Community leaders worry about ferry reliability

The ferry Taku sails into Juneau’s Auke Bay terminal. It’s tied up for the year, affecting seafood processors who transport their fish via Prince Rupert, British Columbia. (Photo by LCGS Russ/Wikimedia Commons)Port community leaders worry next summer’s ferry schedule will be as unreliable as this summer’s.

Four swim to shore after plane crash near Haines

Eldred Rock(Wikimedia Commons image by Ryan Harvey, Flickr, Alaska Cruise 2008)Four Haines residents survived a plane crash yesterday afternoon and swam through 5-foot seas to get to the rocky shore.

Council schedules seven executive sessions

CityofKetchikanContract negotiations with three different union groups are included in Thursday’s Ketchikan City Council meeting, along with discussions of potential litigation, and the annual evaluations for the City Manager and City Clerk.

Grant to fund expanded UAS outreach program

The Ziegler Building at the University of Alaska - Ketchikan campus.The University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan campus is expanding its eLearning program to better serve students in Metlakatla, Craig and other Alaska Native and rural communities.

Maxed-out Ketchikan shelter gets some help

Blakely is one of the Ketchikan shelter dogs headed to Sitka, and she has a home waiting for her. (Photo by Leila Kheiry)Local animal rescue groups took some of the pets from the Ketchikan Gateway Borough-run shelter, other animals were adopted within the community, and it was announced this week that the shelter in Sitka has raised money to fly the remaining dogs to that community.

Sealaska dividends funded by other corporations

Sealaska Plaza is the location of the regional Native corporation's Juneau headquarters.  Shareholders are casting ballots to fill five board of directors seats.  (File photo/KTOO)Sealaska will distribute $17.5 million in dividends to its 22,000 shareholders Dec. 3. Most of the money comes from sister corporations' resource earnings.

Assembly nixes South Tongass water rule

Borough SealDuring a public hearing on the ordinance, residents of South Tongass who spoke were overwhelmingly opposed to the motion, which would have required homes currently not hooked up to the water system to connect upon transfer of ownership.

NOAA report: fish imports, exports on the rise

Alaska Department of Fish and Game photo.Locally, Ketchikan commercial landings totaled 87 million pounds in 2014, according to the NOAA report, with a value of about $45 million. That’s down quite a bit from the previous year, which saw 144 million pounds, valued at $76 million.

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.