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USFS plans to hike cabin rental fees in Alaska

Misty Fiords National Monument is known for its dramatic granite cliffs. Pictured is a view from Rudyerd Bay. (File photo by Leila Kheiry)The U.S. Forest Service is proposing increases to cabin rental fees on Alaska’s national forests. Cabin prices have been the same since the 1990s, and now some fees could more than double over the next three years.

Feds change subsistence rural/non-rural rule

The Saxman Clan House.The U.S. Departments of the Interior and Agriculture announced Friday that they have updated subsistence management regulations defining which parts of Alaska are rural or non-rural, marking a likely end to the City of Saxman’s struggle to regain its rural subsistence status.

Annette Island’s times, they are a-changing

The Duncan Cottage in Metlakatla. (File photo by Ruth Eddy)Metlakatla Indian Community announced on Thursday that the Southeast Alaska city has opted to join the rest of the state when it comes to telling time.

Assembly to vote on S. Tongass water ordinance

Borough SealA public hearing and second vote on an ordinance that would require South Tongass residents to hook up to the South Tongass Service Area water system is planned for Monday’s Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly meeting.

AMP test results show room for improvement

imagesThis spring, students throughout the state took the Alaska Measures of Progress, a new standardized state test that raised the bar for academic achievement. The Ketchikan School Board talked Wednesday about preliminary local results of that test, and how the district might respond.

School Board talks over ‘contracted services’

Fawn Mountain Elementary School.The ongoing issue of how much the Ketchikan Gateway Borough charges the Ketchikan School District for “contracted services,” such as use of shared facilities, was a big part of Wednesday’s Ketchikan School Board meeting.

New scam call asking for debit/credit card info

Ketchikan from the waterThe automated phone calls to Southeast residents fraudulently claim to represent various banks or credit unions, and ask for personal banking information.

Group ends effort to create City of Ward Cove

Ward Cove. (KRBD file photo)Members of a group that proposed creating a new home-rule city from what’s now the North Tongass Service Area decided Tuesday to stop moving forward with that idea.

Ketchikan student count appears to be up

Students walk to class at Schoenbar Middle SchoolThe Ketchikan School District completed its annual 20-day counting period last week, to establish how many students are attending local public schools, and district officials say the numbers are higher than projected.

Tongass silviculturist wins national award

Tongass National Forest Silviculturist Sheila Spores. (US Forest Service photo)The silviculturist for the Tongass National Forest has been recognized for her service with the prestigious national Silviculture Excellence Award.