SEAK municipal election candidates

Statewide, municipal elections are set for Oct. 7. Most Prince of Wales Island communities have closed their filing periods for that election. Here’s a rundown on who is running for office in some of those communities.

Low use forces Forest Service to close cabins

DeBoer Lake cabin in the Petersburg Ranger District of the Tongass National Forest will be removed by 2017. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service.The U.S. Forest Service announced the removal of 10 cabins on the Tongass National Forest this week.

Aurora activity high through the weekend

Alaska_5The chances of a Northern Lights viewing are high through the weekend, and Ketchikan is expected to have at least partially clear skies during that time frame.

Timber harvest in Shelter Cove area proposed

Saddle Lakes map cropThe U.S. Forest Service has released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Saddle Lakes Timber Sale on Revilla Island.

OceansAlaska loan up for approval Monday

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly is scheduled to take its final two votes on a $600,000 loan to OceansAlaska during its regular meeting Monday.

Memoir of a float camp teacher


Biz Robbins, author of “Life Jacket: A Memoir of a Float Camp Teacher,” speaks about the joys and challenges she faced living and teaching in remote areas of Southeast Alaska.  Robbinsmore

Ketchikan does well in school evaluations

S10ASPIScoresKetchikan-area schools showed improvement in the second year of a statewide evaluation program.

Stolen bike found, returned to young owner

Aviana Mitchell stands with her bike, which was found and returned Thursday, just a few days after it was stolen from her front yard.An 11-year-old Ketchikan girl whose bike was stolen on Sunday, just a few feet away from where she was standing, has her bike back.

Classes and opportunities for parents and daycare providers

Jessica Clark speaks about classes for parents with young children – “Infant Massage” and “Positive Solutions For Parents” and grant opportunities for daycare providers. EarlyChildhoodmore

Another last-minute hire due to school enrollment

Houghtaling teacher Meredith Lundamo lines up her second graders for lunch.Ketchikan school enrollment has increased each year since 2010. This year, that’s caused problems for two elementary schools.