Southeast News

Hearing held on stay request for boro lawsuit

Arguments were heard in Ketchikan Superior Court on Friday on a request for a stay by the State of Alaska in the ruling on Ketchikan Gateway Borough’s education funding lawsuit.

Assembly member proposes ban on retail pot

National Public Radio image.The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly on Monday will consider a proposal to move forward with a ban on commercial cultivation, processing, manufacturing and sale of marijuana within the boundaries of the borough.

Ketchikan artist awarded Joan Mitchell grant

Donald Varnell works on a carving. (Photo from Varnell's Facebook page, used with permission)

Donald Varnell works on a carving. (Photo from Varnell’s Facebook page, used with permission)

Ketchikan artist Donald Varnell recently was awarded a prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation grant. He’s the first Alaskan to receive one since the New York-based foundation started … more

State to appeal education funding lawsuit ruling

Flag of AlaskaThe State of Alaska announced Wednesday that it will appeal a final ruling by Superior Court Judge William Carey in favor of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough’s long-held argument that the state’s required local contribution for public education violates Alaska’s Constitution.

AMHS to close ferry bar service this winter

The ferry Taku sails into the Wrangell Narrows on its way south in 2013. It's part of an aging fleet needing repair or replacement. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The Alaska Marine Highway is closing bars on state ferries, a move that state Department of Transportation officials say will save about $750,000 a year.

Walker says Prince Rupert terminal will be rebuilt

Prince Rupert Ferry Terminal July 2014 1 croppedGov. Bill Walker says he’ll continue pushing for construction of a new ferry terminal in Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

Ketchikan nurse contract talks enter mediation

Barbara Lander sent us this shot from Sunday morning's informational picket. She says about 50 people picketed Saturday, 60 showed up on Sunday, and about 30 demonstrated Monday morning.Ketchikan nurses were picketing over the weekend as contract negotiations with PeaceHealth enter mediation this week.

Public meetings set on TLMP amendment

The Tongass National Forest makes up most of Southeast Alaska (Courtesy U.S. Forest Service)The U.S. Forest Service has scheduled three public meetings in Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan to update the public on the proposed Tongass Land and Resource Management Plan Amendment.

Scientific societies oppose old-growth logging

DominickDellaSala_0More scientists have joined a campaign to stop old-growth logging in Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest.

Family worried about missing Ketchikan man

10924776_663160590460453_5110478167486218101_nA Ketchikan man has been missing for nearly a month, with no evidence that he left the island.