Presentation on salmon canneries slated

Ph.D. student Ross Coen is in Ketchikan for a fellowship with the Tongass Historical Museum. While in town he’s making a presentation about the history of salmon canneries Friday night. SalmonCanneriesmore

DOT meetings to talk about ferry budget woes

(Creative Commons photo by Ted McGrath)The Alaska Department of Transportation has scheduled a series of community meetings related to fiscal challenges facing the Alaska Marine Highway System.

School Board dances in Saxman

DSC_1958Recognizing Alaska Native Heritage Month, The Ketchikan School Board held its meeting Wednesday at the Saxman Community Center. The night also featured Native art and dance.

Sm’algyax language revival focus of new group

Haayk Foundation co-founders, from left, Kandi McGilton, Gavin Hudson and David R. Boxley visit the Museum of the North in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. (Photo courtesy David Boxley)Three young Metlakatla residents have started a new non-profit organization with the goal of strengthening their Tsimshian culture. The first task – and it’s a big one – is helping to create a larger pool of fluent speakers of the Tsimshian language, starting with themselves.

School Board meeting set in Saxman

Saxman Totem Park and Clan House.The Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District, recognizing Alaska Native Heritage Month, will hold its meeting Wednesday at the Saxman Community Center.

Hollywood, Honolulu, and home again to POW

77-3-5-443 Vincent Price and Totem PoleA Tlingit totem pole has returned to Prince of Wales Island after a more than 5,000-mile odyssey to Hollywood, Honolulu, and back home.

Artist award funds recording project

Teague Whalen speaks about his Individual Artist Award from the Rasmuson Foundation. He is giving a presentation Wednesday night about the recording project it funded. This is part of the ASK UAS discussion series. TeagueWhalenmore

British Columbia goes after leaking mine

Acid drainage from the Tulsequah Chief Mine discolors a leaking containment pond next to the Tulsequah River in British Columbia in 2013. (Photo courtesy Chris Miller/Trout Unlimited)British Columbia is telling owners of a leaky mine in the Taku River watershed that it’s time to stop polluting the river, which flows into Alaska.

‘Companion’ Christmas trees from Tongass

Aaron Steuerwald and Steve Hollis found the best available Shore Pine were on the Shoal Cove road system on Revillagigedo island in Southeast Alaska. (USFS photo)This year’s National Christmas Tree is a 74-foot spruce from Alaska’s Chugach National Forest. In addition to the spruce, seven smaller “companion” trees have been selected from the Ketchikan-Misty Fiords Ranger District of the Tongass National Forest.

Search for lost Deer Mountain hiker suspended

The top of Deer Mountain is hidden in clouds Friday morning. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)The search for Justin Nathan has been suspended after five days with no sign of the 22-year-old, missing on Ketchikan’s Deer Mountain after a hike last Wednesday.