Southeast News

Both sides represented at pot-prop hearing

National Public Radio image.A Ketchikan hearing on Proposition 2, a ballot measure that seeks to legalize marijuana, was well-attended Thursday. About two-dozen local residents were there, and comments reflected the statewide debate with opinions on both sides of the issue.

PFD amount: $1,884

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell announced this year’s Permanent Fund Dividend amount during a news conference Wednesday morning.

OceansAlaska loan approved by Assembly

This OceansAlaska photo shows geoduck seeds.A $600,000 loan from the Ketchikan Gateway Borough to OceansAlaska, a shellfish seed producer, narrowly passed its final vote during Monday’s Borough Assembly meeting.

State files to participate in Big Thorne lawsuits

The State of Alaska filed motions in federal court Monday to participate in lawsuits that seek to halt or delay the U.S. Forest Service’s planned Big Thorne timber sale on Prince of Wales Island.

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.

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.

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.

Pool renovation bonds on Craig city ballot

Craig PoolVoters in the City of Craig on Prince of Wales Island will decide this October whether to approve $3 million in bonds to pay for major repairs to the community’s pool.

Does Vigor still need local tax, utility breaks?

Ketchikan's shipyard is seen in 2012. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld)As Ketchikan’s shipyard continues to grow and attract contracts, questions arose this week about whether the community should continue to offer tax and utility breaks for the property.

Appeals court to re-hear Tongass exemption case

The U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit released an announcement Friday that it would rehear the Tongass Roadless Rule exemption case.