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Sullivan supports push for Tongass transfer

IMG_2200Junior Senator Dan Sullivan was in Ketchikan Wednesday for the annual Lincoln Day dinner hosted by the First City Republican Women. While in town, he also met with the Alaska Forest Association and tribal members in Saxman, and visited Vigor Alaska’s Ketchikan shipyard

Tongass Transfer now in front of City Council, too

The Ketchikan City Council meets in regular session Thursday, and among the items on the agenda is discussion of new rules regarding hawking outside downtown businesses; a second reading of an ordinance increasing water rates; and a resolution supporting the concept of transferring the 17-million-acre Tongass National Forest to state ownership.

School holiday used to empower youth

IMG_0137Despite the holiday on Monday, a group of students willingly spent the day at Ketchikan High School. Monday was the first of a two-day workshop sponsored by the Ketchikan Wellness Coalition.

Saxman carving center project moving forward

Saxman Totem Park and Clan House.The City of Saxman has secured an $825,000 Community Development Block Grant to complete its planned expansion of the Edwin DeWitt Carving Center.

Ketchikan Assembly: Transfer Tongass to state

The Tongass National Forest makes up most of Southeast Alaska (Courtesy U.S. Forest Service)The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly approved a resolution Tuesday supporting a transfer of the 17 million-acre Tongass National Forest to state control.

Foraker CEO talks nonprofit numbers, impact

Dennis McMillan, Foraker Group CEOAn economic impact report shows that Alaska nonprofits employed 39,000 people, and paid those employees about $1.7 billion. And that’s just a fraction of what nonprofits spend.

State wants oral arguments on stay request

Ketchikan's state courthouse in downtown.UPDATE; The Alaska Supreme Court has issued an order that it would consider the state's emergency motion for a stay after the lower court has ruled on the topic.

Assembly to consider Tongass Transfer support

Remains of a Tongass clear-cut and logging road north of Ketchikan. New growth in parts of the forest could be cut to jump-start a modern timber industry, a report says. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska)The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly on Tuesday will consider a resolution supporting efforts by the state and its Congressional Delegation to transfer the Tongass National Forest from federal control to the State of Alaska.

Borough opposes state’s motion for a stay

Alaska_State_CapitolThe Ketchikan Gateway Borough responded this week to the state’s motion for a stay pending the state’s appeal to the Supreme Court of a lower court ruling in the borough’s lawsuit challenging the required local contribution for public education.

Tongass chief ends 40-year Forest Service career

Tongass Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole is retiring in April. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The man at the top of the Tongass is leaving soon. Forrest Cole will retire this spring after four decades with the U.S. Forest Service.