Southeast News

18 Ketchikan residents become new U.S. citizens

Citizens2The back rows of Ketchikan’s old-fashioned federal courtroom were filled with family and friends, while in the front were all the soon-to-be new citizens, smiling wide, dressed up and holding small American flags.

Five more groups sue over Big Thorne project

RainforestFive more conservation groups filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court Tuesday in hopes of stopping the Big Thorne timber project on Prince of Wales Island.

DOT draft plan calls for fewer Prince Rupert trips

DraftTransportationPlanMapThe proposed reduction would affect summer sailings only, and would cut that service in half.

Forest Service upholds Big Thorne decision

ROD_Map-page-0The U.S. Forest Service issued its Final Supplemental Information Report for the Big Thorne Timber Sale this week, upholding its Record of Decision. A regional environmental group says it plans to file a lawsuit.

HD36 primary numbers

House District 36 MapHouse District 36 had a reasonably good turnout for Tuesday’s primary election, with about 25 percent of registered voters showing up at the polls.

Klein is the apparent HD36 Republican nominee

Chere Klein, Agnes Moran and Patti Mackey prepare to go live on air for a candidate forum on KRBD.Chere Klein, a Ketchikan resident who has worked for the past couple of years in the Legislature for now-retiring Rep. Peggy Wilson apparently won the Republican nomination Tuesday for her boss’s seat.

Assembly approves increased airport fees

The covered ramp for walk-on airport ferry passengers. (Photo by Emily Files)The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly adopted an ordinance Monday that will raise various airport fees, including the cost to ride the airport ferry.

From Calif. to Gustavus, by foot and kayak

Zachary Brown stopped in Ketchikan during his walk/kayak trip from California to Gustavus.If you’re boating through the Inside Passage between Ketchikan and Gustavus in the next few weeks, keep an eye out for Zachary Brown.

Committee sets goals for Tongass timber transition

(USDA photo)The Tongass Advisory Committee, also known as TAC, held its first meeting last week in Ketchikan.

USCG commandant visits Ketchikan base

The newly appointed Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, Admiral Paul Zukunft, toured the Ketchikan base Wednesday with Sen. Lisa Murkowski. (Megan Petersen photo.)The newly appointed Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, Admiral Paul Zukunft, was in Ketchikan Wednesday to meet with personnel and tour the local facility.