of the Federal Subsistence Board. The announcement was made by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell on Tuesday.

Transboundary mine agreement signed

Eight transboundary watersheds feed Southeast Alaska rivers. A new agreement with British Columbia aims to protect them from mining pollution. Critics say it doesn't do the job. (Map by Alaska Department of Natural Resources.)Alaska and British Columbia officials signed a statement of cooperation Thursday aimed at protecting rivers that flow through the province and the state.

Welcome Arch support pole will need repairs

Ketchikan's Welcome Arch on Mission Street. (KRBD file photo)Ketchikan’s Welcome Arch sustained significant damage Wednesday night after an allegedly drunk driver hit one of the supporting poles with his vehicle.