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Assembly adjusts loan for OceansAlaska to continue

Oyster spat from Oceans Alaska.The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly agreed Monday to adjust its loan agreement with OceansAlaska shellfish hatchery, advancing $50,000 from the 2017 allocation so that the facility can continue operations.

Slagle, Lybrand withdraw from City Council race

Two of the three candidates who had filed for the one-year Ketchikan City Council seat open this election have withdrawn their candidacies.

Overdue boater rescued from Betton Island

Betton Island. (Alaska Department of Natural Rescources photo)A boater reported overdue Sunday evening was rescued early Monday morning from Betton Island close to Ketchikan.

Real food rots

DSC_1412About five years ago, the Southeast Island School District in Thorne Bay put in a wood-fired boiler. A few years after, they built a greenhouse to take advantage of the excess heat. This summer, the greenhouse transitioned from hydroponics to aquaponics.

Opportunities in maritime, timber &, later, mining

Ketchikan's shipyard is seen in 2012. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld)Among the topics covered during this week’s Southeast Conference meeting in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, were opportunities for the region to expand its economy, or at least hold on to what it has.

Council discusses hawking and fire station

fire hallThe Ketchikan City Council discussed the fate of the old downtown fire station and problems with downtown hawking at its Thursday night meeting.

Assembly candidates weigh in on issues

From left to right: Scott (Sheen) Davis, Stephen Bradford, Trevor Shaw, Susan Pickrell, Felix Wong and Kim Hodne at the Sept. 16 Chamber of Commerce forum.The Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce hosted a forum Wednesday with candidates running for the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly. Nine people are running for two open seats on the Assembly.

LNG project officials: Trained workforce needed

Tessa Gill of Pacific NorthWest LNG talks about a proposed LNG facility near Prince Rupert, British Columbia. Also pictured is Herb Pond, former mayor of Prince Rupert, who works with the BG Group. They were part of a panel discussion during Southeast Conference's fall meeting in Prince Rupert.Liquified Natural Gas industry representatives from Alaska and British Columbia talked during Southeast Conference about their projects, including the need for workforce training and the possibility of bringing natural gas to Southeast Alaska.

Report: SE economy trending downward

Meilani Schijvens of Rain Coast Data presents the annual Southeast By the Numbers report at Southeast Conference.Over the last five years, Southeast Alaska has grown by more than 2,600 people, and 1,500 jobs. That’s good. But, that growth all happened in the early part of that five-year period. The past year or two has seen a decrease. That’s bad.

Supreme Court hears arguments in education funding lawsuit

Supreme CourtOral arguments were presented today before the Alaska Supreme Court in Anchorage in the ongoing case over education funding.